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Indoor Pursuits

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The weather has turned towards the cold now, with rain and days meant for indoor pursuits rather than outdoors. I don't like the rain much, except for gardens, and I stay out of it as much as possible.
I've been at my art desk making some pages up for zines. These are little magazines you make up your self, some sell them, I'm just making them for myself of future 'pages' for this blog. I hand write the pages and use drawings, stamps and print outs to decorate the pages. Then I'll photocopy all the 'pages' and put them together as a little book called a ---zine.

I've also been puttering away at my crazy quilt. Adding some new stitchery, seams and a few places that needed extra fabric patches.
With the turn of weather we've embraced soups, stews and baking. The large crock pot is out for the day, warming up stews.
There's also been baking too. Biscuits, cupcakes, all for a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Winter simplicity

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Here, winter has truly arrived. The morns are filled with heavy fog and a real chill in the air. While we don’t have snow, I will admit I like this time of year most next to autumn.
I’m not sure what it is about this season but I do tend to look more and more towards things that are very textured and tactile.
I like the feel of soft, warm bed coverings.
Out in the garden I find I am looking more at crumbling, rustic surfaces. Bare twigs and dried flowers heads. There’s always something to find and enjoy. 
And there is nothing like adding small touches of winter season to home made items to be reminded of the season when it finishes for the year.

Wintery visit

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I went for a visit to my aunt’s place. She lives around the corner from us. At her place is a large dining room table and I asked her if I could use the table for the crazy quilt I am doing.With her permission I walked around to visit her on a chilly, windy, winter day.


We had a nice chat. Then she and I set about preparing supper for her later that night. The smell of chicken soup filled the house as I worked on adding the final foundation piecing to my crazy quilt.
For afternoon lunch we had some left over chicken pieces, French toast, and warming tea. On a cold day it was a welcome small meal.
I took a break from the crazy quilting once I finished the piecing and wandered around her home taking photographs. My aunt is my mum’s youngest sister. Mum is in the middle of the photo and my aunt who I visited is on the right. The other on the left is also my mum’s sister. There were nine in the family, five girls and four brothers. Both my aunts say I look like my mum. These photograp…

Lovely Joys

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“There is no peace that cannot be found in the present moment.” -Tasha Tudor.

Youtube tutorials

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As I was asked how I had made my stick pins in the previous post, I thought it would be helful to put up a varied link of youtube channels I go to or have used for showing me how to make many of the items I use for scrapbooking and cardmaking. These are links I have found in my youtube searches there are many more and the links below I am not affliated with any in any way. To begin with I think Follow The Paper Trail channel is very good for showing you how to construct your mini albums. There are many types of ways here and Laura is a very good demonstrator: Follow the paper trail
The links below send you off to show you how to make a variety of different flowers. I have mostly avoided the ones that uses too many fancy punches or dies. I think most scrapbookers have Tim Holtz tattered florals so I added two links for different flowers that aren't his usual roses.
Flowers:
JadedStudios: Prima Camelot flower doop (Duplicate) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGbIjpqas_w And another from …

From scratch

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When you go into any hobby, I don't know about anyone else, but I like the thrill of the 'hunt'. I like to go through the stores hunting for this and that and the thing I should buy because one day I might need it or could use it for the hobby I want to do. I usually hunt for things I can use with other hobbies. Lace goes well with cards, scrapbooking and crazy quilts. Stamps, stickers and papers, go well with art journalling, scrapbooking, cards and any other mix media project. Beads can be used in crazy quilting, making charms, stick pins and so on... There's all manner of things I find that eventually end up in one craft project or another. While some items do need quality over quantity and paying less isn't always the best thing to do for some craft items,

There are a few ways to spend less and have more. And if you are a collector like me, you will find eventually all those odd bits can be used in a variety of ways to make more things than say if you went dow…

Each day

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"What he considered necessary was...to weed the garden, to make a little bridge on the pond, and to plant flowers." - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.

Winter Greens

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We've had some interesting weather of late. Just before the big rain came in and at the end of autumn I planted half a row of beans and half a row of peas from seeds. Now I have baby peas and beans! I'm looking at a lot of ideas for canning and for future canning projects I have been saving jars. But for now I'll admire how far the seeds have come and hope they grow more.
I also planted out winter carrots and these onions. It will be interesting to see how these grow too.
Speaking of things growing, I have been working away on my crazy quilt, piecing the foundation and I have one more row to finish. Then it is onto the equally longer task of stitching all those seams. I am glad I can do this tucked up in bed underneath the multicoloured quilt where I can stitch away on it and be warm at the same time. The book, I found at the thrift store last year, the pictures in it are lovely to look at and the story tells of two elderly sisters who embroider and applique a white cove…

Homely Treasures

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With winter there has been extra baking and cooking. Simple meals are made to warm up for the day.  And when you’re not feeling well there is nothing as good as home made chicken soup.

I've been sorting through my fabric stash to continue with the slow progress of my full size bed crazy quilt. These colder days are ideal to work on the quilt to help keep warm.
There has also been some scrapbooking and making cards too. This card uses Kaiser Craft paper mostly from the UP UP Away collection. A sticker from Grace Taylor sticker book. Trims from Sam's world, except for the bling trim which came to me in a secret santa swap. The stamp is by Flonz. I also used some rolled roses I had made as well. Finally Iadded an old receipt bill for a touch of vintage.

"With pomp, power and glory the world beckons vainly. In chase of such vanities why should I roam? While peace and content bless my little thatched cottage, and warm my own hearth with the treasures of home." -Beatrix Potte…

Thyme

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Thymus Vulgaris. The common thyme is numerousand has many types. Mostly often it is used in cooking. The two main types used for cooking are common thyme and lemon scented thyme – T.X.Citriodorus.
In cooking common thyme is useful herb for all kinds of stuffing’s, meat, fish, stews, casseroles, poultry, marinades, and soups. It goes well with, onions, all marrow types and egg plant.
Lemon thyme is good for fish and poultry. Mix it with fennel with boiled or poached fish. Thyme is also good in custards and creams. Lemon thyme can also be stewed in rhubarb. And may also be used in butter mixes. To grow: Both thymes like a dry soil and a warm sunny position. Plants are best renewed after 4 years. They can also be raised from seed very easily and planted out.

Thyme tea: Takehandful of thyme and remove the leaves from the stems and make a 1tsp full for one cup of tea. Place leaves in tea-ball and steep the leaves in hot water. Drink with out milk and sweeten with a little honey if desired.

Rustic homemade

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The new season is showing all the signs of starting. With cold crisp mornings, the smell of wood smoke from chimneys of near by houses, and the sun beginning to set sooner means winter is well on the way of settling in. Over the weekend I attended the Simple Living Toowoomba morning tea group.
In the kitchen we were shown how to bake a traditional cultural cuisine from Finland and given a sampling of a Finnish drink called Sima which is made from lemons, yeast, sugar and beer. The drink would be very suitable for summer.
The baked goods called Cardamon/Cinnamon rolls were very sugary and sweet. To make: you will need to warm 2 cups of milk in a small saucepan and remove from heat. Let it stand until lukewarm. Take the yeast and dissolve it in warm water then stir in the lukewarm milk, mixing in  1 tsp sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1tsp cardamom, 3 eggs and enough plain flour ( about 9 cups) to make a batter. Beat the mixture until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Using 3 cups of flour be…

Winter Reds

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“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”- Edith Sitwell.

Date Crumble

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On a particularly cold winter day, mum and I set about doing a baking day. She wanted to try some recipes with dates and had one in mind that her aunts used to make. With the help of a google search we found the date crumble slice she wanted.
The recipe is as follows for Date Crumble Slice: Combine 2 cups of chopped pitted dates in 1 cup of water and ¼ cup of caster sugar in saucepan on medium heat. Cook, stirring for 10 minutes or until dates have absorbed liquid. Set aside to cool. Mix cream butter ( 185 g butter chopped) and brown sugar (1 cup) until light and fluffy. 11/3 cups of sifted plain flour and ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda over butter mixture. Stir well until combined. Add your 1 cup oats and mix well. Press mixture into base of a pan and spread date mixture over the top. Crumble remaining oat mixture over date mixture until completely covered pressing on with your fingertips. Bake in oven at 180 degreesC for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden.
Once we had cooked our slic…

Lovely Lavender

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I made do with some items on hand to make a sweet smelling lavender sachet. I used a crochet dishcloth that didn't quite turn out right, and some calico for the lining. The burlap rose was from my attempts to follow the rolled roses in this post I made. I then added a ribbon from my stash.  It smells sweet from lavender I gathered and dried.

Road Trip

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I went with my parents on a small impromptu road trip. We travelled along the main highway to get to our destination. As we travelled, we past many farm land properties. The way we went led us by farm properties with fields of cotton. Much of which had been already harvested, so the fields lay bare.

Along the ditches you could see some cotton that had blown off the fields. I wished I could have stopped to get some, but I enjoyed the scenery instead. As we past fields there were also plenty of sorghum to be seen; some in the ditches from seeds that had spread.
Then it was time to come home. A nice place to return to after all the hustle and bustle of travelling.

Tea time

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"I figured if I was going to make the world a better place, I’d do it with cookies." - Ana Pascal.