31 August, 2010

Rain, Rain, Rain on our Roadtrip


Our journey is underway, with only a slight hiccup
- lots and lots of rain.

Well, at least;Add Image
  • it's a cooler ride in the car
  • it's a cooler ride for the car
  • the wildflowers are beautifully blooming! And

we know with the rain,

comes a rainbow at the end of it all

29 August, 2010

Healthy-er, gluten free, Chocolate Biscuits


RECIPE:


1/2cup rice flour
1t baking powder
1/2t xanthum gum
1/4cup almonds, chopped
1/4cup pear syrup
1 egg
1T oil
1T cocao powder
Especially my Man likes these!

25 August, 2010

Crocheted woollen wristband bracelets

My boys LOVE wearing jewellery.

Mostly mine ;)

So I made them some of their own,
in the form of crocheted wristband type bracelets.

Well, it hasn't stopped them from wearing my pieces,
but they're more than happy to have more of their own!


(I've even had to whip up a couple for their well-loved bed buddies
~ "Little Ted" & "Mini" ~ too)

22 August, 2010

Moving Home: Desert to Tropics

My family have moved around a lot. Both in Australia and overseas.
Another moving event, in our lives, is actually just now, on the horizon.


From the arid desert ~ to the coastal sub-tropics.
I always love moving home. I know it's not everyone's cup of tea!
Isn't it on the top five list for stressful events in a person's life?

Well, for me it's exciting.
Going through all I've accumulated over time with a discerning eye.

Deciding which items to sell on, which to take with us.

Then there's the new location ♫♪
I'm a bit of an organiser, so working out which rooms will be for what and whom.
Where furniture will go and which of my treasured items will be placed in them.
It flips my tummy when I think about it!

Planning the vege garden is exciting in itself. Starting out by guessing and waiting.
Then as time goes by, watching out for all the nooks and crannies our sun
might peep into throughout, the seasons.

Of course there's the new adventures to be had.
Places to explore, to become our own.
More experiences, entertainment and inspirations.

And then eventually, all of this will become & provide,
the calmness of comfort.

It's such a wonderful journey, moving us forward.

Can you pick out the whales, to the left, in this photo?☺

From the Desert


To the Coastal Hinterland

18 August, 2010

Henna skin art

This is my hand
(obviously in an altered photo, so the pattern is intensified)
and so is this!


My wonderfully artistic friend created these for me,
before Our journey across Australia.


Lucky me, I love it!


Other artisistic endeavours of Helly can be found here, at her etsy store, such as her jewellery and her own clothing line!
 She also has a Facebook page too
 
Thanks so much hun, I'll miss you

16 August, 2010

Healthier Gingerbread People

We love baking together
When there's decorating, it is even more fun ♥

RECIPE:
Gingerbread People
125g butter, at room temperature
100g rapadura sugar
55ml maple syrup
70ml molasses
1 egg yolk, (separated egg)
375g wholemeal spelt flour, sifted
1 T grated fresh ginger
1 t mixed spice
1 t bicarbonate of soda
Nuts, seeds & dried fruit to decorate

Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays

Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl until pale and creamy. Add the syrups and egg yolk and beat until combined. Stir in the flour, ginger, mixed spice and bicarbonate of soda. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Press dough into a disc. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

Place the dough between 2 sheets of baking paper and roll out until about 4mm thick. Or flour well. Use a gingerbread person (or other ) cutter to cut out shapes. Place on trays a little apart to allow some spreading.
Repeat with any excess dough.
Allow your children to freely, healthily, decorate!

Bake in oven for 10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven. Transfer to a rack to cool.

☼ And photos of the same project a couple of months ago
(I didn't have any molasses, hence the colour difference)☼


13 August, 2010

Gorgeous Little Seasonal Display Gnomes Tutorial


I have seen these little gnomes many places and am sure once upon a time I came across them in this lovely book Feltcraft (which i don't yet own)

(I do now! As of May 2011  )
Nor did I take a copy of the pattern. But all is not lost!

These gnomes are so simple that, I have not only come up with a pattern myself, they turned out to be quite fetching little fellows once completed!


Aha! Start with a round (my button tin) lid.
Well, a circle about 20cm across
 
Divide the drawn circle into quarters. Then cut out a single quarter.
The semi-circle indents are cut out for the face to poke through
(a clever friend suggested that, I can't take all the credit)


I cut a circle to make a base to help the little guy stand upright once complete.
I just found another circle (empty bead container)
that was slightly bigger than my finished cloak.
About 5cm diameter.
I prefer to find a contrasting thread than a matching one.
Personal choice!
When hand sewing, I always find beeswax to be a lifesaver.
It naturally helps keeps threads from tangling.


I often like to sew with a blanket stitch, especially when using a contrasting colour thread.
So, with this stitch, it's important to start right

Once the hood is complete, finish off and start on the remainder of the cloak.
Again, I always start the first stitch in this way.


To finish off I like to thread back through the stitches on the inside and knot there.
It looks a bit neater and makes the sewing more secure.
We're on our way!


Now to make a defined head. Start here with a gathering stitch.


Sew all the way around and leave enough thread at either end,
to pull tight and knot.

♫ Like clouds

Sheep fleece I was lucky enough to receive in it's raw state.
It took a little reading and work, but now I have loads of free,
unbleached, clean 100% wool stuffing!

I rolled a lovely fluffy piece of fleece, as tightly as I could and pushed it into the cloak,
as far into the hood as I could.
Making sure the face was smooth and full of personality!

I pull the two ends of thread as tightly as I can
(this is where the gathering stitch comes into it's own)
Then I tie a knot, then a bow and another knot.
Finally I sew on the base, again using blanket stitch.

What do you think?

When I asked Mr Turtle for ideas on how to display these little guys for a photo,
he opted for them all facing each other.

Interacting like little people would ~ of course!

11 August, 2010

Arid Australia ~ Winter Seasonal Display

Winter Nature Display
What to put on a winter seasonal display in an arid climate?
Well, in WA apples and pears are in season.
But at my house they're always being eaten.




So, I put some fresh ones in the dinner table display (along with home grown pomegranates and neighbour's gifted citrus).


But in our nature corner I used wooden fruits. My boys like to play with our Seasonal Nature Corner displays, so wood is a bit more hardy too!
The gnomes are a Waldorf/Steiner influenced addition. Their cloaks reflect the colour of the season, they're a great size for little hands and their lack of facial features enable all sorts of expressions and emotions to be possible!

I have a tutorial on how to make these.

I choose colours that reflect the season. So in winter it's greys, blues and whites. I use these colours to select cloths, gnomes and crystals/stones for the Nature Table.

We have noticed, on our walks, that in winter, the bark tends to fall from the myriad of gum trees that grow here. So, we collected some pretty fallen pieces to use in our seasonal displays.

07 August, 2010

Heart & Hand ~crafted Beaded Gifts

Below are some of the most recent gifts I have
created with my hands and given with my heart.

I LOVE giving gifts, perhaps more than recieving them.


Well, that's mostly true!
Let's say that often, the feeling is equally as wonderful ☺


Finally a new baby eventually means teething.
Although some bubs pass through this almost unscathed, often many don't. 
So, a little natural help in the form of an
authentic Baltic amber teething necklace,
is always gratefully received
(I do sell these, please email me for more details)

A beaded rainbow necklace for the gorgeous son of family friends.
He turned 5 this year



My sister needed a breast feeding necklace to help her 6 month old
pay a little more attention to the job at hand.


I think many of us can relate to that?



A friend suggested her husband's back pain, might be somewhat allieviated

by his wearing amber daily.
She thought the gentle healing, calming and natural pain relief baltic amber has been documented to provide, would be beneficial.

(I do sell these, please email me for more details OR 
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Hinterland-Mama)



I found the 'perfect' pendant for my brother-in-law
and had to make a necklace to surround it.

Pregnancy and childbirth bracelet, earrings and pendant for 3 different friends,
to wear both while they were pregnant & giving birth.




Each of them gave birth to boys... just an interesting fact!




The greens and blues were intentionally chosen due to colour therapy ideals


The semi-precious stones I used, for their relevant properties, were~
Amazonite (Aqua); Moss Agate (Moss Green); Rose Quartz (Pink); Sodalite (deep Blue & white); Malachite (rich greens); Moonstone (Opalescent)


ღ°•..•°ღ

02 August, 2010

Gifted Wild Honeycomb

A wild honeybee hive was discovered and removed from under someone's porch
by some local apiarists.

We were lucky enough to enjoy the fruits of their labour
(and the bees of course)

Little Pipkin and Mr Turtle appear to be pointing don't they?

No - they're finger dipping!
They were so patient while I took some photos.
Just another example of how 'putting it out there' can work.
I've often fondly remember munching away on real honeycomb,
freshly removed from a hive on my Grandfather's property,
when I was a little girl.

I always keep an eye out at markets, when local producers are selling their honey.
Just in case I might be able to share the oozingly sweet experience with my boys.

Putting a full piece into your mouth, biting down into the soft wax,
sweetness flowing out of the wee holes.
Chewing and chewing until your left with a firm, empty, small piece of wax.
A huge grin and sticky chin.
What a sublime treat!

I often ask the market stallholders about honeycomb,
but they normally prefer to keep their hives intact.
Then one day I met Helga and gave her my number...just in case...

Nearly two months after our first meeting, she called me with a wonderful surprise...
A whole lot of honeycomb!
My boys were as ecstatic and elated as I was.

We've been enjoying it daily together, and with our friends.

So much goodness

Thanks Helga!

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