Monthly Archives: July 2017

Mystery blogger award

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Happy Monday! It’s been a little bit since I’ve done an award post and last week the lovely Jess from Ever The Crafter nominated me for the mystery blogger award. So I decided to indulge! Here are the rules.

Rules:

Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog, tell your readers three things about yourself, nominate people, notify your nominees by commenting on their blogs, ask your nominees five questions of your choice and share a link or links to your favourite posts.

3 things about me:

  1. I have been living in Australia for almost 6 years (coming this November). Before that I used to live in south France on the Cote d’Azur.
  2. I can’t sit in front of the TV without doing something else, which is great because that’s prime craft time for me!
  3. I design posters, mainly for seminars and public events we organise with the Centre for Marine Science. I love that it combines work and my creative side!

Fav posts:

Poké-alphabet – final week

Millie the Manta Ray

Questions:

1- If you had to pick one ‘pump up’ song to get you ready to do something what would you pick?

That’s a hard one, I listen to a lot of music! The one that I love at the moment though is ‘Another day of sun’ from the Lala land movie. ☀️

2- If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?

I would be in Harry Potter world in Florida because I’ve never been and I’d love to go!

3- Paperback, hardback, ebook, or audio book?

Paperback or hardback, I love a physical book with pages to turn and smell 😊

4- What’s your favourite dessert?

Anything with chocolate or Nutella!

5- Favourite quote/saying?

The world belongs to those who gets up early.

My Nominees:

@KristabellasHodgepodge

@LivingInRapidCity

@LifeTeaAndEverything

@HstoneYarnCraft

My questions:

  1. What is your favourite TV show?
  2. What is the craft you prefer?
  3. If you could live in any country, where would it be?
  4. What’s your favourite dish?
  5. Do you prefer dawn or dusk?

That’s it for me! I hope you do participate, no pressure though! And I’ve tried nominating new friends, so if you haven’t been nominated and still want to play, you can just answer the questions in the comments 😊

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Jumpers and Jazz in winter

Happy Saturday my lovely readers!

Today I went to a pretty exciting festival that’s local(ish) to me (if you count 2 hours away being local 😂). It was all about the yarn and the jazz!

I bribed my hubby to come with me by driving there and back myself and I think he did end up having fun too. It was a really lovely day, very sunny but the air was quite crisp so I was able to wear some of my yarny accessories! I got plenty of compliments on my Blurre shawl, which was very exciting. I think I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves!

We also were lucky to see two wonderful ladies spin, and it was so fascinating, it actually made me want to try it! That might have to wait a little, though, as I have neither the money nor time to invest in spinning right now!

I hope that you are all having a beautiful weekend

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English paper piecing

Happy Wednesday readers!

A couple of weeks ago, a saw a really cool post on Kais (Empress Fibres) blog: a tutorial to English paper piecing! I have always been intrigued by this and the tutorial was so well done that I decided to jump right into it! I first wanted to use scallops shapes but I realised that I was way over my head with the curves 😅 Maybe when I get a bit more practice!

So I ended up going for a jewel shape, I really like it and it’s only straight lines, so manageable for a total beginner!

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I decided to print out my own shapes, I printed them on carboardy paper, and they’ve been holding their shape quite well! I used a free template I found on Google with a bunch of shapes, so I’m prepared for the years to come!

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I just really enjoy it, it’s super relaxing and there are so many possibilities! This is what I’ve got so far.

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Do you see the hearts?

I wish you guys a great end of the week! ❤️

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Finned octopus amigurumi

Happy Monday beautiful readers!

My regular readers will know that I have a huge love for amigurumi and that recently I’ve ventured into designing a couple of my own. You might remember Millie the manta and Arno the snail. Well let me introduce you to my newest addition, Dumbo the octopus!

It all started when we visited the Melbourne museum in early June. I actually saw a few pictures of deep sea octopi and I got really inspired, I think they are super cute!

So I set out to work a couple of days ago and I was pretty happy with the main body of it.

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I did want to have a different colour for the underneath of the tentacles though, so I chose a grey which I think really complements the blue. And here he it! He is probably my favourite so far, but I’m pretty partial because I really love octopi!

Isn’t he cute? I decided on Dumbo for his name because he looks like a dumbo octopus!

I hope you guys are having a good week! 😘

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WIP Wednesday – Two socks at the same time!

Happy Wednesday readers!

Like I said on Monday, I’ve already cast on another pair of socks. Those will be plain vanilla socks but will be worked slightly differently than what I’m used to. So far I have only made socks from the top down, but this time I’m doing them from the toes up and I’m also making two at the same time! For that, I’m using the pattern from Heidi Bears website, it’s really good and has great pictures to illustrate the instructions!

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You may notice I’m using Aquagirl once again, those are the leftovers from the socks I made for my friend Tracy. I actually was showing the yarn to my mum over Skype and she absolutely loved the colours, I can’t really blame her, this colourway is amazing! Mum really likes short socks and I had enough yarn so I decided to make her a pair and gift them to her when I go back to visit my family in September 😊

I’ve finished the toes already and I’m working my way through the foot. I’ve really been liking this technique so far, it will be really cool to have finished both socks at the same time too!

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In other news I received this beautiful bouquet of flowers today, isn’t my husband just so sweet? They look like little suns and they really did brighten my day ☀️

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Mercury socks

Happy Monday!

I’m very excited to say that I have finally finished my Mercury socks! yay! They took me a bit longer because I made a whole other pair of socks in between and also I was away all last week, so that made me a bit slow.

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Here they are! I’m actually pretty excited that they are matching so well. I’ve already cast on another pair (cause you know I love starting projects!), but I’ll talk more about those on Wednesday 😉

On other news, who is watching GoT??? I’m watching it right now, and it’s good! And also thanks to Tami and Rebecca I’ve started playing the Sims again 😁 lots of fun!

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Fantastic Bake Along – Quiche Lorraine

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Happy Saturday everyone!

Like every month, I’m participating in the Fantastic Bake Along hosted by Tami @tanglewoodknots and Tracy @itsatsweetday. This time, I was the one choosing the recipe! Yay! You can find the recipe on Tracy’s BAL post here or on my blog here.

I’ve already written about the quiche I made last week but I’ve also been making smaller versions to bring to work, using a muffin tray.

Those are delicious and they freeze super well! I was very excited to chose the recipe for this month and I hope that you guys enjoyed my recipe 😊

If you are interested in participating, contact Tami or Tracy and you can also follow my Pinterest board where I will be adding all the recipes for the Bake Along.

Please also check out the other amazing bakers/cooks participating in the Fantastic BAL

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LOTR CAL – Gandalf’s pipe square

Happy Monday lovely readers!

It has been a while but I have finally finished square 9 of my LOTR CAL! I have been seriously distracted by other projects but I hope that I can get back in the groove and finally get done with this huge blanket!

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It’s a very short one today because I’m actually at a conference all week and so I won’t have much time for blogging. I do hope you all have a great week and I’ll try to be back on Wednesday with some plane knitting updates 🙂

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Dream knitting

Happy Friday lovely readers!

I have been busy this week but I can’t quite show you what I’ve been up to, so I thought instead I would share some of the knitting projects I’m planning on making in the next few weeks and hopefully this will keep me accountable!

I have some yarn leftover from the Aquagirl skein and I am planning on making a pair of socks for my mum 🙂 I showed her the yarn last week and she loved it! Because I’m not quite sure how much yarn I will need though, I have decided to make her a pair of toe up socks using this pattern.

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At the same time I got Aquagirl, I also got the beautiful Seafoam colour way, and I want a pair of socks for myself with them. As I am a little bit obsessed with Harry Potter, I’ve decided to make the Hermione’s everyday socks. I think that the pattern on the yarn will be very nice with the pattern for the socks.

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And the last thing I want to knit is a beanie for my little cousin. I’ve browsed a few patterns and I’ve found this simple but cute pattern on Ravelry for the Bankhead beanie.

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What do you guys think? Do you have a favourite beanie pattern?

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Quiche Lorraine recipe – with pastry from scratch!

Happy Wednesday my lovely readers!

I hope that those of you living in the U.S. had a great 4th of July! Here is Australia it was business as usual.

Recently with some of my colleagues we were talking about cooking lunches to bring to work and I mentioned that I make savoury cakes and quiches during the weekend, freeze them and then bring them with me. I got asked then if I buy my pastry frozen, because they thought that making pastry was quite hard! So I thought that I would share with you my super easy quiche pastry so that you can also make your own quiches from scratch (I also gave my colleague the recipe, everyone deserve to eat some yummy homemade pastry!).

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).

You will need for the pastry:

  • 75 g butter (you can also use margarine)
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 50 g water (50 mL)
  • salt for seasoning

Mix all your ingredients together until well combined. Roll your pastry out and place in a quiche tin (I roll my pastry on a sheet of baking paper and use it to line the tin, it makes it easier to clean!). Trim your pastry and pick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from raising once in the oven.

You will need for the filling:

  • 150-200 g of bacon bits
  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g of thickened cream
  • 50 g of milk (50 mL)
  • block cheese (you can use gruyere or Swiss cheese too)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Cook your bacon bits in a pan for 3-5 minutes, then lay them evenly on your pastry. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and milk together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the bacon bits, straight on top of your pastry. Grate about 50 g of your block cheese on top of your quiche.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

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Enjoy! You can make those in muffin trays as well (for bite size quiches) and they freeze really well if you fancy bringing them to work for lunch! Let me know what your favourite work lunch recipe is in the comments and tell me if you make this quiche, I’d love to hear about it!

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