Sunday, 21 March 2010

I think I'm turning....

....Japanese!!! Last weekend saw lots of making. We did Mothers' day on Saturday so that was spent with Mother and siblings crafting. We needed to do something that my teenage brother would hang around for, he suggested origami, and here's what we made...I really like the little boat, that's the pink thing the bunny is in, we made 2 but my bro decided to see if his would float, it did for about 10 seconds then got water-logged and sank.
I liked the rabbits so much I wanted to make more animals so had a go at the elephant, it's not quite right but I think it resembles an elephant, right?!
Continuing the Japanese theme, on Sunday I decided to make vegetarian sushi with cucumber, asparagus and avocado.
These maki were rolled using baking parchment because the supermarket, (despite being the size of a ferry) has no Japanese section, so no rolling mat for me! But they did have cheap rice crackers so I put these out as an accompaniment along with my attempt at an asparagus and mushroom dish we get at our favourite Japanese restaurant.

And it was all really tasty, any more veggie sudhi filling suggestions are more than welcome! Now time for me to go and find a good lemon cheesecake recipe, again, if you have one, let me know. In other (related) news, one of my students was talking about how he had made a really nice cheesecake, this presence of culinary skill and enthusiasm among 1st year University students is reassuring...they're not ALL living off rustler burgers, phew! The best bit was when his friend asked which cookbook he got it from and he said..'oh, it's off me mam, one of her recipes'!

Kandy x

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

What I'm up to...

Hi there,
As you can see from my letter...the website is having a little makeover at the moment! Today I have designed (and am halfway through making) a new cushion as part of my 'new stuff' , I also took some photos of things I am excited about. Firstly my new yarns... and my lovely knitting bag complete with kittens! I am excited about these yarns because

a) they're natural not Acrylic

b) they're a bit finer than the other yarn so easier to knit with

c) the colours are lovely

The next thing I am excited about is my sewing corner. I had a move round of my 'Studio' in January and decided I would like to be able to sit by my window when I'm sewing. One 'toy box' type chest, 3 large cushions and a rather 70s bedspread (re-worked into curtains and cushion covers) later and I have a lovely window seat.

In the foreground is the sewing table with my overlocker and sewing machine on! I really like my little sewing corner, it helps that the 'window seat' is also storage for some of my vast amount of STUFF! The best thing of all is that I get to look out the window...

Knitted tree inside the window, real tree outside the window! That's all for today, I am going to finish off my products and take some more photos now.