Friday, 11 November 2011

Our First Egg!

Woohoo, Summer & Dan just checked the chook house and one of our 5 gals has laid her very first egg, so here it is!

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Felt 'n' Fibre Bows at Pre-school

On Friday Summer, Tommy & I headed off to Lambie Street pre-school in town for our usual drop off for Summer, but today was a bit special as I was asked if I'd share my crafty skills with the children.  So, armed with a big bag of wool, silk and other fibres, including angelina, we set up our table for the fun ahead.  Lots of PVA glue (watered down a bit), brushes, fibres, cling film/wrap and numerous bowls to cover.  I showed the children how to wrap the bowls and place upside down on another piece of cling film/wrap, then slather it in PVA glue and next to start pulling and thinning out the wool and placing it on the PVA'd bows, then add more PVA, more wool ... you get the picture!  We left the bowls to dry over the weekend and I pulled them apart when I next took Summer in so that the odd damp bowl could dry out properly and on Friday just gone (28th) the bowls were put out on display with a lovely 'thank you' from the children and they gave me a big thank you card to take home, so here it is.  I hope to get a picture up of all the bowls together that I think someone might have taken so you can see what wonderful bowls the children made.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

'Tip Top' Tommy's 1st Birthday!

My goodness, where has a whole year gone?!  I still can't get over the fact that our little boy is now 1yrs old!  We had a quiet celebration with the three of us as Dan was at work on the 20th, but celebrated in style on the weekend with our good friends - and now I'm mostly still knackered from all the organising, cooking and everything else in-between!

So here's the birthday boy on his big day, 20th October 2011!

Friendly Plastic Pendants

Just a couple of images of some of the pendants I've made, I really ought to pull my finger out and get them listed somewhere and sell them.  Artfire's been recommended, so I might just give that a go!

Contemporary Craft Retreat

I had a fab crafty weekend away a couple of weeks ago (14-16th Oct) in Canberra at the Contemporary Craft Retreat that Lex Sorrentino organised (  The last time I did any kind of craft course was over 5 yrs ago and that was a week long one at Missenden Abbey before we emigrated here!  I wish that there had been more time to do more classes as there were so many I wanted to attend, maybe next year!  As it was, I attended 4 classes; Bio Bowl Felting with Polymer Clay Features with Wilma Simmons, Funtastic Plastic with Kathy Guertz, Photopolymer Plates with Lara Le Reveur and Seated Lady using Paverpol with Denise Keeley.  I had a great time, met some new crafty people and made some great connections as well as learning lots.  The retreat will be on again next year from 12-14th October 2012 in Canberra and I shall most definitely be going again!

Felted Bowl

 Funtastic Plastic Cuff Bracelet

Paverpol Seated Lady

Texture Plate

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Pumpkin, Orange & Choc Chip Muffins

These yummy scrummy muffins are were a happy mistake I made when I attempted to make cookies some time ago and now they're muffins.  

Pumpkin, Orange & Choc Chip Muffins Recipe

750g Pumpkin (doesn’t have to be exact!)
1 Cup (160g) Raw Caster Sugar or Soft Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup (100g)  Butter
Zest & juice from 2 large Oranges
2 Cups (300g) Flour (if you're using wholemeal flour, use 2 3/4 cups as 3/4 of it is the bran that gets left behind when you sift it and it's best left out as otherwise it dries them out too much)
1 tsp  Baking powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp  Cinnamon
1 tsp Vanilla
Dark Chocolate Chips 250g (decent chocolate chips, not nasty cheapo choc chips!)
Olive oil
Heat oven to 200 °C.  Peel & cut pumpkin into small pieces and place on top of foil (make sure you've enough so that you can cover the pumpkin over) in an oven dish, sprinkle generously with olive oil and cook until tender (approx.30-40 mins). 
Cream sugar and butter together until light and fluffy then add in the cooked pumpkin, orange zest, juice, and vanilla...mix well. 
 In a separate bowl, sift together:  flour, baking powder, baking soda & cinnamon.  Slowly add to pumpkin mix and stir until mixed well...but don't over mix.  Stir in Chocolate Chips.  Drop mixture by spoonfuls into muffin tray(s).  Bake until light brown (15-20 minutes) and then immediately remove from cookie sheet onto wire cooling racks.


Wednesday, 31 August 2011

The Chook's Have Landed!

What a busy, exciting and slightly sad morning we've had!  After a LONG wait, the day arrived for us to collect our chooks from the livestock yards in town.  Having already been into town once to drop of Summer to pre-school, made a mad dash to collect the post and then straight home to put Tommy to bed for a sleep before heading back out again at 10.15.  We picked up Dan en-route to the yards armed with 3 cat baskets for 6 chooks, clearly I was being rather over ambitious about the size they would be as they all fitted into one with room for more!  Although we were early, the queue was already quite long for collections, all the chooks were on the truck all rammed into cages :-( which reminded me somewhat of the battery farm chooks.  We collected our 6 chooks, hit the supplies store for feed, dropped Dan back at work and headed home.  I got the chooks installed into their new home and they all took some coaxing to come out of the basket, clearly they're just used to small enclosed spaces.  I was devastated to discover one of the chooks (an Isa Brown with black flecks), had a gammy leg.  I had a good feel and it wasn't broken, just badly deformed, poor love.  I rang the place that had organised the chooks and headed back down to the yards, the chook man had already gone, so went to Elders as instructed.  They rang the chappie for me and he's going to sort out another one next time he's down our way.  Not a problem, but the dilemma now is what to do with the poor chook.  One of the girls said she'd take her home, but I don't know what's going to happen.  As the chook grows, she'll obviously get heavier and heavier and will be less able to walk, which was proving difficult for her now at only a few months old.  They asked me what I wanted to do ... now there's no way I'm dispatching a chook, I just can't do it, but it's the kindest thing to do.  So I left her there with them to decide what was the best thing to do and left with tears in my eyes :-(

Here are the girls, 3 Isa Browns & 2 Black Australorps; Betty, Henrietta,  Mildred, Mabel & Doris.

I've still got to sort out getting some more parts welded to make my old craft stand more stable before we cover it in netting and attach it to the chook house, then we'll replace the busted wood from the first chook house they sent us and have that on the opposite end IYSWIM, then they'll have a massive area for when they're not out roaming.

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Woohoo, a new tap!

Yes, very sad I know to be getting soooo excited over a new tap, BUT, we have been without a kitchen tap for a week and running backwards and forwards to the laundry has been very irritating and the fact that I kept turning the tap on and off in the kitchen was so annoying.  Now that the new fangled tap's in place, I keep finding myself going to the laundry to fill up the kettle etc.  So here it is, this time I think the tap will last for longer, the other shower stylee tap we had was a pull-out one and the pipe just split from all the pulling in and out.  Not bad for $99 from ebay brand new me thinks!

Friday, 24 June 2011

Green & Gold Bracelet

Another friendly plastic bracelet, which I made for Mandy (my hairdresser) as she made me a gorgeous green scarf.

Latest Creation

I managed to have a brief dabble the other day (weeks ago) and I made a bezel using my CaBezel jewellery moulds and a couple of days ago I actually got around to turning the bezel into 'something' at long last! I used black premo sculpey for the bezel (really, really old stuff I was about to bin as I'm sure it's 10+ years old, but managed with a lot of effort, vaseline and a pasta machine (ouch!), I managed to get it into a condition so it could be used instead of binned, yay! Apparently baby oil will do the same thing, but I didn't have any at the time. For the insert to the bezel (the pretty bit), I used silver Friendly Plastic, several different green alcohol inks and and orangey one, dabbed away until I was satisfied with the colours and then added some burnt orange FP bitz and popped them into the bezel and nuked it with my heat gun (an oven or skillet will also do). Once it had done it's melding thing, I waited for it to cool down, then used the UV resin (Lisa Pavelka's Magic Glos) over the top and nuked under my UV Nail Lamp for 12 mins. Ding and it was done! I'm very happy with the results and made up a rubber cord for it to hang on and I wore it to the hairdressers Thursday morning and already have an order for another one to be created, how fab is that?! If anyone's interested in UV Lamps btw, I have 2 new one's to sell that WILL cure the UV Resin and the new Shellac nailpolish that's hit the market :-)

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

FP Bracelet Revamped & Finished!

I took it all apart, UV resin coated the beads (as I should have done prior to construction!) and then changed the bead caps and toggle and voila .....

Monday, 7 March 2011

Friendly Plastic Bracelet

I started making this bracelet a few weeks ago, I only got as far as a few beads and got interrupted (as one does!), so today, at last, I have almost finished the bracelet. I need to make it a tad shorter as it's way too big for my wrist and put resin on beads to protect them. I still need to perfect the wiggly lines on the focal bead, but not bad for a first attempt at making beads with FP me thinks!

Thursday, 3 February 2011

I won, twice!

It's not often that I win anything, let alone something crafty, but how lucky am I eh to have won twice in a few months from Myléne Hillam's blog & Lisa Pavelka's too and this is what I've got ....

Oooh, I feel a crafty session coming on this weekend!