Faerie

Faerie

Once again, Sunday evening has rolled around, just as I was getting used to it being a weekend and not having to go to work.  Sigh.  But work allows me to a.) pay my rent, b.) go op-shopping on a regular basis, and c.) buy card-making supplies.  Those latter two things are VERY important.  This weekend was spent partaking in both delightful activities.

I was staying at my Mum’s as I was cat-sitting for my best friend who lives in the same neighbourhood.  I hauled a bunch of craft supplies over to Mum’s and spent much of Saturday making a bunch of cards and messing up Mum’s house ha ha.  It was a VERY warm day, so it was too hot to do much else, although we did pop out for a spot of op-shopping and we both picked up some bargains before the heat got to us and we went home for some cool respite and a cup of tea (hey, it is NEVER too warm for tea). My brother popped round with my nephew for an hour or two and I had fun playing with Lego and building a castle ruin.  I don’t think you ever get too old to play Lego, although sitting on the floor is rather more uncomfortable than I remember it being when I was my nephew’s age (ie eight), and getting UP off the floor is A LOT more difficult than it used to be too.  Totally worth it though 🙂

This morning, after taking care of the cats, I continued on with my card making.  I knocked this one up really quickly, considering it involved some sewing (the skirt) and dainty scissor work.  I am actually really pleased with it.  I like anything on a stick ; cheese, fruit, lollipops and, in this case, a fairy.  She’s a stylish little lady, with no need for legs – she has wings, after all – who needs legs!?

My cousin called in at midday and she, my Mum and I all went out for another round of op-shopping.  There is one great shop near Mum that is open for a few hours on a Sunday and it always has fabulous stuff.  Today was even better as everything was 50% off.  I will show you what I got in an upcoming post, but it was definitely worth going.  Plus, thankfully, it was very cool in there with air-conditioning blasting away (so Mum didn’t wilt too much).  We went out for lunch (and more tea, of course) and had a lovely afternoon.  It was a nice way to round off the weekend.

Trying not to let the obligatory Sunday Evening Blues get to me.  I had a nice weekend and I am very grateful for time spent with some of my favourite people, doing things I love.

Hope you had a wonderful weekend too 🙂

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Ricotta and Kale Gnudi

Ricotta and Kale Gnudi

This is an easy and delicious dish you can make when you want something pasta-ish (cheesy, saucy) but don’t want pasta.  I don’t eat pasta at all so this recipe is a great substitute when I’m hanging out for some comfort food that won’t give me a tummy ache afterwards.  It’s fairly light, especially if you use low-fat ricotta, and really tasty.

The original recipe called for spinach, but I can’t eat that so I use chopped, cooked kale instead – works exactly the same in this dish.

Ricotta and Kale Gnudi

Ingredients

3/4 cup ricotta, drained
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons plain flour
1 Teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup cooked kale, drained and chopped very finely
Extra flour for rolling

Method

Couldn’t be easier – just mix all the ingredients together until combined, roll the mixture into walnut-sized balls (this is the messy, fiddly bit), roll them in a little flour to prevent sticking, and then drop them into boiling water.  The gnudie will float to the surface when done (approximately 5 minutes or so).

Serve with some tomato sauce and an extra sprinkle of parmesan if you like.  I like a little side salad to go with it (but then I have a little side salad with everything. Here,  I have used rocket because I am obsessed with the stuff) but you could pair it with anything you fancy.

This recipe serves two piggly-wigglies.

Voila!  🙂

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Clay Tags

Clay Tags

I have been cleaning and tidying all day today due to having yet another rent inspection tomorrow.  I was hoping to be tidied up before today but, with the Christmas festivities and then New Year and my general procrastination, I didn’t get really stuck in until today.  I have to go back to work tomorrow (sigh) as well so it’s kind of a double-whammy of getting-my-act-together-ness.

Whilst tidying up, it is a general habit of mine to get distracted by anything and everything.  Mostly, I get distracted by my own stuff.  I find things I had forgotten about – unfinished projects, supplies I never put away, bits and pieces that are supposed to be part of something but never made it that far.  Today I found, amongst other things, these clay tags I had been making MONTHS ago to put on Christmas presents.

They’re just made from air-dry clay, rolled out fairly thick (to prevent breakage), pierced with a skewer, allowed to dry out and then stamped on with various phrases and sentiments.  Easy-peasy.  Now if only I had remembered to use them 🙂

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Worried that I will forget them again, I put one of them on the outside of the basket I have stowed them in – as a visual clue to what’s inside.  There’s not telling if that will actually help me remember…I could stamp “do the dishes” on my forehead and I probably wouldn’t remember to do them, so there’s no guaranteeing this will help me in this instance either.  But here’s hoping, I guess.

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So, I am aching and tired and over the whole cleaning scenario.  I even weeded the garden and did ironing today (!) so my body is basically going “what the hell???”  and hurting left, right and centre.  My feet are confused, due to me being on them all day, too.  Being tidy – it’s not good for you.  I think it is actually a health hazard 🙂

Hope you’ve had a productive day x

Fingerprint Reindeers

Fingerprint Reindeers

Earlier in the week, I was ranting about being unorganised for Christmas and panicking about not having time to get any cards made.  I wanted to have handmade cards but needed a super quick design that I could get done in an evening and make multiples at once.  Solution : these adorable little reindeer cards made with fingerprints.

That’s right – fingerprints.  So easy.  A little messy, yes, and don’t do what I did and use archival ink that doesn’t wash off (brown fingertips – so attractive), but really easy and quick and surprisingly effective.  I’d like to be able to take credit for them, but I nicked the idea from cards I had seen on the internet.  If you search “fingerprint reindeer cards”, you’ll get about a bazillion hits.  There’s lots of different designs and ways of making the deers – just choose the one that appeals to you.

It’s basically just two fingerprints for each reindeer – one for the head and slightly larger one for the body (I used my ring finger and index finger) – and then a few details added with marker pens.  SO SIMPLE.  And freaking adorable.  Each little guy has a different expression or attitude.  I added a scarf here and there as well as a heart over their heads.  I made about 25 of them in under two hours.  And then made another 2o the following evening. Let’s remember that I normally can’t even make one card in two hours normally.  So these little gems are a lifesaver for me and will take some of the stress and panic out of my pre-Christmas chaos.  I’m kinda in love with them.

So, give them a try and have lots of fun making a mess.  I certainly did 🙂

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Good Cheer Card

Good Cheer Card

Hello!  Aren’t I being good – posting nearly every day this week?  How long will it last?  I don’t know…but I am trying to get better at posting regularly.  I really need to have a more exciting life, then I would have something to talk about.  I should take up sky-diving or swimming-with-sharks or something.  Maybe.  Possibly not.

A simple, vintage-inspired card today.  I like the colours and the trim used.  I would put pom-pom trim on everything if I could.  It’s so cute. Maybe if I covered myself in it (and maybe inked my edges), I would look cute and vintage too?  Or just grubby and tatty…that’s not such a good look.  I have enough trouble getting dressed in the mornings – I don’t need to add extra embellishments to confuse and delay me further.

Hope your day is filled with good cheer.  And maybe some pom-poms.

🙂

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Warm Wishes

Warm Wishes

A very quick but kinda cute card for today.  I was trying to not be fussy (yet again) and get a card made in less than the normal FOREVER that it takes me.  Seriously, I am so darn slow! I get finicky about matching colours and shades and, well, everything.  But I like how this one turned out.  It has a nice vintage look to it and the little snowman is festive and jolly.  I used Liquid Pearls on the eyes and buttons to add some dimension and edged the papers with distress ink.  That can help to bring a card together and make everything seem to match.

So, warm wishes to you today, wherever you are 🙂

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Frosty Branches from Nowhere

Frosty Branches from Nowhere

Last night I stayed up later than I should have finishing off some cards and starting new ones.  My house is a mess yet AGAIN.  I don’t know why I can’t craft neatly, in a tidy and organised manner.  Why do I have to spread out from one corner of the house to the other? I guess that’s just how I roll.  I have tried to be neat but I can’t work like that.  It seems chaos is more natural to me than order.

I made this card last night.  It is an improbable design ie there is no explanation as to why there are frosty branches coming out of a door.  Perhaps it is the wonder of Christmas, making miracles occur… We may never know.  But I think it looks ok and I like the colours.  Plus, I just really wanted to use that door because I’d had it hanging round for ages in my paper stash.  And I love the “branches” paper punch (even if it takes all my strength and weight to punch anything out with it) – it’s so cute.

So, here is my card for today.  Improbable, but finished.
Which is good enough for me 🙂

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