Monday, September 27, 2010
I've been thinking about it for a while because I sew plenty of clothes for my kids (and other people's kids) and I find that I'm hopeless at finishing the seams properly because it take too much time on my very basic sewing machine. And now that I'm a bit addicted to upcycling op-shopped t-shirts it's really nice to get a professional looking finish.
Anyway, I popped into the sewing machine shop on Saturday around lunch time. Brought it home and set it up and missed the first half of the AFL Grand Final. The kids were being entertained by their older cousins so it was the perfect opportunity to do some daytime sewing!
I had some overlocker thread spools in my craft room (an op-shop find) so got straight down to sewing another Lil Blue Boo Hoodie for Kelvin. I have grand plans for summer shorts, winter cords and some pj's for us all. Now I just have to stop buying clothes for the kids - they might be cheap but mummy-made must be better (at least for now anyway!!).
I did vaguely watch the last half and definitely enjoyed the last 5 minutes. For us the draw was perfect, Collingwood didn't win and Trev won the $2 sweep at work! We hosted our first bbq for the season and enjoyed a crazy house full of friends.
Now what to do next Saturday? Footy or sewing?
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
I don't claim to be a masterchef of any description. I can cook (generally following a recipe). I have a massive collection of recipe books - because I like the pictures but I rarely use them, tending to rely on my tried and true favourites. Although, we do challenge ourselves to cook something new a couple of times a month - just for variety, and to try and add some new faves to our repetoire! That's how we came across the Spinach and Coppa spaghetti from the Women's Weekly Italian Cooking Class book.
1 clove of crushed garlic
small red capsicum (finely chopped)
small brown onion (finely chopped)
1 small red chilli chopped (or the equivalent from a jar or tube for us!)
6-8 slices of smoked ham (finely chopped)
baby spinach leaves (finely chopped)
The most time consuming thing is the cutting. I often use scissors to cut the spinach leaves, and always use my "stick blender with food processor attchment" to chop the onions and garlic (quick with no tears). Matilda loves to help with dinner so if we're in less of a hurry she will cut the capsicum or ham or both.
Monday, September 13, 2010
I used two old t-shirts (for the hood and arms) and some new fairy fabric for the body. Matilda loves it but she did ask if next time it could have pockets! Nothing like constructive criticism!!