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Hello everyone :-). I hope you’ve all had a fab weekend and haven’t been blown away yet? Keep sending your mates to my Facebook page, we’re nearly at 200 fans!! Remember the COMPETITION – Someone will WIN a ‘Bib and Tucker’ nappy of their choice when we get to 200!


After yet another weekend of birthday parties and overindulging in sugary treats (tee hee), I’ve decided to tempt you with ‘DAILY TREATS’ at ‘Bib and Tucker’, starting TOMORROW!!! Keep checking my Facebook page, first in gets the biggest piece of the cake (there’…s no table manners going on here). Party begins at 9am tomorrow morning. See you there!  🙂 Kate


birthday girls

The girls have had their 2nd and 4th birthday parties over the past two weekends.  It has been a great distraction from the scritchy scratchy chicken pox. 

Rio decided that as Charlea had a monkey cake last year, she needed to have one this year.  Yay for Mummy!!  Ugh.  So, Rio got a monkey cake, and I managed to convince her that Charlea really wanted a fairy cake (as opposed to the train cake she decided Charlea needed, which she had had last year!).

So, lots of butter cream icing and a friendly icing bag later, we have two birthday cakes.  Whew.  I’ve just polished off the last piece of Charlea’s cake.  That’ll help the much needed root canal!

Rainy days

The weather today has been rather feisty, and the tins have been looking a bit bare after the last batch of cupcakes was snaffled, so Dd and I decided that the best solution was a little bit of baking.  What to make?  CUPCAKES of course.  This time I used the lemon cupcake recipe, leaving out the lemon rind and adding lots of cocoa, tee hee.



These are the easiest little treat to make with a simple flower tip on the icing bag and a few fairy sprinkles.  Dd decided that she wanted to decorate hers with a mixture of sweet decorations.



I plyed my first attempt at spinning last night.   The result is hmmmmmmmmmm, interesting.  The fibre (which we are not sure what it is) was very harsh to ply.  There was another wee bundle of roving in the same bag that I was given to spin with, which is so much easier to work with.  A lot softer, and easy to get a reasonably fine ply.  I’m popping these first attempts on here, feel free to laugh!!  They are just so I have a record of how this new obsession started.  I promise to improve.


The original wool colour.  I’ve dyed one hank and left one natural.


More super scummy yarn.  This is one of the latest colourways from Vintage Purls.  Colour:  Cabaret.  Oh my, I don’t know if I can unwind the hank.  I keep stroking it and staring longingly into the strands to study the dyeing.  Divine, divine, divine.  If you haven’t got any, you must.  I also purchased a few circulars, so the sock knitting shall begin (again).  Note: NEVER use dpns to knit socks.  It WILL end in tears.


And the seed raising continues.  This is very exciting stuff.  Really.  We now have many tomato plants, a few lettuce popping through, cucumber, beans plus a garden full of about 40 odd cauliflower and broccoli (I got a bit carried away at the market), beans, silverbeet, buttercrunch lettuce, bok choy, mesculun, chives, parsley, celery, strawberries, potatoes and lots of weeds.  Still to plant: potatoes, carrots, spring onion and tomatoes to re-pot.  I think that’s it??



An interesting few days

Lots of exciting things have happened this week……

Dd1 and Mummy

Dd1 and Mummy Dd2

The lovely Hannah surprised the girls and I with some birthday slippers 🙂 :-).  They are the snuggliest, most comfortable wee slippers I have worn.  Dd1 LOVES hers, and Dd2 looks so cute in her weeny little pair.  THANKYOU HANNAH.  You are very generous.  Now go and knit something for yourself!!


I have managed to mutilate the Cadence Rose Sundress I am currently knitting.  Hmm, the lace looks very strange doesn’t it?  I think I’ve skipped part of a row somewhere and the pattern has jumped :-(.  Ummmmm, Sheeeerrrrryyyllll, guess what I’ll be turning up with on Tues?!!  (Sheryl is our little Tues knitting group’s beloved knitting surgeon!).  Here’s the progress anyway.  In the meantime, I’m onto knitting socks, bwaa haa haa haa haa.

Cadence Rose Sundress

Cadence Rose Sundress


Lizzie and I have been dabbling in a little seed raising.  Soooo much fun!  If you haven’t build up the courage to try it, just give it a go.  It is extremely easy, kid friendly and really exciting seeing little plants sprout.  The growth over the past few days has been amazing.  I must admit that I have been wandering out to the glasshouse several times a day to see what has come up.  There is an abundence of tomatoes, a few purple dwarf beans, a couple of cucumber and a few lettuce.  There are still quite a few little seeds that need to pop through, so we’ll see if anything arises over the next few days.

First Attempt at Seed Raising

First Attempt at Seed Raising


I met the most lovely lady yesterday.  She was the contact person for spinning on the local arts council website that I first phoned on Weds.
She invited me to a spinning evening next week, and then phoned yesterday and offered to come and introduce me to spinning!  How nice is that?!!
She was here from 1.30 until 4.30 (yay, Dd had a sleep too:-) ), and I learnt to spin!  The first lot is rather amusing, but the second bobbin is a lot more even.

Spinning Setup

Spinning Setup



And, more cupcake making.  I had a good reason this time (besides the fact that they are just the yummiest, most delicious little parcels of sugary goodness).  It was Mum’s birthday on Thursday.   As we couldn’t make it then, we had a little afternoon tea today.  I made double chocolate and the trusted lemon butterfly cupcake recipe out of my new cucake recipe book that me ol’ mate Rachael gave me for my birthday.  The lemon cupcakes are fabulous, the chocolate are like little rock cakes, tee hee, boo hoo, hoooooooo.  Oh well, they are still sort of edible given that I overcompensated and smothered them with chocolate frosting and fairy sprinkles.

Double Choccy & Lemon Butterfly Cupcakes

Double Choccy & Lemon Butterfly Cupcakes


Finally for this evening, our beloved wee tomato plants that have been lovingly cared for on the windowsill are venturing out into the glasshouse for the first time tonight.  Grow strong.  I promise to buy you some tomato food this week :-).

Beloved wee tomato plants

Beloved wee tomato plants

Cupcakes, cupcakes, cupcakes

Does anyone know whether there is such a group as ‘Cupcake Addicts Anonymous’?, because I think I have developed a fetish.  These little parcels of sugary goodness are SO addictive, and the wee sprinkles in the cupboard keep calling me to scatter them over some fresh butter cream icing, arrrrgggghhhh!

I’m thinking the next batch needs to be chocolate based.  Lemon and orange are fine but cupcakes should really be chocolate shouldn’t they??  So, share your cupcake recipes with me pleeeeeeaaaassssseee.  The more sinfully chocolatey the better :-).

Here we have a wee piccy of my first batch, this was for Dd’s birthday a few weeks ago.   Let’s just say the icing etc has become a little more controlled since then!


The reason for all this cupcake madness is because one needs to properly research the items that they are painting.  And as one of the new Designer Collections will include cupcakes, I HAD to try them didn’t I??!!  Tee, hee. 

Speaking of cupcakes, here’s a prototype of an ‘All in One’ I’m looking at making.  What do you think?  This design is called ‘cupcake’.

cupcake wool pocket

And the littlest one’s birthday cake…..

Monkey cake Monkey cake 2

Dd2 turned 1 the following week, so I continued on with the butter cream & fondant theme and made a ‘birthday monkey’ cake.  This time is sent Dh out to get a cake mix so the cake was actually edible, tee hee.

Birthday madness of late…..

ITNG cake ITNG cake 2 ITNG cake 3 ITNG cake 4

Dd1 and Dd 2 have had their 3rd and 1st birthday parties in the last couple of weeks.  So, we have been in sweet treat heaven :-). 

Dd1 decided that she wanted a ‘green’ birhday cake (much to my astonishment, what happened to the fairy themed party that was planned?!!).  Right, a green cake, o.k.  Hmmmmmmm, oh yes, ‘In the Night Garden’!! 

I had been oogling over cupcakes for several weeks (inspired by the scrummy book we had taken out of the local library in preparation for the party, and as a result of the hours I have been spending trawling the internet for cupcake imagery for my new collection).  So, I thought I would try a bit of fondant icing, and a bit of butter cream icing.  Both techniques were new to me.  Madness without a test run you say?  Yes, quite possibly, but, lets wing it anyway!!

This was the end result.  A Ninky Nonk  Train cake, with some sort of a garden type theme going on!!  (Feel free to laugh now).  The cake was a complete flop (literally), but the icing was yummy, and Dd loved it.