Monday, March 28, 2011

Mama made March - week four

Week four of Mama made March and the weather is turning cool. Some of the autumn and winter projects on my wish list will have to be fast-tracked, but in the meantime we are cobbling together outfits - albeit a bit eclectic on some days. We are also missing two days as Mama was occupied with the boy-child and his change of season asthma/croup.

Saturday 19 March - adding a base layer to Mama Made tunic/dress

Sunday 20 March - In Mama Made blouse relaxing at home with a good book!

Tuesday 22 March - In my new favourite Mama Made overalls, complete with matching Mama Made dress for my doll, "girl".

Wednesday 23 March - in Mama Made blouse under last year's favourite Laura Ashley pinafore.

Thursday 24 March - yay for staying at home...and spinning in my Mama Made nightie.

Saturday 26 March - fun in the park at Goulburn in my Mama Made tunic. I think that tunic's are wonderful, they turn a plain old white shirt and black leggings into a pretty fantastic outfit.

Sunday 27 March - helping Mama in the vegie patch in Mama Made shorts, note the grass stain on the bottom. Don't worry about the spray I'm using, its only molasses and water.

Monday 28 March - starting to pull at straws here, off to school in a rather eclectic ensemble, including Mama Made jumper/vest.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Aint it the truth

Not that I'm a tweeter people...but I am guilty of the other two! Don't you just love this from the people at I Love Charts?

Making Raita

It has been a while since I posted anything about pickles or preserves. This is not a sign of preserving inaction I swear. I have managed this summer to make a few different berry jams, but undoubtedly the success of the season is the Raita pickles made from my very own homegrown cucumbers.

The recipe is from the Complete Book of Small-Batch Preserving, by Ellie Topp and Margaret Howard. I have copied it for you at the bottom of this post. I tell you making raita has never been easier.

1. Add a few teaspoons of your fantastic raita pickles to the serving bowl.

2. Add natural or greek yoghourt.

3. Mix and enjoy!

Indian Style Cucumber Relish

6 cups diced peeled cucumber
2 cups thinly sliced onion
1 tbsp pickling salt
2 cups white vinegar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 tbsp whole cumin seeds
2 tsp black mustard seeds
2 tsp yellow mustard seeds

1. Place cucumber and onion in a non-reactive bowl and sprinkle with salt. Let stand for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Drain vegetables in a sieve, rinse twice and drain thoroughly.

2. Combine vinegar, sugar, seeds in a very large stainless steel or enamel saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add vegetables and return to a boil for 30 seconds.

3. Remove vegetables from liquid with a slotted spoon, pack into hot, sterilised jars. Pour liquid over cucumber to within 1cm of rim.

4. Process 10 mins for 250ml jars and 15 mins for 500 ml jar in canner.

Makes 6 cups.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Taking the time...

Today I'm just taking the time to notice the little things around me...

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mama made March - week three

Week three of Mama made March and the first of our "made especially for Mama Made March" outfits. There are a couple of duplications this week - the first is our new overalls, because they were too cute to wear just once, and the second is because we are not yet ready to give up our favourite dress of the summer.

Sunday 13 March - Enjoying some Sunday sun in Mama Made tunic (actually this was last summer's favourite dress which is now too short!)

Monday 14 March - Gotta love a long weekend and hanging round in your Mama Made nightie till noon.

Tuesday 15 March - Our favourite summer dress (03/09 #18)
on the way to school, today worn with a little shrug.

Wednesday 16 March - On the move in Mama made overalls, (01/09 #11) made from ever-durable Japanese cotton-linen blend.
Thursday 17 March - In Mama made summer dress again, complete with handmade bloomers by Aunty Cherie (image deleted).

Friday 18 March - Hanging out at home in the new Mama Made overalls.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Braggin' on

This is a bit of a brag post, but I NEED to show you how successful my summer in the garden has been.

This is all from one day's harvest - cherry tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, corn, eggplant and two varieties of apples...and I didn't even harvest everything today. I'm impressing myself! Brag over and out.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Already thinking of Christmas

OK so it's only March and yes OK we've only just recovered from last year, but I promised myself in the midst of the December madness that I would be WAY more prepared this year.

So, last year for the teacher's gifts I did these...

...but this year what could be easier or better suited to a hot Australian Christmas than this!

Loralee Lewis is seriously talented - I had these invitations for the girl-child's 2nd birthday party, and they were fabulous.

Mama made March - week two

Week two of Mama Made'll see as you scroll down that we are missing Thursday and Friday - baby girl was sick and a bit too boo-hoo to pose for photos...but trust me she did wear Mama made stuff. Pattern details included in the link in each description.

Saturday 5 March - Sweeping the path in Mama Made shorts (a wee bit crushed after my nap!)

Sunday 6 March - In Mama Made cardigan
at the Kid's Day at the National Gallery of Australia

Monday 7 March - In Mama Made dress (Ottobre 03/09 #18) just home from school.

Tuesday 8 March - In Mama Made tunic (Ottobre 01/09 #7)
ready for school.

Wednesday 9 March - In Mama Made (actually refashioned) top. This was my favourite outfit from last winter, but the bodysuit/onesy was too short so I used my new coverstitch machine to turn the it into a top.

Saturday 12 March - Feeling much better in Mama Made shorts
and t-shirt (Ottobre 03/09 #32).

Friday, March 4, 2011

Me Made March - guest blogger

I have been a fan of So Zo for ages, and am so happy to be participating in her Me Made March 2011 challenge. I do have one difference though - my clothes are made by my I'm calling this month - Made by Mama March.

Sophie xo

PS Mama has actually taken a pledge to sew/knit/crochet everything for me all year, and apart from what I already had in my cupboard, some "hand me downs" and the purchase of shoes - I will be wearing handmade all year! She will parade my fashions each Friday.

Tuesday 1 March - I'm wearing Mama made Make it Perfect shorts (seem discontinued now - sorry!)

Wednesday 2 March - I'm wearing Mama made BurdaStyle Magazine March 2009 Style #135 (will put link up when I find the archive!)

Thursday 3 March - I'm wearing Mama made Simplicity 2831 nightgown.

Friday 4 March - I'm wearing Mama made another pair of Make it Perfect shorts.


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