Monthly Archives: March 2013

For the love of Denim…sneekpeek!

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Can you tell I am busy with denim this week??

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I have been collecting old jeans from the “Fill a bag for a dollar” bins at opshops for ages now with all these ideas that I’ve been wanting to try. My hubby has said something along the lines that he’s scared all my stuff is going to take over the spare room completely one day. So, I finally have enough to try one of my first big denim ideas! And you will just have to wait and see how it turns out. It should be finished later this week! I have recycled every scrap of the jeans that I have been using..all that’s left when I’m done with them are the side seams and the waistband. Keep your eyes peeled for the unveiling! You wouldn’t believe a bunch of old pairs of jeans could look so great put together!  Pictures coming soon!

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Musical Inspiration

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I am into music, I mean, REALLY into music! I have the most varied music collection of anyone I know ranging from Christian choir to Westlife to Owl City to Taylor Swift to Andre Rieu and Enya and Amy MacDonald and Celtic Woman. The list goes on and on. I nearly always have music playing! Thanks to my hubby we have a really amazing sound system which makes it even nicer to have music going all the time. And I find that music plays a big part in my creativity. I just don’t enjoy sewing or cooking without music playing. It helps me find my groove and get inspired. Some of my favourite sewing music at the moment is Owl City’s Of June album, Taylor Swift’s two latest albums and one of my very newest found faves is Amy Macdonald’s This is the life!  

There is nothing like a great album to get the creative juices flowing!  So, what is some of your favourite music to listen to while you sew and bake?

Apple Crumble

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I just wanted to share one of my favourite apple crumble recipies with you all! I am making one as we speak, although, mine has a little pear added as I had some pears that were on the verge of becoming that little bit softer than perfect 😉

 

Apple Crumble

5 large apples (1kg)

¼ Cup caster sugar

¼ Cup water

 

Crumble

½ Cup self-raising flour

¼ Cup plain flour

½ Cup brown sugar

100g cold butter, chopped

1 t cinnamon

 

Preheat oven to 180.  Grease deep 1.5-litre baking dish.

Peel, core, and quarter apples.  Combine apple, sugar, and the water in large saucepan, cook over low heat, covered, about 10 minutes.  Drain, discard liquid.

Meanwhile, make crumble.

 Blend or process ingredients until combined.

Place apples in dish; sprinkle with crumble.  Bake about 25 minutes.

 

Enjoy..picture to follow later!

Skirt Madness!

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This week I have tried a couple of outrageous things and they have worked! So, you know how there are all these rules in the world of sewing that are so painful to follow? Well, guess what, sometimes they are just there to be broken! I broke many of the rules this week and look what happened!

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You might recognize this material as some of the bargain material that I picked up a few weeks ago at the Hospice Shop! I used a pattern that I have had since I was about 13. It is a strictly woven (non-stretch) material only pattern and I have just made it with two-way stretch mesh and….success!! Of course it is a little bigger than it would be in woven but that’s easily managed with this pattern.  So after that I tried making one in jersey….and here’s what happened…

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This material is one-way stretch so it  turned out smaller than the other one I made but again, easy with this style.  I am selling them both on trademe.  Here’s to having enough material so that I can do any outrageous experiments I want without feeling nervous!  

Polenta Pizza

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The other night I had a craving for polenta pizza which is super yummy for all those sceptics out there!  Then I couldn’t find my recipe for the mix to get the base just the right consistency. So I decided to wing it which resulted in a pizza that was really floppy straight out of the oven but really perfect the next day. Despite it’s floppiness my hubby pronounced it a fantastic success and said I could make it again any time!  For everyone out there who hasn’t tried this lip smacking dinner yet I suggest you give it a go!

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Make your own hot chocolate mix!

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Here is my favourite hot chocolate mix! It’s so unbelievably simple and tastes SOOOO Much better than the bought stuff!

Cocoa

1 1/2 Cups dark brown sugar
1 Cup cocoa powder
2 t salt

Sift the ingredients and stir together.

 

Mix a couple of heaped teaspoons with milk or however you like your hot chocolate and enjoy!