Thursday, March 5, 2015

chickpea and vegetable curry

Sometimes you need something that is not only quick
but nourishing too without having to run back
and forth to the supermarket.
Did I mention easy?
I love easy ~ I'm all about easy.
I make this curry from stuff I already have in the cupboard
and any left over vegies in the fridge.
Fry some onion, garlic and capsicum.
Add some curry powder or garam masala.
For this one I threw in some cumin and coriander
mainly because I love the smell.
Add 2 cans chopped tomatoes and a can of chickpeas.
Now go to the bottom of your fridge and chop up all
 the vegetables that need to go,
broccoli, pumpkin, carrot, potato anything!
If you are in a big hurry you can steam the vegies first
or just throw them in with the tomatoes and cook all together.
Pop the lid of your saucepan on and heat the lot
on low, just check the liquids by adding more water
or stock if you need it.
Serve with rice and a dollop of natural yoghurt or light sour cream.
This is delicious and you can freeze it too.

Don't forget the signups for the Creative Challenge
close on Sunday, come and join in!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

creative challenge sign up no 2

Are you up for a creative challenge?
Well you have come to the right place.
Just in case you don't know what
the creative challenge is ~
* not a competition
* a fun way to reinvigorate your creativity
* a new way share your creation with like minded crafters
* a chance make some new friends
How it works ~
Firstly you comment on this post.
Next you must email me.
When the signups close I will then send you ~
a colour and a random picture.
From these clues you create something using whatever medium
you prefer it can be fabric, paint, glue, beads anything!
Write up a blog post but don't publish it yet.
At the completion of the challenge I will add a linky thing here.
You add your link to show what you've created.
What do you think? Are you game?
We only had two challengers last month but they were
both so outstanding you really have to see them!
Check out their creativity here.
Sign ups close next Sunday 8th of March.
Clues sent to you by Tuesday 10th of  March.
Complete your item and have a blog post ready for Tuesday 24th of March.
Ok first things first
 Leave a comment on this post.
Email me and say "I'm in !" or something like that.
Yay! Can't wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

easy tissue holder tutorial

Here's an easy tutorial for a tissue holder with a self facing trim
and these ones are lined so they aren't so flimsy.
Are you ready to make one or ten?

These are so good to have on hand as a little gift
or make a stack of them for fetes or Mother's Day stalls.

The longest part of making these is choosing the fabric!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

these are a few of my favourite pins ~ overlocker/serger tips

I have an overlocker in fact I have two.
One I have had for years but haven't used in ages
and the other was a gift that is still in the box.
Part of my problem is finding time to set
myself up to use them.
The other part is fear and dread of threading
and actually using my overlocker.
I'm psyching myself up and checking out some
great posts on using my overlocker.
I'm not alone here am I?
I'm not the only one who keeps putting
off learning overlocker secrets?
Tell me I'm not alone.
Anyway I hope I'm not the only sook and
some of these posts help you too.
Bottom left ~
Getting started with a new serger from Create Kids Couture
Top right ~
Serger 101 from Sweet Verbena
Bottom right ~
 Using a serger from Make It and Love It.
What do you call it overlocker or serger?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

creative challenge link up

Welcome to the first Creative Challenge of 2015!
I may have started this one a bit early for the
start of the year as we only had two signups
but the ones that have accepted the challenge
are phenomenal!
I hope you can visit these and see how
creative they have been with their clues.
The next challenge sign up will be at the
beginning of March so I maybe you'd like to join in then.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

if you haven't got a Valentine

I've told you before I don't do Valentine's Day
but I do have a heart.
As a heart attack survivor I can't sing the praises
Every year on February 14 I make a donation.
Maybe you'd like to too.
See you tomorrow for The Creative Challenge.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

so easily distracted

I was meant to be stripping the beds on my day off
but when I discovered one of the sheets
was looking a bit tatty
I stripped it instead.

I have visions of a lovely oval rug
and I have started a few times ~ got it wrong
and had to start again.

I think I'm getting there now.

Well I hope so.

The sheet was just ripped to make the lengths
and the many stray strands of cotton
were spread around the yard.
I then watched the birds collecting the cotton for
their nests for ages.
Told you I was easily distracted.
PS The first Creative Challenge for the year
is up on Sunday and although we only had two
challengers sign up I know these creations
will be just amazing!