18.4.14

16.4.14

' Whimsical Wednesdays - Hello Easter Bunny!

Whimsical Wednesdays with Easter rabbit cookies!

Happy Wednesday...

...and wow, Easter is just around the corner! Do you have any plans for Easter? We don´t apart from spending Easter Sunday hunting for the Easter bunny and doing a whole Jamie-Mommy-Crafternoon! Which is a great plan I think! Also, we will be baking a lot more of these adorable bunny cookies!


If you have any plans/ideas/crafts/recipes that you always find yourself doing during Easter time we´d love to hear!!!


Have a great day!!!

14.4.14

' Swap heaven

Lovely drawstring bag swap from Leila!

Happy Monday everyone!!!

Here´s to a colorful start into the new week! Let me show you the adorable swap package my friend Leila sent to me. 

Leila has been my "secret" partner in a swap, this happened before (we keep being secret swap partners to each other lol) and Leila is always ALWAYS putting a ton of love into her parcels!

Look at this:


Here is the gorgeous bag she made for me. This bag couldnt be any more "me". Leila knows how much I adore Heather Ross and texty fabrics and dots and stripes...and she also knows I love it scrappy happy! Every bit in this bag was picked out with so much love for detail that I am still totally overwhelmed by it!


Here is the other side of the bag, same awesomeness:


I also got spoilt with a pile of Denyse Schmidt fabrics! These are only available in a specific chain of stores in the USA, so they are extra special and oooh boy, so so so lovely!


This is going to go into Jamie´s room, in a frame when we happen to find the perfect frame for it. It is a piece of Heather Ross´ out-of-print line "Rabbits & Racecars". I have been looking for it for ages and have never even seen it in this colorway!


She also sent along gorgeous hand dyed yarn from her friend who happens to have a sheep farm and making and dyeing her own yarn!!! It´s the prettiest shade of red ever!


This little strawberry pincushion is extra special! It got my initial on it and Leila made one for herself too with her initial, so we have twin strawberries now! So precious!


Have a super amazing Monday!!!

11.4.14

' Little Kitchen - Grandma´s Apple Tarte

Little Kitchen recipe for making apple tarte!

Hello dear little kitchen fairies!

Last week we did make some yummy savory bread, so what about something sweet today? Jamie and I prepared some apple tarte! Easy peasy! 

This is a "cuddle-up-under-your-quilt", "grandma-style", "have-a-big-slice" kind of tarte. You can have this for afternoon tea, dessert or breakfast!


Print out your apple tarte coloring sheet if you like!!!

This is what we will need:

160g flour
50g powdered sugar
100g cold butter
1 egg yolk
a pinch of salt (a pinch of salt is the amount of salt that you can fit between your tips of your thumb and your index finger!)

Knead together all the ingredients for the dough and place it in the fridge for one hour. You might ask mommy to take it out for you after one hour...it would be a great idea to do the recipe coloring sheet while you wait!

Take the dough out of the fridge and roll it out. Mommy will certainly help you to roll it out slightly bigger than the tin. Put it inside the baking tin and form a little edge as well.


(this would be Jamie who decided to try and catch butterflies with a fisher´s net after she colored her recipe and waited for the dough...lol)


Time to prepare the apples. We need two apples! Peel them and with mommy´s help cut them into slices. Drizzle some lemon juice over them. We do this because this way the apple slices wont turn brown.



Arrange the apple slices in whatever "design" you like best on the dough. We did let them overlap to make a flower looking kind of tarte! Sprinkle with  two Tablespoons of vanilla sugar or brown sugar!


Bake at 200°C for 30 minutes.

While you wait for the tarte to bake you could do what Jamie did...grab your favorite quilt, your favorite mug and your favorite cuddly toy and get all settled for a lovely old-fashioned outdoor picnic!





We hope you enjoyed making apple tarte with us! If you made it - be horribly proud of yourself!!! And most important of all - enjoy your tarte...with a big mug of chocolate milk!


Have a great weekend little chefs as well as helpful mommies! And everyone else of course! 

9.4.14

' Whimsical Wednesdays

Whimsical Wednesdays fabric eye candy!

...I got an ever-growing fabric stash...

...but they all are so pretty...I just cant say no to pretty fabric! (and yay for my Jamie girl who is following her Mommy´s path! lol)

...so I thought we´d share some current favorites...seems I am growing my love of Japanese fabrics...(thank you dear Carmen for sending these treasured bits along!!!)...





...this is a fabric I have always loved...kerchief girls...


This stack just makes me happy:


I got it from my friend Sabrina and treasure it to pieces!!! Thank you again, sweetie!

These are just some favorites I recently got, there are the obvious other favorites aka our all time faves...like Heather Ross everything, Sarah Jane, Denyse Schmidt, Lizzy House...*sigh*...too much beautiful fabric out there!!! lol

Have a beautiful Wednesday!!!

7.4.14

' Swaps...

Swap package for my amazing friend with a drawstring bag, mini quilt, coaster and pincushion!

Hello everyone!!!

Let´s start into a colorful week by showing you the swap package I sent to my amazing friend for a swap!
You already know the superstar mini quilt...


...there also was a little pincushion, you can never have too many pincushions...right?!...


...but most important of all, this swap was for creating a drawstring bag for each other. Here is the scrappy-happy one I made:


The fabrics are mainly from Sarah Jane and Heather Ross...they just make me so happy and fit together perfectly, don´t they?! 

The tutorial for this drawstring bag can be found here!


I couldn´t resist but put a "framed" little lightning bug onto the front:


...this would be the back:


All in all this was one of the most enjoyable swaps ever!!!

Have a great day!!!


4.4.14

' Little Kitchen

Little Kitchen recipe for magic snack bread!

Happy Friday everyone...and yes I know its food day today, but we got something slightly different planned for today. Today is actually going to be all about the little chefs. Jamie loves to help in the kitchen and even if she is only five years old she is able to cook simple things almost completely by herself. So we had an idea in mind that finally came to being "real". 

Here is our first recipe in the "little kitchen" project...along with a printable recipe coloring page for the little ones to color in and keep in a folder to put together their own cookbook.

Also, please let me introduce Ruby! Ruby is our kitchen cherry!




We will start savory today...with a magic snack bread...it is super simple, uses very little ingredients and can be adapted for fussy eaters as well as you can pretty much use everything in it!



Magic Snack Bread

Recipe Coloring Page

(just click on it and it will take you to the free download!)

You will need:

100g of ham or any other favorite sausage (salami, bacon,...or leave it out completely if you are a Vegetarian! In this case you can totally substitute the ham with vegetables like chopped mushrooms or tomatoes!)

100g of your favorite shredded cheese

100g of liquid cream

Parsley (as much or as little as you like, or leave it out if you dont like it at all!)

salt to season

slices of bread or rolls to spread your lovely topping on


What we need to do:

First you will need a bowl. 



Cut the ham into cubes and put it into your bowl. Add the shredded cheese and the cream.




Finally add the chopped parsley. Dear Mommies, please make sure to give a hand on the chopping part!

Mix, then season with salt.

Spread the topping onto bread slices. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the bread slices on the tray.



Preheat the oven to 250°C and bake your snack bread for 10 minutes. Ask an adult (Hello again dear Mommies!) to take the tray out of the oven. Let cool for a few minutes as it is very very very hot! And then let the magic begin - enjoy!!!



We hope you had fun with your first little kitchen dish!

Have an amazing weekend!!!