Sunday, 31 August 2014

Lining a basket ...

I found a small but sturdy basket to help me bring logs from the garage to the house. The only problem was, that the bits of wood and bark, came through the weave and went all over the floor!


So I determined to line it with fabric, on the same day that Topsy determined to stay in it, no matter what I did, because it was really her best bed!


Eventually and only when the lining was fully sewn, I forcefully removed the cat and tied in the pretty fabric. 


Now I'm all ready for when the wind-swept, early autumn feeling shifts towards the nip-in-the oar that has me reaching for a wooly cardy!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Have you caught the loom band bug?

Look at this fantastic rainbow crochet. All made out of those coloured loom bands which I keep hoovering up these days. 


Have you had a go at creating with these marvellous rubbery things? Not only did i not make this piece but I haven't even made a fish tail bracelet. In fact no one else with nimble fingers has made me one either, although a certain 8 year old has promised to make me one soon. 

Here is Louise with her almost complete creation ....


Loom band shorts - did you guess? 


Lousie might have the most colourful bottom in Christchurch right now, but it's also probably the most dimpled, as this rubbery knitting is rather textured too!


Perfect summer wear and also rather good worn over a pair of purple leggings for winter fun. What do you think?


Have you made anything ambitious with loom bands? You are sure to amaze me if you have. Fiddly little rubber rings are beyond me, but Louise is very much a girl after my own heart! 

Monday, 18 August 2014

Food - left over mashed potato!

For a quick and easy, and very cheesy potato rissoles how about these? I always put left over mashed potato in the fridge but this time I only had a small quantity. 


Mixing in a generous amount of grated cheese I forned the mixture into 4 burger shapes and coated them all in polenta before placing them carefully in a dry non stick frying pan. 

Place over the heat and listen. The cheese bubbling comes through the polenta and makes a nice tasty outside. I can only imagine adding oil might stop the crisping, but you could use oil if you prefer!

Turn them over once when a little browned and throw them on the plates praying they stay together as you go! Really tasty :-)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sweet scrap fish ...

Next month sees my house transformed, and in part, open to the public as part of this years Arwey Art Trail ...


There are lots of new things to see, like a fancy pair of woollen fish that were born today while I sat with a poorly 6 year old ...


And my house of course, which has been very looked after following the winter damage. 

Will you come and see me?

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Hooked on collage?

Time to paint the porch which has always been original bricks. But now that the house is painted, demanded a makeover too! 


An inexpensive set of hooks has been used for children's coats, but I couldn't bring myself to put it back on the wall without a makeover of its own, so I covered it in cute paper. 


A wash of gold guache adds a special something and looks aged. 


The edges of the paper have been sanded. Difficult to photograph but looks superb! Try it next time to are altering furnature and so on ...


The plated hooks are gently worn from use but that's fine for my purposes and I screw them all back on with glee!


Finally back on the wall! Hooks that make me happy and suit all the little coats that get hung here ...

Monday, 11 August 2014

Mirror mirror ...

My friend Jenny wanted me to makeover a mirror for her and I found this shabby chique number at the brewers quay ...


I took the shelf off, and neatly covered the mirror in vintage cotton fabric, by soaking it in PVA. 


A sharp blade cut the edges nearly, and also freed the centre to reflect again! I covered the top of the shelf with fabric too. 


After the shelf was screwed on, gold paint was added, giving an ageing effect and helping the fabric sit well, sort of visually embedding it. 


I hope Jenny likes it, do you?

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Food - something cheesy!

A lot of people share recipies on their blogs, but I struggle with that, being a sort of bucket chemist in my aproach to family food. 

This amazing cheese mattress looks like a soufflĂ© but I don't believe it is! 


It was made using a whipped up blend of fromage frais and three eggs. But it will also work with plain yoghurt. Before it went into a getting-warm oven, I sprinkled finely grated cheese on top. Then I baked it until it looked beautiful. 


It went down smashing with fried mushrooms and grilled tomatoes!