lovely treasury feature-age

April 30, 2009 at 7:39 am (Hand made things by me, Loved) (, , )

Vanilla Pixie very nicely included my Little Birdie Clutch in her latest treasury – cleverly themed on the idea of Indian Spiced Pumpkin.  Quite a yummy selection.

Lovely Treasury by Vanilla Pixie

Lovely Treasury by Vanilla Pixie

I’m sitting at home waiting for Mr Petit to hurry up and come home from work so we can go to Perth.  I’m impatient.

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this is so not what I should be doing right now

April 29, 2009 at 9:00 am (Loved, random things) (, , )

Tomorrow afternoon we are off to Perth for the weekend for Mr Petit’s brother’s wedding.  I have half packed (well, clothes all over the bed) and there is more clothes in the washing machine (nearly ready for the tumble drier).  I have masses of stuff to organise, as well as get some things done for work.  Arrrgh.  At least we have leftovers from last night’s yummy dinner (see previous post for details) so that just needs re-heating.  So this means no blogging, no internet etc until Sunday night!  Well, I guess I’ll have lots of nice family pics to put up when I get home anyway.

Feeling all wedding-ish, I browsed Etsy and found these gorgeous cake-toppers.  Just lovely

Linen and Satin Love Birds by Cotton Bird Designs

Linen and Satin Love Birds by Cotton Bird Designs

Well, not a particularly inspiring post, but I really have to be getting organised.  Wishing you a happy weekend and check back in after the weekend for some (hopefully) lovely pix.

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monday’s musings

April 28, 2009 at 9:20 am (business things, Hand made things by me, Loved) (, , , , , , , , )

I went back to work today – it actually wasn’t toooooo bad (just a few rather long meetings).  Looking forward to seeing my kids tomorrow but so much stuff on this term, it’s going to be REALLY busy.  I did a bit of sewing and added some new clutches to my Etsy shop which you can check out if you feel like browsing.

Creativity really seems to get a bit suffocated when I’m at work, usually so busy making ‘work’ things that I just can’t be bothered with more relaxing creating.  Lately I’ve been doing more knitting, which I’m really loving as, even with a slight complicated stitch pattern, you don’t have to concentrate THAT much (especially with scarves).  I never thought I’d be a knitter though, must be showing my age, although I’d like to think all my scarves are quite cool.  I’m about halfway though my latest creation – photos when complete, can’t wait to wear it – yay for winter coming (I’m sure I’ll be eating my words in a few weeks!).

No matter how busy I am with work, I still like to find time to do some creative cooking.  I’m currently cooking Beef Bourguignon which I saw on Food Safari the other night.  It just looked so good, although I have a few recipes for this already, Mr Petit was very keen on the one on tv so I found the recipe – http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipe/103/Beef_bourguignon and it’s bubbling away on the stove now.  Crusty bread to serve with.  MMMM

My Beef Bourguignon in progress!

My Beef Bourguignon in progress!

Continuing in the French theme, I found these lovelies by New Zealand shop, Nostalgem.  Quite cute, yes?

Frenchie-theme stuff

Frenchie-theme stuff

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domestic goddess (or how to make a nice, chilli soup)

April 25, 2009 at 11:29 am (random things, Tutorial) (, , )

I really love Nigella Lawson’s cookbooks (although I’m not a fan of her show, too many superfluous adjectives if you ask me).  I bought 2 of her books (How to be a Domestic Goddess and How to Eat) with some Dymock’s gift cards I got for my birthday.   I adapt one of her recipes for a really nice soup tonight (had to conform with foods available at Collie Woolworths – would you believe they had no rump and no fresh bean sprouts?).

Anyway, this is my chilli pork noodle soup, it serves 3 (one serve each plus one serve for mr petit’s lunch at work tomorrow).  Make a marinate of 2 tabs soy sauce, 1 tab chilli sauce, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon minced ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and coat 4 pork medallions for about 30mins.  While the meat is getting ready, cook 3 bundles of dried egg noodles, drain and set aside.  Then bring 2 cups of chicken stock to a simmer with 1 tablespoon of chilli flakes, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 1 teaspoon minced ginger, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon.  Leave to simmer while pork is marinating.  Roughly chop up a bok choy or similar and a handful of snow peas.  In your serving bowls, put a handful of bean sprouts (preferably fresh, but if your supermarket is rubbish, canned will suffice) and some sliced spring onion (about 1 between 3 serves).  Bang the noodles back in the stock to re-heat.  Heat up a frying pan with some spray oil and cook the pork.  When cooked, leave on chopping board to rest for a few moments, in the meantime, quickly stirfry the greens in the pan you cooked the pork in, chuck them on top the stock to stay warm.  Slice up the pork thinly.  Distribute the noodles/vegies/soup between the 3 bowls.  Arrange the pork slices on top.  I like to garnish with some fried shallots (you can get them in Asian foods section at the supermarket).   Yum.

I spent the day doing some sewing, 3 new clutches on Etsy, 2 more also finished by it was too dark to take photos.  Swing by my shop and check them out.

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what a little princess

April 24, 2009 at 7:43 am (Hand made things by me, Loved, random things) (, , , , )

I received a late birthday present from my friend Sammie yesterday – a gorgeous velvet scarf.

My lovely birthday pressie from Sammie

My lovely birthday pressie from Sammie

It was wrapped beautifully – as always with Sam – white wrapping paper with a delicate ribbon.  I up-cycled  (feel a bit weird using that word) the ribbon and incorporated it into this little clutch which I made last night.

Princess Clutch

Princess Clutch

I think it looks rather lovely.  I’m going to make a couple more styles this afternoon, but first have to walk the dog or she might be a bit sad with me.

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tutorial – simple reversible passport pouch

April 23, 2009 at 5:51 am (Hand made things by me, Tutorial) (, , , , , , , , , )

I wanted to make my sister-in-law a passport pouch for her upcoming trip to Europe.  This little tutorial shows how to make a simple, reversible pouch.

Materials Required
2 pieces of fabric 10.5 inches by 4.25 inches (I like two different fabrics, but this is not essential)
contrasting thread

How-To
1. Cut out your two fabric rectangles.  I use a rotary cutter and quilter’s ruler but you could rule up the rectangles using chalk or pencil and then carefully cut out with scissors.

Cut your two rectangles - I love this bright fabric!

Cut your two rectangles - I love this bright fabric!

2. Fold each piece in half with right sides together and sew up the sides to make a pouch.  I have allowed for quarter inch seams.  I suggest you reverse a few times at the top and bottom to secure the stitching nice and tight.

Sewing up the pouches - I have a quarter inch seam foot on my machine in this photo, don't stress if you don't have one, just mark out where quarter inch comes to in relation to your needle and sew parallel to that.

Sewing up the pouches - I have a quarter inch seam foot on my machine in this photo, don't stress if you don't have one, just mark out where quarter inch comes to in relation to your needle and sew parallel to that.

3. Trim the corners to avoid bulk at the bottom of the pouch.  Go careful not to cut through your stitching though.

Trimmed corners

Trimmed corners

4.  Turn one pouch the right way out, poke out the corners with something pointy but not sharp.  Give it a good press.

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Push out the corners of one sleeve and press

5. Slide the right-side-out sleeve inside the other sleeve, matching up the top edges.

Insert into other sleeve

Insert into other sleeve

6.  Sew around the top of the pouch with a quarter inch seam.  Leave an opening about 2 inches long, make sure you reverse at the start and finish of the line of stitching to ensure it’s strong.  It will be a bit tricky to sew this bit because unless you are very lucky, this piece will not fit around the arm of your sewing machine, so you will have to sew ‘inside’ the pouch, rather around the outside (see picture because it’s hard to explain, if you are a hardened sewer, you’ll know what I mean!)

Leave 2 inch gap when sewing around the top of the pouch

Leave 2 inch gap when sewing around the top of the pouch

7.  You are you to have to be a bit rough now (not violent though) and pull the fabric out through the little hole you left.  Turn the whole pouch right side fabric out.  You end up with a crinkly, long rectangle.  Poke the corners out and give it a good iron.

You'll need to pull firmly to get all the fabric through that little hole!

You'll need to pull firmly to get all the fabric through that little hole!

Iron it!

Iron it!

8.  Push one side of the pouch inside the other to make the pouch properly.  Now you want to top stitch around the top, about a quarter of an inch from the top, this will keep the little hole closed and make it look nice.  I like to set my stitch length to 4.  Rembemer to go back and forth at the end.

Now you need to top stitch it!

Now you need to top stitch it!

See, longer top stitching looks nice

See, longer top stitching looks nice

So now you have the finished pouch, you can use it with either fabric showing!

Finished passport pouch

Finished passport pouch

Finished passport pouch

Finished passport pouch

Did you like this?  Were my instructions clear (or confusing)?  Give me some feedback via comments!  I’m off to make some more, one for each of my passports (dual citizen) and one for another friend.  I’m going to try making the next one a tiny fraction wide – will post if this is a better fit.

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new kid on the baroque

April 22, 2009 at 7:06 am (Loved, random things) (, , , , , , )

I’m the first to admit that I am VERY musically challenged.  In primary school I attended a very small school where the motto for the choir was ‘the school is a choir and the choir is a school’, lovely except myself and 2 boys were told to kindly mouth the words so as to not make them sound awful.

Despite this, I try and incorporate music into my classroom (in real life I teach in a primary school).  We have our music lesson once a week (which I recruit a couple of students who are quite musically inclined) to be my assistants and then during our independent work on things like learning centres for language and maths the kids can put on a classical CD.  When I first started putting on a classical CD, half of the nearly killed me for polluting their ears with such stuff, but after a day or two, they stopped complaining and I heard things like ‘Shhh, I’m trying to listen to the music’ and ‘Miss, can the group playing Scrabble be a bit quieter, I can’t hear the tunes properly’.  Oh, the irony of it.  At the end of term there was a general consensus that I needed to buy some more CDs for extra variety, quite a surprising request.  So, as per instructed I bought 2 box sets (8 CDs) when I went to Perth yesterday.  Hopefully they get the seal of approval next week, I’m listening to the baroque (my fave) at the moment and I think it’s quite a good compilation.

While browsing on Etsy in a musical frame of mind, I came across a gorgeous hand embroidered cuff by Water Rose.  It’s really quite delightful.

Gorgeous Wrist Cuff

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treasured

April 20, 2009 at 12:07 am (Loved) (, , , , , , , )

Got lucky this morning a made a Treasury on Etsy this morning.  Usually I have no interest in soft toys, but I love Two Little Banshees/NeverEnoughHours’ stuff and curated the Treasury around my fave item from their store. Hope you enjoy the Treasury too.

treasury features

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where’s the maid when you need her?

April 19, 2009 at 3:47 am (Loved, random things) (, , , , , )

My work area is quite messy at the moment – trying to muster the enthusiasm to re-organise/tidy the disaster.  I’m not sure if I can face it!  This magnet from Retro Diva sums up how I feel right now…

Any interested applicants to be my maid, leave a comment for future contact :)

Any interested applicants to be my maid, leave a comment for future contact

I know I’ll be glad when it’s tidy again, just really not in the mood, but really sick of looking at the ‘stuff’ piled all over and under my desk!  Oh well, off to do the right thing.

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got to love a rental

April 18, 2009 at 9:54 am (Loved) (, , , )

Anyone else find living in rental accomodation can be really bland (especially when the house is themed ‘cream’)?  Friends and I were discussing this today and one suggested vinyl wall decals.  I love these… although not sure what my partner would think!!!

Five birds on a Wire

Five birds on a Wire

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