22 May 2015

Bursting Buds Table Runner {Tutorial + Pattern}

This is my Bursting Buds table-runner. I love how it turned out and so today, I am sharing a little tutorial on how I made it… and how you can make one too.

Bursting Buds Table Runner by SameliasMum 3

Sometimes, procrastination leads to inspiration. I had to create a spring themed project for an upcoming deadline, but even though the ideas were there, I couldn’t settle on course of action. I love to create magazine projects, but when I create them, in the back of my mind, I always think “How will this translate into a pattern?” “Will it be easy to follow?”.

I decided put it all aside and delved into my ever-growing scrap basket. Sorting through some bright scraps from precious projects, got me inspired to create a fun little table runner for my coffee table. The coffee table is always cluttered with remote controls, books, magazines, empty glasses, colouring books and pencils, random pieces of Lego and matchbox cars. iPods. Head-phones.

What’s one extra thing to fight for space on the coffee-table, right?

I drew a chunky leaf and transferred it onto some template plastic. Then I traced it approximately 20 or 30 times  onto the back of some double sided bonding sheet (Vliesofix). Roughly cut out around each leaf shape (approximately 1/8” outside of the line).

Bursting Buds Table Runner by SameliasMum - Step 2

Fuse these leaves onto the back of some pretty scrap fabrics. Bright, happy colours and prints were the ones I chose for myself. In saying this, rather than my scrappy happy version, a more restrained colour palette which co-ordinates with your home would look wonderful too. Cut out these leaves, on the drawn line and remove the paper backings. Put these aside for a few minutes while we prepare the next step.

21 May 2015

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge 2015 - Thread Catcher

Umbrella Prints is an Australian textile manufacturer, specialising in organic printed fabrics. The prints are modern and funky with unusual colour pairings which makes them truly unique.

Now in it’s 6th year, the Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge is now on. To enter, you need to purchase a trimmings pack from their online store. It’s a bit of a lucky-dip as you don’t know exactly what you are purchasing. The only thing you can decide is the basic colour-way – I chose the “peachy keen” packet.

With my peachy coloured print packet, I came up with this thread catcher.

Umbrella Prints Trimmings Challenge 2015 - Samelia's Mum

I created it by layering a piece of calico (approximately 7” x 18”) with batting. I then quilted some of my favourite cotton/linen blend fabric in a luscious cinnamon colour, to the bottom section with straight lines in varied widths.

19 May 2015

Whole Orange Semolina Cake with Lemon Drizzle (Recipe)

This semolina cake has fast become one of my favourites.

Whole Orange Semolina Cake

It’s sweet, sticky, and quite dense. Realistically, you don’t need a giant piece to be satisfied… but admittedly, it’s hard to stop at only one piece.

An orange (or two if they’re small)
200g fine semolina
200g sugar
100g self raising flour
100g butter (room temperature and cubed)
2 eggs

Lemon Drizzle
1 cup icing sugar
3 tbps lemon juice
Desiccated coconut to sprinkle

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and grease a cake tin. I like to use a square cake tin because it makes cutting up the cake easier in the end.
To make this cake, you need to whiz up a whole orange (yes, skin and all) in a food processor. I used my Cuisine Companion to blitz it all up.
Cream the butter and sugar. Once light and golden, combine the remaining ingredients.
Pour into the prepared cake tin and bake for approximately 30-40 minutes – until a skewer comes away cleanly after poking through the centre.

While you allow your cake to cool slightly, it’s time to make the drizzle.
I like to use my Pyrex glass jug because it’s easy to mix in there… and then easy to pour afterwards.
Mix the icing sugar with the lemon juice. It will have a runny consistency, which is what we want.

Place the cake onto a serving plate and poke holes all over the top with a skewer.
Pour the syrup over the top ensuring you get as much as possible into the holes.
Sprinkle the coconut on top (this helps cover the holes).
Serve and enjoy.

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