Monday, May 27, 2013
Sunday, May 12, 2013
So this cushion that I was working on last week wasn't actually for my shop :-) I had to tell a tiny white lie as it was my Mother's day present for my Mum and she reads my blog so I didn't want to give away the surprise for her. I chose 16 florals that I thought she would like, some have been used before in other projects I've made for her. She has long admired this cushion that now resides in my downstairs window seat so I knew she would like this design.
The centre came out nearly perfect but good enough for me with all those points to match up. I actually meant to sew on a button but completely forgot :-(
On the back I did a scalloped button enclosure which seemed to go down well with Mum as she likes this side more than the front??!!
Anyway I hope everyone had a lovely Mother's day like I did. We were blessed with a beautiful clear sunny day here and my girls spoiled me by giving me a set of champagne glasses (I might have dropped a small hint earlier) and some dark chocolate. My day was made perfect with a walk along the beach and an ice-cream.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
What better way to spend a wet Sunday afternoon than sewing together some pretty florals whilst listening to some favourite music to drown out the thunder. One of a couple cushion cover ideas for my shop.
Friday, May 3, 2013
So I've had another busy week plus it's been a bit of an emotional roller-coaster with some personal stuff I've been processing but today was the perfect ending. Spending time with good friends makes everything feel much better and of course getting out and exercising in the forestry surrounding our town is the perfect tonic when you're feeling a bit down about things. After a couple of hours of somewhat leisurely biking and chatting we headed back into town and home to shower then we gathered again for some more girls talk over tea and cake at my place.
For some reason I felt like baking late yesterday afternoon and was also in the mood to try out a couple of new recipes that I had come across recently. The above loaf is a coconut loaf with pink raspberry icing. Perfect for a girls afternoon tea not that I had that planned at the time of making it :-) Here's a quick run-down of the recipe because it is too delicious not to share.....
- 125g butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon coconut essence
- 3/4 cup coconut cream
- 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
- 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
Preheat oven to 175C. Line loaf tin with baking paper.
Beat butter and sugar until pale and creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Add coconut essence and coconut cream and beat to incorporate. Stir in flour and coconut. Spoon into prepared loaf tin and bake for 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Once cold, drizzle with pink, raspberry flavoured icing made with 2 cups of icing sugar, a drop or 2 of red food colouring and 1/2 teaspoon of raspberry essence, 20g melted butter and 2 tablespoons of boiling water. Slice to serve. Enjoy!!
The second item I made was these maple walnut bars which are divine ! You can find the recipe here on Susan's blog Hanging on by Needle and thread. Susan often shares her delicious recipes :-) and this one certainly is a keeper.
Today has reminded me how thankful I am to have such caring and supportive friends and to live in a town with so much to do right on our doorstep.