Monday, April 30, 2018

Some Accomplishments


Blogger has decided to play nicely with me today.  So here is the progress on the Butterfly Garden block that I have been working on.  I have to admit to not much happening in the stitching department around here this past week.  


Although I did make a few things for the gift shop - Some gorgeous Strawberry Pin Cushion Scissor Keeps from a pattern from my dear friend Jenny 


I made these with that little cardigan I picked up a few weeks ago.  Nothing better than a good upcycling project.  



They are so easy to make and make a lovely gift.  I fill mine with crushed walnut shells.


They keep your pins and needles nice and sharp.  I've lost count how many of these I've made since Jenny offered the pattern on her blog.




My SIL popped by this past week and put together a new craft studio chair the children gave me for my birthday.  I was in desperate need of a new one - The other was 10 years old, battered and bruised and gave my poor ailing spine no support.  Now Nick (my SIL) is a techy kind of guy so whilst he was here I got him to set up my DVD player and Chromecast in the studio - I have been without them since I moved the studio a few months ago.


Now it all works perfectly and I can watch my favourite television shows and movies whilst I craft.  Pure Bliss !!


This past week I became very brave and after deciding that I would begin a you tube channel in January teaching simple little craft ideas I finally posted my first video.  I have always suffered from a lack of confidence (even though it may appear I don't) and anxiety so this was a BIG thing for me.  I had so many requests on how to make those little butterfly embellishments so I finally bit the bullet and just did it.  I have so many ideas for more so will work on them in the near future.  You can subscribe to my you tube channel here if you would like.


I also finished watching the latest series of Great Australian Bake Off - I just love that show - The creativity and ability of the home bakers amazes and inspires me !  Needless to say I have spent a little time in the kitchen experimenting with some new recipes as well as some old ones.  My husband likes it when I am in a baking mood as the abundance of sweet treats are aplenty.


We had 3 of our grandchildren for the day yesterday as both parents were at work.  It was the last day of the school holidays so an outing to the local shopping centre and a milkshake were promised and fulfilled.


And I let them choose what they would like me to bake them for their school lunches for the coming week.  They all agreed on Melting Moments so I happily baked a double batch to ensure that Poppy got to keep some as well.  Here is my recipe if you are interested.
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Fee’s Melting Moments
Makes approximately 14 Biscuits

Biscuits
185g Butter
60g Icing Sugar
45g Custard Powder
250g Plain Flour
Tiny Dash of Water

Filling
80g Icing Sugar
40g Butter
2 Teaspoons Custard Powder
½ Teaspoon Vanilla Essence

To make the biscuits cream together the butter and icing sugar. Add the flour and custard powder and mix to a dough with a wooden spoon. You may need to add a dash of water to get it to hold together.
Take a heaped teaspoon of dough and roll into a ball (approx. 30g). Place onto a biscuit tray lined with baking paper. Use a fork dipped in water and press out to form a circle but do not flatten completely – It needs to be a plump flattened circle.

Bake in a preheated oven (180 degrees celcius) for approximately 10 – 12 minutes or until slightly golden around the edges. Allow to cool slightly on the tray and the put onto a cooling rack with a biscuit slide.
Allow to cool completely whilst you make the filling.
Cream together all ingredients. Place into a piping bag with a large piping nozzle. Pipe onto the flat side of a cooled biscuit and top with an un-iced biscuit. (flat side to flat side). Sprinkle with icing sugar to serve.

Have a wonderful week.

Hugs,

Fee xx

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Weekly Wrap Up


It's been a busy week this past week.  I finally got the stitching finished on my beautiful wool wall hanging


I then sandwiched it and did some simple quilting


I also had a birthday on Monday and celebrated for 2 days.  My dear friend Jenny sent me this gorgeous mug which I have enjoyed drinking many coffees from this week.


I did a little trip to my local opportunity shop to donate a bag of goodies and came home with some new goodies.


Including these wine glass charms (I have an idea for using these in paper crafting)


And this lovely upholstery fabric for just $1.00





 Which very quickly became a stylish draught stopper which was much needed in our family room



Remember the little lace cardigan for $1.00 from last week ?


It has been cut up and is destined to become strawberry pincushions.




I also did some work on some foam busts that I am making for my friend Karen's gift shop


I've had a lot of fun making these - Will show some finished pictures just as soon as she has collected them.


I baked some bread which we enjoyed hot 


And I worked on some upcoming swaps for May in my papercraft swap group


The brief for this one was 6 paper clips ......


I decided to make 6 different ones


These are great for diaries, reading books and planners



And yesterday I decided to use up all of my scraps and made some cute little butterfly stick on embellishments to gift with each swap as an added extra.


I'm pretty pleased with how they came up.  Something nice just from scraps.  I so love to give and these will be handy for cardmaking etc for the recipients.


The nights are getting quiet cool here now so we are lighting the fire every evening.  It's great for stitching and I have made some progress on my Butterfly Garden block but blogger won't allow me to add anymore photographs to this post so I'll have to show you next time.

I hope your week was as great as mine.

Hugs,

Fee xx

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The week that was


It's now the middle of autumn and the last few days have been freezing.  It's a reminder of what is just around the corner.


Mother Nature's way of reminding us to get ready for the endless weeks of cold weather, shorter days and long cold nights.


Winter is always my most productive time of the year in the craft studio.  There is just something about bunkering down from the cold and being productive.  We are an AFL footy loving household so sitting in front of the telly with some hand stitching is a favourite pastime.



This week I have been making Mother's Day Cards for a friends gift shop


They were so much fun to do


Lots of Pearls, Lace and Ribbon to make each card individual in lots of different styles.



To be honest I can't believe that we are already half way through April and heading into May.  It is so true that time passes quickly as we become older.





This week I also managed a visit and a donation to my local opportunity shop.


I found this great Dymo Labeller set that I remember having as a child.  I will use this in my paper carfting.


I also found some lovely vintage craft magazines.  I love seeing the different types of crafts from over 50 years ago.  Not much has changed really.  Just the style but the grass roots of each craft is much the same these days.


I find these books to be great inspiration and have quite a collection of them now.


I also found this lovely lace cardy for just $1.00 - I have plans to cut this up.



And each week I have been trying to work on a UFO.  This week I worked on Block 5 of Butterfly Garden by Leanne Beasley.



And I made some gorgeous Lavender sachets


I am trying to use up my stash of lavender and also my stash of printed images.


I think these turned out really pretty


This pic is out of order but in just one tiny block of Block 5 of Butterfly Garden there is 21 sprigs of lavender - I lost count how many knots that was.  Now I remember why I stalled on this block but I am wading my way through slowly ........


And finally during a clean up I found these 3 foam wreaths and decided to pretty them up.  I am trying really hard to use what I have and believe me that is a lot !  So I am pretty pleased with thus weeks efforts.

I hope you have a lovely week and find some crafting time.

Hugs,

Fee xx

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Easter


Happy easter to you !  I wonder if you are like us and take the opportunity for some quiet time at home.  Resting and reflecting.

We had our family celebration on Thursday night with all of the children and grand children here for a lovely get together.  I spent all of yesterday recovering !!

I've tried to spend an hour or so in the studio each day.  I've been struggling with pain and mobility more than usual these past couple of weeks but keep pushing myself to do something.


I have a very dear friend that owns a french gift shop in the city and she has commissioned me to make shabby vintage style gifts, cards and home decor for her store so doing a little each day keeps the wheels turning in the studio.


This one is a sewing inspired hanging plaque with lots of vintage goodies embellished on it including a very old lace doily on the background.


These are so much fun to make.  I have made quite a few of them now.


I've also been making some elegant style greeting cards.  I find the whole process of card making very relaxing.  It's quite a portable craft so I can do it from bed, my recliner or in fact in the studio itself.


I have to stop myself from over embellishing each one as some people like clean and simple.


This one is my favourite I think - I have a thing for glitter.


This one is so elegant


And this one so pretty


Today we popped to the shops for a few necessities and swang by the local op shop for a look see.  This is what I came home with.


2 gorgeous tins for 50c each


Some lovely linen fabric and some white cotton with embroidery accents


And all of these mini plates.  I have a few ideas for all of these so lets hope the motivation holds long enough to get them done.

Hugs,

Fee xx