delicious slice of cards

July 19, 2009 at 12:27 pm (Hand made things by me) (, , , , )

I’ve been doing the Little Scrapbooking Shop’s monthy CyberScrap again this weekend, which has been brilliant.  I’m particularly in love with the project designed by Sandie – making a set of triangular cards featuring idioms that fit inside a little cake box.  I used KaiserCraft’s Lovestruck range of papers and bits and pieces from my stash to make mine.

My cake box and matching card set

My cake box and matching card set

Sandie found the pattern for the cake box here and there are heaps of cool templates to print out for other things too.  This is going to make a great gift for a friend of mine.

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brass monkey dog

July 16, 2009 at 6:34 pm (random things) (, , )

I just gave Lizzy the bone out of the roast we had yesterday for her dinner.  It’s freezing outside and I’d resigned myself to the fact she would probably take the bone into her kennel and make her bedding all stinking.  But surprise! She gave me five, took her bone and ran out to her ‘summer lounge’ – a hessian sack type bed on a metal frame which is lovely and cool in summer and bloody freezing in winter.  It IS her favourite place to eat bones (don’t know why but it is, and there are always bone bits in it) but I can’t believe she wants to sit there.  Silly dog!!!

Lizzy braving the weather to bone munch on her summer bed.  brrrr.

Lizzy braving the weather to bone munch on her summer bed. brrrr.

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baking puppy dogs

July 13, 2009 at 11:58 pm (Hand made things by me, random things) (, , , , )

I’ve been baking early this morning – well, cake making at a quarter to seven in the morning!  I’m baking a ‘Bita Cake’ to take to my friend Karen’s place this afternoon for some scrapbooking.  A ‘Bita Cake’ is a made up cake of mine which you make with ‘a bita this and a bita that’.  Basically you don’t measure – just chuck it in based on your cake making knowledge, cream together some dark brown sugar (1/2 a cup approx.) and some marg (maybe 3-4 tabs) then add some vanilla essence and two eggs.  Blend together.  Add some SR flour and mix in.  Then add a cup or two of dried fruit (I just had sultanas today, but you can add currents, raisins, apricots, dates etc) which you have soaked overnight in a cup of black tea.  Throw in the soaking liquid too.  Mix and then add mor SR flour to get to a cake-y consistency.  Pour into a lined loaf tin and then bake at 180 degrees until it’s done (you know how to test that).  It’s also nice with some shredded coconut.  Yum.  Here’s a pic of the finished product.

Bita Cake

Bita Cake

When I was downloading this picture off my camera I found this photo that Kat took on the weekend.  We were all sat around together on Saturday afternoon (that’s my arm knitting and my Mother-in Law patting the little dog).  Lizzy (my dog) and Kallie (MIL’s dog) used to HATE each other (they both love Tahlia the little Staffy) but we realised not only did they choose to lie together, but it really looks like Lizzy is cuddling Kallie. We honestly did not put her paws there – doesn’t look very comfortable but she lay like that for about half an hour.  Weirdos, biting each other one day, cuddling the next!

Lizzy, Kallie and Tahlia chilling on the couch

Lizzy, Kallie and Tahlia chilling on the couch

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movies + tapas = great weekend

July 12, 2009 at 11:55 pm (random things) (, , , , , , , )

We came home yesterday after a weekend in Perth to do some belated birthday stuff with family and to say good-bye to the grandparents who headed off to Brisbane yesterday for a holiday.  We went to see Ice Age 3 in 3-d which was really, really cool (pretty funny too).  I definitely reckon the bit extra for the 3-d was worth it, wouldn’t always do it but I’d never been to a 3-d movie before and I thought it was pretty amazing.

We went out to Just tapas bar in Como for a family dinner (plus Abby and Eugene).  It was really delicious.  There is no menu, you choose the long (15 courses including desert) or short (11 courses) and little dishes are bought out.  We went the short menu (and were still very full).  Some of my food highlights were the Coffin Bay Oysters with blood orange dressing (I think), mushroom and chestnut soup and marron with garlic butter.  They were some of my faves but I really liked or loved everything we sampled.

We came home early yesterday as we had ordered a lamb from some local farmers and it was getting dropped off.  Looks very tasty and both our freezers are chocker-block with lamb now.   Mr Petit spent yesterday afternoon tinkering with an ancient lawnmower he found out the dump – it is old (like, think late 60’s) but looks almost brand new.  He reckons it has hardly been used (based on various indicators visible to the male eye) and it was just missing the throttle control and needed a clean.  After an hour or so of fiddling, he had it going, had mowed our lawn and was busy making and improvised throttle.  Clever.  And it actually starts much easier than my old mower which kicked the bucket a while ago.

Anyway, I must do some school work today, masses of preparation to finish so I can go over to my friend’s farm tomorrow for some scrap action and gossip.  Off to be a good girl.  Probably.  Otherwise I can do my pal Sam’s trick and leave it all to the weekend before school goes back and panic (but then again, that’s when the LSBS cyber crop is on so that would definitely be bad to have to miss!)

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3 is my magic number

July 9, 2009 at 6:53 am (random things) (, , , , , )

3 is my magic number.  I really like it for organising elements in artworks, craft things and sewing.  Here are 3 of my top 3s.

3 things I’m looking forward to…
1. Our holiday in England this Christmas
2. Spending time with our friends and family or at least talking on the phone to those who are far away
3. Taking time to do craft and designing things

3 things I dream of doing
1. Opening my own craft store
2. Being able to go on a ’round the world’ trip for as long as we wanted
3.  Owning our own home or better, a farm (that bit is a total dream – no chance!!)

3 things I want to improve
1. Make my scrapbooking more professional looking
2. Put more effort into my etsy and madeit shops
3. Our bank balance!!!

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holidays, scrapping and stuff

July 8, 2009 at 9:23 am (random things) (, , , , , )

Very excited at the moment, we have decided to go to the UK for Christmas! We have our flights booked and I’m currently busy in some of my spare time planning things.  Hopefully we’ll be able to go snowboarding in the New Year in France or Switzerland.  Can’t wait! I hope Mr Petit loves it as much as I love England and Europe.

I have been doing A LOT of scrapbooking at the moment, have really been neglecting my sewing and shops on etsy and made it but I’m just loving scraping presently.  I’ve been doing the Little Scrap Booking Shop’s 52 Pick Up challenges which are really really great.

On school holidays at the moment too, although still have plenty of school stuff to do.  Went to school today to work on my Level 3 Teacher application with a couple of other teachers who are doing it.  Such a lot of messing around but I guess long term it will be worth it!  Still plenty of planning for next term left to do too.  Arrrggghh…hope I fit in some more scrapping time!

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