Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Chickens, Dora, and dolls house

Been a busy few months weeks making stuff, mostly Mr was doing the making, but I had a wee dabble, and after Mr cut out the wood, I produced dolls house number one - in pink for Miss's 2nd birthday, Master is getting a firehouse for xmas.... (I must be mad!)

We now have three feather babies in our back yard, Mr made the chicken hutch, and we got the wee darlings a couple of days ago, the fur babies were very interested, but have given up stalking the cage now the chicks run at them in a scary set your fur on end way.

And Miss and Master have a friend who loves Dora, and who is having a birthday very soon, so I had a crack at making Dora's backpack, including the map, AND I made them from upcycled materials, the bag used to be a couple of womens shirts!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Screenprinting, upcycling and tee-shirts!

Been making tee shirts for a friend's kids as well as mine, 15 in one day! Then we screen printed them at Playcentre, some of the screens our centre owns, but the fire engines we found images for off the net, cut them out of OHP plastic and taped them to blank screens, was tricky cutting them but well worth the results!

My fire engine mad boy is utterly stoked with his new tee's, maybe now I won't get so much grief about the fire engine shirt I still haven't sewn up!

I also upcycled some shirts into pants for little miss, (but of course haven't managed to get the elastic in them yet!) Love the flowery blue pants, they will be lovely and cool over summer, which seems to have started already, 23deg C in the kitchen right now! I managed to keep the pocket from the front of the shirt with a bit of fiddling, as pockets are very important at the moment, and I've only used the sleeve of the red striped shirt so far, planning more pants from the rest, maybe with some ruffles!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Un fondue

I know REAL fondue is supposed to be made with wine not beer, but made this way it creates a sharp cheesy taste which goes nice on pizza, you could always replace the beer with white wine if you wanted to try for a more authentic taste.

equal quantities oil and flour
2-3 grated garlic cloves
1 tsp mustard
1 Tbsp nutritional yeast
beer to mix

Gently fry the first four ingredients until bubbly then slowly add the beer the same way you make a white sauce, stop adding beer when you get the thickness desired. Season sparingly - the more salt you add the more the bitterness of the beer comes through.
Use as a pizza topping of dip lightly steamed veges and crusty bread in it.

Chocolate Chip Biscuits

125gms Olivani
1/2 cup raw sugar
2 Tbsp treacle
1 Tbsp soy milk (or subsitute)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 1/2 - 2 cups plain white flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup (or more) choc chips - dairy free

Cream olivani, sugar, treacle, milk, essence until light and fluffy. Sift 1 1/2 cups flour and baking powder together and mix into the creamed mix with the choc chips, add more sifted flour if needed the mix should be damp but able to be worked - not sloppy and not crumbly. Roll into walnut sized balls and flatten with a fork on a greased oven tray.
bake 180C for 20mins