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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
I have made a big slab of chewy chocolate cake and it is almost guilt free. By that I mean I only add half the sugar in the recipe and it being vegan means it doesn't have any saturated fats in it either. I double the vanilla extract as that helps to make the cake more chewy and almost Brownie like. I also add a few TBLS extra of rice milk or soy milk whichever I am using. This adds the extra moisture and I find I need that with gluten free flour which is what I have to use.
It is easy to veganise any recipe. This one is a Simplicity Chocolate Cake from a 1950s cookbook that belonged to mum. I have been making this cake since I was about ten and baking it vegan for 3 years now.
The weather has finally been cool enough to bake. I am sooo over summer. I know it is supposed to be Autumn, but I am counting the days until daylight saving ends because then it feels more real that summer is over. Bring on the Autumn weather..........
Sunday, March 09, 2014
I have been trying to do as much art journal work as I can. It is a great way to relieve any stress and even take your mind off pain for a while. Some pages are just playing with layers and layers of paint and texture which I then use later as backgrounds, and other pages may end up with a face such as this one which starts off as a pencil drawing. Sometimes it may just stay as graphite but most times I love layering different media on it and where I can, using 3d elements such as the flowers in her hair...
I had already had stated this piece when Jennie sent me her lovely embroidery (see last post) so it was wonderful timing to receive that and then finish this. A bit of a Frida week
"hope tree grow strong" is a quote of Frida Kahlo's...
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Oh my poor little blog has been so neglected. I often think of it. I often think of posts I want to write and photos I want to share but then it comes time to do it and I lose motivation for some reason. It is so simple to take a photo on my phone and quickly upload it to Instagram and maybe write a few lines as well. It is like a mini blog. So even if I am not feeling well and having a rest I can still post the photo I want to post and have a look at everyone else's as well. But I am hoping to change things now and blog more often because I do miss it. It's great therapy being able to blog about stuff!
I have great reason to get back on and do this post and that reason is I received the most wonderful gift in the mail. YAY This gorgeous free motion sewing art piece of Frida Kahlo made by artist Jennie over at A Little Vintage Doll. Isn't it stunning. The detail is incredible. I am so touched Jennie sent this to me. She knows I love Frida and that she is a huge inspiration to me. Frida's ability to make art through adversity and such pain was incredible. Her work, fabulous.
Jennie has recently done a fabulous post on her blog about Frida Kahlo. It makes for a great read. Pop over and check it out and while you are there you can see Jennie's other work too. One of her custom Frida dolls is definitely on my wish list this year.
Thank you Jennie so much for this special pressie. I love her and she looks wonderful hanging on the wall in my studio space...
Sunday, January 12, 2014
Saturday, January 11, 2014
a still taken from the below video courtesy of Animal Liberation Victoria
a beautiful 4 minute video to watch https://vimeo.com/76784649- See more at: http://freefromharm.org/featured-articles/will-hold-you-in-my-arms-must-see-tribute-animal-victims/#sthash.Eo9Ph0rg.dpuf
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I find it hard to believe Xmas has come and gone and now it's nearly another new year already. I know it is cliche' but time is going soooo fast. Do you remember how we were all panicked about the Millennium Bug approaching? We only had 2 years then 1 year to prevent it from happening or the world would practically end!! The countdown was on but.....the time came and went without a hitch of course, but I am gobsmacked it was 14 years ago!!
More baking has been done. A very quick and easy recipe I used to make all the time and haven't for ages. I had planned to make a batch to put with mum's xmas presents so better late than never. I will make them more often now I am reminded of just how quick and easy they are.
this is my veganised version that I made but it is easy to change it if need be
250g dairy free marjarine
1 C icing sugar
2 1/2 C plain flour (I use gluten free)
1 tsp vanilla extract
cream butter and sugar add vanilla and add flour mixing with a wooden spoon, gently knead, dough will be very short of course so just knead it and don't worry if it feels dry, put in the fridge wrapped in cling wrap for at least 30 minutes then roll into a log and shape to a rectangle-ish type shape and cut slices and lay them on baking paper lined trays.
They will spread a little. You can cut out shapes with cookie cutters but I do the log method so as to handle it as least as possible because it can crumble.
cook on 160c for 20 minutes or so, I cut mine quite thick so they took 30 minutes to cook
let cool and they will firm up then eat!!
happy 2014 everyone xx
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Some recent baking, with lots more happening in the kitchen today......
No matter how simple we keep Xmas I still seem to panic at the last minute...I don't know why, I just do. But this year I refuse to panic. We do a cold/warm lunch and today I am making salads. A curried rice salad, a spicy pasta salad and some others and then tomorrow morning I will do a garden salad and a broccoli and cauliflower bake and baby spuds in mint and there will be a three different desserts as well. I was so happy to find that Coles have a matured Xmas pudding that is vegan friendly. That will be so nice with soy ice cream and/or whipped coconut cream. The best thing for me is that it is all so tasty but will ALL be vegan. Well for some of us anyway. Hubby, my youngest and my mum still insist on eating animals some of the time and so they are having ham with their lunch which upsets me but maybe by next year finally there will be NO dead animals on the table. All plant based and spicy and delicious.
If you do Xmas, I hope it's a good one and you get to chill out and enjoy yourself.
on Boxing Day new Doctor Who is on!! which of course, is BETTER than Xmas
Monday, December 23, 2013
Here are some more goodies that Rhonda put in my fab giveaway prize from YouTube
a gorgeous tag with ribbons and fibres and a lovely handmade charm...
and some jewellery for me to alter, to add to a mini or mixed media piece, I LOVE these as I find it quite hard to find this kind of thing here in Australia and when I do it is waaaay over priced. A frame too which, depending on the project I may leave it gold or I can paint it
and look at this fabulous pile of vintage photos for me to use in my mixed media work! Years ago I used to see some of these in second hand shops but it would be a very long time since I have seen any. Sometimes they may be found in antique shops but they are too expensive to buy to alter so to have this huge pile is wonderful.
I do find it kind of sad though that all these family pics have ended up in a thrift store or similar. There are some important family occasions in these photos like weddings for example and who would of thought when they were taken that one day in the distant future they would end up across the world in Australia to be altered in artwork! That's kind of weird don't you think?
thank you Rhonda sooooo much xxxxx
Thursday, December 19, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I was so lucky recently to win a wonderful giveaway from a YouTube friend all the way away in California. Her name is Rhonda and her channel LILRHONDALEE. The giveaway was for this gorgeous mini/journal but Rhonda put in some other lovely surprises too.
I will share the other pressies in another post as I have put up so many photos in this one. I wanted to share every page but there are so many. It really is a beautiful album full to the brim with beautiful papers, and tags and there are charms on the spine made by Rhonda and lots of ribbon and fibres. Truly stunning
Thank you so much Rhonda. I was in shock when my name was drawn and I am soooooo happy.
Please go and check out Rhonda's channel. Her work is beautiful and you can even see the video of my mini when Rhonda first made it.
I have found so many inspiring quotes on Pinterest lately and so I thought I would fill this journal with them so I have them all together. I will write some in and maybe print some out to glue in. In can be a work in progress as I will just add to it when I find quotes I really love.
Thank you Rhonda xx
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I know this poor little blog has been neglected somewhat and I am probably talking to myself these days when I am here but I do want to keep it, I just don't post as much as I used to. I want to post when I feel I have something to share. I seem to hang out over at Instagram a lot because it's fast and simple. It's quick to upload a photo and no words if I choose not to even, although I usually do, if I can't sleep I will reach out and get my phone and look at IG until I feel sleepy or I will look at Pinterest too. Now there are a few hours lost again. Such beautiful inspiration, not to mention YouTube!!
When I started this blog back in 2006 it was so exciting to have such a place to document things such as sewing, drawing, op shopping finds etc and a wonderful platform to share work and to meet like minded peeps and be inspired by everyone. I find now though, there is too much inspiration, if there is such a thing. I don't mean that in a negative way, I just mean there are only so many hours in a day and also only so much time I feel like looking at a screen whether it is my laptop or my phone. Some days I am not up to it at all. So I find we are all spread out a lot more in cyber space compared to only a couple of years ago, don't you??
So I am still here and will post in this space whenever I can, it's just not as often as I would like. It mainly is because of illness. Due to said illness I am not sewing as much (sometimes not at all) I also don't op shop like I used to and that is mainly due to it feeling too much like consumerism. I had for a long time only bought things that I felt were really special and that I knew we could use and then I would try and purge something from home too. But as it became more difficult to op shop for health reasons it just felt like "stuff" to me and the joy was gone from it. What I am getting at is, without being up to doing those type of things I feel I don't have a lot to blog about.
I work in my art journal a lot and I draw and do mixed media pieces too and sometimes they can be spread over several days as I might just do a little here and there and then I usually will post to Instagram or Pinterest because it's very quick. I feel that way I am still documenting in some way.
Anyway, with another year almost over, maybe next year will be the big return to my blog year. oh and I have somehow turned my message thingy off and when I reset it and save it, it still doesn't appear on the blog. I must look at that or ask Blogger for help. But it doesn't really matter that much as peeps don't seem to comment as much anymore either. I think that is a reflection of how many other places we are at on the net and chatting can be a quick comment on IG or live chat or comments on Facebook. We are still all interacting and sharing work, it's just all over the place now instead of just our little blog which used to be our only little special place on the Internet......my how things have changed.....and how quickly
PS I actually had fixed the comment thingy afterall. I just hadn't done a post since fixing it so it hadn't appeared yet!...........