Monday, July 30, 2012

Score


I just had to share it here because I don't think Craig will understand quite how lucky I was this morning: A large Cathrineholm bowl for $4 in the op shop!  Score or what?

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

New Directions

A few weeks back some of my friends from Lucky Penny and I got together for an 'emergency crafting session' one Friday morning. The cause: a photo shoot for an article about clubs. Now the magazine (AA Directions) is out and you can also read it online. This photo I borrowed from the online article shows something I've been keeping under my hat for a while. It's not ready yet, so this is only a little sneak peek :)


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Shiny

I wish I can explain, but one moment I was tidying up my workroom, and the next, I was creweling...




Saturday, July 14, 2012

Best lunch ever

Today's lunch was exceptional, if I say so myself.  Fresh bread and just-made persimmon chutney with cheese and fresh coriander. The bread was made from my second batch of the no-knead dough, made with about 1/2 plain flour, and 1/4 each of high-grade and wholemeal flour, with puffed Amaranth on top. I'm very happy with this ratio and the amaranth adds a nice nutty flavour. 



We were given a huge bag of persimmons the other day and I thought a chutney would be good way to enjoy it into summer.  I found a couple of recipes and combined them (from Epicurious and Nourish), and the result is really delicious: sweet, tangy with great colour. Here is my recipe:

Persimmon chutney (makes 3 large jars)

2kg peeled and chopped ripe persimmons
2 chopped onions
2 cloves crushed garlic
small piece of crushed ginger
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 cup vinegar
2 cups white sugar
1 Tbsp each: curry powder, ground coriander, sweet chilli sauce, salt

Boil until liquid is reduced and chutney has the consistency of jam.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Slowly

I've been enjoying life in the slow lane the last few weeks. Joshua started school this term and suddenly I have more time for both work and myself (although strangely enough I always run out of time for house work!). I've made some progress on my quilt, aided by my new quilting frame and Kathy's technique of quilting with multiple needles. I'm enjoying it, but can see that even with a few needles at the same time it's going to take me quite some time to finish.

In other slow news, meet my bread baby. She's a week old and such a bubbly thing. It's the No-knead artisan bread (find the recipe here at the Italian Dish) and keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge; like a sourdough but without all the feeding. I've made a couple of small loaves so far and we all love it so much there's usually just enough for one meal. Delicious.

I've actually been taking things slowly for a bit longer than this term though; I've done only one market so far this year, haven't applied for the Auckland Art and Craft Fair later this month and will probably only start doing more markets around October. I've been meaning to explain my absence from the markets but it's complicated. Let's just say it's a combination of Crafting For Profit Fatigue, slow sales and boredom with having made the same products for the last 4-odd years; probably all feeding off each other.

I'm very excited about the new direction Ruby in the Dust is taking though. I can't show you what I've been doing yet, but just know that I haven't been twiddling my thumbs for the last few months. There are some fresh new designs in the pipeline and hopefully I can show you some soon.  I've also really enjoyed teaching at Handmade last month and today at Lopdell House. Today's class was great fun; maybe I can share some photos of my projects tomorrow. If not, we're off on holiday for a week on Tuesday, yippee! Time for reading, knitting, playing Scrabble and catching up with friends and family...