Tuesday, December 4, 2012

We have a winner!!!

thanks to all that purchased in November to celebrate 1500 likers !!!
you are all in the draw to win this pineapple prize pack.
Drum roll please......
and the winner is
Congratulations your goodies will be posted soon :-)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Caramel Baileys Ice Cream

Caramel Baileys Ice Cream
600mls of cream
1 tin of sweetened condensed milk (needs to be cold so pop in fridge the day before)
3 crunchie bars (or violet crumbles for the Australians)
1/4 cup of Caramel Baileys ( you can use plain Baileys but i had this in the cupboard)
Tupperware Jel-ring

Beat cream, condensed milk and Baileys until thick

should look like this

then chop up crunchie bars and add

fold into mixture

fill your Tupperware Jel-ring

and put in the Freezer overnight or for 8hours
Ta da!!!  was a bit impatient to tip it out of the Jel-ring...
so doesn't look perfect.
served up with some peaches - yummy!!!
A few suggestions on flavours:
You could change the sweetened condensed milk for caramel flavoured one.
Use Baileys instead of Caramel baileys - or leave out the alcohol all together
Instead of Crunchies bars you could add a mix of white and milk chocolate chips.
Also it would be perfect for a BBQ serve it in slices between two wafers,
ice cream sandwiches :-)

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Pineapple Cheesecake in Tupperware Jel Ring

Tupperware Jel Ring mould
I have had my jel ring hiding in a cupboard for about 3 years, I remember hunting the internet
for all these yummy recipes to try out but thats as far as I got. I even printed them all out - but I can't find where I put them.   So I decided that I will try
a new Jel-ring mould recipe every week and share my results with you :-)
Pineapple Cheesecake
here are the ingredients needed:
1/4 of a can of crushed pineapple - around 110g
1/4 cup of pineapple juice
300mls boiling water
1 pkt of pineapple jelly ( i used tropical as it seems NZ doesnt have pineapple jelly)
300mls of cream - whipped
250g cream cheese
juice of 1 lemon
1 pkt sweet plain biscuits - crushed
60g butter - melted
2 Tbsps golden syrup
*a little note this needs to be refridgerated 8hrs+,  if you are like me and don't read the
recipe all the way thru and start making it at 2pm for that night.  I put it in the freezer for 2 hours and then the fridge and it just set.
1. place crushed pineapple and juice in a small saucepan and bring to the boil.
Make up jelly using 300mls of boiling water, pour 1/2 cup of the jelly liquid with the
pineapple mixture into the jel-ring and refridgerate to set.
(sorry i forgot to take a photo of this step)
2. Beat cream cheese until smooth, gradually add remaining jelly liquid, add lemon juice and whipped cream and leave in fridge till partially set. 
3.When partially set beat mixture and pour onto the set pineapple jelly in the jel-ring

4. Melt butter and golden syrup in a small saucepan, add crushed biscuits and mix until well coated.
Sprinkle biscuit mixture ontop of cream cheese mixture.

5. Seal jel-ring and leave in fridge overnight or until set
probably needs around 8 hours in the fridge

To serve, remove lid and place a serving dish ontop, flip over and then unseal the middle carefully
then remove the ring.


Ta da!!! serve with whipped cream

Monday, August 20, 2012

Dinosaur hoodie

How to make your own Dinosaur Hoodie

Dinosaur hoodie = one very happy 4yr old

You need: 1 plain hoodie (zip up or pull over)
contrasting felt
sewing machine

you need to draw to triangles templates, i did mine
head spikes- 2" across bottom
Back spikes - 3" across bottom
then I used a ruler to draw a triangle .

Fold your felt in half and use you template to cut out triangles
for my size 5 hoodie i did 6 for the hood and 5 for the body.
Unfold and you will have felt diamonds like the photo below.

Then pin your diamonds down the centre of the hoodie, small diamonds on the hood larger diamonds on the back, then sew as straight as you can.  If you are doing on a pullover hoodie I sewed about halfway from hood to back thenflipped the hoodie around and started from the bottom back to the middle otherwise the hoodie gets all bunched up in the sewing machine.

Then fold your diamonds together to form the spikes and pin.

then sew the 2 side of each spike together, then trim any extra felt to tidy up spikes.

WOOHOO your done


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Lemon Blueberry Loaf

Thought i would share this recipe which has become a favourite....super yummy and I got to use fresh blueberries from my MIL garden and lemons from our tree.

I'm always to eagar to eat it straight away then to ice it.  I would if i was serving it up for
visitors :-)

Here is the recipe:


125g butter
1 lemon, finely grated zest
2 eggs
1 1/2cups SR flour
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 cup blueberries

100g icing sugar
1 tsp butter, melted
1 Tbsp strained lemon juice

Preheat oven to 180C

Grease and line a 23cm loaf tin

Cream butter and sugar, add zest and beat in the eggs one at a time.
Stir in the flour and lemon juice and fold until combined.  Gently fold in blueberries.
Spoon mixture into tin and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until cooked through.
Cool loaf in tin for 10 minutes and then remove to a wire rack to cool.
Combine icing sugar, butter, and lemon juice, stir until smooth and runny.  Spread icing
over cold loaf


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Woohoo!!!! i have completed some projects

Are you impressed!!! i am 5 projects finished in a month on on a roll...i think my Tuesday
night Stitch n Bitch group is motivating me

                                         Pleated ladybug skirt to match the tee

                                        Peasant top...saw a photo on Pinterest and recreated it

Used a Heidi and Finn pattern really pleased with how it turned out especially since the fabric
was on sale at Spotlight for $3 a metre!!

                                        Spotty top another $3 metre Spotlight special

Corduroy ruffle skirt, Strawberry top and scarf should be nice and cozy for winter

eekkk i have been slack

whoops....i haven't posted anything for almost a month.
I have been busy working on my unfinished projects and i have managed to get 5 finished!!!
and i have a few recipes to share as well

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Unfinished Projects

We all have those piles of unfinished projects in various stages ... fabric with pattern ready to cut out,
cut out, cut out and pinned and even half sewn but got sidetracked.
I thought that if I photograph and share mine it might motivate me to work through them and actually finish them :-)

First up is a skirt for me that has been in the pile the longest (14mths) I'm aiming to do it for this summer so i have a bit of time up my sleeve on this one.

 I have a new obsession with knit fabric since my new Patty Young - Sewing Modkid Style book arrived,  I'm planning to try and sew most of my daughters wardrobe for next year (would start now but she has way too many clothes as it is)  This white and blue spot is going to be a long sleeve top.

 Just cut this dress out this weekend I'm using a pattern i purchased off etsy Heidi and Finn cowl neck dress  can't wait to see how it turns out.
Another stretch fabric project - leggings i used the pattern in the book but then had to change it heaps
as my little miss is super skinny...i still might need to do some more altering as this will be my first ever pair of leggings i have made.

This will be a cordaroy skirt with a ruffle..i have a top to match
this will hopefully be done this week ;-)

I have had this hat sitting cut out since December...but thinking it can wait a few more months now as summer has just left us.

 I found this super cute birdie fabric at Spotlight, i plan to make a peasant top with a sash around the bottom.  Saw a photo on Pinterest for inspiration.

Thought i better make my Little Miss her own Ladybug pleated skirt since they are very popular on my Facebook page - it is all cut out ready to pin and sew.

  I have the back of a size 3 dress cut out in denim just need to pick the material for the front.

 Tops to applique for my kids, hopefully they still fit them by the time i get around to it.

And finally a project for me!!!!  Love this Amy Butler fabric

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Amelia Top - Revamped

So after yesterdays failed attempt at a new pattern - the pattern failed not me ;-p ...top was way too short and the straps/armholes were to tight.  So today I brain stormed with my mum and we came up with two ways to make it fit my little miss better.

First i had to do lots of unpicking, the straps from the main body and the bottom band.
Added a bigger contrast band and bottom band to give it the length needed.
Second problem was the straps/armholes were a bit tight so added a small contrasting band under the straps as well.

Just waiting on my buttons to arrive so I can have a matching fabric covered one.
Woohoo I'm much happier with this version hopefully i can get little miss to wear it.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Amelia top

so this is what I made today...My daughter is very grumpy as I made her try it on when she had just woken up.
i found this pattern on etsy and thought i would give it a go.
I love my fabric choice but I think I am going to have to unpick the bottom band and try and make it longer as it way to short, and its a bit tight under the arm as well but not sure how I'm going to fix that. Still have to add a button as well.
Looks like I'm going to have to play around with the pattern alot to get it to fit better.
I think i will try a completely new top pattern tonight and see if i get better end result.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

We have a Winner!!!

Two weeks ago I started a competition to celebrate my FB page turning 1...guess how many yards i have in my stash...
The winner is Gaylene Rowland she had the closest guess of 164 yds, she wins a $25 Pineapple designs voucher to spend on any ready made stock :-)
I better get sewing...i am not allowed to buy any more fabric (quilters cotton) until i have used up at least 50 yards.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Fabric Bracelets

Today i felt like not sewing orders and doing something for myself for a change :-)
I saw these on Pinterest the other day and thought i would give it a go, woohoo i finally managed to find the time do some more craft from Pinterest.
they are really easy and take about 10 minutes, all you need is 25mm wide elastic measure it around your wrist - i used non-roll elastic because thats what i had on hand...then i went through my scrap box for funky fabric and whipped up a few for me and my friends (if they like them that is)
If you want to have a go check out this blog for the tutorial