Poorly Shod

Thursday, June 21, 2012

JW started ballet this week. A few of her pre-school friends take this class and she was so excited to be doing it too. She ran in happily without a backward glance and had a ball. I am so amazed by her self-confidence - where does it come from?
I was lucky enough to find her size in the ballet clothes at KMart ($8 for the leotard and headband set and $8 for the fluttery skirt) but I didn't get around to getting her ballet shoes before the big day. We dug around in the dress up bag to see what we could find and came up with this. As Oma would say, we have another pair just like it! Although, at the moment I have no idea where it might be. Darling JW didn't even notice.
Any suggestions for places to find cheap ballet shoes in Sydney?

Managing Expectations

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Several of the children have been struck down with a nasty virus this week and there has been very little time to work on the scooter quilt as I have mostly been doing laundry, soothing my little patients and fetching panadol and water. C has decided to take matters into her own hands, both by using the quilt in its current basted state (such a sweet pic of C and JW snuggling on the couch) and asking me constantly if we can work on it together. That seems to mean that she sits with me and keeps an eye on my progress. It's actually quite efficient. I've only outlined 2 stars so far but a few nights in front of the tv should have it just about done. I don't know how well those safety pins are going to hold up to regular use so I'd better get cracking!

Muffins - a work in progress

Monday, June 11, 2012

2012 has been a busy year for we Duyvkens but we've found our feet and life has a particularly nice rhythm at the moment. We're making plans for the second half of the year and trying not to freak out about it being June already. Some of those Plans-with-a-capital-p involve wrapping up a few long term projects (including, hopefully, a large part of the renovation) which should free things up a little in 2013 making room for some serious relaxation and some fun short-term projects. 

One of the things that JW and I have been working on is a chocolate chip muffin recipe. We've spent lots of time together tinkering with quantities and ingredients and have come up with a recipe that makes lots of lovely, moist muffins. They have a slightly crunchy crust and are delicious fresh out of the oven. I assume they would also keep quite well but I haven't had the opportunity to test that out yet because everyone loves them. JW is very proud of how much the kids love these, it's very sweet.

I've loved working on this with her. I think we might try perfecting our nutmeg cake next.

JW's Muffins For the Big Kids
Ingredients

2 1/2 cups self raising flour
3/4 to 1 cup raw sugar (depending on taste)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
300g sour cream
3/4 cup of choc chips
Method
Combine all ingredients (except the choc chips) and beat for 3 mins on medium speed.
Stir the chocolate chips through the batter.
Spoon into greased and floured cupcake pans.
Bake at 180C for 16-18mins or until skewer inserted in the middle comes out cleanly.
Yields 18-20 super delicious chocolate chip muffins.

Craft Camp

I went to craft camp this weekend and look what I finished! A linen and cotton quilt for my darling C who has worn right through the quilt she has now. I have ordered some baby pink minkee fabric for the backing so that she has something extra soft to snuggle with and she is looking forward to helping me sandwich it and get started on the hand quilting. I am going to do some echo quilting around the stars, an outline around the inner border and some embroidery in the outer border. J's quilt has 'sleep well' on it in dutch so I think I will put 'fait des beaux reves' (french for 'sweet dreams') on this one for C.
 Aren't those little scooters adorable? I have some of that fabric leftover so I will be able to make a cushion to match.
 These sweet ducks are a handprinted fabric so I am not sure how well they will stand up to regular washing and wear but I do adore them.
I used the liberated stars tutorial from Silly Boo Dilly using 6 inch squares of fabric.
Many thanks fellow Craft Campers, I had such a lovely time with you all!

Autumn

Saturday, June 02, 2012





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