Thursday, June 30, 2016

no bake rolo slice

Here's a quick and easy slice that keeps 
well but doesn't last long once
they know what it tastes like!

One 200g block rolo chocolate
A tube of 200g condensed milk
250g pkt plain biscuits crushed
1/4 cup coconut
1/4 cup butter
150g extra plain chocolate 
and 2tbsp copha for icing

Gently melt the butter and condensed milk.
Break the rolo chocolate into pieces 
and add to the butter and milk.
Stir over low heat until smooth.
Add to crushed biscuits and coconut
and mix very well.
Press into a slice pan and refrigerate.

Melt the extra chocolate and copha
and pour over cooled slice.
Pop it into the back of the fridge 
to hide it until it has set.

This slice is rich but lovely with a cuppa!

Monday, June 13, 2016

oops dickhead

Yes there has been a lull in blogging.

I have been doing a few things
but since I have lost my camera again 
I can't show you.

How does a person who lives in a house
the size of a shoebox possibly lose things?
I did finish painting a cupboard though
here is the before...

and the after

I had to pinch these from instagram
because of my camera issue but as
soon as this is resolved I'll
be back to show you some more things.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

so you want to be a hooker?

It's just starting to get cool here 
and the blankets are coming out.

I have made quite a few crochet blankets 
and it never really occurred
to me that not everyone can crochet until a friend
recently asked me to teach her how to make a blanket.

I can't follow a crochet pattern and I don't know 
the right names for the stitches so I thought I'd do a little 
roundup here of basic crochet tutorials 
I have found on pinterest.

This is a no nonsense series of tutorials and videos created by
Anneliese of The Aesthetic Nest. 

Another one with videos from Tamara Kelly at Moogly.

When I started crocheting there weren't any videos 
to learn from but now I've watched a few researching this post and they are the way to go if you 
can't have someone in person to show you.

Good luck and let me know how you get on.
Stay warm xxx

Sunday, March 13, 2016

and sew life goes on

I haven't really been interested in clothes since my teens.
My sisters and I all sewed our own clothes in those days
but then you get older and have kids and sometimes you're
flat out getting out of your pjs let alone getting dressed up.

Now my kids have moved out and I'm a single
lady once again my interest in clothes has
been rekindled maybe because I actually
go out now!

I have miles of fabric to work with and 
I'm not buying anymore!

My collection of patterns is growing
and I even have a dedicated pinterest board for clothing.

Do you sew your own clothes?

The time has come for me to stop thinking
about it and just start sewing!

Stay tuned.

Friday, March 4, 2016

the fabric carrots are here

The fabric carrots will now be housed
here on my new blog.
Nothing has changed, they are still very cute!

See! Still darn cute!

Using the measurements here (in inches 'cause I'm old )
 make yourself a cardboard template.
Trace around scraps of doubled green and carroty colours . 
Stitch and trim .

Turn and stuff .

Turn under a small hem at the top and tack around .
Pull the thread to gather and  secure 3 leaves by stitching through all layers .
Add a bit of ribbon or ric rac and ta da something that won't make the Easter Bunny fat !

Sunday, February 28, 2016

the dressmaker

I don't watch a lot of movies because I'm
usually watching crappy tv series on dvd.

When The Dressmaker came out I really
wanted to see it at the pictures but
by the time I thought about it again 
it was already on dvd.

Anyway I had to buy it.

In 1950s Australia Tilly the dressmaker
played by Kate Winslet
returns to her tiny hometown to right the
wrongs from her past.
As she tries to reconcile with her mother
played by Judy Davis she falls in love
while transforming the fashions of the town.

Although the whole movie was a bit disjointed
(just my own opinion)
It was fun and very Australian and come on 
now who doesn't want to see Liam Hemsworth
without his shirt on!

I liked it enough to do a blog post about it
so I really must have liked it.

Have you seen it?

It's very reasonably priced on dvd so
I do recommend you grab one maybe 
to play while you're sewing?

I'll give it a rating of 3/5.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Australian Heart Foundation

We could all go on for ages about Valentine's Day
being American blah blah blah.
The thing is I have never gotten into the whole deal
but some do and to each their own.
I've gathered up a few hearty crafts that
can be for Valentine's Day. 
Or not.
Pretty Little Button Heart Canvas from here.

Crochet heart pattern from here.
Jigsaw heart from here.

The most important link you'll find 
here today is this one.
So if you are undecided about Valentine's Day
but want to do something good for your heart
it's easy to make a donation.

Heart disease kills one Australian every 27 minutes!

Personally I think my donation is more important
than flowers and chocolates.