Thursday, 26 January 2012

Happy Australia Day

What better way to celebrate Australia Day then spend the whole day at the beach and share a lovely meal with our family :)

Happy Australia Day everyone!





Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Easy Peasy Strawberry Jam!

I have found the EASIEST strawberry jam recipe (and yes I'm being very arrogant indeed lol).  It was super easy and unlike another previous not-to-be-mentioned jam experiment, it set perfectly first time :)






Here's the recipe...

1kg strawberries (hulled and quartered)
2 x 500gm packs of jam setting sugar
A scoop of butter

1. Crush strawberries with a potato masher or stick blender
2. Place strawberries and sugar in a large, heavy based pot
3. Heat the mixture over a low heat until the sugar has all dissolved (don't allow it to boil)
4. Add a scoop of butter then bring the mixture to a full boil
5. Boil for 4 minutes only and then remove it from the stove and skim off any foam (I didn't bother with this though). Pour into sterilised jars and you're done!

My four year old had a great time cooking this with me but he loved eating it even more!


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Sunday, 15 January 2012

The Molly Jacket


I'm thrilled to have finished the Molly Jacket by Violette Field Threads, it all came together so easily and I love how endless the fabric combinations are!

I decided to make the reversible option and chose a nice vibrant red and retro turquoise fabric and added wooden buttons (ah wooden buttons, what don't they coordinate with?).

The only thing I did differently from the pattern was to topstitch the front panels and bottom hem.  I think next time I might also add an inch or two to the jacket just because I like a little extra length for winter.











Happy weekend everyone!


Saturday, 14 January 2012

Lacey Summer Nightie


What could be cuter than a simple cotton nightie trimmed with beautiful lace? Nothing of course :) 

Using this tutorial from iCandy Handmade I used some lovely sheer vintage cotton that I'd had stored for a few months and topped it with some beautiful white stretch lace.





It was a fun little project and perfect for our hot Australian summer nights!


Friday, 13 January 2012

Winter jacket fabrics

I've been busy tonight cutting out fabric for Miss O's winter jacket, I'm being very organized and sewing in summer :)


I'm excited already!



Fingerprint necklace

After noticing how popular these were I couldn't help but try and make my own. Getting the kiddies to press their fingers in nice and gently without smudging was the trickiest part! I'm very happy with my first attempt into jewellery making :)







Here's some beautiful fingerprint jewellery from Etsy that I just love :)












Thursday, 12 January 2012

Summer snaps


A few of my favourite iphoto pics from our summer holidays












Belated happy new year everyone!

The birdy pinafore

I love a cute pinny, I'm just a sucker for them :) I had used this fabric about a year ago to make O a pocket nappy and still had plenty left over.






Looking a bit cute with her new dress and pebbles hairdo. Never mind the glued head wound from an incident with the coffee table :)

Friday, 6 January 2012

Parisian chick, too easy!

I'm not going to be modest, I'm loving this simple summer look right now!

Simple hair, glossy red lips & a black and white striped singlet. Very easy to put together in a few minutes while the kids are running around my legs :)

Hello blog, oh there you are :)

After a great Christmas and new years I recalled that I had this thing called a blog, that thing that i was really into pre-Christmas :)

I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday and I can't wait to catch up on all my fav blogs!