new kitchens and friands

The past weekend I managed to sneak in some baking time in the kitchen. Awesome. The oven and I are still circling each other but we’ll get there. More pictures soon. Tomorrow the floor is being put in! WOOT!!

The Son found this awesome recipe for strawberry friands. YUMMMM. I’ve added Milk and Cookies to my bloglines, nice that they’re an Aussie and I don’t have to translate their measurements. Great little blog too.




I also gave the strawberry and ricotta shortcakes a go. Nice recipe I’d try again, I overcooked mine a little, but still tasty.

Gearing up for Christmas around here. Planning baking and food and pressies. I have printed our Christmas cards on the gocco this year and a calendar, when I can photograph them in decent light I’ll show. I’m loving the gocco.

We also have a new little buddy coming for Spud, well for us too! More details later next week. He’s small, furry and will be named Teddy/Ted. I dunno it we’ll be seeing Spud enjoying his box time as much in the near future 🙂


Happy crafting!

kitchen install finito, well sorta

Woot! Friday afternoon they’d finished. Well sort of, there was the little issue of no hot water in the kitchen and the canopy rangehood not installed and a shelf missing. However for two days worth of installation, not bad at all. Today The Son and I spent most of the day patching and painting the kitchen where the walls had come down and painting the ceiling. Hard yakka.

So here’s some pics, again, over to flickr for details.




Next up blinds, floor covering and toilet renovation.

Day 2 – yesterday

Day two down only two more, tomorrow and Friday.

Yesterday the bigass wall came down. I’d taken Son out to breakfast so we’d missed most of the commotion, but Spud’s little saucer eyes and meow told us it was noisy! The pic below is at the end of the day when most of the required wall patching had been done, there’s a little painting we’ll need to do, but most of the rubbish you see on the walls will be covered by cabinet work or splashback.

Again, head on over to flickr for notes. Tomorrow and Friday, kitchen installation!!!! WOOOT!!!


walls came tumbling down…

The kitchen renovation started yesterday at 7am. Contrary to popular belief and stereotypes not all lesbians do their own home renovations. I’m handy but not handy in a "let’s knock down a couple of walls and rip out the kitchen" handy. So….day one.

The calm before the dust and noise.

Kitchen ripped out and one of the walls down. For the voyeurs get on over to flickr to see the notes.

Since taking the above picture at 6am this morning, the wall to the left has come down. No messing about. Tomorrow….patched walls hopefully and Thursday/Friday kitchen installed!


Well I mentioned a little while ago that I’d gotten a couple of new toys, Santa Son came early this year!

One is my lovely Print Gocco PG-5. OMG! How EASY! How much FUN and how little mess. I’m thinking Christmas cards, tags and possibly a 2008 calendar. Lots of fun.


The other, well it’s a Janome Memory Craft 6500. She’s a little ripper. The only "fault" so far is she does have a little pedal lag when you initially start sewing, but other than that she’s awesome. Powerful, fast or slow when I need her to be, awesome stitch library, 2 spools for 2 needle sewing, needle down, separate bobbin winding, scissors, I could go on. She’s a treat. A couple of things I’ve sewn on her, Lotta’s oven mitts, which I have to say I prefer over Denises. Bigger mitt, covers more of your wrist and I do like the circle quilting and a sneak peak of my very late part of the Muslin Tote Swap. I used fabric from Kirin, awesome fabric and the coolest button that Al got for me. More pics once Meagan’s received it. The others are still works in progress, cushions for our living room. Gotta love Santa Son!


So here’s the current project list for the "immediate" stuff for Christmas:

  • Placemats for day to day use
  • Coasters that don’t suck, the first batch suck
  • Placemats/Table runner for Christmas with napkins
  • Table runner and napkins for dinner parties
  • Oven mitts x 2
  • Print cards and tags
  • Plan crackers, jokes, trinkets, paper etc
  • Design and print 2008 Calendar

I’m sure there is more, I just can’t think of it right now!

Have you seen the Sew Mama Sew blog? They’re having 30 Days of Handmade Holiday’s this month. Awesome! I’m pretty sure they’re including my tissue holder tutorial, thanks guys!

I’ll leave you with a picture of Spud doing his new hobby….helping Mummy Son do her jigsaw. As you can see he’s pretty good and laying on the pieces much to The Son’s delight, NOT! He usually waits until she’s doing the jigsaw and will get up from wherever he is and get in the box and look at her like "bring it". Makes for lots of giggling from me and frustration for The Son. The Spud’s happy as he’s getting attention. Nice.