Sunday, March 18, 2012

make something saturday

Yesterday morning I was pottering around the house. I stopped and took a look at the two big kids and My Mr, they were all in front of screens of some form, (Miss Evie was busy doing her thing outside) ..... mmmm...... 
I thought for a moment and declared to them all "today I am going to set you all a challenge!". 
The look on their faces was priceless. 
The challenge I told them, was everyone had to make something. 
It could be anything as long as it was appropriate to their skill level and ability, any required materials, ingredients, etc had to be already in the home/shed.
I left them all to think while I continued to potter about with my chores and decide what I was going to choose off my mental "to-make" list.
Finally their decisions were made, I must say that I enjoyed watching the hive of activity as my challenge was taken up and carried out with success.
Here are the results: 
My Mr made delicious pizzas (from scratch) for lunch.
I made a phone pouch with some of my new vintage sheet FQ's.
Miss Abbey made a photo book, chose and placed some photos within.
Mr's son made a planter box using scraps of wood from the back of the shed. 
And Miss Evie made this beautiful mess!

:: pizza base recipe::
2 cups plain flour (Mr used wholemeal)
1 heaped teaspoon of dried yeast
1 teaspoon caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3/4 cup of warm water
* place all dry ingredients into a large bowl, mix well.
add oil then water.
mix to form a soft dough.
knead well on a floured surface until smooth and pliable (approx 10 mins).
place dough back into the bowl, cover and leave in a warm spot for approx. 30 mins or until it has doubled in size.
remove the dough from the bowl and gently knead for 1 minute.
roll out to desired thickness and size.
add your favourite toppings.
cook in a hot oven.
*this makes approx 4-5 small pizza bases.

instructions for phone pouch found here.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

around here lately

*some snippets of recent happenings around here:
an evening by the bay waiting for that big ship
a date night with my Mr
a crocheted granny vest
a morning spent teaching a friend how to crochet a granny square
knitting another wash cloth
harvesting potatoes
an early morning walk with my big girl
a tv-free night finishing off small projects
enjoying the evening rain and thunderstorms
watching bees at work
breakfast with my smallest
and loving every minute.
What have you been up to?

Friday, March 16, 2012

vintage sheet parcel

My return parcel of vintage sheet FQ's arrived earlier this week.
Just look at this rainbow of loveliness;
This fabulous stack has made my vintage sheet stash just that little bit extra special and bigger!
My mind is abuzz with thoughts and ideas of what to make with these beauties, I am hoping that I will find the time to start the first idea this weekend.
Thank you again Kel for your time and energy in running this fantastic swap!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Inside My Caravan :: Part 2 ::

I have not blogged about my caravan renovation since the one and only post way back here
It is becoming a long drawn out project - which I had not planned or wanted to happen.
There have been menial and boring jobs that have had to be done which have given me feelings of deflation and a lack of enthusiasm, and to be honest I have floundered and almost given up.
Fortunately my Hubby has given me several boosts of encouragement (there is an expression for this action) and has made me overcome tears of frustration and feelings of being overwhelmed. 
So here is a progress report of sorts....
I have removed all of those awful wood panel walls, the wardrobe, the ceiling, and the worst job has been removing hundreds of tiny staples from the wood frame.
I am keeping the over head cupboards for storage of my crafty bits and bobs.
Then there is this window to contend with;
there is a leak that I will get Hubby to take a look at for me. 
 I have rung an electrician to do the necessary electrical repairs/work.
We arranged the time for him to come for a look, and he has not shown up (more deflation). 
I will make another call to him next week.
I am collecting styrofoam boxes to use for the ceiling insulation, which can be put in once the electrician has done his work with the wiring.
I still have the floor to replace and the walls will be next to insulate and replace.
Then the serious stuff can happen,
a coat of paint inside and out,
a custom built table for the sewing machine and over locker,
and a bench seat with storage,
and my favourite part will be to decorate this beauty with my stuff.

Stay tuned.......

p.s. any words of encouragement will be greatly appreciated.