Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Pomander Balls

I've always wanted to make Pomander balls and this Christmas I'm finally going to make some!


Pomanders go back to the 15th century.  A pomander, from the French pomme d'ambre, i.e. apple of amber, is a ball made of perfumes.  They were worn hung from a neck-chain or belt, where they served as a protection against infection in times of pestilence or merely as a useful article to modify bad smells....

If you fancy having a go at making some yourself this festive season see the method below.

To make 2 balls, you will need:
2 oranges (or try apples, lemons, or lime)
Toothpick or pin to ease the cloves into the orange
Whole cloves, at least 1/4 cup, depending upon your design
Spice mixture (see recipe below)
1.5m of Ribbon

For the spice mixture:
3 Tbs. ground cinnamon
3 Tbs. ground cloves
3 Tbs. ground nutmeg
3 Tbs. ground ginger
3 Tbs. orris root powder (the dried and ground root of certain iris used as a fixative)

Making a Pomander Ball is easy, but can take some time! Simply stick a clove directly into an orange (or any of the other fruits listed above). You may want to use a toothpick or pin to make the first punctures so that the cloves are easier to insert. You don't have to fill the entire ball - try a pattern or design if you feel inspired.

Once the ball is completely studded with cloves, roll it in the spice mixture and set it aside for a couple of weeks in a cool dry spot so that it will dry. Once dried, tie a ribbon around the ball for hanging. Multiple pomander balls also look beautiful displayed together in a large decorative bowl.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Swap Time - Part 2

After this weekend I am officially in a festive mood!  I finished making the Apron for my Secret Santa Swap partner.  I really enjoyed making this apron and gathering up an array of fun, tasty, Christmassy "tuck-in's"  I hope my partner likes her goodies......

Now......what other Christmas type activities can i get get up to??  Ah....I LOVE this time of year! 


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

honey, honey

Today I had a hankering for HONEY JOYS!  So I gave-in and made the biggest batch ever (to share of course).  They have been one of my favourite treats since I was little and I still love 'em.

So you too can enJOY some of these scrummy babies, I've included the recipe below (yay)....

Honey Joys

90g butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups Corn Flakes

Preheat oven to 150°C.

Line 24 hole patty pan with paper cases.

Melt butter, sugar and honey together in a saucepan until frothy.

Add Corn Flakes and mix well.

Working quickly spoon into paper patty cases.

Bake in a slow oven 150°C for 10-12 minutes.



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Foxy Swap ;) - Part 2

I had so much fun this weekend making my decorations for the Small Fox 3rd Annual Ornament Swap!

I made some "Love" & "Dove" tree decoration, using felt,  LD fabric, and of course a little bit of glitter to give them that Christmassy sparkle....>>>

on the tree...

 all packed-up 
and ready 
to go....yay! 


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Foxy Swap ;)


SMALL FOX 3rd Annual Ormament Swap....YAY to the max!!    I had so much fun taking part in this swap last year that I just had to do it again this year!  Thanks so much to the lovely Sarah for organising and coordinating it all.  I'll pop up some pictures of my creations soon...x


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Swap Time

Yay......I can't wait to do this swap! 

  1. At LEAST One Handmade Item
  2. Something to Read (book, magazine, poem)
  3. Something for the Tree (garland, ornament, topper, skirt)
  4. Holiday Goody (candy, cocoa, tea, coffee, chocolate)
  5. Challenge: Include one gift for each letter needed to spell out a word from the season (SNOW, JOY, FAITH, LOVE, HOPE, GIFT, TREE, JESUS, STAR, SANTA, etc). We did this last year and it was SO MUCH FUN! Of course, the perfect gift for an "A" is an APRON.

Shawnee has requested that participants answer her questionnaire to help out out swap partner.....so here are my answers...
Shawnee's Secret Santa Swap Questionnaire
    1.  What are your hobbies?
    Sewing, Cooking,
    2.  What are your favourite colours?
    Pink, Lilac, White, Taupe, Aqua, Melon, Aubergine
    3.  Do you collect anything?
     Not really
    4.  Are you allergic to any fibres or animals?
    5.  Do you have any pets?
    Yes!  two gorgeous fluffy doggies, Daisy & Hugo.
    6.  Coffee, Tea, or Chocolate?
    All of these!
    7.  What do you like to read?
    8.  Do you prefer Cookies or Candies as a sweet?
    9.  What is your favourite holiday treat?
     mmm so many - probably gingerbread
    10.  Describe your favourite holiday tradition.
    Sitting around the tree and opening our gifts
    11.  Did you believe in Santa as a child?
    12.  When do you open presents?
    We have a European background so half of our family’s pressies are opened on Christmas Eve and the other half on Christmas Day.
    13.  Do you put up a tree and when?  If not, how do you celebrate?
    I love putting up our tree - it's HUGE.  We decorate the tree and house on the 1st December so we can get the most enjoyment out of all our effort!
    14.  Does your tree have a theme?
    Yes, each year we have a different theme - this year I'm thinking maybe red & white
    15.  What has been your favourite gift to give?  to receive?
    My favourite gift to give is something that's hard to find or something special from overseas. I love receiving gifts that someone has put a lot of thought and love into especially for me.


    Monday, November 14, 2011

    2012 Calendar Tea Towel Competition

    This is my design for the Spoonflower 2012 Calendar Tea Towel Competition....soooo much fun!
    Check-out all the super creative entries at www.spoonflower.com


    Thursday, November 10, 2011

    Among the trees

    For this years Sketchbook Project my theme is "treehouse".  I LOVE trees - I think they are so beautiful. One day, when I grow-up....I wanna live in my very own tree house....

    Here is a little inspiration....


      .....stay tuned for some sketchy-type up-dates.  :)


    Tuesday, November 1, 2011

    Bonjour mes Amis!

    After a little hiatus from blogging, I'm back - more motivated and inspired than ever!  During my little break I’ve.....

    • Been to Paris to visit Maison et Objet (interior design trade show) – P.S: It was AMAZING!
    The AMAZING textiles hall (1 of 8 halls showing the lastest in interior design) at the Maison et Objet

    Jardin des Tuileries

    Jardin des Tuileries
    Sacre Coeur

    • Stopped off in London....met the cutest squirrels!
    Cutie squirrel in the beautiful Kensington Gardens

    Big Ben

    Trafalgar Square
    Buckingham Palace

    • Designed my first fabric collection “GEOMETRIKA” Spring 2011

    • Added to my little family.....introducing.......HUGO!

    At the moment I'm working on....

    • The Sketchbook Project 2012

    • Next fabric range, Summer 2011
    • Opening up an Etsy store.....yay!
    • Ooohh ....and preparing for my favourite time of year with all sorts of Christmassy projects!

    I’ll be sure to make regular posts keeping you up-to-date.  I hope you’ll drop in from time to time – I’d love to have your comments.

    LOVE x