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Monday, 28 December 2009

few of my favourite things

Christmas has been and gone for another year. I had a lovely time at my parents place. Ate heaps and talked lots. Was lovely. I don't see my family anywhere near as much as I would like to. Hoping with Adam going to Uni this year that we will have weekends enough to do things that we never were able to do before because of his work.

Below is something I acquired from mum while I was over there. This is GORGEOUS pure wool 5ply she says is from Patons when they had the building here in Tassie. It's beautiful and HUGE!! Mum had already made herself a jumper from it and it's still massive!! I have grand Shawl ideas for it.
Below is a modelling piccie of a newly finished (well several days ago) Rastacat hat with a flower on it. Doing a few knits here and there for the MIL to put into her gallery when the new shop opens up.
Below is first lot of Harvesting from my garden!! Taken over several days. The snowpeas and little capsicum (which was a firecracker I tells ya cos it was HOT) was used in some Risotto for dinner last night.
And a recent (taken today) piccie of my garden. I have a few closer piccies but will do a post on all those later in week. I am rather happy with how my little garden is growing. And my patience (as hard as it was) has paid off now I am getting tomatoes and beans and peas coming. Not as many I would like but I will do better next year I am sure! Still very happy with what I am getting so far! Lettuce is close to picking, Pumpkin is still growing slowly, Carrots are there somewhere growing slowly, Potato plants are getting HUGE so better be producing lots of tattas!! I have tomatoes growing on all my plants, some cherry red ones are turning slowly red. I am very impressed with it all now (apart from the capsicum still damn it!! and my pumpkin is really slow too)...
So that's a few things I have been up to of late.
I have grand plans for next years Chrissie. Most people will be getting handmade items. The girls and I will be busy all year learning how to make things like Soap. I will be teaching the girls how to make candles and sew things. We will be using as much things as we have around the house already stocked up (I have several things needed to start things like soap and candles just not everything). Will test run making toys and Harley (being 10 now) is old enough to learn to use my sewing machine if she is careful.
That's all for today. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas!


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Sunday, 20 December 2009

Beware the Kangaroo!!

Beware of the mighty Tasmanian Kangaroo!!! Its strong enough to lift a car!!

This past week has been busy with Harleys 10th Birthday party (where everyone had a fantastic time and the hats and cheesecakes/pink muffins went down a treat but I didn't get freaken piccies of either kids in hats or the goodies!! sigh).

I can't believe my eldest baby is 10 already!! Where did the time go?

Then Friday we went to my MIL (yes..MIL not standard BIL I normally refer her too. Since I had a major go at her last year just before Chrissie she has been actually good since! There is more to it then that but it's not my place to put it here). Had a good time there though it was very loud with one very full on little Niece.

Saturday we headed to the coast to visit FIL and that side of family, for weekend of Chrissie lunch and catch ups.

Below is Harlz (the eldest Great Grandchild for Grandma) and the youngest Great Grandchild. 10years Vs 1month. cute huh?

Grandma with all her Great Grandchildren. There is FOUR 2 year olds in this shot!! I have to say I am so very glad I am the mother of the 2 eldest grandchildren. I don't miss all the things involved with wee little ones. lol

I have been doing some knitting of late. As well as some baking (just cos I have spent 2 nights in a cabin doesn't mean I haven't baked!! Made biscuits today as well soup for dinner tonight).

I have been doing a little knitting and have a few little demand things left to go.

Have been living with a house guest for past week. It's been good to have someone around to help out and talk to, but at same time I miss just the 4 of us in our little home.

I hope everyone has been having a lovely weekend!!

Happy knitting!


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Friday, 11 December 2009

Witchie poo

Tomorrow we are heading down South for the Wedding. And where I had been all planned for what we would wear, yesterday in a lapse of sanity I decided I wanted to sew Rachelle a dress to wear (since Harley has a newly bought dress to wear herself down there). and since long ankle length flowing dresses are all in fashion at the moment I got busy. After a visit to Spotties to get some fabric home I came to get sewing. I also got the lace to sew around the bottom of it.

I had one plan in mind. A great little striped dress that looked a little witchie and a little different but was still fashionable and let her match the rest of the family for the wedding. I also wanted a dress that wasn't going to be "special times only" cos frankly we just do do enough of those! I wanted a dress she could wear every day and have fun with it.

So last night I got all the tiers sewn together and all the ends overlocked. Then I sat and pondered the bodice. The pattern is originally a 5 tier skirt!! I wanted a dress though. And the fabric to make the skirt part didn't stretch at all. I wanted low maintenance for me to sew and wash. So away it went and of to bed I went to sleep.

Today back to Spotties I went and picked up some stretch jersey material in matching black, some twisted ribbon sort of thing to do the straps for the top and home I came. I had to wait til Rachelle was home from school to try it on her and work with her as I went along.
Once I got the bodice sorted out how I would do it the whole thing finished up quickly.
I must say I am VERY happy with the results. So is Harley (who wants a pink and black one) and Rachelle is over the moon!! I am planning on making more. Many more. Probably will look into where I can sell a few of them because they are much fun and so in fashion and pretty :)
Rachelle is planning on wearing it to her sisters fancy dress birthday party next week too as a witch (if you can't tell from the piccies).
Hope everyone has a great weekend!!

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Thursday, 10 December 2009

New Design Up!!

I have a new design up on Ravelry for sale (and will be popping it up on Etsy before the end of the weekend). You will be able to find the pattern HERE on Ravelry. 8ply great little hat.

I seem to be running a major theme on brim hats at the moment with my designs. Probably because I love them a lot (even though they don't suit me at all).

In the new year I plan on tossing some more of my designs into text form and getting them up for sale. I have so many I want to do just have to find time and get past the busy Chrissie knitting time to get it all together. Will still be in need of some lovely test knitters if anyone wants to volunteer (most will be kids knits).
I am about 10 rounds off being up to the toes of my 4ply pair of socks (that's 10 rounds each sock not total). Will be glad to have them finished. Then I have 1 whole sock to knit in the 8ply socks and I am finished for all of my Chrissie knitting. Then I have to buckle down on those Hamsterbeans!!
This week has been a busy one. Tuesday mostly so. The girls had their School Concert then. Both girls did fabulously. I must say that their music teacher had put a LOT of effort into it all! The woman deserves an award or 10!!
This weekend we are heading down South of the state (well on Saturday) for a wedding. Looking forward to it. Hoping to get to Salamanca Market to have a peep around.
The garden is growing very well. Extremely proud of the fact I haven't killed it off yet!! But wishing it was bigger!! My best friends garden has grown heaps compared to mine!! Next year I plan on moving it to a more sunny spot and getting it in at lest a month earlier (if not two).
As for last post. I am very happy to share any of the recipes with people if they are interested! Please just leave a message letting me know what ones you are interested in and I will include them in future posts :)
I cannot believe there is only 9 days until my eldest child turns 10!! Where has the year gone? Seriously!! Wasn't it just January last week??
Ok everyone I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Take care all

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Sunday, 6 December 2009

Baking Business or "so what have you been up to this weekend?"

Since every weekend (or 90% of them) I end up baking I thought might as well make a post about this weekends adventures!

It started Friday night when just before the girls went to bed we made some White Christmas! It turned out rather well. We have decided to make some more close to end of term for the girls teachers (and perhaps some rumballs).

Saturday I decided to try out a new recipe I found in a food magazine Friday. So I made some the Lemon Loaf (next time I will make it plain on top and put some Lemon Icing on it).

And my weekly standard baking of biscuits for the girls for school the following week. Here we have my nan's recipe for Chocolate Cornflake biscuits and my mum's recipe for Rock Cakes!

By sunday I was ready to test out my Chrissie test cooking! I plan on making a Pineapple Passionfruit Cheesecake to take to my mums. And so I test made it. Sprinkled some Vanilla Powder ontop and Voila! It's very yummy and will certainly be made for Chrissie Desserts!

And lastly what do you get when you mix Vanilla Ice Cream with S.R. Flour?

You get bread!! Its rather nice actually. I was pleasantly surprised when I made it today after finding the recipe last night. The person who made it said it's more of a breakfast bread with Jam or Honey Butter. And I tend to agree. Still..2 thumbs up what a surprise!!

So from Friday night until Sunday evening I have made all the above. It was a funfilled weekend and All ended up perfect and tasting very nice!

I also got both of one of the Chrissie socks up to turning the heels (which I hope to finish tonight as well as picking up gusset!).

Hope everyone else had a funfilled productive weekend too!


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Friday, 4 December 2009

Mad Hatter

Party bag hats are 100% done. I ended up deciding on doing 13 instead of 15 because frankly only 11 are invited and assuming all of them turn up then there is 2 spare hats left.

I started with doing 2 of each kind I was doing but in the end went for variety and did 1 of the last 5 just to mix it up a bit. Hopefully they will go down well and I am hoping to get piccies of each of the kids in the hats they pick to show you all after the party (which is the 16th of Dec).

I am not too far off finishing first sock for one of the Chrissie pressies..Then just the second sock to knit and 1 more pressie will be done.
I still have 1 pair of socks and 30 Hamsterbeans left to knit but frankly the Beans can wait til after Chrissie I think. I don't feel pressure at the moment that I wont get everything done which is great.
My garden is growing more every day which I am happy about (all except those darn capsicums!!!). One of my pea plants has a flower on it so looks like I will get at least ONE pea pod this year. My butter beans seem to be about ready to flower too. My snow pea plants are MASSIVE. One or two of my potato plants are flowering. And my cherry tomatoes all have either flowers or little tomatoes growing (actually ALL my tomato plants are doing that except my Black Russian one). So it looks like my garden is slowly going the right direction. I am so impatient I want to harvest now!! lol
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend to come. Its the last weekend for me that will be a quiet one until New Year. Between weddings in Hobart, Family Chrissie lunches all over my end of the state I won't get a quiet weekend for a long time!! But it's all worth it to see family members and the girls enjoy it.
Take care all and enjoy your day :)

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