Archive for October, 2011

October 29, 2011

I’m loving………

I’m sitting here in an empty house waiting for the removalists van to arrive.

  Just enough time for a quick post.  So this week



Pinterest is a virtual pin board  to collect all your internet goodies, it’s totally addictive.  I find myself “pinning” almost every day!   If you are not already using Pinterest then you might like to to take a look.  If you want to see what my boards look like, then click on the pinterest button in my side bar.

Have a great weekend!

October 26, 2011

a pattern or two

Hello, not too much crafting going on at the moment as we prepare to move house at the end of this week.   But I thought that you might like to know that I have loaded some free patterns onto my pattern page.

Like this one for the Crazy Daisy Pin Cushion.



   I have transferred them over from my old blog.  If you have visited The Patchwork Orange then you will have already seen them.  But for those of you who haven’t, then feel free to take a look.  I still have more patterns to transfer over but first I need to get this move out of the way!

October 24, 2011

in the kitchen


This morning I made some Anzac biscuits.  This is a good Aussie (Australian) recipe…….oaty, syrupy and crunchy ( is oaty a word)!   I bake them often as they are a favorite in our house.  They are also super easy to make,  so I thought I would share the recipe with you.

Wondering where the name came from……………….?

Get ready for a short history lesson!

Anzac stands for Australian and New Zealand  Army Corps and refers to the soldiers who fought in World War I and II . There are some varying opinions as to why the biscuits were given this name; one is that they we sent to the soldiers during the war; another is that they were sold as fund-raisers after the war for returned soldiers.

I’m not sure about the reason for their name, however, I am sure that they are delicious!

If you would like to make some, then here’s the recipe.


October 22, 2011

I’m loving……….

Everyday I find myself surrounded by inspiration.   I love to see what other people are creating.   I thought that it might be fun to have a weekly post about what inspires me.   So this week


Marie Claire Idees


This magazine is beautifully styled and jammed packed full of creative ideas.  Yes, it is only published in French, sadly there is no English version.  But the photographs are amazing and need no translation!

I get my copies online via Zinio.  The next issue is due at the end of this month ……….. I can’t wait!


October 20, 2011



This is my first offical post.  I have been playing around with the appearance of my blog for way too long now, so I decided that it was time just to “get on with it” and start blogging.

I could begin by telling you about myself and my life here in Shanghai, and I guess that I will do that from time to time.   However  I don’t want to “bore you silly” and since it is afterall,  a crafty blog I thought that I would simply share with you one of the projects I’m working on………..

This is my Sunburst Blanket.   I really love this block and I was inspired by Sandra Juto’s gorgeous blanket and her wonderful photographs.

My photograph shows the beginnings of the block.   After this stage there is another round of white which changes the block into it’s final square shape.   I’m about halfway through having made about 50 blocks….. and yes thats right I need around 100 blocks for the size blanket that I want to make!

Progress on my blanket is a little slow at the moment as we are about to move house.  That will keep me busy for a little while but I’m sure I’ll still find time for some crafty relaxation!