Saturday, October 23, 2010

Vintage Sewing History Made My Day :)

This year I finally fulfilled my new years resolution (that I have made for about 5 years now) and took the plunge to learn to sew. I hadn't ever had much exposure to it and I have loved adding this to another avenue to express myself. Today I inherited two items that are very special to me!

As my grandfather has had an operation recently, I went for a trip with my boys and my Mum to see my Amazing Grandparents to see how they were and I bought some of my recent sewing projects to show and tell (I can't show all of them on here yet ;).

When I told Grandma that I would love to get my own machine one day (soon - hopefully) she offered me to 'permanently loan' her old machine. I had never seen it and then she bought it out for me to see. I was quite taken by the solid timber case, but my heart fluttered when she lifted the lid. It was a vintage black, sleek Singer machine. I was flawed and fell in love!!!

It still has a lot of origional feet and paper work in their boxes too. I have to do some googling to figure it out. If I can't figure it out, I may just take it to my sewing group on Thursday and ask the many 100's of years of combined sewing experience!

Then, when I got home, I was getting something from the garage and came across an empty old wooden sewing box. As this house we are in (as some may know) is my husbands grandmothers house, I asked my mother-in-law if she who's it was. She said it was her mothers and that I am welcome to use it.
It has lots of space to put all the little things that I have been collecting over the past year or so ;)

So now I have two items that on top of their inherit beauty, hold sentimental value coming from grandmothers on mine and my husbands side.

Now I can't wait to set up my new craft room/ study in our new place in about 5 weeks and get everything orgasnised!!!! YAY!

Lauren x

Friday, October 22, 2010

FEATURE ::: "Stamping with Tenille"

Well, I am a person that loves to be creative. I love it whether it is in the form of paper craft, card making, scrapbooking, sewing, cooking etc...This often means that I have so many projects I want to do.
I am not sure how long ago, but I held a Stampin' Up party and invited a few ladies around. I LOVE their stuff, and the great thing about card making is, you don't have to commit to the labour of big album projects, and can do a card at a time.
I invited my cousin (in-law lol) Tenille and she took to it like a duck to water so-to-speak. I hope her husband thinks it's a good thing I unleashed this creative gene in her :P
Since then, she has just blossomed into quite the card making expert. I love the variety of her work and the difefrent techniques she uses.
She has actually just signed up as a Stampin' up demonstrator too. So pop over and take a look at her work.
I can't wait till we are settled into our new place and have the move sorted, then I think I might just lock myself in the craft room for a while ;) Enjoy;
Lauren x

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Interesting facts from Elements 4 Health

I have found Elements on twitter and have just loved their tweets that give you little bite sized information about food facts, exercise and general healthy living. I find it very interesting to stay informed with research and facts about living a healthily. However, as a busy Mum of two active boys, this would normally be out of reach. Elements 4 health has made it easier for me to access this and I just love some of their links.

Fish Oil Could Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

Mushrooms Enhance Activity of Critical Cells in Body's Immune System

Human Brain Shifts Into Higher Gear During Exercise

Study Ranks the Clove as the Best Natural Antioxidant

The Health Benefits of Bananas

I hope you enjoy this info and if your on twitter follow @elements4health

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lego Storage with a difference!

Many of you may have heard from me before about the amazing things I have found on Boys Germs, a website about all things boys!
Well this time, they listed something that took my eye (as usual) and couldn't wait to share it.

LEGO have released this awesome concept to store lego. GIANT lego blocks that connect together. So far I have only found them available from a store in the UK (which ships to parts of Europe, but no Aussie stockists/ delivery YET).

But I think I will keep my eyes peeled so to speak, as these would be so much fun for kids and I have a feeling they will be available here soon (I hope)!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Music Monday - New Tunes by Andrew Belle

Well, I have been a little slow on the posting front of late. It is all because I have 2 BIG craft projects I am working on (which I can't wait to share later) but it is taking up a lot of my 'free' time.

Today I wanted to share an Artist that my husband and I have been listening too for the last couple of weeks. His name is Andrew Belle and I love his sound. It's reminds me a bit of The Fray, ColdPlay etc....
I started listening to the music and thought there was one particular song "Make it without you" that would be in an awesome soudntrack to a TV show or a movie playing in a pivitol scene. Then when 'youtubing' to find a clip to put on here, I found out that that song was on an episode of Grey's (which is probably where I got the idea from in the first place - lol).

Check out his website and some of his album "The Ladder" - it's a great album!

Lauren x

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Appologies if you love this like I do!

Ever had a craving for chocolate or pudding pudding while you are watching a favourite tv show at night? Sometimes though, the idea of 'throwing together' a chocolate cake and actually waiting for it to cook puts you off. Well, here comes the appology. I am sorry folks, with this post you are now 5 minutes away from individual size
chocoalte cakes/ puddings.

Chocoalte Cake in a Mug:
4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa

1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil

3 tablespoons chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.

Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts (high). The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed! Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.

EAT! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

My cake was slightly dry (but still delicious) so in my microwave I would cut the cooking time down to 2.5 minute and maybe see where it is at that point next time. We topped it off with icecream, but i would love to play around with the flavours. I reckon you could add lots off extras to change the flavours to choc cherry, choc caramel, choc baileys or choc mint maybe??? Mmmmmm.....YUM!

Lauren x

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Product Review ::: Pollini Design Accessories

My last post was sharing a purchase from Hide&Seek Market that I was VERY happy with. The second (and last) review from the market I wanted to share with you was my new ring from Pollini Design Accessories. My ring is the white flower as above however the band is more of a gold colour.
I saw a ring like this years ago (with a VERY expensive pricetag mind you) and have always wanted something like this. Then I found this stall and the white ring stood out at me like it had flashing lights on it!
I have loved wearing this ring and have had so many comments on it.
To find more of her designs, see you at Hide & Seek markets or go to her facebook page or Etsy store :)


Lauren x

Monday, October 4, 2010

Product Review ::: Eve's Soy Candles

I have been a little slow in blog land as we had sickness visit our house in a nasty way last week and also a family wedding to energise for on the weekend. So appologies for my absence.

Last Sunday I went to the third ever Hide and Seek Markets and had a ball. I am loving the way this market is expanding each month and seeing the new stall holders. I want to highlight two of my purchases that I am so happy with!

Today I want to share Eve's Soy Candles with you all. Why Soy Candles you ask? Well there are many reasons why this important. Whether it is the health reasons or the ease of cleaning reasons that attract you, soy candles are something I am definiltey hooked on!
The scent I bought was hazelnut and cappuccino and WOW! I just wanted to eat it, it smelt so delicious.
The beautiful candle left a beautiful scent in the house as I spent the night crafting. Just lovely.

You can find info about this handmade buisness on facebook or on the web.

Enjoy these as much as I did;
Lauren x


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