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Have a wonderful warm weekend!
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It snowed here in Christchurch.

View from our front door step

Me, Master W, Master B

Us making a snowman

We enjoyed making a snow man and having a snow ball fight as a family yesterday. Now going to spend the day keeping warm and waiting for the sun to come out!
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Quilting Tools

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Quilting tools

These are some of tools I use for quilting. Olfa Rotary cutter, gutterman thread, *self healing cutting mat, *sew easy quilting rule (*I also use these two for scrap booking), most adorable pincushion made by larakate. I have also made a craft roll for all my scrapbooking tools!

I *heart* organisation!!

I came across this tutorial Market Apron and not actually needing to make an apron myself but loving how easy it looked to make easy to making a few adjustments for myself. I made two craft storage rolls using the same style and great cotton fabrics where most I used here came from Sew Pretty, made a few changes like where the tie goes and sewing up more sections for where I needed pencils to go and other craft tools etc. this is what I came up with.

Sew roll holds Rotary cutter, scissors, tape measure, cottons, spare machine needles, bobbins, pins

Scrap booking roll holds pens, pencils, eraser, photo mounts, corner punch, scissors

All rolled up!

Now its easy to keep my craft tools where I need them and easy to transport in my craft bag.

How do you organise your craft tools?
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Carrot Cake recipe

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This easy carrot cake recipe was given to me by a friend Mrs Clark (Alison Holst - Light carrot cake-100  favorite cakes and biscuits) and has been made many many times  in our home as a cake and mini muffins and most importantly enjoyed by my boys. 

Carrot Cake Recipe

Ingredients for a 20cm round cake or 24/30 mini muffins
All quantities used are New Zealand metric, any questions please feel free to ask :D
2 cups finely grated carrots (I use 2 large carrots)
2 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup canola oil (or other)
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 1/4 cups standard (plain) flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt

  • Heat oven to 180°C,  I place my rack just below the middle of the oven. Line the cake tin and spray with oil
  • Grate the carrots finely in a food processor or hand grater, measuring them by pressing them into the cup. Put aside. Process or beat the eggs, sugar, oil, vanilla and rind together until thick and smooth. Add the grated carrot and mix in thoroughly.
  • Measure out the flour, cinnamon, mixed spice, baking soda and salt into a sieve over the (food processor) bowl and shake in. Process briefly or fold together, without overmixing, then pour into the lined  baking tin. Bake cake for 45 minutes or until the centre feels firm and a skewer pushed deep in the middle comes out clean. If making mini muffins our into mini muffin tins and bake mini muffins for 10-12 minutes until the skewer comes out clean.
  • Cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then carefully transfer to a rack. When cold, ice with lemon icing or cream cheese icing. Let the icing set before cutting the cake.


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Its a Farm theme!

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It was Master W's birthday over the weekend. My baby is now 3!!


3rd Birthday cake for Master W
We are all recovering from far too much birthday cake, yummy carrot cake! Carrot cake recipe to follow :D
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Happy Birthday Master W

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My own cross stitch design!

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I have now completed three cross stitches. I have made up my own design, picked colours for all of them.

Home sweet home unframed

Valentines gift for my husband

Am in the process of framing a birth sampler for a friends new baby. Will post photos once I've finished framing it!

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Master W giving mummy hugs
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Wedding Quilt progress- Front and Back

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I have the front and back complete and basted (pinned 3 layers together)!

Front of quilt complete

front laid out on our bed to give you idea of size

back of quilt (fold in half length ways)

close up of print

All basted together

Used cotton batting

close up off all the lint the batting created!

It took under half an hour to cut/sew up the back (love that it is simple) over an hour and a half to baste, and it is looking great.

I now have the hard decision to make of how to quilt it and colour of thread to use. Found this blog and I just LOVE the final result of the basic lines across. What do you think?
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Christchurch city has big change ahead.

We got to drive through town the other night around the cordoned area on a wee tour after our date Sunday night, and sadly its not really looking much like a city at the moment with large blocks of shops missing from the cityscape and with lots of rubble and Master W will describe the stuff still standing as " not broken by earth shakes " Here is a link to many photos to serve long term as history and memories to our city that has shaken over the past 9 months.

National Library documenting quake and recovery
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