this bunny basket has tickled the fancy of others as well, as seen here, here and here. how can you blame us? they are sooo super cute! and not so Easter-y that you can't envisage them sitting around the traps year round. obviously if you omit the ears and bunny face embroidery, you've got yourself a perfectly adorable tote type basket.

i made the one above as a birthday gift for one of Bea's friends. complete with food colouring dye play silks and fabric covered eggs. actually, Bea helped with the activity of covering the eggs with fabric strips, which was kind of our first major foray into 'real' crafts at home and i was very excited that she loved doing it so much.

kokka and echino. . .

OK, here they are - the 4 half meter pieces of fabric that have had me tossing and turning at night. Seriously, what am i going to do with these beauties? I am not a regular user of 'good' fabric so i am a little daunted. I actually washed them today, in preparation for sewing. i know all proper sewers wash their fabric, but i'm not really a proper sewer so this is probably a first for me (except for the time i made a quilt).

julie called me to let me know about a 30% off sale of quilting fabric at a local shop that stocks Kokka and Echino fabrics. If you've never heard of them they are imported from japan and a 50 % linen/cotton blend.

Bea actually picked them out, except for the brown (which she approved of after some thought). Surprisingly she didn't choose the pinkest things (well, they are pretty pink but don't have ballerinas on them or anything) and even picked out the wizard of oz print on the far left. She felt they were 'hers' and carried the little packet of fabric around quite proudly. We arrived home and she took them out and spread them on the table happily chatting to herself about making some skirts. I went outside at this point to get everything else out of the car and had a passing flash of an image of her actually making something out of the precious kokka. Came back inside to see her posed with scissors ready to cut into this $30 per meter crisp cotton/linen. Time stood still. I ran in slow motion, half yelling half moaning 'NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!'

Pretty funny huh?

She didn't cut into the fabric at all, but has been hounding me daily about 'her' fabric being 'ready'. As in ready for her to cut? i'm not sure. but i have carefully kept it out of sight just in case. . .



There seems to be a bit of an embellished t-shirt craze going on at the moment and i'm thinking this would be an easy thing to acheive at home, with my sewing machine and a pair of scissors. Especially as I'm looking forward to ending a wardrobe dry-spell of pregnancy limited clothing (probably have about 5 things i can actually put on my 8 months pregnant body at the moment). So. I am looking forward to wearing some other clothes soon. Added to the excitment is the fact that we are coming into autumn/winter here, so I can wear jeans possibly and t-shirts instead of tank-tops at all times. And, I'm pleased to be thinking about re-fitting some old t-shirts i have that i may be able to give new life to.
Anthropologie. All of a sudden all the american bloggers are talking about anthropologie. Never heard of it until maybe yesterday? but after a quick look at their online shop i may be browsing it again for future inspiration. Not really for shopping, as it is a bit pricey for my likes, but plenty of nice colours and ideas for things that 'one' might possibly be able to mimic at a lower price-tag.

I like these ones. . .

Also saw some good ideas for dealing with stained or bleach damaged t-shirts, via Elsie Marley

Cool, huh?


a tisket, a basket

hi! wow i almost felt like i couldn't remember what it is to write a post anymore, it has been a while! having company certainly cut into my crafting/blogging time but the upside is that i have a gazillion little projects on the brain and will be on maternity leave soon . . . although this doesn't necessarily equate to having more time at least once the new one is born! but for the month that I am just waiting around twiddling my thumbs i will be doing lots of stuff i hope.

on friday me and 2 other crafty mama types (blogs here and here) are getting together to make some crocheted baskets out of t-shirts. the one below was inspired by one spied on Etsy and i was forced to retrieve my rusty crochet hooks and start hooking. it was a satisfying project because i feel like it only took a few minutes (well the cutting of the t-shirts took awhile, but we won't count that). next basket will include a cute handle to make it more Easter-y.

i am kind of excited about Easter this year because i used to LOVE doing scavenger hunts when we were little, and i think Bea is old enough to do a little chocolate egg hunting. and although i'm not a hallmark holiday kinda girl, i like eggs and bunnies and chocolate, plus there are quite a lot of crafty things one might accomplish involving all of the above. I'd like to do this, this and this especially, as it is the cutest basket I have ever seen!. Baskets are so useful don't you think? We are going though some massive reorganization at ours, and I am thinking many baskets are going to be pivotal in getting the job done. Plus little Bea so loves putting bits and pieces into baskets and containers of sorts.

Back to scavenger hunting though - I am thinking maybe taking photos of the house and marking spots she might find a treasure, as she is probably a little young to figure out schematic drawings. My mum used to write these amazing rhyming couplets sort of riddles for us to puzzle over before the answer revealed the hiding spots, but i don't think Bea is ready for riddle-ry yet.

What kind of Easter activities do you do?


Leslie's Gas Oven Yogurt

For all you potential yogurt makers who don't have a yogurt maker, and who live somewhere cold where it can be hard to maintain a warm enough temp for your bacterial culture here is a nice post for you. This will also be a good option for the downunder winter (we don't have indoor heating and things can be a bit chilly).

This post was all exciting for me because it was written by a GUEST! Her name is Leslie, and she was my friend in high school. I don't think I have actually seen her since then, but luckily for facebook she piped up and said 'hey i make yogurt too! but in my oven'. i thought it might be fun to have someone else post something on my blog, and to learn about another way of making yogurt. . .

So, without further ado, see below for Leslie's Gas Oven Yogurt (although i am assuming you could also use an electric oven as long as you can get it to the right temperature. . .)

Thanks Leslie!

You will need. . .

  • a large pot/sauce pan

  • 1 gallon of milk (you can use any kind of milk depending on the fat content you desire- I use whole milk/Homo for yogurt)

  • a whisk

  • a thermometer (I use a hot drink thermometer ie. for latte making)

  • 3tbs of a good plain yogurt with live bacterial cultures

  • metal spoon for mixing

  • gas oven or an electric heating pad/blanket.


  • Fill your large pot with some water and bring to a boil (this ensures that your pot is clean). Once it has come to a boil you can dump out the water.

  • Pre heat your oven to 150 fahrenheit or as low as it can go.


  • Pour your milk into the clean pot and place it on your stove at a medium/high heat.

  • Keep a close eye on it and whisk often to avoid any milk burning to the bottom of the pot.

  • You will need to keep track of the temperature using your thermometer. The goal is to scald the milk and get it to 180 degrees fahrenheit. When its almost at 180 it will start to froth.


  • Once it has reached 180 fahrenheit remove the pot from the stove and submerge it in a sink full of cool water

  • You now want the milk to drop to 110 fahrenheit. Continue whisking till it reaches 110.


  • Once the milk is at 110 fahrenheit add the 3 Tbs. (aprox. its Ok to add more) of yogurt directly into the milk.

  • Whisk in the yogurt so that it is nicely mixed with the milk


  • Place the pot in the middle of the oven and cover with a lid ( the lid should not be too tight- I use a clay baking sheet placed on top of the pot) (note: I'm guessing this is because you don't want condensation to form and drip into the yogurt, making it more watery? -Hsu-Yin).

  • If you cant get your oven temperature under 120, then try propping the door slightly open.

  • The Heating Blanket method requires you to place your pot on to a heating pad on high heat and cover it with a clean dish towel.


  • Set your timer for 7hrs and head off to work,school or go do what ever you do.


  • Take the pot out of the oven and stir up the yogurt. It should be starting to look like yogurt at this point and should have firmed up a bit. You should also see a watery film on top (this is good).

  • Mix it all up till it looks smooth


  • Pour the yogurt into some containers ( I use glass mason jars, and old yogurt containers- make sure they are very clean first).


  • Place the containers in the coldest part of your fridge over night.

STEP 10:

  • Add your flavourings of choice - honey, jam, vanilla, stewed fruit etc, or leave plain. We like ours with peanut butter! (sorry leslie, i lost that last bit about your preferred toppings in an editing error!)