I was pretty sure that summer was here and we could all go out and enjoy ourselves and have a nice time sitting in the garden drinking ice tea and wearing bonds singlets, but apparently not the case. It is very cold outside and a little bit grey and a little bit rain and a little bit hail and a lot of cold wind which is really annoying me and my cat is also complaining. But here is a little something to brighten up the day and possibly wear around the house if you turn up your heater and pretend that its summer. It is called the Tee shirt of great happiness and you can find them in my etsy shop at www.encouragementaward.etsy.com.
Every summer I meet lovely customers who ask me to ‘please make a cap that actually protects their face from the sun’, and every summer I say ‘ yes what a good, responsible and healthy sun smart idea’ and then within seconds I go about my sewing and completely forget all about it. Then winter approaches and I think ‘hmm I should really make a cap that actually protects the face from the sun (well at least protect the nose)’. Normally by now I would have forgotten all about it… except that this time I remembered and then I went away and made one, then two then three test caps and before I knew it I had modified all of my cap patterns to make the mega sun smart cap. So here it is friends just in time for the end of winter (or the beginning of summer.) Here you will see a sneak peek at my Summer 2011 cap collection.
Ive been lacking some serious mo-tivation to update my blog over the last 6 months .. oh my gawd has it really been that long. Anyway enough’s enough and its back to business as of right now. What do you think of these fine fellows? I pinched these pics of my husbands blog: sweetgeorgiabrownbarbers.com. I think they are great and something to think about. As we get closer to Summer a big moustache may come in handy.. but maybe not.. I’m not really sure, you’ll have to think about it.
Dear everyone – check this out.
They are pencil chopsticks – omg chopsticks made to look like pencils. How amazing. I bought them from japan recently and I love them with all my heart. Stupidly I only purchased 6 of them which means I can only have 2 friends over for dinner plus me, or 3 friends and I just watch them eat. Either way I think they are great and i just hope I don’t break them or loose them or accidentally sharpen them. Continue reading
Did anyone every buy a cap and think to themselves ” gee I really love this cap but I just wish it had a little pocket on the side that I can store all of my favorite things in” ? well be careful for what you wish for because here’s one now…
let’s have a big round of applause for the Pocket Cap hip hip hooray……. for she’s a jolly good fellow…
Tomorrow Morning it is my sister’s birthday and to commemorate this glorious day i have chosen to have a little look in the archives and find a picture that best represents us as sisters, friends and serious business women.
We have pretty much agreed on most things in our lives, but the only real thing we ever had different opinions over is our choice of white stockings and pocket placement… but at least we agreed on the things that really mattered and that was to always wear a white skivvy and matching sandals whenever possible. Three Cheers for Kelly….
It is also the birthday of my Summer range. Here it is folks, some new caps in vintage, new and hand screen printed fabrics. Sizes Small and Medium and fully reversible ( of course ). These festive little guys will be at the Rose St Markets this Sat from 11 – 5 and everybody is welcome to try them on.
Stripy Tee Shirts and collar ties are also on the menu this Summer ( esp matching ones).
im very sorry ive been neglecting you lately – i have been very busy doing other things – mostly working very hard on my summer range which i am very excited about and will be able to show you some pics soon. i have also been carefully planning the purchase of my new computer but mostly i have been very heavily addicted to watching Big Love – thank gawd season four is over and we can all get on with our lives for a few days until season five turns up in my dvd player. but in the mean time i was looking at my pics from my recent road trip to Adelaide for the amazing Bower Bird Market and was reminded of the joys of people who build gigantic replicas of small things and turn them into education/theme parks that will always get closed down after a few years. so far i have been to – the big pineapple, the big cow, the big banana, the big avocado, the big bee, the big sheep, the big prawn ( which has now been bulldozed because drunk people were sleeping in it) and the big guitar – but none compare to this….. the big, crap closed down koala.
If you want to make some big savings this weekend on some big cool hats and capes come down to the Rose St Artist markets in Fitzroy this Saturday from 11 – 5 because all winter products will be on big sale just for you. xx
Today I realised that I had been neglecting my paper work, hand sewing work and the dreaded tax stuff, so I decided to stay home and take care of every tiny admin related detail that I could get my hands on. I would cross every T and dot every I, no receipt was going to be left un accounted for and definitely no bank statement overlooked. I began my day by cleaning my workspace and finding a calculator…. I then decided to bake a cake, something I have not done in over three years but all of a sudden it seemed like the best and most productive idea I had ever had. And also a good excuse to use my babushka doll measuring cups which have just been hanging out on my window ledge ever since I moved house.
I would love to say I chose a recipe that has been in my family for years and years but I ended up finding it on taste.com which has probably been on the internet for years and years. I don’t mind though because I am now claiming it as my own and plan on impressing visitors left right and centre with my new-found baking skills. but just in case anybody needs a little help in the cake department here is the recipe (and the results).
Apple tea cake
Ingredients (serves 8)
- 2 apples
- 2 tbs lemon juice
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 250g caster sugar
- 250g unsalted butter
- 1 2/3 cup (250g) self-raising flour
- 4 eggs
- Icing sugar, to dust
- Preheat oven to 180°C (not fan-forced). Grease and line base of a 23cm springform cake pan.
- Peel and core the apples, and cut into segments. Toss the apples in lemon juice and half the cinnamon, then set aside.
- Take 50g each of the sugar, butter and flour, place in a bowl with the remaining cinnamon and rub together with your fingertips.
- Place eggs and remaining sugar in an electric beater and beat until very light and fluffy. Melt remaining butter and pour into egg mixture. Sift in remaining flour, then fold in carefully until combined.
- Pour into the pan, and carefully lay the apple slices over top. Sprinkle with the crumble mixture and bake for 50 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack to cool completely. Serve dusted with icing sugar.
These three guys were so helpful that I have to say I successfully made the best apple tea cake of my whole baking career and am now thinking they might even be able to help me with my taxes.
At the Rose St Artist Markets you will find many a good thing to spend your money on. Take Bonny Lad for example. Sunggee Min is my dear friend and we have been stall neighbours for a very long time now. We do everything at the market together.. we drink coffee together, order our lunch together, get rained on together, get sun stroke together, brave below freezing temperatures together, eat our lunch together, and then drink another coffee together. Sunggee is also marquee coordinator, stall booking administrator, and pack up and pack down logistics. But apart from all of these very important credentials he is also a very talented jeweler and his label is called Bonny Lad, http://www.bonnylad.net Bonny Lad is amazing and of course everything is hand-made with lots of skill and very fancy ingredients inc silver, semi precious stones, pearls and even fake grass. Bonny Lad is at the Rose St Markets every Saturday and Sunday.
apparently money doesnt grow on trees but according to these pics Bonny lads jewelry dose.
But not like these daffodils – they grow on cement .. i wish they grew on money.
Here is a brand new product from the Encouragement Award and we are very proud to introduce you to the Leggings of 2010. Available in 4 different spots and two different stripes – these guys like to take a nice romantic stroll along the beach, enjoy a latte with one at the local cafe or a bit of a wild dance on the d’floor . guaranteed to brighten up your day (or night) and put a smile on those legs of yours.
Made from cotton / lycra they are available in Small, Medium and Large and retail for $40.
Sizes are limited so if you want some you better LEGGIT……