Friday, July 30, 2010

master chefing

Last weekend we had a bit of a cook up.  Macaroon's were top of the list…..hmmm, they were not easy, how can so few ingredients go so horribly wrong? Anyhooooo, we will have another go at some stage, the strawberry butter cream filling worked out beautifully and here’s the best of the bunch, we still ate them, they tasted pretty good, even if we had to scrape most of them off the tray with our fingers and dip them in the butter cream!


Then we made Chinese pork dumplings, these were a huge success, probably because we have made them before, can’t show you a cooked one, if I stopped to take a photo there would be none left….


Then a lovely friend got us onto these delicious little morsels, Nigella Lawson’s Cheesy Feet, we made stars instead of feet, may I recommend not doing a google image search of cheesy feet without the word recipe in the search line….. These little bikkies are yummo, and all done in the food processor.


What will we cook this weekend??


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

stitchin stuff

So, here’s a little peek at what I’ve been stitchin…


Doing a little quilt for my Mum, and free motion quilting it, that’s been fun, I’m improving slowly.


Made myself a new lanyard for work, this one will allow me to make lot’s of different straps to suit my mood and my outfit, very chic! Look how beautifully the edging foot helped me stitch nice and straight along the edges, LOVE my new Bernina :)


Made my Mum-in-law a quilted notebook cover with a little fmq design, this one was lot’s of fun. Forgot to take a finished photo, doh!


Oh and we went to a Bush Dance on Saturday night and had an absolute blast! oh look, I’m wearing the lanyard, yes I was even working at the bush dance!  Everyone should have a sparkly red hat, they’re very in at the moment, apparently...

Love and stitchin

Friday, July 23, 2010

Production Line

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I have been busy in the Janellybelly craft room making rose bags for my ‘soon to be’ Etsy shop. These will be my regular colours, along with a few limited edition colours (silver, brown and cream). Bag making is such a joy for me, and it’s a dream come true to be able to share it with you all.

Rachel went to a birthday party last weekend and asked me to make a present for the birthday girl. She chose the pattern & the fabrics – a reversible denim bag with a matching notebook.

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The fabric and the raw edge appliqué is ‘Two Young Street’ by 

         Prints Charming

Back to the sewing machine :)

With Love


Friday, July 16, 2010

Sewing, sewing, sewing…

Hi all, my apologies for not posting sooner. With work and sick kids on school holidays, I have been a busy girl.

Without further ado, the winner of the McCall’s bag pattern is


Congratulations, we hope(!) you enjoy your prize and share a photo of the bag you create with the pattern. Please email us your address via the ‘Contact Us’ button on the right hand side bar.

Another drum roll please….. Here is Rachel’s completed Gelati quilt

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I finished 2/3rds of the binding at the Friendship Day at Parkerville last Saturday, and completed the rest in the evening. The photos were taken at my friend Jenny’s (Jennywren) house. We had a sewing day together on Wednesday. We spent the day creating one of these each.

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The pattern is McCall’s M6045, also known as The Sylvia Sling by Kay Whitt of Serendipity Studio.

I also received a lovely parcel in the post this week. My Beaufort Bag arrived from Thimbelina.

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It is is use already, and DD has her eye on it too. Thank you ever so much!

My birthday has come and gone and still no Etsy shop! I am so sorry for the delay, it is taking longer to set up than I anticipated. I *should* have it up and running by my Mums birthday (29th July). Thank you for your patience :)

With Love


Friday, July 9, 2010

I Heart Babushkas

If you are familiar with this blog, you will know that I have quite a soft spot for Babushka/Matryoshka dolls. Well, this was also reflected in some of the birthday presents I received recently :)

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Apron, mini bowling bag, bag tag, necklace, magnets & a bag sewing kit

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pencil case, measuring cups & The Pioneer Woman Cooks cookbook (I know it has nothing to do with Babushka dolls, I just wanted to show you I have a copy) plus more.

Many Thanks to my precious family and friends, including bloggy friends, for the lovely birthday wishes and fabulous presents – you bless me so very much.

Remember these bags,

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well Ms Thimbelina has just made her version of the McCall’s M5790 bag pattern & it looks fantastic!


I was lucky enough to be one of the winners of Thimbelina's recent 100th blog post giveaway – I won the Beaufort bag and I couldn't be happier. Well, since I won something I’d like to give something away. If you’d like to win your own copy of the McCall’s M5790 bag pattern

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just leave a comment on this blog post and it just might wing it’s way to your house! The giveaway is open to Australian and International bloggers, good luck!

I have just sewn the binding onto Rachel’s Gelati quilt. I am taking it to Parkerville Baptist Craft Group’s ‘Friendship Day’ tomorrow to do the hand stitching. I will be thankful to have the quilt on my lap to keep me cozy.

With Love


Friday, July 2, 2010

Friends, Fabric, Food & Fun – Again…

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I spent a truly lovely day with these 2 precious bloggy friends – Susan & Lisa. We had morning tea at Lisa’s, where I got to open some early birthday presents – boy was I spoilt!

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We then headed out and about, our first point of call was to a ‘new to us’ fabric store called Materialise in Nedlands. We stood in awe of all the gorgeous fabric, then we came to our senses and made our purchases – some more than others!

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We had lunch at the Choux Cafe again, it was delicious. My dessert of choice this visit was a Paris Brest – Oh My!

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The minutes ticked away far too quickly because before we knew it, it was time to head on home. Thanks ladies for a beautiful day, and for my gorgeous gifts.

Have a wonderful weekend