31 October 2009

Cutie Pie Christmas Dresses

Finally finished the two versions of Christmas dresses that I will be selling at the next Olive Tree Market. I can't wait to model them on Rosie when she's next around. They are made with a lovely summer weight linen/cotton (white) and quilting cottons for the sleeves. And in exciting news I've been accepted into the Newcastle Art Bazaar on Laman St in Newcastle on the 5th of December. I go each year as a customer and it's absolutely packed so hopefully I can keep up the pace as a stallholder.

19 October 2009

October already!

It's been birthday season around here lately. I knocked out this cake for my caffeined up sister. Her miss six thought it would be a cute idea to make a cup and saucer for her mum, so of course I obliged. Nothing like making a little girl, who is about to lose her first front tooth, smile. She helped ice the pink and her little mate helped with the yellow and I made the most delicious 7 minute icing to go on top. It is a meringue/marshmallow style topping, that is very yum.

Here is the recipe if you want to give it a go:
Ingredients, 2 egg whites, 1 cup of castor sugar, 1/3 cup of water. Stir the water and sugar in a pot over a low heat until all the sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 10-12 minutes until mixture starts to gel together. Tip: drop some mixture in a cup with water if it stays together, it's ready. In a bowl whip the egg whites until they form soft peaks, then gradually, in a thin steady stream, add the sugar/water mixture. Whip until the mixture forms stiff peaks. Slather liberally over anything and enjoy the silky sweet goodness.
Here are our strawberries from our garden. Little miss picks two bowls full of them everyday. They are very delicious and really signal the start of spring around here.
Miss Rosie posing in the angel wing dress. A little angel through and through. I love you Miss Rosie and thank you for co-operating.
Here are some new linocut prints that are destined to be pockets for my little girl 'Angel wing Christmas dresses'.
Progress on Miss Gigi's quilt, featuring Amy Butler (pink/green flowery), Saffron Craig (pink/red/white dandelion) , my prints (red, of course) and another fabric which I'm not sure who designed, but I love it (bluey/white with brown dots). This is my first ever purchase of an Amy Butler print - such a fabric amateur - I know! An old shop around town has been taken over by a young hipster and is getting all the fab prints in, I'm in fabric heaven. A more unisex style quilt. Bright, bright and then some more brightness. Tis lovely.

The lovely Julia, yet again, has come through with the goods and has my dolls up in lights in the October/ November edition of Mother & Baby. Who knew how many mother, baby, shopping mags are out there. Noice one Julia, she is my marketing guru! Mr pirate and Miss Dollster get a look in.

What is happening? I feel like I'm living my live in fast forward lately. I am busy making Christmas stuff for the market and know I'm going to be sewing till the last minute as it is. I went to see Julie & Julia today. I really enjoyed it and had to laugh at the part where Julie gets really excited to get her first comment on her blog only to find out it is from her mother. I'm pretty sure my mum thinks a blog is something you eat!