Monday, 27 April 2015

My trip to the AQC was a success!

Hi Everyone :)

I meant to post this last week as that is when I attended the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne...But our home internet decided to die and be annoying until now, so sorry its a little late :)


I had a VERY successful day.  My aim for the day was to try out a bunch of different sewing machines (which I did), and choose one to purchase - as you all know I have been having nothing but issues with my current machine (which by the way has come back from the doctor and is working again), so hubby and I decided it was time for a new machine that was right for the job (ie: making bags!).  I didn't think I would be purchasing on the spot - but that is what ended up happening!


I bought a JUKI TL-98, and I am so happy I did!  It is a great machine and I have pretty much used it whether the task is big or small, everyday since I picked it up! Apparently purchasing a new machine is good for my sewjo ;P


At the Juki stand I spent some time talking to Molli Sparkles and trying out the Juki


I also purchased a few other small items...

Some cute buttons from the crafty squirrel

Some pretty fabric from Gail B patchwork


and I made sure to stop past Millrose and Quilting Gallery 
to check on Frankie and Dee, creations made by the ever fabulous Jodie (Ric Rac)
and make sure they were behaving themselves ;D

All in all it was a good day :)
Emma
For My Little Monster

Monday, 13 April 2015

No Milk, No Butter and No Eggs...CAKE!

Hi everyone,

Yep, I made a cake with no milk, no butter and no eggs...and it was YUM!



It didn't turn out perfectly, its bottom fell off...but I think that was my silicone bakeware's fault - I hate it it always ruins my cakes - so next time I'm going to use a tin...

Samantha did suggest on IG that maybe I needed to let the cake fully cool before removing it from the bakeware...maybe that was my problem?  I'm always in such a hurry to eat the cake I always take them out of the bakeware early ;)



But once put on a pretty plate and sprinkled with icing sugar you cant tell it has no bottom ;)



The cake was YUM too!  It was light and airy and I will be making it again - its a great recipe to keep in mind for kids parties too with all the food allergies and intolerances that are around these days.

So you want to make your own?


Ingredients:

·  1 and 1/2 cups plain flour
·  1 and 1/4 cup sugar
·  3 tablespoons cacao powder
·  1 teaspoon bi-cab soda
·  1/2 teaspoon salt
·  5 tablespoons canola oil
·  1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
·  1 tablespoon white vinegar
·  1 teaspoon vanilla essence
·  1 cup cold water
·  Icing sugar


Directions:
  1. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cacao, bi-cab soda and salt. Combine well.  Make a well in the dry ingredients. Pour in the 2 types of oil, vinegar and vanilla essence into the well. Begin to stir gently, then slowly pour in the water as you stir. Continue to add the water slowly until all water has been added, then stir until thoroughly combined (the cake batter will be thin-ish).
  2. Pour into a greased baking dish. Bake at 180° (fan forced) for 30 minutes. Allow the cake to cool then dust with icing sugar.

Serves: 10-12 (depending on how big/small you cut the pieces)
Total time: 10min prep, 30min baking, plus cooling time.

Happy baking!
Emma
For My Little Monster

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Spending the day at Mrs H's House...and she is having a SALE!

Hi Everyone!

The other day I guest posted over at Mrs H's house...

Samantha asked me to pick a few Companion Carpet Bags from the Bag of the Month flickr group to share...do you all know how hard that was? I mean...they...were...all...so...good!

Head over here to see the full post :)

Samantha is also having a SALE to celebrate Spring!
There is a 25% discount on the pattern bundles in her Etsy store with the code BUNDLEBONANZA

There are 3 bundles to choose from...

This 1st one is great!  I really want to make Samantha's Saddlebag one day :) 

I have made the Nappy Bag included in this pattern bundle.  It is a great pattern and I used mine until it fell apart from over stuffing!  I need to make another, but haven't gotten around to it yet...

I have made the Sling Bag from this pattern bundle...and as always, the instructions are so well written!  Well they must be as I made mine when I was in labour to distract myself :) 
The convertible bag is on my list to make too...

So head over  to Samantha's Etsy store right now to get a great deal now!
Emma
For My Little Monster

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Introducing T to Passover...

Hi everyone,

Passover has snuck up on me!  I can't believe it is THIS Friday - this year is flying by.

Seeing as our Chanukah activities went so well last year, I have decided to quickly throw together some activities from around the internet to help T to learn a little bit about this Jewish holiday too.

Our families passover activities involve a dinner or Seder, where we read from the Haggadah...it is generally very dry and the kiddies all get bored very quickly - never mind the adults ;P

So, to keep the boredom at bay for T, we will do a few things at home before we go to the dinner...
We will read this story of Passover and watch this short video:



Then we will make these finger puppets (created by Tori Avey) together and take them to dinner to play with at the table - they look like lots of fun!

I will also have some of this activity pack (pages - 5, 6, 7, 10, 11 and 15) and some pages from this plagues activity (pages - 2 and 4) made by Jewish home school blog, for T to do if he needs some more entertainment. We may not use them all, but at least I will have them for if we need something to keep him busy :)

I hope you find these resources helpful if you celebrate Passover too - maybe I have saved you some work!
Emma

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Birthday bag take 2

Hi everyone,

I spent a few days last week making this for a showcase over at Melisa Jane...


Yep, its the birthday bag (take 2), the 1st one I made last year was for my mum's birthday :)

I'm hoping to release the pattern for this bag later in the year (I have a few others on the to-do list to finish 1st though ;D )

Unfortunately my machine is broken again and needs to go to the doctor...so all pattern writing has to be put on hold - sorry to those waiting to see my next pattern, it will come...it just make take an extra month or 2.  Last time my machine was gone for 10weeks! Hopefully its not gone that long this time :)

What have you been making lately?
Emma
For My Little Monster

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

I made a Laney - Pattern by Swoon

Hi everyone :)

I took a break from writing my next pattern a few weeks ago, to make my soon to be sister-in-law (I can't believe my baby bro is going to be getting married in the near future - mind blown!), a 30th birthday present.

I had been wanting to make a Laney (pattern by Swoon) for a while, and the style of this bag seemed like something the birthday girl would like. The Laney is a FREE pattern that Alicia (the lady behind the patterns at Swoon) wrote for Pellon Projects.


I can't seem to make anything without changing the pattern!  ha ha ;P

So...the Laney is supposed to be a reversible hobo, however, the version I made is not reversible...well it is, but I haven't made it to actually be used that way ;)

The Laney is supposed to have "ties" that are used as a device for closure, the version I made actually has a white snap as the closure device.

The Laney is not supposed to have any zippered pockets...however, I like zippered pockets, (they are useful!), so I have included an internal one.

I also used H640 instead of the recommended interfacings in the pattern I did this because that is what I had at home...I am very happy with this change, as the bag can hold its own shape now - and it makes it look more substantial while not adding any extra weight.

The fabric used on the outside middle panel is one from my MIL's cupboard, going on what the rest of the print looks like on the panel (that I have left), it looks to have once been a table cloth ;)

Hopefully the birthday girl likes it and uses it a lot :)
Emma

(P.S. Did you notice my sneaky comment about my next pattern?  Well, you shouldn't have too long to wait...It should be ready for release in April! YAY :D)

For My Little Monster

Monday, 9 March 2015

My holiday patchwork shop - a review

Hi everyone

A few weeks ago we went on a family holiday to Mildura - it's about 6ish hours drive form Melbourne (my home town). I have to say it is a loooooooong drive with a 6month old, by the end of it M was screaming to get out of the car! But T was a trooper and we made it to our apartment in one piece ;)

While away I thought I would do a spot of fabric shopping at the local patchwork shop.


I have shopped here before (on previous holidays), and the service is always lovely!
As you walk in the front door, you are greeted by this cute vintage machine and mini quilt...


And there is LOTS of fabric to choose from...


This is only a small corner of the store, there is lots to see here! I spent about an hour browsing through all the lovely fabrics and notions and selected a few different fabrics to purchase...


If your in Mildura for a holiday, I recommend stopping in and having a look at what this store has, they also offer sewing classes and you can find more information about those on their website :)


But do take note of their opening hours! Last year I turned up on their door step and they were closed :( so I had to go back another day.

All in all, it was a lovely way to spend nap time, a relaxed shopping outing surrounded by beautiful fabric :)
Emma 
For My Little Monster