Saturday, 20 December 2014

Gingerbread Capers.

Last week, when I was leaving work, my boss mentioned in passing those dreaded words "I won't be in next week. I'll leave your gift on your desk". Now, I have nothing against gifts, I love gifts. I'm not a very gifty person, but I still enjoy giving and receiving them. But, it caught me off guard a bit. I've never really given gifts to work colleagues before, unless they're very good friends. And even then, the gift is given outside of work. I know you shouldn't give a gift just because you're given one, but I wasn't sure if everyone had decided to give gifts this year in the office, and I couldn't just give me boss a gift for fear of being the suck up. 
So, I opted for the office gift; the gift that is given to no one in particular, but still satisfies as a gift and makes everyone happy. I even went for the double wammy and made it myself. I went for the simple, but effective, iced gingerbread cookies. They're perfect for Christmas (or anytime really) and go well with a cup of tea in the office. 


Gingerbreads a little bit temperamental (or so I've found), but once you get the hang of it, you always have a stock full of it in your pantry.
Here's the recipe I use:

What a break!

Well, that was an unexpectedly long break from creatively blogging! But, it's Christmas time and what better time is there to get the creative juices flowing!
I guess life just got in the way (mainly uni) and I didn't have time to blog on the side anymore.
BUT more recently, since being on holidays, I've started up an etsy store! At the moment, there's not much on it, but you've gotta start somewhere. Here's the link to check it out:

You can also keep track of what's going on with instagram too!

It's just a fun way of being creative and not having all of the stuff you make sit around your house. Do any of you have etsy stores? Any advice for a first time user?



At the moment, I'm sitting at work rifling through a heap of embroidery and cross stitch patterns I found when I was cleaning out my room last night. I love those kind of finds! There's just too many to decide where to start, it's a bit overwhelming really. And then once I've picked a pattern, what am I going to put it on? So many questions! 5 days until Christmas! I can do this...

Saturday, 8 February 2014

A Sweet Knit.

I hate paying for knitting patterns (or any other kind of pattern really). There are so many great ones on the internet, that if you trawl for long enough, you'll eventually find exactly what you're looking for. This one took me ages to find, but when I did, boy was I excited. It's the perfect combo of manly Scottish sailor and feminine first date. Plus, the boat-neck finish with accentuate your long and thin neck. I just had to share it!


I'm not going to sugar coat it, it's a pretty difficult pattern. It took me a few times to interpret and correctly knit it the first few times. But your struggles will definitely pay off with a cozy autumn

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Embroidered diaries.

It's been a while since I last posted! I've been getting re-aquainted with the Australian lifestyle and have neglected every important task but relaxing!
To help me relax, I've been working on some small creative buzzes to keep my mind at design central.
This diary I embroidered using old plaid and tartan patterns I found lying around home. I loved taking inspiration from them and re-working them to create something I can carry around with me all the time.
I made the mistake of not measuring the front properly while I was gluing and accidentally placed it too low. But the entire pattern is still there, so I'm not complaining!



Friday, 13 December 2013

2014 Watches to Watch.


Daniel Wellington Classic St. Andrew's (for him)

I love watches. When I was growing up, I struggled to tell the time. I just couldn't understand the concept of it, and I especially had a difficulty working out time differences. I got into the habit of wearing a watch, and now feel naked without one on. I love looking at them, and how there is a watch to complete any outfit (I also have a small collection of men's watches which I team with particularly girly outfits sometimes to add a bit of contrast). Here are some of my favs for 2014:

                                                                          

Frederick Constant Slim Line Watch (for her)
This one has everyday wear written all over it. Even though it's quite masculine, it has a bit of a feminine design aesthetic, which would go nicely with strolls along the beach or business meetings.

This classic design reminds me of Audrey Hepburn, and thus, would probably suit those who are that way inclined.


Fossil Georgia
This one says anniversary dinner or drinks after work with the girlfriends. I would honestly go with anything.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Baking French bread.


I've been working super hard this year to get my culinary skills up to scratch. I was trying to think of something extra French to 'specialise' in for when I return home. And what is more French than baguettes?

They're a little bit difficult to shape by hand (as you can probably tell from the photo above - my first attempt), but SO tasty to eat!


My second attempt was much better! And, I noticed a much more positive correlation between kneading time and rise. Here's to being able to whip up French baguettes for friends when they swing by!

P.S. I use a combination of this Ca Croustille! recipe and this Minute Cuisine video.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Rules of dining.


I love this list of 100 cooking rules for dinner, by Dinner: A Love Story.
My favourite? You very rarely feel worse about yourself after cooking dinner.
So true.



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