Wednesday, 25 February 2009
conversation with myself
me: right today I have to hoover the house, take books back to the library, drink coffee, sew lavender sachets, dust, clean up the paint mess, sort laundry, do that combined challenge, do a bit of writing.....
my brain: You don't want to do that.. lets make leaves!
me: No I have to sew those lavender sachets, clean the house...
my brain: you don't have any lavender.
me: I can still sew the sachets.
my brain: Nah lets play with that branch in the corner that I made you drag home.
me: I have work to do.
my brain: Lets make leaves or I will play "I kissed a girl" all day on your internal radio..off key with only half the words!
me: you wouldn't
my brain: "I kissed a girl and I liked it...mumble mumble.. cherry chap stick"
me: *facepalm* .... fine.. lets make leaves
my brain: yay!
So I made two leave from some scraps of pale green fabric, and some random red buttons, and sewed them onto a piece of the branch I brought home with me on Saturday. I don't know what I'm going to do with it or if I will sew more leaves, but the idea popped into my head and wouldn't leave me alone until I made leaves.
Monday, 23 February 2009
a few drops cedarwood essential oil*
Apply the scrub to hands or feet (or any area of rough skin) in the bath or shower, rinse.
*cederwood is a strong scent and if you use too much of the oil it will overpower the rose and vanilla
cook's notes: this is the second time I have experimented with making sugar scrub, and this time the scrub is all mine, it turned out lovely, and I really like the woodsy scent of the cedarwood essential oil adds to the scrub, its fresh and left my skin smooth and soft without irritating.
the first recipe and post for my version of sugar scrub can be found here. Which I gave as a Christmas gift to Frizbe, and her daughter wanted to eat it, so I must have done something good.
brownie cupcake recipe coming as soon as I finish re-writing it!
Friday, 20 February 2009
Now in the spirit of Pay it Forward I'll be be picking 3 commenters to receive something handmade from me in the next 365 days. (I promise to try to get them sent out to you as soon as possible)Something lovely and free but the only thing is if you get a Pay it Forward from me, you have to reciprocate and send out 3 PIF's into the world. Please remember to do it and keep the kindness going.
We talked about books and books groups and the great writing course we went on together last year. We sipped lattes and put our heads together, there were no book groups in Ripley, alternative our otherwise, and there should be. So we thought about starting our own. Frizbe took our idea and ran with it, she pestered Ripley's Librarian for information and book lists and found a slot on Tuesday March 3rd to hold the meeting at Chimera, the games shop she and her husband own in Ripley. So as of Tuesday the 3rd I will be in a book and writing group with real people (or possibly just me Frizbe and whoever else she can pin down to attend). eek!
Where: Chimera Shop Church Street, Ripley, Derbyshire
When:Tuesday 3rd March 2009
Start time 19:30-21:30
What to bring: Your notepad, a pen, and a favourite book
genre: its an alternative book group, so horror, sci-fi, manga, graphic novels, etc....
for more information have a look here
Hmm do you think I should bake something to bring?
Thursday, 12 February 2009
I know I have a problem, I can't help it I adore making things with poor little owl. I have been working on this pincushion on and off for a week now, probably more off than on as thats the way things go around here. Or at least the way things swirl around my head. I don't know what to do with tthe pincusion there are a few rough areas but it mostly looks good and smells nice as I put a few drops of rose essential oil on the polyfil as I stuffed the pincusion. Its made from scraps of my favourite cotton linen blend, some laura Ashly blue and cream gingham, vintage lace, and vintage buttons which I thought were black but in certain light are a very dark purple.
Saturday, 7 February 2009
I have started an Owl Swap Group on Flickr so we can all share pictures of our Owls!
I shall be posting out my swap parcel to my partner on Tuesday after we return from out trip to London to sort out H's USA passport renewal, a pain in the bum but hopefully we should have fun with a trip to the museum to see the Dragon (dinosaur) bones and a trip on the London Eye. And if I'm very good and lucky there may be some sort of crafting shop to pass by. oh and I hear tell there are now two Cinnabun stores there now so we will definitely have to zero in on one of them!
Friday, 6 February 2009
Have listed another lavender rice bag in my etsy shop. After yesterday's quick sale I thought it best to make another lavender rice bag and pop it in the shop, I won't hold my breath just in case yesterday was a fluke but I'm still pleased it sold and will have to soldier on up to the post office before the end of the day.
In other Etsy news much to my astonishment I sold the lavender rice bag that I listed within an hour of listing it! I'm still totally amazed by that and plan on sewing another one as soon as I can get the dishes done a battle with the dirty laundry goblins, and I musnt' forget to cull the dust bunnies either, they get quite vicious this time of year.
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
Monday, 2 February 2009
½ cup butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups self-raising flour
½ cup milk
to line the cake tin:
1/2 cup butter (softened)
2 teaspoons cinnamon (heaped)
1/2 cup light brown sugar
2 to 4 firm-fleshed apples (any will do I used pink lady apples)
Preheat the oven at 300 F
In a large bowl cream the butter and the sugar together.
Add half of the self-raising flour, then half of the milk and the vanilla.
Add the eggs one at a time.
Add the remainder of the flour followed by the remaining milk and beat till well blended.
Spread the softened butter in a 13x9x2" sprinkle with the cinnamon and brown sugar.
Pare, quarter, and slice the apples thin. Spread in an over-lapping layer on the bottom of the baking dish .
Pour the cake mixture over the apples.
The batter will be thick and may need to be smoothed on top with a knife.
Bake at 300° to 325° F. for 45 minutes. Until the cake is golden brown on top and springy to the touch.
Leave on a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Loosen the sides of the cake with a knife , Cover the cake with a large serving dish or baking tray and turn it out carefully, upside down.
Best served warm or cold with custard, cream, or vanilla ice cream.
Cook's notes: I have made variations of the recipe several times, starting on this post here, which is probably a more amusing read than this one. the most important thing is that you make sure the cake is cooked through (you can cover it with tinfoil to cook for a longer time if its a big cake tin. And that you turn the cake over soon after taking it out of the oven or the cake will adhere to the pan and make a horrible mess, I know. I have split the cake into two smaller tins and stacked them together with a layer of whipped cream as an alternative birthday cake for M.
Sunday, 1 February 2009
another one with Cath Kidston fabric (sorry about bad light)
My Dad says I should try and make some ipod covers, which I might but seeing as i don't actually have an ipod (just a quite cruddy Sony MP3 player) I haven't tried yet but I may try and give one a go Monday. What do you think? and would you consider buying any of my sewing items? lavender rice bag or otherwise? depending on how much more sewing I do before my brain switches to something else.
I think its time for a to do list
have a go at making and ipod cover
drag beads out and make at least one bracelet
update etsy shop before everything expires
finish owl design for swap and make it
get thinking cap on for Crafteroo Challenge
2x lavender drawer sachets/door hangers
sketchity sketch sketch
make cinnamon rolls.. (OK that's not really a to do list but someone asked me for the recipe and now I can't get the thought of ooohie gooey cinnamon rolls out of my little brain. )
watch Supernatural (what it can totally be on my to do list)
(along with) drink copious amounts of coffee
and more stuff but I have lost interest in this whole list writing thing as H whinging about wanting cake and balloons and apparently I "HAVE" to watch the end of A Knight's Tale with him for the 10 thousandth time..