Saturday, 29 September 2012

I’m over here today…

Today I’ve got the privilege of guest posting over at Sew Delicious with a 'Beginner's Guide to Quilting'; as part of Ros's 'Back To Sewing basics Series' which has been running this month.

If you’re a beginner quilter then make sure you check out my post.

And if you’re not – just make sure you check out Ros's lovely blog anyway AND the rest of this amazingly informative series.



Friday, 28 September 2012

‘round here

Sorry I haven’t been popping in here quite as regularly these last couple of weeks.

The truth is, I’ve been a bit pre-occupied with a pretty exciting, top secret project, that I’ll reveal to you at a later date.


In the meantime, here’s a look at what I’ve been working on today – a few more blocks of my cherry pie quilt.


Apart from that, I’ve been…

… roasting chicken, negotiating the custody of favourite toys, marvelling at how fast my kids grow, and trying to make a plan for the upcoming Kids Clothing Week Challenge.

Are you joining in this time round?

Jenny x

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

3 ways with … crayons


I found this idea in the latest ‘Little Treasures’ magazine (Aug/Sept 2012) - which coincidentally also contains an interview with a certain super cool blog bud of mine.

It’s a great way to use up scraps of crayons and is quick and easy to do. Basically you just put small pieces of multi coloured crayons into silicon muffin cases filling no more than half way. Then bake at 160 degrees C for 6 mins. Wait til the melted crayons have cooled and hardened before removing from the moulds.

Then colour!


If like me, you accidently have one of your casings inside out you may also end up with this nifty dishwasher safe imprint!


Natasha being the super generous person that she is bought Noah and Isabelle some bathtub crayons made by Alex. These are non-toxic, easy to wash off (kids and the bath) and most importantly the critics loved them!


I can’t take credit for this last one. Elsa, the wife of the guy that works for Andrew made this amazing piece of art for us. It’s currently at home in Noah’s room and if we ever get a playroom for the kids I want to hang it in there.

I’m not sure which tutorial Elsa used, but here are a few ideas (and some variations) c/- Pinterest.

Thanks so much Elsa – we really love this masterpiece!

So there you have it – 3 ways with crayons…

Have you done any fun crafts/ activities with your kids recently?

Jen x

P.S. My apologies to Auntie Anthea and Toby who I’m sure will be gutted by my lack of a Wardrobe Wednesday post this week… although I hope I have provided you with some crayon inspiration instead.

Friday, 21 September 2012

To market, to market …

We had our church market this morning and I’m pretty happy with how it went.


[Me looking like a bit of a goon behind my stall]

I went in to it with low expectations, and was happy to make $95 (less the $10 fee of course.) My owls proved very popular but I only sold one skirt. (Never mind – my gift box/ Isabelle’s wardrobe has just had a boost).

I just love market atmosphere and it was fun to be part of it.

Andrew brought the kids down a bit later and they joined in the fun too. Isabelle got her face painted… (and I have to add that she was still wearing her PJ pants!! – although they passed as leggings.)


I managed to resist spending all my profits at other peoples’ stalls, but did buy one or two things… including this little bag and monster crayon holder for Noah from my friend Jo.


Don’t you just love how the crayons are the monster’s teeth? Noah thinks it’s pretty awesome too.

All in all, it was a fun day and I think they raised a decent amount for youth group – the face painting, car wash and sausage sizzle stands looked like they did pretty well.

What have you been up to this weekend? Gone to any good markets/ garage sales or fairs recently?

Jenny x

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday*: $12

I wish I could say that what I’m wearing cost this much – but alas this is not the case.

If you remember this post, when I first featured this skirt – you may remember that I was taking the advice of my Gran to take $1 off a pricey item every time you wear it. This is my estimate of how much I think I’ve written off so far. (I still have a way to go, but love it and plan to wear it heaps more!)


Outfit breakdown: Skirt – Thrive (a NZ brand) from a shop in Havelock North,Salsa; belt (a gift from my Mum) – also from Salsa; cardi – glassons, singlet –? possibly farmers or glassons, scarf – dotti, sandals – number one shoe warehouse.

*By the way I know it’s actually Thursday now – I was busy yesterday making things for the market this Saturday and only got this post half written. As always my WW absence was noted by my bro-in-law Toby (I got a text from him at 9am yesterday morning asking where my Wardrobe Wednesday post was!) Here you go Toby – better late than never, huh?

Joining in over here and here.

Jen x

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Chicken and kumara pie

The other day I was picking up some groceries and I decided I really felt like a chicken and kumara (sweet potato) pie, so I picked up some chicken breast, kumara and pre-rolled pastry sheets.

I didn’t have a recipe in mind so I turned to Mr google… I found a couple of recipes but they all seemed to contain many obscure ingredients so I decided to come up with my own.

It doesn’t always work out when I go ‘off recipe’, but this time it did.



About 500g chicken breast, cubed (thigh meat would also work here too)

1 onion, chopped

Oil for shallow frying

A handful of button mushrooms (sliced)

2 small or 1 large kumara, cubed(sweet potato)

1.5 cups of chicken stock

1 teaspoon of mustard powder

I added some broccoli (you could add zucchini or peas – for a little bit of green)

flour/ cornflour for thickening

grated parmesan cheese

Pastry (and egg wash)



Fry onions, chicken and mushrooms – when cooked put to one side.

Cook kumara in stock for around 10 mins. Now add the already cooked ingredients (above) and peas/broccoli or whatever, mustard powder and reduce for around 5 mins. Add flour/ cornflour to thicken.

(If you prefer it creamy – add sour cream or equivalent, once removed from the heat.)

Line a pie dish with pastry pour in filling and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Then top with pastry and brush with egg wash. Bake in oven at around 180 degrees Celsius for around 15-20 mins or until pastry is browned.




Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Patterned pants

I mentioned in my last Wardrobe Wednesday post that I scored something new for my wardrobe from my lovely sister Holly. It’s these pants. Much bolder than what I normally go for, but I love them. The cut is amazing and they are so comfortable. When I wore them to church a couple of Sundays ago – Noah said: “Mum you can’t wear your PJs to church!!!”

In the words of Bill Cosby “Kids, they say the darndest things!”


I really love the bows on the pockets!

Outfit breakdown: Pants – World c/- Holly, top – Max, blue cardi- Tempt, sandals – number one shoes.

These photos were not taken today by the way! We have sunshine but a very chilly wind – I’m definitely not wearing a sleeveless top today!

Joining in over here and here.

Jen x

P.S. Have you been a bit bolder in the way you dress recently? Or tried out a style you didn’t think would suit you only to love it?

Monday, 10 September 2012

Vintage Gingham

I wasn’t intending doing kid style posts two weeks in a row. But when I took these photos last Friday they were so cute that I just couldn’t not. And besides, I’d been waiting for a while for Isabelle to grow into this gorgeous thrifted dress (almost a whole year); so I think it justifies it’s own blog post.

(Oh, and Noah features a little too – in an ensemble he picked out himself.)


I think at this point (in the photo above), she was showing me her shoes – she really loves her shoes, my girl.

I’m not one of those Mums who avoids dressing their little girl in pink (especially if it is a lovely dusky shade); but I really do like navy and white on a little girl – and gingham especially, it’s just so classic and timeless.


Noah’s Mama-made shorts unfortunately did not last the day – the crotch seam gave out – it was pretty strong but I made them too small, combined with the fact that he’s had a growth spurt recently and still in bulky(-ish) re-usable nappies! (We are doing a double toilet training adventure this Summer, I tell you – although Isabelle has shown more interest and success than he so far!)

It’s ok – I’ll just make some more shorts in a larger size.


Noah wears: Thermal – a hand-me-down from my cousin, Tank - made by me, (now deceased) shorts – also made by me, gumboots – T&T.

Isabelle wears: Vintage gingham dress – local op shop, onesie – hand-me-down from Noah, shoes – hand-me-down from a friend, hair clip – one of mine.

Sorry for bombarding you with so much cuteness (I really can’t help it!)

Joining in here and here

Jen x

Sunday, 9 September 2012

I ♥ bunting

I think my first association with bunting flags was when I doing backstroke for school swimming and those little flags were meant to remind that the end of the pool was near so I didn’t bump my head. (I still managed to bump it most times anyway – I like running and most sports, but I’m not a naturally talented swimmer!)

Fast forward (quite) a few years and bunting flags are everywhere, especially used as decoration in baby’s nurseries and kid’s bedrooms.

I’m still plodding away at making stuff for the upcoming market, including a few strings of bunting.


So far I’ve made nautical, pirate and tea-party bunting and have some vintage sheet bunting cut out and ready to go.

I looked around our house and thought I’d show you some of the bunting we have round here…


One of two buntings in Isabelle’s room!


… And one of two in Noah’s room as well! This was one of the first things I sewed for him.

Here are some other bunting related products I found on Felt

Brass Bunting necklace from Sly Fox Jewellery

I WANT one of these sooo bad!

Spring Tote Bags with bunting design

and of course … DIY Mini bunting made by the super clever Stella

There are a heap more – see for yourself

Do you have a bunting collecting habit/ obsession like me?

Jenny x