Monthly Archives: December 2014

2014 in review


with 3 days left of 2014 I thought I would look back at the list of goals I made back at the beginning of the year. this is a copy of what I posted, followed by my review of each group.

JAN 2014 – personally –

*stay debt free; move into own space ( get own cat or 3!!!); continue to reduce sugar in diet; up the exercise level (from basic to a little bit more than basic!); get a job!; source vintage and second hand items for my home; read more books; see more movies; be a tourist in my own city.

DEC 2014 review – I am still debt free!. I haven’t moved out of my parents home as I need to be handy to deal with my mother. I have kept up with the low to no sugar, except for Dec, and I haven’t really enjoyed what I’ve eaten, including (shock horror!!!) Quality Street choccies!. upping the exercise is a fail – I started to walk but gave up quickly due to weather or commitments and havent got back to it!. my mother is my job currently!. I have had a nosey round second hand shops once in a while and picked up a few things to feather my future nest!. I’ve managed to read a few books during the down time – I dont have a tally however. with wanting to conserve my money I havent seen many movies at the cinema, but try and catch up with a few on sky movies. tonight I’m going to watch ‘Frozen’ for the first time, making me quite possibly the last person on the planet to see it for the first time!.

JAN 2014 – crafty –

* finish the neighbourhood by the end of March; stitch an xmas ornament each month; start and finish the snowmen; do a Project Life spread each month; crochet something to keep the stitches in my head!.

DEC 2014 review – I did get the neighbourhood finished by the end of March and absolutely love it. on the Christmas ornament a month front = epic fail!. I think I stitched the grand total of 2 and a half!. one of those I gave to my niece for Christmas. I have started the snowman, but not finished them!. I’m way behind, like 6 months behind, on Project Life. I made good progress on hexis for new blanket.

 JAN 2014 – self reliance –
* continue to work on vegetable production – get to grips with NZ planting seasons!; look into home made products – for now, shampoo, toothpaste; continue to cook from scratch; investigate eating/buying locally; reduce reliance on electrical goods if there is a hand powered option available; remove plastics from my surrounds( will need to wait til in own space most likely)
DEC 2014 review – I’m in full swing of the summer vege growing season at present and seem to be getting to grips with what you do when. the only homemade product I made and used was deodorant, and currently, I’m not using it because when the weather warmed up I was noticing a rancid smell by the end of the day. I need to investigate why or try some different recipes as I’m not prepared to use it like that. I did add extra tea tree oil but it didn’t help. I have switched to an Eco Store shampoo and soap for now. cooking from scratch is ticking over nicely, but other than farm free range eggs from friends, I’m not doing alot of eating or buying locally. I will choose NZ grown over overseas products however. reducing reliance on electricity is something that really only happens in the kitchen for now – hand beating over an electric beater for example. as a family we managed to not use the clothes dryer at all over the winter. I keep the no plastics in the back of my mind when I’m shopping for house hold items, but its only small things for now.
so, there you have it – not too many epic fails, lots of small steps and a couple of successes!.
I’ll be back with a post or two on plans for 2015!.

Putting it out there……..eeek!


So, I mentioned a post or two ago that I had been having a play with paint. I send many enjoyable hours wandering around Pinterest and have been admiring a lot of abstract art. I particularly like the work of Erin Ashley and Mark Rothko. So I’ve been trying to play with the styles they use.

This is some of what I’ve been trying out, with a view to maybe selling some via Etsy in the New Year. At the moment I’m painting on a small scale – having to use what I have on hand as I have no income at present and every dollar has to be used wisely. What I did have was several packs of playing cards!. I also had some index/recipe cards, so have been using them as well. I like the idea of smaller pieces of art, as this then makes it affordable for people to own original art.

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I included the photo of Sid partly to show scale – he’a an average sized mog!, and cos it helps perpetuate my crazy cat lady tag!.

I’m really enjoying playing and seeing what happens. I’m still developing my own style, but I do favour the Rothko style seen on the 4 index cards above.

If I do set up an Etsy shop, I will add a link in the sidebar, and maybe shout it from the roof tops!.

December in the vege patch.


Hi all, I thought I would update where the vege patch is up to currently.


the above rose is fast becoming one of my favourites. its called Crown Princess Marguerita and has the most wonderful apricot scent.

below are some of my tomatoes. I have 3 varieties – an oxheart, a red cherry and a white cherry. those are the red cherries in the photo on the right. the top 2 have been out for about 10days, but I noticed this morning a a few more have ‘popped’ on the truss.

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below on the left is 3 brocolli plants. not sure where I’m going to put them!. in the right photo, our new spuds for Xmas are on the left and the 2 bags on the right are yams.

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below, on the left, a lettuce I’ve left to go to seed in order to collect them, and on the right the strawberries.

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the runner beans are beginning to take off and on the right, my red kidney beans are looking good. I should have a decent 1/4-1/3 of a normal size jar.

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on the left is a view of the vege plot round the back of the house. it’s really taken off in the past couple of weeks what with all the rain we’ve had. on the right is a close up on my rainbow carrots. I only ever managed to grow carrots in grow bags in the UK, so I’m pleased at how these are looking. I sowed another row today along side.

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my pride and joy below – my sweetcorn!. this seems (touch wood!) to be my best crop of corn to date. I tried on my allotment in the UK but they never amounted to much. here they seem to be thriving – there are brick and concrete walls near the bed and I’m hoping they will help provide some extended heat from the sun which will help.

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below is 2 of my 3 sisters bed!. I’ve planted a butternut squash beneath the corn, but wont be planting any climbing beans as I’ve got some dwarf heritage beans right next door. next year I will certainly try the whole 3 sisters system.

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said dwarf heritage beans!. and the resident heritage moggy loving the warm soil and bricks!.

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with less than 2 weeks to Christmas I hope you all are enjoying the holiday festivities. here at my house it is very quiet – my mother doesnt like Christmas so we have very little, if any decorations. its all rather sad really, but as I live here currently, there is nothing I can do about it!.