11 September 2018

Reusable Shopping Bag (with Storage Pocket)

I'm loving the fact that more and more shops are choosing to get rid of single use plastic bags. I'm also loving making a personal effort to cut down on using plastic myself. 

I recently made a fabric shopping bag with a small internal pocket that can be used to hold your phone, keys or wallet while you shop, but that also is a little pocket to fold the bag into when you aren't using it. 

Since then, a few people have asked for a tutorial.  Now let's be frank... I am the most casual (aka lazy) person that I know when it comes to sewing, so below is a mega simple step by step guide to making your own reusable shopping bag with pocket. 

Please note: I apologise for not ironing as I go... because it's going to be continually crinkled due to being stored in a pocket when not in use, I didn't feel the need to bring out the iron! 

Step 1
Cut out two pieces of rectangular shaped fabric and pin together with insides facing out. This will be for your main bag, so cut size to suit what size bag you'd like, leaving extra fabric to allow for seams. 

Sew fabric together on 3 of the 4 sides, leaving the opening at the top. Once you've stitched those together, you can zig zag the edges for extra stength. I like to use the zig zag stitch on the edge of the seams to keep from fraying. 

Step 2
Cut two long matching strips of fabric for your bag handles. Sew these lengthways (with inside fabric facing out), then turn inside out and sew again on both sides to make edges neat. 

Step 3
Cut out a smaller rectangle shape to use as the internal pocket. 

Sew a little edge on one of the shorter sides, then pin leaving a portion of the fabric overlapping (as seen in photo below), and sew down outer sides to form a pocket. 

Turn pocket inside out so that it is the right way, and sew down sides to make tidy.

Step 4
Pin the seam around the top of your bag by rolling the edge over twice.

Once pinned in place, carefully place pocket in centre of one side and pin into top seam ready for sewing.

Do the same with the bag handles, pinning both handles on both sides.

Neatly sew around the bag edge, sewing the pocket and handles into place as you go. 

Tuck the bag handles back over and sew into place again second time around. 

Step 5
Trim off any loose pieces of cotton and turn your bag out to its correct way. 

Marvel at how clever you are then turn your bag into its pocket and marvel again  at your brilliance! 

For more crafty makings, go here.

17 August 2018

Coconut & Date Bliss Balls

I love anything easy when it comes to recipes and these 2 ingredient bliss balls are exactly that. Added bonus is that they are sugar and gluten free! 

Simply take 2 cups of pitted dates and 2 cups of shredded or desiccated coconut and blend together in a food processor or blender.

Once blended well (and fine) roll teaspoons of the mixture in extra coconut and store.

So delicious and great for snacks, school lunchboxes etc!

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14 August 2018

Life goes on...

I was surprised at how devastated we were at the recent loss of our Boo dog. I actually felt quite guilty feeling so sad over the death of a family pet when we know people who are walking through loss or serious sickness with loved ones. The reality is that pets have this uncanny way of making their way deep into our hearts and homes.

This picture got to me the most, as Symon buried his special pet... 

Life goes on though, and recently life has been so full and busy that it's been hard to find an evening in free from events, meetings and appointments.

So much to be thankful for though.  Some recent highlights include...

Our cat Ripley! She is so much fun and such a sweet girl (most of the time!) ... 

Loving my letterboard...

Absolutely loving our church and these amazing people we get to do life with... 

Yay for bags that fit laptops...

And yay for crafty girlfriends...

Thankful for precious friends...

And family, so so thankful for family!

Lastly, thankful for this guy,  who I hope to grow old with...

So much to be thankful for!

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31 July 2018

Farewell Boo

July has been a tough month which started with the loss of our big cat Barney and has ended today with another massive loss.

Today we farewelled Boo, our much loved staffy. Having two old pets pass away close to each other has definitely been so sad, but we know we've given them the best life with tonnes of love. 

We will miss you Boo

Stoneheart Twisted Casper
15/6/2005 - 31/7/2018 ❤️😭❤️

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25 July 2018

Crochet Shopping Bag

I was looking for a quick crochet project the other day and remembered a pattern I had posted about way back in 2011 for a Crochet Grocery Tote.

I really want to cut down on my use of plastic bags, and having a few of these in my car or hand bag are definitely going to help. They are small when empty but stretch really well to hold heaps and can be made from any scraps of yarn I have left over.

Check out the free pattern here

Just like last time, I had to include a male model using my bags... 😂

For more crafty makings, go here.

09 July 2018


The months are flying by and I feel like there is so much to keep a note of! Here are a few of the exciting things happening around these parts lately - keeping a thankful heart and noting all the good stuff! 

Our daughter was water baptised last month. She decided all on her own about this decision and it was so lovely to watch her declare her faith publicly... 

We celebrated my beautiful Nana's 86th birthday with some family time. Love my Nana so much and so blessed to have her in our lives. 

The official ball photos came out and I loved seeing how great our boy and all his friends looked dressed up! 

Our church has just recently started selling proper coffee on Sundays and our cafe team has done so well training and serving coffees. I'm super proud of them! 

Absolutely blown away and loving our school's recent production! Our 3 youngest were involved and did so well, but I was so proud of every single child involved - seriously impressed and already looking forward to next year's production! 

Our eldest son has been doing a bit of domestic flying for work this last month. It's been so cool seeing him enjoy new experiences and also having the chance to explore a new city that is still on my bucket list to visit one day! 

Lastly, we have a new little addition to our family.  After losing our much loved Barney, we knew we wanted to find another female cat and have kittens again, just like we had with Barney.

Meet Ripley Drake, our 17 month old Birman x Ragdoll. 

We love her so much already... Although Boo isn't too sure. 

So much to be thankful for!

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