Thursday, July 28, 2011

My creative space: Production line

This week has been all about baking and hardly at all about sewing.  My husband's birthday necessitated a chocolate mud cake early in the week.  Then some batches of muffins and a fruit loaf later I was up to a double batch of chocolate chip cookies today.

Why?  Baking for the Red Hill Kindergarten Fair this weekend. 

After lunch the little man and I set up a cookie production line.

Yummy, buttery, sugary batter...

Teaspoonfuls ready for baking

Ten minutes later - warm, buttery, chocolatey goodness...

That's what fifty chocolate chip cookies look like in a pile.

All packaged up ready for sale.

But don't worry, the double batch means there is plenty left over for the family.  I'm not going to all that effort just to give them all away!

Recipe was straight off the packet of chocolate chips:

125g butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup castor sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 egg
1 1/2 cups SR flour
3/4 cup choc chips

Cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. 
Add vanilla essence and egg, mix well. 
Add flour until all combined, lastly add chocolate chips.
Drop teaspoonfuls onto baking paper lined trays, leaving space for spreading. 
Bake in moderate oven for 10-15 minutes. 
Place on wire rack to cool.
Makes approx. 30

Sharing over here today!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday shop update

I've finally had time to add two more garments to the shop

The apple top has been a few weeks in the making (sooo many other things to do!), the wrap dress I made some time ago and just decided to list it.  Both are size 2, actually my most popular size funnily enough.  I've been battling non-stop windy weather and dull winter lighting in an effort just to take the photos - this shop caper can be time consuming! 

Red apple reversible cross back top - size 2

Vintage fabric reverse of apple cross back top - size 2

Garden party wrap dress - size 2

Garden party wrap dress - size 2

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Blanket stitch

I've discovered a new passion lately - making baby blankets.

It all started when I made one for the silent auction for the kindergarten fair.  I really enjoyed the evenings sitting and stitching the binding by hand in front of the heater and the television (knitters and crocheters I'm sure you can relate). 

 I was really sorry to give it away in the end, I love those fabrics (more Denyse Schmidt fabric love over here, and here).

So I got to and made another.  I had the patchwork top in my stash (made from a doona cover I had as a kid) and teamed it with pink flanelette and white binding (keeping it on the shelf at the moment in case I want to own something pink in 8 weeks).

Right now I'm on blanket number three.  I attacked some vintage sheets, hopefully a more uni-sex yellow and blue combination.  I'm making my way through the sewing of the binding - I even took it along to swimming lessons this morning...crafting in public...gasp!

Playing along with creative spaces today.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


One crocheted rainbow granny square blanket.

Soft and snuggly.

Perfect baby size.

Perfect lap size.

Just showing it off so you can admire it too!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Coconut ice

I've just completed my first custom order for my shop.  I had a request to make a dress like this:

...but in a size six and with no doily feature.

I had the same main fabric to work with, but none left of the darker pink of the sleeves, so I went for white and pink florals on the sleeves and a white hem ruffle instead.

After talking baking for the kindergarten fair with the kindy mums in the morning all I could think about when sewing this pink and white creation was...coconut ice.  Strange, I've never even made coconut ice!  Its kind of appropriate though as this dress and another will be shortly winging their way to mid-summer in the UK.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Painting progress

A lovely day spent outdoors today - both painting and sewing. 

The red paint is as fabulous as expected, two coats on and I think one more tomorrow will complete the job.  I really wanted to use a roller for a smooth finish but the one I had was just rolling really unevenly and leaving fluff everywhere so I gave up and used a brush instead.

In between coats of paint I had a little go at making a cover for my change mat.  The patterned vinyl on it is hideous with a capital H.  I don't know why I didn't cover it last time it was in use!  I made some very dodgy calculations, cut my fabric too small, had to add on a couple of strips of extra fabric to make it big enough again and then after all that its still a very tight fit.  I plan to make two more so I'll have to re-think my maths.

It was too nice of a day to get myself in a twist about these little things.  I just enjoyed being outside in the gorgeous winter sun.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Swapping pins for paintbrushes

Hello there!  I've been busy getting a bit nesty over here at Maika.  So busy I kind of dropped the ball on blogging for over a week while my headspace was crammed full of other thoughts and ideas.  I've been spending too much time on Etsy and Ebay, handstitching binding on baby blankets, thinking about sprucing up five year old baby equipment by sewing pram liners and change mat covers, getting increasingly pre-occupied by my own aches and pains and the increasing effort to get through the day to day, what's to come in about eight weeks as this pregnancy draws to an I said, too many thoughts.

My project of the moment is a spot of furniture rejuvenation.  I've been washing down, taping edges, undercoating with primer...

...and I am super excited to start using this cherry red paint tomorrow.  The colour spot on the tin doesn't do it justice, cherry red is not the right description, its a fabulous bright red.  No pinks or blues around here at the moment.  At the moment, anyway.


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