Puttery Treats For Autumn

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Good Morning Housekeepers.

It's a gorgeous Autumnal puttery Thursday and so in celebration of all things cosy and housekeepery today, I hereby offer you a yummy little list of scrumptious puttery treats. Enjoy! 

Thread orange slices dipped in lemon juice on to a wire coat hanger and hang up to dry in the airing cupboard for festive pot pourri.

Give the antimacassar new life... drape vintage tray cloths over the arms and backs of a special chair....

Make bird food (melted lard or butter, sunflower seeds, ground nuts and porridge oats and raisins) and push into a cored apple...

Embroider seven tea towels with the days of the week. Resolve to make changing the tea towel part of your evening ritual.

Hold a glass vase audit. Gather them all together, check for chips and cracks then fill with a solution of two tablespoons of salt and 1/2 pint of vinegar and let it stand over night to remove stains. Wash gently in warm water the following day and polish them back to sparkling life with a glass cloth.

Go for an  walk and gather a little bit of Autumn for a nature table on your return...

Change the bulb in your bedside lamp to a pink, peach or red toned one to create the illusion of warmth in the coming Winter months.

Run around (right now!) and dust the top of every mirror and picture in the house...

Use your Christmas planner to make a list of all the people you will be buying gifts for this year. Get sensible and set limit on the amount you will spend per person.

Overhaul the medicine cabinet with vapour rub, eucalyptus oil for steaming, pretty paper hankies, paracetamol, decongestant tablets and a gentle cough syrup like Buttercup...

Make fabulous fire starters and save the planet at the same time, by using scrunched up newspaper to wipe the grease off plates before you put them in your soapy washing up water...

Take yourself shopping and treat yourself to a good quality, (invaluable) chamois leather. Every housewife should have one...

Start saving comics to wrap kids Christmas presents in. Dennis the Menace look quirky and bright...

Serve the children "High tea" when they come home from school and a teeny nursery supper before they go to bed, freeing up the hours in between usually spent "waiting for tea", for more leisurely, or constructive pursuits for all and better suiting the hunger patterns of small children.

Make the old universal remedy "Grog" a nightly ritual when you are feeling a little under the weather. Mix 20z of Rum, with a spoonful of sugar, the juice of half a lemon, 2 cloves and a stick of cinnamon and top of with boiling water in a long tumbler. Cosiness defined...

Plan a white Christmas.. start seeking out white bulbs for forcing now for a whole table display come Christmas... something that could in itself be a very understated answer to celebrating Winter. Think white crocuses, hyacinths and paper whites. Consider leaving the Christmas tree unadorned this year with just the merest hint of fake snow on the branches...

Pin a corsage of vintage velvet flowers to a pretty cushion.

Seek out recordings of old time 78's and bake in the kitchen to the crackly music of yesterday on your ipod.

Wrap a penny in foil and slip it into your purse as a good luck charm.

Begin to write a long love letter to your Mum for delivery on Christmas Eve...
And most of all, Dear Housekeepers, be kind to yourself!

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