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Rutherglen Agricultural Show October 28, 2011

Posted by Sarah in holiday, Rutherglen, snake, Victoria.
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Yes, I know it’s been a long time since I last did a blog post.  Oops!  Lots has been happening here at Craftyllama HQ, I’m back now!

Here’s a wee photo documentary of our recent visit to the Rutherglen Agricultural Show to get the blogging ball rolling again.  Enjoy!

 

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Creative reuse of unpicked shirt pockets. March 15, 2011

Posted by Sarah in bag, blanket stitch, clothes, fabric, felt, hand made, holiday, home made, recycle, refashion, reuse, sewing, thrifty.
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J and I purchased a shirt each for wearing while we travel through South East Asia.  We’ll be travelling very light, so we need to pack clothing that’s so practical it’s almost laughable.  Clothing with features that would be completely irrelevant in Sydney – like back vents for example.  Things that you can wash by hand in a sink and have it dry in just a few hours, ready to be worn for the 30th day straight.  My shirt is blue, long sleeved, and looks like my mother dressed me in chambray for a family photo in 1990.  But, it’s actually a really nice fit, and surprisingly comfortable.  J however was not so lucky.  Thanks to the Amazon sizing charts it’s a size too big for him.  That probably wouldn’t have been too bad if the shirt didn’t also come with two huge, incredibly unflattering chest pockets.  J and I took one look at the shirt on and decided that the pockets had to go.  They weren’t much use anyway – and since we’ll have daypacks with us there’s really no need to be carrying anything in shirt pockets.  I took to them with my quick unpick, carefully removing each stitch so as not to leave any visible marks or holes.  Now you wouldn’t even know that there had ever been pockets on the shirt, and it looks so much better!

The hoarding maybe-that-will-come-in-handy-one-day part of my personality decided to put the two removed pockets into my fabric stash until I decided what to do with them.  After pulling them out last night and having another look at them I decided that they would make great little pouches to keep our electronic cables in while we travel.  I cut out black felt for the backing pieces of the pouches and sewed around the edges with blanket stitch.  I incorporated the original pocket closure on one pouch by sewing it onto the felt, and with the other I added snap closures.  Each pocket took me about an hour to complete.  Now we can store all of our chargers in one spot, and we wont have to go rummaging through our bags only to find a tangled mess of cables at the botton of the pack!

 

Clevedon Village Farmers Market, 20.02.2011 March 13, 2011

Posted by Sarah in Auckland, bread, holiday, markets, New Zealand.
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It’s the little things… March 4, 2011

Posted by Sarah in Auckland, beautiful, blue, dining in, holiday, New Zealand, Op Shopping, recycle, reuse, Second Hand, Store, thrifty, vintage.
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Like a tiny coffee in a tiny vintage cup.

I picked up two of these pretty blue tea cups on my recent trip to NZ from a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it church op-shop.  I’ve seen this style of tea cup around in plenty of op-shops, but never in this lovely colour.  They have an imprint on the base of the cup that says Made in New Zealand.  I paid the princely sum of 20c for both!

Listen to this beautiful song today and think about all the little things.  You’ll be better for it I think.

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

We are family August 20, 2010

Posted by Sarah in birthday, Dad, family, friendship, holiday, love, me, mum, Mum and Dad, Parents.
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Mum and Dad were here for a short visit this week.

I absolutely love that first photo of the three of us – I almost dropped the camera right before I took this shot.

We’re a pretty funny bunch.

Mum’s laughing in the last photo too, by the way.  xx

Sonido! South American Cafe August 19, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Arepas, beef, bread, dining out, food, holiday, Meet Me At Mikes, Melbourne, Sonido! South American Cafe.
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I had been on the look out for places to eat and drink while we were in Melbourne when I came across this blog post by Pip from Meet Me At Mikes.  Turns out, this sweet little cafe is just around the corner from her store, so it worked in well with our shopping plans.  The first day we just dropped by for a coffee, and the second day we stayed and had the most delicious lunch.  Highly recommended if you’re in the Fitzroy area.

Josephine had the Ropa Vieja (Old Clothes beef) – $11.50

A lovely slow cooked beef dish, served on a crispy arepa.  The menu says that this is an old Cuban recipe.

This was really delicious, especially with the guacamole and salsa that was provided to serve with it.

I ordered the Arepa con Huevo – $9.50

A delicious combination of soft scrambled free range eggs, with spring onions and tomatoes.  Served on a crispy Arepa.

The combination of crispy hot arepa, and soft scrambled eggs was just wonderful.  I would be eating this all the time if I lived in Fitzroy.

Below is their contact information, taken from their website.

CONTACTO

Address: 69 Gertrude Street Fitzroy VIC Australia
Phone: 0404621946 / 0406850341
Email: info@sonido.com.au

Trading Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 8:30am – 4pm
Satuday and Sunday: 9am – 4pm

Melbourne August 19, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, birthday, dining out, Fitzroy, food, friends, friendship, holiday, Josephine, Meet Me At Mikes, Melbourne, Retail, Shop, Store.
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After my birthday Josephine and I headed down to Melbourne for a few days.  It was my first visit, so we had plenty of exploring to do.

It was very cold and rainy, so we didn’t get to venture out and about as we would have liked.  Mostly we found nice places to eat and drink, and did a spot of shopping.  I’ll show you what I bought for myself in another post I think!

We checked out Meet Me At Mikes in Fitzroy.  I’ve been following Pip’s blog and twitter feed for some time now, so it was very exciting to go to her store.  She wasn’t there the day we went, but we were served by her lovely daughter Rin.  Josephine and I both found ourselves cheap little summer skirts – yay!

This is all the graffiti we managed to photograph due to it being so wet and cold.  I’d like to go back another time and spend some time photographing more of the alleys and laneways.

Great coffee at Sonido on Gerturude St.

A tasty lunch of Arepas at Cruzao Arepa Bar, Brunswick Street.

On our last day we headed out to St Kilda to check out the famed cake shops and ‘beach’.  I loved this old theatre.  I think it’s beautiful.

We shared a slice of the famous plum cake at the Monarch Cake Shop, St Kilda

Back to Sonido for another coffee!

Just before we left for our flight home we headed to Hwaro Korean BBQ for a few beers and snacks.

More photos from our trip are on my Flickr page.

Melbourne

Our week of food and good times May 20, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, cake, chocolate, dining out, draft snake, family, food, holiday, mum, sewing, soup.
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Yesterday I kissed and hugged my Mother goodbye, and watched as the cab she was in pulled away from the curb and headed to the airport.  It is always to special to have her visit, but so bittersweet when she has to leave again.  You see, she’s a special person my Mum.  She’s funny, and silly, and couldn’t care less what people think about her.  She’s creative, but doesn’t know it.  She has a killer sweet tooth.  She makes me feel safe, and warm, and loved.  And she makes me giggle like crazy.  I love that.  I love my Mum.

We did our best to blend in with the Ladies who Lunch crowd.  I think we looked like frauds, but that’s ok with me.

We ate plenty of cake.  An absolute necessity when Mum is around.  This is a little Lemon Polenta cake from the lady at the Saturday markets in Kings Cross.  Delicious.

We caught the bus to Balmain and ate lunch, and too much cake at Adriano Zumbo Cafe.  This one is called Ginger.  Incredible!  Go there, eat this.  Be sure to share, it’s a monster.

There was plenty of sugar-induced giggling going on

We ate at the ever impressive Cafe Sopra in Potts Point

Zucchini Flowers stuffed with 5 italian cheeses.  Perfect every time.

The Jerusalem Artichoke, Broad Bean and Swimmer Crab Soup is to die for.  Perfect in every way.  I do pity the poor kitchen hand who has to peel all those broad beans each day though.

Mum also helped me service my sewing machine, purchased a bunch of my soap, and took home Webley the Whale and Enid the draft snake.

It was a very special week indeed, and I’m so glad we had it all to ourselves.  Till next time!

Hot Cross Bun day April 3, 2010

Posted by Sarah in apron, baking, bread, butter, dining in, Easter, food, friends, fruit, holiday, home made.
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My Hot Cross Bun making efforts yesterday…

I got up early, popped on a festive frock and my Nana’s apron, and made 4 batches of buns.

My own homemade candied peel was studded throughout

I soaked the currants, sultanas and candied peel overnight in a couple of good slugs of Brandy

I even made the butter that accompanied them

They were devoured with gusto by everyone that came by, a most successful day indeed!

8 of the buns are on a flight to Adelaide with my friend Emma, I hope our friends in South Australia like them  :)

More photos on my Flickr page:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarahmcmanus/sets/72157623756983546/