Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Craft: Coconut Milk Soap

Because it's actually really easy to make soap, I decided to make another batch. This time I wanted to try a milk based recipe.

I found one over at HubPages, thanks Pinterest for allowing me to find all these really cool things.


800g olive oil
200g coconut oil
320g coconut milk
138g lye
150g shredded coconut

This time I didn't over-blend it and it was a really nice custard like consistency which meant it was easier to pour into the mould.

And then to be fancy schmancy, i added some more shredded coconut to the top.

And now for the agonising six week wait.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 25

I love this block so much! Although I'm going to subtract points for the 2 1/2 hours it took me to complete it, so my love is sitting at around 75%.

The block is titled Blackford's Beauty.

Hopefully the next one won't take me as long to make.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Craft: Pallet Chicken Coop

So Steve gets home from work and says 'who dumped the rubbish up the side of our house?'

That's not rubbish. That's going to be a chicken coop.


I have a lot more to collect before I can make a chicken house, but it's a start.

Now I've just got to pull them apart. Fun times.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Craft: Soap Making

Sarah came for a visit the other week. It was so good to see her.

We went to the licorice factory.

And we made freckles.

Then we went home and decided to try our hand at making some soap.

I found a recipe and instructions over at Lovin' Soap Studio.

It consisted of:
Coconut oil – 8 oz
Lard – 16 oz
Olive oil – 8 oz
Lye – 4.5 oz
Water – 9 oz

FYI: the pumpkin is not for the soap.

We had a bad trace as I blended it for too long. It started going hard too quick to put it in the mould, but we got there, even if it isn't a nice smooth finish.

And now for the six week wait to see if it worked.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 24

Ok, so I am back up to date and in order again

This week is the Hovering Hawks block.

I think the green isn't strong enough for my choice of neutral fabric.

Oh well, it's done now and I have so many blocks to go that there's no way I'm redoing it!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Day to Day: Mother's Day

I love Mother's Day.

The kids gave me a gorgeous new teapot. I love teapots. And tea. And the kids, surprisingly.

This year Steve asked if for Mother's Day I would like a new sewing machine. I looked around to see what I could get and I didn't really want to replace my existing 419S with a similar model as my machine is still going strong after 10 years.

I asked around and a few people had recently bought a Horizon. What's that? So I googled it and saw a beautiful machine that would be awesome for quilting.

So, I rang the quilting shop in Wagga and ordered a Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8200.

Automatic thread cutter - where have you been all my life?!?!

Automatic needle lift - you're my new favourite function!!

It's so smooth and quiet. So of course I've been sewing like a mad-woman. What an awesome beast of a machine.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Day to Day: Meet the new babies

So Sally, our dog that's not meant to be here, was getting chubby. We thought she was just eating both her and Ace's share of the food.

Then all of a sudden, she got very round.

This could go one of two ways. She was pregnant, but who's pups were they? Ace was surely too young and the neighbours dog kept getting into our yard.

I get the call at work. Steve let Sally out and she's gone under the house and has given birth. Steve crawls under the house and retrieves the puppies. There are 4, but one has died.

2 hours later I get another call. Sally has had 3 more puppies. The tally is now 7.

I come home from work and find Sally has just given birth to another puppy, 4 hours after the last one. This one isn't doing too well. But we are now up to a total of 8.

I give her tummy a feel and I think there's another one in there. I ring the vet and rush her and the pups over. On the way to the vet (a 30 minute drive to our closest one) she has another puppy, but this one isn't alive.

We get to the vet and sure enough, there's still another one in there. 10 puppies all up. I can't belive that our little girl had 10 puppies in her tummy!

As she is exhausted we opt for a caesarian. While the vet is at it, she removes her uterus as it is stretched too thin in some places and is quite dangerous.

At this point, there are only 6 surviving puppies. This will reduce to 3 in another day. Sally is 8 and this was her first litter.

So yes, they are the neighbour's dog which makes them a Corgi x Jack Russell.

And they are preparing to go to their new homes. I will miss these little guys.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 19

Block 19 is so very imaginatively titled "Untitled III".

However unimaginative the title may be, I actually think this is a pretty block. Maybe because I've used blue and it's my favourite colour? Possibly.

Again, I've slightly altered the block to make it easier to paper piece.

It's nice churning these  little guys out again.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 18

This week's block is: Next Door Neighbour.

It's not near as embarrassing as last weeks.

In fact, I quite like this one.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Scrapbooking: This

I adore this photo of Amy, not that you can see much of her. A doctor made her this glove person when we were at the hospital for Stephen. She thought it was awesome. I did too.

I guess that's it for now. I might go and sew another quilt block. Or finish my uni assignment. I'm not a betting person, but if I was I'd put money on the first one.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sewing: 501 Quilt Blocks Week 17

So much for my one a week should be manageable.

This weeks block is titled: Untitled 2. As imaginative as I am.

Yes, I am a little out of order. I got to week 17 and couldn't figure out how to create the block, so I skipped past a couple while I worked out my own template instead.

Let's just say that lots of little fiddly blocks will end up in a pretty crappy block once it is all put together.

I'm slightly embarrassed to post this block. But it's done so I can move on.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Scrapbooking: Smile

I thought I would join in over at the D-lish Scraps cybercrop (The Scrap Suite).

The challenge was to 'use journal spots/tags in place of patterned paper on your project, with the added element of paint to be included also.'

I have hoarded journal booklets for years so I finally had a good reason to use some.

Oops! Off to be published! :)

Not sure I like the paint, but meh, it's done now.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Project Life: April Page 1

I've finally gotten back into my Project Life album and well, I'm just over a while year behind.

I'm sure I'll catch up (in retirement).

And because I've nothing better to do than listen to myself talk, I even made a process video. I know, you're rapt about spending 15 minutes of your life watching me.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Scrapbooking: Project Life Style

And now for the last layout I have neglected to share.

Back in February I hosted a retreat at Kiah Ridge. It was awesome fun and the best bunch of ladies attended. I can't wait to go again next year!

Anyway, Julie from Scrap of Your Life gave me a challenge to use project life cards on a 12x12 layout.

I wanted to create a grid layout based on a Project Life page. This is what I came up with:

I used my awesome CTMH sewing guide ruler thing to poke all the holes into the background and then I just sewed the 'pockets'.

This will slot straight into my project life album. I may even do just a normal layout on the other side. We shall see.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Scrapbooking: Craft

This is the second unshared layout.

This layout is of Amy this time, doing some craft stuff with me. Fun times.

It was created for the D-lish Scraps March inspiration board.

Yep, those are old as the hills Making Memories alphas. I have hoarded them for what, 10 years or so? Ah my too good to use pile will never end.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Scrapbooking: Kate

Hmm, I have a couple of layouts that I haven't shared for some reason.

The first one is a layout that was for the December inspiration board over at D-lish Scraps.

I finally scrapped one of Kate's photos from her year 6 farewell. Just because she is in year 9 now doesn't mean a thing!

Oh goodness, where has the time gone...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Scrapbooking: D-lish April Inspiration Board

Now that I've remembered my email address to get into this blog, I guess I can start posting again! I'd like to say that I have plenty of content up my sleeve, but no.

I could not make the white background work, so I went for the dark blue. And truth be told, I really do not like the colour purple.

I hope you get the chance to play along this month! :)

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Project Life: New Printables

So while most of my craft stuff is still packed up since it has no home, I decided to make a new set of printables for when I get around to starting my 2015 album.

I was thinking that I probably should have included different colours, like pinks, oranges and purples, but I find I use these four colours the most.

*Note: These guys are a little big so you may want to print at 90%.

You can find the jpeg version here: https://app.box.com/s/cztuvp5s4rlutx4fyztf

And you can find the png version here: https://app.box.com/s/t89ag44a2wryfjhkj13b

Again, I created this document at 8.5"x11". The circles aren't 1" this time. I'm not really sure how big they are, to be honest.

If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see on some printables, just drop me a line and I'll see what I can do.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Scrapbooking: D-lish January Inspiration Board

The new inspiration board is up over at D-lish Scraps.

So in the midst of unpacking, I needed to get a layout together!
Lucky for me, my sister had sent me a gorgeous bunch of flowers. So here's my way of saying thanks.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Day to Day: Goodbye 2014

As 2014 draws to a close, I would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every person who has stopped by and read a little bit of this blog.
I have been offline lately because we have been going through some huge changes. Namely we moved house by about 420kms.
Here is our new patch of Australia:

The house is only a couple of years old. It's a smaller house though and in the new year we will be building a nice big shed that will also have a space for my craft stuff.
We have gone from a 629sqm block to a 7400sqm block (1.8 acres). We have the best sunsets. We now own a ride-on lawnmower. We are enjoying our little house on the prairie in our new town of Junee.
Here's to a magnificent 2015. Cheers.