Wednesday, 28 May 2014

How to make glass jar candle holders

Recently we had my husband’s 30th birthday party and I wanted to light up the garden with candles. However they often blow out when we have a breeze. So I thought about to solve this problem and realised that I had heaps of glass jars. 
Here is how to make glass jar candle holders.

Step 1: Buy or recycle jars you use when cooking. I saved up about 20 jars for our party.
Bella our golden retriever supervising my efforts.
Step 2: You will need to fill the bottom quarter of the jar with sand, rice or soil to keep the glass from blowing up. Also the sand catches the wax drips from the candles and makes sure it doesn’t get stuck to the glass!
Here is the first jar I did. Then it started to rain, so I moved them undercover to finish off.
Step 3: Once you have filled all the jars with sand, then you need to add a candles to each jar.

I used tea light candles. However you can use any candle that will fit in the jar.
Step 4: Then you can place them into their final position outside or inside.
I placed them about 1 meter apart all through our garden.
In between the strawberry plants near our entertaining area.
Next to the oregano and basil plants in the side vegie patch.

Step 5: Wait until night time and light the candles. Enjoy your night with friends and family.
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Monday, 26 May 2014

Week 22: household tasks and cleaning checklist

Household tasks and cleaning
Organise pet supplies and guard against pests
Go through pile of magazines. Make keep and throw out piles. Rip out pages that you want to keep from the throw out pile.
Check water, wiper water, oil and tyre pressure on all cars. Wash cars if needed.
Bleach toilets, bathtubs, showers, spa and sinks.
Change and launder sheets and pillowcases. Check throw rugs for marks and shake of dust.
Garden and outdoor care
Check weeds in lawn. Spray with weed and feed if needed and have dry weather for a few days.
Clean and organise the garage. Use spray or natural remedies to guard against pests in and out of house such as spiders, mice, cockroaches and earwigs.
Compost autumn leaves
Top up worm farm with scraps. Use worm tea on unhealthy plants. Turn the compost heap. 
Have people over for visits on at least once a month. Friends take away night
Take dog to leash free park
Volunteer to help out at a charity or collect items to help them.
Plan a holiday or day trip
Do Wii fit workout and walk dog. If cannot walk or Wii fit, then run up and down stairs 20 times.
Make meal planner for week
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Friday, 23 May 2014

How to grow garlic

Garlic is one the easiest crops that you can grow. It's just as easy to grow in pots as it is in the ground.
Step 1: Plant close to the autumn equinox or when the days start shortening and the nights become cooler. Gently split the garlic bulb into individual cloves.

Step 2: Add quality compost or manure to your garden bed. Try to choose a garden bed in full sun. Then make a small hole that is 8cm deep for each clove.

Step 3: Place each clove with the pointy end up. Cover around the clove and cover the hole with mulch. You should see green shots in about 2 weeks. 

Step 4: You can harvest once the foliage starts to die back and turn brown. Store bulbs in a cool, dry place and they'll last up to 8 months. I always split up my bulbs for the next season.
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Magnet maths numeracy games

Recently Joshua was given a magnetic blackboard and paint easel. I have been trying to find educational uses for the blackboard and came across these fun activities:
  • Addition of round magnets: As shown above - we were working on sliding the round magnets together and counting the total. Then you can work together to put the sum on the board.

  • Counting with the round magnets. You can simply slide the magnets from one side of the blackboard to the other. We have been practicing counting to 5.

  • Putting the numbers in order: Place all the numbers including 10 (easier if it is one magnet 10 - not 1 and 0). Then we sing the song to 10 and put the numbers in the correct order as we sing that number.
 I store our magnets in old formula tins. I recovered the tins in wall paper.

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Week 21: household tasks and cleaning checklist

Household tasks and cleaning
Dust surfaces and sills, vacuum and steam clean floors.
Spray and wipe benches, windex glass surfaces and mirrors. Wipe hand and pet prints from windows, walls and sliding doors.
Empty trash bins. Spray and wipe the insides and outsides.
Clean and organise vehicles. Clean out boot and vacuum. Spray and wipe insides.
Take books off shelves; dust shelves and books. 

Garden and outdoor care
Disinfect flowerpots: soak in a solution of one part bleach to 10 parts water, scrub with a stiff brush and dry thoroughly before storing.
Remove any surviving perennial weeds and dig in well-rotted manure and compost.
Prune redcurrants and white currants once the leaves have fallen.
Have a doctor, dentist or vet check-up for everyone.
Get library books for me, meal ideas and baby’s reading time
Go to butchers for bulk buy and freeze excess meat for next few weeks.
Talk about work, feelings and stress to friends and loved one.
Do Wii fit workout and walk dog. If cannot walk or Wii fit, then run up and down stairs 20 times.
Make meal planner for week
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Sunday, 18 May 2014

Weekly & Monthly egg laying charts

I have made a colouring chart or checklist you can download to track how many eggs you are getting from your chickens. Here are a few ways you can use them: 
  • You can use it for all your chickens, each flock of chickens or have a chart for each individual chicken. Each day has 10 eggs allocated.
  • You can track your chicken’s health and spot any illness or reduction quickly.
  • It will help you to know how many eggs you get per week/month. This is great for meal planners, as you know that you need recipes that need/don’t need eggs depending on your supply.
  • Use as a numeracy teaching tool for children, as they have to count the eggs each day and colouring in the same number of eggs. Also it reinforces the topic of time, as they have to talk about the days, weeks and months of year daily. 

Click pictures below to open and download. 
Click the down arrow in left hand corner once open.

Lady Creativity

Friday, 16 May 2014

Tips for growing an apple tree

Apples are one of the most popular fruits around and now you can grow a crop of crunchy, juicy fruit in your own backyard. 
  • Apple trees can tolerate extreme cold, warm and even sub-tropical regions.
  • Position trees where they will be protected from strong winds.
  • Selecting the right variety for your region is crucial, as this is the key to ensuring a bountiful harvest.
  • They grow best in full sun, but will also cope with part-sun.
  • While apple trees prefer deep, rich, well-drained loam, they’re adaptable to other soil types. However, avoid the two extremes of waterlogged or excessively dry positions. If you’re planting in pots or tubs, always use a premium potting mix.
  • Apple trees require relatively little feeding once they’re established. However, they will appreciate an application of a suitable controlled-release fertiliser each spring.
  • Like any temperate-climate fruit tree, apples require little to no additional water during the autumn and winter months.
  • As the fruit forms over the spring and summer months, water them occasionally between rainy periods, and mulch and water well during hot summer weather.
  • There’s a range of dwarf and compact varieties available that are suitable for garden beds, large tubs or planter boxes.
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Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Baby clothes clean up and storage solution

Recently I was buying new clothes for Joshua when I released that I had nowhere to put his old clothes. For the last few months I have been storing his too small clothes in these plastic containers. The problem was that they were not organised. So here is what I did:

For the last few months I have been storing his too small clothes in these plastic containers. The problem was that they were not organised.
  • I pulled out all the clothes.
  • I kept any that were too scruffy for our rag pile.
  • Then I re-ironed and folded the clothes neatly.
  • Put them into piles by their clothes label size.
  • If any pieces of clothing had shrunk, I put them with the next size down.
  • Got 4 pieces of A4 cardboard and put a label on each box with the clothing size it contained. My labels were:
0000 & 00000 newborn, hats, wraps, sleeping bags
000 3 to six months
00  6 to 12 months
0 & 1 12 to 18 months 
  • I have put them in the top of a wardrobe in our spare bedroom. I often give clothing to friends having babies, so I will be much easily to find what I need from now onwards.
Hope this helps you to get organised!
Lady Creativity

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