Monday, February 27, 2012

green russians

I'm totally in love with my homegrown tomatoes at the moment, and the golden cherries I posted about last week aren't the only heroes - check out these black russians on the way!

I haven't had any fruit ripen on this plant yet, but there are about a dozen little guys growing. I can't wait for them to start changing colour.

I am really fascinated by the shapes and textures of the different kinds of tomatoes. These guys start off kind of velvety, and then grow big and shiny (this one here is about the width of a tennis ball!).
The mini-romas are really cool too - perfect little green eggs hanging on the vine.

I'm already looking forward to planting other interesting varieties next year - happy to take recommendations if you know of any cool ones! =)


ps I'm not the only one obsessed with the tomatoes here - Max has been keeping an eye on things too! =)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

creative space :: knitty love

For the first time in quite some time I've got the knitty bug!

I really haven't thought much about yarny things much for ages, but came away from last weekend's Brown Owls super keen to get the sticks clicking again (I'm putting it down to being inspired by gorgeous knits my owly friends have been working on!)

So in my creative space this week is the cute baby cardi I started on Sunday arvo - it's a free pattern called Little Coffee Bean (from the Brown Stitch) and I'm knitting it up in Jet.

I didn't have the right size dpns for the sleeves, but luckily my friend Suzy Hausfrau stocks these lovely little Brittanys in her online store.  And the $10 voucher I had for filling in the survey on Suzy's blog was the perfect excuse to get the beautiful Close  Knit Gang, by MillaMia, which I have had my eye on since I borrowed a copy last year!
Happy knitting times! =)


ps. Check out everyone else's creative spaces over here!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

golden cherry salsa

With all the sunshine and rain we've been having here, my tomatoes are doing pretty well just now.
In particular the golden cherries have been great - I've been picking 10 or so a day, which is way more success than I've ever had before!

To make the most of them we've been making lots of really simple recipes that let their sweet tomatoey-ness shine through - like cooking them down just a little with some onion and a touch of garlic then serving over pasta with some (also from our garden) basil.

Last week we had this delicious fresh salsa  - the golden cherry tomatoes (and a pink one - not quite as prolific as the yellow cherries but tasty none the less!) with red onion, green capsicum and coriander, with a drizzle of olive oil and squeeze of lime juice (I wish I've thought to add some corn! next time for sure!). Served with some corn chips and a mashed avo it was just the thing for a Friday evening in front of the footy. =)

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Daisy Mae

Check out Denise Schmidt's gorgeous 'Daisy Mae' fabric!

The guys over at The Warped and The Weft had a giveaway last week to celebrate that this pretty range is on its way into Spotlight stores. And guess what? I won!!

I can't wait for it to arrive - I'll keep you posted on what I decide to make =)

Thanks Spotlight! =)

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Donate Life Week 2012

You guys!
Today marks the start of Donate Life Week 2012!

It's the perfect time to...


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sprinkle makeover

Because I'm still so excited about how my living room looked done up for arvo tea I just had to post a before and after for the festive transformation ;o)

Here's the before

It's all still red and white from Christmas time! I know! All my other decos are put away, but the red and white is so cheerful, and not really too obviously Christmassy, so I kept it around!

I do all my sewing at the dining table, and I'd been on a (another!) bib making binge so that's my pattern on the chair there. It is very handy to have space right there for the ironing board.

Now for the after!

Of course there's the new Nicey Jane tablecloth to in place of the red & white polka dots (which I also love!)

I've replaced the Christmassy paper bunting with green, blue, and yellow. I've had paper bunting up in this corner for about a year now, and I LOVE it. It's easy to swap out for something new (which I've done a couple of times) and is super quick & fun to make.
I used scrapbooking paper from a pack I bought extra cheap somewhere, which I cut into triangles (I made mine about 4inches across and 5 inches down) then threaded onto bakers twine using a wool needle. I did think about punching little holes to thread the twine through, but by poking the holes through with a needle the hole stays small enough that you can space your triangles apart and they stay put (does that make any sense at all?). 

Using the scrapbooking paper meant I could make the bunting and invites match - I also punched some extra cupcakes from the same papers and popped them in a frame for baby's room (you can see the framed cuppies in the pic of the table I posted on Sunday - on the left near the flowers =)).

I think tissue paper pompoms look gorgeous (they feature quite a bit on my party-type pinterest boards!), so I couldn't resist adding those to my decorations too!
Again - these are really easy and totally worth trying yourself if you love them too! I made these myself (on Thursday evening =)) using this tutorial from Martha Stewart.  In a $2 pack of tissue paper there were enough sheets to make at least 2 big poms and a little one.
These will probably also make it to baby's room eventually - for now I'm still enjoying them here in the loungeroom! =)

I'm not sure whether you can see them right at the back behind the cuppies, but I also happened upon coloured noodleboxes on sale (like $1 for 4!) at sparties last week in just exactly the right blue and green! These were just the perfect size for everyone to take home a cupcake and some sweet goodies for later!

Also probably tricky to see in these pics is the flowers (please excuse the dodgy zoom & crop! Next time take more pics, self!) I didn't have time to pop past my favourite florist on the weekend, so I picked these up at the supermarket.  The flowers were lovely, but the boxes were a bit mad - bright purple, green, and pink stripes - with very pink tissue paper. I cut away the pink tissue, wrapped the loud boxes in plain brown paper and re-stuffed around the flowers with tissue paper leftover from my pompoms and added a tag stamped with my new kikki.k greeting stamp set =)

Phew - sorry, I didn't mean to bang on so much, but it was really so much fun to decorate and hold a special afternoon tea like this that I just had to share it all!
I just might have a food post or two left in me too!


Monday, February 13, 2012

sprinkle invites

After the fun I had making my Christmas party invitations I was extremely excited that afternoon tea yesterday gave me an excuse to try out some more!
My Christmassy invites had a row of bunting stitched on, which I was a bit in love with (even if I do say so myself - and even if you can't see it in the pic on the blog!), so I knew I wanted to do something like that again this time.  I was popping around the internet for inspiration when I came across Mikaela's invites which were very like what I wanted to do!

It was also the perfect opportunity to use my excellent Martha Stewart cupcake punch! The pretty card I punched the cupcakes from was some I already had at home from a bargain pack scrapbooking papers - I used it to make the paper bunting I hung around the room too.

It was really surprisingly difficult to find 'kraft' card - I found this at Spotties on a hot tip from Mikaela. It came in longer rectangles to be folded into square cards which I cut in half - I rounded the corners by hand, but I think I might have to invest in a corner rounding punch for next time.

The fabric bunting is the same gorgeous Nicey Jane Picnic Bouquet by Heather Bailey that I made my new tablecloth from - I have been in love with this print ever since Sunni from A Fashionable Stitch used the cream based one for her  Perfect Spring Dress (so beautiful!) - so I was thrilled to pick up a few metres on super sale at my local fabric shop! 
I picked the colours for the other decorations from the fabric - I knew I didn't want to do too traditional 'boy blue', and the blue, yellow, and green is just so fresh and pretty!

There were a few things I might do a teeny tiny bit differently if was making them again, but I was actually really very pleased with how they came out - they're pretty cute, non?!


Sunday, February 12, 2012


We had arvo tea today to celebrate the pending arrival of a dear friend's second baby.

It was the perfect excuse for a new table cloth (Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey for the fabricaholics!) and the baking of far too much food!
(AND the paper pompoms from Thursday - more decos etc to share later!)

Thursday, February 09, 2012

my creative space :: pom

tonight's creative space is in front of the TV and it's full of papery pom-pommy goodness!

more creative spaces here!


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

goodies from our garden!

Cherry tomatoes (the plant with the golden ones is incredible!) rosemary and sweet basil!
yummmmm (still no zukes though!!)