Author Archives: Frogdancer Jones

Skinflint Sunday: Use up what you have at home.

So I made this quilt – a mash-up of the 2 quilt designs I showed you last week. So far it’s just pinned together, with the actual quilting starting later today, with a bit of luck. Every single piece is … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Have fun with what you have around you.

Ryan25, (yes, he’s had a birthday), called me into the Man Cave just now, saying, “Mum, have you seen this?” It’s hilarious. Look out for the cheeky side-glance Paul Rudd gives Pete Burns. My nephew and his wife are expecting … Continue reading

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No, I’m not dead. It’s just that a lot’s been happening.

Happy New Year to you all! Such a lot has happened since the last time I posted here, almost a month ago. The year pretty much crashed and burned for my family, health-wise, with 8 people falling prey to illness … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Being productive is fun.

I have a couple of rosemary plants in wicking boxes. I like to use fresh rosemary a lot of the time but sometimes it’s handy to have some dried rosemary on hand, especially if you want to make rosemary salt … Continue reading

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Things I’ve been making.

We’ve been eating well from the pea straw that I bought in Bunnings and put down on the wicking beds to let them sleep over winter. We’ve had┬áhundreds of peas pop up. Poppy and Scout love eating the pea pods. … Continue reading

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Could this quilt be any more PINK???

David26 is in love. He’s been afflicted by this emotion for nearly 2 years now. A few weeks ago he asked if I’d make Izzy a quilt for Christmas. She loves hot pink, which isn’t a colour that the boys … Continue reading

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Sometimes my job makes me laugh.

I was marking some year 8 ‘Letters to the Editor’ and one of the kids wrote this following gem in a letter protesting about animal testing: “A government report showed that New South Wales used erotic zoo animals in these … Continue reading

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Sometimes it’s the little things…

A friend at work has an ‘atsy’ daughter who was opening a stall at the Dingley Makers Market. I popped along, bought some cards that she made and then browsed the rest of the stalls. I couldn’t resist this amazing … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Road trip.

Today the boys and I, along with my parents and my sister, brother-in-law and one of my nieces, are all driving to Ballarat to see Evan23 in his end-of-year play, ‘Twelve Angry Men.” Well, they’re doing ‘Twelve Angry Jurors”, but … Continue reading

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Skinflint Sunday: Getting Things Done before school starts again.

The day before school goes back is always a day torn between mourning my lost freedom and racing around getting little jobs finished before I go back. Today was no exception. I swore that I’d have the garden ready to … Continue reading

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