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A chicken in a vegetable garden

Chicken Amongst the VegetablesEvery now and again, a naughty chicken will escape into the vegetable patch. Also every now and again I let them in there on purpose. They do scratch about a bit and nibble at the leaves, but they don't do as much damage as the little bugs that they pick off and eat. It's free nutrition for the birds and better eggs and less damage from caterpillars and the like, plus a little extra fertilizer in the process!

 

Growing Tomato Slices

Growing Tomato SlicesI don't mean you can get ready sliced tomatoes off a plant that would be silly. However, rather than pay for an expensive pack of seeds, or go to the trouble of picking seeds out of a tomato and drying them, you can actually plant slices of tomatoes.

 

button hair tie in hair

Button Hair TiesThis is such a simple idea and lots of fun for little girls to make their own. Have a good search through your button box and see what you can find to make these super easy hair ties.

 

framed book page with watercolor artwork

Book Page ArtYou don't have to be a brilliant artist to produce pleasing artwork to display around your home. This is just one quick simple idea that anyone can do.

 

Paper Bead Bracelet

Paper Bead BraceletThis simple bracelet is made from colourful pages taken out of glossy magazines. It is easy to make and needs only a few materials. You could also add glitter, ribbons, or sticky jewels at the end to bling it up a bit if you like.

 

Simple Pennant Cake Topper

Simple Pennant Cake TopperSo pretty and easy to make and you can use recycled fabric from pre-loved garments to make these delightful cake toppers. Older children can join in making these for a tea party. You can cut out the fabric and they can get busy glueing them onto the sticks.

 

A row of clothing on hangers, drying on a clothesline.

Dry Clothing on HangersWhen drying your laundry outdoors, instead of using pegs, hang as much washing on clothes hangers as possible. Separate the hangers using pegs to stop them gravitating together.

 

Citrus Peel Earrings

Citrus Peel EarringsNext time you eat an orange don't throw the peel away. Use it to make a pair of earrings.

 

Fun Paper Plate Jellyfish Decoration - jelly fish hanging in the garden

Paper Plate Jelly Fish DecorationFun for children and adults to make. These look pretty hanging in the house, or even better on a sunny day blowing in a gentle breeze in the garden.

 

Amber and Pearl two red rescue chickens

Amber and Pearl (Chickens)My daughter bought the chickens for us from a rescue centre a few weeks ago. These ladies are only just starting to learn how to have fun after being kept in tiny cages. They like to hide under bushes and come out to eat grass and scratch around in the autumn leaves.

 

pink and white flowered recycled pendant

Recycled Paper PendantThese pendants are easy to make out of old envelopes, magazines, or gift wrap. They are sturdy, solid, and very pretty. If you love to construct beaded jewelry you can make a stash of them to incorporate into your designs or simply thread one onto a chain or cord for a dainty necklace.

 

arrangement in vase

Autumn Arrangement in Twig Wrapped JarIf you are fortunate to have a tree lined or wooded area in your vicinity, then on the next bright autumn day that you come across, take a walk of gratitude and collect some twigs, preferably straight ones. When you get home you can then make this lovely autumn vase and fill it with beautiful things

 

Clear shower curtain rings, ready to use.

Use Shower Curtain Rings as HangersEach time you buy a new shower curtain it comes with a new set of curtain rings which are not always needed. You can use these in your wardrobe to save space by hooking them onto a clothes hanger.

 

Mini Meat Loaf finished meatloaf

Mini MeatloafExceptionally quick to make and so tasty. Have 1-2 each for a lunchtime snack, or 3 or more for a main meal. Eat with a salad or make it into a roast dinner with potatoes, vegetables, gravy, and Yorkshire pudding.

 

Make your Own Wrapping Paper - paper wrapped box

Make Your Own Wrapping PaperTake some plain brown parcel paper and make it into a sheet of cool fashionable decorative gift wrap. You don't have to be an artist. Take a look at the example paper I have decorated below and be inspired to design and make your own

 

Post-it Note For Cleaning Keyboard - cleaning under keys on keyboard with Post-it Note

Post-it Note For Cleaning KeyboardBefore you throw out a Post-it Note, use the sticky side to clean around small hard to access places such as under the keys of your keyboard.

 

Duckling in water near person's hand.

Paddlesocks (Khaki/Aylesbury Mix Duck)We bred Paddlesocks last spring. Her father is an Aylesbury and her mother a Khaki Campbell.

 

black and white speckled hen

May (Bantam Chicken)We bought May just over a year ago from a local breeder together with her beautiful younger sister June.

 

pink polka dot and floral paper fortune cookies

Paper Fortune CookiesThese paper fortune cookies are quick and easy to make and a fun feature of any party or gathering.

 

A very burned sauce pan.

An Easy Way to Clean a Burnt SaucepanPlease note that I haven't tried this on a pan with a non stick coating. However, if your pan is so burnt that you'll have to throw it out, then you may decide it's worth a try.

 

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