Wednesday, July 23, 2014

close enough

I got home from work one day and this was on the bed.
The husband must have been feeling the cold.

Stinky Ralph who is actually a girl but really does stink
seems very happy with the new blanket.

So it looks like it is finally finished.

Lucky I have lots of wool leftover to start a new one.
The winner of the book Blogging for Bliss is
Michelle Sheehan!
Quilt Kitty won herself a gift certificate to my store.
Thanks so much for entering.
Would you please email me with  your details
so I can send your prizes off.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

while we're waiting let's have a giveaway

While we are waiting for me to finally finish the biggest
granny ripple in the world I thought I'd have a giveaway.
I have been trying to get a copy of Mollie Makes Blogging
but it has sold out everywhere but luckily
I have a copy of Blogging for Bliss by Tara Frey
for one lucky Australian blogger.
It really is a great read and very inspirational.

If you are an Australian blogger or are looking at
starting your own blog just leave a comment on this post.
No I won't make you blog, facebook or tweet about it
but it would be so nice if you do!
Because it's always a bit sad to only have one winner
we'll have two with the second one winning a gift certificate
from my shop.
I can even send the gift certificate directly to your friend
if you would like.

I'll be back in a few days with the winners
and hopefully a finished blanket......
This giveaway is now closed but
thanks for your interest.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

getting down to business

My computer is on the way out.
I've had a terrible fear of losing my photos
and of course they aren't backed up.
So I have been saving files and photos to usbs.

I thought I'd treat myself to a businessy usb from Vistaprint.
It looks pretty good!
To make the postage worthwhile I also got myself
some new business cards and magnets and

gift vouchers!
Very excited about these gift vouchers !
Available in my shop right now.

Friday, July 4, 2014

fun for the whole family

I'm only a very basic knitter but the old knitting
needles that can be found in op shops
seem to find their way home with me
and I now have quite a collection.

So of course my mind wandered to a styrofoam ball

all covered in wool

with some old needles poking out and

even looking a bit like a strange planet outside...

We needed something new at our house
 to whack our heads on.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

round and round we go

I found a big bag of these at my local Vinnies.

They were too good to leave behind.

So I used some scrap wool to crochet around them.

Now I have a bit of a head start on Christmas decorations.
When do you start making your decorations?
What have you re-made from supposed junk?
What have you been up to?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

last one .....for a while

For someone who doesn't really blog personal stuff
I seem to be doing a lot of it lately.
As some of you may know my son has been dreaming
of joining the Australian Navy for years.
He has planned and worked for this for a long time.
He has had many assessments and interviews
and finally the time has come.
The family piled into my old car and took
ourselves off to Melbourne.

On the morning he was to leave my son asked me to
leave the motel and have a walk with him.
He took me to the State Library where I stood in awe
of this beautiful building.
My boy apologised that it wasn't open but knew I
would still like to at least see it.

Not long after we watched him take his oath
and finish his life as a civilian .

He has been nervous for weeks but when it was done
I think he may have been relieved.
We won't be able to speak to him for a while.
We won't be able to see him for a while.
We will be missing him very much for a while.

He hopped on that bus and took a huge  piece
of my heart with him.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

caramel slice

I've been making my boy a lot of his favourites.
Yesterday was caramel slice.
Today was apple slice.
Tomorrow we are taking carrot cake for the big road trip.
I thought you might like to try this really easy
but very delicious caramel slice recipe.
You will need ~
Base - I cup sifted plain flour
1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup coconut
125g melted margarine.
Mix all base ingredients together and press into
a greased 28 x 18 cm tin.
Bake at 180c about 25 minutes.
Caramel ~ 2 tbsp. golden syrup, 3 tbsp margarine
and a tin of sweetened condensed milk.
Stir over a low heat until combined.
Pour over cooked base and bake at 180c
about 20 minutes.
Allow to cool.
Melt 125g nice chocolate with 60g copha.
Pour over caramel.
Put waaaay in the back of the fridge to cool.
If you don't put it in the back it will get eaten
before it's cooled properly.