Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Pantry - Warts and All

In my last post I showed you the jars I have been collecting.  I love to bake and I have a pretty extensive ingredient pantry as I like to try lots of different things BUT I can never find anything.  My pantry has become out of control and finding an ingredient has become almost impossible.
Wait for it - Brace yourself !!

Yep - Told you it was BAD !  You can see why I needed to do something ! 
Not everything will be a permanent resident in my pantry.  My aim is to end up with only natural basic ingredients eventually but in the meantime I am going to use up everything I can.

I decided that the ingredients that I will ALWAYS keep in the pantry deserved to have their very own storage jars.  I made simple labels on the computer with my trusty old faithful BROTHER label printer and cut them up to place on the jars.

The labels stuck well to the glass and look rather smart

I had lots of fun filling them all up and getting rid of the pesky opened bags that were cluttering my pantry cupboards.
I ended up with a full box of rubbish.
And an extended pantry area but so very well organised now.

I am very pleased with my jars

And the original pantry cupboard is now functional and everything is easy to find.  I wonder if I am brave enough to tackle my wardrobe next??  There is nothing like the feeling of being organised.
Let the baking begin :)
Hugs - Fee xx


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Just Like a Squirrel

As time goes on I feel like I am becoming more and more like my grandmother.  I have been collecting lots of lovely glass jars for bottling, jams and storage.  My pantry is beginning to look like hers with sauces, relishes and jams brimming from the shelves. 
We are on a very tight budget these days but I still want to ensure that our family eats good quality food without all of the preservatives and chemicals in commercial products.  My heart has always wanted that but working long hours in the past I was very time poor.  So these past weeks I have made an extra effort to squirrel away seasonal fruits for the winter.
Yesterday I made some lovely Strawberry Jam.  I was lucky enough to pick up some local "Jam Strawberries" for a great price.  They were perfect but just a little small - Full of flavour and sweetness.  This was the first time I had made Jam in the Thermomix and I have to say that I am very pleased with it.  I needed to add an apple and some lemon juice to the strawberries as I always have trouble getting it to thicken due to the lack of pectin.  It turned out great !

And today I made some labels using a FREE online label maker - It is super easy to use and there are lots of labels to choose from.  It is HERE if you would like to make your own.
Next up is Tomato Chutney and a Pantry Clean Up using my recent jar collection. I'll be back to show you my progress.
Hugs - Fee xx

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tilda Lover's Club

Do you love Tilda?  I do !  I love all things Tilda.  I think it is the soft pastel fabrics, the quirky accessories and the gorgeous dolly's.  Last week I started up a Tilda Lover's Group on Facebook.  We have lots of member's already and once we reach 250 we will be having a give away sponsored by 2 Green Zebra's the Wholesaler's of "Tilda" in Australia. So if you love Tilda too come on over and play with us.  There is lots of eye candy on offer and plenty of inspiration.  You can Join Up HERE.

I am currently working on a little pin cushion made from Tilda.  It was in a Hatched and Patched kit that I purchased at the Sydney craft fair.

This is Tilda's new book which I have ordered.  It is a little Christmas gift to me. There are so many adorable projects inside.
I was asked by 2 Green Zebra's to make them a sample of this "My Town"Placemat for next week's tradeshow.  How could I resist playing with brand new Tilda Fabrics and Patterns?

I really enjoyed making it although the pieces were teeny tiny and by no means perfect.
I must confess that I have just begun another one for me to keep and treasure.  This time in Pinks, Reds and Blues

It is not very often that I make something just for me but this time I will and I know I will treasure it.
Fee xx

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Treasure Hunting

I had to run a few errands on Monday and had a few spare minutes to pop into an Op Shop.  I was pleased I did I got some great finds.  This whole lot cost me just $8.50.
They had tons and tons of zips for just 20c each - I just chose shabby colours :)
And look at all of this eye candy - Silk Ribbon, Sequins, Beads, Buttons, Lace and so much more.  I love nothing more than a good rummage !
And I scored this gorgeous piece of VINTAGE Tupperware.  A great jug which is now full of home made Tomato Ketchup in the fridge !  A great buy for just $4.00 considering how much a BRAND NEW Tupperware Jug would cost today.
I think I need to plan a treasure hunting day really soon !
What about you - Have you found any good treasure lately?
Hugs - Fee xx

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Busy Week

Last week just seemed to fly by. Actually the past 8 weeks since I finished work have flown by. I have absolutely no idea where my time is going but it is and it is not getting spent in the sewing room sadly.......
I have spent some time playing with my new thermomix.  I am enjoying using lots of fresh ingredients and have made some beautiful dishes.
 Including this delicious Creamy Bacon, Mushroom, Chicken and Tomato Fettucini  - It was so nice that it's back on the menu for dinner tonight.

I received a nice little surprise in the mail last week.  A few weeks ago I filled out an online survey for the DMC stockist in Australia - Leutenneger and they were kind enough to send me a thank you gift.  A lovely unexpected surprise.

 I have managed to spend some time on a new Lucy Boston block using some of my treasured Tanya Whelan stash - I just love this fabric but I am running out of it fast !

And I have joined a group on face book for makers of Angel Story - By Anni Downs.  Long time readers of this blog will know that I have been working on this quilt off and on for years !  Hopefully this group will inspire me to get it finished.  I took a progress shot of the blocks that I have completed.  I still love this project as much as the day I bought it so I am really keen to finally get it finished next year.
Hopefully it won't be so long before my next blog post.
Hugs - Fee xx