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DIY Beeswax Wraps - the easy way!

It's well into the school holidays and we finally dragged ourselves out of bed before lunchtime and got to work on making our own beeswax wraps.

I'd been meaning to try this for months but we had a hold up with buying the wax. I wanted to get genuine beeswax from a local Australian bee farm. Not some watered down dodgy version from China. So I got online and ordered some through eBay from a nice local bee farm in Wollombi, NSW. And then it got lost in the post! I wanted to give it a bit of time to be fair and ended up waiting an extra 3 weeks, but no wax. Luckily the seller was very kind and sent me another block of beeswax, which finally turned up about a month after I originally planned to try making my own beeswax wraps.
So, after much online research, Meg and I decided that simple is best and we were going with the most simple way to make our own beeswax wraps. Beeswax + Fabric = Wrap. We may try something fancier later if we get enthusiastic.

First - we gathered our suppl…
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Eggplant Chocolate Brownies - with Recipe!

I don't often follow recipes. And when I do I often fudge the ingredients depending on what's in the cupboard, or what I like/dislike.

I saw a recipe for Chocolate Eggplant Brownies on SBS and thought, "Hey, I have an eggplant in the fridge!", but I didn't have coconut oil or almond meal or pitted dates, which were also required. So I forgot about it.

Then I went to Aldi that afternoon and lo and behold I spotted some almond meal and organic coconut oil, which reminded me about the eggplant brownie recipe. It must have been a sign! I didn't see pitted dates, but honestly I didn't look for them. Gross - I'd just leave those out anyway.

So, back home I looked the recipe up again and got to work. I decided since I was leaving out 60g of pitted dates, I should add an extra 60g of dark chocolate. You know, to make sure there's the right amount of stuff in the recipe even if it isn't the right stuff.

The family were very suspicious that I had accide…

Head colds and old fashioned handkerchiefs

I've been thinking about the good ol' days when I used to use a handkerchief to blow my nose.

Right now I have a head cold. It's awful. It's a good thing I am typing now, because if we were speaking to each other it would be all "I hab a head cod" with multiple sniffles between words. And you shouldn't come anywhere near me because I have germs pouring out my nose like someone turned a tap on.

Kimono Daisy's Japanese cotton squares (available here), are often called "Japanese handkerchiefs" , but the way a Japanese person uses a handkerchief and the way I used to (a method handed down from my English father) are completely different.

I used to blow my nose into a hanky, then fold (or screw) it up and put it back in my pocket. When I needed another blow I would take it out again, find a dry corner and blow again. At the end of a full day of nose blowing I would throw it in the wash with my other clothes.

The first time I traveled to Japan on …

Is Matcha better than Kale? Which Green rules supreme?

Disclaimer: In my day job I sell Japanese teapots and tea cups and mugs and things like that through www.jstyle.com.au.

So, you've guessed right that I like tea. I drink a lot of tea. Especially Japanese green tea. Here is my gigantic Japanese tea mug (about 500ml). I am already half way down my second one of these for today.


I get asked a lot about the health benefits of green tea. Because I sell teapots and I drink tea, so I am obviously an expert.

Yup - it's good for you. Apparently. According to some scientists who studied it. And a whole bunch of people obsessed with matcha (or macha?) at the moment.

I once read an article that said if you drink 5 cups of green tea a day you will lose 5kg within a week.

Well that's nice. I already drink 4 or 5 cups of green tea a day. Do I have to up it to 10 to lose the 5kg? Or did I already lose that 5kg ages ago? I have a sneaking suspicion that you only lose 5kg if you now drink green tea instead of 5 glasses of soft drink. That …

I have Confidence in Sunshine!

This post has not much to do with Kimono Daisy fabrics, and everything to do with being a proud Mum who wants to show off. In my defense, it does have to do with Japanese culture (vaguely) and includes sewing - which is totally fabric related.

The reason I have not had time for a real blog post is that I have been busy helping my daughter Meg (age 12) finish off her Astro Boy stilt walking costume for Comic Gong, a festival of comic art held in Wollongong just down the road from us. Not that I actually helped much, I was mostly in charge of rushing out to buy extra supplies and passing the pins etc. Also, I discovered that Free Comic Book Day was the weekend before Comic Gong, and stupidly suggested to Meg that if she finished her costume a week early, she could enter the cosplay competition at our local comic store, Comic Cafe, as a test run.

Well... as any parent with children on a project deadline knows, it can quickly turn to tears. Firstly, being new to the whole sewing machine t…

May the Fourth be with you!

It's May the Fourth and that means Star Wars Day! May the Fourth be with you.

In honour of Star Wars Day this year I made myself a cup of matcha latte in my daughter Meg's R2D2 mug (I'll wash it up before she gets home from school so she'll never know!).


AND - I whipped up a little Yoda napkin fold to make it all look pretty and totally Star Wars themed for the special day.

Actually it was because Meg had been making napkin roses (that's another story) and I thought they looked a bit like Yoda if you did them in a green fabric. You don't see it? Come on! It totally looks like Yoda.

Well, I think it looks at least as much like Yoda as this rope light Yoda we attempted to make one Christmas.


Friends told me it looked like a seagull sitting on a bell. And yes, I can see where they were coming from. Obviously rope light sculpting is not one of our best skills.

Have you ever tried to make something look like Yoda? Or any other character? Got any hilarious fails (or …

Say NO to plastic bags! Well... as much as you can anyway...

Last week on the Australian TV Show The Project, Waleed Aly made an impassioned plea for Australians in NSW, VIC and QLD to lobby our politicians to ban single use plastic bags in our states. You can watch the story here:

https://tenplay.com.au/channel-ten/the-project/top-stories-april-2017/banthebag

I am totally in support of this and always try to use my own foldable fabric carry bags whenever I'm at the supermarket. It helps that we sell foldable shopping bags through our business, but one of the reasons we do that is because I am so in support of them.
So, I thought I should really try harder to cut my use of plastic bags further. I've already reduced my use of plastic wrap by using reusable containers that have lids. I have some really handy ceramic ones with PET plastic lids that I've been using for years.

Where I've hit a stumbling block is buying fresh meat and fish. If I buy it in a supermarket it comes packaged on a foam tray covered with plastic w…