Re-homing Stuff Online

collectables

Since I decluttered my upstairs I’ve been slowly rehoming all  items I no longer need or love. This has turned out to be quite addictive. The joy of empty space has encouraged me to let go of more than expected. I do have one rule though; I will only rehome an item if I believe it’s going to prevent the purchase of a new item. For that reason what I rehome has to be in good condition and rehomed through the right outlet.

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Sustainable-ish Hallowe’en – Food & Table Decorations

 

Booscotti Biscuits

I love a good party, and to be honest I like the planning as much as the attending. My life doesn’t currently lend itself to night-time parties so we tend to invite people over to daytime treats instead. Not as often as I’d like as something always seems to get in the way, but I suppose that’s everyone’s life these days.

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Sustainable-ish Hallowe’en Costumes, Decorations & Treats

Hallowe'en Apothocary Display

Halloween used to be my favourite time of the year. It was the one holiday that didn’t involve buying copious amounts of gifts and seem to involve more fun than preparation. Well I can no longer say that this is the case. I have found that avoiding plastic at Halloween is impossible if you’re going to participate in the celebrations, particularly when you have children who don’t buy into the whole Zero Waste idea.

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Conker Laundry Liquid – Recipe and Verdict

conkers

Zero Waste chatter lately has all been a buzz about using conkers (horse chestnuts) to make Laundry liquid. The word on the street is that they’re a more sustainable alternative to soap nuts, which are flown to us from half-way around the world. Apparently conkers contain the same soap-like substance as soap nuts, saponin. So challenge set all I needed to do was find some conkers!

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Easy Peasy Homemade Rough Puff Pastry

Easy Peasy Homemade Rough Puff Pastry

Trying to live more sustainably has meant saying goodbye to some of our favourite foodstuff, or at least seeing them less frequently. This has often been beneficial to our health, waistlines and pockets but it doesn’t make the farewell any easier. One of those things has been pies and pastry because I haven’t been able to find affordable all-butter puff pastry without plastic easily.

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Plant one Veg this Autumn – Garlic

garlic bulb

It happens all to often. We have the best of intentions and then life interrupts. We swore we’d start growing veg this year and never quite got around to it. Well it’s not too late so I’m setting you a challenge; before Hallowe’en plant some garlic. They’re super easy to grow and now is the perfect time to plant them. You don’t even need a veg patch, a container will do fine.

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Organic Cotton and Natural Latex Mattress

organic latex mattress

 

It’s really not easy finding sustainable plastic-free products in Ireland. It’s still a niche market and I spend way more time than I’d like to admit hunting down ‘healthier’ alternatives to synthetic, chemical-laden mainstream offerings. One area that’s proven to be particularly tricky is the area of mattresses but after a huge amount of research I was delighted one made by an Irish company in Ireland from natural latex, lambswool with an organic cotton covering.

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Self-Sufficiency and Jam

The Good Life

Maybe it was that quirky TV sitcom from the seventies; The Good Life, that led to my hankering for a life of self-sufficiency. It’s a hankering that’s existed for the longest while and one I feed frequently with articles about growing your own fruit and veg, preserving it through the winter and stocking your own pantry with all manner of homemade paraphernalia. Of course this has never actually translated into reality. I have skirted around the edges of self-sufficiency with great aplomb, but actually living off the land completely doesn’t really sit with my very cosy suburban life.

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My Sanity Saviour – Knitting and my Knitwit Friends

Rainbow Wool

I can’t believe I’ve been writing this blog for over a year without mentioning what has become a cornerstone of my life. I joined my first knitting group about 4 years ago during the winter months. Seemed like a good way to keep these gardening fingers busy while the garden was snoozing. Little did I know how much I’d benefit from the therapeutic click-clacking of needles in the warm and supportive bosom of fellow knitters.

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