Travel Tips & Ideas

Handy dandy travelling containers


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There are an assortment of great little gadgets and toys that you want to take with you when you travel however, if those get damaged, it can be a nightmare.

Here is a simple and easy way I’ve found to transport some of my everyday items when travelling, whether urban or international.

This is a Tupperware oyster case (or packables) designed to hold those little things around the home whether it was food, trinkets, sewing kit and so on. They come in a couple of sizes and this is the smallest one measuring 10cm x 8.5cm x 5cm (3.93″ X 3.3″ X 2.04″).

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Living Simply, Repurpose & Upcycle

10 Alternative Ways to Wrap Presents


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As a child, half the fun of receiving a present was the unwrapping, the anticipation of what was inside. Sometimes I’d careful peel back each piece of sticky tape not to damage the paper and other times, I’d rip it off to see what was inside as soon as possible.

Move forward 20 years and I remember watching the leftover Christmas wrapping paper and gift cards get shoved into two green garbage bags and put in the bin. What a waste! It was time to draw a line in the sand and make a change. The following Christmas I’d sewn 20 fabric bags from the size of a paperback book to one that would hold  a dozen bottles of wine. Then I made gift cards with a greeting, names of the recipient and laminated them. Initially, they weren’t well received but within five years, everyone had made their own bags / cards and by the end of Christmas we’d return the bags to the owners and there was minimal wastage. The tradition continues today.

Now you can make your own bags which is easy if you have a sewing machine but you can also spruce up gifts in other ways. Here are some creative wrapping ideas.

Socks

Yep socks, preferably something a little fun and funky. These are ideal for wrapping bottles of wine. Slip the wine into one sock and then tie the other around the neck of the bottle. Looks great and practical.

Shirt pockets

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Warrandyte Market


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Situated along the banks of the Yarra River surrounded by gum trees is the quaint Warrandyte Market that oozes what a community market is all about – fresh home-grown produce, hand-made wares and food stalls that set your taste buds alight with everything from gozleme to poffertjes.

This outdoor market has been operating for over 20 years and has a loyal following from the locals and stall holders (one stall holder has been coming for 17 years). Like many markets, it has its own flavour and style that is unique to this community who live and work along the river.

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Living Simply, Repurpose & Upcycle

Clutter-free Christmas Gift Ideas


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The heading for the post is a little misleading because these ideas aren’t just for Christmas but can be used for any occasion or celebration.

Let me paint a picture for you. It’s December 21, a Monday and only a few days to organise your last minute shopping. You’ve seen the shopping centres, you can’t get a car park. The lines at the register are long. The kids are asking for ‘this & that’. You haven’t had lunch. Your arms are straining from all the bags. And that little voice in your head says ‘I was going to stick to a budget this year’.

Sound familiar?

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Camberwell Market


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If you’re looking for a collection of eclectic items from vintage clothing to handmade soaps or are a collector of objects that are hard to find, then the Camberwell Market is for you.

Located in the car park at the rear of Burke Road and Riversdale Roads in Camberwell this outdoor market is one of the best trash and treasure style markets you’ll find. Started by Balwyn Rotary in 1976 this market still rocks along every Sunday and never fails to disappoint with a variety of weird and wonderful stalls.

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