Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Strawberry Shortcake and Gardening at Night

I think my new favourite thing might be baking! In the last month(ish) I've successfully made salty caramel brownies (recipe pulled from The Marion House Book), peanut butter cookies (a recipe I used to make all the time from an ancient Better Homes and Gardens cookbook eventually given to me by my mom) and finally, strawberry shortcake. For the strawberry shortcake, I used Ricardo's recipe because I just think he's cool...and I like his accent.
This was super easy, fast and fun to make.
I did learn a valuable lesson when baking: leave the boozing until after you've finished. I completely forgot to add a crucial ingredient. But I fixed the problem and averted a total baking fail. I think it turned out great!


Gardening is something I've been dreading this year. Maybe it's been the weather or maybe I've just been lazy, I don't know. But last night I started weeding and then next thing I knew I was at Home Depot at 8:30 checking out with 3 big bags of soil, amazing daisies, mini carnations and marigolds. By then time I finished weeding and started planting, it was dark and raining. But I got the job done and it looks great. I didn't realize how much the unkempt state of our patio was bothering me until I saw it looking beautiful again.


Between transplanting flowers and herbs into pots and planters, Darcy BBQed up some stuffed mushrooms and prawn and beef skewers. Such a nice night.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Progress

The wedding quilt I'm making is really coming along. It's been smooth sailing so far, without any major speed-bumps. I now only have 2 and a half weeks to complete it.
Lucky for me though, I have a little buddy to help speed the process along:



He has been super supportive through every step of the process:



Strange, he never wants to hang out when I'm lounging around. I guess he's just not that kinda cat. He really likes to get into the action.
I may end up spending a few hours at Spool of Thread putting the quilt top, cotton batting and quilt bottom together because I could really use their expertise, space and equipment to make the actual quilting less daunting.
Here's one third of the quilt top done! I'm lovin' it:


 Now no more pictures until it's complete!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Coasters

I finally finished up the coasters that I started way back when I was taking my weaving class.

Voila!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

A Wedding Quilt

My oldest and dearest friend, Ashley, is getting married in ONE MONTH. I decided 5 or 6 months ago that I wanted to make her a quilt as a wedding gift. Leave it to me to wait until the last minute to get started!

But leaving it to the last minute has kind of worked in my favour this time. I popped into Spool of Thread yesterday to choose the fabric and they we're having a 1st year anniversary sale! I ended up getting 20% off my purchase. Yahoo!

I'm using the pattern "A Wedding Quilt" from The Purl Bee.
Here's the spectrum of colours I chose based on Ashley's favourites:


I can't wait to get started. I hope this good weather doesn't hold up or she might be receiving this quilt as a first year anniversary gift instead!

Saturday, 4 June 2011

I'd Rather Be at the Beach

 Sorry unfinished projects, new and old, but I'd rather be at the beach! Peace!