Monday, November 21, 2011


In the post are my two swap parcels! 
These are my second and third swaps that I have joined in on.
I am really enjoying participating in swaps, it is a pleasure to make something for someone that I have never met and to receive something from someone else is a little bit exciting. 
I love it when the postie delivers a little parcel, don't you?
Anyway, the first swap I entered is with Jodie from over at The Haby Goddess
Jodie organised a Christmas Kris Kringle swap with a theme of red and white.
Here is the Kris Kringle gift that I made:
A Christmas Star garland; 
the pattern can be found over at Jelly Wares.
I hope the recipient loves these cute little stars as much as I do and that she has a special little place to hang them in her home!
The second swap that I entered is with another Jodie, from over at Jelly Wares.
This is an Anonymous Wash Cloth Swap. 
We were asked to make our swap partner feel special, so along with the washer I have gifted her some yummy chocolates, a small candle, and some round cotton pads....I imagine every girl loves chocolate and I hope my swap partner can enjoy hers in a hot bath lit by candle light with nice soft eye pads soaked in lavender water covering her eyes and maybe even a glass of her favourite beverage......ahhhhh, sounds relaxing don't you think? 
And today the postie delivered my Haby Goddess Kris Kringle gift to me!
This is from Fussy Eater's Mum. 
Thank you Margaret
I will be proudly decorating our Christmas tree this year with your gorgeous Merry Berries!

I am looking forward to receiving my special washcloth next! and I will be on the lookout for another swap to join in on, might wait til after Christmas though!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

It is a rainy ol' day here today, so we have been indoors keeping busy and productive. I have done 
some decluttering in preparation for Christmas, a little bit of housework, some cooking, baking and made a start on Christmas present crafting.
It's a doing-a-bit-of-everything-kind-of-day.
This morning the little one and I made Fruit Loaf Buns, yum-o...

Fruit Loaf Recipe: (750g)

450grams/3 cups of flour (I used 225g each of spelt and white flour)
1 & 1/2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 & 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 & 1/2 Tablespoons oil
3 teaspoons Mixed Spice
2 teaspoons Yeast
270ml water
3/4 cup of dried fruit (sultanas, currants, dried apple/apricot etc)

We measured out and placed all ingredients into the bread maker and set it onto the 'dough' setting. Once the bread maker cycle was complete, we split the dough into 12 pieces, gave them a light knead, shaped into balls and placed them into the muffing tray.
We left them to rise for approx. 45 minutes before placing into the oven @ 180'C for 20-25 minutes. 

What have you been up to today?
What is your favourite bread recipe?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Bestie's Blue Keepsake...

Something special for a Bestie who is turning 10!
A lightweight blanket to provide years of comfort and warmth.
Abbey chose the colour scheme and with the Bestie in mind, together we picked out some lovely material.

We hope the Bestie loves it as much as Abbey and I do!

Friday, November 4, 2011

On My Mind.....

This week I have been thinking a lot about getting this blanket finished for my youngest daughter. It has been one of those WIP's that sit for a while, is pulled out from the basket and worked on for a short time, and then is returned to the basket when another new project pops up that needs to be made. 
I am over it being the longest WIP in history and seeing it just sitting in the basket. 
I must get it finished before starting another new project!

Pop over to Rhonda's @ Down to Earth to see more of "On My Mind"