Tuesday, August 24, 2010


There's a bit of a fresh breeze at my place this morning which means everyone seems to be looking for something delicious and warm to have with  coffee.  If you go on over to 
Selinas Vintage Blog (just a couple of posts back) and try out her recipe for Date Cake, you'll find the perfect complement to your morning cuppa.  It is disappearing very quickly at my place and already I've been asked for the recipe.   I must say I think the lashings of butter that she recommends are decidedly wicked, but seriously scrumptious.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Sally Giblin from The Rivendale Collection has some beautiful new designs.  I've made up this cushion pattern that she's called "Angels", and I'm really loving it in country fabrics.  I'll have it for sale as a kit at the "Spring Into The Country" Geham Market on 18th & 19th September.  If you're in the Toowoomba region that week end for the Carnival of Flowers, come for a drive out to Geham and visit the market at the Geham School.  Be prepared though, to spend a day in our area as we're spoilt here, and I promise you you'll be renewing your list of favourite coffee shops and special places to visit.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


I noticed 2 of my grandsons using the fruit off my cumquat tree for target practise the other day, so I decided there would have to be a much better use for them.  After rescuing the ones they didn't completely demolish, I decided that the only thing I'd heard of using them for is jam. Now, I have tried on many occasions to like marmalade, but I just don't.  Whether it was the tedious cutting up these tiny little fruit or the copious amounts of sugar that I used, I'm not sure, but I actually quite liked the end result.  As you can see by the photo, I even gave my jar a little bonnet, just like Grandma would have.  My half kilo of fruit made up 2 jars, but my son in law got the other one.  I think he'll like it too.

And while we're spending time in the kitchen, I want to show you this gorgeous cushion.  It's one of Sally Giblin's (from The Rivendale Collection) patterns.  I've just added quite a few of her new patterns (and some not so new) to my website.  You'll find them on this link.  I'd much rather stitch a recipe that cook it, so I think this would suit me very well.  I can even see it looking equally as gorgeous in country colours.