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Draft snake family November 27, 2009

Posted by Sarah in buttons, cosy, Craft, custom order, draft snake, fabric, felt, gift, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake.
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Miss Maree placed an order with me for four custom-designed draft snakes for Christmas.  One for each of her brothers and their families, and one for her Mum.

Would you like to meet the family?

This is Florence!

Likes: Fairy floss, flourescent felt pens and flavoured fudge

Dislikes: Foul smells, figs and feral cats

And this is Herbert!

Likes: Hemingway, hummingbirds and hotdogs

Dislikes: Hermits, hunting and having to hurry

And this is Hunter!

Likes: haggling, habaneros and hula hoops

Dislikes: haggis, Halloween and housekeeping

And lastly, meet Cordelia!

Likes: Cordial, crumpets and cat naps

Dislikes: Car racing, cabbage and cellphones

Maree picked the family up last night.  She said that if she didn’t already have lilith she’d have snake-envy for Florence!

Busy… November 19, 2009

Posted by Sarah in baking, christmas, custom order, draft snake, home made, jam, soap.

I’m redefining industrious here at casa craftyllama.

These are my homemade soaps all packaged up and ready to go.  I’ve wrapped about 12, and have another 50 or so to go.  It’s fiddly work with just one pair of hands, but I’ve finally got the hang of it.  No teeth involved.

Speaking of teeth, the Endodontist says I need to have my root canal redone.  How lovely.

I’ve made about 50 jars of homemade jam.

I’ve candied around 1 kilogram of organic orange peel.

Currants, raising and said peel are soaking away in Brandy for my Christmas Fruit Mince Pies.

Tomorrow, I’m starting on my 4 custom-ordered draft snakes.

So, yeah, you could say i’m a little busy.  An excited, happy, purposeful busy.  I’m so glad I left my job.

PS – our new camera has arrived, so expect the photography on this blog to improve dramatically in the next while.  Woop!

Frocktober round up November 13, 2009

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, Frocktober, Fundraising.

I’ve just been told by the lovely team at Frocktober that I raised $440 for Australian Ovarian Cancer Research.

I’m extremely happy with the result, I had no idea that I’d end up raising so much to be honest.

I want to say a huge thank you to everyone that donated to this extremely worthy cause.  You’re all winners!

Lets hope with the combined fundraising efforts this year we can keep more of our loved ladies safe and healthy.



Now it’s over to you, Movember!

Archibald the draft snake November 10, 2009

Posted by Sarah in blue, cosy, draft snake, fabric, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, wool.
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I’ve just listed Archibald in my Esty store!


He likes: naps, Narwhals and nachos

He dislikes: navel oranges, Naruto and nasty people

Archibald is hanging out with Harriet and Leopold in the craftyllama store.

Edit 17.12.09

Archibald has been sold!  He’s heading back to New Zealand with us to meet his new family this week.

Robot love November 9, 2009

Posted by Sarah in art, graffiti, kings cross, love, robot, street art.

Serious contender for cutest street art ever.



Leopold the draft snake November 9, 2009

Posted by Sarah in blue, cosy, draft snake, fabric, felt, green, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, thrifty, toy, wool.
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I’ve just listed this very sweet draft snake in my etsy store.


His name is Leopold.

He likes: croquet, croquettes and croque monsieurs

He disklies: crocodiles, croquembouche, and crocs


He’s keeping Harriet company at the moment, Archibald will be joining them shortly!

Hazel the ruffled hedgehog November 8, 2009

Posted by Sarah in buttons, Craft, fabric, felt, gift, home made, love, recycle, refashion, sewing, thrifty, toy, vintage.

My little niece Sofia turns 2 next week, and I wanted to make her a special toy for her birthday.

I found this great tutorial for making a ruffled hedgehog on the lovely blog Matsutake. I’m pretty sure that Katie’s version is much more petite than Hazel, like handful size.  But that’s ok, Hazel is more the size of an actual hedgehog, and I like that.


I made Hazel out of a great printed vintage polyester shirt that Mum gave to me a while back.  It wasn’t the right style or shape for me, so i’m glad it’s been upcycled!


The purple and black ruffles are made from felt.  They took ages to sew on, I didn’t want to have any issues with a little person being able to pull them off and choke on them.


Hazel is in the post and on the way to Sofia now, I think they’re going to make very fine friends indeed!

Green soup recipe November 7, 2009

Posted by Sarah in dining in, food, green, health, home made, organic, recipe, soup, vegetables, yoghurt.
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I wanted soup.  Something bursting with greens.  Something healthy, light and tasty.  I had a head of broccoli and some home made chicken stock in the refrigerator, and after trawling my google reader feeds I came across Heidi’s recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Soup.  I used her recipe as inspiration and ended up with this magical green goodness.

I served it with a big dollop of organic yoghurt sprinkled with smoked paprika.  I imagine it would be great with Heidi’s recommended croutons, but we had cheese on toast instead, which was perfect in it’s simplicity.  The next day i reheated some for myself over the stove top, and poached an egg in it as it was warming through.  It was totally delicious, and added some welcome protein.  Enjoy!

10g unsalted butter

1 onion, finely chopped

2 sticks celery, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

300g podded broadbeans, blanched and peeled

1 head broccoli, cut into small pieces

1 bunch spinach, roughly chopped

1.25 litres chicken stock or water

1 bunch chives, finely chopped

40g grated cheddar cheese

1/2 tsp smoked paprika

salt and pepper, to taste

Melt the butter in a large pot over a medium heat.

Add the onion and celery and saute for a few minutes until soft, add the garlic and stir for 30 seconds.

Add the broadbeans, broccoli and chicken stock.

Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the broccoli is just cooked.

Turn off the heat and add the spinach.  Stir until wilted and combined with the rest of the soup.

Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.

Add the chives, cheddar cheese and smoked paprika and stir until the cheese is melted.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serves 4


Breakfast of champions November 4, 2009

Posted by Sarah in dining in, food, fruit, health, home made, mango, oats, organic, rhubarb, yoghurt.
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Rolled oats soaked in organic rice milk, topped with mango, stewed rhubarb and organic yoghurt.  I love the colours of this mornings breakfast, they’re so vibrant!


We’ve nicknamed this month NOvember.  We’re training 5 x a week, counting calories and eating really well.  We both feel great!  I suppose it’s a bit of a detox too, in a roundabout kind of way.

Green python soft toy November 3, 2009

Posted by Sarah in buttons, custom order, fabric, gift, home made, sewing, snake.
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This giant 2 metre snake is heading to New Zealand, as a gift for someone’s 1 year old nephew.

For the moment he’s been making himself at home, hanging out at our place.


He’s been sitting on the back of our couch, keeping an eye on the kitchen, and occasionally slithering over the cushions to see whats happening outside.


My spec from the customer was that he wanted the snake big enough to fit around his nephew while he was sleeping, he wants him to wake up and get a fright.  Hopefully this doens’t instill a lifelong fear of snakes in the little guy!


I’m really happy with how I got the tongue and face to look this time!  Yuss!