Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sewing Desk project

I bought this desk at a friend's garage sale. It will be my sewing desk I think. I am going to sand the paint off the top and coat it with clear sealer. Then the rest I am painting white. It has been 'shabby chic' painted - it has a grey undercoat, then white and sanded off in places (I will paint over this). The desk has three drawers along the top. The desk should look good in the carriage. Have a good weekend,
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Stack & Slash Quilt

The quilt group that I belong to are making quilts for the bushfire survivors in Victoria. I am going to make a stack & slash star quilt for a boy. The Patchwork Angel is having a class to learn this quick technique, so I thought I'd join in on the fun. As you can see from the fabrics, my theme is red, white & blue for this quilt. I will keep you posted on my progress. (The class is on the 28th March.)
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New Blogger

Welcome to Judith at Creative Studio, pop on over to her new blog. Judith is launching her new site by having a giveaway for both Aussie and overseas visitors.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Slipper Bag

I found this embroidery of slippers, (that I did quite a while ago now), in one of my sewing cupboards. And decided to make a slipper bag - to put your slippers/shoes in when you are packing your clothes for a holiday.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Bushfires & Floods

As most of you have heard already, Australia is in the grip of two natural disasters. Devestating bushfires in the south, Victoria, and extensive floods in the north of Queensland. My heart goes out to all those who have lost loved ones and properties there.
The whole country is rallying to raise money through the Red Cross and other charites. Our small country town has a container load of goods packed and ready to send down the the bushfire victims. Also Maree is having an auction to raise money to send to the Victorian Bushfire Appeal.
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Monday, February 9, 2009

Bikkies

Today I made some Kulleraugen (big eye) biscuits. I saw these on Suzie's blog around christmas time. Suzie kindly translated the recipe for me. They turned out great I think. Nice with a cuppa.
Cheerio,
Sandi xx
* I have had several requests for this recipe, so here it is:
Suzie’s Kulleraugen (big eye) Biscuits


Ingredients:
250 g all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder (not full!)
100 g Sugar
Vanilla essence
little pinch of salt
3 egg yolks
150 g butter or margarine
50 g chopped almonds
red currant jelly
Mix the flour and the baking powder. Add sugar, vanilla essence, salt, egg yolks and butter and mix them to a smooth dough (you may need to use your hands to mix the dough into a ball). Let it rest for about one hour in the refrigerator.
Roll little balls, dip the top of them in egg white, then dip them in chopped almonds. Put them on the baking sheet in the baking form. With the tip of a wooden spoon make a small hole and fill it with the red currant jelly. Preheat the oven ( 170° C / Gas 3-4) and bake them for about 15 minutes. Enjoy eating them!
* I used plum, raspberry and cherry conserve instead of red currant jelly
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Sunday, February 8, 2009

A surprise in the shed

Look what we found in the shed today - a large 'Pink Tongue' lizard. (related to Blue Tongue lizards) My son said 'come and have a look in the shed, mum, I think there's a big lizard in there'. All I could see was a tail hanging out from the shelf. I put on my garden gloves, and grabbed a big bucket. Then I poked the tail. It disappeared and then its head came out, flicking it's pink tongue and hissing at me. I managed to get it to back itself into the bucket (it wasn't real happy at this stage). I re-located Mr Lizard out into the garden where I think he might find more food (than in the shed).
Today I've been doing a bit more painting around the windows (in the railway carriage) - a very tedious and time consuming job (lots of preparation work).
Cheerio,
Sandi xx
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Passionfruit Cream Sponge cake

I made a passionfruit sponge cake for afternoon tea today. Our visitors couldn't come at the last minute, so I invited the neighbors over - 'to help us eat it' :)
I sandwiched the two halves together with lashings of cream and passionfruit. And on top, I poured over a thin passionfruit icing. It was very indulgent, and now I won't need to eat any dinner! What is your favourite cake to serve guests?
Cheerio,
Sandi xx
*I have had a few requests for the recipe, so here it is:
Passionfruit Cream Sponge Cake
*4 medium sized eggs (at room temperature)
* 1 cup plain flour
*1 rounded tsp baking powder
* 1 rounded tsp butter
*4 tbsp water
* 1 cup sugar
Cream Layer
* 300ml (10 0unces) cream
*1 tspn vanilla essence
*2 tblspns icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
*1 passionfruit
---Icing---
* icing sugar (confectioner's sugar)
*1 tbsp butter
*1 passionfruit
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Separate the eggs and beat the egg whites until frothy. Add the sugar gradually, beating all the time. Once the sugar is dissolved (about 8 minutes beating with an electric beater) add the egg yolks slowly. Sift the dry ingredients together at least three times, then sift them into the egg mixture and fold it carefully by hand. Heat the butter and water on the stove until it comes to the boil (I did it in the microwave in a pyrex jug and let it cool a little) then add it to the sponge mixture and fold in thoroughly.
Put the mixture in two 20 cm (7 1/2 inch) greased and floured sandwich tins. (I also had a circle of baking paper in the tins as well). Bake in a moderate oven pre-heated to 180 oC (356 oF) for 15 mins or until cake springs back when touched.
When they have cooled, join the cakes together with the whipped cream: Beat cream, vanilla and icing sugar till firm. Spread on one sponge cake. Scoop out passionfruit and drizzle over cream layer. Place the second sponge cake on top.
Make a thin passionfruit icing: mix the butter and a small amount of icing sugar together first. Then add the passionfruit and more icing sugar to make a thin icing. Pour over cake.
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Sunday, February 1, 2009

We have lights!

Ta-dah!! We now have power and lights.

And louvres.

We chose rather industrial looking power points, light switches and lights. I think it suits the carriage well.

The reno is almost finished. Just have to sand and paint the window frames - a really fiddly job :(
Cheers,
Sandi xx
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