Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday wishlist

I seem to be obsessed with bags, pouches, cushions, clothes, shoes, bowls....

so this week I looked for something outside my normal cravings.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

where I went today

I'm in training.
Walking training.
For a walk in the Himalayas (hopefully) this year.
So my friend H and I are trying to get out and do some bushwalks most weeks.

Today we went to the maze of tracks behind the Hydro Majestic hotel at Medlow Bath.
This is a very historic hotel, opened by Mark Foy in the early 1900's as a health resort.
Sadly the hotel is closed at the moment, awaiting refurbishment, and the bush tracks are much neglected. Hopefully the new plans will restore some of the tracks - or at least put in some sign posts.

The area, being right on the egde of the cliffs, is very popular with rock climbers and there are a lot of misleading tracks.
But the views down into the Megalong Valeey are incredible.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Something new - here it is!

A new range of fabric brooches for BoosTees.

little hoots brooch

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Something new

- something I have been thinking about for a while, but never got round to it.
You know how it is?

Something for BoosTees, I think.

Here is a sneak preview -

Launching tomorrow, here -

Look out!!!!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday wishlist

Is my mood grey today?

I think it is.

No cheery brightness brightness this week, but subtle quietness.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pancake day? Yeah!

Everyone loves pancakes, right?

All except the person who has stand at the cooker cooking them?

This recipe is the solution to that problem.

German Pancake

Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.

Get 2 shallow cake pans.
Put 1Tbs butter in each pan and put in the oven ubtil melted but not brown.

Whisk together
4 eggs
2/3 cup milk
2/3 cup plain flour
1 tsp sugar

using whisk or your new Kenwood chef blender (like I did!)

Pour batter into hot pans.
cook for 10 mins at 200 C then reduce heat to 180 C for another 10 mins.

Make sure everyone is sitting down ready at the table, because these pancakes wait for no man!

Serve with lemon juice and sugar, or honey, or maple syrup, or fruit, or what you will.


Monday, February 15, 2010

monday's treasuries

One pretty treasury this week.

What a lovely collection by jewelflyt! Perfectly poised indeed.

Thanks so much Vicki for including my Spring Sunset necklace

Vicki of Jewelflyt makes such unusual silver jewellery.
I totally love this pendant - you have to see how it looks when worn.

Thanks Vicki!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Haloumi and sweet potato salad

Sometimes I surprise myself!

I love cooking and I've got some great recipe books, but when it comes to salads I like to wing it with whatever is in the fridge/pantry.
Over the years I've created some tasty treats, but also some disasters.

But with last night's dinner I think I excelled myself.

Want to know more?

I peeled and sliced a large orange sweet potato, about 5mm thick and pan fried until tender and slightly browned.
While that was cooking - it takes a while (you can go and chat on the computer!) I tossed some mixed leaves on a plate with mini roma tomatoes, sliced cucumber, thinly sliced red capsicum and alfalfa sprouts.
I sliced a fresh fig downwards into 4 but left it joined at the base, and opened it out like a flower.
When the sweet potato was cooked I pushed it to one side of the frypan and put in some sliced haloumi cheese (we all love this soft salty Greek cheese).
Cooked the cheese on both sides until it was golden.

Then artfully arranged several slices of sweet potato and haloumi on top of the salad, sprinkle with your choice of balsamic vinegar or balsamic dressing ( I use Praise free balsamic) and a few chopped walnuts.

Serve with a nice crusty bread.


Friday, February 12, 2010

Sale and some new stuff

You know when you are just sick of seeing the same things?

I have been feeling like that about some of my jewellery, especially some necklaces that have been around for a while.
So I decided to have a clearance sale and see if I could get rid of them to make way for some lovely new creations.

I'm always a bit reluctant to lower my prices because my prices are so reasonable anyway, but maybe it will encourage some people to take the plunge!

- and I've threatened them, if they dont sell - then I will cut them up into bracelets or other things. (the necklaces not the customers!)

Where is this sale happening?
At The Nook at Leura, which is a craft co-operative that I belong to.

And here are some new pieces -

peruvian opal and azurite with brass chain

rhyolite, chalcedony and pearl

brass pendant an assymetric mix of beads

and some cute owl earrings.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday wishlist

What is it with me and bright colours at the moment?

Is it beacuse it has been raining for 2 weeks?
Or does my mood need uplifting?
Am I trying to relive a past life?

Who knows!

Anyway I just fell in love with this vibrant cushion.
It has gorgeous Indian fabric and hopefully I'm heading to India this year, so maybe this is a taste of thing to come?

I was looking for something completely different - isnt that always the way? - when I found this stunning orange bag by tippythai.

There are so many lovely styles of bags in tippythais shop - I'd like one in every design and every colour.

But this one is the perfect summer colour and weight.

OK - something elso orange?

Well this is probabyl on the red side of orange - but how delightful is this brooch?
There are lots of really cute things in this shop and it has the best name - "inmybackyard"!

I'm so happy with my wishlist this week!
See it has lifted my spirits already - think I'll go for a skip. tralala!

Monday, February 8, 2010

monday's treasuries

I was so pleased to see my green rivoli earrings in this stunning olive and purple treasury by maykela.

Maykela makes the most astonishingly beautiful jewellery.
Take a look at these elaborate earrings in my favorite colours.
And you will find many more necklaces and earrings in her shop when you pay it a visit!

amazonite, apatite and peridot earrings

And you will find many more necklaces and earrings in her shop when you pay it a visit!

Friday, February 5, 2010

What I made this week

An abundance of necklaces.

Playing with some simple designs and some chain.

1. green chalcedony necklace, 2. blue chalcedony necklace, 3. chrysocholla necklace, 4. cherry quartz necklace

Using up some large square glass beads that I've had for a while.

And decided what to do with a lovely labrodite pendant and a lapiz pendant that I bought last year.

1. purple square necklace, 2. green square necklace, 3. lapiz pendant necklace, 4. labrodite pendant necklace

And a black and white combination.

What do you think?

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday wishlist

It's raining.
It's a grey day.
I need some brightness in my life.

japanese spring - giclee print by emberatia

Maybe the sun will come out soon.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hey! What are you doing there?

- in my garden?

"munch, munch"!

Monday, February 1, 2010

monday's treasuries

One lovely one this week and one lovely one I forgot from last week *blushes*!

How could I have overlooked this wonderful collection of earrings from vintagesewandsew?

She so kindly included my sparkling brandy earrings.

So I urge you to go visit Kerri's shop because you will find the most wonderful collection of vintage and retro patterns and bits and bobs, like this terrific swirly skirt -

Also many thanks to thegoblet for selecting my winter dawn earrings in this lovely cool, wintery treasury -

Thegoblet makes such pretty jewellery it was hard to chose my favorite, but dont you just love these blue earrings?

Lastly another hot summer one from me, inspired by sweetwichetty's teapot art! -

Enjoy you week!
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