Just how cute are these cottages …. It is so rewarding to make these little houses that have been so popular on Etsy and in my studio. Perfect gifts for Claire and Kate going off to college, I personalised each with their initial on the door. Each cottage is quirky … no doubt inspired by… Continue reading Gorgeous Cottages
Chadstone yesterday, I went in search of a new throw for the couch …. I wanted grey / charcoal as I am often wearing dark clothes and don’t want a pale lint around.
The 1st homewares shop I went into I spied this cuddly soft throw …. but oh! … the edge binding was so cheap and nasty that I looked further. Nothing else jumped out at me so back I went to purchase this throw for a princely sum of $30 after all discounts! … a great buy and hopefully I would have some remnant at home to do a new edge.
My big stash of fabric yielded a ‘bling’ oyster grey piece that was just enough …. 3 x 1.5m lengths and I would have to join a 4th ….. easy! …Each strip 4″ wide and then I set to work, first to press a seam allowance on one side …. the other I attached to the underside of the throw in from the existing edge strip.
Once stitched, the edge strip was turned over to the front, covering the old one and top stitched down
I didn’t have enough fabric to do ‘mitred’ or ‘log cabin’ corners so the shorter sides were left til last with the ends pressed in and top stitched in place
All finished and now ready for some cosy winter nights …. with a good book or another felted ‘noddy house’ cottage to stitch!
I have used a similar technique to finish Quilts and Baby blankets
A few small pieces remain of my remnant stash …. but this will be tucked away for some small project … or maybe some Etsy finishing for my shop …… Garnet Fleuri
Just love this lemon, coconut unbaked slice … perfect for the hot weather and deliciously rich enough to have just one square with coffee … if you can limit yourself! First line a 7-8″ square pan ( or similar ) with non stick bake paper Ingredients: 375 gm pack of Arnotts shortbread biscuits… Continue reading Lemon Coconut Slice
Making mouth watering marmalade or plum or apricot jam from your own home grown fruit is an art that I have practised for decades. There are a number of tricks and tips that I will share with you but if you are new to this process then start with something very reliable like grapefruit marmalade.… Continue reading Making Preserves the Old Fashioned Way
This is perhaps my favourite method ( no 3 ) where the rod is well above the quilt …. but in this case I was able to find studs wider than the quilt METHODS FOR HANGING A QUILT Firstly make sure your quilt has a sleeve attached to the back … there are a number… Continue reading How to Hang a Wall Quilt
I have been preparing a recipe of the week to send to my niece who eats mainly vegetarian cuisine ….. Like many of my basic recipes ….this one has options including substituting a creamy dip for the roux sauce …. How easy does it get! This is a great wholemeal spelt Papadelle … but you… Continue reading Papadelle in creamy sauce topped with wood roasted Salmon or Avocado
A quick way to impress your guests! Recently my friend Une came for morning tea …. we haven’t caught up for such a long time so I needed something quick and easy to prepare so that we could spend all of our time chatting! Start with 1 sheet of puff pastry .. thawed Cut into… Continue reading Apple Pastries