Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Kitty Christmas

We spent Christmas Day away from Jinx and Max so they had to wait for us to get home before they got their presents.

They both did a good job with the unwrapping...





... but deciding whether to play with their new toys or with the wrapping paper was tough!!



xo

Monday, December 28, 2009

12 snaps of Christmas

Bonjouuuuuuuuuur!

I hope everyone had a lovely, safe, happy, hyggelig Christmas full of love and lollies! We sure did!

I wanted to share a little peek into our Christmas day, and the week or so leading up to it, so here are some of my favourite pics. There may be some more info on some bits and pieces - like newly discovered best recipes and presenty ideas - forthcoming, but given my lack of blogginess through December I don't want to promise anything!



Click on the photo titles above to go to flickr for a better look at any of these!


xo

Thursday, December 03, 2009

My Creative Space

this week is in the kitchen.



And in that space?
- butter, brown sugar & brandy - all the ingredients for a delicious Christmas!
- two of my favourite Christmassy recipes - and ones that generally get the earliest use - Christmas pudding and peppernoten
- my very special kitchen timer - from Legoland!

To see what's cooking in some other creative spaces click here! =)

xo

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

climbing the stairs

As promised - the surprise behind last night's window =)



A boy climbing the stairs - and off to bed, don't you think?

xo

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

adventing


Did anyone else make it to the Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar?
We had such a nice time!
We tried Finnish sima, and ate the most divine danish wienerbrod I have tasted outside of Denmark.

And, of course, there was some shopping too!
Including this beautiful advent calendar:


This is the exact kind of calendar we used to have when we were kid! All glittery and wintery and Christmassy - and not a cheap dodgy square of chocolate in sight!

I have been looking for a real advent calendar like this for years - the lady selling them at the bizaar imports them from Germany, and she had so many gorgeous ones it was practically impossible to choose!

Can you see today's window, all ready for opening?


I'll let you know what I find in there =)

xo

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Julehjerte

taadaa, here's my new little felt brooch - the WIP from this week's creative space photos.



It's a braided heart - a very Christmassy symbol in Scandinavia - which makes it the perfect accessory to wear to the Scandinavian Australian Association's Christmas Bazaar!!

The Christmas Bazaar is being held tomorrow (Sunday 29 November) from 2-5pm at the ACT ATSI Cultural Centre on Lady Denman Drive, and entry is with a gold coin donation.

There is going to be all sorts of Scandinavian Christmassy food, decoration and crafty goodies - I can't wait for a little taste of Scandinavian Jul!

For more details click on over here =)

xo

Thursday, November 26, 2009

My Creative Space

My creative space this week is my lovely little sewing kit, which started as a handy portable pack to bring along to Brown Owls, and has been carried along and added to for each meeting.


Cute, non? It came in a show bag I got at the Canberra Show back in March.
Let's look inside!


Eeek lots of stuff fits in there!
How about I unpack a bit?


Taadaaa!
Lots of goodies!

In the top half - last week's Brown Owls sewing project, two mint tins (one is full of buttons!), bottle top pin cushions and another in progress, and some cookie cutters I use as templates (the round one is perfect for the top of those teeny pin cushions)

And the bottom - scissors, embroidery thread, brooch backs, quick unpick (not quite worn out!), tape measure and pencils.
Ooh, and tonight's little work in progress! =)

I've popped the photo up on flickr with notes here, if you'd like a closer look =)

xo

For more creative spaces, head over to Kirsty's!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Creative Space

The black and white spots in the background of last week's creative space have moved to the foreground:



Another gored skirt - this time with 8 panels!



That other skirt is currently under deconstruction! I don't think anything else I have made has ever given my quick unpick this kind of workout!

More creative spaces here!

xo

Monday, November 16, 2009

top choc!

It has been hot here! Hot hot hot!
And with the sizzling weather coinciding with the launch of a bunch of new channels on the tele chez kuka, I just couldn't resist trying to recreate the classic cinema treat - the choctop! =)



I wasn't sure it could be done, but I think these babies worked out pretty well... here's how: =)

First I scooped some nice round scoops of ice cream (mmm cookie n cream!) onto the flat-bottomed cones, and popped them into sandwich bags and back into the freezer to harden up. (this ice cream didn't freeze as hard as I would like - next time I'll try choose something that freezes really hard)
I managed to get mine to stand up inside a lunchbox in the freezer so they'd stay nice and round and pretty =)



After a few hours I pulled them out of the freezer spooned cooled melted chocolate over the top and added a chocolate button. I might try adding a leetle bit of butter to the chocolate to make it runnier (see, it's a bit lumpy bumpy).Then back into the freezer!



and...enjoy! =)

Can't wait to make a few batches of these with my homemade ice cream!

xo

Sunday, November 15, 2009

cursed?

I'm pretty much finished with my pockety skirt - all but the hemming - and look!



Too big!! =(

Usually it wouldn't matter - i would just wear it a bit lower on my hips instead of waist, but if it looks odd if the pockets sit too low.
Plus, it is big enough to take off without unzipping!

So, what to do?
I think I'll try to take it in a bit at the sides - but I'm worried about losing the pockets if I take too much that way.
If that doesn't work I might try to take some off the back at each side, and make the front smaller by adding another pleat at the middle of the front.

What a pain! =(

But, still, I'm totally keen to give it another try - and I'll definitely be cutting the smaller size this time!

xo

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My Creative Space

You may have noticed already: around here this week it's sewing sewing sewing



Under my presser foot today is that skirt.
And behind the machine, all cut out, ready and waiting, another gory skirt: black and white and polka dotty.

I'm home all day tomorrow - we have someone coming to fix some tiles in our bathroom - so I'm hoping to get at least one done for wearing on the weekend =)

See more creative spaces at Kirsty's!

xo

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

quick! unpick!

I hate to admit it, but I'm not having much luck with the pockety skirt this time round =(

I sewed up the test version in calico in just one night, but now that I'm making the 'real' version I have spent so much time unpicking seams!



I was planning on trimming the pocket in black, but it looked quite bulky - and now I'm not sure whether trimming the pockets might not be very flattering anyway. Maybe I'd be better off leaving them as is?
It's the yellow and black one in the main picture here (and there's a pretty good pic here too) - any advice/opinions?

xo

Monday, November 09, 2009

Sew Something in November

Autum is hosting 'Sew Something in November' at her blog Creative Little Daisy.



It doesn't matter what you sew - whether you're a newbie and a bit scared of sewing, or an old hand out of the groove - the idea is just to dust off your machine and get sewing!

I'll be sewing along - I'm really excited about finishing up something I started quite a while ago.

xo

Friday, November 06, 2009

So You Think You're Crafty

Have you checked out So You Think You're Crafty? yet??



It's a contest - you know, like the other SYTYC(D): 10 crafty bloggers going head-to-head for the title of craftiest craft blogger - Missy describes it best on the website
Here’s how it works: Every week there will be a new theme. The featured crafters will submit their best craft that uses that theme. Then it’s up to you to chose the best one! Each weeks winning craft will be posted as a tutorial to give us a chance to try our hand at it. However, the crafter with the least votes will be “sent home.”

I think its such a clever, fun idea!

The theme for the first week is 'harvest' and there are some really cute entries - so hard to decide which to vote for! =)

Voting finishes TODAY (well, Friday night US time), so hop over quick like a bunny and give your fave a vote!!

Thursday, November 05, 2009

My creative space

After the success of my projects earlier this week (yes, I managed to tidy up last week's space JUST enough to get some sewing done!) I have sewing on the brain.


I think my next project will be re-purposing a few pairs of old jeans.

Lots more creative spaces at Kirsty's!

xo

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

a bit gory

I gave you a little peek yesterday, but I'm so pleased with my new pony skirt that its back today with some details! =)

The fabric is dark blue homespun which I picked up on sale last weekend, with just exactly this sort of practising sewing kind of project in mind.

It is a gored skirt, which means it is made up of a bunch of trapezoidy shapes - 9 in this case. I didn't use a pattern - I just based the width, angle and length of the trapezoids on one of my very favourite skirts.

There are heaps of good tutorials online about how to make your own gored skirt, based on your own measurements.



Like the teeny skirt yesterday, the stencil came from stencilry, and was painted using freezer paper (have I mentioned how LOVE freezer paper?)



I'm especially pleased with how well the zipper turned out. And look - there's facing! With more ponies! The fabric is left over from the pony dress I made a few years ago! =)

With summer well on the way I can't wait to whip up a couple more of these babies - and depending on the fabric they can be super casual for the weekend or smart enough for work! =)

xo

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Horsing around


Today, being the first Tuesday of November, saw the running of the Melbourne Cup: the race that stops the nation - and an excellent excuse for some horsey themed baking and craftiness!

Like these cookies.
I picked up the cute pony cookie cutter at Style Emporium on the weekend, and decided to make a cinnamony golden syrupy sort of biscuit. Which would have been a good plan except it was a self-raising flour based recipe - so my ponies went a bit puffy and some of the detail was lost, so I also made a batch of a shortbready kind of biscuit too.
These were both pretty delish, but I am still on the hunt for the perfect recipe for a good cookie cutter (and not Christmas) biscuit.

***

When I showed my very messy creative space last week I said I was planning to have a clean up over the weekend so I would have the space to use it.
Well, it isn't exactly perfectly organised, but it is improved, and is tidy enough that I managed to whip up this little pony skirt



I used some left over cotton I had in the stash, and simply seamed up the back, added some bias tape around the bottom hem, and sewed a casing at the top for elastic. I used freezer paper to stencil the pony (stencil from here), and, once that was dry, popped in the elastic. It was super quick, and really cute, and is big enough to grow a bit with its wearer.

Of course, I don't believe that the kids should have all the fun, so there was some grown-up sewing and stencilling last night too =)



xo

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My Creative Space

eeeeeek!!
My creative space is a COMPLETE DISASTER at the moment!!!


Now, I'm all for working in the midst of controlled chaos, but all this clutter has left no space for ANY creativity!

So, this weekend the plan is OPERATION CRAFTY CLEAN-UP!!

I was home from work today (we were getting a quote for some shower repairs. eeeek again!), and I just couldn't resist a bit of creation in the kitchen too ;o)
AND maybe you can see in the background there, my main creative space this week was the laundry - I now have 4 less loads to do on the weekend!

As always, you can see other (tidier) creative spaces over here =)

xo

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Terribly Happy

Last night we popped along to the cinema for the third and final installment of our Nordic Film Festival experience: another Danish film - Frygtelig Lykkelig (Terribly Happy).

I have seen a couple of reviews describing this film as 'Coen brothers-esque'. I have to admit I'm not super familiar with the work of the Coen brothers, so I couldn't say whether or not that's a good assessment but I can tell you one thing: this film is HILARIOUS (in a dark quirky kind of way, but hilarious none the less).

We have had so much fun spending a couple of hours in Northern Europe this week that we're totally inspired to have a few movies nights at home, re-watching the dozen or so Danish films I have on DVD.

And we're hoping to have the chance to indulge more of the same if the festival is back next year! =)

xo

ps. if you're in Melbourne it's not too late! Check out the screening times here!

Monday, October 26, 2009

pinwheel pins!

Hurray - yesterday was Brown Owls day!!!
We had a lovely afternoon - it was warmer and much less rainy-gloomy than we expected, so we could crafty away with the doors open and an uninterrupted view across to the wisteria which in full bloom in Canberra at the moment.

Whilst we usually work on something together, this month we had a BYO craft - and it was so much fun to see what everyone was making!

I used this tutorial from Little Jenny Wren to make the cutest pair of pinwheel brooches, using fabric scraps.



The ones in the tutorial are stitched onto bobby pins for little girls' hair - aren't they a good idea?!
And SO QUICK - I finished these two with plenty of time to spare! =)



Next month we're going to try our hands at applique! =)

xo

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Nordic Film Festival


This weekend the Nordic Film Festival is showing in Canberra - two films from each Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden.

Naturally I was super keen to see the Danish films, and who could resist a film about Eurovision (even if it is Swedish ;o))?!

So today we spent the afternoon at the cinema seeing two festival films - Once in a Lifetime and Flammen & Citronen.

Once in a Lifetime was really funny, and a bit sad too. The same director, Susanne Bier, worked on the danish film Efter Brylluppet (After the Wedding - which coincidentally stars ads Mikkelsen, OFDA (Our Favourite Danish Actor), who was a lead in today's other film. Oooh, and she also directed Den Eneste Ene (The One and Only), which is one of my absolute most very favourite danish films (but which I frustratingly can't find on DVD with English subtitles!). I thought it was interesting this film was chosen for screening - since it is nearly 10 years old, compared to the other mostly recent films. I was also surprised there were so few people there - I thought the Eurovision angle might get a few people in! But there are 2 more screenings to go - tomorrow and Monday afternoons - so if you're in Canberra check it out! =)



Flammen and Citronen is a story of resistance fighters in World War II Copenhagen, and isn't really the sort of thing I would usually see - I try to avoid anything that looks to heavy. But it was absolutely brilliant. The acting was amazing (of course, it does star Mads), and it was (despite the blood) lovely to look at and well shot (pardon the pun).
Unfortunately this one is finished in Canberra,as far as the Festival goes, but it is out on DVD (not sure about availability here, but I've seen it online) and if you're in Melbourne the Nordic Film Festival is headed your way next week!

Part 3 is Tuesday afternoon - I'll keep you posted! =)

xo

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Floriade


September in Canberra means it's time for our flower festival - Floriade.


I go along each year, and never quite get used to how spectacular all those bright blooms look, bobbing their heads together in the breeze.


These are some of my favourite photos that I took this time 'round =)


pretty, huh? =) xo

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Back on the (knitting) wagon


lavender cotton
Originally uploaded by kukita
It has been a loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time since I knitted anything.
Than last night I cast on with this gorgeous soft Bendigo cotton in wild lavender (I think the photo is as far from accurate in colour as any pic I've ever taken!)

Today I had the house to myself and spent a lovely afternoon on the couch, with knitting in hand and Bedknobs and Broomsticks on the telly, getting myself right back into the knitty swing of things.

I don't want to say just yet what it it, but I promise to share when I'm done. And the way it's flying off the needles, I don't think that will be too long =)

xo

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Very hungry

Oooh, I have lots of (not super exciting ;o)) things to share from the past month, so I might just have a couple of catch up posts with some pics to get me back into the bloggy swing =)

In September I was lucky enough to be asked to be chief in charge of a birthday cake for one of my very favourite little peeps. It was her first birthday, and my first kid's birthday cake, and I think we were both pretty pleased with it =)



My very hungry catepillar was very much inspired by this one by the very clever Coco Cake Cupcakes.

I used licorice for the legs, nose and antenae, and gummi frogs for the eyes =)
And to get that gorgeous red I used a ready-to roll fondant (Christmas red) which I picked up from the lovely girls at Style Emporium - one of my very very fave shops =)

I love making cakes! =)

xo

Friday, October 09, 2009

Help You

Hellooo there!

I've been a busy busy bee with work and holidays and more work - things that have been keeping me away from the computer. Which is nice, but I do miss blogland too! =)

I wanted to share this clip with you that I love - it's the second single from Adrian's album Help You, which came out today - hope you enjoy =)

xo


Friday, September 11, 2009

(in the) bags

Here's a little something I made as a birthday pressie for a friend, inspired after the great results everyone got with the freezer paper stencils at Brown Owls last month =)



There's one for fruit, and one for veg =)

I sewed the calico bags myself, and I think I'm pretty happy with how they came out.

xo

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Helloo-oo-oo-oo

Is anyone still out there??
I'm back from my brief blogging hiatus - which was inspired by a little incident between my camera cord and a certain kitty (more specifically, her teeth!)
And we all know blogging isn't as much fun when you're photo-less!!

Anyway, I'm back just in time to share my creative space for the week =)



I have a friend at work who is due to start maternity leave tomorrow (she's the third from 10 women in our team in the past year!), but of course sometimes babies have their own plans, and this little guy arrived yesterday - luckily labour started while she was at home, not at her desk!

A new arrival is always the perfect excuse for some cute knitting and sewing, and this time I'm making a little baby blanket.

So in my creative space this week I've had out a few cute flannelettes I picked up on the weekend, as well as some flannelette scraps (I just love those scrap bags at quilting shops!). I think I'll have half my squares plain, and the other half perhaps 4 square or 9 square blocks made up from the scraps =)

I'm hoping that way I can get in enough bright colours so that it isn't too baby-boy blue, since I know the new parents have had LOTS of blue pressies coming into the house since finding out they were expecting a boy! =)

Hopefully I'll get it all sewn up over the weekend and can share next week =)

As always, more creative spaces over at Kirsty's!

xo

Sunday, August 23, 2009

stencilling

Brown Owls was lots of fun today!
Freezer paper stencilling was super easy, and people got really professional looking results - you can see what we got up to over at the Brown Owls member blog =)

I stencilled a cheap plain calico bag I had lying about at home - I have future plans for this little cat stencil, and I wanted to give it a trial run first.



Of course, only some of the fun of Brown Owls is in the crafting - the chatting and the treats everyone brings along are worth it own their own =)



This month I made these shortbread buttons, straight out of the Women's Weekly Cookies cookbook - delish =)

I'm looking forward to next month already =)

xo

Friday, August 21, 2009

freezing

Hurrah - it's Brown Owls time on Sunday, and I'm extra very excited, since I missed the last meeting.

This month we'll be trying our hands at freezer paper stenciling, so I've been scouring flickr for some inspiration - they have a whole group dedicated to freezer paper stencils, here are some of my favourites:

1.C-3P0, 2. red monkey, 3. octopus skirt, 4. Om2n Stencil, 5. summer baby onesies, 6. Stencils - Johnny Depp 1, 7. sacred bamboo stencil cushions, 8. stenceIT 005, 9. Stencil Fabric Painting

I've been hunting out printable stencils too - there are lots of ace freebies here and here.

AND there's also a cute mini-tutorial here on using a craft punches to make your stencil.

I can't wait to see what my fellow crafty owls come up with!!

xo

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Supervised creative space

On the weekend I treated myself to a brand new rotary cutter, and put it straight to work cutting some cheap flannelette sheets into squares:



I have plans for these guys to get together with the sewing machine this weekend (if it has time in between sewing of my pockety skirt!!) =)

xo

More Creative Spaces at Kirsty's =)

Sunday, August 16, 2009

pockety skirt

At some point during the week I suddenly realised that I simply could not head into spring without a skirt with pockets.

A quick search around the internets turned up McCalls 5591, which is just perfectly, exactly what I was looking for =)

I picked up the pattern yesterday, and spent today sewing it up in calico to make sure I get the sizing right.



All three views have pockets, I'm making view A.

I also wanted, before cutting into any 'real' fabric, to make sure that a skirt with pockets really was a good idea. Judging by the calico I'm pretty sure that it's going to turn out super cute =)

xo