09 April 2015

Tesela Mini Quilt - IGMiniOZ

Are you a craft swap addict like me? There are so many fun swaps popping up all over Instagram lately, and keeping myself under control by only signing up to a few has been a little tricky. They all sound like so much fun and I think that if postage out of Australia wasn't so expensive, I'd sign up for everything!

Tesela Mini Quilt by Anorina Morris

The Instagram Swap is now what the Flickr Swap was, 2-3 years ago. They're a fun way to meet new people who are interested in the same things as you are. You can show your progress photos, tagged with the relevant hash-tag, and receive fast responses from other participants.

#IGMiniOZ Swap - Tesela Mini Quilt

I joined some Australian quilters in the #IGMiniOZ swap. In this swap,

07 April 2015

“Baby, you’re a Firework” Quilt

This is one of my most favourite quilts – EVER – and today it came home after being with the publishers for the past few months. This is one of those quilts which I envisioned, designed, made, and every time I look at it, I  smile. It just makes me supremely happy.

It’s a solid navy background, with “fireworks” appliqued in a random sort of placement. My brief for this project was “Celebrations”. What’s a fabulous celebration without a firework spectacular at the end? I decided to create

The Zumbo Files

Zumbo is back! And its almost enough to make a girl go weak at the knees.

Adriano Zumbo is a master patissier and is the creator of some of the most amazing pastries, desserts (and Masterchef challenges) Australia has seen.

The Zumbo Files is Adriano Zumbo's third book and he invites into his world of amazing recipes, which inspire the imagination and make our mouths water at the thought.

Yoghurt Raspberry and Honey Zonut

The Zumbo Files is a collection of some of his latest recipe creations including the V8 Diesel Cake, Chouxmaca and the Zonut, along with

06 April 2015

Cupcake Tessa Basket

Yes, it's true. I made another Tessa Basket. My sister in law is a crafter and it was her birthday, so I couldn't resist making her one of these lovely baskets to store all of her knitting or crocheting bits and pieces.

This super cute Michael Miller cupcake fabric is from Modes 4 U - one of my favourite online fabric stores. If you like cute Japanese fabrics (plus stationery and accessories) you'd love it too. Best of all, the shipping is fantastic (especially for those of us living in Australia).

Rather than piece the panels for this basket, I used a larger piece, sandwiched and quilted it before constructing the basket.

In this cupcake Tessa basket, I made the fabric portion of the handles a little longer than the pattern and the bag section a little larger. That's one thing which is great about the Tessa Basket pattern - it's very easy to adjust.

I hope my sister in law likes her new bag and finds a use for it in her crafting adventures.

The Tessa Basket is a pattern by @GreenLetterDay and is available to purchase from ETSY.

05 April 2015

Carrot & Walnut Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting {Recipe}

Easter is here, and it is a great time to catch up with family, friends and eat chocolate.  However it is important to balance all this Easter chocolate with other things... such as coffee and cake.

One of my absolute favourite cakes is carrot cake, and seeing as the Easter Bunny likes carrots, these carrot & walnut cupcakes are delicious, easy to make and the perfect Easter treat.