Sewing Room Decorating Ideas

Since we moved into our apartment, my sewing room is so boring. White walls, white tables, white cupboards, cream floors – it needs a bit of something. It needs some personality. So I went on the hunt for some sewing room decor ideas. Something to inspire me to get sewing, and make me feel happy […]

Everything is different

We are 10% of the way into 2016, and it’s the first time I’ve sat down to share a blog post. Life has been a whirlwind, and everything has changed. In mid December, my husband moved to Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates. That left me to pack up a house, whilst looking after […]

Teaching kids to cook the right way!

Before I had kids, I had visions of us in the kitchen, preparing meals together. Quality family time while the kids learnt the skills to last a lifetime. It’s so important for everyone to know how to prepare healthy, tasty meals. When my son was born, I used to put him in the high chair […]

Fuss-free cooking with this wonderful kitchen tool

When I became a parent, I became a lazy cook. I used to love experimenting with new recipes and spending ages in the kitchen chopping and preparing ingredients, adjusting seasonings, and balancing flavours. But then kids came along, and I barely had the energy to cook at all. Cooking dinner was a necessity, rather than […]

Christmas Tree Scones

Last week was my daughter’s class Christmas party, and this week is my son’s. Boys had to bring in something savoury, but I still wanted it to have a Christmas-y touch. Christmas tree scones were perfect! I mixed up a buttermilk scone dough with parmesan for a cheesy taste. The scones were cut out with […]

Christmas Rocky Road

It’s Christmas and sometimes you need something loaded with sugar to get you through the days. This Christmas Rocky Road will definitely give you (or the kids) a sugary buzz! For my daughter’s kindy class party, the girls had to bring something sweet and the boys something savoury. Woohoo! Just the excuse I need to […]

Fabric Fun for you!

Today is Giveaway Day (hosted by Sew Mama Sew), and I’m giving away 2 fabric bundles. These are bundles of random fabric in varying sizes – see details below. For those new to Cook Clean Craft, I’m Narelle, an engineer turned Stay At Home Mum, sharing tools for the Modern Domestic Engineer. Sign up for […]

Granny Square Christmas stocking ornament

When it comes to Christmas decorating, I love traditional colours (red and green) and a handmade touch. Each year, I make a few ornaments to add to the tree (because I never have time to make more than that!). This year, it’s a granny square Christmas stocking ornament. Granny squares are a great beginner crochet pattern, […]

Fun Craft Kits for boys

My son loves hanging out with me while I sew. He’s asked a few times about learning to sew, but I’ve never been sure where to start. Finding appropriate projects for teaching boys to sew is a challenge. This Christmas, I’d love to give him a project we can sew together. Most of the craft kits […]

Simple Apricot Walnut Slice to Share

It’s heading towards the end of the year, and reasons to get backing are coming in thick and fast. School Christmas parties, gifts for friends and neighbours, and just having to feed the kids each day. But energy levels are dropping, as we head into the festive season. I don’t have the time and energy […]