Thursday, March 23, 2017

Maggie Beer


As always our Lets Get Stitched weekends are full of memories and lots of fun but one thing that stood out for a lot of the ladies this year including me was the visit to Maggie Beer's farm.  Maggie Beer is a wonderful country style cook who wastes nothing.  She is also a judge on The Great Australian Bake Off and has her own television cookery show "The Cook and the Chef".  We were lucky enough to get a private class in Maggie's very own farm studio kitchen.


Our class was run by the lovely Bianca who obviously has a love of not only Maggie and her wonderful style of cooking but is also very passionate about food.  The menu was Roasted Pumpkin, Onions in their skins, Egg Plant and Buttered Mushrooms and then Apple & Rhubarb Roasted.


The lovely Shez was lucky enough to be Bianca's assistant and did the job very well.  The mushrooms that she cooked were divine and I don't even like mushrooms !!!



It was such a great class.  Everything tasted delicious.  Bianca told the story of how the television network wanted to film in Maggie's home kitchen but her hubby wasn't keen so instead they re-created here beautiful homely country kitchen at the farm shop and turned it into a cooking studio.  It was just beautiful.  Homely and warm - Just how a kitchen should be.

 We were able to wander around the studio and take as many photographs as we liked.

 So much about that kitchen reminded me of my grandma and her frugal ways.  Maggie wastes no vegetable peel and cooks everything the skins and all.  It was so refreshing to hear - Almost like we have come full circle.

 As soon as I arrived home I recreated the baked apple and rhubarb dish cooked with Maggie's Saville Vino Cotto.


And I'm pleased to report that mine tasted just as good as the one we had at the farm.  So healthy and just good old fashioned food !

The trip to the farm is one that I will remember for a very long time !  Just writing about it makes me want to cook it again !




Today I am creating a version of a FREE Easter Bunny Treat Bag that my friend Dawn has designed as an extra Freebie for the Let's Get Stitched & More Magazine subscribers.  It is so cute !  I can't wait to show you.

Hugs,

Fee xx


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Hand Painted Lace


For may years I have loved hand painted lace - It is just so pretty and just so shabby 



But the cost of the supplies it a little prohibitive when you are living a frugal life so I experimented with what I already had .......  I had some failures but finally I came up with a process that not only looks amazing but is colour safe ( doesn't wash out)


My first project from one of my tiny little hand painted lace doilies was to make a pin cushion for the pin cushion club in the Let's Get Stitched and More Magazine.



And this is what I came up with.  Isn't it adorable ?  The full pattern and kits will be available in the April Issue which will include already painted little doilies or you can purchase a kit of supplies and watch my LIVE online class in the Let's Get Stitched and More Subscribers Lounge during April and paint your very own.


They became so addictive that I just couldn't stop making them !   These 10 became cuff bracelet pin cushions.  They all found new homes at the Let's Get Stitched retreat a few weeks ago but there are more on the way in a few days and they will be offered for sale to new loving homes in my ETSY store next week.



The magazine is great value with 8 - 10 projects in every issue !  Including Quilting, Sewing, Embroidery, Kids Crafts, Quick Crafts, Paper Crafts, Beading and much much more.  It's just $8.95 per month or $60 for a full year !  Subscription details can be found HERE.

Hugs,

Fee xx

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Secret


I've had a secret since late last year which has been very difficult to keep.  2 of my closest friends and I have joined forces to produce a monthly digital magazine which will encompass all types of crafts including Quilting, Sewing, Embroidery, Paper Crafts, Beading, Upcycling and much much more.

I have so much to show you but that can wait for another blog post.  It was important to us to have at least a couple of issues under our belt and ready for publication before we made the BIG announcement which we did last Sunday at our annual Lets Get Stitched Retreat !  My illness is unpredictable so I have to be super organised.

All of the info about subscribing is here :-   http://letsgetstitchedmagazine.blogspot.com.au/p/the-magazine.html


I have quite a number of projects in each issue.  This is the first of mine for the APRIL Issue.  Most projects in every issue will have kits available in our online store and also supplies that are not readily available in your local store.



This project is a very simple vintage style collage designed to be framed.  It features VINTAGE style fabric, lace, buttons and a hand painted birdy button.


It's suitable for ANY skill level.  I framed it in an upcycled frame which I painted with Chalk Paint.

Next Blog Post I'll show you another of my projects and also the new Stitchery BOM of mine which will feature in the magazine for the next 9 months.  It's all finished and just in the process of being put together ready for photographing.  It has a little touch of applique as well which gives it an extra special pop.

I also have to confess that I have another couple of secrets as well.......  All will be revealed really soon.

Love and Hugs,

Fee xxx


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Old Wooden Desk



Over the last 12 months things have been getting out of hand around here.  I put this little wooden desk outside for just a little while when my daughter and her family moved in and it got left outside and become weathered and unloved.


So I decided this week that it was time for it to receive some TLC.  I decided to paint it grey.  I haven't had a proper studio over the past year or so and my craft bits are everywhere throughout the house so I have decided to take back over our formal lounge area and reclaim it as my studio.  I can't do very much each day so will just plod along as I can but I now have a little paper crafting corner all set up !  I love it so much !



So now my little desk feels loved again.



I decided to put it to good use last night and do a little textile painting with dye.  These little roses were white satin but are now painted, pearled and glittered.


And I worked on a painted lace piece which I will use on my name badge for my secret partner for the upcoming Lets Get Stitched weekend in Adelaide.


I hand painted some silk ribbon to match.  I hope my partner is going to like her new name badge.


So now that my front door area is missing the little wooden desk it needed something so I set about finding something to replace it. I spotted this old weathered cane chair at the local refuse shop.  It was $6.50 and very much unloved.  It's about to get a make over for it's new life, welcoming guest as they arrive at my door.

Hope you are having a great week.

Hugs,

Fee x

Monday, February 6, 2017

Tiny Stool Make Over


Happy Monday to you all.  

Each Monday morning I take my walking stick and go for a tiny stroll around the garden on the hunt for a lovely bunch of flowers to brighten up the kitchen for the week.  Here are today's blooms. 

 These roses continue to flower and grow even though I give them no love and attention.  Mother nature seems to give them all they need.  They are old fashioned roses and have an amazing scent.


This year I want to make things to beautify my home.  I want to try and do all of the things I have put on the back burner for so long to do "├Âne day".  One thing EDS has taught me is to do what I can TODAY.  So I have begun painting my BIG collected pile of wooden pieces for my home.  The first cab off the rank was this sweet little stool.


I used duck egg blue chalk paint underneath and covered it with a crisp white


I sanded it back slightly to reveal some blue peeking through the white


Added a vintage flower spray decal and then waxed it for protection.  I just love it.  




  I have ordered a new brand of chalk paint and am just waiting for it to arrive.  It is Australian made so I am hoping it is a good product as I love to support local companies.  So today I will choose another item for a make over.  I wonder what it will be ?  Stay tuned.

Have a wonderful Monday.

Hugs - Fee xx


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Getting back to basics


The past few weeks have been a wonderful time of reflection and questioning the purpose of a lot of the things we do.  Planning our future and trying to live with the hand EDS has dealt me.  

Part of the problem is not knowing what I may or may not be capable of doing each day.  For someone who was an event management planner for over 9 years it takes a lot of getting used to when you just have to take each day as it comes and STOP planning.

But I am trying really hard ......  

So each day I ask myself what I think I can achieve.  Some days it's nothing more than a little reading from bed, maybe a wander around the garden and sometimes I can spend an hour or two throughout the day painting, baking or even just trying to help hubby with a few household chores.  But whatever I achieve it is most important to me that I enjoy it .....  Like blogging ....  Hopefully I can maintain some momentum with my blog throughout 2017.


Along with reading comes inspiration ........ always for me.  I often read blogs from bed and come across a lot of recipes that I want to try but have to wait until the energy levels improve.  I found the web site of Bake Play Smile.  Oh My Gosh be warned ........  Some of the food over there is amazing !

This is my version of their Apple and Raspberry Crumble cake.  It is delicious.  We have been gently heating up a piece and serving it with sticky cream.  Divine !


And another recipe I couldn't resist was this Salted Caramel Cheesecake Slice.  It tastes amazing and will be a firm family favourite around here and very high on the family request list.


Over the past few years I have collected quite a lot of wooden items including small furniture pieces with the intention of bringing them back to life with a coat of chalk paint.  I have been able to spend a little time doing that and have finished this lovely drawer and mirror set.


And this sweet little wooden drawer set.  I am finding it so enjoyable.


One of the things that has happened to me as a consequence of this condition is that I find myself spending much more time at home.  It's for lots of reasons but mainly because the energy and pain that is caused by an outing is just not worth it.  Instead after a rest of a morning and afternoon I can have an hour or two of doing something enjoyable.  Thank goodness for online shopping and home delivery of groceries.

I'm off now for my afternoon rest and to do a little reading.  I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Hugs,

Fee xx





Saturday, January 28, 2017

A New Year, A New Look and A New Perspective !


This year instead of making new years resolutions I have instead taken the entire month of January to reflect, regroup, plan and take the time to make decisions that will impact the rest of my life. I have to be honest I almost packed up all of my studio into boxes and planned to ship it all to the local auction house in one big load.  But reflection is a wonderful thing, sometimes it gives you clarity which it has done for me over the past weeks.

As you know I have EDS which has changed my life and forced us to make lots of MAJOR changes.  I don't want to dwell on my condition anymore, I just want to get on with it, find new opportunities and make a "new" life for my hubby and I.

So our new year begins on the 1st February.  To celebrate I have changed the name of my blog and created myself a new little logo to go with it.

I will be back to blogging from February onwards but for now I am going to take the last few days of this month to continue reflecting.

Hugs,

Fee xx