Sunday, September 29, 2013

Finally It's Finished !!



Alphabet Sampler BOM




I am sew excited !!  The Alphabet Sampler Quilt that I have been working on for ages is now finished and ready for release.  

The finished quilt measures 30 1/2" X 67 1/2" and is designed as a large Wall Quilt - Perfect for a nursery, entrance hall or just to beautify your home.  There is also an option in the pattern for wider side sashings which will make it the perfect width for a single bed.  



It is being released as a 4 part Block of the Month.

The first 3 months each include - Step by Step Phorographic Tutorials, 8 Letters of the Alphabet, Templates and Full detailed Instructions.  The 4th part has the remaining 4 blocks as well as the finishing instructions.

The Quilt uses :-

90cm White Quilters Homespun 
90cm Red & White Spot
90cm Quilt Batting
200cm Backing Fabric
1 X Moda Honeycomb OR 28 X 7" Squares of Assorted Fabrics
1 X MODA Co-Ordinating Charm Pack
8 Co-Ordinating DMC Threads
1 Metre Weaveline



Each Pattern will be released on the 5th of the month beginning on the 5th October.

The cost is just $5.00 per month for a digital pattern for subscribers and just $8.50 per month for a paper pattern posted within AUSTRALIA FREE.

Sign up now over on the side bar to the right and have the first pattern delivered on the 5th October.


If you do not wish to subscribe then you can purchase the pattern direct from my CRAFTSY store each month for $6.50 per pattern.


Over the coming months I will also be featuring a few additional patterns and ideas that can be made using just the letters from the pattern sheets.

I hope you love it as much as I do and decide to join in.

Hugs - Fee xx




Monday, September 16, 2013

Scraps Disease



Being an avid crafter and quilter I do suffer from a number of ailments including compulsive fabric purchasing (which I might add is currently in remission YAY !), Chronic Hoarding and the inability to throw away scraps, selvedges etc.  I know that a lot of you will understand my ailments.

Do you keep all of your scraps in an ever growing scrap bin?  I have tried to cure myself by using up my selvedges and by cutting my scraps into useable squares and binning the rest.


I have this 2 1/2" square bin on my cutting table.  


Now I make myself cut odd pieces of fabric as soon as I have finished with them.


The 2 1/2" squares go into my tin and the off cuts go into the bin.


I have also begun to sew together all of my selvedges to make little lavender sachets.  Simply sew them together and then cut 2 rectangles or squares the same size.  sew 1/4" from the raw edge around 3 sides.  Fill with lavender and then sew across the top.


Then clip along the edges with the pinking shears.  How easy is that ?

Thankfully now I think I am on the road to recovery.

Hugs - Fee x







Saturday, September 14, 2013

Lighting


The painter has prepped all 3 bedrooms, the bathroom and the loo ready for painting on Monday.  It's like living in half an empty house with the other half filled to the brim with furniture.

Hubby decided that today we would go shopping for new light fittings for all 3 bedrooms.  They all currently have 2 of these dark wood and amber fitting lamps installed in each room.


So off we went to our local light fitting store.  Having not purchased light fittings for years and years I was astounded at the choice and the beauty of them.



There were lots and lots that I fell in love with but most of them were a bit girly for hubby and as he was paying I had to tow the line.



I loved all of the ones with "bling" but they weren't really very practical for our home.  I could imagine valuable stitching time would be wasted washing those hanging crystals.


A lot of them were more suitable for modern homes


This one was a favourite, although hubby didn't like it at all. 

 Maybe I can save my pennies and buy it for my studio?  Now there's a thought !!


So this is what we ended up with - 6 of these.  The electrician is booked to install them once the rooms are finished.

It's nearing the end of the day and I have spent a little time this afternoon prepping some stitchery and a new project whilst I watch the footy again tonight.

I hope you enjoyed your Saturday.

Hugs - Fee xx





Friday, September 13, 2013

Buying some new treasures ......


If you are a regular to the blog then you will be well acquainted with "Dreamer"  wherever I am in the house you will find him.  He sits beside me when I sew and on my lap every evening as I hand stitch.  

I love this boy so much but he does have a very bad habit.  He chews on the corner of furniture when I'm not around.  This weekend I have to repair two side tables that have the corners chewed off - I'll remember to photograph them as I go to share here on the blog.  They need to be fixed up to put back into the rooms that we are renovating over the next 3 weeks.


I have been planning this shabby up of our home for a very long time and have had my eye on some pretties to add to the decor.  When I popped by Ezibuy's website last week I found that this mirror which I had fallen in love with was on sale from $99 down to $59.  How could I resist?




Whilst I was there I also purchased this gorgeous jar down from $39 to $19 - I am going to fill it with pretty buttons.



And I also bought the ornament with the greyhound (We race them - Have I ever told you that?)  It was just $24 down from $59.

I love a bargain.  What about you, do you have any favourite online homeware shops ?

Have a wonderful weekend.

Hugs,

Fee xx







Thursday, September 12, 2013

Gluten Free & Low Carb Quiche Slice Recipe


Today I thought I would share with you my Gluten Free & Low Carb Quiche Recipe.  It is delicious served warm or even served cold with a salad.  

You will require the following ingredients :-

8 Pieces Short Cut Bacon Diced
200ml Cream (not whipped)
1 Medium Onion Diced
1 1/2 Cups Grated Cheese
6 Eggs
1/3rd of a Medium Sized Zucchini Grated
Black Pepper


Crack the 6 eggs into a mixing bowl and whip together for around 2 minutes so they are light and fluffy.



Add the Bacon, Cheese, Onion, Zucchini, Cream and Black Pepper and mix together well


Pour the quiche mix into a greased lamington pan (I use a silicon one as it is easier to remove).  Place in a moderate oven (around 180 degrees celcius) for around 30 minutes.

The top should brown nicely.  Leave in the tray to cool slightly and firm up and then it's ready to eat !!



It's delicious !!!

I hope you enjoy making it.

Hugs,

Fee xx








Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Spring is in the air !




The weather here in Tasmania has taken a nose dive back to winter here today with snow on the mountain but I definitely feel a spring in my step and a sniff of spring in the air.

It's nice to be able to go into the garden and pick a bunch of spring blooms and display them in the house.  Their sweet smell is divine and reminds me that sunny warmer weather is just around the corner.


With the warmer weather comes the availability of sweet summer fruits.  Berries of all descriptions are my all time favorites and strawberries are consumed almost daily in our household.


Today I thought I would share with you one of my favourite kitchen gadgets - My Strawberry Huller.  I purchased mine locally last year from a homeware store.

It is a relatively cheap little tool - I found one HERE this morning to show you for under $9.

You simply press the button at the top which opens up the jaws - Place it over the stem.  Release the button and twist the tool to cleanly remove the hull with hardly any wastage.

If you eat a lot of strawberries then this tool really is a must.

Thanks so much for all of your e-mails and comments about our home renovation - We really are very excited about it.  The next stage begins on Friday so the next few days we will be busy dismantling rooms in preparation.  This time I will take Before and After shots.

Have a great week.

Hugs - Fee xxx



Sunday, September 8, 2013

Renovating


We bought the house we live in around 7 years ago.  It is a large house - Almost too large for us now, and it is completely timber lined.  Ceilings, Walls, Doors - Everything......

I have always loved the warmth of the timber but disliked the darkness it gives the home.  I have tried to convince hubby for a long time that painting it all white was a good idea.


Finally he agreed that it might look nice.  So we employed a professional painter and have carved the house into stages so it is easier on the budget and so that it doesn't interrupt our lives too much.



Stage 1 was our hall way and back entrance porch.  The painting begin earlier this week and was finished on Friday.


We love it !!  I am totally in love with it's brightness and freshness.  Hubby Loves it too which is even better and I got to do the I told you so thing 


Stage 2 begins on Friday with 3 of the bedrooms and the loo being painted.  


New carpet goes down in 3 weeks time too.  I am super excited to see it all finished.


I will keep you updated with progress shots.  I can't wait to start decorating the rooms with all of my shabby bits and pieces I have been stashing away for when the time came to finally get this house looking how I wanted.


And it will also mean some treasure hunting too - One of my favourite pastimes


What do you think?

Hugs - Fee x

Monday, September 2, 2013

Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake Dessert


Thank you all so much on your lovely comments about my weight loss journey.  I started out doing Weight Watchers until I watched a video on the Catalyst Programme on the ABC about sugar and what it does to your body.  My dad passed away from a hereditary disease which is made worse by the consumption of sugar and carbohydrates which convert to sugars in the blood.  So I need to be careful and make sure that I am here for a long time instead of for a good time !!!

I lost a lot of weight once before on a low carb diet and kept it off for many years until I got back on the "sugar" wagon.  So I am now into my 3rd week of no sugar and under 20g of carbohydrates per day and am pleased to report that I am doing well and losing weight each week which must mean I am doing something right !!

I have always made this dessert and thought that it might be fun to share it with you - You could of course use "Light" products if you do not want the "full fat" version.  You could also add a base if you wish.

Low Carb Lemon Cheesecake

2 X 9g Sachets of Diet Lemon Jelly
2 X 250g Blocks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese at Room Temperature
600ml Whipped Cream
1/2 Cup Cold Water
1 Cup Boiling Water



Add the 1 Cup of Boiling Water to the 2 sachets of jelly mix and stir until dissolved.  Set aside to cool slightly.


Chop up the Cream Cheese and add the cold water in a large mixing bowl


Beat slowly until it is all combined


I throw a tea towel over the mixer when beating the cheese as it stops the splattering as the cheese beats.

Once they are combined.  Add the cooled lemon jelly mix and beat again until nice and smooth - Scrape down the sides as you go.

Next add the 600ml of whipped cream and gently mix until well combined



Place into a bowl to refrigerate to set and then serve on it's own or accompanied by strawberries.  It tastes divine !!


I even put some in some little tubs to take to work.

I hope you enjoy making it.

Hugs,

Fee x