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With love, Shayna – Hand towels for the kitchen

With love, Shayna – Hand towels for the kitchen Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Make things

There's little worse than someone drying their hands on the tea towel. Follow these simple instructions and whip up a few hand towels specially made for the kitchen.

With love, Shayna - All Wrapped Up

With love, Shayna - All Wrapped Up Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Food, Make things

Christmas is upon us!  This week I've collated some images of the gifts I'll be giving this Christmas - all dolled up in fancy packaging with an indication of where I purchased the paper, labels, bottles, material and so on and so forth.  Enjoy! 

With love, Shayna – Handmade Shower Caps

With love, Shayna – Handmade Shower Caps Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Stories, Make things

‘But why do you need an attractive looking shower cap?' Why indeed! These shower caps are the perfect handmade gift for those who like a bit of luxurious pampering in their lives.

Wind & Sky – Storytelling With Passion & Integrity

Wind & Sky – Storytelling With Passion & Integrity Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Issues, Stories, Arts, Make things

Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo of Wind & Sky Productions are gladly on the frontier of the communications transformation that is being unleashed and which allows true journalistic principles to be put into action. They are storytellers of positive stories, of sustainability, social and environme

With love, Shayna – Limoncello

With love, Shayna – Limoncello Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Food, Recipes, Make things

Did you know there's only nine weeks until Christmas?  It's time to start planning if you intend to give homemade gifts this year!  With the surplus lemons still hanging from trees around Ballarat, Limoncello is an excellent place to start.

Local Ballarat Artist Back from South Korea.

Local Ballarat Artist Back from South Korea. Author: Categories: Stories, Arts, Make things, Festivals

Local Ballarat Artist, Dawn Whitehand, recently returned from South Korea, having been invited to exhibit and demonstrate at an annual ceramics festival.

The Design Exchange Markets – Contemporary Crafts

The Design Exchange Markets – Contemporary Crafts Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Arts, Music, Make things, Festivals

Coming up next Sunday October 9 is Ballarat's very own contemporary craft market, the Design Exchange. Founder and organiser Lyndelle Flintoft shares her inspiration for getting this market off the ground.

With love, Shayna – Chai Choc-Chip Cookies

With love, Shayna – Chai Choc-Chip Cookies Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Food, Recipes, Make things, Health

These cookies are perfect for a school holiday activity to keep the kids entertained for a bit and provide scrumptious snacks. They travel well so also make great gifts or picnic treats!

With love, Shayna – Boot Stuffers

With love, Shayna – Boot Stuffers Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Make things

Organise your footwear with these easy to make boot stuffers created from an array of bright fabrics.

Buddah's Delight

Buddah's Delight Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Stories, Arts, Food, Make things

Happy first day of spring! On the first day of Chinese New Year (a variable date in January or Febuary) it is traditional to cook this vegetarian dish. Chinese New Year is meant to mark the end of winter/beginning of spring, so as it's officially the first day of spring here in southern hemisphere A

With love, Shayna - Homemade Heat Packs

With love, Shayna - Homemade Heat Packs Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Make things

Have you ever seen those heat packs filled with wheat and scented with lavender? They're often sold at markets, but can easily be made with the advantage of personal touches and great savings.

With love, Shayna – Homemade Herbal Teas

With love, Shayna – Homemade Herbal Teas Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Food, Make things

This week has been very busy due to a number of close friends celebrating their birthdays. Seeing as I like to give homemade gifts, several of them received birthday packages containing a selection of my homemade herbal teas.  How did I make them?  The answer lies within my column.

An extraordinary soup - Locro de Papas

An extraordinary soup - Locro de Papas Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Arts, Food, Make things

In the hunt for ethnic inspiration for tasty winter soup I stumbled across the notion of an Ecuadorian potato and cheese soup with avocado. It sounded a lot more appetizing than anything I could possibly do with turnip, celeriac, onion or brussel sprouts. I checked it out and immediately began saliv

With love, Shayna - Personal Picnic Paraphernalia

With love, Shayna - Personal Picnic Paraphernalia Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Make things

Now is the time to prepare ourselves for the activities that accompany fine weather - namely, picnics. Attract attention with original, stylish, personalised picnic paraphernalia this spring by making your own picnic set from recycled equipment and fabrics.

With love, Shayna - Beautiful Bootees for Babies

With love, Shayna - Beautiful Bootees for Babies Author: Shayna WilliamsCategories: Make things

Lately I've been busy making bootees for friends' babies. Some have been knitted, but when I'm pushed for time, I find crocheting is definitely the easier option. Here you'll find my basic pattern that can easily be adapted to fit various foot sizes and decorated to create beautiful and orginal foot

Want a Vibrant Arts Community? Let's Brainstorm!

Want a Vibrant Arts Community? Let's Brainstorm! Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Issues, Arts, Community, Make things

Imagine if the Ballarat area had a vibrant arts community. What would that mean to you? What would that look like for you? What if it was as easy to meet other artists as it is for footy players to find a team? What if there was a dedicated arts space? What if studio/ rehearsal/ exhibition space rel

Pecks, Perks and Pips - The Pleasures and Pitfalls

Pecks, Perks and Pips - The Pleasures and Pitfalls Author: Heather MarshCategories: Stories, Make things, Garden

The reality of what feels like weeks of grey drizzle that creeps in under even the best gators, sodden gloves and mud smeared jeans has been a lot less bracing than those summer visions. Yet, this year I have finally fulfilled that goal - of being a winter gardener. No, it's not glamorous- no crunch

Super Simple Winter Vege Burgers

Super Simple Winter Vege Burgers Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Stories, Arts, Food, Recipes, Make things

Well well well. Winter is upon us now. If you hadn't noticed, there are mushrooms popping up all over the place. Although Autumn is a better time for mushrooming, they are still in season in Winter. Don't know what to look for out in the wild? Never mind, the store bought mushrooms are reliably safe

Wonderful Walnut Pasta Sauce

Wonderful Walnut Pasta Sauce Author: Fiona MorganCategories: Stories, Arts, Recipes, Make things

Walnuts. If you know what you are looking for you can forage for them now and get a feed for free. Otherwise, they are in season and at the lowest shop price they will be over the year. And making great use of this seasonal feast is a delicious pasta dish that does not involve tomatoes! This is so e

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