Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day

A quiet Australia Day this year; the weather is less then ideal. Overcast and a bit drizzly. Perfect for having a nosey around in the veggie patch for a bit of a mid-summer update.

The zucchinis are finally flowering, though no fruit yet.

My self-seeded pumpkins are staging a mini takeover of the wood heap.

The butter beans are finally making an appearance.

Beetroot ready to be picked.

A mango tree (!) which appeared in my compost heap (and a self-seeded tomato plant behind it). I'm not so sure it'll survive in Melbourne, but I'm going to give it a go.

Todays bounty of beetroot, red onions and butter beans.

And some yummy bruschetta with homemade parsley pesto and boccocini. I do love homegrown!

Raffle Winner

The raffle has come to a close. Thank you for all your entries, and your donations. We had 25 entries, with donations ranging from $5 through to $1000!

The random number generator has chosen number 5!

Marg said...
Thank you so much for your help, I live in Queensland but wasn't affected by the floods, I think we are all blown away by how generous the quilting community have been.My receipt is #3220416

There will be a wrap-up of our donation totals over on Toni's blog later tonight, so head on over to see all the good work you've done.
And if you were still interested in Schnibbles, you are welcome to 10% off using the code FLOOD10 from now until the end of January.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Raffle - One Day to Go

If you haven't already entered the flood raffle, you have one more day to get your entries in. The raffle closes at Midday tomorrow, 26th January (Australia Day!).

Don't forget to also hop on over to Toni's blog to view the master list of raffles still running


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Rosettes Round 1

I've finally finished putting the first "ring" on the Rosettes blocks. Only one more round to go! These blocks are already made up of around 40 pieces.

They are fiddly! Getting those points to match up is a pain in the you-know-what. It's safe to say there are as many imperfect points as there are perfect, but that's ok.

Just a reminder about the Flood Raffle; the closing date has been extended to next Wednesday (Australia day), and I have't yet had any entries which is a bit disappointing. A single $5 donation could get you a Schnibbles kit worth around $60, so pop on over to have a look.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Raffle - Premiers Flood Relief

With the devastating floods currently occuring in Queensland, the bloggers of Australia are uniting to raise as much money as possible for the Premiers Flood Relief. These auctions and raffles are the brainchild of Toni from Make It Perfect, who will have a list of all the auctions etc on her blog in the coming days.


So here's how we're going to do it. I'm offering up a Schnibbles kit of the winners choice; you will get to choose both the pattern and fabrics from my store. The kit will include the pattern, charm packs, background fabric and binding as per a standard kit. This kit is worth approximately $60.

(just a couple of patterns from which you can choose)

To take part:

  • You need to donate $5 to the Premier's Flood Relief Appeal.
  • You may enter as many times as you like but each entry/donation must have a separate receipt number. (eg: donate $5 ten times if you want to donate $50- then comment ten times with your receipt number, so I can keep track of your entries)
  • Once you've donated, come back here and leave a comment with your receipt number.
  • Postage within Australia will be paid by me, however if you are from overseas there will be a small contribution required.

You have until midday Wednesday 26th January to enter. Just think about it, your $5 contribution may not seem like much, but every dollar counts. There are estimates that 75% of Queensland is being affected by this flood.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fandango Stars

I've made a good start on Rosettes, having pieced together the stars that are the centre of each block. I'm really pleased that I went with a cream background, rather than a white, which might have been a bit too stark.

I'm now working on the ribbons for the blocks; if only I didn't need to cut out some 700 2" squares! While I'm doing that, Miss Bella is just "chilling" on my bed...nice for some!

Have you seen the sneak peek of the FQS mystery BOM for 2011? I'm thinking I might sign up for this one, given how much I enjoyed 2009. Which I must quilt one of these days...

Last up, I've put Hunky Dory and Whimsy on sale in my shop, and re-jigged the shipping costs to make them a little friendlier for smaller orders. The link is over to your right.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

A Little Fandango

With Central Park shipping soon, it seemed like a good time to finally make something from Fandango; all I needed was a little time, mojo and inspiration. I think I found it!

I rifled through my stash of patterns (or more truthfully, my store's stash of patterns), and decided on Rosettes, by Fig Tree Quilts.

I've cut out most bits, and started piecing. I'm really looking forward to seeing how it all comes together, especially as I've chosen to use a single cream background fabric (Bella Solids Fig Tree Cream) rather than the four the pattern calls for.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

When Life Gives You Peaches...

Summer means a bounty of yummy fruit, and this week we are blessed with an abundance of ripe white peaches. They all ripen at once, which means finding creative things to do with them in the kitchen.

I've always been interested in bottling fruit, but this is the first time I've tried. It seems to have worked quite well, and looks pretty, though next time I'll cram more fruit in the bottle. It was well packed until I "canned" the bottle, and they all floated. I just wasn't prepared to squash the fruit in too much.

I've also whipped up a peach clafoutis; essentially a baked custard containing the fruit of choice, though often made with peaches or cherries. Tastes pretty good topped with a scoop of ice-cream or a dollop of yoghurt.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Spring Clean of Sorts

Yes, it's summer, not spring. My mum is on holidays this week, so we figured it was as good a time as any to blitz the house. Two adult women living in a single house can become very squishy, especially as I have bought a lot of things that I'll need once I do finally move out.

Starting Bella's Patchwork hasn't helped; all the fabrics have been living in their boxes in the little alcove that is meant to be our home's dining room. Only this alcove is so small you can fit a table, but no chairs. It would certainly make for an interesting dinner party. So this space has gradually been getting more crowded as boxes have been arriving, and filling orders gets more difficult as the stack of boxes reaches three deep.

My mum had something of a sleepless night last night, and while lying there, a plan formed: to tackle our hall cupboard and make it the new home for all those lovely bolts of fabric that have been hidden from sight until now. Our hall cupboard is a bit of an odds-and-ends heaven, where random items go to live. Everything from an old (working) mixmaster from the 70's, stockpots, Christmas decorations, and my collection of homemade jams and relishes.

We hauled everything out of there, took out all the shelves, and gave the whole thing a good clean. We live in a 50's weatherboard house, and it's very prone to being dusty.

Then the fun part; hauling all the boxes into the hall and lining up all those gorgeous bolts. There are also more bolts in the next cupboard too, so we managed to get every Moda fabric in there!

Bella is loving having so many empty boxes to play with, even just for a little while (you can just see the top of her head towards the bottom right of the photo, above the esky with all the jam jars in it).

Definitely a job well done!

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Macaroni Cheese

If you're anything like me, you've spent the last week eating leftover Christmas ham...I've had sandwiches, salads, and even antipasto plates made up with leftover ham. Tonight I satisfied my pasta craving with this yummy variation of macaroni cheese.

I diced up some ham from the bone and cooked it in the frying pan until crisp, then put aside.

Then I cooked some diced onion in some olive oil, and added some fresh thyme and a teaspoon of seeded mustard.

In another pot, I cooked the macaroni, then drained and put aside. In the same pot, I made up some bechemel sauce, to which I added some grated cheese. When that was ready, I mixed everything together, poured it into a casserole dish, topped it with more cheese then baked for about 20 minutes.

I got home from my holiday to find this pretty flower in bloom in my garden.

I would love to have got a better shot of the sunflower, but this baby is about 7 foot tall, well over my height!