Thursday, July 23, 2009


the hip-length hemline

the brightly striped lining

and the shiny brass buttons.

If you love it as much as I do, it's in the shop.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Preparations for Yule

Yule has come and gone for another year, and sadly, I forgot to take any photos of a wonderful night. I did, however, manage to take photos of the invitations. I love to send out formal invitations to events as I think it's more exciting to receive something in your letter box than your email. Sadly, this year, some took the long way through our postal system. Hopefully, next year will be better.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ottobre Designs

A while ago, the lovely Erin at Purple Frangipani posted about Ottobre Design. I checked it out, drooled over the gorgeous designs, then forgot about it. Then when I was preparing for the Chestnut Festival, and looking for boys patterns, I found Ottobre again. Each issue contains around 40 (or more!) fantastic kids (and some adults) designs, and costs less than A$20. So I bought two (and Jill bought one of the women's issues) I haven't actually used any of the patterns yet, but I love looking through them and am looking forward to getting some more issues. I'm even thinking of subscribing.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Jam cookies

I've been experimenting with the jam cookie recipe. Adding jam after baking leads to soggy cookies, but it's tricky to judge how much jam to use before baking. This batch was about right. And I remembered my grandmother's trick for using up left over dough/pastry - little jam pasties.