01 October 2014

WIP Wednesday

I’m playing with very pretty fabrics this week. Far Far Away by Heather Ross plus some hot pink, violet and white solids.

I cut out the main fabrics for the A Blocks and couldn't part with these teeny strips of loveliness. So I made a little QAYG mug rug. I posted this out to a friend who hasn't been well. I hope she likes her little surprise parcel when it lands in her mail box.

My A Blocks are all finished and ready to press.

My B Blocks are all cut and ready to piece.

I have Season 2 of Damages all ready to watch on Netflix.

I’m not going to stop until all 24 of my B Blocks are finished.

What are your fave shows to have playing in the background, while you sew?

SUMMER : 12” Mini Quilt Swap

This is the “summer” inspired 12” mini quilt which I posted to my partner yesterday.

The stitching was completed with Anchor Perle 8 cotton, and then I improvised when appliqueing the rays of the sun. This was a fun little quilt to make and it included my favourite things: stitching, appliqué and quilting.

I hope my partner likes it… when it arrives at her destination… somewhere in Australia…

PYREX Metal Bakeware : Apple, Pear & Coconut Loaf {RECIPE + GIVEAWAY}

You know those apples that spend their lives in your children’s lunch boxes? They go to school, fresh and lovely on a Monday and return home, uneaten, that afternoon. On Tuesday morning, you send that same apple back to school and it comes back home again. This continues for the week… until you give up, eat the apple yourself and give them a fresh one on Monday morning.

I used these 2 bruised apples along with a couple of soft pears to bake a loaf. It was one of those experimental bakes which turned out better than anticipated. I’ll certainly be baking this super moist loaf again… hmmmmm probably on a Saturday when I have those token bruised apples to use.

Apple Coconut Loaf

Other than using up the bruised fruit, the other reason I wanted to bake was to try out my new PYREX Loaf Pan. Did you know that PYREX have a new range of Metal Bakeware?

PYREX has been around since 1915 and is well known for its glassware. I’m a fan of PYREX® and have a large assortment of dishes and jugs in my cupboards. I even have a Pinterest Board of Vintage PYREX® in beautiful prints and lovely pastel colours.

The PYREX Metal Bakeware is solid. I mean really SOLID - which is exactly what we need when baking. I hate those cheap tins and trays that warp as soon as you put them in the oven.

2 apples and 2 pears (or 4 apples) peeled, cored and chopped
2 cups plain all-purpose flour
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup melted butter/margarine
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 tsp Ground Nutmeg

Apple & Coconut Loaf Raw

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celcius
* I used my stand mixer, but this can just as easily be mixed by hand *
Beat the sugar, butter and egg.  Keep aside approximately a tbsp of the coconut to sprinkle over the top and add the remaining ingredients and mix until all combined.
Lightly grease the loaf pan and pour in the mixture. Sprinkle that tbsp of coconut on top.
Bake for approximately 30-35 minutes. Poke the centre of the loaf with a skewer - when the skewer comes out clean, the loaf is cooked.
Let it cool completely before cutting for less crumbly results… or cut it while it’s hot and enjoy (even if it’s a little bit messy).

Apple Pear and Coconut loaf

Each PYREX® metal bakeware piece has been made from professional weight steel with a premium metal utensil safe non-stick surface and is dishwasher safe. The PYREX® metal bakeware range has been developed to be stackable with smart, innovative features to satisfy the needs and demands of consumers.

Each PYREX® metal bakeware pan offers one or more of the following features:
• Portion guides to ensure servings are consistently sized and sufficient in number
• Fill lines which act as a guide to portioning batter into pan so that cakes are of the same size
• Cookie targets that act as a guide for placement of cookie dough, ensuring consistently sized cookies and that cookies do not spread onto each other in the baking process

With thanks to PYREX, we have a pack of PYREX Metal Bakeware to give away to a lucky Samelia’s Mum reader. The winner will receive a PYREX 12 Cup Muffin Tray, a PYREX Medium Cookie Pan and a PYREX Loaf Pan.


To enter, tell me what you would bake first, using one of these 3 PYREX Metal Bakeware items?

The winner/s will be announced on the Samelia’s Mum Facebook Page, so be sure to follow along to see if you are a the lucky winner.

Terms and Conditions: Giveaway is open to Australian Residents ONLY. Giveaway will close on Friday 10 October 2014 at 17:00 AEST. The prize will be sent by the promoter/s. Samelia’s Mum will take no responsibility for any delay, loss or damage to prizes sent to winner. Winner/s will be announced on the Samelia's Mum Facebook page and/or contacted by email. The winner has 7 days to claim the prize. If it is not claimed within this time period, it will be forfeited.

26 September 2014

Butterfly Snack Mat {Tutorial}

It’s “National Sewing Month” but seeing as I’m in Australia, I like to think of it as “International Sewing Month”. I was invited to create a project for one of my favourite online websites, All Free Sewing. My tutorial is featured today on the All Free Sewing blog which is called Seams and Scissors. If you haven’t visited before, you really must make yourself a large cup of tea and settle in for a little while.

As you know, I love appliqué and I love using scrap fabrics, so the project which I decided to create was this cute Butterfly Snack Mat (which incorporates both).

Strawberry Snack Mat : Tutorial by Anorina @ Samelia's Mum

It’s a good way to use some of your favourite scrap fabrics, as well as the opportunity to practise your free motion machine applique. I even UPLOADED a video on to YouTube so you can see how I go about appliqueing a butterfly. The filmographer was my 7 year old daughter – I think she did pretty well and didn’t shake or wiggle too much.

Best of all, if you visit the page and see my tutorial, you can enter the daily giveaway. Each day has a different giveaway. Go on, have a go at making my Butterfly Snack Mat and send me your pictures or tag me on Instagram with #SameliasMum. I’d love to see them.

Happy Stitching x


One of the first things we do upon returning home, from days away, is go out and check the garden for new growth.

FlyBoy and I are newbies when it comes to gardening. We've always lived in houses with existing established gardens. We went a little crazy planting bulbs at the beginning of winter.

Our daffodils all bloomed beautifully and now that they're beginning to droop, the ranunculus (or ranunculi) have taken the spotlight.

Beautiful blooms is so many pretty colours. I am in love with their delicate beauty and stunning colours.

We planted the bulbs randomly throughout the garden and have found these beautiful blooms growing among the herbs. 

Has your spring garden begun to bloom and blossom? Or, if you're in the northern hemisphere, have the leaves begun to change colours?