Friday, March 29, 2013

Fox Among the Sheep

Do yourself a favour and take a look at the work of Stacey Mead - The Goode Wife of Washington County.

Stacey has been making and selling her work for 35 years and found primitives 14 years ago where she then had to learn how to sew.

Stacey also sells patterns on Etsy and they are cheap!


Marjorie the Sheep

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Rocky Road Easter Bunnies Recipe

You can't go wrong with these Rocky Road Easter Bunnies. They are so easy to make and are ready to eat in half an hour. I got this recipe from a friend but have modified it slightly to suit my tastes.


1 block of Cadbury Turkish Delight Chocolate - 200g
2 tbspns shredded coconut
1/2 cup mini marshmallows
1/3 cup popped corn (cooled)
1 tbspn cooking oil (for popcorn)
Cooking oil spray (optional)
I silicone rabbit (or other animal) cooking mould
Plastic wrap


Heat 1 tbspn cooking oil in a pot until hot and add unpopped corn. Once corn starts to pop, turn gas on low until all corn has finished popping. Set aside to cool.

Break chocolate into small pieces and microwave on high for 1 minute 10 seconds. Stir chocolate then microwave for an additional 10-20 seconds if chocolate is not fully melted. Be careful not to burn the chocolate.

Mix mini marshmallow, pop corn and shredded coconut into the melted chocolate and stir thoroughly ensuring all ingredients are coated.

Spray bunny (or other) rubber mould lightly with cooking oil and spoon in rocky road mixture to moulds.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to harden (takes around 30 minutes).

Makes 8-9 bunnies. You can add more chocolate if you wish which will make the mixture go further.
If you wanted to make a Rocky Road log, all you need do is place all mixture on greaseproof paper in the shape of a log. Fold over paper and twist ends like a bonbon making a sausage shape within the paper. Cool for half an hour and slice thinly with a sharp knife.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Peacock Cushion by Hopscotch Creations

It was my sister's birthday recently and I spent a lot of hours perfecting this 51 x 51 cm cushion using wonderful peacock fabric designed by Haruyo Morita for Elizabeth's Studio. One thing's for sure, my sister was happy with the result. Attached to the zipper is a silver heart charm with the words "My Sister My Friend" and a spotted Scotty Dog paper tag.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Peas Please!!

I've had to polish up on my French to learn about artist Chloe Remiat. Chloe is French illustrator and paper sculpturer.  Very talented and beautifully made models and creative boxes that tell a story. It looks like she has her own clothing line too. I think I need to go back to language school! Du beau travail. 
Tea Time
Alphabet Soup

The Hungry Princess

Let's Twist Again

I've got this thing going on with wire lately.  I need to go to the craft shop and purchase some thin jewellery wire and some thick floristry wire and start twisting. I found this lovely piece of work by Laura Bracken Designs which has inspired me to make a wirework ring.  I thought the bead in the middle was a great idea.  Hopefully I can finish it off and share it with you since I have so many projects half done it's shameful.

Monday, April 9, 2012

So Sweetly We Sing

So Sweetly We Sing is by Amy Borrell, a designer, illustrator and pattern maker from Melbourne, Australia.  Her whimsical pastel coloured designs are right up my alley.  I wish these birds were a download freebie because they'd make a beautiful blog background however they are available for purchase from Amy's website Cake With Giants. Some of Amy's clients include Frankie Magazine, Peter Alexander and Mambo.

The Fox Family

I adore the work by Russian illustrator Nalogina Lubov who created the Takiyaje Doll.  The Fox Family is to die for and I want one now!  I haven't been able to locate a great deal about this artist unfortunately but I can share with you her Flickr photostream so you can see more of her fantastic creations. While you are browsing, take a look at The Crocodile Family.