20 December 2008


For afternoon tea we are having cucumber sandwiches and forgotten cookies! Yum.
Forgotten cookies are a great one to make the night before and forget about in the oven as you turn it off when you put them in.
cucumber sandwiches
some dill - chopped or I used the dill in a tube
a Lebanese cucumber finely sliced
soft butter or mayo
fresh white bread with crusts cut off
assemble the sandwiches, and cut into thirds, and serve freshly made
forgotten cookies (my granny's recipe)
2 egg whites beaten until firm
2/3 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup chopped peacans
1/2 cup chocolate drops
pre-heat the oven to 185C. Beat the eggs till peaky and slowly add the sugar. Add the essence and fold in the chopped peacans & chocolate. Spoon onto a tray lined with grease-proof paper. Place in oven and turn the oven off! Leave overnight in the cooling oven or at least 5 hours. enjoy!

19 December 2008


Delighted to see Rose the Rabbit was on the front page of madeit.com.au yesterday! I must fix my images so that the thumbnails are not so blurry.

Meanwhile I have my last day at work today before my holiday to New Zealand for christmas with my brother and his gorgeous family. I can't wait! Here are a couple of scenic shots from another christmas in NZ.

14 December 2008


I have just added these to my madeit shop and there seems to be a bit of a yellow theme happening. Maybe I am trying to add a touch of sunshine to what has been a very wet weekend.

13 December 2008


the sky is white with rain clouds today and it hasn't stopped pouring since last night. there's a puddle forming at my front gate with a swirly reflection. not sure what happened to summer, but its great for my pot plants.

09 December 2008


A lovely surprise when I logged on this morning to see I have been included in a Treasury with some gorgeous items. Thank you Vanilla Pixie! I am having problems getting a screen shot and have to run off to work . . so heres some pics of my recent present making instead.

small purses for the neices to be filled with chocolate money for christmas

a sweet faced rabbit in mauve flowers for my god-daughters 2nd birthday

a couple of soft christmas trees, one pre-bell, for a couple of good friends

05 December 2008


I finally managed to sort out my Granny's scrap box into some sort of order, now I just have to add my lovely Aunt's wonderful contribution. I think I need more shelves!

04 December 2008


My Christmas decorations went up on Sunday after running around looking in every cupboard for them, and I decided to make these little soft trees following Stephanie Congdon Barnes easy pattern. I love all the different styles as seen here in this flickr group. And that is a dark pink felt as I couldn't find any red!

03 December 2008


I made all these this morning in a sewing purse frenzy, and they have all been purchased by a brand new gorgeous shop in Northcote called 'The Local Shop'. So my first time supplying to a retail store! They are so new there's no web link, but they are at 262 High Street, Northcote.

All of my purses have lovely linings . . I thinks its a treat to open your purse and see something different.

01 December 2008

jingle birds

Two more birds but this time I added a bell inside for a soft jingle.

And some pics of my garden, happy to see some flowers in bloom.

24 November 2008


As part of the new baby gift my friend Liz has ordered, I made these soft bell balls to go with Miss Ladybird the Rabbit. tiny happy has a great tutorial here on how to make these, I just added a bell when I was stuffing and did some extra stitching to hold the ends together.
Needless to say I did first attempt these without a pattern, and ended up with a flat version, so a new pin cushion it is!

21 November 2008


I was pleased as punch to see that Garry the rabbit made it to the front page of madeit yesterday! Exciting to think of people looking at my shop. And a lovely buyer purchased Dancing Daisy so I am thrilled she is going to a good home.

20 November 2008


Little Miss Ladybird the rabbit, a custom order for my friend. I'm sure she'll be renamed by the lovely little girls she is going to, but I do like coming up with their names once they are finished.

16 November 2008


There have been a few firsts happening lately, like my first quilt attempt. This baby quilt / play mat is for my expectant sis-in-law & brother for their first bub. I can't wait to meet them.
I also made my first overseas sale of Petunia the rabbit to a lovely buyer in California who had this to say, "Petunia arrived today! As soon as I took her out of her (beautiful) packaging, her arms and legs flopped around which just melted my heart! :)". I am thrilled to know someone loves my rabbits as much as I enjoy making them. Thank you!
And I have just set up my shop on www.madeit.com.au, yet another first for me.

12 November 2008


My first lettuce grown in a pot in the back courtyard. Yum. And you can just make out in the pot behind my first strawberry (already eaten now!)

11 November 2008


My good friend has asked I make a brightly coloured small coin purse for a gift, so I made two! If she wants something different, I'll pop these onto etsy. Its good to get in an hour or so of sewing after work.

09 November 2008


These two zippered purses are for two friends whose birthdays are tomorrow. Made with using upholstery fabric samples and lined with 100% cotton. I love mixing and matching the fabric pieces together. Happy Birthday Sarah & Naomi!


My lovely Granny let me rummage through three boxes of goodies to come up with my own box of fabric scraps. I recognise lots of these materials from childhood pyjama's, a skirt of mum's, a smocked dress Granny made for me and her current bedspread made of yo-yo's. Its a real treasure trove for making bunnies and other inspiring treats, like little Custard here . .

03 November 2008


Meet Petunia in pink and Rose the rabbit, the latest additions to the rabbit family. Rose is a bit more delicate than the boys, and I love the material of her skirt which is from a vintage sheet I found. Petunia's skirt is also from a vintage sheet, one my friend found in an Op Shop and bought for me. Thanks Soph!

02 November 2008


Barry got a big brother, Garry green pants.

29 October 2008


I added this great bag to my etsy shop today, its made with vintage tablecloths from Savers. I love the orange embroidery, and I am a sucker for seersucker.

26 October 2008


I made this fascinator for one of my friends that is coming to Derby Day and wearing a lovely black dress with touches of orange. Its going to be a fun day!

22 October 2008

blue elephants

I have a baby shower coming up on the weekend and thought I'd make these muslin wraps and matching bibs. The bibs have a soft blue on the back. The soon-to-be new mum knows they are having a boy, exciting times!

19 October 2008


I found these old patterns at Savers recently, I love the hair and shoes as well as the clothes! I thought I might attempt a skirt or one of the tops . . just have to find the right material now.

15 October 2008


My neighbor lent me some old Womens Day magazines from 1970. I love the idea of 'crocheting some romance' and smoking in the fashion shoot in your velvet jumpsuit. Nice.

08 October 2008


Spring is sprung and so the backyard pots were in need of some care and new colour. It was good to remove the dead sticks out of some and replace them with strawberries and geraniums. Just in time for some spring rain.

07 October 2008


I discovered this old sheet in the cupboard the other day and decided it would make a lovely soft pair of pyjama pants. So the sheet is back where it belongs in bed. I love the blossom and birds, they are the perfect pj's for spring.