Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Pattern Coming Soon!

New Pattern February 2016
Oh Em Gee, could it actually be?! Yes, I'm working on a new pattern. Yay! It's been far too long. Far, far, far too long. I'm almost done stitching it and then it's just a matter of drawing up the pattern, taking pictures and putting together the PDF. Should hopefully be all done sometime this coming week.

I can't wait to show you the finished pattern, I'm really loving it. Despite using quite a bit of purple in it. I'm very rarely drawn to purple, but here it just felt right. How do you feel about purple? Are there colours you don't use very often?

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Lunch Ideas - Vegan Too!

Lunch. It can be a bit of a rut, can't it? Default to bread with some kind of spread. So boring, so uninspiring. Not something to look forward to. And it's a lot easier to eat that roll or slice of bread in front of the computer, amiright?

Lately, I've been trying to make an effort to have a proper lunch break and have some more inspiring food. Which I eat while watching West Wing. CJ Cregg forever!

Here are a few things that have been on my lunch time plate recently.

Bruschetta
Bruschetta. Toasted slices of bread rubbed with a clove of garlic. Then lightly drizzled with some nice olive oil. Chopped tomatoes with basil on top. Nice and simple.

By the way, bruschetta is pronounced 'brusketta'. 'Ch' before e and i is a 'k' sound in Italian. :-)

Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncino
Staying with an Italian theme: Spaghetti aglio, olio e peperoncini. Oh man, this dish may not look like much but it is sooo good! While the spaghetti cooks, peel 2-3 cloves of garlic, cut the ends of 1-2 fresh chilis. Fry the garlic and chili whole in olive oil (about 2-3 table spoons) at medium temperature, you don't want them to burn. Turn them over so you don't just fry on one side.

Before draining the pasta, put aside about 100 ml (1/2 cup) of the water. Drain the pasta and then add to the pan with the garlic and chili. Stir for 30 seconds, then add the water you put aside. Stir well and then let the water reduce. You can add (vegan) cheese* as you cook it and/or sprinkle it on top afterwards.

Throw away the garlic and chili before eating. Buon appetito!

*I really like Grattugiato.

Polenta with chili
Pan fried slices of polenta with leftover chili. As easy at it sounds. Cut some slices of polenta, fry in a bit of oil. Put on a plate with kitchen roll to absorb some of the oil. Plate up and top with that leftiver chili that's not enough for a dinner but too much to just throw away. ;-)

Stuffed green pepper and polenta
More polenta and more leftovers! Polenta cut into chunks (approx. 1/2" - 1.3cm) and lightly covered in oil with whatever spices and herbs you fancy. Green pepper cut in half, stems removed, then stuffed with leftover rice and chili.

Bake both in the oven for about 30 minutes at 200°C (390°F). Again let the polenta rest on kitchen roll for a minute to remove some of the oil. Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt or sour cream.

Pancakes with chocolate spread
Ok, this is more of a breakfast thing, but if you fancy pancakes for lunch, I say go for it!

These pancakes are a bit different, though. I replaced half the flour with chickpea flour (sometimes called gram or besan). It doesn't really make any difference to taste, but makes the pancakes a wee bit healthier. You can replace all the flour with gram flour to make the pancakes gluten free.

Sweet or savory topping. I love them with the chocolate and hazelnut spread from Chocoreale. In my humble opinion it is way better than Nutella. And it's vegan. :-)

Right, that's it, I hope you try some of these - or experiment with the leftovers in your fridge! :-)


PS: Links in this post are not sponsored or affiliated with anything. I just happen to buy those things from that shop (regularly, ahem) so I had the link handy. 


Vegan Lunch Ideas


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Thursday, February 4, 2016

One Year with Blake

Blake
Yesterday was Blake's first Gotcha day! He's been with us a year now but you'd think he'd always been here. He owns the house and does pretty much whatever he wants. Not in a bad way, mind. He doesn't chew our shoes or rip the sofa to shreds or anything like that. And he's pretty obedient too. We've even taught him a trick or two. Shake and jump. :-)

His best trick, of course, is to look super cute and that doesn't require any training! :-D

Blake
Just look at that face. Those eyes.

Blake
That butt. ;-D

Blake
With his favourite fox toy. It's about the third one. But he knows what it is. If we tell him to "go get the fox" or "where's the fox?" then he will go get it. Unless he doesn't want to. He's also very stubborn.

Blake
Looking dapper in a wee bandana.


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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Finished Object :: Nocturne Cushions

Nocturne cushions
I can finally show you these cushions I made for my parents. Finally because I only finished them a couple of weeks ago and they are Christmas presents. *ahem* And finally because now my parents have received them and won't accidentally see them on the blog first. ;-)

I used fabrics from the Nocturne line by Janet Clare for the fronts. I'd bought some in the US for my mum to bring me last autumn after she visited my sister. And my mum said that she really liked the colours and patterns and of course you don't have to tell me twice so I knew I had to make something for her/them.

I gave them a quilt not that long ago so I thought a set of cushions would do the trick. I love the result! Each front has the same nine fabrics in different locations so they are same-y but not completely identical.

Nocturne cushions
And the backs are three different Kona solids that match the front fabrics. Three different colours so they can turn the cushions over and just have the backs showing if they want. Two sets for the price of one. Or something.

Nocturne cushions - in situ
Here they are in situ in my parents' living room. I think that looks rather cozy, don't you? :-)

Nocturne cushions
Of course, if I'm taking pictures, you can be pretty sure that Blake isn't far away. He must know what's going on at any given time. Little Mr nosy-pants! :-D

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

I need Your Help!

I am hoping that this year I will be able to introduce iron on patterns to my shop. Exciting! It's been on my to-do/wish list for a few years, but it's quite an investment to have iron on patterns printed, so it's not something I can do just because I feel like it. What if no one wanted them? I'd be stuck with a pile of iron ons.

But sometimes you have to take a leap, if ever so very cautiously, so this may be the year of iron ons.

But before I jump in, it'd be a big (BIG!) help if you would answer a short survey to help me select which patterns to have printed. It could be a single pattern with a few extras, like you find in my patterns, or it could be a selection of smaller patterns. I am open to all your ideas!

First, have a look through my patterns and then pop over to take the survey. And that is it!

Thank you so much for your help.


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