Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cookbook review


Rather, a shameful post- the kid commented this morning that 'that book never seems to move'.
Hmm, good point.
I've wanted this book for ages, when I saw it on a friend's bookshelf a few months ago, I asked her if she'd used it yet. She told me it was my birthday present but I couldn't have it until my birthday (about 9mths away at the time).
So when my sis went away for 6mths, (6weeks ago!) I swiped her copy. 'Don't get it dirty' were the only instructions....

So after the gentle nudge from the kid, I decided chicken pie sounded good, and it was one we'd seen him cook on the show (and drooled over). Neither of use are real fans of cooked carrots, so I thought I'd try the pie and and smashed carrots on page 92.

Product placement a la masterchef....

Instead of the french peas I chucked frozen peas in with the carrots. Yum!

Then the reminder why I don't do too much 'fancy' cooking;

thankfully 'the hubby' did the dishes.

So 30 mins? Not quite for me,but I'm a sole parent trying to get a kid in the shower and the whinging animals fed too! Definitely under an hour, and mid week too! And it's not like you have to scour through it for a quick recipe! If you want to leave things off, you can- we did have dessert, thanks to Coles!

Nice one!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

My creative space

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

My Zig Zag quilt

I'm always after ways to use up I picked this pattern up, and was relieved suprised it only took me about 2 weeks (of non constant work)

I took some shots in the yard at work while on my lunch break- but couldn't resist this one on the
 measuring mat we use for the babies!

I had to get to get it finished in a hurry- I originally was planning to keep it, but when I heard my bestie in Sydney was re-admitted to a Psych hospital with her little bub, I knew it was better spent wrapping her up in my hugs!

I love you Nic, and think you're an amazing and brave woman! Get well soon!

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Sunday snippets

Joining along with Tinniegirl this week;

sunday snippets over here

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Creative Space

It's been a while since I had a play.....

still on the single crochet, but planning an accessory out of it....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Been a bit caught up.

Washing a pooch, only to give him a bone just as it gets wet;

teaching myself the 'new trick' of a chevron friendship bracelet for my girl;

Cutting piles of little 4 inch squares to make a scrappy quilt;

a custom order for a friend;

 and some funky zips from the oppy, to base a bag around.

Yep, been a bit caught up.

Friday, August 12, 2011

She's catching the bug part 2

So after the paper craft project was finished, the girl picked up some scraps she'd found of mine, some chenille hearts I had pre-cut.

She was 'made' to iron her own applifix (important to teach her the tricks)

ad she was off at the machine!

 The teamwork between her and Jai was amazing- he was happy to be 'knee lifter' and responded to the instruction of 'lift' very quickly!

It was a one-sided team effort (you can easily fool a 4 yr old, but not a 7.5 yr old haha)

Despite this face in the photo, she happily made a 3rd project, a drawstring purse.

from this book. One I bought ages ago and left on the shelf, I knew it would come
in handy.

I'm so proud!! And not due to the 'following in my footsteps'; more for the
self-initiative she showed!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

She's catching the bug Part 1

A lovely day on Sunday.....we finally got a chance to check out these books!
Little Miss Crazy Hair picked her project....

and did her first machine sewing- yep, on paper, but you have to start somewhere!

I showed her how to trace, and helped with the stitching down the side.


and wow, it looked just like the picture!

The post-it notes came out to mark the next projects, and the "Sewing" book will get a look in too.
If the girl rated it out of 10? I reckon an 11!

Friday, August 5, 2011

I've been a bit slack....

about posting this! A few weeks months ago my mate issued a challenge....and we all accepted! I sent mine off without taking a pic, so once it was returned (unfortunately didn't sell during the exhibition) I asked Ms Superpops to send me a piccie!

Carmel let me borrow some pics from the exhibition as well.....

I had my eye on one and couldn't get there to get it....but I snapped it up on Facebook! So quick, go and get the last few bargains, a hand made beauty to give a little bit more to charity!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Getting designing

I got stuck into the spring cleaning yesterday, the beautiful weather gave me lots of reasons too! And I got about to this little project.....

Armed with a curtain thingy I've had in the drawer for yonks, I set up a design wall, similar to what I used at Sewjourn. This of course has to be temporary as I rent.

I made teeny tiny holes in the wall (later thinking to use Command adhesive hooks, doh!)

and pinned a queen size flannelette sheet to the curtain line (I tore a bit off the edge of the sheet, there was no measuring in any part of this, though!)

I then layed out some pre-prepared blocks to see if it worked, and.....VOILA! It can be taken down and you wouldn't know it was there in between the quilt sessions.

 Also on the weekend, I snapped this pic of my cat checking out the old iron on the bench! She had been sleeping on one of the chairs, but curiosity took over...I thought it was going to get hissed at! Hilarious!

Yes, that's the sexy new iron in the front, mmmm, Sunbeam! Lets see if this has any guts! It has auto-shut off, which is very important with my memory....(and I got it at the factory outlet, won't tell you what a bargain it was!)