30 Frugal Ways to Decorate your Homestead this Christmas

30 Frugal Ways to Decorate your Homestead this Christmas

The holiday season is my absolute favorite! However it is very possible to spend far too much money on decorating your home over the Christmas period. I have searched the whole internet and found you the best frugal ways to decorate your homestead this Christmas. 30...
Make Your Own Aged Timber Shelves

Make Your Own Aged Timber Shelves

Our new kitchen is starting to come together on the Piwakawaka Valley Homestead. All it needs now are some aged timber shelves. I recon the heart of the home truly is the kitchen, and have I joked with my hubby that we have really built a kitchen with a table and...
Preserving Lemons

Preserving Lemons

Preserved lemons are one of my favourite flavours. I use preserved lemon a lot in my cooking, and they are so pricey to buy and Preserving lemons is so easy to do! Winter is the time of year when lemons finally become affordable to frugal stingy bums like me. It is...
DIY Aged Pine Coat Rack

DIY Aged Pine Coat Rack

My front entry NEEDED a coat rack. I really hate mess. I am a self confessed neat freak who has learned to let it go a little while I have kids in the house. But clutter drives me cray-cray. So as you can imagine the mess involved in moving into a half finished...
4 Ingredient Effective Natural Homemade Cough Syrup

4 Ingredient Effective Natural Homemade Cough Syrup

I have discovered the wonders of homemade cough syrup, especially for the girls as they are trying to settle off to sleep at night with a cold, and the tickley cough just won’t leave them alone. This time of year lemons are nice and affordable too which is...
How to pretty-up tins for storage.

How to pretty-up tins for storage.

Our new kitchen will have open shelves for much of the pantry storage. What a great opportunity for pretty tins and mason jars! I bought a bunch of tins at our local dump shop for $.50 each as well as collecting a few from my parents and friends. After Christmas is a...
DIY Recycled Wooden Countertop

DIY Recycled Wooden Countertop

To go with the rustic look of our house I decided to go with a DIY recycled wooden countertop. Here in New Zealand all of our old houses were built using beautiful native timber for the framing, flooring, and cupboards. These houses are often getting demolished these...