Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Late night sewing

My sewing machine has had a real workout these last few days, especially last night when I attempted my first little clothes.
I found it so much easier than sewing for myself!!!
Of course I have no idea what they'll look like on, but they seem to look pretty cute hanging so I have faith!
I dug out this fabric:



It was an op shop find (of course!) and has been cut into small pieces but so cute I have been wanting to make something out of it for a long long time.
So without pattern or any idea what exactly I was sewing I ended up with these:





Then I decided-don't stop there! Keep going you crafty woman!
So I did.
And now I have these:



Oooo more pretty fabric....



Crochet mary janes modelled by my trusty octopus I made in the last few days of sewing:



They came out very small though.......Hmm!



More stenciling!



And of course another nappy, and also a microfibre insert.



Yes, yes WONKY SEAMS!!



And I have to ask, why are all the microfibre cloths out there FLURO????????

So that was it, for yesterday.
Maybe some more stuff today.
Though the weather is the 'I could just stay in bed and snuggle under the blanket with some hot tea and a crappy movie' kind of weather.
Cold.
Windy.
Little bit of the wet stuff too.
I guess winter really is coming after all.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Cold weather & hearty soup + recipe



So today the weather turned dark, windy and almost wet so fast. I looked in the near bare pantry and decided that a nice warm soup for dinner would be perfect.
I was taught how to make this soup years ago and it is one of the only ways I like to eat lentils. I am a superbly fussy eater so when I tasted this soup I was impressed!
Of course I had to add pasta letters to mine-they make food fun!



And I made some yummy garlic and herb breads from some rolls I found in the freezer. Yummy!

Here's the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 2 carrots, chopped roughly
  • Vege salt or vege stock
  • Pepper
METHOD:
  • Fry onions in a big pan with a small amount of vege oil until softened.
  • Add carrots and lentils.
  • Stir and add tinned tomatoes and one two cans of water.
  • Add vege salt/stock and pepper to taste.
  • Leave on low heat until carrot is softened and lentils cooked.
  • Serve nice and hot!
And just because I was craving something sweet I whipped up this yummy desert:



Buried under the mountain of ice cream and topping I had hidden a thin slice of cake, choc chips and some crushed wafer. Mmmmm........



And here's some yummy looking resin stuff I did the other day:

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Crafting up a storm...

I finally managed to get the camera to work for me today!
Yesterday I went into a flurry of activity, sewing like mad for our unborn little one.
I decided some cute and totally useless items were needed.
Here was the result:


(he likes to hang with my fish in the bathtub)

Then after spending days sorting through patterns for fitted nappies and digging out old t-shirts and unpopular fabrics I finally got to sewing some!
Learnt a few things:
  • Snaps are a waste of time! They cut through my fabric and a big patch up job was needed.
  • Read through directions numerous times and pick out any mistakes and change!
  • Terry toweling is great for inserts but not as an overall layer-it restricts the elastic too much.
  • Finally feeling like I can sew these things with my eyes shut after so much trial and error is an amazing feeling.




The cute spotty fabric was from an awesome op shop find! A hand sewn original 70s dress-I felt cruel pulling it apart but I just had to use the fabric!
The pattern I found here.
I did a lot of research and this one seemed to be the best rated overall.

Then I pulled out these blank onesies that I was planning on doing cute patches on and remembered that I had fabric paint and they were just begging to look like this:



And after buying a whole box of mangoes on our trip to sydney and forgetting to eat them I finally decided that something had to be done! (Before they rotted in the box)
So I made some Mango Jam/Sauce.
It was supposed to be jam but it never wants to set for me. But after my last batch it has become a favourite with some friends (apparently tastes divine on pancakes!) so I figured it could stay a sauce.



Now I am going to run back to my sewing machine to finish more nappies (had to do emergency run to shop for more velcro!)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

A tonne of (terrible) photos! EDITED with new pics...

Ok, so I couldn't stand those horrible photos that were sitting here and have decided to replace them with some of the better ones I've taken since our camera has decided to work.










Most of these are for sale in my Etsy ( www.pushthebutton.etsy.com)
Some of these others I had up here before I haven't had a chance to get photos of-there are just so many!























Friday, March 13, 2009

Buried treasure of the crafty kind...

Yesterday I went rummaging through our shed of boxes to find some crafty stuff to do.
The fun part was hearing scurrying noises and thinking "Hey I have two dogs, I'm sure they'll come in here and protect me against any vermin!"
The not so fun part was looking behind to see my oh so ferocious puppies standing in the doorway, too scared to come in lest the lawn mower suddenly start itself and attack them. They inched in, sniffed the mower, and jumped back.
After realising that I could not rely on them to defend me I figured I may as well be as quick as possible.
So I started throwing boxes around, looking for the ones with the goodies.
Woohoo found it!
But it was down the very bottom, behind a stack of other boxes too heavy for me to move. I attempted to reach around but the watermelon sized baby bump in front of me rejected the idea.
So I got the man out to help.
After opening the box and ooogling all my goodies I had a thought "I'll need my drill to sand some of these..."
Back to the mountain of boxes I went.
Luckily this one was small and near the top, but also in the corner of the scurrying noises.
I went fast.
Super fast.
Then did my pregnant waddle back to the house.

Here's some of the mountain of goodies I found:


I had fun sharpening crayons for this one:



And my sweet little dino friend:



I wore one of my shell necklaces out the other day and got quite a few comments-most people were surprised I had made it-looking totally baffled as to how one could do such a thing.
One lady suggested I sell them at markets-which I would love to do, but not sure if having a newborn soon will make it possible. Then of course I thought of etsy, but there are so many people selling resin jewelery on there-would make it much harder for me.
Any ideas??

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The best satay sauce you will ever taste!

Tonight as I was pulling things out of the pantry, my hubby just happened to walk past.
He stopped for a cuddle and I asked if he could do me a favour.
Check if there was any red curry paste in the fridge.....
He found the curry paste and excitedly asked me:
"Are you making what I think you are making??????"
"Yes honey, I am making satay sauce."
He loves my satay sauce.
And so do I.
It is a big favourite.
I obtained the recipe from a friend's mother who always whipped some up for us when we were over at her house.

So here was our yummolicious dinner:



So here is the recipe:

INGREDIENTS:

Vegetables (whatever you like)
2 Cloves Garlic (Fresh! No jar crap!)
About 2cm Cube Ginger (Has to be fresh as well!)
3 Tsp Red Curry Paste Concentrate
Coconut Cream (One can)
3 Tblspn Peanut Butter
1 Tblspn Oil (I used Vege Oil)
Rice (I use Jasmine-so yummy)


METHOD:

  • Put rice on to cook.
  • Chop all veges and get ready to cook (I use a steamer).
  • Place oil, garlic and ginger in a medium size saucepan.
  • Fry on medium heat for about 1minute.
  • Add curry paste and continue to fry for another minute, stirring.
  • Add peanut butter and fry for about a minute, stirring.
  • Take off heat.
  • Slowly stir in coconut cream.



  • Cook vegetables.
  • Drizzle sauce over rice + veges.
  • Don't serve yourself a humongous bowl that you know you wont finish but wish you could.
  • Eat!!!
And just because I was in a cooking mood, I invented this fast and yummy dessert.



It took me 2mins to make! I had a madeira cake sitting in the pantry (leftover from baby shower). All I did was chop up a few thin slices, drizzle some chocolate sauce between them, slice the stack in half, coat in more chocolate sauce and then serve with some yummy ice cream.