Thursday, August 30, 2012

Creative space :: clicky

The usual hexy crafty gear going on here this week, which I reckon you're probably getting sick of seeing ;0)

The other thing I've been making this week is playmobil 'fi?ures' (or clicky dolls, as we've always called them ;0)). These ones come in bits in foil 'mystery bags' - you can't see what you're going to get unless you give them a good squeezing =)

They're just so cute - I'm totally addicted!

Loads more creative spaces here!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Clicky dolls

I was ridiculously excited to hear about these new Playmobil figurines. They come in sealed packs so you don't know what you'll get
Each series has a set of 12 boy figures, and 12 girl figures. We're only missing 1 boy (the guitarist), but had less luck with the girls - our local toyshop is already on to series 2 of the girls - these were pretty much their last 5 (which is a bit sad, because I was pretty keen on getting the equestrian lady!)

I think some of these will make excellent (albeit untraditional) additions to my Playmobil nativity set ;o)


Monday, August 27, 2012

Slow cookerpalooza :: caramelised pork

Ok, prepare to be shocked - this weekend's slow cookerpalooza recipe is not from one of the Sally Wise books! Instead, I was inspired by Nicole at Dabbling All Day to try five-spice caramel pork, using this recipe.

I made a couple of changes - like using some nice lean(ish) pork shoulder instead of belly to cut down the fat, halving the amount of sugar and replacing the cup of water with 3/4 cup of stock and 1/4 cup red wine. I started it off on the stove, then into the slow cooker for 3 hrs on high and an hour on low before popping it back onto the stove to finish - so that I could really reduce the sauce right down to nice and sticky.

It was a big hit. The pork was perfectly done so that it pulled apart easily but didn't fall apart too much, and the 5-spice and star anise are some of my very favourite flavours, so I loved it. Served with steamed rice and greens it was just perfect - I'm pretty sure we'll be making this one again!


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Sunday snippets

{sunday snippets} A collection of photos from your week. No need for words. Let the pictures tell your story. 

Pop over to tinniegirl to join in and see more =)

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Creative space :: hexy mf-athon

Since the very start of my hexy mf I've been banging on about needing yellow, or more yellow, or something yellower for the hexy flower centres - I just love yellow and couldn't imagine making such a big, flowery project without a good deal of yellow!

I've tried a couple of fabrics - the one I've used a few times is ok, another one I bought online was just too green.
This afternoon the posty delivered the most recent candidate - and you know I think it is just perfect!

I haven't hexy mf-ed for a little while, having been waiting out this yellow dilemma, but I think it might be on now - I can see a hexy mf-athon unfolding this weekend ;0)


Tuesday, August 21, 2012


I'm not going to lie - there hasn't been any non-hexy sewing round these parts for ages (like since at least June - probably longer).

I did, on Friday, finally finish up some bandana bibs though. These guys had been sitting in a little pile patiently waiting for their snaps to be attached for quite some time. (I think I used this pattern & tutorial)

I still think bibs are just about some of the cutest handmade baby gear out there - the sewing equivalent of tiny knitted baby socks. Once things settle a bit I must have a bib sewapalooza weekend so that I have a bunch ready for pressies.

Of course bibs are also an excuse to use one of my favourite crafty toys tools - my snap press! The snaps look so lovely all lined up in their boxes, and I get to use an Allen key ;0)


Monday, August 20, 2012

Slowcookerpalooza :: beef vindaloo

Sally Wise's Slow Cooker 2 has a couple of Indian-style curries in it which we've been slow cooking our way through. Yesterday we had the beef vindaloo.

It was pretty delicious, not very hot which was ok since it meant you could taste all the different spices that went into it. We served it with rice, minty cucumber yoghurt and whatever mixed veggies I had in the freezer ;o)
I should have made double - I think it would be nice to have leftovers of a couple of the different curries stocked up so that we could have a proper curry night feast =)


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Sunday snippets

Playing along with tinniegirl's Sunday snippets...


Saturday, August 18, 2012


Loads going on at work and home at the moment (rather too much of the at home goings on are worky, sadly!).

Last weekend we popped in to the craft show and quilt fair for a spot of shopping, but mostly to see Michelle and Angie's fabulous quilts hanging in the exhibition (click to pop over and see their blog posts with quilty pics) =) It was very exciting and I'm super proud of them both!

As far as shopping, perhaps we've lost our minds but after seeing the special exhibition of Mrs Billings Coverlet quilts at the craft fair in Melbourne my aunt and I have decided to give it a go so I picked myself up the pattern at the Somerset Patchwork & Quilting stand. There are 16 templates included!

Whilst being super busy, a lot of the work stuff has been challenging in a good way - lots of opportunity to learn, which is one of the things I love about my job. I spent Monday at a training day in Sydney which meant a super early flight, but I did manage to get a window seat which kinda made up for it =)
Of course the other excitement this week was the snow in Canberra on Friday morning. We do have snow very occasionally - I think it has been 7 years since the last time. It fell in big fat wet flakes that melted and splatted on the ground and was utterly unphotographable as far as I was concerned - although others had some luck (check out some pics here and here and here)

I have a few other homey/bakey/crafty/gardeny bits that I hope I'll have time to share soon =)


Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Scandilicious baking

A little while back my friend Suzy Hausfrau sent me a message that she'd seen a lovely scandi baking book on pre-order with Amazon, was going to get one and did I want one too?
I popped over to have a look, and when I saw it was a follow-up to Signe Johansen's gorgeous Scandilicious, which I had at home already, I was super excited!

The book arrived a couple of weeks ago, and on the weekend I finally had a chance to have a go at baking from it =)

It is incredible - I want to try pretty much all the recipes - and the photos are just beautiful.
It was a tough choice of what to make - like Suzy I decided to try the cinnamon bun-cake first up.


 It doesn't quite look the one in the book, and of course my photos aren't nearly as nice as the book (or Suzy's!) but it tasted really delicious - and the smell of scandi baking in the house was just heavenly!

I can't wait to try a few more =)