Makers Gonna Make

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Last week I was in a flurry of making for a show with the Mountain View Parents Association on Saturday. It is a new energy of folks so it should be fun and the bonus is that it is at the community centre. I have made a lot of pouches for your glasses plus little coin or credit card purses that fit neatly into your pocket or evening bag. As I was chatting with my son I found this great little tool box he made with the scouts and I bought it off him for my table display. I had some gold spray paint and here it is living a new life holding my handmade goods.

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Some information on the holiday show here that I will be doing this weekend – if you are coming mention this post and get 20% off your total order. Shop local this holiday and support local makers – all good for everyone!

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As I was a bit of a busy bee this week with the sewing and then teaching at the end of the week and then I had to cook as a long lost friend was coming over for dinner – the week was over. Then came the weekend and now I am focussing on my studies!

The pic above is an amazing Green Tea Soba Noodle Salad I made on Thursday.

Ingredients

Green Tea Soba Noodles

Zucchini

Carrot

Watermelon Radish / Radish

Red Cabbage

Chickpeas

Coconut oil

For the chickpeas

Miso

Olive oil

Warm Water

For finishing

Sesame Oil

Method

  1. Cook your green tea soba noodles in boiling water following the packet instructions – I buy a brand from Australia.
  2.  Cut up all your veggies – I like mine raw – add them to a big bowl. Reserving the watermelon radish for finishing the dish
  3. Have your chick peas cooked and ready (use canned chickpeas, otherwise soak them overnight and cook them in a pressure cooker) and in a bowl mix the miso, olive oil and warm water slowly to create a sauce consistency. Add to the chickpeas and coat them in the sauce.
  4. In an iron skillet add some coconut oil and cook the miso coated chickpeas.
  5. Keeping an eye on the roll them around on the skillet until they look cooked – careful they do not burn!
  6. Take the chickpeas off the heat while you are draining the noodles with cold water. Add the drained noodles to the big bowl of vegetables and mix together.
  7. Pour a dressing amount of sesame oil over the veggies and coat them until they are shiny.
  8. Top with the chickpeas and watermelon radish and enjoy!

Such a super easy recipe and great for a weeknight – the prep is what takes the longest. Of course you can sub whatever vegetables you have on hand for any season – all it takes is some imagination!

And to finish my post this week with some inspiration I heard on the radio this morning from a favourite place of mine in the world – Hobart, Tasmania. This little boy is sewing teddy bears for charity and he taught himself to sew, I was so happy to hear this story it gives me hope for all those little fingers I teach sewing that it will not be a lost art after all!

 

A piece a Week – More sewing for another show this weekend!

Another week flies by with being as busy as a bee! The week consisted of making, picking up kids, making dinner, cleaning up, reading and then more making. By the end of the week it was time to rest on the weekend catch up on gardening and make more. Oh we managed to catch up with some Aussie friends at a local beer and burger joint and go out to see a light up magic show. The show was a lot of fun with acrobatics, crystals, magic, LEDs and a chinchilla. The kids were out late that night and in for a bit of a treat and came home sleepy with glow bracelets.

Oh Sunday was fun with a ceramic show to visit my friend Pebble and Fire – it was a great show and I love my friends work! I bought a gorgeous necklace in purple and stud earrings. I was checking out everything with the eyes of a ceramic artist (I go to a ceramics class every Wednesday and love it!) so it was an eye pieces that I likeed and how did they do that?

The rest of the weekend was spent making and wrapping up pieces for the Trunk Show this weekend. Come on over to Whisman Station in Mountain View to start your holiday shopping. Here are some pieces for the show. More scarves and some fancy velvet tote bags – just perfect for your lunch! And of course more snakes – they have been popular this year! For more details on the show PM me at trish.peach at gmail dot com.

Check Scarf – brighten up a winter outfit

Stripe scarf with some interesting colors and feels good to touch

Fancy velvet tote!

More snake action

NaBloPoMo – Day 16 – The Holiday Trunk Show with the Beehive Coop

Today was finally the day of  our trunk show together – the room looked lovely with it’s candle light and flickering lights for the holiday theme. It was a busy couple of hours and I enjoyed meeting some new people and chatting. I had a few great sales and caught up with some friends I had not seen in ages too! Which means more catching up before the year is out something to look forward to the relaxing, the eating and of course the drinking 🙂

After the show I went to the theatre with my son to see Peter Pan by the Peninsula Youth Theatre – it was such a wonderful show as I had only see the Disney film before.

The display of poppypeach goodies ready for the holidays!

NaBloPoMo – Day 13 – Box of Trinkets

Today I had my full work day of a good 4 hours of solid time to get my inventory done for the upcoming Trunk Show this Saturday the 16th! If you would like to come visit this site for an invite…

Anyway I managed to get my last couple of pieces complete and ironed and photographed for inventory pics. I love to put on Pandora and listen to music while I work away – today it was the Lamb station with lots of Bjork thrown in for good measure. I love listening to Bjork there are many memories of good times from my home back in Melbourne!

The picture of my box of trinkets are little pins I have made either for a lapel or for your hair. There are silk ones and also ribbon ones sewn together to make a flower. They are fun to make and easy when you have a glue gun and felt handy. I have another show at my kiddos elementary school next week so it is go, go, go at the moment in between doing my usual volunteering at school. The Thanksgiving break will be something I am looking forward to – as every week just seems to fly by with the amount of work I am fitting in each day. To keep busy is great but then I think what happened to my garden and my house when there is so much to do… I suppose that is on the ‘To Do’ list for another day!

I found a wooden cigar box at FabMo last week and that is going to be the trinket box