A few weeks ago, I saw these awesome little keepsake boxes on Pinterest. I had been pondering for sometime over what to do with all the keepsakes that we had accumulated from our big holidays without being too intrusive in our decor.
In my hunt for ideas to use up all of the luscious basil in my garden, I came across the notion of mixing basil with oil and then freezing to make little nuggets that can be dropped into a pan and add delicious basil-y goodness to any dish.
Tiny Morsels of deliciousness
I was pretty tickled by this idea and dove into the kitchen to have a crack. No directions, only a half-baked idea that I’d skim read off the ole inter-web. Luckily, it seems this method is pretty idiot fool-proof.
One of the things I love most about being crafty is that I am always learning new things. Nothing ever gets boring because I will never know everything. Not to mention the fact that knowing you have made something yourself is pretty darn neat!
So, needless to say, I was pretty excited to find this little beauty in the back of my wardrobe stash, in a bag of goodies from my Grandmother.
As mentioned previously, my mama is one of the hardest people to buy for. Mostly because she always claims not to want anything. As though that’s an option!
With Mother’s Day fairly soon after her birthday, it is a struggle each year to come up with ideas so close together. Luckily, Papa got her an iPad for her birthday so I knew exactly what I wanted to make her! Thanks Papa for being so extravagant.
Ever since Hubster and I decided to buy the house we currently live in, we have slowly been making the shift from ‘Flat’ to ‘Home’. Our couch was purchased on the cheap. We loved the ‘L’ shape of it, and its extreme comfy-ness. We didn’t love the cushion covers.
Recently, I became overwhelmed at the state of my stash. During the subsequent clean up, I found a wealth of other half-finished projects and clothes that I had put aside for a rainy day. These were added to my list of things to finish / re-use / refashion / up-cycle before buying any new supplies. Hubster is going to be the happiest man alive. He may get his study back, I will get some new additions to my wardrobe and presents will be made and gifted with nary a dollar spent.
The stash busting continues! Today I found languishing in the depths of the stash storage a bag of goodies gifted by my Gran. She’s even worse of a hoarder than I am so this was truly a jackpot find. I expect that many posts in the near future will feature items found in this bag.
The first item that caught my eye was this lovely blue scarf.
Love that print
I immediately knew what I wanted to do with it. I have been lusting for sometime now over a Kimono styled cardigan. In particular, this one from Elle Apparel.
When I planted my new Vege patch last year it was an occasion for great excitement. It blossomed and bloomed and my tomato plants grew to heights I had never seen – I had only ever grown tomatoes in planters prior to this. The tomato excitement totally eclipsed the poor little (or so I thought) basil plants I had planted in and around the tomatoes, until blight hit. I’m pretty sure I cried. Yet, as I pillaged the plants for any edible fruit and pulled them up, I discovered underneath a small forest of basil plants. Seriously guys, they were out of control!
It’s a jungle out there! Even the strawberries are getting in on the action.
So began the hunt to decide what to do with them. Be warned, there may be a few basil themed posts in the near future. This time round I’m going for a nice, simple pesto.