Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Hello stash, I missed you...

Fabric stash book case
A couple of weeks ago I finally got a bit more storage in my studio. I say finally, because we've been in the house for over a year and the studio storage just kept being.. re-prioritized for other things. But now I have somewhere I can both store and see my fabric stash, which is awesome!

First I only had my 'capsule' stash - what I've had access to in the past 18 months.

Fabric stash book case
But then, a week later I was re-united with most of my fabric stash after those 18 months. Joy! it had to be in vacuum packed storage for all that time but now it's come back to me.

When unpacking the stash, I kept picking up fabrics and thinking 'I forgot I had you'... ;-)

Now I can finally make some larger fabric-y projects. I can't wait! Maybe I should start with a blueish project. I clearly have plenty of that colours. ;-)

Fabric stash book case

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

6 years + 1 day

Food stuff - Sept 27
It was our wedding anniversary yesterday. Six years. Although we've been together for over 11 years. I love Tony more every day. And to be honest, I'd happily have married him the day we first met in persion (we were friends online first.)  :-)

Tony made us a nice breakfast with hash browns and homemade rolls. I had pålægschokolade on mine. It was still warm so the chocolate melted lovely-ly.

We had thought about going out for dinner, but then decided that it was probably wiser to stay home, what with the roof needing fixing and stuff.

Apart from it being the sensible choice, it was actually really nice. We got in ingredients to make nice food instead. I made a pizza for me, with lovely vegetables. Orange tomatoes! You won't find that in many restaurants. ;-)

When I was preparing my pizza I had this happy feeling. A mix, I guess, of not being in a hurry, using nice ingredients (fresh chili, fresh basil!) and just having an all round lazy day with the sun streaming through the windows and open back door. What more do you really need?

Quilty stuff - Sept 27
A bit of quilting, perhaps. I spent a few chilled hours hours in the studio tidying my fabric scraps and then putting some of them to use in a scrappy block and some foundation paper piecing blocks. This is new to me, and I am completely hooked!

Aw, look at us. How time flies..

Brudebil - sepia

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Recipe :: Samosa pie

Samosa pie recipe
A few weeks ago, Tara posted a picture of a samosa pie and I just had to make one! I did look at recipes online but in the end I just used the samosa filling recipe I've been using for like 25 years. I got it when I was in school, probably in 7th grade! I think one of the teacher's friends was in India and sent home the recipe. Or something.

Anyway. It's delicious! And it worked really well as pie filling. Yum.

250 gram puff pastry (most types are vegan, but check the packaging)
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1cm cubes
200 ml frozen peas
1 onion, chopped finely
2 cloves of garlic (or 3 if you really like garlic), minced
2 tbsp water for sautéing
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp chili
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
2 tbsp plain flour
½-1 tsp vegetable stock powder (I use Marigold Swiss Vegetable Bouillon Reduced Salt. Tesco sell it, maybe other supermarkets too).

Preparing the filling:
Boil the cubed potatoes for 5 minutes in salted water. Remove potatoes from the water and save the water for later.

In a large pan, sautée the onion and garlic in the 2 tbsp of water until the onion becomes soft and you start to smell the garlic.

Add the spices, flour, stock powder and peas. Sautée until it starts to look golden brown.

Add the potatoes and let them absorb a bit of colour and flavour. Pour in 200 ml of the potato water you saved. Let simmer for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. If it looks dry, add a little bit of extra water. Stir frequently.

Leave to cool down.

Putting the pie together:
I used a 22 x 15 cm dish. If you use a larger dish, you will probably need a bit more pastry.

Pre-heat the oven to 200°C.

Roll out 2/3 of the pastry to 3-5mm thickness. Make sure that it is large enough to cover the sides of the dish, not just the bottom.

Lightly brush the bottom and sides of the dish with oil. You don't want to soak it, just help the pie slip out easier.

Put the rolled out pastry into the dish and smooth it out along the bottom and sides. If you are using a rectangular dish you may have pastry bunching together at the corners. You can cut off some of the excess to help make the pastry smoother.

Add the filling. Fold pastry hanging over the sides towards the middle of the pie. But don't stretch it. Only fold it as far as it will go.

Roll out the remaining pastry to the same thickness as before.

Place over the top of the pie. It should cover it. But you can patch it up with smaller bits if necessary.

Remember to make air holes in the top of the pie. Just make a few cuts with a knife.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until the pastry turns a nice golden colour.

Enjoy with rice and homemade naan for example.

The pie is also very nice cold. :-)

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Tutorial :: Brooch from re-purposed earring

Earring to brooch
When I was 14, I bought a pair of earrings on a school trip. Pretty cool earrings! But not long after I lost one of them walking down a street. I walked back and looked for it but it was gone. For some reason I just couldn't let go of the other one. It has followed me through growing up, several moves, even an overseas move. And I never got rid of it.

A little while ago it occurred to me... and yes, it only occurred to me now, so many many years later, that I should just turn it into something else. I first thought of making a ring, but decided on a brooch instead.

Seriously, how did I never think of re-purposing this earring before? Anyway, I thought I'd share how I did it. Not that it's difficult or anything. ;-) But maybe you'll be inspired to re-use something in your jewellery box.

Earring to brooch
You'll need:
Earring (or other object)
Brooch pin
Super glue. Make sure to check that it will work with your object and the metal brooch pin.

Earring to brooch
Add a blob of glue to the earring and then press the pin into that.

Or however your glue works, check the packaging. Some types require glue on both, for example. And take care not to get super glue on your hands, clothes or in your eyes. That's bad. Very, very bad.

You can see the glue coming through the holes in the pin. It didn't dry completely, so I cut a tiny bit of felt to put on top and that made the glue harden. No picture of that, sorry. but you can probably imagine how it would look like.

Earring to brooch
So now I can wear this again, yay! I think what I love about it is the colours. So bright and bold. And the combination with the black.

I'm so happy this isn't confined to the bottom of my jewellery box anymore! :-)

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Big sale in my shop - save up to 54%!

I am having a sale in my shop, because, to be honest, I need to pull together some extra funds. There's a hole in our roof! And we need to get it fixed as soon as possible.

Not only because we don't know if it'll start leaking into the house. But you never know what might find its way into our house through the hole. On one occasion I could hear something hopping (!!) around in the loft. Later, when Tony went in the loft, he could see tell tale signs of a bird having been there.

Atleast it was just a bird. But where did it go? Was it able to get out? Has it kicked the bird bucket in our loft? Eek.

Yes, gotta get the roof fixed. So there's a big sale in my shop.

Polka and Bloom Snowflake patterns
First of all, I have set up a 'Special Sale' category where I have put together various crazy good deals. Like these 12 popular patterns which you can get for just $30 (saving over 50%).

Polka and Bloom patterns
Or all my snowflake patterns for just $25, again saving over 50%.

Polka and Bloom folk art inspired
Some of my folk art inspired patterns save you an even 50%.

On everything else, you can save 20% (except on the Special Sale category since that is already at reduced price) until Sunday, September 28.

Patterns, ebooks, pattern sets. Even the One of A Kind category with some of my handmade items.

To get 20% off, just use this code at checkout: FIXTHEROOF.

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