I love the style of messenger bags, hands-free and great for security especially when shopping and travelling but I did not want to buy any more purses/handbags. This practical black shoulder bag had a belt buckle that was usable and as I had a black belt that was not being used I added the belt to make a longer strap. now my shoulder bag has been converted to a messenger bag that I use daily.
If your bag only has a strap but has open metal hardware that links the strap to the bag you can still convert it using a long belt or two (if you don’t have one handy, hit the thrift shops) or use some tough woven strap. Simply sewing them around the hardware with really tough cotton.
I like these scissors, inexpensive and sharp but I hated the iron smell that lingered, even after washing my hands. I had some binding tape so I covered the handles, no smell and as a bonus, they are more comfortable to use. Simply wrap once around with a couple of stitches to hold in place and then tightly wrap each loop and finally finish with a few more stitches to hold in place.
If you only have one coat the easiest way to make it look different is with a scarf, gloves, and hat in this seasonscolours or if you already have a big selection, just rotate them for a constant new look that will make you look current.
I have always found that Christmas time to be an excellent time to organize. Leading up to 25th December with seasonal decorating forces me to reevaluate what I keep, donate or throw out because it is damaged. Once presents are received I can then update so I can use my new gifts instead of just putting them away.
I also like to think of January as Planuary and use a new calendar to mark any upcoming events and appointments so I don’t miss anything important.
In a large bowl take 1lb 6oz of mixed dried fruit 3oz of mixed cut peel Optional 1 cup of scotch or any liquor or fruit juice if prefered. I used dried cranberries, golden sultanas glace cherries and raisins. After soaking in liquid, the fruit will be full and lush.
Add to the fruit
Part 2 6oz butter 6oz castor sugar grated rind of 1 orange 4 large eggs 7oz plain flour 1 teaspoon mixed spice
Mix well and place in a buttered round cake tin, traditionally for a Dundee cake it is 7 inches but I use a 9-inch cake tin as we like a lot of almonds on the top.
Place as many almonds as you like on top of the cake to decorate.
Bake in centre of the oven for 2 hours for a 9-inch cake tin and 2 1/2 hours for a 7-inch cake tin. Test with a skewer, when it is clean, the cake is cooked. Leave in tin 10 minutes before turning out.
Place on a plate or cake stand and add a ribbon around cake for a party.
You can choose to make the Dundee cake with or without alcohol and using any dried fruit and or nuts that you want. All my recipes are very forgiving and can be adapted for your preferences. It is a very easy recipe; I do it in two stages. Stage one is taking all the dried fruit, and adding one cup of scotch, brandy or any other alcohol on hand to soak the fruit until plump, approx 24 hours. If you are a teetotaller you can use any fruit juice for good flavour. If you are in a hurry, this stage can be omitted. See, really easy! This cake is a hit with anyone who loves almonds and is good with tea, coffee, milk or something harder.
In a large bowl take
1 lb 6 oz of mixed dried fruit
3 oz of mixed cut peel
Optional 1 cup of scotch or any liquor or fruit juice if prefered.
I used dried cranberries, golden sultanas glace cherries and raisins.
After soaking in liquid, fruit will be full and lush.
For my wardrobe, I really like using monochromatic colour schemes where you take one colour and use various paler and darker shades of the same colour then pair with a neutral such as black or white. Here the earrings are the same colour.
I do the same in my rooms too. For example, a monochromatic room in green may include different shades of green on upholstery fabric, walls, and curtains, the neutral may be a white ceiling and woodwork.
My friend Kim who is super creative, stopped by and saw my “new” to me earring organizer and declared it “pure genius” and said that I had to post it so all could adapt. It was an old very tall CD stand in black that I spray painted gold but you could leave as is or paint any color you would like.