Saturday, October 31, 2009

Wordless Weekend 31st October

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Tuesdays Tips #1

I havnt got any pictures of this one, so hopefully I can describe it accuratly.

When you are sewing a tube- like for a belt of a dress.  Sew some ribbon secured at the top on the right side of the fabric.  So that the ribbon is on the inside of the tube when you sew the right sides together.  then instead of having to poke around trying to get the tube around the right way you can just pull the ribbon.

And then unpick it.

There are tools that can help you achieve this, but this was a quick and easy way with no tool.

More tips over here

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Rainbow Mama!

You can see other pictures of our tops at the creator Sara of Willow and Moo fame.

I am so happy with these!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Cinderella Zwergen Mode TULIP

I won THIS pattern over at CRAFT MAMAS.  And I am in love with it.  I am going to have to try this in many different fabrics.  Its as hard or as easy as you like, depending on what you use to decorate it.  It does need either a rolled hem or a bias hem, and loads of top stitching, but apart from that- and if you follow the instructions, its rather easy.  If you are like me and dont follow the instructions, you may end up ripping it by accident and having to redo the top part- like me.

hope to get some action shots over the weekend.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Week of slow cooking day 3

I was lucky enough to go to my sisters house for dinner tonight, and although I didnt cook it, it could still be slow cooked.  Its found here and its really really simple and yummy!  My sister did it on the stove top, but it could have been done in the slow cooker as well.

Enjoy :D

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Week of slow cooking day 2

So was planning on having left over beef goulash for dinner tonight, but had already started to thaw out some chicken so decided to have chicken curry instead.  Similar to yesterday, used a packet mix (artificial free of course) and it was so very very yummy!  I used chicken steaks with the bone and skin removed.

Normally when I make a cury I use cardomen, chilli, cinnamon, corriander and garlic.  Fry it up with some onion, and then add chicken, potato and other veggies.  Pop in some chicken stock and a few hours later there is a georgeous curry!

Im sorry about the spelling errors, but the new blogger seems to be missing the spell check!

Monday, October 12, 2009

week of slow cooking

Inspired by this blog  I decided that I would attempt to do a full week of crock pot cooking.  I bought myself a new slow cooker/ crock pot that takes up to 5l (a big one) and am on the move.  Of course a crock pot that holds 5l is used for more than 1 meal, so I may not get to cook 7 meals in this slow cooker this week, but at least 3. 

So tonights recipie was Beef Goulash.

I cheated and bought a packet mix (that was atificial free and MSG free) but this also looks like a good recipie.

It was actually quite yummy.  Tomorrow there is enough for another meal (as I used 1.5kg of meat)...  maybe goulash pies.

FAILSAFE does work!!

This is for people who think that taking artificial stuff out of the diet doesn't work- I have proof that it actually does!
Yes I know I sound a little cranky, but I am fed up with the rubbish that is commonly found in our foods, and the effects the authorities ignore!

We have 4 kids, I want to mainly talk about the behaviour of my middle daughter.

Over the school holidays I noticed that her speech was declining. She was no longer telling me to 'come and look', rather she would grizzle and drag my hand. Tantrums were thrown over the smallest of detail. The peak was last week of the holidays when for the whole week she refused to take herself to the toilet, I had to stand at the door and watch her go, which can be very difficult when I am still breastfeeding the youngest bub.  Even her FDC lady was suprised at how much her behaviour and attention span had changed.

Some of this you might think was normal behaviour, before the holidays this was not normal behaviour for my little girl at 3.5yo! And when it can be as simple as changing diet, I don't think it should be seen as normal.

Yes we were out of routine, yes we were in the school holidays... but another contributing factor I believe was diet!

(Don't worry, my kids do still throw tantrums, but they are usually age appropriate and about real things)

We went to a few birthday parties in play centres were we were not allowed to bring our own food. The kids were exposed to fairy bread and party pies and other foods that I would not normally let them eat- due to the additives in them.

So starting on the Monday back from holidays, which was a week ago, we were back into a normal routine, and also eating normal foods.

It took over a week for my darling to start talking to me again.

A week for the rubbish to get out of her system!

So for those who want to give this lifestyle a go, head over to Sue Dengates web site. And please give it a good 2-4 weeks before you make the judgment. These effects can take a few days to take place, and weeks to get rid of!
So we are back to artificial colour free sprinkles, smarties and Bakers delight bread. Back do block (not spreadable) Philly cheese on plain crakers, back to normal healthy diet.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wordless Weekend 11th

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Hair korkers or curly hair clips

Please forgive me for the photos- not only have we not got a camera yet, but blogger and facbook are not photo friendly at the moment for me. Blogger is loading some photos the wrong way, and facebook keeps crashing! When its back to normal ill try and reload the pictures. Till then feel free to stand on your head or your side to see the pictures the right way.

These are korkers - yup thats what they are called. I am only learning to make these, so they are not perfect, but I am wanting to make some room in my stash so they are up for grabs. They all are on alligator clips, with the side fully lined, but the bottom has no ribbon so that they are easy to get through kids hair. The top of the prong in lined with non slip to help prevent it slipping out of fine little girly hair (or boy hair if that your preference ) Each ribbon is treated to prevent freying, and secured to the clip.

there are more pics of the ribbons in the following blog posts.

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hair korkers- curly clippies

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Hair korkers/ or curly clips

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Wordless Weekend

more wordlesss weekends here