Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Tomorrow I Diet So Tonight I Feast

So today my plan was to pull a few weeds and get a little bit of sun at the same time, until that is I put my  bikini on.... yes folks the 15kilos I put on having 2 children in 2 years is still lingering.... around my butt and my stomach and my thighs. I can no longer use the "but I just had a baby" excuse as the baby is now 1. So I have decided to try a diet. I have never done a diet before so this should be interesting as I have no will power and hate to exercise.

I am not telling my husband about this diet as he drives a truck for 12 hours a day eats loads of crap ie a pie and flavoured milk for breakfast (must be a truckie thing) and is always losing weight. I hate his high metabolism! However I am determined to fit back into my jeans by my birthday in March and by blogging about it I might just do it..............

Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Winter Stockist MissChief Maker

We have a new Winter stockist this year the lovely boutique MissChief Maker based in Canberra within the grounds of Rodney's Nursery. It must be so nice to work amongst all the flowers! and if you love a good photo check out their website the little models are just gorgeous.
Back by popular demand this year the unisex Hand Crochet Jacket available in Stone (pictured) or Ruby.
In store March 1st.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

0 to 365 in a minute

Where has the year gone little man? It only feels like yesterday we were sitting on this bed......

the next thing its Winter and 6 months have flown by................

Now its Summer and 45 degrees, luckily the cake went down quickly before the cream could curdle :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Thankyou My Child Magazine!!!

Guess what I found in my inbox??

Nestled in between the junk of winning an obscure countries lottery and being the beneficiary of a will of someone I never have known was a lovely little email from My Child Magazine letting me know they "love" our dresses and have done a small write up on them on their blog.

Check it out here, and to top it off our dresses are on their home page too....woohoo!! Thankyou My Child you have turned a really bad day (long story) into a great one.

Papercraft for Boys

Image courtesy of LouLou & Tummie

A great activity for the boys these school holidays is to make 3D paper robots.
These look fantastic and are free to download.
All you need is a printer, colour ink and some heavy stock paper.
 Head on over to LouLou & Tummie click on the papertoys page and get printing!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Destash Update from Smooch Designs

Caryn over at Smooch Designs has made a lovely little dress out of one of the fabrics I sent her in my big fabric clean up so head on over to her blog and check it out, very cute!!

Caryn also makes some gorgeous bibs and bags which can found  in her shop.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Winter '10 Sneak Peek

It is not often I make skirts but once I saw this fabric all I could think of was a 3 tiered skirt.
I love it!
Available in store
 March 1st.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

How to Beat the Heat

It is very hot in Kal at the moment, everyday is 44 or more and the boys were getting a little crazy stuck indoors. Its way too hot to play outside, I got burnt just hanging out the washing so the pool has been moved indoors. They love it and the floors get a good mop everyday, along with the walls, doors, ceiling..........

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Turkey Lurkey and Fabric Scraps

I received an email from Mandy who has made this fantastic doll for her daughter using some of the Japanese fabric scraps I sent her. She looks pretty relaxed and just hanging out I love the flower in her hair. Mandy also asked me how the cooking of the 7.3kg turkey went, I will explain in bullet form
  1. I turn on oven and remove turkey from fridge
  2. I had forgotten to stuff the turkey
  3. I searched for a stuffing recipe
  4. I went shopping for stuffing ingredients
  5. I bought crap toys to keep 2yr old happy while shopping for stuffing ingredients
  6. Teething 11mth old also did not like shopping for stuffing ingredients
  7. I made stuffing
  8. I drank wine
  9. I drank more wine and turkey did not get cooked on day 1
  10. Day 2 I again turn on oven
  11. 12hrs later on Christmas Eve I turn off oven and hope for the best
  12. Christmas Day lunch warm turkey
  13. Christmas Day dinner cold turkey
  14. Boxing day lunch and dinner cold turkey
  15. Dec 27th lunch cold turkey, dinner Red Curry Turkey
  16. Dec 28th lunch cold turkey, dinner Turkey Pasta
  17. Dec 29th lunch yep you guessed it turkey toasted sandwiches, dinner Turkey Pie
  18. Dec 30th again with the turkey sandwhich, dinner Zuchinni bake with Turkey
  19. Dec 30th middle of the night I wake up feeling very ill
  20. New Years Eve dog eats rest of turkey
  21. Next Year NO TURKEY!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Scrap Fabric Feedback from A Little Bird Told Me

If you would like to see something made from my scrap fabric giveaway head on over to Christines blog A Little Bird Told Me and check it out!! Great idea Christine you have inspired me to make a few for my little men.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Handmade Kids Interview

Brusselsprouts has been interviewed by Jemma from Handmade Kids a site that I adore! Handmade Kids is all about promoting Australian handmade products, who wouldn't love this site?!
A quote from Jemma:
"All items featured on Handmade Kids are created by artists, crafters and independently owned businesses – there is nothing mass produced here. They have the blisters to prove it! "
You can read our interview '5 minutes with Brusselsprouts' here.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Mulberry Jam

We have a massive mulberry tree in the back yard full of fruit which is unfortunately going to waste as there are too many berries to keep up with. I have already bottled some and today I made jam. I have made jam for years and a few of my friends think I must be very clever, this is not the case as jam is very easy......

For every cup of fruit use 1 cup of sugar, simmer away until it starts to set and if it doesnt set very well add a tablespoon of lemon juice. I had some champagne from Chrismas left over so I threw that in too...

Pop into jars and you are done. I'm off to pick some more for dessert tonight, mulberry crumble mmmmmm!