Here are 2 "Gifts" and "Downloadable" tips.

Chocolate Sauce

Here are the chocolate sauce labels referred to in the December 2015 newsletter.

Detailed views are further down the page, along with the recipe.

First, the PDFs for you to download:




...and here is the full article from the newsletter, with the recipe at the end:

For years I have watched to see which gifts people enjoy the most. These gifts are the ones that appeal to the heart, the mind and/or the senses. They are often:-

  • gifts that are hand-made
  • gifts that make them laugh or smile
  • gifts that taste good.

If you can find a gift that does all three things, then you have a hit! So I've combined all three to make the ultimate frugal gift to use for Christmas and birthday gifts. It is a killer chocolate sauce recipe, stored in easy to buy jars with a great selection of labels to match your friends' tastes.

We have had a ball making the labels and we uploaded them so you can do it too.

First I'll show you all the labels up close and then the all-important recipe.

We have 'Troll blood' for your friends who find internet trolls really frustrating.

For teachers and coaches with a wicked sense of humour, we have 'Essence of Revenge'!

For the friend who likes things simple, we have some basic Christmas labels.

For friends who like coffee, we have altered the recipe (see below), offering to blow their heads off!

Or, help them concentrate :-)

For your friends who love chocolate. We have..

Here is the recipe (and all important labels) to make two delicious jars of 'Troll Blood' (or whatever else you'd like to call it!) to give to loved ones and others who share your dislike for trolls!

Troll Blood

Makes 2 x 1 litre jars

Shopping list:

  • 2 x 1 litre jars ($6)
  • 1 box (380g) cocoa ($4)
  • 2kg sugar ($2)
  • Vanilla essence
  • Salt


Print out chosen labels

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  • 2kg sugar
  • Box of cocoa (380g)
  • 1 litre water (or coffee)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbs vanilla essence

Put sugar and cocoa in a really big stock pot. Stir together to remove all the lumps from the cocoa. Add liquid (water or coffee) and salt. Turn stove to high and stir continually. When it is boiling, turn heat to medium. Keep stirring and watching. If it gets too hot it will bubble over. Let syrup simmer until it thickens, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and add vanilla essence.

Pour into two jars. When cooled add your labels.

And now you have two awe-inspiring, home-made gifts for a tiny $6 each! It is the ultimate frugal gift.

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T-shirts Transfers

I love cool t-shirts!!

I love buying them! I love giving them! I love wearing them! I love my kids wearing them!

But, I hate paying $30 for them.

Then I found I can make funny affordable t-shirts with an inkjet printer, t-shirt transfers and an iron for $5-$10 per shirt.

Now I make cool, funny, funky shirts for $5-$10 per t-shirt.

And, so you can also make cool shirts. We have made you printable transfers to download.

You can find full instructions here on how to use these.

Wide designs (adult shirts)

Click on the image to go to the shirt.





Narrow designs (adult & kids shirts)








T-shirt Transfer Tutorial

If you would like to learn more about how to make your own shirts. Click here