The Dreamers Market wrap up

Where is the time going? This morning is the first morning I don’t have to organise my boys out the door before 9am for soccer. Everyone is still in bed at 8am enjoying a sleep in, all but me (of course).

I’ve know I have been MIA between posts this was because I was busy getting everything made for The Dreamers Market that Robyn @ Arjay Creations and I attend on the 9 August.

I left home at 6.30am to pick up Robyn and pack all her goodies into my car and headed off at 7am to be at our destination before 8am. We like to get there early so we can get the good parking spot. The markets opened at 9.30am and finished at 2.30pm. We caught up with our market friends and our regular customers popped in to say hi and spend some money with us.

This was my little corner

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This was Robyn’s little corner

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These photos are from Robyn’s blog pop over and see what she has been sharing.

We both had a good day and bought less home which is great but know we both need to getting making again for the next market.

Mark your diaries now the next market is around the corner (both Robyn and I have reapplied to attend but we need to wait till Sept to find out if our applications have been accepted)

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Also I’m spending time over on Instagram, you can find me @ sammyjaneclarke
somedays I find this quicker and easier to stay in touch.

Today I’m making some GF sourdough bread so I will update you all how this goes next time.

Take care
Sam xxxx

Crocheting

A few weeks ago Robyn Arjay Creations and I went and spent the day learning how to crochet. We went to a class at Kim Bradley Creations and the amazing Cath was our teacher.

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Some of the items that everyone completed on the day.

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I have been teaching myself by watching youtube which is a life saver. You can stop and replay when I get it wrong.

So this week I made a small blanket for one of my children who is a fan of the Western Sydney Wanders which is a soccer team.

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My next crochet project is to make myself a shawl. It’s called Nordic Shawl.

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I think it will take a while to complete this project.

Thanks
Sam xxx

A Winters Day

Below are some photo’s I’ve just taken on a walk about of our home.

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This is hanging on our front door. The lovely Robyn from Arjay Creations made this for me.

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These two cats have been dumped and arrived at our front door. The black one is wild so he won’t let us pat him, the other one we have called Toby loves a cuddle and looks after the black one.

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I was given some comfrey shoots from Rhonda at Down to Earth. It’s died back for the winter.

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Some herbs just making it through the winter

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Cauliflower anyone?

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Cabbage is just surviving from the bugs.

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Look

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It looks like I need to pick some peas.

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Passion fruit is still hanging on

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I’m growing to plant strawberries here

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Next season I’m going to try a new idea instead of soil. I’ve been reading about it at Back to Eden

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This guy watches over everything.

Love
Sam

Camden Country Quit Fair

Today I’m reposting a blog post from Robyn (my crazy crafting partner Arjay Creations. Yesterday we went to visit Camden to there beautiful Country Quilt Fair.

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Here is the link to today’s post Sewing the Seasons.

I took my photos on my phone and don’t know how to get them onto my iPad hence sharing Robyn’s.

Here is a few things I picked up

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Sam xxx

Ok I get the hint!

I’m not going to say it…..I’m sorry for taking so long between posts ok I’ve said it. I may of lost a few of you along the way but I’ve had to to take some time (again) and refocus myself.

Over the past few weeks and months I’ve been trying to keep my head above water in many areas of my life. Some who know me may be scratching there heads wonder what is she talking about – I see Sam every Sunday at church standing beside Pete supporting him in his role as our Senior Pastor she looks so happy. Please don’t get me wrong I love the call on our lives, it’s that sometimes it’s hard when you can’t control all the other stuff in it.

On Sunday it all came to a head. Ps Nic’s word spoke deep in my heart. Here is the link to his sermon “Silence – Is God really there?” I realized that I have to STOP and listen in the silence of my day to God for his direction. At times I thought that He isn’t listening to my cries for help but no it’s ME that isn’t listening in the silence to what he is trying to make me hear.

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I came home from church had some lunch then wasn’t feeling 100% went and a sleep and it all went down hill fast. Monday I woke so sick that as I type this haven’t been able to return to work yet. I’m hoping to go back tomorrow. But through this week I have had time to rest and listen to God. Pete also stayed home yesterday as he was sick also. He was so bored worse than the kids.

So what has God been trying to get me to understand? For me and what he has called our family to do, I need to slow down, declutter my life and my home, go back to the basics, remove toxins from our home, spend quality time with my boys, take back control of my health and enjoy life, enjoy my little craft business Four Red Hens Robyn and I have had some God moments with complete strangers during the past year. It’s something dear to us both and something I know I have to be more organized in doing. These are the next markets we are at.

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I know I listed slow down but God has clearly told me to be able to do this I must first (with his strength) take control back my health and all the others will fall into place. Im trying not to laugh to loud because my health this week with this flu has been crazy, compounded worse with being diagnosed with Fibromalagia all my joints have been swollen and sore and to top it off I’m on medication for high blood pressure well on Wednesday night blacked out because my blood pressure was way to low. Go figure that one out.

Ok God I can take the hint! He has reminded me that I’m created in his image so I must take care of my body so I can do what he has called me to do.

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Are you listening to HIM?

Love Sam

Kombucha

Well here she is. Why “she” it all starts with the mother Scoby and the longer you care for it she will have babies.

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That’s the SCOBY floating around.

I started yesterday getting the tea mix prepared and this morning pop the Scoby in, now fingers crossed in a weeks time she will be all ready for drinking.

What is Kombucha? Kombucha has been drunk for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1990’s that Kombucha was brought to the west. Renowned for it’s detoxifying, probiotic rich, immune building, anxiety bashing, energy lifting, liver loving effects, it has quickly grown in popularity.

I have adapted the recipe in “From Scratch cookbook” by Shaye Elliott, she has a website called The Elliott Homestead.

So here is what I’ve done.

You need;
4 bags of organic black tea
1 cup of sugar (don’t worry the sugar is consumed by the yeast in the fermentation process)
3.8litres of filtered water
1 SCOBY

So here goes
1. Heat up the water to just below boiling. (I boiled mind for a few minutes as I didn’t use filtered water). Add the sugar and stir till dissolved. Then add the tea bags. Cover, remove from the heat, and let cool over night at room temperature. If you make first thing in the morning just let it cool all day.

2. After the tea mixture has completely cooled, remove the tea bags, pour the liquid in to either a food grade bucket or a large glass jar/bottle.

3. Add the SCOBY, cover the bucket or bottle and tuck it away somewhere for a week. After a week do a taste test and when it’s done to your liking then proceed with the bottling.

4. Remove the SCOBY. Store the SCOBY in a jar and fill with 1 cup of the Kombucha tea. This will feed it until you are ready to use again.

5. Pour the fermented Kombucha into reusable glass bottles and screw the lids on. You can add a small amount of juice for flavor if you like.

6. Let the filled bottles sit on the kitchen bench for 2-3 more days which will allow for a second fermentation. After that move the bottle to the fridge and drink as you please.

So that’s it nice and easy.

If you are local to me and would like to make this but need a SCOBY just email me and I will organise to get you a SCOBY once I have some spare ones.

Until next time

Sam xxxx

Op shopping

Today I was meant to go the the Sydney craft fair and catch up with some lovely ladies but we (as a family)have had a very busy week.

As my man is the Senior Pastor of our church he has been out every night this week plus his normal days in the office plus it’s school holidays so the boys have been home.

I woke this morning and decided to have the day at home in my PJs for all long as I could.

After making lunch, home made potato & leek soup and did a bit of washing thought I needed to pop out to our local op shop. I only had $50 in my purse as I’m trying very hard to stick to a budget. So I was really looking for some large glass if possible jars for my sourdough starter and my Kombucha starter that I have working on making. But instead came home with these wonderful bargains.

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A big bag of red yarn $1.20
A lace doily $1
A pair of size 5 interchangeable needles .50c
and a spring loaded cake tin $4
I’m thinking I did pretty good.
I even had some change to pop into the butcher and buy some meat, this will last till my man’s pay day on Wednesday.

Did you know that in August it’s Op Shop Week this covers all op shops not just the Salvos, so if you have one near you pop in or make a donation of resale-able goods.

Please note I don’t have any associations with the Salvation Army I just shop there.

Have a great day
Sam xxx