posting on-the-go

Thank you Shirly for you’re bag of clothes that were destined for the Salvos. This is the first of our ‘upcycled’ clothes, a pair of stretch denim shorts. I have to fiddle a bit with the waistband as it wound up a bit big but the fit & length are great. I love the “be a hero ribbon” trim on his pockets. And best of all, he loves them.

PS. this last pose was uninitiated, I caught him while we were having lunch today at mum’s work-park. Too funny!!


I’ve made alot of scones using the more traditional flour/butter/milk recipe so it was fun to try something new. This recipe yielded really light scones ANC the brown sugar gave them s really yummy flavour compared to some other recipes I’ve tried. Let me know if you give these a go.

Lemonade Scones

2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup sugar (I used brown sugar as that’s all I have here at the beach house)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup lemonade
1/2 cup pouring cream
1/2- 1 cup sultanas (optional)

Sift and mix dry ingredients together. If you are using sultanas, add them now & mix. Add wet ingredients, mix with a knife until the mixture has just come together. Knead very lightly on a board before pushing the dough out to about 2cm thick. Cut with a 5cm round cutter and place on a greased/floured bake tray. Bake at 200-220•C for 10-15 minutes or until the scones are brown on top and sound hollow when tapped.

Serve warm with butter or use that leftover jam to have a true Devonshire tea!

How cute is this wee rosette made from a vintage hankie that was too sweet to possibly blow your nose into! I have a massive stack of hankies and scarfs from a friend of auntie sally’s who is cleaning out her mothers house. Hmmmm what to do, what to do??? then I came across these ruffled rosettes. I cant claim this as my clever idea, thanks to Rufflesandstuff.

I think 3 or 4 of these toether would look good too.

Now, if you have any other ideas what to do with this stack, let me know.

P.S. this photo was taken by Giles. it was by far the best of my ‘self-portraits’ and all the ones mum tried to take.

“Better keep busy, and the devil won’t find so much for your idle hands to do”

I’ve been catching the train to Fremantle every day for work and have been moaning about the long commute ever since I started. Truth be told, it was less about the travel per se, and more about missing being at home with my two boys, feeling an extra 2.5 hours of travel time on top of an 8 hour work day was too much.
Anyhoo, rather than continuing to bitch about it, I now look upon my time on the train as a precious two lots of 40 minutes which is all my own. So, with my elbows tucked in as if I’m sitting at a full Christmas dinner table, I’ve delved into the world of embroidery.

I started with the Wee Wonderfuls Elf Stitchette pattern and have managed to complete both the boy & girl elf. The plan is to make them into Xmas stockings (yup, starting early this year).

Just as I finished those two and was in need of another ‘on-the-go’ project, I saw your tag linking to the Purl bee Sashiko Tutorial. Perfect! Two nights in front of TV and a trip to-and-from work and I’ve finished the embroidery on my bargain 35c onesie (photo to be inserted..).

It is so hard to find boy-appropriate crafts, so I was really pleased with this. The stitching is a little uneven (hmm… super stretchy fabric isn’t the best for this project) & I ended up free-handing most of it (hmm… I have to invest in a fabric marker – the blunt china pencil isn’t really cutting it). I’m happy with the end result.

So happy in fact that I’ve started another one this morning on one of The Boy’s onesies. Bugger bugger! I got this much done before Daglish and then realized I left my thread at home. Bugger! I had to sit and twiddle my thumbs for the rest of the trip. What am I going to do on the way home?? Bugger.

I’ll load up some photos tonight of the finished work. I’m blogging at work during (yet another) incubation with photos from my phone.

Oh! good-o. My timer has just gone off and I’ve run out of stuff to ramble on about.

Along the crafty lines of my last post, I thought I would show you Giles’ first ever drawing.

Ahh, aren’t I the proud mamma.

Good thing these textas are washable, he likes to draw on the highchair more than the paper. He’s quite adamant about it too! The photo was taken last month, but I just downloaded it off my phone this morning (again, killing time during an incubation) and thought I’d do a quick post.

…Or ‘How you kill time during an incubation’

Jacq tagged a cool craft for kids using sharpies and some solvent to make these firework/flower patterns.
Thought I would give it a go in in the lab on some tissue. Will take some isopropanol home and try it on some fabric.