How To: Colour Burst Necklace

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We are busily making Christmas presents at ohc headquarters. This is a great little tutorial and these necklaces are so easy to make. We are making about ten of these little beauties. The inspiration for these came from my love of Camilla caftans that I love so much with their unapologetic bold colours and almost Bollywood sense of extravagance. They are really quick when you do them all at the same time as it is easy to get into the swing of it. These necklaces can be decorated with jewels, feathers, tassels, beads or anything. We have yet to adorn the rest of ours.

This tutorial also contains a very neat little trick my mama taught me years ago for turning tubes of material to the right side out with no fuss at all.

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Materials

10cm/4″ Cotton Voile (other cottons may be too thick and are not as easy to tie)
Piece of cord same length as fabric
Safety pin
Wooden beads
Scissors
Sewing machine & Thread

Method

1. Cut a 10cm/4″ strip of fabric

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2. Put strip of fabric, right sides facing. Use safety pin to secure the cord inside the strip of fabric, to one end.

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3. Sew a seam down the open edge of the fabric, encasing the cord inside it.

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4. Begin to pull the cord through the open end, making sure that the safety pin is tucked inside.

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5. Pull the cord the whole way through, and watch the fabric turn in on itself and turn right side out. Magic! and a serious time-saving little trick. Remove the safety pin and pull out the cord.

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6. Place a bead inside the tube of fabric at the centre point and tie two knots on either side of it.

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7. Continue placing the beads one after another inside the material, separating them each with a single knot.

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8. When you have finished, leave a space at both end of the beaded fabric. Tie the ends into a simple knot to complete.
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Adorn these necklaces with anything you like. Little fabric flowers could look fantastic also. We adorned one of our with crystals, a gemstone and a tassel.

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How To: Skincare Routine for Your Face (Chemical-Free, Organic, Good Enough to Eat)

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Having beautiful, soft glowing skin on your face makes you feel wonderful.  One of the best gifts to yourself during the silly season is the gift of beautiful skin.  It makes you feel confident and helps you to look wonderful during photos and at functions.

Our motto is “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin”.  Your skin is your biggest organ and needs to remain healthy.  My skincare routine has changed dramatically in the past few years as I have stopped using chemicals.  And my skin looks much better and feels much softer.  It is easy to be seduced by fancy products that claim to offer the world and have big price tags.  But really all your skin wants is good, healthy products and a little bit of love.

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Natural Skincare Routine

Skincare Routine for the Face

  • Oil Cleaning.  Use either organic Olive oil, Coconut Oil or Sweet Almond Oil to clean the skin.  Put some oil onto a cotton pad and wipe it onto your face, then leave it for a few seconds to soak up the dirt and start to break down your makeup.  Wipe away the oil and the grime with it.  Use different oils at different times of the year.  Olive Oil is good in winter when skin tends to become really dry, coconut oil is lovely and light for summer.
  • Face Scrub.  Scrub your face using a natural organic scrub such as our Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Scrub.  This smells delicious, wipes away dead skin cells and keeps your facing feel soft.  If you would like to mix it up you can also just use a mild lotion and mix sea salt into it as a face scrub.
  • Toning.  A very good toner for your face is Raw Apple Cider Vinegar.  After Cleansing you can mix a small amount of ACV with water and pat it onto your face.  I only do this occasionally.
  • Moisturise.  Moisturising your skin is really important.  Living in a very hot, dry climate means that skin tends to become really dry.  By far the best moisturiser I have used is our All Natural Moisturising Bars.  They smell chocolatey and lovely.
  • Peel.  Instead of a chemical peel I use the trusted Bicarbonate Soda.  Just mix a small amount of Bicarb with water and cover your face with it.  Leave it for a few minutes then rinse it off with water.  If it stings too much I wouldn’t leave it on for long.  You can also mix freshly squeezed lemon juice with water and apply this to your face and then rinse after a few minutes.
  • Turmeric Mask.  I do this every now and then.  Mix  some turmeric powder with some honey and place it onto the skin.  Leave it on for a few minutes and then use some sort of flour and your fingers to scrub it off.  It is sticky but your skin will glow.
  • Under-eye.  Use a little extra coconut oil for the delicate skin under your eyes.
  • The Clarisonic Mia.  This is a lovely tool to use daily.  It helps to scrub away the dead skin cells and leaves your skin glowing.  It has transformed my skin.

More tips for looking after your Face:

  • Keep your face out of the sun.  This is a necessity in Australia where we have sun for most of the year and people end up with very leathery skin.  I find the easiest way to do this is to wear a hat and big sunglasses.  You will not find me out in summer without these two things.  It also means that you will not get skin cancer which is a major concern.
  • Use a good sunscreen that has few chemicals in it.  I use a sunscreen for sensitive skin.  I use it sparingly and I prefer to use a hat to protect my face.
  • Stay hydrated.  Drinking lots of water is one of the best ways to get rid of toxins and to keep your skin looking moist and gorgeous.
  • Fish Oil.  Taking a high quality fish oil or krill oil daily will do wonders for your skin.  But by far the most environmentally friendly way to go is to eat fish like salmon three times a week (make sure it is ethically sourced).
  • Eat a rainbow.  Eat as many colourful vegetables as fruit as possible.  The goodness of fruits and vegetables is contained in the colour, so make colourful salads, roast vegies, soups anything to eat a rainbow.
  • Turmeric.  Use Turmeric as much as you can in your cooking.  It is an incredibly powerful antioxidant and will make a huge impact on your skin also.  I eat turmeric every day.  If I haven’t added it to my cooking, I take a teaspoon of turmeric with a glass of orange juice.
  • Don’t eat junk food or processed sugar.  It will leave your skin looking sallow and yuck.
  • Quit Smoking.
  • Drink alcohol moderately.

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How To: A Simple Tassel (for necklaces, presents, clothing, anything)

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This is a really simple tutorial but is a useful little trick to keep coming back to. Tassels can be made from wool, cotton, leather, anything. They are a very inexpensive way to decorate and can be used to make stunning bracelets, necklaces, wreaths and more. A simple tassel like this takes about five minutes to whip up! Seems that we are into tassels for this Christmas with our tassel necklace, tassel garland, Christmas wreaths and Advent Calendar.

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Materials

Dressmaking scissors

Wool, thick embroidery thread, cotton

1 small piece of card (a piece of a cereal box would be perfect)

Method

1. Cut a piece of card to the length you’d like. The tassel will end up about 1″/2.5cm shorter than this. Drape a piece of string over the card to begin.

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2. Wrap a piece of string around the card until the tassel is as thick as you would like.

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3. Cut another piece of string. Wrap it through and around the top of the tassel while it is still on the card, tie a secure knot and leave two pieces at the end for tying your tassel to something.

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4. Remove the tassel from the card.

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5. Tie another piece of string onto the tassel and wrap it several ties to secure the tassel. Secure this with a simple knot.

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6. Cut the tassel at the bottom to the length your desire. Snip off the stray threads.

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How To: Paper Tassel Garland

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We have made many of these little beauties over the past four years.  They are a gorgeous addition to any party, wedding, Christmas get-together or cocktail soiree .  They are the perfect mix of sophisticated and whimsical.    When choosing colours to use, choosing three colours works really well.  Then choose as many shades of each colour as you like.  You can’t go wrong with this formula.

Note: These garlands take longer than an hour to make.  Each garland we make with 20 tassels but you could make them with less.

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Materials

20 large pieces of tissue paper (different colours)
Ruler
Stanley knife
Craft Glue
Paintbrush or skewer
Cord (to string the tassels)

Method

1. Fold your piece of tissue paper in half lengthwise, right sides facing out.

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2. Fold the tissue paper in half again (this makes it quicker to cut).

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3. Using the ruler to guide you, cut the tissue paper into small slices, with the Stanley knife. Start cutting a few inches below the fold of the paper. Cut strips along the whole length of tissue paper.

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4.Carefully unfold the tissue paper, right side facing up.

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5. Fold the tissue paper in half, then in quarters, then again until it is a thin strip in the middle.

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6. Twist the centre of the tissue paper in the middle and fold it over (as in photo below).

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7. Using a paintbrush or skewer, paint glue onto the twisted part, then twist it together, leaving a loop on the top of the tassel.

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8. Secure the tassels at the bottom of the twist with a peg until the glue has dried.

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9. String the tassels onto a piece of string or cord and hang on a wall or in a doorway. Space the tassels out evenly. When you take the tassels down, tie them onto the string in a circle and store them in a bag. Try to keep the tassels straight and they can be used again and again.

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Last Minute Advent Calendar… and Our Other Christmas Ideas

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Today is the first day of Advent, we have been busily decorating our tree and our home, while listening to Elvis Presley cranking out some Christmas tunes.  Were you far too busy to even think about an Advent Calendar? Well, that is what One Hour Craft is for. We put together a few last minute Star & Cane Advent Calendars for friends and family. They took about half an hour each to make which was awesome as we had time to deliver them just in time.

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If you want help to make your homemade Christmas easier try reading our articles, How to Create a Happy, Relaxed Homemade Christmas (Part 1) and (Part 2).

If you need other quick ideas for Christmas try our…..

Angel Wings

Little Birdie Advent Calendar

Wreaths (3 ways)

Felted Wreath

The Perfect Gift Wrap

Reindeer Antler Card and Template

Baby Roma Tomato and Bocconcino Christmas Starters

And keep coming back in the next few weeks we will have more wrapping tutorials, recipes and much more.

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How To: Gorgeous Christmas Wreaths (3 Ways)

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This is our second wreath tutorials.  Our first, to Make a Felted Wreath is here.  post will show you how to make a very easy and fun Christmas wreath using a foam circle. We found that the most difficult part of this was working out how to wrap it which is why we are showing you three techniques.  Once it is covered, it is easy to decorate with anything you have at home. This is a great way to use up the scraps you already have at home and is a very inexpensive way to make your home ready for Christmas.  We found that the most difficult part of this was working out how to wrap it which is why we are showing you three techniques.  Once it is covered, it is easy to style with crafty bits you have at home.

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1 Foam Circle
Scraps of fabric: leather, cotton, hessian
Pins
Wool or string in a great colour
Bits and bobs including: Pompons, bells, beads, chain, flowers, stars, feathers, tassels etc

Techniques for Covering the Wreath

1. Leather and String

This gives a very modern and funky look and is so easy to do.   Just wrap the leather scraps around the wreath and then bind it on with the string.  When you reach the end of one scrap, tuck the beginning of another under it and keep going until the whole wreath is covered.  To secure it, tie a double knot with the string.

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When it is finished attach your trinkets to it for a great wreath.

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2. Fabric Mounds

This method is very easy but takes some time. It’s a great way to use scraps and gives a lovely, soft, textured look. For this method you can also use hessian, make sure to use a fabric with some hold in it so that it stands up.

Firstly, cut your fabric into 4″ x 4″ squares.

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Fold a fabric square in half, so that it makes a triangle.

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Fold one corner into the middle in the front.

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Fold the other corner into the middle, but at the back this time.  Secure with a pin in the middle (as in photo below).

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Keeping the pin in the same place, pin the fabric onto the foam ring.  Swivel the fabric to the side (this hides the pin) and puff it up.

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Repeat this process, pinning the fabric onto the wreath, next to each other. You will need two lines of fabric on the wreath, one of top and one on the bottom, to cover it (as in photo below).

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3. Fabric Strip Wrapping

This method is easy and really effective for a more minimalist look. Rip your fabric into long strips. Secure it to the foam with one pin at the end and then wrap it tightly, making sure the edges don’t curl too much. The edge of the fabric should overlap so that no foam shows. Flatten them out as you go. When you have reached the end use another pin to secure it.

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Styling your Wreath

This is really the fun part! Your imagination is the limit here. Raid your scraps and use what you have. Put them together in wonderful new ways and design your masterpiece.

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Tips for Styling your Wreath

  • Using three colours looks fabulous. Choose one neutral (grey) and two colourful colours.  You can then use different shades in all of these colours and it will still look balanced.  For example if you choose pink, you can use rose pink, bright pink, light pink and flouro pink.
  • Focusing your embellishments on the right hand bottom side of the wreath makes it look great.  Off centre gives it a more modern and interesting look.
  • Anything in threes looks good.
  • Not all your adornments need to be Christmassy.  Add Christmas touches using baubles, tree ornaments, stars etc.
  • Fluorescent colours look great against a neutral background as they really pop.
  • Balance the colour at the top.  On this wreath I have balanced the fluoro pink by wrapping some around the top left hand side and then placing a star on the other side to balance that.
  • Use any techniques you already know.  The fabric leaves I made are a technique learned making Kanzashi Tsunami (these are found in my book).

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Inspiration: Anya Brock

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Being an art teacher, an artist, a crafter, running a craft blog and a mother, the creative cup can get pretty empty. The constant demands upon me creatively can be seriously taxing. But as with every trade there are tricks that you learn along the way. There are failsafe ways to keep your creative cup full to overflowing that each artist or creative must discover, largely through trial and error. I have found several ways to keep my cup full. One of these is to surround myself with other creative people. Most of my friends are artists, fashion designers, art teachers, painters, writers and musicians. I love talking art, fashion, jewellery, painting, music with them.

Apart from being around my friends, I also fill the well by keeping abreast of art in Perth and going to exhibition openings and going to listen to live music that I think will be promising. I also love supporting other artists. So, Friday evening was a great night where we did both. First, we went to see Anya Brock’s exhibition opening, Unplanned at PS Art Space in Fremantle.

Brock is a young Fremantle artist who is known for her bold, colourful paintings cockatoos and birds. These are breathtaking. But this exhibition was a return to her roots of using bold geometric design. Her designs remind me so much of the design work of Australian fashion designers Sass and Bide. The balance and use of colour is amazing. The pieces have a contemporary, tribal feel to them. In fact, Brock is covered in tribal tattoos herself and said that she is drawn to them. I loved her paintings.  They are fun, imaginative, wistful and remind me of doodling on a pad while talking on the phone.

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How To: Have Blonde Hair (Naturally)

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There’s no way around it.  Blonde is a high maintenance hair colour and can easily end up looking awful.  Highlighting your hair blonde is difficult to maintain and can be expensive. The way I stay blonder has changed over the last six months, since I no longer use chemicals or visit the hairdresser to have my hair chemically treated. I now have my hair cut at home by and colour it myself.
Note:  If you have dark brown or black hair, I do not recommend these tips as they may not work or may produce a terrible result. This post is really for people with dark to medium blonde hair who are just highlighting their hair, not dramatically changing its colour.

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1. Mix 2 tablespoons of raw honey (which contains natural peroxide) with 2 tablespoons of Bicarbonate soda. Apply the paste to the roots of your hair first with a brush then down to the ends. Heat helps to activate the Hydrogen Peroxide, so use a blow dryer on your hair on low for about ten minutes. It can get sticky but there are no chemicals which is a serious plus. After 20 – 30 minutes, rinse hair and wash as normal. This is also a powerful conditioner and your hair will glow and be really soft. (I do this once a fortnight, especially on my roots).
2. For a more honey blonde look, follow the method in No. 1 but also mix in 1 tablespoon of cinnamon which also has powerful hair lightening properties.
3. Mix 2 tablespoons of Hydrogen Peroxide (6%) (available at your pharmacy) with a cup of water. Place the liquid into a spray bottle and spray it on your hair every few days, making sure that you do the roots first and avoid the ends. This lightens the hair gradually and tends to keep natural highlights which look great. It does have a tendency to dry out the hair so if you are prone to dry hair use it once a week only. Once again, it needs to be activated with heat so hang out in the sun or put a hairdryer on your hair for about ten minutes.
4. Juice 2 lemons and pour into a spray bottle with with a teaspoon of bicarb soda, ¼ cup water and add a vitamin E capsule (or ½ teaspoon of Vitamin E) to condition the hair. Spray onto the hair and spend time out in the sun or ten minutes with a hairdryer. If you are going to the beach and hoping to go lighter, put this in your hair before you go. Remember to condition the hair when you are finished.
5. The easiest way to go blonde is to spend a lot of time at the beach in summer. The sun and sea water act to form a powerful bleaching agent. Where we live, even those with darker hair, tend to have sunkissed highlights in summer. But this does dry out your hair and conditioning is necessary.

Techniques to Maintain your Blonde (Naturally)

Now you are blonder, this colour also requires maintenance so that it doesn’t go brassy, bright yellow or even green.

  1. Leave-In Blonde Rinse for your hair.  Boil the kettle, place three chamomile tea bags into a mug with the boiling water.  Wait for the water to cool.  Place into a spray bottle and spray on the hair after washing and conditioning it.  Don’t rinse this off.  The effects are very subtle once again.
  2. Use a homemade purple shampoo and conditioner.  Place about a teaspoon of purple food colouring for every cup of shampoo (natural and organic of course).  The shampoo will be bright purple.  Shampoo your hair as normal with your purple shampoo, but leave the shampoo on for about 3 minutes (or longer).  This is an excellent way to tone down brassiness.  I use this every time I shampoo.  You can also add purple food colouring to your conditioner and use in the same way.  Please exercise caution with this and do a strand test before you use it.  I would not want your hair to turn purple.  My hair is very porous and it has never happened to me.
  3. If you spend a lot of time in Chlorinated pools (yuck I can’t stand them), your blonde hair will tend to go green.  Mum spent a lot of time with three very blonde children (and one brunette), trying to keep our hair from going fluro green.  The best remedy is tomato ketchup.  Cover the hair, particularly the ends in tomato ketchup and leave in for twenty minutes, then wash the hair as normal.  The red counteracts the green and leaves the hair blonde again.
  4. Place a shower filter on your shower head.  I love my shower filter which filters out the Chlorine and makes sure that my hair stays blonder.  (Note: I am also highly allergic to Chlorine which is why I have the shower filter).

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Besides being a difficult colour to maintain, blonde hair tends to be dry. Maybe because people who are blonde tend to be fair skinned and have fair eyes and dry skin, dry hair. Blonde hair needs to receive a lot of conditioning to stay in good condition. Here are some of my favourite ways to condition my blonde hair.
1. Raw Honey Mask. As Mentioned, this also lightens the hair. Cover the hair in raw honey, place a towel in the dryer for a few minutes until it is warm and then wrap your hair in the towel and leave for half an hour. Wash the honey out, your hair will smell, feel and look beautiful.
2. Coconut Oil. I love coconut oil and have been using it on my dry hair and skin for about six years. It is amazing and is used frequently by women all over India to keep their hair in perfect condition. Cover your hair in coconut oil and wrap in a warm towel for half an hour before you wash it. Also before you go to the beach, lightly coat your locks in coconut oil. It has some sunscreen properties so will protect your hair from the sun and will keep it moisturised.
3. Olive Oil. Olive oil is great when your hair is seriously dry as in summertime. Comb a light covering of olive oil over your hair and sleep with it in. You will need to cover your pillow with a towel to protect. Or cover your hair in olive oil half an hour before you wash it. It is great for tangles in really long hair.
4. Have the ends cut regularly. About every six weeks have your hair trimmed. This will keep the ends fresh so they don’t break off.
5. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar. After washing and conditioning your hair, rinse your hair in raw apple cider vinegar and water. The ratio is 1:1. Leave it in for a minute and then rinse it off. This leaves your hair soft and incredibly conditioned.

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How To: Build a Simple Sandcastle

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We spend a lot of our lives at the beach, we listen to the waves pounding as we fall asleep at night, we visit at least once a day for a swim or a walk.  My daughter’s first dip in the ocean was as a five week old baby, held close to my chest.  I was approached by an English lady who basically asked me ‘what the hell are you doing?’ and I just said, ‘that’s what we do’.  Our children grow up as water babies,learning to swim as babies, going to the surf club on a Sunday morning, boogey boarding, surfing.

Building sandcastles is a favourite pastime and an activity often done on our afterschool beach visits.  So here’s a first for this blog.  You will learn how to build a very simple sandcastle, Aussie in flavour.  Clearly, it’s not a very serious craft, but will give your more insight into our lives in Western Australia.

Materials

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White beach sand

Shells, stick and sunshine

Method

1. Clear a patch of sand close to the shoreline.  Make it close enough so that the biggest waves will fill the moat.  Use the moist sand to build your castle, it clumps together well.

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2.  Clump the sand together into a round mound on top of your foundation.  Pat it down as you go to compact it together.

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3. Continue to pile up the sand and pat it down as you go, making the mound grow bigger and bigger. Make sure that the base becomes bigger and not just the sides so that it doesn’t topple.

sc54.  When your mound becomes large enough on the base, begin to scoop out a moat around it.  The sand you scoop out should be piled onto the mound to make it taller.  Continue to pat it as you go.

sc6sc7sc95. When your castle is complete, dig out a chanel that joins to the moat and travels to the ocean.  This will then fill your moat with water.

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6. Decorate your castle with shells, seaweed and sticks.

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Now you have finished, kick back on the sand and watch while the ocean fills the moat.

Wishing you sunny days, white sands, gorgeous waves to ride into the shore and many hours of sandcastle building.  If you like this, Pin It and if you like us Like Us on Facebook.  Stay tuned for more Australian posts in the future.

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Recipe: Thai Pumpkin + Fish Curry

fishcurrytitleThis is one of my favourite dishes of all time.  I make it a lot at home.  It is a go to comfort food and tv dinner, and also a great dish to serve to guests.  When you make it just make sure you have a lot in the pot because your guests and loved ones will want more.  It is light and gorgeous but also hearty enough for a winter’s night.

This meal is easy to make and only takes me less than half an hour to whip up. Before you start make sure to put on the rice to cook so that it will be ready to go.  The Thai flavours are heavenly.

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Ingredients

400ml coconut milk (we use light)
1kg pumpkin (butternut squash) (peeled and cubed)
500g salmon (cut in large chunks)
1 bunch of bok choy or pak choy
2 tablespoons Thai green or yellow curry paste (found at Asian foodstores)
350ml fish stock
3 tablespoons fish sauce (high quality and without msg)
2 tablespoons grated palm sugar or can use brown sugar
3 lemongrass stalks
3 kaffir lime leaves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
Juice of 1 lime
Handful fresh coriander

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Method

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1. Place a big pot onto medium heat on the stovetop. Pour in the coconut milk and add the curry paste. Mix together with a wooden spoon while it is heating.

2. Let this mixture simmer a bit while you add the fish stock, sauce, sugar, lemongrass, lime leaves and turmeric.

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3. Bring to the boil and add the pumpkin chunks to the mix. Cook the pumpkin for fifteen minutes or until it has gone quite soft.

4. Add the fish chunks to the sizzling mixture and gently stir so as not to break up the fish. This part will only need a few minutes. When the fish is white they are done.

5. The last part is to wash and separate the bok choy leaves. Leave the mixture simmering and lay them out over the top of the mixture. As they begin to wilt, gently mix them into the curry.

6. Your delicious meal is done. Serve it over rice and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.

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