Thursday, April 23, 2015

Re-cycle idea - wool winding - craft tip

What to do when you need to roll some brand new silk/mohair wool into a ball before knitting it.  Your home alone and need another pair of hands as well, or so I thought.  Didn't have another set of hands,  I looked, nope, just one pair.Mmmmm to begin with I don't need them if I'm careful, but towards the end when the wool really wants to tangle, I need something to keep in apart. But, first I want something to roll it onto so it is a neat ball that won't tangle as I knit it.  Got it! Needed: 1 x empty toilet roll and 1 x vacant kitchen chair.  Perhaps you can think of other ways to do this. This is my first effort.  I reckon you could use those old timber "bobbins" that I saw at the craft show instead of a toilet roll as well, but I don't have one of those.  Here is the result.  Mission Accomplished!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Great Places To Visit - Australasian Quilt Convention - Melbourne Royal Exhibition Building - April 16-19, 2015.

Had a fun 2 days at the AQC recently.Beautiful quilts everywhere you looked. Some inspirational, some just plain daunting in their detail and workmanship!  Loved it all.  Enjoyed browsing the many stands with lots of different "quilt stuff" to look through, learn about and purchase. Yes, I can resist anything, except temptation when it come to quilting.  I had a ball buying bits and pieces from fabrics to templates to cottons,  lots of quilting stuff.  Poor hubby, he won't be quitting his day job in a hurry. God bless him and his generous nature.

Anyway I learned heaps from the free 1/2 hour seminars and enjoyed playing on the VERY expensive long arm quilting machines. They are so large they would take up 1/2 my house! Fun to play with though.  Unfortunately the lack of space was the last thing I needed to worry about as the price tag for these things starts at around $17,000.00 and that's a convention special!  For a home hobby quilter that's just way beyond my reach. Still I can play with them at the conventions, and that's always fun.

I enrolled in the "Make a laundry bag for our Troups", course at the Bernina stand. What great fun that was for only $5 and the material was already donated.  Got to try out a Bernina sewing machine to make it on to. Felt like I was doing my 5 cents worth for our soldiers.

There were a great collection of things to do or see from Lucky Door Prizes, Quilt Show, Special Guest Speakers, Convention Classes, Shopping, Seminars, Sewing Room, Make & Take Classes, and much more. Needed 2 days to do everything I wanted and see everything there was to see! Luckily it runs for 4 days, so plenty of time.

I especially enjoyed the Tributes to our diggers quilts titled Lest We Forget. Fantastic photo of a group of our overseas diggers holding up their very own home made quilts from strangers to them.  Also the Aussie Hero Quilts stand sends handmade quilts and laundry bags to Aussie service men and women serving overseas to express gratitude for their service. "Not works of art, but works of the heart".  I was very pleased to be able to be a small part of this with my laundry bag.  If any of my readers out there are interested in helping out with quilt blocks or laundry bags or just want to know more about Aussie Hero Quilts & Laundry Bags here are some quick links for you:

At they have all of the information you will need to get started.

For information about quilt sizes::

For information about laundry bags & tutorial:

You can also "like" them on Facebook: Aussie Hero Quilts (And Laundry Bags)

The woman who started this is Jan-Maree Ball (Founder & Coordinator)

Phew! That's about it for Aussie Quilts.  I wanted to include this though as I feel strongly about supporting our troops and want to be able to share this with others.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recipe: Vegan, Vegetarian, Vegetables with Cashew Sauce.

This is a delightful dish that anyone can enjoy especially if you always loved Cauliflower Au Gratin but now can't have diary.  This Cashew Sauce is a delicious alternative to dairy.  I enjoy making a melody of whatever vegetable I have in the refrigerator and garden, blanch them, put them in a casserole dish and make the Cashew Sauce in my Thermomix! (Use your blender if you don't have a Thermomix).  It's healty, delicious, and guilt free!! Eat to your hearts content.  If like me your man wouldn't go without meat, simple cook him a steak or a chop etc on the bar-b-q and put that on the side of his plate.  I also like to add jacket potatoes, yummy, just don't fill them with butter! Split them open and fill them with your vegetable mix instead!  Hope you enjoy this dish, it's a staple of mine. I also like it over steamed brown rice.

Recipe: Winter Warmer: Chilli Bean & Tomato Soup, heart healthy, vegan, vegetarian.

Chilli Beans are something I really enjoy making and eating in an assortment of ways.  Here is another twist on chilli beans that is a heart warming, soul satisfying soup. Served with torn basil leaves and your favourite crusty bread, you will find yourself going back for seconds! This dish is so satisfying in so many ways. Give it a go, it's well worth it.  Use only dried beans and soak them overnight, this makes a rich broth for your soup base the next day.  If you wake up in the morning and hadn't planned ahead to have this dish for dinner, then it's not too late. Put your beans and stock on after breakfast and gently simmer throughout the day, adding more stock or water if it evaporates too much. Add your remaining ingredients about 1 1/2 hrs before dinner that night and cook them.  Your beans should be softened and your lentils dissolved into the rich stock just as if you had soaked them overnight.  Another thought I just had is if you have a slow cooker, place them in that first thing in the morning and see how that goes. Let me know if that works for you.

Recipe: Winter Warmer - Vegan/Vegetarian, Healthy Heart, Soul Warming Food, Pumpkin,Carrot & Ginger Soup

It turned at bit cool the other day and my thoughts on food went straight to home made soups! I love the variety of hearty soups you can easily make at home and enjoy with family or friends.  This one I designed from a basic favourite Pumpkin Soup recipe  and added a twist to it.   Pumpkin, Carrot and Ginger Soup. While I was in the thought mode for soup, I thought up a couple of variations as well. Not necessarily Vegan or Vegetarian, but not everyone needs them to be. So a bit of this and a bit of that, you choose which one you like. Enjoy!!!

Great Places To Visit - Doncaster East, Melbourne, Mullum Mullum Walking Track

Just because I'm currently in the city for awhile doesn't mean I have to "miss out" on my daily bush walks. Nearby to us i...