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My perfect summer 2010/2011 January 24, 2011

Posted by Sarah in beach, beautiful, chocolate, christmas, dining in, friends, holiday, picnic, Sydney.
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Christmas truffles laid out prettily in their coloured cases


Christmas Day feasting with our Sydney family


Beare Park in Elizabeth Bay for a Picnic in the sunshine


New Years Eve with our sparklers

New Years Eve fireworks

Stunning view of the Estuary from our Holiday spot in Red Rock

Salmon Blinis for an afternoon snack

Checking out the walkway through the wetlands

The flooded local Bowling Club

We gorged on freshly caught local prawns - so delicious!

Played in the odd sea foam that was on the beach

The view of Red Rock from the beach

Surry Hills Festive Markets re-cap December 20, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, craft fair, hand made, home made, homemade jam, jam, markets, Saponify, sewing, Shop, soap, Surry Hills, Surry Hills Christmas Markets, Surry Hills Markets, Sydney, whale.

Saturday’s Surry Hills Festive Markets were great!

It was such a lovely relaxed day, and the other stallholders around me were lovely.  I’ll definitely be looking to do this market regularly in 2011.


More photos from the day here

Surry Hills Christmas Markets December 17, 2010

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(Image via)

Tomorrow I have a stall booked for the Surry Hills Christmas Markets.

I’ll be there from 7am (!) with all of my usual Saponify goodies, as well as many, many jars of my delicious  home made jams and relishes.  Do be sure to pop by and say hello if you’re out and about.

Surry Hills Christmas Markets
7am – 4pm
Saturday 18th December 2010
Shannon Reserve, Surry Hills

Saponify market stall garland December 7, 2010

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I’ve just made this pretty garland to act as signage for my Saponify market stalls.

This Saturday I have a stall at the Reservoir Bazaar at The Winery in Surry Hills.  If you’re in the area make sure you pop by.   It’s a great chance to grab some last minute Christmas gifts, and a fun day out to boot!

Reservoir Bazaar
The Winery
285A Crown Street
Surry Hills 2010

10am – 2pm Saturday 11th December.

Reservoir Bazaar Markets at The Winery November 16, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, markets, me, Saponify, Store, Surry Hills.
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I’ll be having a stall at the Reservoir Bazaar Markets this Saturday (20th November).

All of the products in the Saponify range will be on display, so this is the perfect time to come down and stock up for Christmas!

The market is on from 10am – 4pm, so please drop by and say hello if you’re in the neighbourhood!


Image via The Winery

The blockade September 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, food, fruit, hand made, home made, homemade jam, jam, preserving, strawberries.

The 212 glass jam jars I ordered arrived about an hour ago, and I already have two pots of Strawberry Jam bubbling away.

(Just in case you were wondering what I’m going to be spending the next few months doing)

Right now they’re making quite an excellent blockade for our front door.  I’ll have to work our a better place to put them before the Mr gets home tonight.

I’ll be selling jars full of Jam and Relish this holiday season – stay tuned for more information!

Upcycled jumper made into whale soft toy February 6, 2010

Posted by Sarah in buttons, christmas, clothes, cosy, Craft, fabric, family, gift, home made, recycle, refashion, sewing, thrifty, toy.
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I made this little whale soft toy for my Great Nephew Felix for Christmas.  I took an old acrylic knit vest of mine, turned it wrong side out and cut out a whale pattern from it.

I stuffed him with polyfil, stitched matching eyes onto either side of his face and hand stitched a happy grin onto his face with yarn.

This was my first time sewing with knit fabric.  Next time I’ll make the seam allowances much bigger to make it easier to sew around the tail.

He was such a fun creature to make.  I think we might see more little whale friends around this house for gifts in the future.

Aotearoa (part 2) January 12, 2010

Posted by Sarah in christmas, family, food, holiday, home made.
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Christmas Day 2009.  The first Christmas with our family in 4 years.

We set the table the night before

I made homemade lemonade

My little helpter earnestly filled everyone’s glasses

The chief taste-tester thought the lemonade was pretty good

Then we ate

And ate

And ate

And ate

And ate

I made homemade ice cream and sorbet, proper strawberry jellies, and a hazelnut torte too.  It all got gobbled up before we got any photos, but I can assure you dessert was a hit with the entire family.

I met my sweet little Great-Newphew Felix.

And hung out with Sofia, who was most impressed when she found out that I was the person who had made her beloved Hazel.

Precious little Sacha snoozed away the day, briefly waking up to check out what was happening

And everyone was looking at the camera at once for the obligatory family snapshot.  Incredible!

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!

Tote bag for Christmas January 2, 2009

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This is the bag that I made for my sister Karen for Christmas.


This is the best photo that I took of the inside of the bag.  I didn’t have much time to get good photos, but just imagine a white lining with gold stylised birds on it.img_2986

I cut the legs off a pair of Joh’s old work pants to make him some shorts recently.  I made the straps for Karen’s bag from the leftover fabric.


I made the straps extra long because my sister is extra tall.  I thought that she could use it for grocery shopping like I do with my own :)