Monday, October 29, 2012

Fabric Book by Kindy Kids

Our super and amazing Kindy teacher recently got married which was very exciting for the kindy kids.  While she was on her honeymoon Mrs B our clever Teaching Assistant got all the kids to decorate a calico square.  They the squares came home to our house to be sucked into the vortex  sewn together.  Our Teacher is very much the naturalist who loves craft, calico and all things without a commercial touch, by her own admission, pretty much had an Etsy Wedding.

How beautiful is this, there were 26 beautiful squares of some of the
funniest things.  Lots of girls did bride pictures, my son did a dinosaur.

Hope this gives an idea of how its constructed.
The front cover - I stitched "Miss A Gets Married by ....."
I also used my last scrap of this awesome liberty field print fabric.
A project very worthy of my liberty scrap.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Vintage Rag Rugs

We recently went to our local museum.  It's my favourite type of museum, crammed full of vintage bits and bobs, obscure donated collections and rooms set up as life in the "olden days" would have been.  It's run by volunteers who clearly have their own pet projects and friends who are pretty tricky with a calligraphy pen who can do the labels.  (None of that high art business of a huge room filled with three items behind glass cabinets with graphically designed info boards.)

Look at this for Rag rugging....

How fantastic are these chair covers?
How much so these guys own frugality with their
table made from reclaimed and found materials?
What a Rug!!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Organic Unicorn Cake

Did I ever show you this cake??  This is another of the very talented Aunty L's cakes, did you see the Veggie patch cake?  Can you believe she made this for a party in a park, hence the quick iphone snaps before it was devoured.  She made an organic chocolate beetroot cake and decorated it with her home made marzipan sculptures.  Its a magical garden with magic plants.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Better Late Than Never

It is a freakishly late spring year.  We are having beautiful warm, sunny, blue sky spring days but the temperature is still dropping right down over night.  Which has been messing with my plants biology, my seeds aren't germinating well and my flowers aren't blooming.

Yesterday I went to check the letter box and could smell the most stunning perfume and I thought "golly that smells like someone has Sweet Peas."  You can imagine my delight when I turned back to the house and realised it was me!  A quick glance around the garden shows a quite a few of my plants are on the verge of exploding into bloom - Yay.

Hopefully just the beginning.
First Apple Blossom
Kangaroo Paws
How nice for me to have a little vase of flowers to look and smell, rather than the previous jar of dissolving chicken bones.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Zpagetti Gifts

Our lovely Kindy teacher got married recently, since I am having so much fun with Zpagetti at the moment I thought I would try my hand at making a gift.   I got some free pattern ideas from the internet and winged it a bit as well.  Hope she likes it.

Fruit Bowl
Chunky Doily 
I think I might make some for me too.
The kindy boy thinks it makes a better hat!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Decorating with Experiments

 My children love discovering things, they love science and like all children they have inquisitive minds.  I do think this is a good thing and Mr Daddy and I do like to nurture this in them, however... I am feeling a little bit fed up with all the experiments that are underway at the moment.   I feel like every where I turn there is something a bit gross, probably not hygienic and possibly going to end with the house being burnt down.
This is Miss S's Chicken Bones in Vinegar Project.  Can she turn the bones into jelly by having the vinegar suck out all the calcium?  It is very interesting but its really gross to have to look at festering chicken bones every time I stand at the kitchen sink. 
This is Miss M's chemistry project, I am not sure what it is but I know she was in full safety gear when she was  preparing and I'm not sure it should be so close to the dining table.
The lounge has served as a Silkworm farm but thank goodness  they have finally cocooned up and can be reduced down to one small box. 
My hutch has become a science table displaying a wasp nest, dead butterfly and  the shed skins of numerous creatures.
But the scariest of all was the strange light I could see coming out of the rarely used bathroom where I found this elaborate/dangerous set up...
It turns out Miss M was trying to dehydrate an apple!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Spelt Chocolate Slice with Texture

Everyone has a chocolate slice recipe, this is mine...  It started as a normal chocolate slice but over the years has evolved as I have decreased the amount of sugar and added more fibre in an attempt to get my children to eat a little better.  I might have gone a bit too far and sometimes get a bit heavy handed with the LSA.  The girls are on to me and wont have it unless there is nothing else in the house but I love it and so does Master B.

I use wholemeal spelt quite a lot, it adds a great flavor and when used half and half with white flour the kids never know.  Spelt does need slightly more moisture than normal flour so either take a table spoon of flour out when measuring ingredients or add a Tablespoon of milk.  I also love shredded coconut rather than desiccated at the moment.  It has so much more texture and doesn't get lost.

This slice is best kept in the fridge it goes nice and fudgie when kept cool.  Yum.

Spelt Chocolate Slice
250g butter melted
1 ½ cups of brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup of plain Wholemeal Spelt
½ cup white self raising flour
4 table spoons Cocoa powder
1 cup shredded coconut
1/3 cup LSA meal (Linseeed, Sunflower and Almond)
2-table spoons milk

Mix all the ingredients together in the one bowl.
Pour into a tray (greased and paper lined) approx 30 x 20 cm.  Spread the mix out evenly and bake at 180° for approx. 30 mins or until the edges have come away from the side of the tray and it passes the fork test.  This slice works well slightly over cooked rather than under.

Allow to cool and ice – I usually have left over icing in the freezer and use what ever is available. Or this one - 2 tblsp cocoa powder, 1 cup of icing sugar and hot water added gradually a tblsp at a time until a spreadable paste is formed.

This batch is iced with left over butter icing from the cup
cakes we were also making, anything goes with this slice.