Monday, January 28, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
I made this simple book cover for my sister's upcoming birthday. It has been a work in progress for a while, but as her birthday is just a week or so away, I had to get crackin' and finish it.
Hope she isn't going to finally read my blog now and spoil her surprise.
My sister is one of those very gracious people who always loves anything I hand craft for her, and she always appreciates the time and love that goes into making a special hand made gift.
These book covers are so easy to make, so I might whip up a few for the Toowoomba Quilters exhibition sales table. The exhibition is not until September, so have plenty of time.
My next project is dyeing some old white buttons. Have purchased some tintex dye which is wonderful for this application. Did a test run on some crappy white buttons I had kept for this very reason, and most of them took up the dye in various depths. Of course, the pearly type ones don't respond to the dye, and generally, if they float to the top they ain't gonna dye. I use the microwave (being very careful not to splish sposh the dye all over the place) and place the buttons in a cold dye solution, then give them about 30 seconds to see, then more if they need it. The good thing is you can make up your own colours. The little daisies on the book cover (above) were originally white and I used the rose pink to get the desired colour.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This is our daughter's doggy "Wilbur". (He is the one in my profile picture). He was sold to them as a "spoodle" but we have since found out he is a "Tiboodle" - cross between a tibetan spaniel and a mini poodle. It is this gorgeous fluffy tail that gave it away! He is highly intelligent, cheeky and frisky and absolutely adorable. Pleeeeeese Santa, can I have one for Christmas?
Friday, January 18, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
My Dad and his wife gave us a few bunches of silverbeet yesterday with the following recipe, which we whipped up last night, and thoroughly enjoyed.
Fry up a chopped onion, some chopped capsicum, chopped bacon (and if you like it a crushed clove of garlic) in a little oil.
Throw in the sliced up silverbeet, put a dob of butter on top, salt and ground black pepper, and pop the lid on the pan and cook until silverbeet is just cooked.
Put mixture into a deep pie dish and grate over this some tasty cheese. Cover with puff pastry and bake in moderate-hot oven til the pastry is lovely and crusty and brown. (You may want to have pastry in the bottom as well).
They also gave us some of her homemade goodies - A jar of pickled beetroot (hers is to die for), some pickled cucumbers, mango chutney and green tomato pickles. (A good cook!)
Saturday, January 12, 2008
I decided today was the day I was going to attempt to tidy up the room of utter chaos - the sewing room/3rd bedroom.
Bedroom no more folks! This bed is going, and not before time. It was the first bed of our second child, so it was definitely time to say goodbye. There are good and bad ramifications in losing this bed.
I will post "after" picture when it actually happens - don't hold your breath.
My favourite summer fruit, the cherry. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm. Can't get enough.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Place your ruler with the 60 deg line along the top edge of the strips to make your first cut.
Nobody believes me when I say I did not cut one triangle to make this quilt! Have fun!!!
Sue has also done one using this technique - so have a look at a different quilt altogether.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
I hate wasting food and I am in a foul mood anyway tonight after spending yet another day in headache land. Missed the shared lunch at my quilt group, so I'm shitty about that.
We live in one of the most food productive countries in the world, so why can't we buy some decent bloody food? Buying seafood this far from the coast is, I suppose, a bit of a challenge, but hey come on, with all the elaborate refrigeration and transport we have today, there is no excuse for the pitiful Australian prawns I purchased yesterday. These were purchased from a franchisey type grocery store and they seemed to look okay in the display cabinet. I went to a lot of effort (with the No 6 out of No 10 headache) to do a lovely rice and prawn salad with a chilli/lemon dressing. After a couple of mouthfuls, I nearly puked, as the prawns were clearly tainted with some hard to detect taint. Maybe washing liquid/bleach which they must use to clean the cabinet and trays? Or maybe they were just a bit old, as when I was peeling them I was a bit sus about how long they may have been in said cabinet.
The dog enjoyed them.
For afternoon tea I decided to eat an apple from the same grocery store. One bite in I knew there was some more waste a-comin' up. Okay, this one is probably my fault, as I have bought fruit that is not in season ,and has probably been sitting in cold storage for God only knows how long. But holy dooley, how awful can an apple be? Lesson learnt.
Last year some time, hubby and I were travelling from Brisbane to Toowoomba and stopped at a popular "local produce" store in the agricultural belt of the Lockyer Valley. The Lockyer Valley is renowned across Australia for its fertile soil and ability to grow all sorts of vegetables, especially potatoes. So, imagine our surprise when we picked up a bag of spuds only to see that they had travelled all the way from South Australia. We dropped them like a hot potato. We purchased only a couple of items as we fought our way through those little flying insect things, that warn you the fruit and vege has been hanging around a while.
Hubby liked the look of the "fresh" asparagus - he had been hankering for it.
It was a handsome price, but since he rarely treats himself, why not?
The following night he unwrapped all the plastic wrap and pulled off the "local produce" sticker which was conveniently covering the fact that the aspargus had made its way to our shores all the way from The Phillipines. LOCAL PRODUCE - my arse. It was thrown straight in the bin.
From now on I am going to be a very descerning shopper when it comes to so-called fresh food.
Currently, due to a blow out over Christmas/New Year, I am being kind to my body and trying to eat fresh as much as possible. But when I want fresh I want bloody FRESH!!
Saturday, January 5, 2008
1) Get organized (This one is perpetual)
2) Cut down on spending on unnecessary consumerables (This does not include fabric/craft - although I am going to try and be more resourceful with what I already have. It also excludes travel - have a couple of things planned)
3) Improve my diet (being kinder to my liver) and drink more water
4) Finishing something off before starting something new (oh yeah!)
This really does sound like post-Christmas guff. Bloody hell! These are going to be challenging.
PS Toowoomba's water is YUK after the Gold Coast water!