Friday, October 29, 2010

Things I Like


It's both strange and nice how this blog is evolving. I'm having the urge to write about things other than crafting! Or at least little less obviously about crafting :P I might have to introduce a "things I like Friday" or something hehe. Never say never I suppose. 

In any case yesterday I went shopping with my lovely friend Becs as she looked for something in particular to add to her wardrobe. I didn't indulge myself at all but I have to say I LOVE this seasons style. Everything at the moment has quite a 50's feel with lots of floral prints and classic styling. Which is very very very me. It's fantastic, what's "in" never seems to reflect anything I would look good in - this time last year it was flourescents, which as I'm of quite fair complexion I have problems pulling off. 

Here's what I mean:

Candy Hard Case Wallet from Glassons
Karoline Dress in Antique Floral from Cotton On


Portia Button Floral Skirt from Cotton On
I tried on a couple of things just for fun, including the skirt just above. It was quite thin though and didn't have an underlayer, so kind of see through. Lots of these type of prints are coming through in fabric at the moment too though, so if I can find a nice pattern I might have a go at making a skirt for myself over the summer. We will see!! There you go. Vaguely related to crafting. I win!

That's all for now 
*Sarah*

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sarah's in the Kitchen

I'm on holiday!! Well mostly. I still have an exam to go, but as it isn't for two weeks I'm not panicing yet! Fantastically, summer has decided to finally arrive now as well. So for the last few days I've been relaxing and enjoying the sun. 

The knit/purling is coming along well, I'll showcase that sometime in the next couple of days. For tonight, I thought I'd show off my efforts in the kitchen. Our flat rotates on a once-a-week cooking schedule. With a flat of 6 it works well, as we each cook one night and then fend for ourselves on Saturdays. Usually I just throw something quick together, but while I'm on holiday I have a bit more time to try out new things :) 

Tonight's offering: My Mum's Quiche (the recipe doesn't actually originally come from mum, but she's made it for as long as I remember and it's awesome). 


It's a pretty adaptable recipe. Tonight I made it with asparagus, kumara (sweet potato for any non-kiwi's reading) and mushrooms. Usually I'd include meat, but one of my flatmates is vegetarian so it's always good to accommodate her eating needs too! It didn't turn out quite as good as mum's (when does it ever) but on the whole very acceptable :P 

And for pudding? I don't usually make a desert, but as I already said, I have time! So Bubble Log it is. Easy, quick and quintessentially Kiwi. It's the type of thing that disapears fast. I had to stick a sign in it while it was in the fridge to stop it going before it had time to set! 

 
In the pan


And on the plate :)

I really do love Bubble Log. It's ridiculously sweet and morish. Here's the recipe: 

Ingredients

  • 125g of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 125g of brown sugar (or 125g white sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla essence)
  • 4 cups of rice bubbles/krispies/whatever you call them in your part of the world
  • 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut (sultanas also give it a bit of variety) 
Then . . . 
  •  Combine butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan and melt together, bringing to the boil for 3 minutes - stir constantly so sugar doesn't burn while its melting together. 
  • Take off the heat and stir in vanilla essence (if using) and coconut until well combined. 
  • Add rice bubbles and combine.
  • Pour into a greased slice tin and spread evenly. Refridgerate until set - I try for 1-2 hours to make it properly stick together. 
  • Remove from fridge and slice using a butter knife. If properly set it should slice easily and cleanly. 
  

Told you it was easy. Not the healthiest thing in the world but a great treat. When I told my man this morning I was making it this afternoon he assured me he could eat a whole pan of the stuff by himself and I know plenty of people that would echo his sentiments!

That's all for now,
*Sarah*



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I'm Published!

First of all, yes this post means I'm back online :) No new part as yet, but I've managed to borrow one off someone until I can get hold of a new one for myself. 

In other exciting news, I'm published! Recently my club hosted the 2010 Unicycle National Championships (which were amazing) and I was tasked with writing an article in the lead up to the event for my university's weekly magazine "Canta." The magazine has a print run of around 20,000 copies. My article was published without even an editorial review beforehand, which I though was pretty cool, and I recieved lots of nice comments on it when it ran last week.

I have actually has my writing published several times before, including in quite a prestigous literary journal. However this is my first published piece of a journalistic bent, usually I stick to creative writing. For those of you that know me, please keep in mind that I was writing for a student audience who have very different values than I do!! In other words, I'm writing with a style I wouldn't normally use. 
Anyways with no more ado, here's both my article and the cover from the issue. 








The article should be readable if you click on it and then click again to zoom in :) 


That's all for now. An update on purling and a few other things I've been working on should be coming soon. 

*Sarah*


 

Sunday, October 24, 2010

A Short Break

This is going to be a very boring post, simply to say that due to some unfortunate computer problems my time online will be limited until some new parts for my laptop arrive. See you then! 

*Sarah*

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Creative Space: Woollyness


This is going to be my first attempt at purling. With any luck these will soon turn into a scarf for my craft-appreciating man :) 

Its just started to hail. Good day to stay in bed methinks. 

*Sarah*

P.S More creative spaces here

Monday, October 18, 2010

Finished Poppies

The Poppies are no longer in progress. It's taken me countless hours and more episodes of Chuck then I want to admit, but mum's birthday present is now finished and only a month after her birthday! Personally I think it turned out stunning, I can't wait to see it framed and hanging on the wall. But I couldn't resist sharing it now, even in its un-ironed state (not sure how I'm going to accomplish that one considering the beading). 


 "Poppy Summer," by Maria Diaz ("The World of Cross Stitching" Issue 165).
Stitched on 28 count Antique White Linen, with DMC threads and Bead Neez Black Seed Beads. 
 
 
Click the photo to enlarge. I can now say with pride that I have mastered stitching on high count linen and incorporating beading. Both of them turned out to be easier than I thought! Onto the next project or two or three, at least some of which I am happy to say will be a break from cross-stitching. More on that soon :)

That's all for now,

*Sarah*

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

An Update on Life

Poppies is still coming along, although a little slower than I expected . . . more left than I thought, the backgrounds taking a bit of time and there's still the backstitch to go. Still pretty good though considering how busy I've been. I have one and a half weeks of my second year of university to go! I can't believe it's gone so quickly. In the last month or so not only have I been swamped in assignments, but trying to find a summer job, a flat and numerous other things. Most of which is now sorted. One assignment to go and a flatmate to find and my life will be (relatively) stress free. I have a new lovely flat with ironically what will be far more crafting space in a far smaller house, and I'm working for a big chain store in my hometown for the summer. 

I'll finish off with just some recent likes I thought I'd share:


4 good quality glass canisters I picked up for a song off a deal-a-day site. Might seem perfectly normal but to someone as limited in terms of kitchenware as I am they're pretty amazing and mean I will no longer spill things everywhere whenever I want a snack. Can't wait for them to arrive! 


Delish is a free online magazine for women I recently stumbled upon . . . . it's beautifully laid out and has articles that actually mean something instead of just celebrity gossip and fashion pages. I love it! You can find it at http://delishmag.com/ 

You may have noticed the wee bookshelf now down my sidebar. I love to read and having been keeping a reading record for nearly 3 years now. I've just switched to a new online record keeper, one that lets me put a widget on here. So now I can showcase what I'm reading as well as what I'm crafting!

One final like. My man is a plastics engineer in training and has just offered to make me embroidery hoops from scratch. How cool is that?! Cool that he can and cool that he would :P

That's all for now (but expect the finished poppies soon)

*Sarah*




 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Poppies in Progress 3

Just a quick note to say that Poppies is still coming along. I've just about finished the flowers. . onto the stems, background and a HUGE amount of backstitch. Nevertheless I'm at the stage where I'd rather not post a photo, as I know my mum reads here :) 
I expect I'll be showing off the final product sometime towards the end of next week, or early the week after. I think that overall it has probably taken just about the 60 hours that the pattern estimated, although for a majority of that time I was multi-tasking (watching the news and other TV, listening to course stuff and the like). But I've had many many compliments as I've been working, including some from my male flatmates who usually wouldn't have the heads turned by that sort of thing. 

So what's going to come next? Well I've been promising the man in my life a scarf for a wee while now, mainly because scarfs are currently all I'm capable of knitting and there's only so many I can make for myself. If I can find a nice wool then that's probably next on my list and will be my first stab at purling. I've also been thinking about a few small Christmas themed x-stitches and a go at self-framing for my brother's upcoming birthday. 

All in all, plenty in the works. 

*Sarah*