Friday, January 30, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
The beanie is little version of this adult one from Martha Stewart. This is such a simple pattern with great instructions. It helped me make the leap from being a scarf only knitter to knitting other things.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I have found the secret with these necklaces is to use very thin fabric so that the knots are less bulky. Also, I used slightly bigger styrofoam balls in this one (2.5cm) so there is more ball, less knot. I have also been adding a few strips of fabric together to make them longer.
Nothing to wear out for dinner? I can fix that.
Hole in your pants? I can fix that.
Cold head? Let me knit you a beanie. I can fix that.
Skirt too big? I can fix that.
Pants too long? I can fix that.
GFC means you can't afford to buy new clothes? I can fix that.
Broken air conditioner? Sorry, can't fix that.
The good news is that the aircon fixit person is coming today so hopefully we'll be frosty again by tonight. Otherwise I'll really be complaining.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Rory brand new
Gilles St is the place to go to be young and funky in Adelaide. There were some families there but mostly the kids were hot and bothered (I don't blame them) so it probably didn't quite meet our expectations. It was still a great day but I don't think it's the perfect market for us to attend on a regular basis as we were definitely out-funkied.
Oh, and the tea-towel bags I stayed up all night sewing the night before the markets? I didn't sell a single one. Should've gone to bed instead!
We are having lamb on the bbq for tea and although I thought about whipping up a pavlova (I'll attempt it one of these days) we made some Anzac biccies instead. Ok, I have the occasion wrong, but they're still Australian.
I like this recipe because you don’t have to pre-melt the butter which means less time until they're in your tummy. Abby does the measuring and mixing of all the dry ingredients and also helps make the little balls.
1 cup plain flour
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup coconut (works without it)
2 tbsp golden syrup
1 tbsp water
½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
Put flour, sugar, oats and coconut in a bowl.
Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the golden syrup and water
Stir the bicarb soda into the liquid mixture
Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly
Place walnut-sized balls of the mixture on a lined tray and bake for 15-20 min at 175.
Biscuits will harden when cool.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I've never really done much applique before but I had a gazillion singlets left over from my pyjama sewing phase (you can only buy the singlets in packs of 5) so I thought I'd jazz them up a bit for the next market.
I'm happy with how they turned out and it was a good way to use up fabric scraps and odd bits of ribbon but, you know, the whole sew each stitch by manually turning the balance wheel because I'm so crap at precision sewing was quite painstaking. Not the most fun I've had sewing that's for sure. I used Abby's playdough cookie cutters for the shapes as I have zero drawing ability. We seem to have lost the owl though which was my favourite.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
The bodies are pre-made, you just have to attach the velcro ears, tails, mouths etc. There are some pictures to follow in the book or you can be creative and invent your own critter.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Even though our plums ripened about a month later this year than they normally (it's only just starting to get hot) we have an abundant supply.
my little helper
So...what to do with all those plums? The last few years I have made plum jam but this year I thought I might try plum sauce, I just need to find a good recipe. In the meantime I used up a dozen or so in this cake.
I used this yummy Stephanie Alexander recipe:
180g softened butter
150g castor sugar
135g plain flour
135g self-raising flour
pinch of salt
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
10-12 ripe plums, halved and stoned
Topping (very necessary)
1/2 cup castor sugar
2tsp ground cinnamon
2 large eggs
To make the topping:
Melt butter and stir in sugar and cinnamon, then allow to cool a little. Whisk eggs well and stir into butter mixture.
For the cake:
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then mix in flours and salt. Mix eggs with milk, then add to flour mixture and mix to make a softish dough. Spoon batter into prepared tin and smooth top. Arrange plums on top, cut-side up. Spoon topping over and place in preheated 180 degree oven for about an hour (longer in our dodgy oven).
And how did it taste? Yummo. Abby didn't like it but that's ok. More for me!
Sunday, January 18, 2009
I haven't always been into babycino mugs. Only since I had babies of my own (funny that). Since then my collection has gradually expanded. The one of the far left is extra special. It used to belong to my Grandma. I don't think she drank babycinos out of it though. Probably tea. The one two from the left was by gift to Abby on her first birthday. I thought it was a fitting present since having 'cinos was such a major part of her first year.
Rory's birthday is on Thursday. I'm still undecided about what we will do (maybe zoo maybe beach) but I know for sure we will be taking him somewhere very special for his very first babycino. The blue spotty 'cino mug is his first birthday present.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Perfect tea towels found: 1
Number of grumpy children I'm going to have tomorrow after I drag them around searching for more perfect tea towels: 2 (and a grumpy mummy too if I don't find any!)
I saw these on http://goodgracie.com/ and Gina very kindly gave me permission to make some to sell at the markets. Plastic bags are being phased out in South Australia and supermarket green bags are just hideous so these are a wonderful (fashionable) easy to sew alternative.
I like Gina's blog a lot and I think I'm going to like Gina too (she might come to the Gilles St markets on Sunday to say g'day). She homebirths, co-sleeps and sews. A trifecta!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
- designing the gillybean logo
- printing gillybean stickers
- labeling gillybean products
- loading and unloading the car so that gillybean can go to the markets
- doing superdaddy duties while gillybean is at the markets- doing the accounting from the markets
- giving gillybean a massage after a long day at the markets
Monday, January 12, 2009
I'm sorry but this is the only picture I managed to take on the day.
My camera died on me after I took this one. I'll blame the IT Director (Chris) for that one. He told me when I returned home that there are spare batteries in the camera case. Oh, that's useful information. Actually I had a few cases of mummy-brain yesterday. "So you want to buy three things? Hmm, let's see. Well that's $2.....plus $5....plus $3....? Hmmm.....$10? $10? Britta is that $10? Customer is that $10? That will be $10 please." I must remember to engage my brain (or perhaps just take a calculator) for the next market.
Those are not customers in the above photo. That is Britta in the blue jumper and her very lovely and supportive parents. We did have some real customers too though. Lots of them. Lots of bargain hunters especially. The biggest hit of the day was my $5 bargain bin which was full of well, rejects really. Designs that I wasn't quite happy with or that didn't quite turn out the way I planned. One of the skirts was perfectly fine but had a twisted waistband, for example.
I'm glad I didn't stay up late the night before sewing more fabric necklaces as I had planned. I didn't sell a single one! Lots of people were intrigued by them. They would pick them up and have a close look but then put them down again without making a purchase. Does this mean the price was too expensive? I think that's what that means. I will re-think it for the next market. We will be back at Port Elliott on the 25th of January but in the meantime we will be attending the big kahuna of markets in Adelaide..........Gilles St! http://www.gillesstreetmarket.com.au/index.html As it turns out, it's not what you know in the fashion industry, it's who you know (ha!ha!).
I hope I find my un-picker before next Sunday because I sure have a lot of sewing to do between now and then.
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Tomorrow is the inaugural Port Elliott Old Garage Market. Organised by lovely Chloe of http://www.chloeshaydesigns.com/home/ who I befriended at the Norwood Market and who went to the same school as me (although she is quite a bit younger so I didn't know her at school). It looks like it's going to be perfect market weather. Hopefully all the holiday makers and day trippers will be able to tear themselves away from the beach to come and visit us.
I've made lots of skirts (even though I said I wouldn't!) The business person in me says "make more boys' stuff" but my creative self says "skirts are so much fun!" I have also been working on some new stuff. Bloomers, bags and some pjs.
My friend Georgie (who is the necklace queen) inspired me to make a fabric necklace. Here it is:
Modeled by me here although I've been firmly told that it is going in the 3 year old of the house's jewellery box. OK then. I'm surprised she likes it since it's not "rainbow" which she is so obsessed with.
I have since discovered this free downloadable pattern http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/FabricNecklace.pdf on the Amy Butler website which is similar to mine except mine actually ties up at the back (like an apron) which I love because it means it is adjustable. I I will try to sew a few more tonight for the markets if I can find that unpicker of mine.
They (along with 5512 other beanies) will soon be worn on the heads of newborn babies in Haiti. See http://www.mamamtomama.org/ for all the details and inspiration. If you haven't yet discovered Amanda's blog, you simply must visit http://www.soulemama.typepad.com/. Way more interesting than anything you'll read here.
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Now, what to sew? Some ginormo-bags to start.
For myself and just about every person I know. I used this tutorial http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=514. I never thought I would need a bag that big but I actually use it every day. Great for the beach, the shops, the park, the library. Now, what to do with the other 25 or so metres.......?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Well, that was the idea. But at 4 o'clock yesterday the kids were ratty and I was exhausted from providing the level of attention they had become accustomed to after 2 weeks with both parents and other assorted relatives pandering to their every need. So with an hour still to go until Daddy came home on a hot day when we had already played with every toy and read every book and sung every song...what's a mummy to do? Invite the neighbouring 4 year old over for some playdough fun.
I know some mummys won't do playdough. Too messy they say. But I'm happy to do the cleanup because it keeps Abby entertained for hours. I set Rory up as spectator (he was happy with a bowl full of corn kernels to munch on) and the girls did the measuring, mixing and chose the colours. I did the stirring on the stove. Everyone was happy and Daddy was home to save the day before they were bored with the playdough.
Phew, survived day 1. Think we might have to leave the house tomorrow though.
Here is the playdough recipe I use:
Mix 2 cups of plain flour, 4 tbsp cream of tartar, 2 tbsp of cooking oil, 1 cup of salt and 2 cups of water in a saucepan. Stir over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the mixture congeals. Keep an eye on it! Then I take it off the stove, divide it into batches and add the colours.
It lasts for ages (the last batch lasted about 6 months). We don't even put it in the fridge; just seal it in an air-tight container.