Wednesday, 31 August 2011


Blog a nutshell, I've been busy with life in general and not a lot has been happening craft wise. in fact this may be my last blog post as I am just too lazy/preoccupied with other, more important things. But here are a few things I have made recently anyway:

From top left, clockwise: Red Sea Princess, Shroom, Mobieus Cowl, French Day Hat

Monday, 30 May 2011

The craft of cake making

I admit I am not the best cake maker. In fact I struggle to put out a decent "looking" cake even though it might taste delish! So when Ned asked for a birthday party this year with a Porsche cake I freaked out a little. He then changed his mind and asked for a monster truck cake. So I did a bit of research and turns out it isn't all that hard to make a decent monster truck cake. I found a really good Chocolate Mud Cake Recipe that was pretty simple to make and brought some tools and a bit of fondant (I'd never used it before) and away I went. Here is the final result:

The main green icing for the truck and black for the wheels is actually a chocolate buttercream icing and the fondant was used for the rest of the decorations. The birthday party theme was "superheroes" so I coloured some of the fondant and made a "SuperNed" logo to go on the front of the truck:

The cake was a big hit at his party. The kids were wanting thirds!!! I must say, with the chocolate buttercream icing it was rather yummy.

Making this cake I did see how someone could love doing this for a living. I had so much mess though that I think once or twice a year is more than enough for me. Have a look at the cakes on flickr that other people have made though; absolutely amazing!!!

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Reclaimed Teachers Pet

At the end of last year I ripped apart a whole heap of Isla's newborn knits with the intention of reclaiming the yarn to knit it into something else (I love this colourway). I finally got around to reskeining it, washing it, drying it and re-balling it and now I have knit it into a Teachers Pet:


I just hope my little pink princess will wear this. It does have a bit of pink in the colourway so here's hoping. This is my entry into the April knit-along but there are some fabulous entries.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Pot Holders Concluded

So I sent off my potholders and I received mine a couple of weeks ago. So thanks to the very talented ladies who made them for me, they are fabulous.


I do love a pretty pinwheel. The one on the left was made by the very talented Bec (who also organised the swap) and the one on the right by Peta. The one on the left is now Islas and the one on the is Neds (apparently).


These two are my favourites. The heart was made by Narelle and the one on the right was again made by Peta.

This was also made by Bec and is another one that Ned has taken for himself. Apparently inside your pillow is a good spot for pot holders... You can read the tutorial Bec has written on how to make this Quilt-as-you-go potholder here.

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Just because...

these are the cutest biscuits (cookies to non-Aussies) I've ever made, with Isla's help


Recipe from the

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Sewing - yippee

My organisational skills since Ned has started school have taken a bit of a bashing. However, I am finally getting into the rhythm of things and I have found some time over the last few weeks to slot in a bit of sewing.

For a Potholder Swap on EB

Butterflies, Pinwheel and "Retro" (only 3 of the 5 pictured)

Quilts for Queensland

12.5" (approx) Nine patch disappearing, pinwheel, heart, and log cabin blocks

Also, just a quick note that if you are in Australia or NZ, you can also help raise donations for the victims of the Christchurch Earthquake by bidding on Auctions currently underway by Handmade for Christchurch.

My thoughts and prayers are also with the people of Japan at the moment. I cannot begin to fathom being caught up in such horrifying circumstances as has and are continuing to unfold there.

Friday, 4 February 2011

First Week of School

Phew, what a week. My cheeky monkey has just finished his first week of school and we are both exhausted. On day 3 the "when do i go on holidays" started, along with a few tears because "school is the longest day ever". I have been a little worried all week but I guess I shouldn't have been because when I pick him up he's always very happy and this afternoon even more so (maybe because he know't it's the "holidays").

"Serious" photos are always outnumbered by the "Silly" around here

Anyway, my craft time has been limited as we get used to our new routine. BUT, I have been working on some pot-holders for the EB swap with 3 done, one needing binding, and one more to go, but I'm not sure on one of the ones I'm finished. I'm not happy with it and may just keep it and do another one. I've branched out and finally tried free motion quilting which is trickier than it looks. I need more practice but at least pot holders are a good thing to start with.


I have also started knitting something for a birthday next week. But I haven't gotten around to any blocks for Quilts for Queensland yet but I promise to make a start on it next week (they should be reasonably quick anyway).

Saturday, 15 January 2011

QLD Flood Relief Auctions

My Australian readers will know all about the devastating floods that have hit the northern state of Queensland recently (as well as other parts of the country). There have been so many stories of loss as well as those of survival; many of which have bought me to tears. I have had to turn off the TV and am trying not to read the news as it just too heartbreaking. Like others, I have felt a bit helpless sitting here in my nice dry house surrounded by my loved ones. But we can all help!

The Australian craft community are running numerous auctions to raise funds. There are currently a few auctions running on facebook:

There will also be numerous auctions held through craft blogs all of next week. These were prompted by Toni Coward from Make it Perfect and the master list of auctions will be listed on her blog tomorrow night (there is also a link to these on the top right of my blog and these will also be open to people outside of Australia but please read the auctions conditions underneath each item before bidding).

So please, help out our fellow Aussies by bidding on an item (or 2 or 3) as I will be doing.

You can also donate directly to the Premiers QLD Flood Appeal if you do not wish to bid on an auction.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Alex Jacket

In my previous post I mentioned that I was doing a Test Knit for a fellow Ravelry member, Celia. Well I have finished and the pattern, The Alex Jacket, is now available for download. Here is my version in a size 2 knit for Isla (yarn was hand-dyed by myself also over the same coloured pink as the trim):

Isla and I adore this jacket. And as a bonus knitting it was easy and the fit is perfect. Plus there are a variety of different options in the pattern. I'll be knitting another one later in the year for Ned :)