Tuesday, July 2, 2013

A Felted Fox

So things have been a little quiet around here...well, quiet on the creative front unfortunately.

But I'm not going to dwell on that...life is busy...

Today, though, I got to make - yay!
I really wanted to make a softie of some sort, and at first I thought 'monster' but I soon came to the decision to turn my fox screen print design into one instead.

And I'm so happy I did...

She's a mixture of felted wool, two different fluffy type fabrics and a chevron patterned cotton, and she measures about 33cm tall, so could also be used as a cushion-type accent.

It was a lovely way to spend the afternoon, ignoring the housework and listening to 'The Great Gatsby' soundtrack.
Must try and do it again sometime soon!


Thursday, April 4, 2013

Mmmm...Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Just thought I'd share a recipe that my family love, either as a weekend breakfast/lunch or a dessert...

and it's not too naughty either...

Makes approximately 16 pancakes (around 12-15cm across)

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

2 cups self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/3 cup caster sugar
2 cups buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 apple, peeled and grated
25g butter, melted
Vanilla yoghurt

1. Sift flour and bi-carb soda into a bowl. Stir in cinnamon and caster sugar. Make a well in centre.
2. Whisk buttermilk, vanilla and egg together in a jug.
3. Add to flour mixture and stir to combine.
4. Add apple and stir until just combined.
5. Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat and brush with butter.
6. Spoon mixture into pan, until preferable size. Cook until bubbles appear on surface, turn and cook for a further few minutes. Continue process until all mixture used up.
7. Top pancakes with yoghurt and blueberries and serve.

Original recipe from Taste.com.au (two edits - I used just cinnamon, instead of cinnamon sugar and I've found using any apple still tastes fine, which is why I didn't specify an apple type in the ingredients listing.)

Happy baking!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A cushion or two

A few days off in a row = time to create - yay!

First project - new cushions for the couch..

(I recycle old men's shirts for the backs of my cushions - quick and has a professional looking button-up finish without all the work!)

I also thought it was finally time to put one of my screenprinted cushion designs onto my couch...

Now I'm happy with my cushions but it may be time for a new couch ;-)


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mixing it Up

Along with  my crochet projects, I have managed to play, just a little bit, with my screen printing designs.

I had this idea in my head for a few weeks, and I finally got to give it a shot, in real life..

Mixing up my superbot guy with a chevron print...

I must say, I'm pretty happy with the result and it's printed on a light blue linen, which is a nice change from white. I've got a couple to print off in aqua and silver too.
This one will be on it's way to the shop very soon!

Back tomorrow with ripple progress!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Just keep rippling...

21 rows complete!
Into the third pattern repeat and loving the colours still.

And this cooler weather is definitely 'crochet encouraging', don't you think? ;-)


Sunday, March 10, 2013

The Ripple Effect

I'm into week 2 of the 'ripple along' with Melissa, and things are progressing nicely...

I've got the hang of the pattern completely...
I'm happy with the colour selection...
And I'm managing to find some time, most days, to work on it...

So all is good here!
And I've been blog surfing some of the other lovely participants and seeing their progress - so inspiring!

Just to mention a couple...
Loving the colours that Anna has chosen,
Some beautiful crochet projects shared by Sonia,
Anissa is using black between each of her colours and it looks fab!

In other crafty news, I pulled out my screen and inks today and had a play. Will be back to share my latest creation soon.


Sunday, March 3, 2013

Rippling along..

It's been a good week in crochet.

My ripple blanket is 5 rows in, and I now feel confident in the pattern, and happy with the results.

Looking at my colour choices though, I felt something was missing - a colour that would make the blanket pop - so I've added one more in...

Chartreuse green! I was looking at apple green but loved the chartreuse mixed with the teals and blues.

I also think I've decided on my pattern, or order of colours/rows.

I'm going with :
4 rows - 1st colour
3 rows - 2nd colour
2 rows - 3rd colour
1 row - 4th colour
4 rows - 5th colour
3 rows - 1st colour
and so on...

What project have you got going on?