Sunday, March 18, 2018

Week Ending (March 18)

Happy Sunday everyone! Well that week flew by quickly. I managed to get heaps done this week so that always feels good. :) With Easter drawing closer, this weeks links are all Easter themed so lets get to it:
  • For a quick, no sew pattern these Folded Fabric Easter Eggs are gorgeous. They would look lovely in a bowl as your table centre piece or you could make them as gifts for those non chocolate lovers in your life. You can purchase the pattern HERE.
  • I found a listing on Etsy for the cutest Crocheted Egg Warmers. They are super sweet and the kids will love them. You can purchase a PDF pattern HERE and be sure to check out the rest of her shop, she has some gorgeous patterns.
  • You are most likely planning a chocolate dessert for your Easter meal and this Chocolate Panna Cotta looks yummy. The traditional vanilla Panna Cotta is one of my favorites so I'm eager to give this recipe a try. You can find the recipe HERE.
  • And speaking of Easter cooking, I had to give these Marshmallow Balls a try. Don't they look like bunny tails? They are delicious and something different to serve with coffee at the end of a meal. They are a little messy so I'd suggest they're something to make for the kids not with the kids :) You can find the recipe HERE.
  • If your looking for a quick and easy Easter basket pattern, I found a great tutorial HERE. Just add some gorgeous Easter inspired fabric and you'll have a few made in no time :)
  • I love this little crochet Easter bunny from One Dog Woof. It looks quick and easy and a fun non chocolate present to add to the kids Easter basket. You can find the free pattern HERE.
  • And lastly, if you want to line a cane basket to fill with eggs, there is a sweet tutorial for a basket liner with simply appliqued butterflies that I just adore. It looks easy to adapt for different sized baskets so head on over HERE to give it a try.
So that's my list for another week. I hope you found something to inspire you and I hope your weekend has been restful and creative.
Happy Week Ending :)

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stellar Lamp Mats

The latest issue of Handmade Magazine hit the shelves last week and this month there is a project of mine inside, Stellar Lamp Mats:
A celestial stellar is a double star formation and I tried to capture this stunning phenomenon is these gorgeous octagonal lamp mats. I love sewing little mats to sit under our lamps but you could also use these for a candle display (Earth Hour is Sat. March 24) or for your essential oil burners or just a place to sit your book when your not reading.
The magazine sent me a bundle of the "Indigo Nights" fabric and gave me a couple of weeks to make as many projects as I could. I actually made a tablecloth and a cushion as well, so hopefully we will see them too in the near future, because they are so pretty. The lamp mats were the last project I made and I whipped these up in lightening speed to meet the deadline.
I was a little worried about this bundle at first; the fabrics were gorgeous but there wasn't a lot of contrast to work with. I tried to keep my designs simple and I think they worked well in the end.
The Stellar mats are paper pieced and they go together quickly in eight easy wedges. They would look amazing in any colour/fabric combination and in a couple of weeks I'm going to show you another set I made which also look very pretty. :)
I'm using this blue set in our bedroom and they are sitting under our bedside table lamps. I like to change lamp mats and table toppers regularly as its an instant makeover for any room and it gives me a good excuse to make as many as I want (not that I really need an excuse lol).
So keep an eye out for the new issue of Handmade. There are lots of beautiful and inspiring projects inside to tempt your creative taste buds :)
And hopefully I'll be able to share the other projects I made with this fabric very soon :)
Happy sewing :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Laura Fringe Infinity Scarf

I shared a link on Sunday for the Laura Fringe Infinity Scarf and its such a quick and easy pattern to crochet so I thought I would share my finished scarf with you:
This scarf took me two nights to finish and the pattern is a simple two row repeat. I chose a lovely chunky denim wool which I purchased from Spotlight. Its a 100% acrylic but its the squishish, softest acrylic I've ever worked with. It comes in a few colours and there's a subtle white fleck running through the yarn, giving it the denim effect.
The fringe is what makes this scarf I think. It adds a soft feminine look to the scarf and adds width without too much bulk around your neck. I love wearing scarves at any time of the year but during winter I prefer an infinity scarf and it has to be snugly and soft. I do like the size of this one and where it sits around my neck and its super warm and toasty.
I mentioned that I also had plans to make one for a friend, and because they are quick I finished her's as well:
I chose the lovely blue yarn for Annie's and that way we can wear them at the same time and not feel like we are twinning it too much :) I do love the blue and it would be perfect with my black jackets so I may have to make another and not wear it when Annie and I are together.
You can see the white fleck a little better in this picture; its more noticeable in the blue yarn and it adds such a pretty touch. If you're in Australia and looking for this yarn you can purchase it at Spotlight HERE. Its inexpensive and I used two skeins for each scarf.
If you want to crochet your own Laura Fringe Infinity Scarf, you can find the free pattern HERE. Annie and I are thrilled with ours (she didn't take it off all afternoon when I gave it to her) and we can't wait for winter so we can wear them.
I'm thinking of crocheting a couple for my Threadbare Handmade shop as well, so if haven't already head on over and like my shop to receive updates of new items I list :)
Happy crocheting :)

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Week Ending (March 11)

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope your enjoying your weekend. Ours is a long weekend so we are enjoying it just that little bit more :)
This week I have a mixed bag of links to share with you, so here we go:
  • First off I have someone new for you to follow. I found Stephanie in a Facebook Group and she has just started blogging. She has a talent for amigurumi and her crochet patterns are free. You are going to love Holly the Honey Bear and you can find all the details HERE
  • Bunting is perfect for kids rooms, parties, the sewing room and your Easter decorating. I found this lovely free pattern HERE to make your own. The pattern includes different shapes, letters, numbers and pockets so head on over and check it out.
  • Needle minders are great for embroidery, hand sewing, EPP etc. and I found the cutest one over on Etsy from Kristy of Quietplay. Its a geometric sewing machine and a must have for any hand sewer. You can see the listing HERE

  • I'm loving the Laura Fringe Infinity scarf and I had to start one :) Its so quick and easy to crochet and you can find the free pattern HERE. My girlfriend fell in love with this pattern too, so I'm going to crochet her one as well in a lovely denim blue :)
  • St Patricks Day is coming and I'm going to try Martha's Irish Soda Scones. They look delicious and will be perfect for afternoon tea with the girls. You can find the recipe HERE.
  • If you love EPP then Sue Daley has a Sew Along running at the moment for the Rose of Kaleigh quilt. It is stunning and I'm almost, almost tempted to get started ;) Head over to Sue's blog HERE for all the details.
  • This time of the year is perfect to work in the garden, the weather is cooler and there's lots of maintenance to be done ready for winter. All Free Sewing has a great article with links for Garden Aprons and Garden Sewing Patterns. Head over HERE to be inspired.
And that's it for another week. I hope you found something to inspire you. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope you have found some time to be creative :)
Happy Week Ending :)

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Casual Granny Square CAL- Part Two

Last Thursday, Mandy from Crochet Redagape released the second installment of her Casual Granny Square CAL and this month it was the Cluster Flower. Her patterns always excite me so I grabbed my hook and started crocheting straight away:
The squares are quick and easy to crochet but the hardest part was deciding on which colours to use from my stash. After some deliberation, I decided on two squares of each colour way and I was thrilled, I'm loving these combinations ♥ They have that vintage feel to them and they look like a flower garden surrounded by a white picket fence.
Mandy's patterns are always easy to follow and her step by step photo's are super helpful if your learning or unfamiliar with a new pattern. She inspires me to use more colour in my crochet because her combinations are always so beautiful and bright. I usually try and stick closely to her colour palette but I went a little rogue with these ones :)
Sometime this week she's releasing a border option for each square which will be the start of the joining process. From the sneak peeks, I think it might be a lacy join (YAY!) ......we will see :) I'm sure it will be beautiful and another fun and new technique to try :)
My blanket is going to be colourful which is exactly what I was aiming for. My goal was to use the yarns I already had and to incorporate as many of the colours as I could throughout the blanket :) I will have to buy some white yarn as we go along but this project is a great way to destash some of my yarns. I have lots of half skeins and a project like this is the best way to use them up.
I'm looking forward to seeing what Mandy has in store for us next month. I'm sure it will be another beautiful square to add to our collection. If you'd like to join in and crochet a sampler blanket of your own you can find all the details on getting started on her blog, HERE.
Just before I go I wanted to share a gift I received last week from a very lovely lady who reads my blog and gives me so much encouragement to keep sharing the things I share. Thanks Ruth ♥
How gorgeous is that ceramic heart? I love it and its hanging in Threadbare HQ so I can see it while I work. Thank you so much for your kindness Ruth, it really made my day :) You are the sweetest soul and so very thoughtful ♥
I'll be back very soon with a magazine project to share but until then......Happy crocheting :)

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Week Ending (March 4)

Happy Sunday everyone. I hope you've had a creative week. I've been busy working on projects for the upcoming weeks and I'm excited to share these with you. One of them involves a new Australian fabric range and a blog tour which is fun and I can't wait to show you what I've sewn :)
This weeks Week Ending list has a bit of an Easter flavor so lets get straight to it:

  • Over on the Sew 4 Home blog I found these super cute Deep Dish Candy/Gift Baskets. They are super cute and the instructions include two sizes so you can pick which one suits you best, or make them both. They would be perfect as Easter gifts baskets and I'll definitely be giving these a try. You can find the tutorial HERE
  • We love Hot Cross Buns and there are so many varieties to choose from but this year I thought I'd make my own. Nothing tastes better than homemade and with all the flavors available, I prefer the traditional buns so I'll be using this recipe from Taste HERE.
  • Remember my Malia cowl? Well there's a new crochet along that started yesterday for a Malia Shoulder Bag :) I looooove this and I'm eager to start (must finish a few other crochet projects first). You can find all the details HERE.
  • I hope to share a few Easter table decorating ideas over the coming weeks and I found these Charming Egg Pockets. A little sewing, some simple applique and then you'll have some cute pockets for cutlery or Easter goodies. You can find the free pattern HERE and use it as is or add your own touches to match your table decor.
  • I've started a new crocheted blanket (pictured). I wanted to give cables a try and I found some gorgeous denim wool at Spotlight which was super soft and begging to be crocheted :) It's a 100% acrylic wool, which is usually coarse and not pleasant to work with but this yarn is squishy, soft and crochets beautifully. I chose the Alluring Fisherman Afghan and you can download the free pattern HERE.
  • Carrot, almond and orange, a delicious combination and I really want to try this recipe HERE. This cake is made in the food processor and looks and sounds delicious. Its a definite must bake :)
  • Lastly, I may have mentioned once (or a hundred times) that blue is my favorite colour and I generally choose a fabric range based on if I like the blue. How awesome was it for me to find a new fabric range from Laundry Basket Quilts coming out in June called Something Blue. These fabrics are stunning. Head over HERE to see for yourself.
That's it for another week. Over the next few weeks I'll share lots more Easter inspiration and quick projects to make your celebrations special.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I hope you have a fantastic week ahead :)
Happy week ending :)

Friday, March 2, 2018

Banana and Chocolate Marble Cake

I had some bananas in the fruit bowl that need using up and I normally make Banana Bread but I felt like a change and decided to make an old recipe, a Banana and Chocolate Marble Cake:
Its been years since I made this cake and I'm not sure why I left it so long :) Its a beautiful moist and fluffly cake that has a gorgeous banana flavour and a generous hit of chocolate. Its quick and easy to make and its all done in the electric mixer so clean up is minimal.
The cake itself is not overly sweet but the buttercream is, of course. I like to top it with a chocolate buttercream because its yummy, but you could also make a ganache or serve the cake by itself with a dusting of cocoa or icing sugar.
I remember making this cake with Maddi when she was little and we used the Betty Crocker ready made chocolate icing that you buy in a can (which she would eat by the spoonful if I wasn't watching). It worked just as well but its not as nice as a homemade buttercream. It is another option though if you are short on time and need to whip up a cake in a hurry :)
Marbling the batter is super easy. Once the banana batter is mixed you spoon half of the batter into five piles in a square tin. Then you add some cocoa to the remaining batter and spoon in four more piles to make a nine patch (don't you love when two of your hobbies interact?) Then its simply a matter of running a knife through the batter in spirals, like your gliding on ice, and the marbling appears.
Its not always perfect and in places you get all chocolate or all vanilla but it's the best way I know how to do it and hey, we are home cooks not pastry chefs right?
I'm so glad I resurrected this recipe; sometimes the older recipes are simply the best. I do love Banana Bread and I have quite a few recipes I make on a rotating basis, but this cake feels just a little bit special and it tastes amazing.
If you have a few over ripe bananas that need using up, this recipe is perfect. You will have a luscious cake ready to serve in no time and I'm sure it will become a family favorite.
If you would like to bake your own Banana and Chocolate Marble Cake then you can download the recipe HERE or right click on the photo below and save it to your computer for later.

Its been a busy week for me so I'm looking forward to a day of crochet, Netflix and a piece (or two) of this cake. :) I think I deserve it!
Happy baking :)

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Cosmos Mini Quilt + Your Free March 2018 Calendar

We're in the last days of summer and as I mentioned before I'm more of a Autumn/Spring kinda gal and this summer has been uncomfortably hot. Its time for the weather to cool and the leaves to change to the gorgeous shades of autumn and its also time for my new Monthly Mini Quilt.
This month I have a little stunner for you; introducing Cosmos to my pattern family:
Cosmos is a quick and easy paper pieced mini quilt and its super fun to sew. Cosmos is a greek word meaning both "order" and "world". The Greeks believed the world was perfectly harmonious and placed in order impeccably. The symmetry of this mini quilt feels incredibly ordered even with its quirky twists.
This was another great stash busting project for me and I grabbed some gorgeous Bonnie and Camille fabrics and teamed them with a lovely navy and white polka dot. I let the red dominate this colour palette and as it grew, I loved it more and more. I'm not the biggest fan of red but it works so well in this quilt and I did tone it down using the two shades of red.
Due to the sizing of the units, this quilt is fully paper pieced. I didn't want you cutting pieces for the nine patches to the 1/16th so FPP was the easiest and most accurate option.
There's also no need to worry about set in seams or Y seams either.  I've included a neat little piecing trick in the instructions to sew these corner squares without any fuss or fiddling. Its quick, its accurate and its a perfect result every time.
I quilted my mini with that gorgeous serpentine stitch again, mainly because its fun to do but also because I really wanted to figure the trick for getting all those curves symmetrical. I still didn't get it right :( Oh well, maybe I will next time or maybe I should just stop stressing over it :)
Cosmos is a great little quilt for playing around with different colour/fabric combinations and because its quick to sew you can make a few :) Its the perfect pattern for the beginner paper piecer as the units are quite large and very easy to construct.
As always the PDF pattern comes complete with full step by step instructions and diagrams, full sized FPP templates, a colouring sheet for colour/fabric combinations and optional instructions for adding a hanging sleeve or corner hangers. Plus I've included some layout options if you'd like to make multiples of this pattern for a full sized quilt and some of them are quite cute.
If you would like to make your own Cosmos mini quilt, from today until the end of March 2018, PDF patterns are available at the introductory price of $4.95 (AU) in my Big Cartel shop, HERE.
Or if you prefer an instant download, PDF patterns are also available in my Etsy shop, HERE.
And I also have your free March 2018 calendar featuring the stunning Cosmos:
To download and print your free calendar, just visit HERE.
I hope you love this mini quilt as much as I do. It's been in my design journal for quite some time and finally bringing it to life with some pretty fabrics was so much fun. Its a gorgeous addition to my mini quilt family and I love it ♥
Happy sewing :)
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