30 January, 2012

Newest vintage sheet pants

Yesterday afternoon, we were all in need of a little quiet time, after another wonderful weekend. So while Mr Turtle sat flicking through an Animals in Nature book. Little Pipkin and I pulled out the sewing machine and finished another pair of pants. (He pulls out the pins ~ & tries to sneak in the odd pedal push ~ as I sew). 

These were made from a cotton vintage sheet discovered while on an op-shop treasure hunt.
I'm making good progress through my cut-out pile of pants and shorts. 

Of course, as always happens with my little boy who really loves and appreciates hand-made (& comfy clothes), the pants almost haven't come off since they were completed. And have been worn in the last 20 hours with a green t-shirt, aqua singlet, orange t-shirt and purple long-sleeved top. 
All of which suit my son and his new pants, very well!


28 January, 2012

Wet Felted Mice (Mouse?)

At our recent Pre-school picnic, Mr Turtle spotted new animals to play with in his classroom. 
"Can we make a mouse at home, Mama?" He asked.

Mr Turtle wet felting an egg shaped body
out of white Romney fleece
Little Pipkin starting a Blue tail
Mr Turtle about to begin on ears for his mouse
 This photo is of Little Pipkin's completed mouse. I needle felted the tails, ears and noses into place, once the boys had wet felted the body, tail and two ears.

However, I only have photos of Little Pipkin's finished little guy. 
Because very soon after these were complete, the boys began swinging the mice around in the air, by their tails (well, I would, wouldn't you?). And then the unthinkable happened. Mr Turtle let go and his mouse flew...Far...Away... 
...We're not exactly sure where. 
We've peeked over fences. We've climbed amongst tree branches. We've searched the garden nooks. 
Oh well. At least he was made of all natural materials. And it really won't take long to make another one.

However if you happen to find a woollen felted mouse, with brown ears and tail, and a sweet pink nose. It may be Our Home it's escaped from.

25 January, 2012

Spiced Biscuit recipe with a Berry shake

Every day we munch on something Really yummy. 
Sometimes we eat endlessly yummy things. Although I don't always have the energy for that.

Today, for our afternoon snack, we made Spiced Biscuits to have along side a Berry Shake.
The berry shake was made from frozen blueberries, strawberries, redcurrants and mulberries. With bananas, rice milk and sheep's yoghurt. And a drizzle of maple syrup ~ just because.

 As always, the boys helped just about every step of the way.

And so, the recipe~
Hinterland Mama Family Spiced Biscuits
Organic ingredients where possible
2T chia seeds (soaked for about 10mins in 1/4 cup milk)
125g butter (melted)
1t vanilla
1T fresh grated ginger
1T molasses
1/2cup rapadura sugar
1 cup raisins
1/4cup flaked almonds
1 1/2cups wholemeal Spelt Flour
1t ground allspice
1t baking powder (additive free)
1 egg

Oven heated at 180deg. Lined baking trays.
Soak Chia seeds and set aside.
Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in vanilla, ginger, molasses, sugar, raisins & almonds. Set aside.
Sift Flour, allspice and baking powder together. 
Gently beat egg and then pour all wet ingredients (egg, butter mix & soaked Chia seeds) into the sifted flour mix.
Once combined, dollop teaspoonfuls onto baking trays and bake for approx. 10-15 mins. Leave one minute or so, before transferring onto wire racks to cool completely.

Then DEVOUR Delectable, Natural & Nourishing morsels until someone says "stop~ leave room for your dinner!"
Hee hee

24 January, 2012

Making bees wax (& Orange) candles

Another one of those ideas, that I came across somewhere 
and stored in the back of my mind, until, One Day...
And with all of the Aussie fruit in season right now. 
Today is the day.

Removing the orange flesh.
Taking care not to pierce the skin.

Removing as much orange flesh & pith, as possible.
Heating the bees wax to just the right temperature,
in my enamel teapot. Bought specifically for this purpose.

I am so very pleased to 'bee' using my Queen B order. 

Slowly pouring bees wax into orange halves
and tea light cups.
Little fingers could help here.
Adding the wicks, very carefully.
(And doing a splendid job!)
4 hour tea lights.
 I added some Terrashield Oil into the orange skins before and after pouring in the hot beeswax. 

 Sitting in the warm humid air, on our balcony. In the twilight. 
With the heavy rain pouring down all around.
And now, I have lit this candle.
Candles centre me somehow. 

We made this.
This is how to experience a Queensland Summer,

& enjoy a few moments of quiet Bliss. 


22 January, 2012

Creative Paving Project @ Eumundi Markets

We were privileged to be involved in the Paving Project, at Eumundi Markets yesterday.

I am completely in love with the idea, that in a month, in a year, in 15 years... we can visit this functional piece of artwork (creative footpath) that we contributed to.
I love the memories that seeing the pavers again, will evoke. 
I love that we will always be part of this beautiful town.
I love that this small piece of our lives will be frozen in time, in this way, to visit and remember. Perhaps with other family members as time passes.

Mr Turtle, assessing a ceramic tool.
Even when showing me their artwork,
there was no pause in their creative process.
My Contribution.
 Such a wonderful event to be involved in.

20 January, 2012

Cupboard door knob ~ Painted Toadstools

 I found this collection of cupboard door knobs at an op-shop a while ago. First thing I thought, was toadstools! And snapped them up.
I painted a few for gifts then, and finished the rest of them yesterday. 
I'll be on the hunt for more of these in the future... I think they turned out so well!

 My boys of course accompanied me, 
with painting their own projects.

So delightfully sweet.

18 January, 2012

A train ride to Brisbane

Our day out in Brisbane began with a 2 hour train ride, at about 7:45am! 
Our first stop was the Queensland Museum South Bank
which was disappointingly closed.
So we walked on (through the marvellous rain) 
And visited the Yayoi Kusama exhibition.

Mr Turtle found the colours and crowd quite overwhelming. 
Although, it was an amazing experience to be part of. 

 Then on to the library. 
Where there were songs, dancing, displays, computers, 
craft activities, bubbles and lots of toys. 

My library growing up, was a little different to this, from memory. 

Our kids had a turn at everything.
Including singing and dancing on stage.

 And finally, the train ride home.
Watching out of the windows at the rainforest, turned wetlands with the rain.
(glad we decided to travel by train and not car)

And then, our final treat for the boys, were Paper Dolls to play with on the train ride home.
My Man and I cut out the intricate pieces a few nights prior.
(Unfortunately neither of these books came with perforated pieces.)

For Mr Turtle (who is very in to Knights right now). 

Originally printed in the 1930's, the designs are very sweet.
And the clothing and dolls themselves are printed on strong paper
and a very easy for little fingers to manage.
This is my favourite of the two books we bought. 

So, an enormous day. Loads of fun. 
Everything was a new experience for our boys. 
Which made the whole trip just as exciting for us. 
Children provide such a fresh perspective on the things we as adults, 
often have begun to take for granted. 

16 January, 2012

Whimsical Rainbow Art

What would You gift, to a beautiful little faerie, turning Five. Who appreciates Hand & Heart-made. Who's own Mama is an extremely talented crafter/sewer/maker?

I spent a few hours drawing. 

Imagining Innocence. 
Feeling the Fun. 
Creating Rainbows.

Happy Birthday, A.

13 January, 2012

Shiny Craft

When you combine the following...

  • A selection of sparkly things
  • Glue

  • Treasures from nature
  • Some googly eyes

 At Our House, 
with two little boys...

 You get an hour of shiny crafting, 
fun and plenty of giggles!


12 January, 2012

Pool Noodle Faeries

Magical Rainbow Faeries appear at our home on occasion. 
They have super powers.

 They can fly.

 They run at the speed of light...

...However, walking through doorways can be a bit of a struggle!

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