Thursday, July 14, 2016

Spelt Sandwich Bread

After receiving a gift of organic whole-wheat spelt flour several months ago from a dear friend in Australia, I set about making spelt bread using a recipe from the Dove's Farm website, adapting it slightly.

Today, I used the recipe as a base to make a country seed loaf, country seed buns, and a cracked wheat loaf. It's delish and really healthy!

You can watch my tutorial below, and go to Youtube for the full recipe! It's so, so, easy to make.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

18th Century Elegance

Isn't she just a darling? I love every moment of embroidering, stuffing, designing and embellishing her. 

She's not a doll, she's so much more - a costume replica, perhaps?

1) Stays - I made stays from an authentic 1780s pattern, out of felt and unboned though. The shape looks good laced on the doll
2) Hair - I actually made a hairpiece that goes on top of her head so that it can be done up 18th century style or left down
3) Petticoats are not just a panel, but actual 18th skirt that ties in the back and front seperately
4) Stomacher is a stomach, again not a sewn-in panel. I started to embroider it, but the dress
5) Dress is laced as it should be - in front and not behind!
6) The petticoats are pleated, and the overskirt/gown is cartridge pleated.
7) I had waaaaay too much time on my hands after the cello exam!  

She also stands up on her on two feet, if balanced properly, and is absolutely elegant.

I oogled at American Girl dolls when I was a kid, but now I get to make and live the dream *sigh of contentment*

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Fun with DIY Playdough

I remember many fond hours with playdough as a child, and, honestly, you'd be hard-pressed to find a child who *doesn't like playdough*. From my experience, children are drawn to it and love it.


Why? Because they can play autonomously. They are in charge, and they don't have someone harping on them to "do this" or "do that" in the one, right, way. It's free from pressure, from stress. (It's great for children's emotional health and is used by therapists!)

With playdough, you can just be, be yourself, be a child, be free! You can touch, and no one's going to stop you from touching, squeezing, rolling, stamping, and punching. You can create. You can make sounds. You can talk to other children and make props to tell a story.

Now, playdough is expensive... BUT, it's also incredibly simple to make. The upside to homemade playdough is that it is safe to eat (not tasty) and non-toxic. I made a video detailing one method for super-soft, super-smooth and non-sticky playdough. It's amazing!

You can learn about colours, about cultures, about numbers, about textures, about patterns... the sky's the limit, and playdough is the ultimate tool.

Playdough mooncakes!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

Throwback: Marshmallows in 3 Flavours

Peppermint Goodness
Candymaking has been a cherished hobby of mine since procuring the all-important candy thermometer. Marshmallows are the ultimate confectionary delight and they are surprisingly easy to make (and fail at too, haha!)

Vanilla marshmallows and Daddy's espresso
It has been really fun coming up with variations on the marshmallows  as well - next up: matcha!

Vanilla, cocoa and peppermint marshmallows in the pantry cupboard
Here's a great recipe for small batches on I *think* it's the one I used.