Monday, May 31, 2010

Monday again

Goodmorning everyone
Its a brand new week and we have a brand new baby in the family. Welcome to Max little brother to Fletcher. So I am busy sorting thru my fabric stash and all of my embroidery designs to make just a few things to send to the proud parents. Will post pics as soon as they are done.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The arrival of fabric

This week saw the arrival of much anticipated fabric from overseas. Gorgeous colours and some great new ideas saw me spending much of my time divided between the computer and the embroidery machine.
Eventually coming up with a design that I just love and is suitable for a whole range of fabrics so look out for plenty more designs like this. This bib is fully reversible featuring fabric on one side and an appliqued and embroidered name on the other side - just lovely!
I have included some photos of the new baby bib and as time permits I will update the fabric choices as I have an enormous range of quilting cottons and quilting flannels that can be used.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chocolate Ripple Log

This recipe is a favourite in our household and usually all eaten in one night!
You can jazz this up a little by adding strawberries and kiwi fruit around the bottom but as time was against me whilst making this I left those off.

Chocolate Ripple Log

Chocolate ripple biscuits x 2 packets
Thickened cream 600ml
2 teaspoons sugar
I teaspoon vanilla essence

Open biscuits and place 4 aside for later. Do not eat them as you will need them to finish. Beat cream, sugar and vanilla essence together until well combined. Thick but not too thick if you know what I mean.
Place the dish you will be using to plate this on, in front of you.
Using a spatula and one biscuit cover the flat base of the biscuit with cream then add another biscuit and cover that base with cream and so on until you have finished either all the biscuits (expect those 4 you put aside earlier) or you have filled your dish/plate. Now cover the entire log with the leftover cream.
Now place those 4 biscuits in a freezer/plastic bag and using a rolling pin crush until you have fine crumbs. Now holding the dish/plate over the kitchen sink sprinkle those crumbs over the top and very gently on the sides. Tilt the dish ever so slightly to do this. Refrigerate until set. Just before serving cut some strawberries and kiwi fruit and place all around the bottom of the dish/plate. Enjoy!!!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Choc chip cookies

What a busy week it has been. I have had plenty of orders to make up so the housework has been neglected just a bit. The cupboards were looking a bit bare so I thought I would make some choc chip cookies. I always make two batches as I have two grown up children in the house nothing ever lasts for long. Heaps of recipes out there for these but here is mine. Remember this recipe is for 1 batch so double the ingredients for two.

Choc Chip Cookies

180gr unsulted butter
1/3 cup castor sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 cups self raising flour (sifted)
3/4 cup milk choc bits
3/4 cup dark choc bits

Leave butter out overnight so it comes to room temperature. Using electric mixer, Beat butter and castor sugar until combined, add in condensed milk and flour and stir by hand until combined. Add both of the choc chips and mix well. If at this point your mixture is still quite wet add a little more self raising flour.

Roll teaspoons full of mixture into small balls, place on greased oven trays and then press gently with a fork. You can of course make these as small or as large as you like.
Bake in 180 degree oven for 15 minutes or until lightly golden brown and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.


Monday, May 10, 2010

Hi everyone and welcome to my blog! Let me introduce myself and where I am from. I am a stay at home mother of two, a boy and a girl and have been married for, well lets just say a long time.
I live in Melbourne, Australia in a suburb called Wantirna. Its about a 30 minute drive from the city and I have two large shopping centres not too far away, a choice of primary and secondary schools nearby and a large private hospital within walking distance.
Sewing has been my passion for as long as I can remember. If I wasn't sewing it, then I was designing or creating it. I just love making baby items and with the addition of many neices and nephews to the family its just seemed like a good idea. Lets face it how many times have your purchased a present from a shop/store only to find someone else has purchased the exact same thing!
Handmade is exactly that, made with lots of tlc from my hands to yours so if you are having a baby or know someone who is please pop on by and browse my etsy store -