The things that stand out in my mind about our home production lately are three things, the costume my son made, the dress my eldest daughter made, and the dog kennel my middle daughter and my husband made.
As you can see he liked it right from the word go. The kennel was made from materials left over from the things our builder ordered to fix things on the house, and also some wood that was used to hold lattice before we took it down. In other words materials we already had. Read more about it here.
My Mum made the main costume for Leafeon. My son made the other things, with some advice now and again. Read about it here.
My daughter's dress is from a New Look Pattern in green and black, view pattern here.
My skills (mostly my Mum, my school and my Nana taught me, and my step-Mum):
sewing (no I haven't learnt to thread up my new machine)
do I use them, not a lot. However, the knowledge is still used in other ways I suppose.
learning to use Vietnamese mint in a salad, from the garden
learnt to bake with fresh raspberries and made up our own cookbook for next time
learnt to bake with coconut milk
my husband learnt to blind hem on the machine, and our son learnt to do buttonholes
learnt to make apple sauce (like tomato sauce)
made a tea from pineapple sage
Pineapple Sage recipe here
We do things at our home like:
Have our own rosemary that we pick to add to sausages to make pasta instead of buying rosemary in a plastic sleeve
Make our own jam, pickles, sauce and chutney from jam melons, apples and gifted plums
Make our own wood piles by cutting the wood ourselves for heating
grow our own raspberries
repair sagging plaster
do our own landscaping
grow Jerusalem artichokes
fix damaged curtains and rehang them perhaps in a smaller window
find two of the same thing at the tip, like barrows and vow to make them into one
find ash bucket at the tip and vow to put on a handle
find guttering at the tip and vow to put it up and fill any holes with car bog
use ebay to find preloved curtains
use existing shower rail ends and buy pipe to make use of the hard part of the door at the edges
fit our own pipes that have burst on the car
sand our own floorboards
This is all recent and you can read about the details here.
It has been a long time, but I am back watching Better Homes & Gardens TV show again and finding it an inspiration. I am watching the ones on Pay TV. Click here for highlights.