Archive for August 2011
New Vintage Mini Bunting in store now.
The hardest part will be choosing which theme and colour to go with…mind you they are all so lovely you can’t go wrong either!
I love the way it is brightening up my desk….
…or is looking lush with all the stock…
…or is charming Esmae’s bedroom.
Beautifully handmade in Canada, Kristen has the eye to put together a gorgeous selection of vintage fabrics into colourful happy swags to adorn your home. Each strand is approximately 1.5m long and has18 flags. The flags measure approximately 9cm long and 7cm wide so are a great size to pin one across a shelf, desk, bookcase, window or doorway to add a perfect little bit of sunshine and happiness. Buy several and group them together!
Already selling fast so if some of these strands have caught your eyes get in quick! Find them here in FOR HOME.
I think every family has a dish that is their cannot be bothered dish. One that requires little effort and you always have the ingredients for.
Our cannot be bothered dish is Omlette in a Bag. I find this a good one for the kids as they can be involved in putting what they want in their bag.
All you need to do is cut up whatever you have to go into the bag. Tonight we have capsicum, red onion, ham and cheese. Another favourite is left over chicken with vegies and zuchini. I just pop a small handful of everything into the bag, we then add 2 eggs per bag (3 if hungry, and 1 for the kids). Close it up, squeeze some air out and shake like mad to make sure it is all mixed in well and the egg is beaten.
On the stove is a large pot of hot water, once boiled let it go to low, as you may find it it is rapid boiling the bags may split. Place the bags in and leave them their for approximately 8-10 mins until the egg is cooked to how you like it.
You then just open up the bag and slide onto the plate and voila – a quick and easy omlette with little fuss and little mess.
At our house this weekend, it is all about the vegie garden. For a while I have been wanting to change a few things about and plant some more beds so that we can make better use of the area and hopefully create more produce. As we like to use things we can find for free or that have been thrown out, it is a very slow process to get it all done, but it is slowly getting there.
Today we used some old pavers from Mum & Dads patio to cover some of the ground, then some left over gravel we had just to neaten it up and supress those weeds that seem to be taking over this winter (thanks to lots of rain and sunshine).
We also salvaged some old tyres that now contain potato plants we are eagerly awaiting to sprout. I still need to round up another 4 or 5 of these for more potato crops. In our beds this winter we have lettuce, spring onions, leeks, capsicum, celery, snow peas, cauliflower and beans. I do have a pest problem down there, it is about 3 years ld and can be found daily munching on bits of lettuce, peas and celery – it looks like the work of rogue caterpillars have been on a rampage.
Our compost heap has sprouted pumpkins once again. Last year unfortunately they failed to pollinate and we had lots of flowers, but no pumpkins. Fingers crossed this year they appear, as it was fabulous having so much lovely fresh pumpkin the year they did (although I admit, we hated pumpkin soup by the end).
We did have a fig tree but pulled it out as it was a yellow fig and did not produce the most fabulous tasting figs, so that has gone to make way for an orange tree and another passionfruit vine. I am also tempted to try a banana tree as well as have been on the search for a gooseberry bush. I think then once we find another fig we like, a miniature lime tree and a mango, we should have a nice selection to keep us going.
As kids we grew up with access to a vegie garden. Our Grandpop was an avid gardner and every spare bit of space at his house, ours and the workshop he grew vegies. We always would go down there and munch on vegies straight from the ground, and I am so glad my children love doing the same thing. There is nothing better than a carrot you have grown getting a quick wash then eating it all up.
Hopefully all this hardwork will come with lots of fresh rewards, as the old muscles are certainly sore from the digging!
Last week week we got to try out the casserole I had made previously and frozen in batches. I was a bit concerned on how it would all turn out with the vegies, but I am pleased to report it worked - hip hip hooray!
Although it was a bit of prep work the day I made the frozen batches, when it came time to using them it was very easy. I just put the frozen bags out to thaw just enough to remove from the bag and the put the meat and vegie bag into my slow cooker together with some stock and then put it on a slow cook for the day.
Whilst I don’t find most slow cooker meals overly time consuming this took me literally a minute to put all in the pot and put on- no last minute morning chopping to get ready, so we will definately be doing this again. The great thing is I already have some vegies prepared for any other meals I may make this week already frozen.
I love a Paper Bag Styled skirt. I find them flattering for myself (hide the belly) and think they are classic and stylish on little girls.
I had some linen coloured cotton fabric in my stash that I purchased about 4 years ago. I made the dress pictured below in 2007 with it…… Lola Pillow case style with a stripe trim and cotton rope ties….modelled by my friends little girl here…then the fabric got lost way at the back of the stash, taken over by all the alluring pretty florals. Lost and forgotten….
Until I came across the fabric again about 6months ago in a stash tidy up, I instantly thought of a paper bag skirt. I mean the colour and texture it has brown paper bag written all over it! I started the skirts when we were in Darwin then the move happened and they got a bit forgotten . So just 2 months ago I pulled them out of the work in progress baskets and felt re-inspired when I pared them with my left over bits of fabric from the Candy Floss skirts below.
So put that neutral fabric and that stripe together = gorgeousness!
Some ric rac and some textured flowers complete it. Then I just had to make some matching tanks for summer stylin’ and headbands that match the look or are divine on their own.
So it felt like I had been making these forever because of the stop start process but I was glad I got them back out and persisted to finish them.
Took the girls down on a sunny but cold afternoon to the beach. Don’ t think they were very impressed about modelling in the cold so I really didn’t get many good photos and couldn’t take the time to get a great shot as had to redress them fairly quickly. Here are a few of the out takes and the odd ok shot.
Luckily the Paper bag skirs are fairly generous in size so was able to put it on for the photos. So sad that she is outgrowing size 4 now. Ollie Rose only goes up to a size 4 and she really needs size 5 and 6 now so I made her a Paper Bag skirt in another fabric for summer.