Thursday, April 30, 2009
I fronted up early for the Brisbane Stitches + Craft Show today and had a quick look around the stalls - so much to see, so little time! My favourite part was the bloggers area - I met Thea and Emily from Thea + Sami and Kristen from Cheeky Beaks, and the fab trio of Bianca, Lara + Tegan from Ink + Spindle. Thanks everyone for being so lovely!
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I just found an old camera and downloaded it's contents for a look-see... and there, amongst birthday celebrations and other shots of daily domesticity(!) were these of a top I made for a friend last year. I'd forgotten all about it. Looking at it now I remember sewing all those sequins!
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Saturday, April 25, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I've always found myself drawn to mixed media art works. I love the way the mediums play with each other to layer meaning into a piece. I guess it should come as no surprise that my first choice for 3 sheets Featured Artist should be one who uses thread, embroidery and applique in his canvases - Dutch artist, Michael Raedecker.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
800g organic minced beef
1 medium onion, chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
1 carrot, grated
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 can tomatoes, crushed/chopped
1 can tomato soup
2 celery sticks, chopped
1 tbsp tomato paste or 2 tbsp tomato sauce
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Sweet Chilli sauce
12 sheets of frozen puff pastry
12-holed muffin tray (easier if it’s silicon)
Makes 24 muffin size pies
preparation + cooking 3 hours
Cook the mince in oil and place to one side. Put butter in pan and cook onion, garlic, carrots and ginger until mixture is soft.
Add mince to vegetable mixture and combine. Add a can of crushed tomatoes and a can of tomato soup. Combine and then add tomatoe paste (or sauce), worcestershire sauce and sweet chilli sauce.
Lastly, add celery or whatever other vegetables you’d prefer to the bolagnaise mixture. Allow to simmer gently until the fluid has reduced.
Turn off heat and stand until cool (for an hour or so), turning the mixture occasionally to stop a sauce-crust forming on the top. (If you put hot filling into the pastry cups, the pastry will burst open in the oven.)
When mixture has cooled, retrieve 6 sheets of puff pastry from the freezer (use a knife to separate sheets) and lay flat on a bench to thaw for 5-10 mins.
Use a 14cm dia (approx) bowl to cut out two of the large circles (per sheet) for the pie bases. Similarly, use a cookie-cutter or glass to cut out the two pie tops from the same sheet. That is, each sheet of puff pastry should be enough for the base + tops of two pies.
Use a fork to spike holes in the pastry lids. This will stop the pastry puffing up too much.
Take the large circles and fold the pastry over about 1cm at four equi-distant points. You should have a ‘cup’ that you can slip into the muffin tray. If using a metal tray, coat the muffin holes with butter.
Add cooled filling into pastry cups, put the lids on and pinch the base pastry to the lids.
In a small bowl beat one egg and a tablespoon of milk until smooth consistency. Use a pastry brush to cover the top of each pie with the egg mixture. Cook until nicely browned (approx. 20 mins).
Lay out another 6 sheets of pastry and repeat cutting and cooking to use up other half of cooled meat mixture.
I've been a real patriot for the economy lately. Irresistibles have been jumping out at me all over the place. I'm valiantly resisting a show + tell session, but I do have to post on the gorgeous packaging. The packages have been so beautifully wrapped and presented, I haven't wanted to open them... well, almost. My most recent act of patriotism just arrived... look at this divine packaging from Artery!
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
Sunday, April 19, 2009
Yep, it's actually finished! I've taken my time on the last bits - I don't know about you but I could so easily imagine coming this far and wrecking it in the final stages. So, it's been slowly slowly here.
I love this view from my back deck. The things I miss when travelling: this, the smell of freshly cut lawn and the ocean. Funny really, for a dedicated city girl. Maybe that's one of the reasons people love travelling - to value what we've left behind.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
I've been searching for inspiration to make a card for my friend Lisa's 40th birthday and came across these photos from... actually I'm not sure. I think it was about 1992.
Friday, April 17, 2009
One of my daughters snapped me working away - I'm still beading!
Thursday, April 16, 2009
I've been very busy today on Molly's dress - lots of close sewing of embroidered bits and my eyes are popping! (I think I'm ready for a new pair of sewing specs!) I wonder if eye strain affects the brain? It could have something to do with my true confessions of a weather geek below too....
I don't know about you, but for me there's something alluring about knowing what the weather is like in other parts of the world. There's no way I'm going to cut out early before SBS news have shown the world weather report! My favourite widget on my computer is earthView, which not only shows me the forecast for any place I choose, it also has globes depicting the current world cloud cover, a NASA visible earth, living earth etc.