Thursday, March 31, 2011

Hula Hoop Weaving...

I'm imagining making one of these with the kids for the new baby. Lovely don't you think? Such a fabulous recycling project and easy enough for them to get involved with. And all those stretched ugly t-shirts of Adam's can go to good use!!

You can find the full instructions here.

Then I'm imagining this chair sitting on the rug we made, with some lovely handmade cushions and a nice plush sheepskin on the seat. Now to work out how to get the chair from the U.S?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Creative Space...

In my creative space today.... this beautiful Noro wool that I'm knitting into a scarf for my big boy Escher. This will be my final 'practice' piece before I move on to my first pattern. Squeee! Exciting!

This is what I'm moving on to.... From Etsy, here. My lovely midwife informs me I am now 35.5 weeks pregnant so I better get knitting hey? Just waiting for the wool I ordered to turn up in my mailbox. I have the right needles and I just need to study the youtube video of the magic loop technique a squillion more times and I should be good to go!

I've also been cooking up a batch of zucchini pickle with the lovely zucchini given to me by Lindy. It's from a recipe in 'year in a bottle' and it was both easy and tasty :)

Looking at that pic now though, I think my next project is to make some nicer labels for my preserves. Perhaps in time for the upcoming quince-a-thon :)

And finally I am daydreaming that this is my bed- Isn't it divine?

Hope your spaces are creative ones today!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The First Tree

We planted our very first tree on our block of land yesterday. It's an olive tree, a fitting first tree I think. We went down there pretty excited about it all, but I had no idea how much it was really going to mean to me.

The concept of planting a tree and knowing that I will be there to see it grow is just so damn special to me! We never owned a home when I was growing up, always moving from one rented dive to the next and never really knowing how long we'd be there. As my mother suffered from mental illness, I also was in and out of 'home', staying with friends, kind strangers and occasionally foster homes. When I left home and left New Zealand I traveled and moved constantly, always feeling a little lost and searching for a place to call home, as I've never really had one.  

Planting that first tree yesterday, I could see us living there. I could see our house, our garden, our orchard and our kids growing up. I could see us being so damn happy there and I know that I've found everything I ever dreamed of. The most awesome husband in the universe (you should have seen him dig that hole!) gorgeous healthy children and place where we can all be together :)

Carrot Cake Recipe, by request...

The Queen would like this cake I think. Well, at least my guests over the weekend loved it so much they wanted the recipe! So here it is by request, the easiest, yummiest carrot cake ever. It's been adapted slightly from one printed in the New Zealand Edmonds Cookbook, a good old nanna recipe :)

The Perfect Carrot Cake Recipe:

3 Free Range Eggs
1/2 Cup of Oil (I use bran or sunflower)
2 cups plain flour
3/4 cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3 cups grated carrot
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted & chopped
1 grated rind of one orange
3/4 cup crushed pineapple in juice
Preheat oven to 180 and grease & line a 23cm round tin. Beat eggs until nice and thick. Gently stir in oil. Sift dry ingredients into the mixture and combine, but do not over mix. Fold in carrots, walnuts, orange & pineapple. Spoon into tin. Bake for 40 mins or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Leave to cool in tin for ten minutes before turning onto a wire rack. When cool ice with cream cheese icing.

Cream Cheese Icing:

2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup cream cheese
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 tsp lemon juice

Sift icing sugar into remaining ingredients and beat until creamy.
Yum Yum Yum, Easy and kinda good for you cause it has carrots & nuts in it :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Happening around here...

Everything is growing around here! Expanding at a rapid pace :) I'm still finding it hard to believe that in about 8 weeks we will have a wee baby! I've had such little time, this being no. 3 to think about my pregnancy. It's just all go go go- but I think it's time to slow down a little, and the weather seems to agree. Time to light the fire and knit and stitch and bake and make.

Time for autumn strolls around the lake which is SO beautiful at this time of year. 

Time to tackle a new batch of cider with all the beautiful apples growing on our trees. We just bottled last years batch the other night and it will be ready to drink in a couple of weeks. Time for a cidery get together! Aaarrggghhh cider!