Monthly Archives: May 2016

LOTR CAL week 9

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Happy Sunday everyone!

Week 9 of our Lord of the Rings CAL is about Gandalf’s pipe, and it is one of the corners of the blanket.

LOTR_CAL_week9PDF available here

Now I just need to get back on track and make sure I get some of those squares done during the week!

You can find week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7 and week 8 by clicking on the links 🙂

Happy crocheting!

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Canyon Shrug

Hello crafters! 

I have been quite terrible this week with holding blogging schedules. Dylan and I got married last weekend (yay us!) and we had a lot of people from my family stay with us for the occasion. This week was all about finally getting a proper rest and and re-adjusting to being the two of us at home. 

While everyone was over though, I finished my Lion Brand Canyon Shrug and I even got more orders from my family (to finish before we get to Europe in a few months).

I really like how cosy this shrug is and it actually keeps my neck very warm as well. I am making one in blue for mum and one in green for nana! Better get that crochet going! 

Have a great weekend!



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Montecaos Recipe

Hi guys!

Lately I have been obsessed with MasterChef! The new season started a few weeks ago and it has really given me the drive to cook and bake more. Today I want to share with you my family’s Montecaos recipe. These little biscuits are originally from North Africa, and my family adopted them and brought them back when they emigrated from Algeria. The good think with those is that they are completely Vegan, and I have found that more and more people don’t eat animal products so it’s a good recipe to bring if you are baking for lots of people and you don’t know if they eat animal products. I have also tried them with a gluten free flour (a mix of rice flour, corn starch and tapioca starch) and they work really well either way!

So let’s get to it! To make around 12 biscuits, you will need:

  • 250g flour
  • 125g sugar
  • 100g peanut oil
  • ground cinnamon or chocolate powder

Preheat the oven on 180°C. The cooking has to be perfect so make sure your oven is at the right temperature before baking any of your biscuits.

Mix the flour and sugar roughly together before adding the peanut oil.

Knead the mixture until you obtain a dough with the consistency of wet sand. It shouldn’t be so wet that it is sticky but it should also stay together quite well.

Roll into small balls of dough and rest on a baking sheet.

When the oven is at 180°C, bake for 5 minutes at 180°. Then, turn the oven down to 150°C and bake for an extra 5 minutes. I normally turn off the oven at this point and let the biscuits in until some of them show cracks at their surface (note that this only happens with the ones made with normal flour, the ones made with gluten free flour don’t normally crack).

Let them cool a little and sprinkle with cinnamon or chocolate powder.

And you have them! Delicious crunchy sandy biscuits 🙂 I made two different batches this time, some with and some without gluten. Can you spot the difference?

If you try them I would love to hear from you and see some pictures maybe 🙂



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LOTR CAL week 8


Hello crocheters!

I am a bit late for the LOTR CAL this week, but here it is! The Witch King of Angmar and his mace, and Smaug as an alternative square.

LOTR_CAL_week8PDF available hereLOTR_CAL_week8_altPDF available here

Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 are available by clicking on the links.


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And the winner is…

Happy Friday crafters!

You probably remember my post from last week about the Brookfield show. It was the second year I went to the show and it was pretty awesome this year again! And, as I mentioned, it was my first year participating in the craft competition.

I really liked making my first Tea Cosy, but some of the ones out there were just plain amazing! So, I didn’t place in the competition BUT the organisers were great and so everyone got some green tea as a gift 🙂 How nice right?


The big surprise for me was that I actually got 3rd place for my lace doily! I was so happy with getting my ribbon, and the comments I got were so lovely!

So I got home very happy about how I did, and I didn’t realise I was missing something. Later that night, someone was at the door to see me. One of the ladies volunteering for the Brookfield show, holding a plastic wrap in her hands. I had actually forgotten to get my prize for placing 3rd in the Novice lacemaking!

I received two beautiful skeins of DMC Natura Just Cotton and I can’t wait to use them to make something beautiful, maybe for the next Brookfield show?


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P.S. I would really love to thank the amazing volunteers at the Brookfield show for their great work and organisation and also this lovely lady who came all the way up our driveway (it’s super steep) to give me my prize, that was some real dedication!


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Happy birthday Arnault!

Hey guys!

My best friend Arnault just turned 25 last Sunday. Turning a quarter of a century is already pretty exciting on its own but what I really wanted to share with you is what I made for him. Now that he has received his gift, I can safely show you pictures 🙂

Now, this is probably the cutest amigurumi I’ve ever made and it was so so hard to part with it, so you are warned, cuteness overload coming your way!

I found the pattern on this website and translated it from Russian on google translate. The translation wasn’t perfect but if you’ve made amigurumis before, it shouldn’t be to hard to follow.

I hope you guys like this pattern as much as I did, and again, happy birthday Arnault!


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LOTR CAL week 7


Happy Sunday!

This week, on our Lord of the Rings crochet along, we have Gandalf the Grey. I just love Gandalf’s character in both the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series. Let’s face it, he is pretty kickass!

So here he is, with a red background in memory of his fight against the Balrog 🙂

LOTR_CAL_week7PDF available here

Next week we will have the remaining of the bad guys, the Witch King of Angmar and the alternative square for Smaug.

As usual, you can find the squares for week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6 by clicking on the links.

Happy crocheting!


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Winter is coming

Happy Friday lovely readers!

This week has definitely seen a drop in temperature in South East Queensland, but it is a great weather to snug under a growing crochet project! I have started (yet) another project when I saw that my local Spotlight sold Lion Brand Heartland yarn.

I have had this project from Lion Brand pinned forever and I couldn’t wait to get started. 

A lovely shrug to spend winter cozily! 

This is where I am at the moment. I have just finished skein 2 and the pattern calls for 3, so only one skein to go! 

I really love the texture of the stitch 🙂
Have a great weekend y’all! 😉



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The Brookfield show

Hello lovely people!

One of my goals this year was to enter my first craft fair, and this is now done! Last Saturday was the entry day for the Brookfield show and I made a teapot cosy just for this fair. The theme of the competition was ‘Country’.

I’ve added a lot more flowers since I lasted showed this to you guys. I really like how it ended looking, although I don’t really like the look of the actual teapot.

My second entry for the show was my lace doily, the one I made from my nana’s old crochet magazine 🙂 Here are some pictures to refresh your memory

For entering the craft competition, we all got given a lovely booklet with lots of embroidery projects for all seasons. I’m definitely excited to try a few of those out!


Wish me luck for the competition! I’m finding out tomorrow 🙂


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LOTR CAL week 6


Hello readers!

It is time for week 6 of our LOTR crochet along! Today we have our first wizard, Saruman the white. He is holding his staff and the Palantir. Next week we will have Gandalf the grey join us. I have to admit I haven’t started Sam yet but I hope to start him over the week. I might not have too much time with my family arriving this week but I’ll try my best to post some pics of the work in progress 🙂

LOTR_CAL_week6PDF here

You can find week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4 and week 5 by clicking on the links.

Have a great crafty week!


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