Apr 15, 2014

Easter baking and making

Mum and I spent the loveliest day today doing Easter things with my littlies.   

I'd seen on this blog about icing and decorating  arrowroot biscuits.  As they are oval they resemble eggs - whack on some icing and fiddly bits and the kids thought they were Nigella.  

Mum and I also decided to make Easter Gingerbread.   I didn't make a single batch of gingerbread last Christmas and I sorely missed it and regretted it afterwards.   So I thought we'd make some for Easter instead. ( Recipe is under the 'my recipes' tab above)

Mum picked up an egg and a bunny shaped cutter and we were away.  I did most of the icing of these and Little Guy added the decorations.

Mum had also picked up a few decorations to make up a bit of an Easter 'tree'.  We did one each and are having a bit of healthy competition ;)

My Easter 'tree'

Mum's Easter 'tree'
I have crocheted a few bits for Easter as well but I'll have to share those another day.

Apr 8, 2014

GIVEAWAY!! Love Sewing Australia magazine

I was privileged the other week to be on a panel reviewing the new Love Sewing Australia magazine.

I can confirm it is a great mag filled with a variety of sewing projects to suit all tastes and skill levels.  From mobiles to quilts there is something for everyone.   As well as news and handy tips.  It does come in a plastic sleeve (which I know irritates lots of people) but on the back it gives a run down of most of the projects within.  Each issue will include a free gift as well as full size pattern pieces.

Before it goes on shelves on April 17 I have a copy to give away!

Simply leave a comment below or on instagram or on my Facebook page.   You can enter once on each platform.  Winner will be chosen at random.  Open worldwide.  Giveaway closes April 16 5pm Australian Eastern Standard time.

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Apr 7, 2014

review - The Crochet Lite hooks

When husband Guy went to the USA for work recently I took the opportunity to stock up on a few things from Joann's.   For those of you who haven't had the pleasure Joann's is like the American equivalent of Spotlight.  

As I scrolled through page after page of crochet hooks and yarn on their website my attention was drawn by these nifty The Crochet Lite hooks with a light in the end.  As they were reasonably priced a popped a couple into my cart.  Thinking if nothing else they would be good for a laugh and to add to my growing collection of hooks.

When I posted a picture of them on instagram I was inundated with questions so I decided to do a bit of a review.  I also looked online to see what other people were saying.  

First of all I find it to be a large handled hook.  It stands to reason given the extra space required for batteries etc.  Yet even though I'm accustomed to holding 20 mm hooks, the balance of the large handle with the smaller hook size threw me.  It's also quite long.

Secondly I am not especially fond of the plastic hook.  Usually I  try to work with wooden or metal hooks as I find they move more smoothly.   I did notice people online referred to them as 'squeeky'.

The third thing I tested was the accuracy of the size of the hook.  A few people had mentioned online that they thought the hooks were sized incorrectly.   For example a 4 mm hook was actually a 4.5mm.  I hooked up a dishcloth with my 4.5mm Crochet Lite and then did the same pattern in a 4.5mm Clover hook and found no difference.   Even when you look at the Crochet Lite it almost does appear bigger bit on very close inspection I think the size is accurate.

Fourth - I like the fact that they have both the size in mm and the size letter written on them.

Lastly - the light.  On a gloomy day I used the light and found it dazzled me a bit.  The light seems to shine around the bottom of the shaft of the hook and directly out of the top of the hook.  I found sometimes as I was hooking the top light would catch me straight in the eyes.  The one at the base however I found illuminated the work as you went, making it useful for darker yarns.  Some reviews had mentioned using the hook in completely dark rooms - such as a movie theatre.  I tried mine in a dark room and found the light just enough to hook by.  I'm pretty sure eye specialists would recommend against this practice but it is achievable.  I also found in this level of light the light in the tip didn't dazzle me as much.

So there you are.  I still think these hooks are more of a novelty item for me (referred to in our house now as the lightsaber hooks) but if you were fond of hooking in the cinema or in other low light places you might find it useful.  

Do you have one? What do you think of it?    

Apr 2, 2014

afternoon in the garden

It is officially autumn here, has been for a month now, but it is still pretty hot. And humid.  I'm well ready for some cooler weather.

I herded the kids outside this afternoon.  Truthfully because I'd spent the whole day cleaning and wanted to keep it as crumb and muck free as possible.   Here is a little look at some of the things we saw.

The red-est ladybug I've ever seen.

A humungous boulder like mushroom with cool markings.

A little hiding mushroom.

The guava starting to ripen despite how many the possums have obviously been eating.

And this beautiful boy lying on the rug taking all the cuddles (and abuse) Amelie can dish out.

Mar 28, 2014

Chihuly Garden and Glass - Seattle WA

I know this post is a little behind the times but I FINALLY got around to sorting out all our holiday photos last night.  I'd done a lot of research about Seattle before we left, having never been there before, wanting to cram in as much as possible and especially because we had the smalls in tow.

Chihuly Garden and Glass came up trumps on most lists of 'must see' attractions in Seattle.  And although glass isn't strictly kid friendly I thought they might enjoy it and there was no way I was missing it.  I love glass and I love flowers.  Enough said.

On every level this attraction pleased.  It was a little hairy with kids in tow but there were four of us and four of them so we kind of had them covered.  They were well behaved inside and there was enough bright colours and stuff to look at to keep them satisfied.  The rooms are all lit at a low level with lights specifically lighting up each piece which seems to make the glass 'glow'.  Outside in the Garden the children could stretch their legs and roam a bit more freely (within reason of course - the Garden is still full of glass among the real plants).

We visited with friends who had been to Seattle several times but had never visited Chihuly.  Everyone loved it and agreed it was well worth a visit.  The location is great too - set just at the foot of the Space Needle and in the same precinct as the Pacific Science Centre and the EMP Museum.  There are great passes you can buy which include admission to most of these attractions but I won't bore you here with the details.

Anyway I hope you enjoy the photos.  And yes it was THAT beautiful.

Mar 15, 2014

Craftsy sale - up to 50% off classes

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Mar 13, 2014

sponsored post - Palmolive Divine Blends

I've developed a bit of a system lately.  As a stay at home mum I find it easy to get side tracked.  A few play dates, a coffee, lots of sewing and my week is gone and the house is a mess. So I developed a schedule for myself.  It means the house is cleaner and I get more done.  I think like any job the role of mother and house keeper needs structure.

Monday now is floor day.  I tidy the toys in the lounge room and in the kids bedrooms then vacuum the house and wash the floors.  I like doing it on Monday as I then get to enjoy it for the whole week basically on my own and once the weekend is finished it's well and truly due again.

Tuesday is bathroom day.  This is one of my least favourite jobs as the main bathroom is the only unrenovated place left in our house.  It is really uninspiring and I'm terribly guilty of just letting it slide as I can't face the dated and pokey space.  But no longer!  Every Tuesday it gets cleaned as well as the toilet and little powder room.  Beautiful!  And it doesn't look half as bad once it's clean.

Unfortunately there are always the jobs that need to be done every day - the washing up and the laundry.  I don't mind washing clothes although (as my husband will confirm) I am hopeless at folding them up and putting them away.

The washing up however has become less of a chore since I was sent a bottle of Palmolive Divine Blends Vanilla & Berries to try out.  Think of a lush, beautifully perfumed body wash you might buy for yourself - and then turn it into a dishwashing liquid.  Dishwashing liquid was never something I'd given much thought to but this stuff is really yummy.  A huge 700ml bottle costs just $4.99 RRP and you really only need a tiny squirt to ensure a huge sink full of scrummy bubbles.  Don't do what I did the first time and slosh in a ton of it because you'll wind up with more bubbles than you know what to do with!  You really only need a tiny squirt (as per the instructions on the bottle :)  Not only does it smell delicious but it cuts through grease like nobodies business.

Now this is a sponsored post for Palmolive and Digital Parents Collective but the opinions expressed here are totally my own.

Would you like to try a bottle of Palmolive Divine Blends for yourself?  First three (3) people to leave a comment on this post will be sent a full sized bottle each.  Open to Australian residents only.

Thanks to those who entered. :)

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