Monday, 13 March 2017

March days

The weather has changed here to bring in Autumn. There have been some storms about which will likely bring in the cooler weather, I don't know about anyone else but I'm looking forward to Winter. The rain has been good for the container pots.

While it has been raining I've been working on new items for an April market stall. Tea towels, of course, and some more other items to sell as well.

In February the Toowoomba Simple Living group held it's first work shop for the year. We were shown how to make pineapple jam, very sweet but yummy.

I came home with a few goodies from the swap table, including an Aloe Vera plant. The Aloe Vera came in handy as I got sunburnt at the Cabarlah Markets. I had an interesting day and will likely do another stall at the markets as well.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Market days

I've been playing with my scrap stash to prepare for the markets. Rag rugs and hand painted potholders with fabric appliqué getting ready to be made up for the stall - And a couple for a swap. My store Hilda and Lillian will be at the Cabarlah markets on the 26th February, 2017.
Hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Home stay

With the Summer heat about I have been pottering around inside organizing things and clearing out stuff. It's a good time to be indoors clearing out things.

I've also been doing a lot of crafting, I've signed up for a local markets at the end of the month.

In the garden, I've been cleaning out the pots. A lot of the herbs are doing well in this heat which is good for them.
And as always I've been painting too. 
Have a good day or evening where ever you are.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Pom Pom crochet edge

Crochet pom pom edge

Row 1:

2 double, 3 chain, 2 double (Us terms: double = single)

Pom Pom :

Chain 3, Chain 3 again (Make first chain large), work cluster stitch = yo insert into 3rd chain from hook (The first chain that is large), yo pull through, yo pull through 2, yo insert into chain at bottom, yo pull through, yo pull through 2 ( 3 loops on hook) yo insert. yo pull through. yo pull through 2, yo pull through 4
chain 3

work into top of last puff stitch. yo inset hook into 1st puff stitch. yo pull  through. Yo pull through 2. Yo insert into chain at bottom. Yo pull through 2. Yo pull through 4.  (= two cluster stitches, one on top of each other).
Fold over the top cluster stitch by inserting hook into first chain 3 stitch. yo pull through.
yo pull through.


Work into next chain 3 sp.
Yo pull through. Yo pull through ( will make a slip stitch). chain 3 work cluster stitch to form the next pom pom. Continue until edging is complete.

Pom pom crochet edging to match a painted tea towel. 

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Soapy tips

Tips for painting on soap.

Tip 1: Remove any of the soap labels by shaving them away with a box cutter. Shave slowly to remove thin layers. 

Tip 2: If there is any soap name left, use a dishwasher scourer to 'sand' it back or use a very fine sandpaper.

Tip 3: Tip 1 and tip 2 gets messy with the shaving so add paper down to capture the loose shavings and shave into a dish.

Tip 4: Keep the shavings to melt down into re-milled soap.

Tip 5: Use a coat of modge podge first.

Tip 6: After the modge podge has dried, coat the top of the soap with a layer of white Gesso (Or black if you want a dramatic looking soap).

Tip 7: Draw your design onto your soap with a soft pencil and light hand. If you can't draw use tracing paper and carbon paper.

Tip 8: Carbon paper gets messy. The best tip is to trace onto tracing paper and turn the design over on the back trace over the design with 4b lead pencil and then flip the design over then 'trace' the design onto the soap. The lead pencil on the back will transfer to the soap.

Tip 9: Paint your design using acrylic paints. Don't get too fiddly with your design, unless you have the eye sight and patience for that; then go for it.

Tip 10: Finish off with a coat of modge podge and a light coat of all purpose artist sealer if you prefer.

One last note always use non-toxic paints. Mode podge and artist's sealers are always non-toxic and so is many of todays acrylic paints.

And there you have tips for painting on soap. The soap is used from the bottom, the design will stay on until the bottom of the soap is used up. Or if you use a very scented soap it can be for decoration only and added to scent the linen cupboard.

Wrap your soap up nicely and add a card for a thoughtful gift.

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Slow days

The weather has been hot, hot, hot. It's slow days here, pottering around in the cool of the house. I go out in the early morning in the cooler temps to see to my container plants. They need a good drink of water in this weather and I've been cutting back a lot of the plants. The heat loving plants are doing well: Basil is growing madly in the heat.

Some of the cuttings I've used for potpourri and I've dried a lot more of the kitchen herbs: Sage, Rosemary, and I have chamomile flowering now too. It took a long time to come into flower.

As usual I've also been stitching, painting and such. The tea towel in the first image was done using crayon tinting and I used a fine tip laundry marker for the out line instead of stitching. I have the finished tea towel up for sale in my easy shop:

For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere I hope you are staying cool.

Spider web embroidery on a crazy quilt round robin 

I hope everyone is having a good day or evening where ever you are.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Fried Golden Chicken

Fried Golden Chicken


Chicken pieces


Mix salt, pepper, and paprika in flour (I used about 1 teaspoons of paprika). Roll the chicken pieces in the flour.

Add 1/2 to 3/4 inch oil to a large heavy fry pan. Heat oil and place chicken pieces in hot oil ( oil needs to be smoking/sizzling - around 185 degrees c). Cover, and fry until golden turning once, 15 to 20 minutes.  Drain on paper towels.

Serve hot with mash or cold with salad.

Served with home grown salad mix and tomatoes

Have a good day or evening where ever you are.