Monday, 12 March 2018

Soapmaking tips for beginners

Recently Chris from Gully Grove asked if I could do a blog post about the equipment required for basic soapmaking. I know there are a few readers who intend to make soap for the first time this year so this might be helpful for them. As I have said before I am no expert when it comes to making soap and just like to experiment with different recipes so that I can then pick my favourites. I like to keep my soaps fairly simple and really can't see the point of making them into works of art when they are eventually going to go down the drain. LOL! However having said that, I do make more of an effort if we have a challenge on The Home Maker's Forum.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

First and last try at hot process soap

Recently on The Home Maker's Forum we had a challenge to make hot process soap which I have thought about making for quite a while but have put it off in case the soap ended up being really thick and lumpy like it can do when rebatching soap. However, I finally bit the bullet and gave it a go last week but decided that once was enough for me and that I would stick to cold process soap in the future :-)

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Workshop on finding meaning in what we wear

Today our Simple Living Toowoomba group had the pleasure of hosting the delightful Jane Milburn, author of Slow Clothing:Finding meaning in what we wear. As our co-ordinator, Margy, wrote in the promotion for the workshop:  Slow Clothing is the antithesis of fast fashion. It is a way of thinking about, choosing and wearing clothes so they bring value, meaning and joy to everyday. We consider the substance of clothing as part of an holistic approach to living lightly on Earth.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Goodbye summer!

Well...aren't all of us in Australia happy to say goodbye to summer! We have had such a mixed bag of weather this month in Queensland with a dreadful prolonged heatwave, followed by a sudden drop of about 20 degrees in the temperature, then there was the fog and the recent downpour of nearly four inches of rain here which caused some flooding around the area. Currently Townsville, which is normally called 'Brownsville' by the locals due to the lack of rain, is coping with some seriously high rain totals causing flooding in low lying areas and there is more to come.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

A True Genius

Yesterday a friend and I paid a visit to the the Cobb and Co Museum to see the Da Vinci Machines Exhibition which is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy. The exhibition showcases iconic machines and inventions which are inspired by Leonardo's drawings and some of the highlights are the bicycle, the scuba suit and the spring powered car not to mention flying machines.


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