Thursday, 27 December 2007

Still Recovering....

From the festivities....

I'll be back in a few days, after I've slept about twenty hours....

Hope you're all having a gorgeous time....

favourites

1. quilted, 2. ., 3. Tea of the day, 4. Angel Biscuits, 5. balls!, 6. Untitled, 7. so NOT sleeping, 8. pablo and wilfredo, 9. Untitled, 10. a forest of felted owls, 11. the heard... ill have better photos soon!!, 12. little man, 13. break, 14. puppers, 15. baby, it's cold outside, 16. Bear Ornament - Prototype, 17. laundromat, 18. micron milk bar, 19. it was snowing outside!, 20. My Old Teddy, 21. P.S., 22. the quilt so far, 23. reflections (A), 24. Buttcrack characters

yep. Some of them are missing. Dunno why. Too sleepy to fix it....

xxxx

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Time to take some time.....

away from the ole blog, as all of us prepare to put the sewing down, hang up the knitting, and spend some end of year time with our real-life people.....

Before I go though, I'd like to take the opportunity to send out some love to the people I've met this past year, and I hope you all have a great end of year, whether it be an all-out christmas with all the trimmings, or lazy gin and tonics with a friend.

Looking forward to catching up with you all again next year.

handmade teacups

I'll be heading off interstate for a family christmas, but not before spending some time in Melbourne catching up with some lovely ladies....finalising the Christmas shopping, and stuffing my face full of all the food Melbourne has on offer....

(they call Adelaide the Food City - pshaw...)

Anyways, take it easy, stay safe and well, and ALWAYS have another helping.

xxxxxxx

ps: the teacups? are new. lovely, aren't they? They're made by three different local ceramic artists, and I'm terribly in love with all of them.....

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Almost Finished....

A wholesale order for Meet Me At Mikes, plus a couple of Christmas pressies for little ones.....

Wholesale order

And the other day, I bought this:




From the amazing Dawn of Plush-a-Holic

(photo taken from Dawn's Flickr Photostream)

I think I may die of pleasure when he arrives in the mail........

In other news, I'm heading to Melbourne next week, on route to my parent's house for Christmas - so if you're from that neck of the woods, expect a visit! Otherwise, if you need to find me, I'll be at Gluttony eating eggs on olive bread, or at Brunswick St Bookstore trying to smuggle all the art books out of the upstairs window.....!

(holy shit.... whilst looking for an image of said bookstore on the net - I discovered they have an online store.....! Goodbye credit card balance......)

til next time...

xxx

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Current Favourites:

To Read:

In Watermelon Sugar - Richard Brautigan




Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino




The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat - Oliver Sacks




To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee




Perfume - Patrick Suskind





To Watch:


Pushing Daisies





Long Way Round





Heroes





The Wire





Listening:



Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand





Feist - The Reminder







This American Life - Podcast





C.W. Stoneking
- King Hokum



That should keep you all busy for a little while...... xxxx

*images taken from google image search - apologies!*

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

I made it myself....

fold front cardigan

It's a wrap front cardigan.

I've adapted a classic old Seventies t-shirt pattern, added a front flap with a facing from some gorgeous vintage fabric I didn't have a lot of, and two of the ceramic buttons I found yesterday. The main fabric is also from yesterday's haul...

fold front cardigan

I'm pleased with it, though I could have positioned the buttons better. It needs a wash to settle the seams, but I'm not waiting for that.

And proof that from time to time, I DO use my kitchen - I baked!

baking

Yes, I'm baking in the new top, the rules of making handmade clothes being, that if you make something you like, you have to wear it non-stop for at least a week....

I'm baking peanut butter biscuits. Well, actually, I'm scoffing said biscuits with a cup of tea whilst typing this. But you know what I mean.

Here's the recipe:

peanut butter biscuits

PEANUT BUTTER BISCUITS.

preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

125g butter
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 1/2 cups Self Raising flour.

(I had limited supplies, so I left out the vanilla, and used 1/2 a cup of normal raw sugar.)

Beat butter, peanut butter, sugars and vanilla until smooth.

Add egg and beat until combined. Sift in flour and stir through.

Roll dough into little balls and place on a greased baking tray. Flatten lightly with a fork.

Bake in oven for 12 - 15 mins. Cool.

Don't be tempted to cook these longer than the time frame, as they'll dry out and go flaky. They don't brown much on top, either.

I think they'd be great with choc chips in or stuck together with icing, like Melting Moments.

yum.

xxx

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Thrifted Tuesday and Shop Update...

Hello Gang,

Todays Thrift Haul was always going to be a small one, as we're a bit cash strapped around here right now, but I think I may have channeled some of Leslie's luck - (seriously, check out the stuff she got yesterday!) in the vintage games department:

Spell Master board - thrifted

This is a great vintage spelling game with plastic letter tiles that I love, and the best part is that it comes with a blank card, perfect for experiments such as this:

Spell master board - thrifted

I've used it to make a new banner for my Blog Store, a banner which may make its way over here if I can get past my thing for the Minima Header up there.....

I also managed a wee little pile of other goodies:

Thrifted Tuesday - the Haul

A vintage craft book on toy-making, which is actually not as helpful as I thought it would be; a few yards of nice, grey tweedy knit fabric; a couple of packs of self-cover buttons, and some gorgeous, rustic looking handmade ceramic buttons, for which I might have to construct an entire garment for!

And I hereby swear that I will not walk into another Thrift Store all week and pay the phone bill instead. Humph.

I've also added a Nong, to the new Shop; he's a cutie made from the most gorgeous yellow floral tablecloth....

Nong!

I have a few tablecloths that I have just justified cutting into: mainly because we have a kidney shaped dining table, and a cloth just aint going to go on that! I do have a gorgeous linen one that I'm thinking about getting quilted by a long-arm service - it's too beautiful to not be used for something....

Anyways, go on over and grab yourself a Nong or a Ginger Doll, and I promise I'll send the package with one of these labels I bought from The Black Apple:

Mail Labels from The Black Apple

How cute are they?

'Til next time, friends.....

xxx