Monday, April 28, 2008

Cozy moments



Look, it's Walden Bear and his mummy! See how happy and contented Walden is as they gaze at Mr. Moon and the winking stars.


Pip Bear Pattern
Walden Bear Pattern

The Green Smile



It's been a joy participating in Anna Carson's Project Green. It's just wonderful that Anna chose this deeply meditative, healing colour. Hopefully by participating in this photography endeavor, green will bring us back to balance- to care more for nature, and to restore hope, energy and grace to our lives. May this colour inspire us to look, listen and feel more deeply all the manifestations of life. May green gently nudge us back into the moment-to be aware of life itself unfolding as it is.

May green continue to connect us all.

Thank you for all the lovely comments. Stay green!

Project Green. Take Nine



"Triple Green"
Project Green. Take Nine.

Project Green. Take Eight.



"Fried Green Tomatoes"
Project Green. Take Eight.

Project Green. Take Seven




"Simplicity"
Project Green. Take Seven.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Making a mini bear



I love Sew Mama Sew's Create and Celebrate. The line up of fun and practical sewing tutorials is great and any sewing newbie can create unique creations from the concepts and techniques presented. I especially like Create & Celebrate March 6 edition. The tutorials include yummy totes, baby shoes, an Easter dress and yes, a mini 7 inch Walden Teddy Bear tutorial from Sandra Spencer!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Sweet Dreams



I've been looking for a kitty softie pattern for quite a while and imagine my delight when I found this Holiday Cat pattern from Craft & Fabric Links! A softie and a pillow all in one!

Now I've got some warm kitty belly to rest my sleepy head on!

Project Green. Take Four


"Patterns and Shadows"
Project Green. Take Four.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Something sweet & free



I adore these free charming illustrations from Marie Claire Idees and these lovely pastel address labels and floral greeting card from Ez of Creature Comforts.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Owl craft




"A wise old owl sat on an oak; The more he saw the less he spoke; The less he spoke the more he heard; Why aren't we like that wise old bird?"

Big and Small Owl Pillow Pattern
Eli the Owl Backpack Project

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A wee more yellow



This is a little softie gift I made for my sister who loves collecting giraffe themed items.
The giraffe pattern can be found in the talented illustrator Roberta Baird's fun page.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Project Yellow, here I go!

I couldn't resist not taking part in Anna Carson's Project Yellow. I adore yellow! Thanks to Gina for spreading the word!

I don't have enough time to do one yellow shot a day so my photo contribution would consist of the shots I did today (take 1 to take 3) and yellow shots I have done in the past. I hope you enjoy the various, shining attributes of this wonderful colour.

Project yellow, anyone?



"Summer Frangipani"
Project Yellow. Take one.



"Yellowed leaf"
Project Yellow. Take two.



"After the rain"
Project Yellow. Take three.




"Yellow Chrysanthemum"
Project Yellow. Take four.




"Yellow hotel walls"
Project Yellow. Take five.



"Ducky in the bath"
Project Yellow. Take six.




"Sunshine bouquet"
Project Yellow. Take seven.




"Buttercream"
Project Yellow. Take eight.




"Delicious yellow"
Project Yellow. Take nine.

Vintage cooking





I love cooking with my grandma's vintage Betty Crocker Cookbook!

Link love:

Recipe Curio
Vintage Cookbooks on Flickr
Lou Peters Cookbook Illustrations
Retro recipe cards

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Savoury seafood recipes

Make tastebuds dance a Vivaldi with these mouthwatering, unforgettable seafood dishes.These are kitchen tested recipes guaranteed to impress family and friends! Prawns, cream, herbs.... yum!





Prawn and Mushroom Crepe Cornet

Ingredients:

Crepe
¼ cup plain flour
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ tsp oil
1/3 cup milk
Prawn Filling:
30 g butter
2 tbsp plain flour
1 small chicken stock cube, crumbled
500 grams cooked prawns, shelled and chopped
2 tbsp dry white wine
¼ cup cream
1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

Crepe:
Sift flour into bowl, make well in center. Gradually stir in combined egg, oil and milk, stir until butter is smooth. Mixture can be made by blending or processing all ingredients until smooth. Strain batter into jug, stand for 30 minutes.
Heat heavy based crepe pan over medium heat, grease with know of butter. Pour 2 to 3 tablespoons batter into pan, swirling batter to cover base of pan evenly. When crepe is lightly browned underneath, carefully turn with spatula or fingers, lightly brown other side.
Prawn filling: Melt butter in medium saucepan, add flour, stir constantly over heat for 1 minute. Remove from heat, stir in water and stock cube, stir constantly over high heat until mixture boils and thickens. Add prawns, mushroom, white wine, cream and dill; reheat gently without boiling.




Seafood Ravioli with Vermouth

Ingredients:
Ravioli Dough
2 cups plain flour
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 tsp oil

½ cup water, approximately

Prawn Filling
400 grams shelled prawns
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

2 tsp dry vermouth

¼ cup cream


Salmon and Dill Sauce
2x 300 ml cartons cream
1/2 large veggie stock cube, crumbled
1 ½ tbsp dry vermouth
1 tsp corn flour
1 tsp water
90 grams smoked salmon, sliced
3 tsps. chopped fresh dill


Roll ravioli dough out, half at a time, to a thickness of 2mm, cut into 8 cm strips (or roll out with a pasta machine). Cover strips with a tea towel to prevent drying out.

Place heaped teaspoons of prawn filling at 4 cm intervals along 1 side of strip of dough. Brush edges with a little water, fold dough over filling; press firmly around filling. Cut between mounds of filling using knife or fluted pastry cutter.
Add ravioli gradually to large saucepan of boiling water, boil uncovered, for about 8 minutes or until ravioli are cooked; drain/. Mix ravioli gently through sauce, serve with grated parmesan cheese if desired.

Ravioli dough: Sift flour into large bowl, make well in centre, gradually stir in the combined egg, oil and enough water, to make dough firm and pliable. Turn onto lightly floured surface, knead for minutes. Place in lightly oiled bowl, cover, stand for 30 minutes before rolling.
Prawn filling: Mince, process or blend prawns with dill and vermouth until smooth. Transfer to a large bowl, stir in cream, gently cover, refrigerate.

Salmon and Dill Sauce: Combine cream and stock cube in medium saucepan, bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer for about 5 minutes or until mixture boils and thickens, stir in salmon and dill.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Doll Days



Meet Natasha, my little folksy Ruby Dolly. You can make a Ruby Doll using One Red Robin's easy to follow pattern.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Wee Stuff



Feeling stitchy? Then maybe you'd like to try making these wee bunny and bear pillow dolls from where else but Wee Wonderfuls!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Book tagged!



I have been (book) tagged by Gina of the wonderful Gingerbread Blog! And for good reason, I love books so much! So here's how the book tag rules go:

Pick up a book of at least 123 pages
Open the book to page 123
Find the fifth sentence
Post the next three sentences
Tag five people to do the same
The book I chose is the one I'm deeply engrossed in right now- Eckhart Tolle's The Power of Now. The passage goes like this:


Unless and until you access the consciousness frequency
of presence, all relations, and particularly intimate
relationships, are deeply flawed and ultimately dysfunctional.

Now, I'm tagging some blog friends too in case they want to play along, entirely optional of course.

Cindy of Lucy's Tales from Home
Hanna from iHanna's Create and Live Happy Blog
Rachael of Rachael Herbert's Sweet Nothings Blog
Mel of One Crafty Mumma
Jhoanna of One Red Robin

Speaking of books, here are some yummy free downloadable bookplates to enjoy:




Home Library Bookplates ( A wagonload of the most adorable, illustrated children's bookplates)
Black Apple Bookplates (Emily's very, very cute freebie)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Embroider your life


A forest bird never wants a cage.
-Henrik Ibsen

I'm delighted to share this lovely birdcage and hummingbird embroidery pattern that I found while traipsing through the wondrous and inspiring world of craft blogs. At last, I found the loveliest birdcage and bird motif pattern I've always dreamed of stitching.

I love this birdcage pattern so much that I plan to make a few minimalist throw pillows- white embroidery thread over dark blue or black fabric. In the meantime, this mini tote bag would suffice. I made a tree and bird themed zippered wallet pouch to match the birdie motif. I'm quite pleased with the results considering that I don't have a sewing machine and that I hand stitch all my sewing projects.

You can find this lovely birdcage pattern at Ottobre Design, a fabulous Finnish fashion magazine/design house for youth and children. More stylish, Scandinavian inspired sewing patterns here.

Happy sewing!

Kids craft: Happy daisy paper flowers



  • Used waxed paper cups
  • Coloured felt pens, crayons, coloured pencils, paint
  • Craft sticks/ Wood skewers
  • Glue gun/Craft glue
  • Coffee cans, milk carton, small flower pot/vase

1. Used waxed paper cups (especially those with cute printed patterns) can turn into a garden of happy daisies! Cut paper cups into strips leaving a one inch gap in the bottom of the cup. Fold flaps and cut edges into rounded corners.

2. Glue craft stick or wood skewer onto paper cup flower. You may paint the craft stick/skewer if you like.

3. Draw a face on paper cup flower. You may use colored pens, crayons, or any medium you desire.

4. Stick flower into a recycled flower pot (recycled coffee cans, milk cartons etc).

5. Enjoy your paper cup flowers!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

A crafty weekend

Just like Hanna, I have a seemingly endless list of craft projects waiting and wanting to be done. Sometimes I find myself wanting to do all of them at the same time! These are some of the projects I worked on last weekend- a little lamb softie, a fabric tree, retro fabric coasters, recycled jars with fabric lids and of course, more sweet Black Apple dolls.

Hope all of you had a wonderful weekend!





Tiny softies are the most precious.
Little Lambkin Stuffie project from Turkey Feathers



Don't leave a watermark.
Simple fabric coaster project from Foofanagle



Sewing supplies should also look the part.
Decorative jar lid project from Martha






Wheeee! We're never too old for sweet, handmade rag dolls.
Emily's Black Apple Doll project from Martha!



I'd love to get lost in forest full of soft, fabric trees.
Soft Tree craft from Little Birds Handmade

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Scrapbooking for the masses






The best things in life are free! Here are tons of fun, easy and free scrapbook materials (tags, pattern paper, borders, fonts and backgrounds) to download and enjoy.

See them all here. Happy scrapbooking everyone!