Sunday, October 25, 2009

This is for my beautiful daughter Naomi, Her amazing partner Craig and their gorgeous daughter Lila and the little soul who returned to heaven

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Amazing art at the Rainbow Cafe

Come and visit us at the Rainbow Cafe We have a wonderful display in our scrolling gallery of quality works of art contributed by our members. we are growing fast The opportunity exists for you to join if you are a visual or performing artist drop in for a coffee and a chat Great things are happening!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Rainbow Cafe

After scouring the net and joining many groups where I just don't quite fit properly I decided to design my own social network for Australian artists We are looking for all disciplines Please if you create in any way you do not have to be a professional Just serious about what you do Please come and join us showcase your work! Inform us of events or exhibitions you are involved in Let the artists of Australia come together in our very own online arts cafe!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Cake in a Stocking! Personalized christmas gift to make!

Welcome to my tute on how to make a very personalized fun Christmas gift you can get the kids to help with!
I have made a file you can download that includes a full size pattern to trace off for the stocking, a tag to print off and a recipe instruction sheet to include with the gift.
Pattern is found on this link

1. cut out two pieces of fabric for the stocking you made include a collar if you wish as I have done on mine. Alternatively you could make one in felt and get the kids to glue decorations on to the front of it. The picture on the left shows two I have made in satin. Sew a small loop of ribbon

onto the inside seam at the top of the stocking with an over stitch This will give you something to attach your tag to.

2. When your stocking is complete , Slide an open feezer or zip lock bag onto your hand and slide it into the stocking.
Try to make sure you get as far into the toe as possible.

3. Stand your stocking on a bowl and add the dry ingredients. Its great to get the kids to help here Gives them practice in measuring;

4 Add; 1 cup of self raising flour
3/4 cup of white sugar
1/4 cup of soft brown sugar
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3 tbls cocoa powder
Remove as much air from the remainder of the bag as possible. Tie the top of the bag with a twist tie or seal if using a zip lock and fold down into the stocking

This makes up a lovely moist cake when it is added to the other ingredients that are listed on the recipe sheet it also can be varied substituting coffee for the cocoa You may adapt your own cake if you wish, Just leave out the wet ingredients and include them on your own version of the instruction sheet....Hint.... I found using vanillin sugar a good alternative for the essence in a dry mix

5. Attach your tag to the top loop of the stocking , roll your instrcution sheet up and tie with tinsel and slide inside the stocking keeping it in place with the plastic dry mix bag.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

I won!

Whoo hoo my hat for Sian won me the prize of a lovely pattern from Mamu designs Thanks Crafty Mamas. This is the hat I made for myself which Molly so sweetly modeled for me I made a bag to match it. The yellow fabric is redyed Upcycled Chenille bedspread and the lining is my hand-printed Dolls Have Souls fabric I printed a few years ago Both the hat and the bag are completely reversible!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Pink Cap for Sian

I made this Pink Cap using some satin I Suncoloured and printed with my wings design. Whoo Hoo! Just found out I won the September quickly challenge with it at Crafty Mamas! To find out how to use Suncolour yourself go to my studio site