Mondays in the Sun

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Apparently the cat needed a birthday. She titled him ‘biscuit birthday boy’ all day. So we made brownies. She ate it warm from the oven. Then put on a ‘dress’ and we had a candle and singing (yup – she made me sing to the cat) Then she ate his piece as well.

Brownie recipe

  • 150g Butter, 
  • 150g Dark choc (either ground in the thermix or blender or melted) You could also chop finely by hand
  • 100g of sugar (this was 150g but I think 100g is plenty sweet for us) 
  • 80g Flour (I use organic stoneground white but whatever works for you) 
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of home made yoghurt (or about 60g of milk) Our homemade is a slightly sweetened Greek yoghurt.
  • 1 tablespoon of coco powder
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder (or use self raising flour instead) 
  • Dash of vanilla essence
You can also add freeze-dried or frozen berries for extra yum. If using freeze-dried add a extras splash of milk to compensate the liquid they will absorb.

I mix everything but the flour together, beat well, then add the flour – mix gently then pour into brownie tin and bake at 180 for 30-35 mins for a slightly cakey brownie or 160-170 for 45 mins for a more gooey brownie.




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Grainy, cropped. iPhone. Special.

To the Swings

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Her little baby, who she’s had since she was very little. Still a favourite. I’m not sure of its the sold limbs and head and the bean filled body. Or the size. Or the fact he can be dressed or undressed. But ‘stripy baby’ (in reference to his stripy onesie) has a firmly guarded place in madams heart. Perhaps its all those things combined? A trip to the swings, sandwiched between afternoon activities and a little cartoon time and her bath. 30 minutes of fresh air and physical activity that her little body needs. Hide and seek. “No peeking” she shouts as I count. “Give me a clue mama” as she searches for my crouched form behind a Japanese Orange Blossom bush and I watch her between the leaves.

We are squeezing every last moment of summer out of these days. The later afternoon sun. Dresses. Ballet flats. We are very excited for winter. Skiing, snow, frosty breath in morning air. But there will be no wasting these last warm moments. I will savour and appreciate every one.






From hubbies camera. The last few bees of the season before they all snuggle up for winter. Enjoying the flowers on my bolted and neglected bok choi plants. For KC at Olive and Owl. Sorry I can’t box some up and send them to you.

Bits and Bobs

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This past week we have had a few new activities. Sidewalk chalk has been an amazing hit in the sunny afternoons. A Tangram activity set. Her pony watches her. Double skirt crafting – the wool one is the VioletteFieldThreads Gemma pattern and the one still cut is the BrownieGoose Lottie which gave me some trouble sewing up. The pattern is awesome and the instructions are flawless. But pleats and a placket – that was a challenge for me. The finished article is wonderful though, and I have another cut and ready to go.

Pixie Hooded Coat and Pea Coat




When Lisa asked for testers for this coat I put my hand up immediately. Ok, I did feel I was cheating slightly as I’ve made this coat before. I bough Lisa’s original pixie hooded coat pattern a couple of years ago and have made it a few times. But I did so want to try the woman’s version and the other collar options!

The coat above is the pixie hooded version. Made with the wool outer (up-cycled blanket) and the inner is a quilting weight cotton.  It is a lovely pattern to sew up. It comes together beautifully and the instructions are easy to follow (the new tutorial has even more instructions and pictures!) Please ignore the little tuck at the back. I failed to use my walking foot for the wool and it stretched while sewing and gave me an extra inch of fabric that I wasn’t expecting!

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This is the collared version. Or as madam calls it. Her puffy pea coat.

I reversed the layers and put the quilting weight cotton on the outer (she chose the cotton) and I lined it with a fleecy blanket that was no longer used. Its a size 5 so a little big – it looks more so as the cotton bunches more than the wool does – I’d consider interfacing it next time to give it a little more structure. The blanket is soft and fluffy and perfect around her neck and wrists. Not to mention warm.

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Massive picture overload as she wore it loads on our recent trip to Tekapo. I really do love this pattern. With the collar and rounded hood options available – and a huge size range it’s a really wonderful addition to any pattern collection. I think it would be wonderful in an oil cloth for a shower proof option or just in double cotton as a spring mac.

The pattern is available from the Big Little Etsy shop
Check out the Pixie Hooded Jacket or the Pea Coat
Both patterns have the huge age range of 1-14 years so this is a pattern that will last and last. Warm winter coats. Spring macs and autumn fuzzy fleeces. And the double bonus is that its discounted for the first week!
There is also a wonderful ladies version.

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