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Screen Printing

I spent a day screen printing with a 5 year old. This is what he made.

Have sewn this onto a t-shirt which is currently being worn with lots of pride!

This what I made

Not sure what to do with mine yet, any ideas?

….I think his is better.

 

It is so exciting when a parcel comes even when you are expecting it. Actually in this case especially because I was expecting it.

Yes I am pleased to announce my boning arrived yesterday, all the way from New Zealand with some extra added New Zealand goodies. Thanks Leimomi!

Now all I have to do is try and remember what all the final steps to finishing off my corset were!!

Cakes, Weddings and Womboota.

I was asked to create a 70th birthday cake for my uncle’s 70th. I wanted to make something that captured some of the things that were significant in his life and look like a bit of fun too. After too many different ideas to mention, I settled on an A-Frame Caravan just like he uses when he goes on holidays, with a map of Australia with places he has been marked on it. It was heaps of fun to make but I think a number of the nephews were very sad that we cut it and ate it, I was informed that they wanted to play with it first. I am just not sure that taking a cake for a test run with a bunch of 5 year olds is ever going to be a good idea if you want to eat it later!

Well believe it or not all of my brothers are now married so I have decorated  my last wedding cake for a while.

Unfortunately the final photo is a bit blurry so if anyone has a better copy of it at the reception please email it to me!! Thanks

It was a fabulous day and the location was stunning. Have you ever heard of a place called Womboota? It is a tiny town in NSW not to far from Echuca, I must say I couldn’t think of a better setting for a good old fashion wedding.  I even popped in to the local winery, sampled and purchased some fantastic mead. We even got a demonstration of how to make a throw pot in the ceramics workshop. My only regret was not purchasing the handmade viking replica mugs they would have made great presents for a few people I know. Ah well if I am ever up that way again I  will have to stop in.

Have you visited the town of Echuca lately? If you have then you might have seen that craft is alive and well in rural victoria! This has to be my favourite gorilla corchet/knitting yet!

I took the opportunity these easter holidays to do a workshop to learn how to make a corset. The course was run at Thread Den and the teacher was Leimomi Oakes who is the Dreamstress, a textile historian, seamstress, designer, speaker and museum professional. Oh and of course she is a very cool chic! There is a photo of me and the girls doing the workshop with her, check it out! You know it’s going to be good fun when you see sewing machines and hammers all being used at the same time. Now all I have to do is wait for a parcel to arrive in the mail so that I can finish it. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I helped a friend put the straw bales into the walls for the house they are building, which I might add looks amazing.  It is built with reclaimed timber framing so most of it is stunning hard wood. The view from the main living room is spectacular and the addition of a composting toilet and great cellar is going to make it a fantastic low environmental impact home. It was fun and inspirational.

The holidays finished with a fantastic new addition to my sewing tools in the form of my new friend diana and even though she has no arms of legs I can see she is certainly still going to be a big help!

Moon Cake Free tutorial..

I had said I would make a cake for the fete.

I forgot until the last moment.

I realised I would have just enough time if I just got started straight away.

I mixed a chocolate cake got it in the oven and it baked perfectly, with time to spare.

I carefully got it out of the oven and then disaster……some of the cake stuck in the tin, Noooo!

 

The following is an instructional for anyone to do, if the same thing ever happens to them.

 

Step 1) Mix a chocolate cake and bake in a round tin.

Step 2) Cook cake, then tip out of the tin leave some behind…..don’t panic.

Oh No! My cake!!

Step 3) Cool cake on a wire rack.

Step 4) Cut cake into a half moon shape and fill any cracks with orchard icing.

If you want a smoother finish you can do a thicker layer of icing!

Step 5) Using food dye, make up a small portion of pink, blue and a large portion of yellow orchard icing.

Use a few drops and mix it in well until you get the desired shade.

Step 6) Using a large rolling pin roll out the yellow icing to cover the whole cake.

You need a large even surface to work on, the size of the icing needs be able to fully cover the cake.

Step 7) Cover the cake with the yellow icing and then using the other colours add, eyes, and a mouth.

One finished moon cake for the fete!! Yeah!

There you go the perfect solution to what to do with a cake that stuck in the tin!

Wedding!

There has been a wedding in the family and it was wonderful. I love weddings, I love the way it can bring a family together to celebrate and think about the good things in life. I also like chocolate cake!!!

Bride, Groom and baby!!

I was lucky enough to be asked to make and decorate the cake, cushions for the rings, some hair pieces for the bride and her mother and the wedding dress. Needless to say I have been very very very busy!!

Carried on the day by baby!

 

Off to a good start

I thought this would be a good project to jump start my creations,

I must say that although I am only finding a short time to do any sewing at the moment I am pleased to say that a little bit each day is a great way to go!

I heard a rumour that bubble skirts are back in fashion!

Dress days

With all of the things I have booked in to do during the next  two months, it looks like I am going to be flat out. The list includes things like making a wedding dress, making and decorating a wedding cake and too many more things than I even want to think about, let alone write down. I need a plan, I need to get organised, I need to prioritise things carefully.Actually I just need to learn to say NO. But that will have to wait until another time. In the mean time I will try and fit in making some dresses and other items to sell at a christmas market. I have been thinking about what things I will make this year to sell and I must confess I have a long list. (Are you surprised?) It is my aim then to work on my items EVERYDAY! Even if it is just for a short time I will do something everyday, starting tomorrow, I mean today. Yes I must start this with the conviction to do it. Even if one day is just sketching ideas down. It’s a bit exciting really and I look forward to showing you my progress. In the meantime here are some photos of dresses I have made for friends as presents.

Just when I started to think I might have been a bit over zealous in planting my seeds a few days before spring officially started, the seeds start to shoot up and new life forms appear.

This year I am going to grow my best ever garden.  How do I know this? Simple I am determined!!!!!!!!!! I have a number of new raised garden beds, made from a used shipping crate, and a large delivery of fresh compost/soil to fill them with. I will beat the buffalo grass now. I will beat the snails and slugs now too. How? Armed with my new Stephanie Alexander kitchen garden book, (which I have just been given as a present) I will fight off all the baddies with natural products. My plan is by mid summer to just create entire meals from my garden. Maybe I will call it my vegetarian summer.

Look at these lovely bean seedlings and those peas a coming along really well in the background.

I nearly forgot to tell you… Those lovely little chickens we were raising have all grown up. It turned out that out of seven eggs we got 2 hens and 5 rosters. Not very good odds really. The good news is though that the 2 hens have finally started laying and I can eat fresh eggs again. There is nothing quite like cracking a fresh egg in to a frying pan and seeing it all plumped up, instead of running everywhere like older eggs do. Yummy yum.