Monday, June 29, 2009
5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE!!
4 tablespoon self raising flour
4 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons chocolate chips or (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract and your favourite tipple
1 large coffee mug
Add dry ingredients to your LARGEST mug and mix well
Add egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using), vanilla extract and a drop or two of your favourite tipple then mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high)
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed.
Allow to cool a little and tip out onto a plate if desired.
Friday, June 26, 2009
As you may have noticed I have been tweaking my blog here and there and one of the things I have added is "My Flicker Photos" which is a great site to find inspiration from other sewers and also has some great tools for enhancing your photos. Just look down my side bar on the left and you will find it.
The photos on this post are of the New Zealand bush taken at a place called "Maungatautari" which is a scenic bush reserve on an extinct volcano. It is 3,400 hectares, fully fenced to keep out predators to protect the native birds and bush. A couple of weeks ago the girls and I went with my parents to do some walks around it . The bush was beautiful with some amazingly huge majestic trees and prolific bird life. They have built a tower to walk up so you can be at the tree top level and look down on the bush. My Grandparents used to live on a farm 5 minutes up the road from this place so we decided to take a drive past their old house to see what it was like now. We were very disappointed to find it completely gone driveway, orchard and all my childhood memories. I particularly remember a large grove of old Oak trees where I used to build playhouses with gardens. In spring this same paddock was a sea of spring bulbs. Never mind I guess I will always have those memories but I was sad that I couldn't visually share those memories with my girls.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
The main fabric for the backs was leftover from the back of Caitlins quilt and I stripped pieced all the spotty fabrics together for added interest. The coloured buttons were also a great find in the scrapbooking section of a bargain shop. They came in a packet of 20 in all different sizes and some are really cute with flowers or butterflies on them.
Friday, June 12, 2009
originally uploaded by catherine's attic.
I found the pattern for these lovely little pin cushions on Heather Bailey's blog under her free patterns .They are very easy to make, in fact so easy that I ended up making 5 (gave one away before I took this photo). When I went through my fabric stash I couldn't decide which fabric combinations I liked best so I thought.... why not let's just make 5. I am now down to 2 as two more went to my giveaway winners. Guess I'll just have to make some more.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
I found Amy's patterns very easy to follow and I'm very pleased with how they turned out. This beautiful flower comes with the pattern. I put a brooch pin on the back so I can move it around. The flowers on the other bags I designed myself.
Now unfortunately the winner of my Mayday Giveaway did not reply to my email so I had to draw another winner who is "Rafael's Mum".
I hope you all enjoy the batik fabric and look forward to seeing what you produce.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
And this is what it looks like all closed up in my lounge as a lovely piece of furniture but one that means alot to me.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
OK, the winner of the 8 fat quarters plus the pin cushion and brooch is "kestch" from Ireland. I have sent an email tonight to confirm. I have another 2 fat quarters and brooch that goes to "Kyle and Leslie" who I would like to here from as I don't have their email.