Pages

25 August 2014

Making Dad’s Day

After his birthday and Christmas, the next most important gift-receiving opportunity for a dad, is Fathers Day. In Australia, Father’s Day will be on Sunday 7 September 2014. As they don’t seem to buy them through the year, undies, socks, ties and hankies are the regular go-to gift for dad. Today, I thought I’d share a few gift ideas – based on the dads different personalities.

 

Geek Dad

LEGO allows dads to re-live the youth. Buy them some LEGO, which they don’t have to share with their kids. The Architecture LEGO series is outstanding. The buildings are very detailed and will have dad entertained for a while. Best of all, dad can keep his creation assembled on a shelf in his study - or a space in his man cave.

LEGO Architecture - Big Ben

 

How about a Monteverde Stylus Tool Pen. Yes, it’s a pen with a stylus on the back… but it also has a built in flat head and phillips head screw driver. The barrel has a ruler and a spirit level!

This pen is currently available on Massdrop, or you can view the Monteverde site for a local supplier.

 

Monteverde Styllus Tool Pen

 

Social Dad

Does dad like beer? Well then TAP KING could be the perfect gift for him. ** TAP KING combines a reusable, independent and compact dispenser with premium, interchangeable 3.2 litre bottles of beer. A TAP KING refill stays fresh for 3 weeks (from the first pour) and will fit comfortably in the fridge.

 

Tap King

 

Isn’t this a great idea for a BBQ? I know my hubby is looking forward to having a few friends around to impress them with his TAP KING. Available from major liquor stores nationally, making it even easier to pick one up for dad this Father’s Day.

Now, speaking of dad’s and BBQ’s, how about some new BBQ implements, for dad to wield, while he’s BBQing. Woolworths have a great range of Jamie Oliver BBQ sets including the BBQ Tool Set, the ** BBQ Steak Kit and the Gas Torch.

Jamie Oliver BBQ Tool Set

All of these packs are available at Woolworths stores or Woolworths Online from 27 August 2014.

 

Adventure Dad

Go Pro Camera. My husband has wanted one of these for a while. Some of the guys he flies with have them and film their approaches and landings and then upload them onto their computers. Hmmm… perhaps this really belongs in the Geek Section...

GoPro Hero3 White Camera

Adventure dad can strap this onto himself and record his riding, climbing, abseiling etc adventures. They used to be quite expensive, but like most technology, prices are coming down. GoPro HERO3 in white is available at Target.

 

Top Gear – The Burma Special DVD

These guys are crazy. Absolutely crazy! This Top Gear Special is another epic expedition for Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

 

Top_Gear_Burma_Special_3D_R-B02684-9

 

This time around our intrepid adventurers travel across the wilds of Burma taking three lorries (trucks) on what could be Top Gear's toughest challenge to date! Available now on DVD and BluRay.

 

Flight Simulator Experience

With simulator centres in most Australian capital cities, dad might be interested in a flight simulator experience. He’ll have the opportunity to buckle up and take control of a commercial jetliner. Different states have differnt flying packages available, so check the Flight Experience site for details.

 

final-approach

 

Sporty Dad

Target have a great range of AFL gear, with a lot of it on sale now for 1/2 price. If your dad is an AFL supporter, grab a bargain buy. He probably won’t even mind undies, so long as they’re in support of his favourite team.

Richmond Tigers Undies

 

 

Everyday Dad

Monster Jam is touring Australia again in October, so why not buy him some tickets. It’s a testosterone filled event with huge 3.5 metre tall MONSTER TRUCKS, beer and hot dogs.

 

eltoroloco

 

Both of my males went to Monster Jam last year when they came to Sydney in 2013 season and have regularly talked about it since. I think a family pass is in order this year. Grave Digger is, apparently, our  favourite.

 

gravedigger

 

Monster Jam, sanctioned by the United States Hot Rod Association®, is the most popular monster truck tour, performing to over 4 million fans annually at the most prestigious arenas and stadiums throughout the world.

Hamish & Andy – Gap Year South America

This was one of Hamish and Andy’s craziest series so far. The weird things they ate and the crazy stunts they pulled have kept dads amused (and their sons talking about it in the playground).

 

(147145A2700)

Hamish & Andy’s FOURTH Gap Year takes them to South America! But after already experiencing America, Europe and Asia, it turns out that nothing could have prepared them for the highs and lows of South America. Available to purchase on DVD and Blu Ray.

 

Origami Masters BUGS

If dad is hard to buy for, and has everything, the **Origami Masters BUGS book is something he will probably not own, but which could possibly be absolutely intriguing to him. Origami is the art of paper folding, without the use of scissors or glue.

 

27b985ac1ae64dd1d21fa8a5e5daf34a

 

Some of the origami bugs in this book are so detailed and intricate, they can take over 200 paper folds to complete. Origami Masters BUGS book features 12 projects. Each project has step by step images to complete each origami bug. This is a book which will keep dad entertained for ages.

Origami Masters BUGS is available from Booktopia.

 

Chili Chocolate Challenge

This is a fun one for the dad who is not afraid of a little heat. Available at Woolworths soon, this **Chili Chocolate Challenge box with certainly make a fun game on Fathers Day afternoon.

The kids can spin the wheel and dad can eat the chocolate… if he dares…

 

10603445_760432814013531_3747250993978933907_n

 

I hope this has given you some ideas on what to buy the fathers in your life. And honestly, if all else fails, cuddles from their kids, a home made card and eggs for breakfast will make dad’s day too.

What is your family doing to celebrate Father’s Day this year?

Do you have any special traditions?

** Disclaimer: I received the some of these products to review. All opinions are my own.

19 August 2014

North West QAYG Cushion {Scrap Project 32}

I was pinning the other day and came across a tutorial for a QAYG block called North West by Cori who blogs at Let’s Eat Grandpa. It was one of those moments where I just had to sit down and get to work on creating this project – IMMEDIATELY!



Rather than the usual log cabin style QAYG blocks, Cori teaches us how to create the North West block, with what almost looks like flying geese. It look complex, but it’s remarkably easy to sew together. 

I used my own measurements in making this cushion as it worked better with the scraps I had available. I used 3” pieces for the black triangle shapes and 2” wide strips.

North West QAYG Cushion

This method of QAYG is very thread intensive.  I used Aurifil 2024 (50 wt) which just glided through my machine. It’s sews beautifully and the results speak for themselves.

Scrappy QAYG Cushion - Quilting

And me, being me, I couldn’t just make a block and leave it at that. I turned my block into a cushion… of course.

As I used smaller widths of fabric, my block finished up at 16”. I created a back with a couple of F8’s leftover from another project and included a zipper. After being fearful for so long, I’ve jumped on the zipper bandwagon.

Scrappy QAYG Cushion - Back Zip


If you use up some scraps by making a Scrappy North West Cushion, please share your pictures in theScrap Challenge Facebook Page. We’d all love to see your work.

Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ (click the button below) so that you don't miss any of the future projects in the Scrap Fabric Challenge.


Follow on Bloglovin

Previous Scrap Challenge Projects:
Scrappy Heart Pincushion {Week 1/52}  -  Flutter By Needle Case {Week 2/52}  -  Fabric Covered Jars {Week 3/52}  -Stitch a Dresden Pillow {Week 4/52}  -  Plastic Bag Dispenser {Week 5/52}  -  Life is Better With Friends : Mini Quilt {Week 6/52}  -  Electrical Cord Wrap {Week 7/52}  -  Sunny Mug Rug {Week 8/52}  -  Scrappy Quilted Trivet {Week 9/52}  -  Quilted Fabric Box {Week 10/52}  -  Bloom : Wall Hanging {Week 11/52}  -  Double Tulip Pincushion {Week 12/52}  -My Funny Valentine {Week 13/52}  -  Scrappy Needle Book {Week 14/52}  -  Rice Therapy Eye Pillow {Week 15/52}  -Jolly Table Mat {Week 16/52}  -  Super Scrappy Strip Cushion {Week 17/52}  -  Turnstile Table Topper {Week 18/52}  -  I Heart You : Coaster {Week 19/52}  -  I {Heart} Reading : Bookmark {Week 20/52}  -  Pot Holder Pocket {Week 21/52}  -Flower Garden Cushion {Week 22/52}  -  Scrappy Bunny Mini Quilt {Week 23/52}  -  Best Friend Cushion {Week 24/52}  -Pot Lid Holders {Week 25/52}  -  Scrappy QAYG Quilt {Week 26/52}  -  Another Day, Another Cushion {Week 27/52}Scrappy QAYG Quilt Part 2 {Project 28}Odd Sock Bag {Project 29}Scrappy Star Block {Project 30}Inspired by Kevin Cushion {Project 31}
Scrappy QAYG Cushion




Creamy Chicken Fettuccine {Recipe}

My kids love pasta…so long as it’s not a tomato based sauce. They’ll happily eat ketchup, or pizza with a tomato based sauce, but give my little miss a bowl of spaghetti bolognese and she’ll turn her nose up and feign illness.

I made a creamy chicken fettuccine for dinner this evening, and it was a smash hit. I'm feeling like a bit of champion mum right now. It’s a fast dish to prepare and will be ready to serve within 20 minutes. 



Creamy Chicken Fettuccine
4 chicken thigh fillets – sliced into strips
250g fettuccine or spaghetti (or really any other pasta you prefer)
1 large brown onion – sliced
2 tbsp garlic (minced)
1 tin creamy evaporated milk (385g tin)
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp chopped chives
1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
salt/pepper to taste
3 tbps olive oil

Did you know that evaporated milk has 75% less fat than cream? Me neither! 


Method:

1. Cook the pasta according to the directions.

While the pasta is cooking, it’s time to make the chicken and sauce component.

2. In a large pan, warm the olive oil and brown the garlic, onion and chicken strips.

3. Once the chicken is cooked and the onions translucent, add the Dijon mustard and pour in the evaporated milk. Stir through half of the parmesan cheese and the chives. Allow to simmer for 3-5 minutes. The sauce will begin to thicken.

4. Stir through the cooked pasta and add salt / pepper to taste.

5. Top with grated parmesan cheese and serve.

Do you have fussy eaters at your house?



18 August 2014

50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades {Review}

Lampshades can enhance the look and feel of a room. Lampshades are readily available to purchase, but a hand made lampshade provides a completely unique and individual touch to any space.

50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades by Adeline Lobut is full of ideas to create and customize the home environment by creating lamp shades to suit any style.


50 thrifty diy lampshades

The introductory chapter covers the basics... Materials required, tools, styles of frames and finishes.

Once the general information is covered, we move onto the fun part – the lamp shades! Ideas for lampshades are varied and the crafter learns how to create individual shades with wool and fabric, beads, ribbons, nature, paper and upcycled shades. The memories shades are a lot of fun and we’re encouraged to use photographs for a personal touch.



If you’re interested in DIY and home decorating, this book would certainly be a wonderful addition to the home library. It’s filled to the brim with fun, fresh ideas to cater to any decorating style. Create designer lampshades, without the hefty designer price tag!



50 Thrifty DIY Lampshades is available from Booktopia or Can Do Books.
ISBN: 9781446304457
Format: Paperback
Pages: 128
Publisher: DAVID & CHARLES

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

17 August 2014

Inspired by Kevin : Quilted Cushion {Scrap Project 31}

Following on from my review of The Quilters Applique Workshop by Kevin Kosbab, I’m sharing my latest finish… and why yes, it’s another cushion. How did you guess?


With the wet dreary weather outside, capturing a good photo is proving to be a little difficult today.
I received the book to review a little while ago and when I saw Kevin’s Counter Balance quilt, I was instantly inspired to use his design principal – just in a smaller scale.

I had just finished a quilt which was made completely with solids. These fabric scraps were still on my cutting table, so I just took my rotary cutter and cut these shapes free-hand. Free-hand cutting can be a little daunting, but I was going with the flow and I think the shapes turned out just fine.

A few little dots of appliqué glue kept the shapes in place. I then needle-turn appliquéd the shapes to the background lime green fabric with matching cotton thread. I have gone a little bit crazy lately in buying Aurifil threads, so I had all of these colours available to play with.

Inspired by Kevin Cushion - Quilting Close Up


Once the needle turn applique was complete, I put it aside for a few weeks as I had a number of other projects due for submission. I cleared my sewing table yesterday, and rediscovered this appliqued piece. With a rainy afternoon and the kids happy entertaining themselves, I put my new Bernina 710 through her paces. She is such a lovely machine and her stitches are just perfectly perfect.





Inspired by Kevin Cushion Quilting


Last night, I was feeling confident with myself and even decided to attach a zip to the back of this cushion. I think it turned out quite nicely… even if the colour is quite ugly and it doesn’t match the front at all.


Inspired by Kevin Cushion - Zipper

Why not grab your rotary cutter and cut into some scraps freehand to re-create this cushion. If you do make an ‘Inspired by Kevin Cushion’, please share your pictures in the Scrap Challenge Facebook Page. We’d all love to see your work.



Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ (click the button below) so that you don't miss any of the future projects in the Scrap Fabric Challenge.

Follow on Bloglovin

Previous Scrap Challenge Projects:
Scrappy Heart Pincushion {Week 1/52}  -  Flutter By Needle Case {Week 2/52}  -  Fabric Covered Jars {Week 3/52}  -Stitch a Dresden Pillow {Week 4/52}  -  Plastic Bag Dispenser {Week 5/52}  -  Life is Better With Friends : Mini Quilt {Week 6/52}  -  Electrical Cord Wrap {Week 7/52}  -  Sunny Mug Rug {Week 8/52}  -  Scrappy Quilted Trivet {Week 9/52}  -  Quilted Fabric Box {Week 10/52}  -  Bloom : Wall Hanging {Week 11/52}  -  Double Tulip Pincushion {Week 12/52}  -My Funny Valentine {Week 13/52}  -  Scrappy Needle Book {Week 14/52}  -  Rice Therapy Eye Pillow {Week 15/52}  -Jolly Table Mat {Week 16/52}  -  Super Scrappy Strip Cushion {Week 17/52}  -  Turnstile Table Topper {Week 18/52}  -  I Heart You : Coaster {Week 19/52}  -  I {Heart} Reading : Bookmark {Week 20/52}  -  Pot Holder Pocket {Week 21/52}  -Flower Garden Cushion {Week 22/52}  -  Scrappy Bunny Mini Quilt {Week 23/52}  -  Best Friend Cushion {Week 24/52}  -Pot Lid Holders {Week 25/52}  -  Scrappy QAYG Quilt {Week 26/52}  -  Another Day, Another Cushion {Week 27/52}Scrappy QAYG Quilt Part 2 {Project 28}Odd Sock Bag {Project 29}Scrappy Star Block {Project 30}
Inspired by Kevin