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1  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / 'Italian' Vegetable Stew with Brown Rice on: April 12, 2010 08:02:08 PM
Last night I was going to make vegetable curry, but I really didn't feel like curry so when I found some tomato paste in the fridge I decided to make an 'Italian' vegetable stew.  I added sweet potato, potato, carrot, red lentils, spinach, tomato, mixed beans, chicken stock, dried herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary and parsley), garlic and tomato paste.  All slow cooked for two hours.

And for the rice I used brown rice and added some barley, split peas and yellow lentils for variety and extra protein. It turned out really well and my boyfriend, who said he wasn't hungry, chowed down a massive bowl of it.  I think it might be a keeper.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Not modest, fantastic! on: August 15, 2008 01:04:40 AM

When my little brother Louie was about 3 years old his favourite adjective was 'good' (or 'dood' as he said). So, one day I had a chat to him about other words he might like to use instead. We discussed words such as 'awesome', 'brilliant' and 'fantastic', but he remained loyal to 'good'.

"I'm really good at helping Mum hang the washing out," he told me.
"You sure are," I replied. "And modest too."
"No, Amie," he corrected me. "I'm not modest, I'm fantastic."
He learned a new word after all.

So, when I read the Craftster needlework challenge was going to be favourite quotes I knew exactly what mine would be. Unfortunately I didn't finish in time to enter the challenge on account of a back injury which had me out of action for over a week. However, I really enjoyed working on it and I can't wait to give it to Louie.

This was also my first attempt at stitching that wasn't just backstitch or French knots. The border is laced double stitch worked in three colours. I really like the way it turned out.

I hope Louie likes it.  He's 5 now and he still says it!

Thanks for looking!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Embroidered teabag wallet on: April 29, 2008 03:39:40 AM
It's my Mummy's birthday on Saturday, so I made her a tea wallet!  It's going inside a lovely wooden box with some other tea related goodies.  The fabric was a huge remnant I bought to practice my embroidery, but I liked it so much I started using it for everything.  The lining is red felt.

And inside..

I hope she likes it!  What do you think?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Amie's first attempt at embroidery brought to you by the letter 'A' on: April 01, 2008 07:56:58 PM
I finally took the plunge and had a go at embroidery and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome.  It's a little sloppy and I'm still not very good at French knots, bur I'm proud of it anyway.  Not sure what I'm going to do with it.  It's just on a scrap of fabric because I was expecting to mess it up.  Any suggestions?

Thanks for looking.  Smiley
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Beethoven, Mr T, Alex de Large, Bruce Lee and a rooster walk into a bar... on: January 12, 2008 04:24:02 AM
And they're all on shirts I made for people for Christmas! Grin

For my beautiful boyfriend...

For one of my bestest buddies...

For my sister...

For my sister's boyfriend...

And for my father (who recently adopted some chickens)...

They were lots of fun to make and went down a treat.  I mucked up the right foot on the Bruce Lee one, so I ended up making another one (but didn't get a photo).

Comments very much welcome!  Smiley  Thanks for looking.
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Shirts for my ever so stylish 4 year old brother on: December 10, 2007 06:46:04 PM
My little brother Louie is one stylish kid.  For his last birthday he requested a brown scarf.  He found one in a thrift store and made me buy it for him (and wore it straight away).  And he's a growing boy, so he can always use new clothes.  So, for Christmas I decided to print him a couple of shirts.

The one of the left I stenciled using book covering contact and one on the right I did using a technique my sister taught me.  You just paint your design onto a piece of plastic, but back to front.  Then you turn it over onto the shirt and smoosh it down.  It looks a bit funny in the photo because it's still wet.

I hope Louie likes them.

EDIT:  I showed my boyfriend and he was impressed, but asked what the blue one was meant to be.  So, I added a 'hint' to it.  I hope it's not that hard to tell what it is.   Huh

7  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Brisbane, Queensland: Lifeline Bookfest, June 9-11 on: June 02, 2007 08:15:36 PM
The Lifeline Bookfest is on again this Queens Birthday long weekend at the Brisbane Convention Centre.  It's the largest book sale in the world and books start from 20 cents!  Money raised helps support the brilliant work of Lifeline Australia.  Entry is free and opening hours are 8am to 8pm.
8  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Brother sewing machines at Kmart? on: May 17, 2007 09:39:49 PM
I noticed the other day that Kmart now stocks Brother sewing machines.  I'm just wondering if anyone has any experience with Brother or knows if these machines are just the shitty Kmart HomeMaker ones rebranded.  I'm trying to decide between buying a cheap new machine or having my really old Janome fixed.
9  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Sunshine Coast Craftsters on: June 03, 2006 12:28:56 AM
Just wondering how many Sunshine Coast craftsters there are.  If you're on the Coast I'm interested to know what you think of the new Spotlight store and what your favourite craft related stores here are.

Pesonally, I don't much like the location the new Spotlight.  It's a bit too out of the way.  I didn't get a chance to have a proper look around the store, but I doubt I'll be going there very often anyway.  As for my favourite stores, I quite like the Maroochydore op shop run for craft supplies.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Worlds smallest box of wine on: May 15, 2006 10:48:52 PM

For the unpretentious wine lover.  I made it from felt and based the design on Stanley boxes.  The sack is filled with rice and can be removed from the box.  My sister is already requesting that I make her a smaller one on a keyring.
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