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Reindeer Food

My kids have such a blast making reindeer food each year and it’s also such a wonderful gift to give another child.  Sprinkle on the lawn on Christmas Eve so the reindeer’s have something scrumptious to eat.  Last year we made some as little gifts to give the kids friends.  There are 3 great Reindeer […]

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DIY Christmas Bunting

We found this fabric last year at Spotlight, a DIY Christmas Bunting fabric sheet.  I have found in previous years this has sold out very quickly, so when I saw it, I grab a length straight away. I then used pinking shears to cut around each triangle.  This saved me time, rather than sewing a seam around each. […]

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  • I love this! We are having a Christmas party very soon at our house and this idea will be perfect.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh wonderful, Briohny.:)ReplyCancel

DIY Christmas Lantern

This is a guest post from reader Carissa G Thank you to one of our readers, Carissa for sending through a step by step tutorial for making a Christmas Lantern, a perfect table centrepiece. Before An old unused lantern. Step 1 Clean lantern ready for painting Step 2 Paint lantern.  I used a brush, however you […]

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Teacher appreciation, thank you jar of chocolates

It was Teacher Appreciation Day recently.  My youngest daughters teacher has been absolutely amazing this year and whilst I admit I forgot it was teacher appreciation Day until the night before I wanted to take the time with Miss 9 to put something together for her teacher.  A little thank you from us for always […]

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  • Caroline

    I love these!My children are all grown up now but they would make good gifts for neighbours I’ll be making some for mine this year.ReplyCancel

Christmas Gift Wrapping Basket

Last year I created this look shelf nook for all my gift wrapping, but we have changed the room around and no longer have this space.  I have created a portable wrapping basket, which is working really well.  At Christmas time I like to sit in front of the TV and wrap my pressies, so now […]

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  • OMG this is so organized & everything look so perfect. I wish I was as organized as you. Thanks to your blog I am trying to.

    Thanks for sharing this, which also reminds me that I need to go gift shopping!ReplyCancel

My favourite fragrances for the home & Repurposing ideas for candle jars + WIN a $100 Voucher

This post is sponsored by Circa Home Keep reading below for your chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Circa Home Vouchers I shared a little secret with you all a little while back that I was a candle hoarder.  I wouldn’t use them because they were too pretty (I know crazy right).  However, I managed […]

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  • Lilian

    Wow, I have never considered reusing the candle jars, this is such a great idea. I’m going to try the succulent idea, I think this looks gorgeous. My favourite Circa candle is the mango and papaya without it burning it still has a beautiful fragrance.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the succulent too Lilian, it’s a lovely little addition to the home, I am thinking of putting one next to my husbands bed as it’s still very masculine, swapping the crystals for little pebbles.ReplyCancel

  • Jen P

    Those poppy’s look absolutely gorgeous in that vase. I have been looking at buying some concrete dipped planters, but I might try these ideas instead.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great idea to make your own Jen, it was really easy, I put some masking tape around the area I didn’t want coloured and used Gold Spray paint to paint the area, it dried within minutes.ReplyCancel

  • Mascha

    Another amazing post! I love candles as well, but often think they are too precious to burn. Or I just forget to… I’ll try to get myself in to the habit of burning one every day! Thanks for the inspiration :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You should burn one each day Mascha, I used to be the same as you didn’t use them because they were too pretty, but I get so much more satisfaction now out of the beautiful flickering light and fragrance it’s so calming in the evening or having one burning while I am working.ReplyCancel

  • Annette

    I love your candles and the type and size.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      They are a really lovely size Annette and the burning last for so long, so many great uses. I may or maynot have the jar of jelly beans next to me right now!! LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    I put a tea light candle in them around the bath.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Perfect idea Astrid, that would look really pretty!ReplyCancel

  • Wow Kat those are some fantastic uses for the jars. I love the scents you use in your living space.

    I would use the jars to organise all those bits & bobs in the study – paperclips, push pins, erasers etc. Pretty & easy to access <3ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Leanne, that’s a perfect idea, and I have found they fit perfectly with the lid on in my drawers, not too tall. Don’t forget to enter your answer into the form above to confirm your entry!!ReplyCancel

  • Funny that you should post this right now as I have been watching YouTube videos (doitonadime) about re-purposed little jars like this. I have been hunting my house for such containers but I didn’t have any that weren’t already being used.

    I was looking for containers to store my little girls hair ties so that is what I would use it for.
    Cheers,
    Nat
    xxReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Aah great minds Nat, I love the idea of repurposing, using again for another use, organising the hairties is a great idea.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    Ive started using the glass for afternoon drinks. Clean out the leftover wax and put it in my dishwasher and wah lah a fancy glass for a mock tail or cocktail:)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow Rachel that is a fabulous idea I haven’t even thought of that, that would make a very classy glass!ReplyCancel

  • Virginia

    If they’re the right shape, as a drinking glass.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s one idea I didn’t think of, the would make lovely drinking glasses.ReplyCancel

  • Jayne G

    I love candles! I keep some mints in an empty jar in the kitchen and I have two jars in the laundry – one for coins I find in Hubby’s pockets and another one I put my velvet soap in. Looks much prettier than a soap dish:) I have my make up brushes in one and cotton buds in another in the bathroom. Did I mention I love candles!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Tonkin

    Circa Home are my favourite candles. They leave a subtle scent even when they are not burning. I use my leftover jars for my earrings and other jewellery.ReplyCancel

  • Leah

    I love the circa mango and papaya diffuser…it’s a shame my 2 yo recently poured 2 bottles down the toilet :(ReplyCancel

  • Sabi

    such a handy post! Love the idea of a diffuser near the kids bathroom, why didn’t I think of that?!

    Spices and herbs! I started collecting a vast array of clear glass candle jars and the store my herbs and spices perfectly and its soooo pretty! Little splash of blackboard paint so I know my cumin from my coriander and I’m done!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Morgan

    Love Circa candles. Love recycling them on my school desk- pencils, paperclips, etc- certainly uplifts my ‘teacher’ desk. I was a candle keeper too- but now love burning them!ReplyCancel

  • Sharlene Hitchens

    I love the succulent idea too :) a little cluster of different sized jars filled with amazing succulents on a window sill would look incredible.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Lennon

    I use one to hold my make up brushes and the others hold my growing collection of lipsticks. They’re organised according the their colour ranges. Similar lipsticks and glosses go in the same candle jar. Easy access for a makeup addict. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda Lockery

    I love my Circa Home candle jars
    they are so classy & great to reuse for so many things
    My guests love that I have one on the table with little boxed flavoured teabagsReplyCancel

  • Kristy Rodway

    Great to use as canisters for all your little bits and pieces either in the kitchen (lolies, teabags cooking salt) and are great to sort your sewing bits into. Buttons, pins etc.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Henschke

    mango & papaya is my favourite, I use the jar to put ear buds in ( boring I know )ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Moncrieff

    I have a mango & papaya diffuser in my dining room. It’s so Devine! In the bathroom I also have the same fragrance hand wash. Everyone now loves to wash their hands!ReplyCancel

  • Terraise Davey

    I buy a lot of my candles in the Ball Mason Jars as they last longer & are a lot easier to repurpose. You can use them for gifts filled with chocolates, boiled lollies, marshmellows, musk sticks, jellybeans, nuts etc & decorate with some nice ribbon & a card ?ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    i use repurposed candle jars to hold my jewellery at night on my bed stand. I find I twist my rings when I am sleeping and often lose them in the bedding, so I pop them in a container overnight. I love the lid that the Circa candles comes with. I haven’t seen this brand in Darwin, must check them out online!ReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pollock

    Perfect to use for a mini candy buffet as people come into your home on the side table at christmas have nice tall candy canes in them and the christmas red and green m&m’s in another
    Or make a sugar scrub using an easy recipe tie a bow round the jar and would make a great gift for family & friends for christmas especially given these beautiful wooden lids
    Great article loved hearing about how to place the scentsReplyCancel

  • Amelia Pollock

    Here is a recipe for the sugar scrub you could place in the beautiful candle jar with a ribbon for a holiday gift –

    Ingredients
    ½ cup coconut oil
    1½ – 2 cups sugar
    1 tablespoon peppermint extract

    Instructions
    Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
    Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil,Mix until ingredients are well combined If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.

    Spoon scrub into RECYCLED CIRCA HOME CANDLE JAR and decorate with twine or ribbon.ReplyCancel

  • Maddie

    I use mine in the craft room to store washi tape and other embellishments in :) LOVE Circa Home candles- great quality and reasonably priced!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    You had me at “fill the jar with lollies”….ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HAHAHA that is so funny Maria!.:) But yes i know what you mean, me too.:)ReplyCancel

  • maryan zarif

    My husband and I love candles too much my sisters always joke about it calling us crazy I tend to reuse them for paper clips and staples in my office and storing spare keys for all the bedrooms and I reuse them sometimes for lollies and nuts around the desert table during xmas entertainingReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    Beautiful jars!
    They’d be perfect for storing jewellery while I shower, or as a gorgeous vase for displaying the flowers my sons pick for me.ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    jars! I have so many scattered around the house and so many are pretty old candle jars. My kids share a “tinker tray” and an art cart which minus the bottom shelf for paper is almost completely full of jars. Between the two there is pencils, washi, scissors, stickers, glue dots, mini pine cones, thread, counters….all sorts kept sin order in various sized jars. Almost completely in reused jars. I also keep some in my art area -one keeps embroidery threads for a current project in it along with needle and threader etc so all I need is that plus the project itself to sit down and get a few stitches in with a cup of coffee and one keeps lose threads and scraps near the sewing machine. I also love using them for gift storage- a stack of cookies with a little ribbon around them look lovely inside a nice glass jar (and might be part of my plan for the kids therapists and teachers this year)ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I would stencil a pattern in black on the inside of the jar and then pop in a tea-light candle for a gorgeous, flickering pattern!ReplyCancel

  • I love the succulent idea too – which gives me the idea for using the jars to pretty up those little faux house plants from Ikea (you know the ones that come in an ugly black pot).

    But I would first and foremost use a pretty jar like this to stash loose change in on the hall stand. Pop the lid on, and no-one knows what’s inside!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Fagan

    I loooove candles I haven’t tried Circa yet! At the moment im burning Glass House. I have reused candle jars for spare change and for cotton tips and make up rounds in the bathroom:)ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    One of the things I use mine for is to store things like lollies in them. The ones with lids were a perfect addiction to a lolly buffet I had at a party. They really added to the table display.ReplyCancel

Bullet Journalling Changed My Life

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts Two months ago, I started a bullet journal as a way of keeping track of all the things I needed to do while my husband was away for a couple of weeks. I had heard bits and pieces about it from other quilt bloggers who […]

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  • Janine Evans

    I’m at journal keeper for tasks. Tried the online ones but keep going back to pen and paper. Will try implementing some of your suggestions. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Aujard

    Alyce, when I read why you started this “I have tried many different types of planners and diaries over the years. Day-to-a-page, weekly, monthly… nothing has ever really stuck beyond a few weeks or maybe a couple of months. I’d always revert back to lists on pieces of paper here or there…” I thought oh wow, this is me. Thank you for sharing, I will be organising my very own journals using your methods now for keeping my business details, invoices and plans.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela Harris

    I use a somewhat-similar journal system, however I save a little time by using removable A5 size (almost) post-it notes for the big picture “collections”/items – to capture/build them on the run – and then progressively migrate tasks into daily/weekly pages of the journal as they work into our weekly schedule(s) over time. This allows me to move the post-it note(s) through the journal over time – saving me time with any re-writing from day to day/week to week.
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  • Anonymous

    You can’t bet pen and paper. ReplyCancel

  • Janis

    Love, love, love the bullet journal idea. Used a similar thing to this years ago then stopped – but it’s starting again TODAY. ????ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    It is fantastic i agree!ReplyCancel

  • Kylie P

    I’ve bullet journaled for a couple of years now and I love it!!! I love the ability to brain dump and not lose anything – I like clearing out my head!!ReplyCancel

  • Oh I love this…
    I have been doing a more random and incomplete version of this but this is just what I need to make it work better!
    thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Seems a great system……should eliminate all those notes I keep writing and losing.ReplyCancel

  • The Filing Fairies

    I never knew this had a name! As an ex event manager I have been using this method for many many years and I had never heard it given a name before. Thanks Alyce and Katrina ReplyCancel

  • Great idea, but I kind of do this in my filofax already which means I only have one place to look for everything, whether it’s scheduled or unscheduled. I might give this a try though as it looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene Morunga

    I have started my Bullet Journal today :) Thanks for sharing :)
    I have shared it here..
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Teacher-by-trade-Mother-by-nature/1477526579148791?sk=timelineReplyCancel

  • I like the idea! I agree that writing all you need to do, increases the chances of it actually being completed. It is no more a thought but a required action.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I do something similar inspired by the book ‘Getting things done’ and ‘The Power of Moms’ on YouTube. Now I make my own pages for my journal binder with the days for the week on the left and spaces for lists on the right. My lists are Clean, Home, Desk, Errands, and Notes for ‘brain dumping’. My to-dos are now grouped and I don’t have lots of little lists to lose!ReplyCancel

Book Week Costume Ideas

Ooh my kids have been talking about Book Week since last years Book Week.  I have to be completely honest with you, book week drives me nuts, but that’s just me, I dislike dress up parties too.  But at the end of the day, the kids love dressing up and we do enjoying making the outfits together. […]

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  • Somer

    I started to get heart palpitations when I read in the newsletter how soon book week was coming up. When did it become so big? I do not know what to do and since I’m overseas for another week will have limited time to do much prep. Have always been pretty slack and each yr promise my girls I will be better the next. I will be googling ideas like there is no tomorrow!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Yes, I have had years like that too Somer where an easy costume was harry potter or hermioni, white shirt, black pants, one of dad’s ties, black cape (could use a black garbage bag) and a stick from the garden (plus glasses for harry).ReplyCancel

  • Well, the kids were more or less organised for book week (Four from Divergent for #1 kid, and the blonde one from the Treehouse books for the #2 kid) BUT they’re both away for a week for Book Week. I am so not disappointed about that!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      LOL, Miss Maudy always the way isn’t it…ReplyCancel

  • Mary

    Thanks for the great ideas. I just love your little one as a gumnut baby. It’s the first year of school for us this year but my daughter has told us she wants to be a ladybug. Couldn’t be easier as I picked up an inexpensive ladybug costume at Kmart a few weeks ago for a birthday party. The ladybug idea comes from Eric Carle’s “The Bad Tempered Ladybug”.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Eeeeeee!! The Diction Fairy is ADORABLE! Brilliant idea.ReplyCancel

  • Lynelle

    My girls would be horrified by the diction fairy – destroying a book!ReplyCancel

Organising and Storing Loombands

As much as these Rainbow Loom Bands drive me nuts with finding them all around the house I really love that my girls are being creative and amazingly most of the last school holidays they were happy to loom rather than watch TV!  Both the girls have their own loomband kits but they like to sit […]

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  • Angela Moore

    I made my kids a loom band storage case – got the pattern at http://www.noodle-head.com/2014/01/road-trip-case-pattern.html. The kids love them but it was a fiddly sewing project!ReplyCancel

  • Alicia Melbourne

    I bought my son a container that is basically the same as the one you showed. It was $10 from Cheap As Chips (you’ll find them in the tool section).ReplyCancel

  • Liz McRoy

    This is great, my girls have quite a few little organising boxes and they carry them around and they fall out of their hands and then there are loom bands everywhere. I really like this idea, thanks Kat.ReplyCancel

  • KYLIE

    Your girl looks so happy, love the video showing us how it all works, your a clever chook Kat.ReplyCancel

  • Alyce Blyth

    That’s so cool!!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Thanks so much Kat, my daughter is into the loom band craze & I have 3 small craft organisers but it isn’t suitable now I know just the thing to use!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Belinda, some ladies on facebook are also suggesting fish tackle boxes found from KMart, BigW and the like :)ReplyCancel

  • Oh Thank ladies! They are very useful we love them too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Despite loom bands being banned at our house, they’re still all over the place! The kids were making them at out of school care and bringing home their creations. (I have no objection to loom bands themselves in the slightest and think they’re great and creative – HOWEVER, we have a small dog who thinks the bands are delicious. She’s not big enough to cope with them being a regular part of her diet, so it was a family decision that the boys don’t have a kit)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      That’s understandable Miss Maudy, our cat goes crazy when she finds one on the floor pushing it around and poncing on it, never eaten one that I know of?? yet.ReplyCancel

  • Tennille Ritchie

    I got the other tactix box from bunnings about $12 with the removable containers. This way I can take out the ones they want and remove 1 small row for the loom ( perfect fit). Especially when you have 4 kids trying to get bands out of 1 box. We have 3 now and the bands are sorted neat and tidy and best of all lock tight so you don’t worry about them mixing or falling out.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Sound great Tennille, and so inexpensive too, I was surprised at the price, especially the set I got having two in it, was under $20.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Green Tonkin

    This is just what we have been looking for. Off to Bunnings on the weekend. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Superfoods for Kidz

    great idea – I got a tackle box from Kmart which was around $15, that way she fits her whole loom kit into it as well … as we now have a few different types of looms ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Yes my son and daughter both are into the loomband craze and they have been using the compartment storage boxes for theirs for awhile now my husband got them from Super Cheap Auto for $10 each and they both sit together and make their creations as wellReplyCancel

  • DONNA

    We bought a 3 tier plastic one from Kmart in the craft section $10. If you buy 2 they can all join together. Lots of little compartments.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      ooh that sounds like a good one Donna, will keep an eye out when I am next there!ReplyCancel

  • Kaz Hanlon

    I just bought my daughter one but this one I picked up is in a carry box which store three individual units she needed two lots (yes it’s a problem lol). It’s great as she can carry them around the house. Wish we could come up with ideas on ways to keep them off your floors. ReplyCancel

  • Desleigh

    We raided dad’s fishing tackle and found a great tackle box he wasn’t using. Works great and very sturdy.ReplyCancel

  • Valentina

    The first thing bought was a clear fishing tackle box to hold all the loom bands. My girls loved that they could have more colours this way (Cost $7 for tackle box)and got to buy more bands!! Their friends were a bit green with envy especially since they had the Original Loom band kit which couldn’t hold as much. Like my kids know, it’s about how to get what you’d like at a bargain, than having to spend big on the same or similar item.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Valentina, a tackle box is also a great idea and works just as well. Great idea.:)ReplyCancel

Holiday Fun with Disney’s Planes

This post is sponsored by Walt Disney Studios Easter school holidays are upon us for most of the kiddies in Australia  which is usually a great time to do some activities/crafts, bake up a storm and/or snuggle on the couch to watch some movies, a perfect way to spend time with the kids. I’m always […]

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  • Mellie

    So cute, and perfect timing… I am planning a Disney Planes birthday party for my son next Friday! Thank you!ReplyCancel

What Is Project Life?

This is a guest post by Alyce from Blossom Heart Quilts A couple of weeks ago, Katrina shared my Project Life organisation on her Facebook page. It sparked many questions about what actually is Project Life and how to do it, so Katrina asked me to share a bit more about Project Life and what […]

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  • TEANNA

    Love the Project Life Album just went to purchase over $100 worth of stuff and then it said “Sorry we dont ship to Australia” – very disspointingReplyCancel

    • AlyceB

      Yes, that is the biggest pain about the Project Life organisation! Spotlight sells a lot of the basic stuff, as do other Australian scrapbook stores, especially online.ReplyCancel

    • Danya Breman

      Teanna I buy from Crafthouse. It’s based in New Zealand and used to be the only way we could get PL :) I just ordered a few days ago. Spotlight and some other shops now sell in Australia I believe. Check out Crafthouse :)ReplyCancel

  • TrinaR

    WRMK also sell albums and similar photo inserts and are readily available in Aus. The albums are very good quality too with many colour options.ReplyCancel

    • AlyceB

      Oh boy, when we move back to Australia, I can’t wait to get supplies so much more easily!!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Lote

    I’ve only just seen these thanks to this blog! I’m going to ask for them for my birthday….even if it isn’t until September >W<.ReplyCancel

Valentines Food and Craft Ideas

Valentines Day is just around the corner, so to help you get organised, here’s a few Valentines Day food and craft ideas to inspire your cooking and creating! Did you know that in Japan, Valentines Day is the day when women give homemade chocolates and treats to the men in their lives? They do say […]

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