Candied Lemon Zest


Candied lemon zest is so pretty! It is so easy to make and keeps indefinitely, so I think everyone should have a jar hiding in the fridge. Any lemony treat you make will instantly look a lot fancier once you put a bit of this candied zest on top! It's also yum straight from the jar!I topped my Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes with candied zest.Candied Lemon Zestmakes about 1 cup5 lemons1 cup sugar1 cup   << Continue Reading >>

Build-a-Bag: My swatches arrived!


Well it seemed like forever, but checking the mail box twice a day finally paid off when my swatches arrived this week! It is unbelievably exciting opening that package! I'm very happy with how they turned out. They look very close to how they looked on the computer screen. I found the yellow on the petals looked a bit lighter than I wanted, so I've darkened and brightened them up a bit for my   << Continue Reading >>

Boy’s Own Style Month at Cook Clean Craft


Narelle of Cook Clean Craft is hosting 'Boy's Own Style Month' at the moment. For the whole month of July she is featuring posts showing you how to personalise clothes, particularly for boys. Boys clothes can be tricky, you can't simply put a frill on there to pretty them up, so you have to be creative to put a bit of style into it. I am super excited to be guest posting over there   << Continue Reading >>

Adding a Neck Opening to a Tee – Tutorial


Roman's head is off the charts big! This is not a figure of is literally off the charts. See, here's a chart!! I thought that as he got a bit older it wouldn't be such a problem, but he still grows out of his tops because the neck gets too tight to pull over his head. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to add an opening to the back of a tee. The technical term for this is a   << Continue Reading >>

Melt and Mix Lemon Poppyseed Cupcakes


I love melt and mix cakes! I often get the sudden urge to bake and my butter is always in the fridge, so melt and mix recipes usually come to the rescue. I have one baking cookbook that I've made up an additional index for that lists all the recipes that don't need softened butter. It comes in very handy! This recipe has been adapted a fair bit from a recipe on I always head to taste   << Continue Reading >>

Build-a-Bag: The Pattern


So while I'm waiting for my fabric swatches to arrive in the mail, I thought I'd tell you about the pattern I've chosen for my bag. At first I thought about making my own pattern for the handbag. I like my current bag, so with a few mods I could make up a pretty good pattern. But I quickly realised that I would have to make at least 1 prototype, probably more and that it would be a long time   << Continue Reading >>

Printing Fabric Labels Follow Up


It's been about 6 months since I had my fabric labels printed with Spoonflower, so I thought I'd do a follow up to show you how they look today. You can see my original post here, but basically I made up a logo and had it printed onto some quilting cotton*. The tricky thing I did was print them on the bias (at 45°), the idea being that I wont need to press the edges under before sewing them on.   << Continue Reading >>

I Spy Bag Toy


I've made up a couple of these and they come together quickly. The tricky part for me, was trying to find all the little toys and trinkets to put inside. So, rather than posting a full tutorial on how to make one, I thought I'd tell you about where to look for the little trinkets. If you came here hoping for a tutorial, then here is a link to one on Homemade by Jill (pictured above). It   << Continue Reading >>

Capsicum and Tomato Soup


I love this soup and when I'm feeling like something healthy, this is one of the first things I make. The best bit about this soup is that it's awesome hot or cold! Having this soup in your recipe box is great, because you can serve it year round. If serving it cold, add a little extra seasoning at the end to make the flavours really shine.Capsicum and Tomato SoupServes 4 - 6 hot (more if served   << Continue Reading >>

Blogiversary Giveaway Winner!


Now I get to play Santa! And because I'm in such a great mood today, I thought I'd have 2 winners!! So... The winners of the Blogiversary Book Giveaway are: Eva Kadar!! and Jess Briggs!! Congratulations!   I have sent you both an email requesting your details so please keep a look out. If I don't hear from you by the 7/7, a new winner will be drawn. Thank you so much to everyone who   << Continue Reading >>