I've made a little "ABC Francais" book for Cee Cee using a couple of inexpensive bits and pieces. The cover panel and individual alphabet panels for this were cut from a sheet of wrapping paper by Cavallini & Co and mounted one to a page in a kraft paper coloured A5 sized "memory book" from the scrapbooking aisle of Spotlight. Both paper and book were under $10.
I made some dotted lines on separate sheets of paper in colours which match the alphabet panels and taped them on each page to give space for writing practice (or other creative French doodling as the case may be!).
It has been great over the past week to discover and swap French-themed inspiration with other bloggers from Sydney, Melbourneand our recent holiday destination, Noumea....
OK - I'm hoping I've got the spelling correct in that title. In any case, this is the next instalment in my Week of Frenchness follies....
To quote my daughter recently: "Mummy, Daddy is a good cooker and you are a good toaster". Despite that vote of non-confidence in my culinary skills I know that I can succeed at this easy-peasy interpretation of the French Classic -:: the Tarte Tatin::- (known less elegantly in English as an "Apple Upside Down Cake"). I made a little recipe card using my printer and embellished it with a fabric apple (it needs to be laminated before use!).
50g butter; 2 tablespoons brown sugar; 4-6 medium Golden Delicious Apples cored, peeled and cut into thin wedges; 1 sheet of frozen ready-rolled sweet puff pastry.
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees celcius and line a 22cm pie dish with baking paper.
Remove pastry from freezer and set aside to defrost.
Melt butter in a medium to large frying pan over low heat, add sugar and stir until dissolved.
Add apples to pan and cook over a low-medium heat, stirring constantly until they soften.
Increase heat to high and cook apples until they begin to caramelise being careful not to burn them.
Arrange the cooked apples evenly across the bottom of the dish (be as random or ordered about this as you wish!). Place the pastry over the top and trim or fold to fit to size of dish.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden. Remove and let cool for a while before carefully turning onto serving plate. Serve with cream or ice-cream and a dusting of cinnamon!
I'm a bit tired at this point of the evening but will post a little how-to on the recipe cards in the next day or so....
I've decided to join in the fun of a "Week of Frenchness" being featured over at Meet me at Mikes.
Here are 2 of my favourite "Frenchy" things:
"Bonjour Bag" - unabashedly OTT in its Frenchness (!), it has been much used for toting craft and homework to and from French lessons by my daughter and is probably the favourite thing that I've made for her to date.
Monsieur Camembert Clock - bought by us in a street market in Paris by an artisan who goes by the name of "Mr Camembert" and uses recycled cheese containers to make his quirky creations. Minnie Mouse was just one of the variations....
Look out for more "Frenchy" posts to follow later in the week....
As we'll be expecting a new little member of the household in July I think it only fitting that projects like bibs, cot quilts and things of that ilk should start to make their appearance on the "to do" list. (Can you believe I've never made a bib - let's not even get started on the quilt thing??).
I've got as far as ear-marking some bib-worthy fabrics from the stash but as I don't have any finished items to show you I'll post these handmade baby cards instead. Oh, and also a "Miss Blobby" for baby (soft flannel, no buttons....) that I've been making from time to time for the shop. You can see her brother here as well.
Also, I absolutely have to show you these exquisite baby shoes that recently came into my possession (from the studio of Tiny Happy).
Melissa uses vintage embroidered linen to create these little beauties and the photo doesn't begin to do justice to gorgeous details like the delicate pinwhale cord soles and the liberty lawn linings. I pounced on them as soon as they appeared in her shop.
The shoes look so sweet alongside this little china bowl I picked up recently from the local op shop with its flowery cross-stitch pattern.
It was so nice to meet up with some lovely Sydney bloggers today and shoot the breeze about all matters crafty and about life in general. With topics ranging from bias binding to copyright fraud (!) we certainly covered the spectrum! And I was very lucky indeed to be on the receiving end of the very sweet "Hoot" pouch made so beautifully by Jade.
And now to the subject from which this post takes its title, a very big thanks must go to Julie from On the dot creations for featuring my Matryoshka cushion a couple of days back on her gorgeous blog.
Julie is a lover of all things dotty and spotty and showcases independent designer work on a daily basis. She also has an etsy shop where you can order some stunning custom wallpaper for your desktop. Such great ideas abound on etsy!
Here below are some of said cushions in the process of being packaged and shipped today. In the second shot you will see a very cute (and, whilst we're on the theme, spotty!) handmade mushroom twine dispenser from Jen of Scissorspaperglue. Yet another great idea from etsy and such a fabulous addition to the Wink Designs production and packaging line!