Friday, July 31, 2009
pic from here
Thanks for entering the Polka Dot Rabbit winter warmer giveaway!
I'm a bit of a luddite with numbers, so I went to Random.org to use their random number generator. The winner is Number 4,the lovely Sayraphim !
thanks to everyone for entering xxx
Wonderful Helen Beard ceramics via Jars of Cute
Lovely apron tutorial by Living Creatively
Reminds me of my avatar! Another wonderful painting by lolbunnies
- * 125g unsalted butter
- * 1/2 cup caster sugar
- * 2 egg yolks, lightly beaten
- * 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- * 1/4 cup custard powder
- * 3/4 cup plain flour
- * 1/2 cup self-raising flour
- * filling (see Step 3)
1. Preheat oven to 180 C. Line base of a baking tray with baking paper. In a bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add yolks and vanilla. Mix.
2. Sift together custard powder and flours and add to butter mixture. Combine well. Shape tablespoons of mixture into balls. Place on tray and lightly flatten with a fork. Bake 12 min, or until lightly browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Sandwich together biscuits with a small amount of filling. Dust with icing sugar, to serve.3. To make filling, place 40g softened butter into a bowl. Add 1/2 cup icing sugar and 1 teaspoon orange zest and mix well, adding extra icing sugar, if needed
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I was charmed watching the news today to see that the baby elephant at the Sydney Taronga Zoo has been named Luk Chai. You can read more about his progress and see some adorable videos here
I'm thinking of perhaps embroidering a pair of gloves with elephants and today's "Things i like" is dedicated to Elephants!
Gorgeous retro fabric by NurseSarah81
Eames style elephant stools (they're meant for children but I would like one!).
Adorable softie by One Red Robin
Monday, July 27, 2009
Fortunately after some searching we found an old school Beer Haus! complete with ladies with big arm muscles holding steins of beer, an accordian band and lots of sausages!
It was alot of fun and i enjoy several glasses of German wine and some fabulous Bretzels. Followed by apple struedel of course!
We visited an old toy museum up a huge spiral staircase....
Lovely garden chair by Rocket St George
This is like me in the mornings! Usually running late! via http://ffffound.com/
A polka dot house! Woo! By Yyellow Bird via Holga
One of many brilliant musical embroideries by Ruby Khan
I love Charlie and the Chocolate factory and this bag by Helen Rochfort means you can carry the love with you everyday.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Upcycled cardigan by AmberDark
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Winter is hard after an overseas trip. I suddenly find myself wearing layers of clothing and snuggling on the couch. Hot chocolate and mulled wine have made a re-entry in the house and I have a sudden urge to bake.
Well, it is said that giving is better than receiving and in honour of this I am giving away a pair of Polka Dot Rabbit fingerless gloves, loving embroidered by me in a new retro style design! To win these gloves, all you need to do is reply to the post about your favourite ways to stay happy in winter. I will announce the winner a week from today on July 30th.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The first place we visited was Shanghai. Perhaps the biggest things you notice about China are the disparities between new and old. Skyscrapers appear next to shacks. Old style colonialist influenced architecture is rapidly being replaced by shiny new buildings. The place was literally a building site. In preparation for World Expo 2010, Shanghai was a on building frenzy. You literally could not look anywhere without seeing construction. Complete with Chinese workers, incongruous in hard hats and plimsolls, climbing dodgy bamboo scaffolding . Weather wise it was roasting hot except for one day where, rain was a welcome respite as I literally thought I would faint from the heat. Quite a shock to the system coming from a Melbourne winter!
Shanghai is a scary place to get around. Crossing the road is a challenge when despite the 'green man' at the traffic lights, cars and bikes are allowed to cross also. The scaffolding everywhere often meant we were walking on the road which was a bit scary, particuarly around The Bund (the famed tourist precinct that was pretty much out of action due to construction) as we walked in ankle deep mud on the road! Besides foot travel,Shanghai was easy to get around thanks to an excellent public transport system and Chris' excellent map reading skills which far exceed mine.
Chris and I don't speak Mandarin(beyond yes, no and thankyou) which was a challenge. I felt quite guilty about this as a Westerner. It's interesting being somewhere non-Western as a Westerner. You feel very visible. People try to accost you to visit tea ceremonies with you (a scam where they leave you with a massive bill). People try to practice their english. People stare. Some of the beggars were quite confronting, especially outside our 'prestigious' Western style hotel. You wear your Western privilege with you very close to the skin, and I can understand the temptation some might have to cocoon themselves in their hotel. Shanghai in many ways feels non-stop. There's so many people, constant noise, traffic....almost like I imagine the sensory overload of autism to be.
China in itself still has the cloud of implicit social control. Upon the plane we were asked to fill in forms about our health, including any swine flu symptoms. Upon arrival in Shanghai the plane was boarded by health officials in biohazard gear with temperature taking ray guns which were pointed at our foreheads. It was quite unnerving really, as I had had the flu (whichever kind, as they were no longer testing) before leaving Oz. I wasn't surprised to read later that people on other flights had been detained by quarantine with a Chinese national who'd failed to disclose flu symptoms, receiving a disciplinary note in his national identity file. eek. Learning of the dififculty for Chinese residents to visit other countries for holidays was also quite surprising given the desire of most people we know to travel. It's hard to imagine living somewhere where you aren't allowed to leave the country whenever you like.
I read quite a bit about the annivesary of the Tiananamen Square massacre. I was told that most Chinese people were aware of it, but would plead ignorance or refuse to discuss it. The idea of facade is an interesting one. People would give us directions even when they had no idea, wanting to be helpful and possibly save face. Kind of like the idea that you feel people are telling you what they think you want to hear...
I really enjoyed visiting a Chinese political propaganda poster museum. It was literally in a guy's apartment. Finding things in unexpected places is always interesting
We visited a big public park which is used on weekends by local parents to matchmake their adult children. Parents would put up posters and give out flyers advertising the attributes of their sons and daughters. Kinda funny in a way.
Another example was that upon visiting a modern art museum, we found some of the most interesting art was in the bathrooms with the floral patterns tiles actually containing words...
Monday, July 20, 2009
cute card featuring a dinosaur made from wire by Fold
Gorgeous pillows by VintageJane. I'll have to ask Chris only because they may be too girly for his liking...
Amazing silhouette portrait by Jenny Lee Fowler