Vintage and Antique linen

I love old linen – especially when you can see the handwork that has been put into it. But in the spirit of destashing, I am putting a number of items I have held onto up for sale in my facebook page. They are for sale from Wednesday 2o March (Easter Summer Australian Time) – all you need to do is put SOLD under a picture with your email address, and I will make contact with you.
See the sale here

incomplete embroiderys whiteonwhite tatted oval

2butterfly applique traycloth

2oval whiteonwhite doiley

coloured embroidery doileys

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Being different

Frustrating isn’t it!  Standing at the carausel at the airport, looking at hundreds of pieces of luggage coming through, and wondering which one is yours.  Inevitably, half the travellers have the same colour case that you have brought with you.  What to do?

Of course, you could always get some unique luggage

Rockland 3-Piece Luggage Set - Love

OR you could your own unique luggage labels

or fairies

or clowns

Luggage labels are available from Gentle FootPrint for $4 each.  Write on the back with permanent marker, and you will be able to easily identify your luggage from others.  Hopefully, others will know it is not theirs as well.

Please ignore this post if you prefer to take the chance of meeting George Clooney at an airport!

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Getting ready for school

It is that time of the year again where families realise that a new school year starts again soon (well at least in Australia), and all sorts of new items are needed.

Pencil cases made from rescued materials

Pencil cases - fully lined and made from rescued material

There are many things that you can make for your child to take to school which are  unique and “made with love”.

Lobrary bag made from rescued material

Library Bags

Better still – make these items from recued material, and you are helping the environment in a number of ways.

Coin purses made from rescued material

You can find all of these items for sale at Gentle FootPrint facebook page

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Welcome Fash ‘n’ Treasurers

Welcome to those who have visited after seeing me at Fash ‘n’ Treasure this morning at EPIC.  I am pleased to mee you on here.

I would love you to visit me on my facebookpage Gentle FootPrint and press like so you can keep up with what I a makign and doing at Gentle FootPrint.

My store can be found at Oz Handmade where you can see the range of products I have available, and purchase them in a secure environment.

If what I had to offer isn’t exactly what you want – just ask, and I will see if we can make it just right for you

Cheers – Janet

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Lady Pads – essential but unspoken of

Lady Pads (cloth menstrual pads) are an environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to disposable pads which clog up the land fill and are full of chemicals placed next to sensitive skin.


The pads consist of four layers.  The decorative outer poly-cotton layer is followed by a breathable water proof layer. The inner of the pad made from layers of toweling, and the fabric closest to the body is either 100% cotton toweling for the shorter daytime and longer nighttime pads, or 100% cotton flannelette for light pad/panty liner.

The edge of the Lady Pads are overlocked and then overstitched to ensure stability and longevity of use.  The wings of the pads are secured around your panties with one or two plastic studs.


Lady pads are hand designed & sewn and there are three sizes available. In your starter pack, you will receive one of each pad that measures approx. 29cm (for nighttime and heavier days), 22cm (for regular use) and 20cm long (for light days or as a panty liner for extra protection when using a cup or tampon and light bladder leakage) and 6.5 cm wide with wings added. Long extra heavy pads are available for post-partum use or during peri-menopause.

For one cycle, we recommend between 6-12 light and regular pads and 1-3 nighttime pads, depending on how heavy your flow is and how long your periods are.


It is recommended that you soak the used pads in cold water using an enzyme detergent if desired.  Rinse pads and then wash with your normal load in cold water. To keep fabric soft, you can add ½ cup white vinegar or fabric softener to the final rinse.  Pads can be tumble or air dried.

Change your pad every 2-6 hours or as needed. When you are away from home, place the used pads in a resealable plastic bag until you return home. Then wash per care instructions. Avoid washing the pads in public facilities. Lady Pads are meant for personal use only, and should not be shared with others.

You can carry your pads discretely in a lined, zipper pouch.  Enjoy the comfort & softness of cotton pads during your time of the month.


  • Light pads/Panty Liners           $ 5.00
  • Regular pads                         $ 6.00
  • Nighttime pads                      $ 6.00
  • Extra heavy pads                   $ 7.00
  • Zippered pouch                     $ 6.00
  • Starter packs                        $17.00
    (includes one light, daytime and nighttime pad and a free zipper purse)

Postage extra if required

Purchase from Gentle FootPrint online shop

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Why use the humble hanky instead of the ubiquitous tissue.

I am of an age where I can remember the collection of hankies my mother always had in a container on her dressing table.  She made sure we took one with us every day to school.  Thee delicate white lace hankies my Grandmother had were an example of  exquisite beauty and workmanship.

What has happened to the humble hanky?  Replaced by tissues – and they are everywhere…

I have 5 reasons why you should use a hanky instead of tissues.

  1. It is better for the environment.
    1. Even accounting for washing, each time you use a hanky instead of a tissue less water is  embedded in its use.
    2. You can re-use a hanky hundreds – even thousands of times.
    3. Tissues add to landfill every day
  2. Hankies are softer and easier on the skin than tissues.  Tissues are treated with chemicals to make them soft and not harsh to the skin
  3. Hankies are sturdier – I inevitably grab  2 or 3 tissues because one is not sturdy enough.
  4. Hankies are cheaper to use over the life of the hanky
  5. You feel like a lady when you pull out a hanky to use

Gentle FootPrint hankies have been made from repurposed material and will lat you a lietime. Wash your hankies in a regular wash and dry in the sunshine and iron with a hot iron to sanitise them.


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When dreams come true

Four years ago (to the day almost) I wrote on an old blog of mine about a dream to see “Gentle FootPrint” come alive here.

Part of me can’t believe that it was only four years ago – it feels like it has been a part of me for decades.  But what a lot of things have happened in four years…

Gentle FootPrint is a reality in so many ways.

  • The program runs at NationsHeart Christian Community, and I am paid part time to do so
  • We have two cooking classes each week – Cooking for Fun and Cooking for Purpose
  • We have a Craft ‘n’ Chat every Friday afternoon where we learn new crafts, and make products from repurposed materials for fundraising
  • I have opened up a store to sell items made from rescued materials
  • Gentle FootPrint is now a registered business name
  • and… this blog Gentle FootPrint is beginning to become a resource to teach people about home making skills.



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Cornflake and Honey Cookies

Let the kids loose in the kitchen to make these fun cookies which only need 4 simple ingredients.  Makes 24


  • 150g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 2/3 cups self-raising flour, sifted
  • 2 cups cornflakes


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line 2 large baking trays with baking paper.
  2. Combine butter and honey in a small saucepan over low heat. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until melted.
  3. Combine flour and cornflakes in a bowl.
  4. Add butter mixture. Stir to combine.
  5. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls.
  6. Place balls, 4cm apart, on prepared trays. Flatten slightly.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes, swapping trays halfway through cooking, or until golden.
  8. Cool on trays for 5 minutes.
  9. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Store between layers of baking paper in an airtight container.
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Gluten Free Mini Florentines


  • 150g sultanas
  • 100g cornflakes
  • 60g flaked almonds, roasted
  • 120g glace red cherries, cherries
  • 200ml condensed milk
  • 150g chocolate, melted


  1. Preheat an oven to 165C.
  2. Combine well the sultanas, Corn flakes, cherries, nuts and condensed milk in a bowl.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper and drop a tablespoon of the mixture into a round pastry cutter on the baking paper. This will help to shape the Florentine. Continue until all of the mixture is used.
  4. Bake until just turning golden brown, approximately 6 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and allow cooling.
  6. Spread the bases of the Florentines with the melted chocolate and allow the chocolate to set.
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Baked rice custard with ginger

This Friday we are making this yummy rice custard recipe.  Comfort food for a cold wintery day!

This recipe came from

Zesty orange rind and slices of ginger give baked rice custard an irresistible twist. Versatile ginger enhances the flavour of many dishes – sweet or savoury – and we love it in this English dessert that’s perfect for a cool evening.

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 500ml (2 cups) milk
  • 250ml (1 cup) thickened cream
  • 1 x 5cm piece ginger, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 2 strips orange rind, white pith removed
  • 75g (1/3 cup) medium-grain rice
  • 70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon, to dust
  • Canned whole plums, drained, to serve


  1. Place the milk, cream, ginger and orange rind in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil. Set aside for 30 minutes to infuse. Strain through a fine sieve into a large jug. Discard the orange rind and ginger.
  2. Meanwhile, cook the rice in a saucepan of boiling water following packet directions or until tender. Drain.
  3. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line the base of a roasting pan with a tea towel, folded to fit. Place a 1.5L (6-cup) capacity ovenproof dish in the pan.
  4. Use a fork to whisk together the milk mixture, sugar, eggs and vanilla in a bowl. Strain the egg mixture through a fine sieve into a jug. Stir in the rice. Pour the mixture into the dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Pour enough boiling water into pan to reach halfway up the side of dish.
  5. Bake for 40 minutes or until the tip of a small knife inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove the dish from the roasting pan. Set aside to cool slightly. Serve with the plums.


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