Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I haven't dusted off the sewing machine for ages, so it was lovely to sit down one evening this week, and sew up something super cute for a friend!

I used this tutorial from Made by Rae - which includes drafting up your own pattern. It was really easy, and (I think) turned out pretty great! =)
As you can see in the pic there, it has a fold up pocket that fastens with snaps to catch crumbs, then unfolds for washing - very clever.

I love this fabric! The colours in this second photo are much better (just ignore the cat hair!) - those puppies are just so cute! I don't have many 'boy' fabrics in my stash - this one was a fluke find on the $5/metre table at my local quilt shop!

Like I said, this was so easy to make - I'm waiting on some feedback from my friend on this one, and then I think I'll probably make about a bajillion of these for presents, since it seems like just about everyone I know has/is having a baby - and I think these will be great presents!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

the secret

I have never been happy with the icing swirls I've been able to achieve on my cupcakes - they always just looked like, well, icing perched on a cake, but just not quite right. Until I discovered the secret. (Well, it might not be sooo secret, but doesn't it sound more exciting and mysterious that way?)

This is one of the cuppies I made for Brown Owls on Saturday...

Aaah - look at that swirl!
And the secret?
Wilton's 1M decorating tip.

I think the other tips I had tried were just too small, and the icing came out a bit precious or something - but my very first try with the 1M and I got exactly the big voluptuous (at the risk of sounding a bit Nigella-esque) ruffly cakeshop swirl I have been after.

I'm looking forward to having a bit of a play and perfecting my 1M swirls - so don't be surprised if things get a bit cupcakey around these parts! =)


Monday, August 22, 2011

Suzy's showcase

Yesterday I had the pleasure of popping along to Suzy Hausfrau's yarn showcase and launch lunch to see all those lovely yarns in person. And, even better, I got to have a squeeze (or cop a feel!) of each and every one - believe me there are some amazingly huggable yarns in her store!

I brought home these lovelies from BC Garn's Semilla range (in colours ob108, ob122, ob110 and ob101). It was so hard to decide what to get - I think when I find the perfect pattern I'll have to knit myself up something in the gorgeous silvery grey Silkbloom Fino and the baby alpaca just felt soooo soft!

I forgot to take any pics on the day (hence the shot above on the sill of my desperately needing a clean window!) but there are some great ones on Suzy's blog and also here and here.

Thanks for a gorgeous lunch Suzy, and all the best with your store - I look forward to discovering many more beautiful yarns as they arrive on you (virtual) shelves! =)


Saturday, August 20, 2011


We had a lovely arvo at Brown Owls today - check out Michelle's wrap up (and lovely pics!) over here.

And here are the fruits of today's Brown Owls labour...

The little gnomey people are from embroidery patterns by Annie Oakleaves - very cute, don't you think? Some of the carving was quite delicate, so in the little guy on the very end I left the face blank to draw in later.

I have plans for a few more too =)


Friday, August 19, 2011

brown owls :: stampy inspiration

Oooh I haven't done a Brown Owls inspiration post for AGES, but I've been admiring lovely carved eraser stamps on flickr all week and just couldn't resist sharing some of my favourites with you! click on the links below the picture to see the originals on flickr!

1. penguin eraser stamp, 2. eraser stamps fever, 3. little red - otogicco stamp,
4. dala horse stamp, 5. zero calorie cupcakes, 6. Cheshire Cat Stamps,
7. Sewing Machine, 8. bird tree, 9. Ladybird Books hand carved rubber stamp

I think my favourites are the ones that come in different pieces that you mix and match - like the bird tree above, and the garden of flowers on the Brown Owls blog post.

I'm also collecting inspiration on a board on pinterest, if you're interested in seeing more!

Now to put together some kits and decide on the baking and I'll be all ready!


Thursday, August 18, 2011

creative space :: wienerbrød

This week I've been getting creative in the kitchen again - this time I've been trying my hand at making danish pastry.

I have to say, it came out pretty delish - and the cinnamon smell in the house for the next couple of days was amazing =)

More creative spaces over here!


Tuesday, August 16, 2011


When I popped in to the Canberra quilt and craft on the weekend I didn't really expect to do much shopping - after all I had picked up a few (ahem, quite a few) lovely thing at the Melbourne fair just a few weeks ago.

But then I spotted a stall that I hadn't seen in Melbourne (the benefit of a less crowded fair, compared to Melbourne where it was almost impossible to see anything!!), and just couldn't say no to bringing home the pattern book for these lovely girls from ak traditions

Look at those outfits! And the accessories!!! The pattern includes a little wardrobe for each girl - they were just too sweet for words! I can't wait to get starting on sewing some of these up - as soon as I finish a couple of other projects!


Sunday, August 07, 2011

In August I am reading...

Hooray, I'm starting a new book this month!

Earthly Delights by Kerry Greenwood.

The Earthly Delights series was recommended to me by a colleague. From what I gather the series is about Corinna Chapman, a baker with a little shop in a Melbourne alley, who does some mystery solving on the side. I haven't started reading yet - so I can't tell you whether it's as naughty as the cover looks!


I'd love to hear what you guys are reading this month! Leave a comment, or a link if you post on your blog, to let every one know what you're up to and join our bloggy book club for August!!

Enjoy your reading!!


Thursday, August 04, 2011

creative space :: gingerbread love

In my creative space this week - more gingerbread!!

The latest recipe is a combination of the bottom one on this page and this one here - so I used half golden syrup and half treacle, and the extra spices. I'm pretty happy with it - very delish!

I'm also practising my decorating - I found this Queen Royal Icing mix in the supermarket so thought I'd use it to have a go at decorating some of my bikkies with flooding and sparkles =)

Lots more creative spaces over here today!


Wednesday, August 03, 2011

One more reason to love the Royal Arcade

I do love visiting Melbourne's Royal Arcade! And when I was there on the weekend I found one more reason to love it...

A little kiosk store called "Il Picollino Reale", just outside Suga, selling macarons!

I bought a 6 pack to bring home (vanilla, jaffa, chocolate, salted caramel, strawberry and raspberry) and every single one of them was hands down, honest to god better than any macaron I have ever tasted! I couldn't even pick a favourite, they were so good! They were also the prettiest I have seen - amazing colours, not a single crack or dent, and good height and perfect little feet on each one

Can't wait to go back at the end of the month - I think I might come home with more than 6 this time!