Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Painted Linen Cushion "The Palms"

Soaking the linen in a mixture of
 Textile medium,
 Acrylic paint

Keep adding till you get it just right....

My simplified version
hanging to dry in the sun.
The lovely cushion I was inspired by.
I saw this in a favourite little shop called Turner and Lane.

love it!

It is just that little bit of tropical...
 perfect for Summer.

"The Palms"
Hand Painted

The colours tie in perfectly with the other little hints of blue and green around the room.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Liberty Fabric Paper Treat Bags

I just made some amazing chocolate chip cookies that I wanted to package up and share with my friends.
 I thought using Liberty Fabrics would be a cute idea.
As beautiful as these fabrics are, they are far too expensive for
wrapping up a few cookies.

Instead, I photo copied a few pieces of fabric I liked with my printer onto regular A4 paper.
I then trimmed the edges.

I folded the paper into the centre and taped it with some cute washi tape.
I then folded and creased to create the bottom of the bag.
I taped up the bottom and puffed them out to create a cute and cheap paper bag.

I also found another way to make paper bags on this site....

These little square bags are a bit more formal 
and take longer to make,
 but are so very cute.

These paper bags are perfect for giving away some of my cookies
 so I don't eat them all!!!

About 4 cookies fit in one bag made from an A4 size piece of paper.

Popcorn anyone?
The options are endless....

All done
 and ready to be filled
 with some yummy

Friday, 18 January 2013

Secret Recipes are so much fun!

This morning my kids were dying to bake something.  So I thought we would look up the recipe for Mrs. Field's famous chocolate chip cookies to see what we could find.
Well.... well.... well....
We found this website...

We followed the instructions perfectly,
 except we had to use our Vitamix blender to make our own oatmeal flour.

Ta Da....
Super soft on the inside and lightly crispy on the outside.  
We did it! 
 High fives all around!!!
They are just as good as Mrs. Field's!
My 5 year old even thinks so!

They were beyond my expectation!
In the past my cookies have always turned out ok, but nothing to rave about.
That is why I am in total shock that these are just too good to be true!!
Can you tell I am just a little bit proud of myself right now?
I am not a baker at all.

 I can totally see how Mrs. Field would have felt when she cooked up her first batch for sale. :-)

 Tips to getting them just right:

      * They only take 6-8 minutes I let the kids sit there the entire time to make sure we didn't over bake them.

      * We added heaps of extra vanilla been paste

      * We added chocolate chips to taste...pretty much until we thought we had enough...(i.e. lots)

      * We scooped the dough with a tablespoon to keep the size consistent

Now they are packed away in the pantry....ok well less than half of them made it to the pantry. ; /

Give these a try!
I am not a baker at all and I managed just fine.

Yummy  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cream together 1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
Add 2 eggs
1 tsp. real vanilla extract
Mix together
2 cups all-purpose flour
2½ cups oatmeal (blended into a fine powder)
½ tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
Mix all ingredients well, then add one 24-ounce bag of milk chocolate chips or as many as you want. Drop 1" balls on ungreased cookie sheets, two inches apart, and bake at 375° F  (190 C ) for 6-8 minutes. Makes approximately 60 cookies.

Ok....I am eating way too many of these now.
I think it is time to wrap some up and give them away.  :-)


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