If you share my love of old things, of vintage, of days gone by, and of bringing back to life the cast-offs of yesteryear

then I hope you will find something here to interest and inspire you. If you like making things with your bare hands, creating something beautiful out of bits and pieces either to use or just to look at and enjoy, then we are kindred spirits. So please join me on this journey of crafting and DIYing with some good old country livin thrown in. sprigs_blue


As aging bloggers go, I’m probably the most sporadic poster of them all. I could win awards for “least active blogger in the universe”! Yeah, I’m that bad! In fact, I’ve been so absent for the past few years that you could say I’m not a blogger at […]

An image of Navy Seals

Well, it’s been a while. And with Christmas on the doorstep, it’s not going to get any less busy for some time. I saw this in the Business Insider the other day and wanted to share it with you because it all rang true for me. I hope […]

towers plane 9/11

To anybody who watched television that day, who saw those planes slam into the twin towers, or who saw the people who jumped, falling, and heard the sound they made when they hit the pavement, the world will never be the same. It changed, irrevocably, that day. 9/11. […]

Ornament beautiful card with Vector yoga. Geometric element hand drawn. Balance karma medallion yoga india arabic harmony physical exercise for web sites banners, business cards clothing logo

By: Vikki Clafli  August 9, 2016 at Better After 50 When asked about the definition of “Karma,” most people would say it means “You get what you give,” or “You get what you deserve.” And, of course, the ever-popular “Karma’s only a bitch if you are.” The idea […]

Reality television is now an established staple of the American viewing diet.    Although many can’t understand why anyone would want their dirty laundry and bad behavior exposed for the world to see, it’s obvious the reality TV industry has an unlimited pool of talent (?) from which to […]

We recently had a few days in Cairns, Australia. So I thought I’d share some of our holiday snaps with you. You’re welcome! haha So, our first day out that didn’t involve several hours in a mall, was a trip on the Skyrail. This was a pretty amazing […]

mac 'n' cheese

Just a quickie here to tell you about some GREAT mac ‘n’ cheese we had the other night. It was a bit of an experiment. I love, as in L O V E, pasta, especially mac ‘n’ cheese. Hubby, not so much, and he loves having his greens. […]

art deco armchairs

I love making over old armchairs. I think armchairs are highly under-rated, but think about it, they are often where we sit with a nice cuppa and a good book. A blanket on our lap, or perhaps a cat. Having some comfy armchairs around makes a home so […]

Wild Wind Causes Chaos

Thursday last week we had the worst wind I’ve ever experienced. Outside of a storm anyway. Which was the weird thing really. It was a sunny day, a few light clouds, and 140 kph winds! That’s not normal where I live. Come to think of it, that’s not […]

Up-cycled Clip Board

This post explains how I up-cycled a clip board for my grocery list pad. It may be a simple thing, but I often find that the simple things can end up meaning more than they should. Ever since I came to the farm to live, our weekly grocery […]

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