Monday, August 23, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Yes, I am as happy as a little pup (even though I burnt the pikelets this morning) because I'm off to Auckland tomorrow for my sister's birthday. I've made her something really cheap and really weird, because that's her favourite type of gift, and also our familial personality type. But you have to wait till next week to see it because I can't spoil the surprise.
And do you know what else? I'm now among the ranks of people who live in warm houses, because next to our nice warm tapa cloth there now resides a nice new warm heat pump. Who says they don't belong in 140-year-old houses? They are awesome in 140-year-old houses, let me tell you that for nothing!
Happy long weekend to me! Woops, I mean, to you!
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Sometimes I become obsessed with a recipe. Okay, maybe 'obsessed' is a little too strong, but you know how it is when you think of that delicious thing the minute you wake up, and you look at pictures of it in cookbooks just to remind yourself how good it looks, and you look for any occasion, any occasion at all, to justify making it?
Actually 'obsessed' was the right word, wasn't it.
My name is Jenny and I am obsessed with cinnamon oysters. To fulfil your cinnamon oyster obsession you need a genuine cinnamon oyster tin, this 'Bonco' tin with no rust and no dents was waiting for me to find it at the local antique shop, and I paid a full $15 for it without even blinking.
Then you need a recipe. There's a good one in my favourite baking books, these two little treasures.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Sometimes my frivolous, fun, but ultimately rather pointless craft projects must give way to practical items required for day-to-day living. This isn't a great burden because I like making even the most pedestrian of household items. I just like making stuff.
In this most practical of categories lies hottie covers. I perused flickr groups (check out the recycled sweater group for lots of great ideas) and various blogs looking for inspiration, but in the end, I went for the ultimate in practical - polarfleece. Machine washable, soft, cuddleable, it's got everything except retro charm. For decoration ideas I turned to my favourite designers, Harry and Sylvie. I shamelessly copied Sylvie's little person for her hottie cover, and she was delighted.
And for Harry's I just had to copy his octopus that he drew on my mother's day card. I think it's hilarious.
The back of each hottie cover has a simple envelope closure, with one side overlapping the other and each edge finished with bias binding. No buttons or velcro because they just end up being uncomfortable when you're resting your feet on them.
Next sewing project: A party dress for myself to wear to my sister's birthday party in a couple of week's time. I just know she will have sewed something for herself, and if I sew something too we can participate in our favourite pass time- checking out eachother's sewing mistakes and teasing eachother about our degree of good/bad taste. Sisters love to bicker. It's a fact.