Monday, 27 January 2014

# 389 I wish I had magic powers

I really do, don't you? Right now I'd love to have the power to stop time so I could work, without interruptions, on some of the craft projects I have lined up for the library and which I'm very keen on trying.

A project I did manage to finish were the heart keyrings in the picture, they were made using scraps of fabric sewn together to form a new piece of fabric. This technique is described in this book and the author calls it the Lazy Crazy Patchwork.


The crazy patchwork was surprisingly quick to achieve once I'd managed to gain access to the box of fabrics I have hidden behind the sofa and had spent a good half hour or more just rummaging through its contents to gather as many fabric leftovers as possible.

The resulting new "fabric" was then cut into hearts which were sewn onto denim (I used a pair of old jeans the husband doesn't wear anymore).

If you could have a magic power what would it be?

Paula

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

# 388 Chunky tuna spread

I always keep a can or 2 of tuna in my store cupboard for when I need to rustle up a meal in a hurry. Such was the case the other day when I arrived home for lunch and didn't have any soup made or any leftovers in the fridge that I could heat up  quickly in the microwave.

This spread uses only 3 ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to make, it really couldn't be simpler or quicker and tastes delicious.


Chunky tuna spread

1 can of tuna chunks or steak, drained
2 eggs
1 or 2 tablespoons mayonnaise

Hard boil the eggs. Meanwhile toast a slice of bread and, in a bowl, flake the tuna with a fork.

When the eggs are cooked through, peel them, cut them into pieces and mix with the tuna and mayonnaise. I like my spread to be fairly chunky so I only mix until all elements are combined.

Spread on the toasted bread and enjoy. You can also spread this mixture on cream crackers or use it in sandwiches with finely sliced tomato and some romaine lettuce for added crunchiness.

Any leftover mixture can be kept in a food container with lid in the fridge for a couple of days.

Paula


Tuesday, 7 January 2014

# 387 A prosperous New Year to everyone

I hope you're all having a great start to 2014 and looking forward to the year ahead.

A. went back to school yesterday and I spent a good part of the day putting the Christmas decorations away and putting the house back in order again.

In other news, it turns out we didn't do too bad with our fundraising for the library over the Christmas period and I'm now busy creating new handcrafted items for sale. The bookmarks, brooches and cards proved the most popular and therefore we need to replenish the stock. Here's a small sample of what I've made so far or you can have a look in my Flickr album to see it in more detail.


Another volunteer is busy knitting the cuttest Easter ducklings which will then be filled with chocolate eggs. I haven't been shopping yet after the New Year but I'm told supermaket shelves are already being filled with chocolate eggs!
 

Paula