Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Rainy Days and Mondays (and Saturdays, Sundays)

I just love this little skirt I made from the Riley Blake Rainy Days and Mondays collection.  I am having a wonderful time seeking out fabrics and creating stylish and practical clothes for little people.  Lots of swirl  for twirling around in this little skirt!  I love this Little Bird pattern..but being a quilter often get myself in a muddle with inches versus cms.  After I finished this little number, I realsed I had the raindrop panels upside down! But do love the umbrellas and the umbrella tops in the waist ands hem bands.  What clever fabric designers we have out there.  With the weather Brisbane has been experiencing over the last few days, this seemed an appropriate time to highlight my 'rainy days' skirt.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Yet Another Cook Book

I just couldn't resist buying this beautiful cookbook from the Hummingbird Bakery in London. (I wasn't actually in London - but bought it at bargain price from one of the booksellers that comes to work). Gweneth Paltrow had this to say about the bakery: "The Hummingbird Bakery is a sweet tooth's delight.  The cupcakes are legendary and our special occasions are always chock full of Hummingbird goodies."

 We had a special morning tea at work on Friday to farewell a couple of folk who were heading back to Toowoomba, so I decided to try out the new cookbook.  I made the chocolate cup cakes (patty cakes in my day).  The process was a little different to what I have been used to,  instead of creaming the butter and sugar, etc. you mixed the flour, sugar and butter together first.   I was a bit dubious about how they would turn out.  No need to be concerned, they were lovely.  This is now going to become my 'go to' cook book when I need to prepare something sweet.  All cakes quickly disappeared before I had a chance to snap this very last one.