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17th Biennale of Sydney July 31, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, Biennale, Cockatoo Island, Photographs.
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More photographs from my day at the Cockatoo Island Biennale Exhibition here.

Little Elephant for a little friend July 30, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, buttons, Craft, Elephant, fabric, family, gift, hand made, home made, love, Pattern, recycle, refashion, sewing, toy.
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I made this Elephant for my Great-Nephew Felix’s 1st birthday.

I used a pattern from the Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp.  It was good using a pattern for a change.  I learnt quite a lot about construction while I was working on it.  I think the pattern could have had some better instructions at times, but mostly it was easy to follow.

The fabric that I used to make the Elephant came from my massive stash.  I believe this particular piece came from Reverse Garbage.  It’s a lovely soft thick knit, wool I think.  I must have thrown away the tag when I washed the fabric, so there’s no way to tell really.  The fabric inside the ears is the same wool that I used for this Kitty, a present for another little Nephew of mine.

My lovely big Sister was visiting this week, so I gave this little Elephant to her to take home to her Grandson.  I hope he likes it!

Vintage blankets given new life July 27, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blanket, blanket stitch, cosy, Craft, fabric, hand made, home made, Made It store, recycle, refashion, Shop, Store, wool.
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I’ve been helping to metamorphisise old into new, unloved into treasured.  Breathing new life into vintage blankets left unwanted on the shelves of country op-shops.

I particularly like this combination of pale yellow blanket matched with variegated wool.

I’ll stitch a little something else on to this beauty.  Perhaps a doilie, we’ll see.  It will come to me in time; it always does.

This bottom one is a smaller version, a baby blanket for wrapping up your smallest, littlest, newest friends or family members.

Both will be available for purchase in my Made It store later this week.

Wrap up, and stay warm friends.

Op shop goodness July 16, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Cutlery, fabric, flowers, Op Shopping, recycle, Second Hand, Shop, Surry Hills, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage.
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Some sweet new additions to the household, courtesy of two local op shops yesterday.

Two sets of tongs, three beautiful knives, and one stunning vintage bed sheet.  Total damage = $5.  Happy times!

Winter woolies – new listing on Made It July 12, 2010

Posted by Sarah in blanket, blanket stitch, cosy, doilies, fabric, green, hand made, home made, Made It store, recycle, refashion, sewing, Store, wool.
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Made from a pre-loved 100% pure wool blanket.  Trimmed down to a better shape, blanket stitched around the edges, doilies for added kitsch!

For sale now in my Made It store

Mexican Wrestler embroidered boxing hand wraps bag July 12, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, bag, boxing, embroidery, fabric, hand wraps, Jenny Hart, Mexican Wrestler, sewing, Sublime Stitching.
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I had the sewing machine out yesterday, so I decided to finally finish something I started months ago.  A bag to keep our boxing hand wraps in.

I picked up Sublime Stitching, Craft Pad by Jenny Hart last year from Ariel Books last year.

I used her transfer as a guide, and embroidered these Mexican Wrestlers onto an old pillowcase.

The pillowcase wasn’t great for keeping the wraps in though, they kept falling out.

What it really needed was to be turned into a bag.  I cut the pillowcase to make it smaller, and sewed a drawstring into the top of it.  Now the wraps all sit happily in the bag, hanging off a hook in the laundry.  No more last second rushing around the house trying to find a set of wraps!

Ginger Gems July 9, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, butter, cosy, dining in, food, Gem Irons, Ginger Gems, home made, recipe, Thrifting.
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Wont you come in from the cold?  Can I tempt you with a just-baked Ginger Gem?

Actually, we baked these last night.  They were lovely with tea after dinner, and even better for breakfast this morning.

This old Gem Iron belonged to my Grandmother.  I packed it with other essential belongings and it moved countries with me.  I am so very fond of it.

I haven’t seen a new Gem Iron for sale in a store ever.  I wonder if they’ve stopped making them?  I wonder if The Delta Metal Co Ltd, of Christchurch, New Zealand are still in business?

The circular Gem Iron is a recent acquisition.  I found it at the Surry Hills Markets last Saturday.  $5 and it came home with me.

Pre-loved.  Worn from countless morning tea’s over the years.  Sturdy and dependable.  I like imagining the old lady who owned this before me.  I wonder if she used the same recipe that I do?

Two recipe for Ginger Gems

Taken from the Edmonds Cookery Book, 1980.  Written in the matter-of-fact way that Edmonds recipes are synonymous with.  At least in my mind.

Ginger Gems

1 cup of Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
1 teaspoon Ground Ginger
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 Egg
1/2 Cup Milk
25g (1oz) Butter
25g (1oz) Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons Golden Syrup
Sift dry ingredients.  Beat egg and add with milk.  Melt butter, sugar and golden syrup together and mix in last of all.  Put in twelve hot greased gem irons and bake 12 minutes at 215 C.

Taken from At Home At Play, by Pennie Oliver

Ginger Gems

60g Butter
150g Caster Sugar
1 Egg
1 tablespoon Golden Syrup
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
175ml Milk
250g Plain Flour
2 teaspoons Ground Ginger (we doubled this)
extra Butter for gem irons and for serving.

Preaheat the oven to 230C.  Place the gem irons in the oven to heat.  Cream the butter and sugar in a bowl  Beat in the egg.  Stir in the golden syrup.  Mis the baking soda into the milk.  Add the dry ingredients and milk and baking soda to the bowl.  Mix to combine the ingredients.  Remove the gem irons from the oven.  Drop about 1/4 teaspoon butter into the bottom of each of the hollows.  Spoon the mixture into each hollow to two-thirds full.  Bake for 10 minutes, until the gems are cooked and golden.  Serve plain or with butter.
Makes 20 – 22

July 8, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Baby Bath Tea, Bath Salts, business, hand made, Letterpress, Saponify, soap, Store.
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Saponify products all packaged up and ready to ship.  The little ‘S’ stamp is proving to be a very good purchase indeed.

This parcel has gone to somewhere very exciting indeed.  I’ll be able to tell you more some time in the next few weeks.

July 8, 2010

Posted by Sarah in me, pass-it-on, Random facts.
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10 random things about me:

  1. I really like Llama’s.  I think they’re hilarious animals.  I mean really, just look at them!
  2. I laugh a lot.  Sometimes I laugh too loudly in public places.  I have a very sarcastic sense of humour.  I think it’s a New Zealand thing.
  3. I was a vegetarian for almost 10 years.  I am not a vegetarian any longer.  I now eat bacon.  Something I thought I’d never do again in my life.  Sometimes you surprise yourself.
  4. I think being a vegetarian for so long is what made me the cook I am today.  It made me understand food.  I worked as a Chef for 5 years, a Barista for two years, and now I work for myself as a Caterer.
  5. I am the youngest of five children.  My siblings are all much older than me.  The closest in age to me is my Sister Karen, who is 6 years older.  I have 3 Neices, 4 Nephews and 1 Great-Nephew.
  6. I have a thin white scar across my stomach from an operation that I had when I was a baby.  My Father and one of my Brother’s also have the same scar.  I am strangely proud of this scar, I guess it’s because it’s something that ties us together as a family.
  7. I am fair-skinned and freckled, and have Sri Lankan ancestry.  116th to be exact.  My Father was born with dark skin to light-skinned parents.  All of his 6 siblings are light-skinned.  People of that generation called this being a throwback.  I call it awesome.  I love this part of our family’s history.
  8. I love bright colours.  A pastel person I am not.  If I wear pale blue it makes me look as if I’m really sick.  I tend not to wear pale blue because of this unfortunate fact.
  9. I own 33 dresses.  At Christmas time I tried on my old school ball gowns.  They still fit, 12 years later.
  10. Last year I taught myself to make soap.  I now make and sell my soap through my website www.saponify.com.au

Thanks to Amanda from Calico and Co. for this “pass-it-on”

Edit:  Whoops, I was supposed to pass this on!  Of course, that’s why it’s called a “pass-it-on” Sarah!

Hopefully these talented ladies see this post and “pass-it-on” themselves!

Rosa-May, Ann, and Stacey

Saponify now in store! July 6, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, Craft, friends, hand made, home made, Letterpress, papercraft, Retail, Saponify, Sean and Danny, Shop, soap, Store, Surry Hills, Wholesale.
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I’m extremely excited to announce that a select range of Saponify products are now available for purchase at a local brick and mortar store!

Now available at:

Sean and Danny
321 Crown St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
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