House renovating for an investment, Plus Me = DIY, Crafts, Entertaining and Op/Charity/Thrift Shopping

Posts by Jane

Chocolate Bar Cake

Chocolate Bar Cake

I need a prize for my Quiz Night! The prize had to be cheap and be able to be split for 10 people. I saw a Chocolate Bar Cake on Pinterest, and thought great! who doesn’t like chocolate. First I taped a plastic tub and a tin together to make the top layers.  I put […]

Christmas Presents for Kids in Care

Christmas Presents for Kids in Care

May 2017 I registers my charity – Christmas Presents for kids in Care. https://www.facebook.com/Christmasgiftsforkidsincare/

Beautiful Glass Plates

Beautiful Glass Plates

You’ve heard of the ‘old cat lady’, well I have turned into the ‘old glass dish lady’.  I just can’t help myself! Every time I go Op shopping, I make a b-line for the homewares section and there is always some beautiful old fashion glass dish just asking me to buy it. This one I […]

Black Plates

Black Plates

Beautiful china filigree black plates, one of my fantastic purchases from an op shop in Arundel.  I saw these unusual plates that came with really ugly coffee mugs.  It seemed strange as they didn’t go together all that well, the plates look like they come from the 1930’s and the mugs from the 1970’s. There […]

Gluten Free Christmas White Trash

Gluten Free Christmas White Trash

    Gluten Free Christmas White Trash I love Christmas White Trash and make it every year for my customers, unfortunately it’s full of gluten and now I can’t have gluten, I decided to try and make a gluten-free one. It turned out quite good, but next time I think I will use less of the Maple […]

Secret Santa Game

Secret Santa Game

I brought 20 presents. 4 worth $25, 4 @$20, 4@15, 4@10, 4@$5.  Wrapped them all in the same paper and put in a large bucket. Some presents look like the cheap gifts, but I have concealed money in them: example I brought two boxes of cotton buds from Aldi worth about $5, then I put $20 in […]

White Christmas Tree

White Christmas Tree

Take one dead tree, which the council planted then failed to water during a drought.  Pull up late at night while pretending to walk the dog.  Bring along reluctant husband to remove and carry tree home. Spray white, stick in a planter and decorate.  Wola!!! One beautiful Christmas tree.

Christmas Table Decorations

Christmas Table Decorations

I needed 3 table decorations for my Christmas in July Party.  The table is long with 8 people each side, so I wanted to balance the length out with a bit of height.  I have a lovely tall vase, but it’s about 15cm wide, which causes problems when you fill it with something like tinsel or […]

Before & After

Before & After

I thought I would do some before and after collages to show the massive difference in the rooms.

Garden Coloured Cushions

Garden Coloured Cushions

I decided my cushions on the patio furniture were a bit dull, so I trotted off to my favourite shop, ‘Stoplight’ for inspiration.  I was going to go for multi colours, but after looking around, I thought it best to stick to greens and blue.  Greens to go with the garden and the blues to […]