Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Plan...

Easy Housewifery Meal Plan

 I'm trying to be more organised. Honest. I have been trialing something that I found on someone else's blog, and so far it seems to be working!
A while ago I was reading Messyfish, and found this idea. I thought "That's great!". I have been sick of trying to think of something to cook each evening, and would often ask Mr. Kelp (who was still at work!) what he would like for dinner. The usual comment from him was "I'm easy!", so I'd scratch my head and rummage in the fridge/cupboard/recipe drawer till I found something that at the very least resembled a meal. Not satisfactory. So when I saw Mrs. Messyfish's Housewifery plan, I was set.

Then for the fun bit... drawing it all up and adding colour. I LOVE colour! I used to write in my day book at school (my plan of what to teach each day for the week that corresponded with my programs) using a different colour from my Staedtler triplus pen set each day, so this was a piece of cake! I have only been following it in earnest for about a two weeks (we had a few minor alterations) and I am loving it! Thought I'd share it with you. (If you see something that you would like the recipe to, leave me a comment and I will see what I can do :) )

Monday, June 14, 2010

Beanies and vintage finds

Well after all the rain we have had, what a relief it was to finally get out of the house!

Sunday saw us at the markets - the computer markets at North Rocks for Mr. Kelp (although Jellyfish said he wanted to have a look too, so after Mr. Kelp finished his purchases Jellyfish had a whirlwind tour of the venue), and then it was on to the North Rocks Rotary Markets, where we found this:

Play Street Golden Book on vintage pillowcase

A vintage read: vintage book in bed with vintage cotton pillowcase from Nana Kelp.

A 1973 little golden book. I am so thrilled with it! It's a great story, and the illustrations are unreal. So far Jellyfish has demanded that we read it EVERY day - at least once a day - quite often more.

The wet weather was obviously good for something though. I finally finished Little Clam's beanie! I used this pattern, which I adapted to suit the yarn I was using - Cleckheaton Cocoon 4ply in colour 0005 (It's not on the site at the moment).(I will get a photo of this one too - promise!)
Little Clam took his new beanie for it's inaugural spin around the flea market, and was, well, happy as a clam! All that wet weather paid off and I got something from the list finished! Happy sigh.

The postman gave me cake

Secret recipe for mini sultana cakes

Look what the postie brought me this week!
Cake mix and note that the postman delivered

A recipe of ease and, oh so much deliciousness!
We visited some fabulous people a little while ago, and the little cakes she served were wonderful. Jellyfish ate two, and would have eaten more had Mama Seaweed and Daddy Kelp let him! When I later asked our hostess for the recipe, she said "...I will send you a copy of my special recipe in the mail."
Oh beautiful lady, you are a treasure! Thank you so much. We love you (and your sense of humour!).

Cooking Mini Sultana Cupcakes.

So here is how it turned out...
The cooking process in progress.

The finished product. Mr. Kelp said that he liked "B's" cupcakes better. Hmmm. I wonder if she has a secret additive? :)

P.S  I thought I'd send you some little note cards made from my Imperial vintage wallpaper stash.  
Background fabric "Church Flowers" in the Nicey Jane range.
Handmade imperial vintage note cards

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Projects on the go...

I have decided that it is high time that I finish off a few things on my "works in progress" list as I have too many on the go... so here it is!

 1. Beanie for Little Clam.  Finished
2. Mulberry delight slubby neckie. 
3. Ocean Mist slubby neckie.
3. Iphone socks (2) 
4. Button thumb tacks.
5. Cushion for Jellyfish.
6. Baby Dress (downloaded pattern)
7. Crochet hook roll.
8. Apron with pockets. (Must find fabric!) (Fabric found... need a good pattern)

Way too many things. These ones I either have already started, or I've gathered patterns and materials for.Funny thing is, a lot of these are intended to be gifts (but not all!). I have lots more in my head that I would love to start on, but first I need to get some of these done.

Stay tuned for further updates!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010


Well, this blog has been a long time coming. I have been thinking of writing for a while, but only just recently was inspired enough to actually make it happen! Well... to be perfectly accurate, I talked to one of my friends, and she created this account for me (Probably because she got sick of me talking about doing it but never actually doing anything about it!) Thanks Jenn!

Thanksgiving Dinner

Last week we hosted a "Southern Hemisphere" Thanksgiving. It was supposed to happen the week previous, but all my boys got sick, so we had to postpone it. My northern hemisphere friend was so chuffed that we were having our own Thanksgiving, that she sent us a little thankfulness package, complete with French Fried onions (to put on the green bean casserole), some Reeces Peanut Butter Cups (Oooohhhh, they are good - don't worry, there are still plenty left... well some anyway!), and some toys for my littlest boys. Thank you beautiful lady, you have no idea how special that was! I have to say that the decorations were less than I had hoped, but the food was wonderful (Next time we will have mini pumpkin decorations). One of my friends did several trials to get her pumpkin pie "Just right", and it was perfect!. Sadly this busy mum only took 1 photo, right before everyone demolished it all!

Thanksgiving meal laid out on the table ready to serve.