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Country Living and Gingham Curtains

New curtains, made from cotton gingham and hung on the newly cleaned windows, all ready for the festive season and visitors arriving on Christmas Eve…

There is a plethora of fabrics available to use in sewing, but many of them are produced as by-products of the petro-chemical industry and carry with them many pollutants infused into the fabric itself.

These pollutants then become infused into the very atmosphere of the home and part of the air we breathe…so, I choose natural fabrics for my sewing and decorating efforts.

Midwinter light, candles and greenery collected from Nature and placed on window sills as a reminder that life is eternal…

There is a soft beauty in the midst of winter. A quiet time of contemplation and renewal, re-charging the life force…

Paper stars, a simple form of decoration…
I read that the Beckhams had spent $35,000 on a tree and decorations for their home this month. Now, I bet that the Beckham children would have enjoyed making decorations, collecting their own tree and decorating it for themselves!

During the great sort out of the cottage recently, I came upon an unfinished jumper that started life as a cardigan…a natural evolution when you think about it!

The logs are burning well in the stove in the kitchen, warming the cottage, water, radiators, boiling the kettle, cooking and baking!

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Simplicity, Frugality and Thrift…

Made today…

Frugality, simplicity and thrift…cutting down old curtains bought at a Boot Fair, to make new curtains for this window.

Hung on curtain wire…the cheapest and most effective way to hang light curtains.

And cafe curtains on the kitchen windows… These curtains are easy and fast to make, sewing in straight lines and no need for accessories of any kind!

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Think twice before you throw away tins…they make wonderful pots for plants!

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Floral displays are easy to create from all kinds of cuttings.

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Twisted willow wreathes require little or no skill to make and the materials are free and readily collected from the hedgerows.

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Candles for Midwinter, made over recent days, using candle scraps collected up over the course of the year.

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A string of hearts made from scrap materials…one of those curtain pattern sample books that shops find difficult to dispose of!

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Home made biscuits to give as gifts, always treasured as they are unique and and can be wrapped in such beautiful ways!

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Tiny pots of home made jam…

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Wrapped with home made scones, these make wonderful gifts!

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Or home made jellies with herbs added!

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Be really adventurous and make fruit wine…

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Once in the demijohn, they make themselves!

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The kindest and cheapest way to bleach your tea cloths…leave them out in the sun!

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture home made soup

Make a big pot of soup, fill some Kilner jars with it and store in the fridge…it will keep for several days and is better than buying factory made stuff in plastic pots!

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Happy making and baking…!

 

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Permaculture Cottage ~ Lazy Sunday Afternoon…Upcycling!

Today is Sunday…afternoon…Pics from here, today, at Bealtaine Permaculture Cottage…

Sun rising over Bealtaine today.

Sunrise from the porch. Built in a sustainable way from wood, locally sourced…when most people are building in concrete blocks, but as I often ask, ‘how long do you intend living on Gaia?’ This wooden porch will see me out!

Windows are recylced, as is most of the wood!

Upcycled taps…from the bath to the sink…water is water is water is water!

And an upcycled sink and an upcycled surround and the same for the material for the curtain…and the dish drainer?…that’s a cake cooling rack!