Friday, September 19, 2014

Cross stitch again

All this week I have taken up my cross stitch again. It had been so very long but a lot was going on in my life...bad things that I just did not feel like it and neither did I have the time with hospital visits. My dad is living with us too now. After mum's death he was not fit enough to live alone. So instead of dozing off in the afternoon in this heat, i take out my cross stitch work in progress and now it is very close to being finished. Here is what it looks like now. I started it way back in January 2012 so it is about time that it is ready.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

How to Sew a Curly Hem With Fishing Line

How to do a Rolled Hem on Sewing Machine

I have had this sewing machine foot for years but after several attempts and not so good results, I just gave up. Seeing this tutorial on Youtube makes me want to try it again which I will do first chance that I get.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Zucchini cake

I am not much into baking cakes although I have often posted pictures of beautiful cakes I find on the internet. Decorating cakes is out of the question for me but a cake I love to do when zucchini or courgettes or "qarabaghli" (as we call them in Malta) is in season is "zucchini cake". It is very easy to do ( which is why I make it) and everyone likes it. The mixture does not look very appealing but the result is good. Here is the recipe:-
3 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
2 cups zucchini grated with largest holes in grater
1 can pineapple
3 cups self raising flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
mix everything together and bake for about an hour in the oven.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie

It seems that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally tied the knot and in France of all places. This week they came to Malta where they will be starting to film their new movie called 'By the sea'. The set has been built in the neighbouring island of Gozo where a whole cove has been closed off for them while they film during the next two months. There was a rumour that they would get married during this movie but they had to do it in France. Couldn't they have waited for a couple of days and did it in Malta? The weather is fantastic right now so it must be beautiful there at Mgarr ix-xini where they are filming.
I am sure that the paparazzi will leave them alone here in Malta and I guess for them staying here will be their honeymoon too. Oh its so nice when important people come over to Malta because for many many years no one ever came. Many hardly knew where MALTA was.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The heat is on!

What a lot of hot and humid weather we are having. How are you doing out there all over the world? Here it is too hot to sleep or do much without an electric fan but more importantly an air conditioner. Crafting is at a standstill but that does not keep me from buying any supplies that I come across. Since my brother and mother died, I have been in a stunned state. Then my dad had to go into hospital and it was obvious that he is not fit state to live alone so he is living with me. I have a craft room bursting with stuff that I need to make or sew and yet I am not doing anything. Right now the main reason is that it is too hot. I do not have any air conditioning in my craft area and it is like a sauna with the sun beating on the glass.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I love shopping ;)

I love shopping especially for craft supplies.Last Friday I had an errand to do for my husband and would you know it, there was a craft shop in the vicinity. I just had to go take a look, didn't I? Not that I really needed anything but that ball of crochet thread and wool, surely would come in handy one of these days. This is what I bought...

Monday, July 7, 2014

Doom and gloom

Wow what a week this has been.My husband back in hospital with fever and at the same time my only brother who lives in USA (aged 59)with his family, had a heart attack and died suddenly out of the blue.Just a month ago he came to visit us for a holiday.Thank God, at least we got to say goodbye although we did not know that it would be forever. I have been on an emotional roller coaster and today I had to break the news to my 86 year old parents.Talk about nightmarish days....When I think it can only get better, it gets worse.
I washed the ripple doily that I had made and now comes the blocking.But that will take some time.Oh and I also have to find a place to put it in. Hard to think that Christmas is only 6 months away. We will see how things are then.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Craft cakes yet again

What started out with just one cake, has become something that I seem to be posting about each week. I never knew there were so many craft themed cakes on the web. My blog is modtly about crafts sonI think these craft themed cakes fit in perfectly. What do you think of the following gorgeous decorated cakes?

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Cupcakes now!

These cupcakes have nothing craft themed about them but they are definitely too lovely to much detail in each one.some eye candy for you from someone who can only bake a plain cake :)