Tuesday, March 24, 2015

creative challenge link up

Hi and welcome to the Creative Challenge Link Party.

I have been very distracted lately and didn't get 
around to reminding the challengers
that the link was going up up today
so I do apologise and hope that their
heads are a lot more level than mine at the moment
and they remember that today is the day!

The next Creative Challenge won't be until May
so I look forward to more joining in then .

PS My bigcartel shop still has a few patterns for 1/2 price
read here for what is going on.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

closing down sale

Things have changed for me over the last couple 
of years and I have changed too.

After much thought I have decided to close my pattern business.

My circumstances have changed and I will soon be 
moving to a much smaller home
so I thought this was as good time as 
any to make some life changes.

All of my remaining patterns in my bigcartel shop
will be half price until sold out.
I won't be reprinting any.
I will only be posting within Australia.

I have some new ideas for my shop that I hope to
get going once I settle into my new place.
Something I hope that will bring a little sparkle 
back into my life and hopefully into yours.

My blog will stay as is as I still need to craft
even if I do have to put on a brave front.

Thanks to all who have supported me and sold
or made my designs it has been so much fun.

Thank you xxx

Monday, March 16, 2015

tim tam rocky road (you're welcome)

You'll love this!
Tim tam rocky road is delicious 
even if I do say so myself.
It's not a very cheap recipe but it makes a lot
and because it's so rich you really can't eat that 
much of it anyway but you could try.

You will need ~
2 x 375g pkts of Choc Melts
1 pkt of raspberry tim tams roughly chopped
3 x 55g Turkish Delight
1 cup chopped pistachios
1 cup shredded coconut lightly toasted
1 pkt mini marshmallows

Melt the choc melts in a large bowl over
a saucepan of simmering water.
Let it cool slightly before throwing all the 
other ingredients in and mix well.
Spread into a greased and lined 18 cm x 28 cm slice pan.
You can make a thinner version by using two tins
and dividing the mix in half . 
I prefer the smaller pieces but that's just me.
Refrigerate until firm.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

easter crafts

With Easter speeding towards us I thought 
I would round up a few of my Easter craft projects
here so you can get a head start on that bunny.

Fabric Carrots tutorial here.

Crepe paper carrots filled with popcorn here.

Beautiful and easy fabric daffodils here.

Shabby placemats and coasters here.

Some quick and easy craft for the kids here.

I'll be looking for more great Easter craft on
Pinterest in the next few days and I'll share
some more links here.

See you again soon!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

really, really easy comb cover tutorial

Do you scrabble around in the bottom
of your bag for your comb
and when you eventually find it it has all sorts
gunk over it?

Or is that just me?

Anyway I've been meaning to make a cover
for ages so I thought you might like to make one too.

First cut out one strip of fabric 20" long x 3" wide.
The size depends on the comb you will be using 
just be sure not to make it too snug because 
it would be a pain to be able to finally find your comb
and then not be able to get it out of the cover.

Trim corners.
Once you have turned it right side out and pressed it
fold it in half and press it again.
Now just stitch down the two long sides.
That's it!

Just pop your comb in and it will be so much easier (and cleaner)
to find in the bottom of your handbag.

These don't take a lot of fabric so they would be great for
Mother's Day stalls wrapped in celophane with a pretty comb.

or just for you!

Don't forget the Creative Challenge sign ups close today.

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!

Edited to add ~ I really need you to email me
that way there is no confusion about addresses.