29 October, 2009
I've just joined this list and so took pics of my two 'creative spaces' today - the kitchen where I'm experimenting with cookie cutters and pineapple slices (fun) while sneaking glances at this beautiful book my husband bought me FOR NO REASON (very impressed) yesterday - I love this guy's art!
And here is my table in my temporary art space - geared up for one handed painting of canvas bags (the other hand cradles my beautifully contented baby), which will be this month's artistic achievement. Yesterday I was also heatsetting them with the iron, totally one handed, after making a sandwich - you guessed it - one handed. Actually, I'm typing this one-handed too! Ah, but she's so darn CUDDLY right now! I can't keep my hands off her!
To see more creative spaces pop over to Kootoyoo.
28 October, 2009
25 October, 2009
And filled them with seed raising mix, planted the seeds, sprayed water on them, and are now eagerly waiting for them to sprout! I'm a proud mumma so there will be pictures I'm afraid. Once they're sprouted we can plant them straight into the ground and the newspaper will biodegrade. Sounds neat.
Loved this kit though. Will use it for parties too, I think, to make little pots for lollies or nuts with strips of coloured paper.
23 October, 2009
And I know I could have made this, but I have just one space for sewing and painting at the moment, so while I was ordering our new wall calendar on the Remo website I just went and did it and I'm so happy I did. These little dribble bandanas even cover the stains from previous dribbly bubbies while preventing stains from this dribbly bubbie. We went for a hot pink one and this blue one and I think B is enjoying her new, jaunty look. For more info, you can click this box below (and no, I don't work for Remo!).
22 October, 2009
I'm now on a quest to make my home more of an 'Anna Maria Horner' experience than the 'send Oprah's Rescue Team around' experience that it has been known to be around here.
So far I've made the first batch of cushions:And today I ordered a new red rug for the floor.The delivery fee to Toowoomba is only $20 even though the rug is pretty big, so that's a lot easier than wrangling the kids and reorganising carseats. So when that arrives Step 2 will be complete!
Still to come - Step 3 'Painting and resining the coffee table (with tutorial - including some blowtorch action!)' and Step 4 'Replacing the corner table with something that includes storage'. Hmmm, there's some second hand shop trawling required to work on that.
20 October, 2009
Simple Abundance - A Daybook of Comfort and Joy
Carve out an hour a day for solitude.
Begin and end the day with prayer, meditation, reflection.
Keep it simple.
Keep your house picked up.*
Strive for realistic deadlines.*
Never make a promise you can't keep.
Allow an extra half hour for everything you do.
Create quiet surroundings at home and at work.
Go to bed at nine o'clock twice a week.*
Always carry around something interesting to read.
Breathe- deeply and often.
Move- walk, dance, run; find a sport you enjoy.
Drink pure spring water. Lots of it.*
Eat only when hungry.*
If it's not delicious, don't eat it.*
Be instead of do.
Set aside one day a week for rest and renewal.
Laugh more often.
Luxuriate in your senses.
Always opt for comfort.
If you don't love it, live without it.*
Let Mother Nature nuture.
Don't answer the telephone during dinner.***
Stop trying to please everybody.
Start pleasing yourself.
Stay away from negative people.
Don't squander precious resources: time, creative energy, emotion.
Don't be afraid of your passion.
Approach problems as challenges.
Honor your aspirations.
Set achievable goals.
For every "yes", let there be a "no".
Don't worry; be happy.
Remember, happiness is a living emotion.
Exchange security for serenity.
Care for your soul.
Cherish your dreams.
Express love every day.
Search for your authentic self until you find her.
The ones that I've * starred* are the ones I'm working on extra hard this week. I'm going to print the whole thing out and stick it on the fridge and work through it. Could take a while...
And thank you S for coming by today. xxx
19 October, 2009
The names are made of some sort of transfer, not screenprinted, and they're crisp and lovely and totally made in Australia (even the t-shirt is sewn in Melbourne). The quality is excellent and the owner, Kris, a former lawyer, has worked hard to come up with this lovely method for the shirts. To see for yourself, visit www.playingchasey.com.au.
14 October, 2009
Tempus Fugit Wall Planner - this is ours, cut in the middle to fit on the pantry doors - it's time for a new one. Next year will be full of my schoolmates' 4oth's and dates are already being mentioned. It looks busy, but it's got weeks that start on Mondays and it really works for us. Just click on this image (below) if you want to have a look.
They also have some terrific blackboard napkin rings that look good... better put my credit card back in the freezer now.
If you're a Remo newbie, they'll also send you a free t-shirt (they were my 'uniform' for the school run for years), so they're very nice people.
11 October, 2009
And here's Therese, who refused to take hers off (which made her husband very happy), my poor hubby in the "Dunk the Teacher" cage - it was freezing!, and a shot of the fantastic fireworks finale. A huge congratulations to all the organisers and to the Man Upstairs for holding the morning showers off til today.
We have a terrific mulberry tree in our back yard. Planted by my husband only a few years ago, it's fruiting beautifully. But what to do with the berries? With the crazy dust storms we've had they couldn't be eaten straight off the tree (but try telling that to the kids!).
Anyway, yesterday I made this, and it's really yummy.
I've adapted the American recipe from here, http://www.fooddownunder.com/cgi-bin/recipe.cgi?r=170032 and didn't use any jam. It makes a small, but very special, 'afternoon tea' type cake. (Although I actually had it as my lunch yesterday. Yum.)
Mulberry Almond Crumb Cake
Process in food processor until it looks like crumbs:
1 cup plain flour
1/3 cup sugar
¼ cup butter
Reserve ½ cup to use in topping.
Then put in a mixing bowl with:
½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp bicarb soda
1/3 cup sour cream
2 tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
½ tsp almond extract
And beat at medium speed until blended. Then spoon into cake tin.
Then beat up
90g cream cheese
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg white
And spoon over top of first batter.
1/3 cup mulberries (I didn't measure these actually, I just dotted them on)
Combine reserved flour 'crumbs' with
2 tbsp blanched almonds (chopped up in processor)
And sprinkle on top.
Bake 50 mins at 180 degrees celcius.
09 October, 2009
And these are some of the aprons I've handpainted for the school fair tomorrow. They'll be worn at the Afternoon Tea stall and then sold and they were SO MUCH FUN to paint. I did mix my Golden acrylics with textile medium, and then I ironed them well on hot, but I haven't got time to test them - here's hoping they all stay put.
The Mater Dei School Fair is always terrific and the whole family is looking forward to it tomorrow. The finale is fireworks (which have not been done before) and the weather's looking fabulous, so it's going to be a great day.
08 October, 2009
05 October, 2009
How do kids look fantastic in everything they wear?!!
Today S actually managed to put on a denim jacket upside down and back to front. I didn't know it was actually possible, but now I know it is. Of course I had a crying bub in my arms at the time, so alas, no pic of that sweet moment.
I have made these little angels up as coloured hanging softies, but really, the idea is that you can make them up in any way you wish - you can paint them, stitch them, applique them, bead them, laminate them... It's up to you.
And once they're made, they can adorn your home, your Christmas Tree, be given as 'girlfriend gifts', all sorts of things really.
I've drawn them all individually, but they can be paired up as 3 front/backs as they are almost mirror images.
What I am looking for is two keen crafters to each take one of my panels and do with it what they wish and send me photos. I will send them some extra goodies for their trouble, as well as their fresh-off-the-screen panel.
Just leave me a comment and let me know what you'd plan to do with it - don't worry about being too detailed, I'm just keen to see two different applications, ie, beading and stitching, not both stitching, if you know what I mean. I'll put this call up on the Meet Me At Mike's forum too, then make the call on Thursday night (8 Oct) and send the fabric out on Friday.
Looking forward to gauging the interest!
01 October, 2009
We've got quite a few new products being added at the moment, and they're all limited edition or one-offs, so if you're on the list you'll be notified first. Come on over and see...