Sunday, January 31, 2010

Rosemary Pork

I bought two healthy heart cook books a few weeks back and this was my first recipe from it - Yum! Pork with rosemary, apples and lentils. Hmmmm.... It doesn't quite look as nice as I thought it would when I served it up - need to work on my plating! :) (And yes, that is rosemary stalks in the middle of the pork - straight from the garden)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Teacups



Button biscuits and a new tea cup...



I really like this cup as it reminds me of tessellations and DNA structures.



I think I paid a little too much for it (especially as BM recently broke the handle and its now superglued on) but I love it so its staying!
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Crochet Picnic Blanket

Its a beautiful sunny day here in Middle Earth and I managed to get bright photographs of my FINISHED picnic blanket - oh did I shout that? Terribly sorry and all that! I really love it and am so happy that I managed to stick with it over the six months it took to finish. I've been missing working on some crochet and can't seem to get into some unfinished cross stitch pieces I have lying around the place. My grandmother suggested at one point using the same colours I started with to finish this up but as I had gotten them in a kit for a scarf and was travelling through a number of continents with this blanket in tow (seriously, I think its seen more airports than the average Kiwi- the person, not the bird or fruit for that matter). But thankfully when I was thinking of how to finish it I found a colour very similar to my first and used that. So happy with it!



Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tea on the Patio



What could be better at the end of a rather tiring day...

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Stitch and Bitch cakes and crochet



My first Stitch and Bitch evening included plum pie, moose cake and a coal fired BBQ (they did mean to get charcoal, really).



It was followed today by some of this ...



...on the train.



Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Whales in the kitchen



BM has a 'thing' about Whales. I blame it on the kiwi obsession with Whale Rider. So we are now the proud owners of a Whale chalkboard for the fridge and a whale scrubber for the sink ala Nood and the Dog's Breakfast.


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Monday, January 25, 2010

Architecture and colours







I love the patterns and colours here.  Not rightly sure why :)  Wellington has some strange slightly hidden away places...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

BBQ bread



I finally downloaded some pictures from my phone and found this from last weekend.  BM was very, very keen to BBQ and we haven't had a lot of suitable days this summer unfortunately.  But we did manage it last weekend and BM tried a recipe for BBQ bread.  Yum!  They tasted a bit like herb scones.  They're officially called Herb Damper Bread and BM got the recipe from a book he has called the Big Barbecueing and Grilling.


More rain unfortunately

Just about to go to bed (again - seem to be posting too late these nights) and wanted to report that it is indeed wet, wet, wet today again.  So no beautiful sunny shots of the blanket.  
So I'll leave you with images from Martha's Pantry.   A lovely magical place where it doesn't matter that it rains :)  I have some baking exploits to share tomorrow as we had friends over for dinner tonight - I had a really lovely time and should be going to a stitch and bitch on Monday night (BM was invited too to do 'blokey BBQ things').









Friday, January 22, 2010

Wellington - Art Deco

I'm just about off to bed - its a long weekend here and unfortunately for me I have to do a bit of work over it.  But it will be more than made up for by the joint pleasures of viewing a house for sale (we're not fully decided if we want to buy yet - but it has to be good to get an idea of the market) and high tea at Martha's Pantry (yum!).

I had planned on posting about my crochet blanket - which is finally finished!!!  But it rained a LOT today and I couldn't get a proper bright photograph to show.  This is especially important as I plan on printing some of them out to send to my grandmother who was very helpful with colour choices when I was back in Ireland.

So rather than leave this an image free post - here's a view I have on my walk to the train station every day - gotta love art deco.



Thursday, January 21, 2010

Clean cut cards










Of course, when I start making cards, I find it hard to stop - which explains the mountain of cards I have stored (and the reason that I need to be creative about distributing them to people).  I think my favourite here is the last one.  Its nicely balanced and still comes across as clean - some of the others I'm really not so fond of at all.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Bright Cards


A few more cards for my expanding collection - I really need to meet more people or start to sell these.  I've been following the Taylored Expressions blog for a while - it showcases a number of card making ideas and products.  I haven't bought anything from them - in case you're beginning to think this is a sales pitch!  But I finally got around to see how their card templates work as a basic starting point - I tried this one out.  And I like the two cards I produced as a result.  Of course, I couldn't stomach having leftovers and finished up the paper with the other few cards on this page.







I think this is my favourite and strangely is my screensaver at work at the moment.  I definitely wouldn't have put as much on the card if I hadn't been working to a template so it was good to get out of my comfort zone.  (I also like that it looks like a flower against the sun and that I thankfully had paper and stickers that I think worked together really well.)


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Cath Kidston Sew!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sew-Cath-Kidston/dp/1844007561/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b

The giddy purchase of a new craft book.


And this one comes with fabric - how could a girl say no??


So many projects and so little time :)


Available at amazon obviously!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Fake Snow

My parents gave me fake snow this year for Christmas and the eagle eyed (or closely related) amongst you may have spotted it from this post.


So this is what came in the can - a shovel and two dried packets of powder.


Add some water and voila!




Snow as a table centrepiece.  There was LOADS - shovels and shovels of the stuff.  So I added some to glass jars and put candles in. I've been watching it slowly shrink over the past week and as the water evaporates, we're down to about a 1/3 of the platter while the better insulated glass jars are holding up much better!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Lemon Sour Cream Cake



I went over for dinner to a friend's house this weekend and was asked to bring dessert. I made Lemon Sour Cream Cake from the Edmonds cookbook (Auntie M if you're reading this - it was yum, definitely make it from the copy I sent you for Christmas!).  It came out really week and was great served with natural yogurt.  I had to decorate with the marshmallow stars just to give it a little extra something.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Painting

My craft room was originally a dark terracotta brown and a deep almost blue navy.  I finally picked a colour for it and spent some of the time over my Christmas holidays painting merrily away.  It really was a pleasurable experience (except when we realised that the skirting boards weren't actually white and we had to redo those too as they had bits of the old colours liberally applied in places they shouldn't have!).


The colour of the room was something in between the photo above and the one below.  They really were quite strong colours. (And in case you noticed, yes I did write on the wall with my tester before we painted!)


I'm very much a process girl and I thought a photo of the room with my painters tape up and the undercoat would be vaguely interesting for people. Ok, fine, I can't lie.  I'm just too damn pleased with the whole process not to share it all - it is a web log after all :D

It was at this stage that I remembered my mother's sage advice about good paint and a good roller for the paint.  Possibly as a result of sore arms and not great coverage of paint.  Luckily I bought good paint for the proper coat and I nabbed out to the shops again to get a better roller.  Wow! What a difference it made.  They're definitely harder to wash out but the amount of effort saved more than made up for the extra water splashing at the end.


A picture of the debris.  BM was at work so I 'borrowed' his Tivoli radio and listened to Kiwi day time radio as I worked by myself on the second unscheduled day when I painted the skirting white.



And the final colour - Dulux Wadestown - I love it!  Its as close as I could get to some yarn (yes, that is strange) without making up a custom colour.  I'm sitting in my room on this Saturday night listening to Odessa, after watching Project Runway and enjoying updating my blog while staring every few minutes at the colour on my walls.  I've been fantasising about this moment for years. The thought of being able to decorate my own room and especially doing it myself made me a bit teary eyed during the process and I really love the results (yes, I know I've said that before and yes, I know this post is more wordy than my usual ones - but stick with me, this is important to me!).  I still have to replace the curtains and as we are currently getting quotes for wall paper hanging in the living room I don't think that will happen for a while - especially as I fancy making the curtains myself. In the meantime, I can spend as much time as I like thinking about what type of curtains to get.  I think I would prefer blinds in here but I'm not willing to make major changes as we're likely to move in a few years time and I don't want to make too many changes that just suit my taste.  I've also moved all my stuff back in and am slowly, slowly organising the space.  Right better get back to some sewing...