Thursday, June 30, 2011

Alfred the elephant

My Little Visitor, Alfred arrived today! I know that we are going to have a great winter together. Hopefully we'll get to do plenty of exciting things that he wouldn't have the opportunity to do in Florida!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Day 28 - summertime

It's very difficult to think about summertime when I am currently experiencing a very cold winter! However, I am going to be living vicariously through my little visitor, Gus T. Turkey, while we spends the next three months on vacation in Florida!

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Day 26 - love


It is a Samsung Galaxy S. I desperately wanted to get the S2 - the new model which has just been released, but I just couldn't justify the $25 extra per month!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Little Visitor Challenge themes

I am hosting the Little Visitor swap over on Craftster and since it is such a long swap, each round running for three months we almost always have at least one flaker :(

We are doing our best to ensure that doesn't happen this round and I have a team of wonderful ladies helping with many different tasks so that we can stay on top of any potential situations. I have also introduced a photo challenge to try and encourage the swappers to take and post photos! At the moment it is just for fun with no winners or prizes. I'll see how well this goes and if seems to be successful I will let the swappers vote for a winning photo each week. The winner can receive a prize in the mail - maybe a postcard?

So with a weekly challenge that lasts for at least 3 MONTHS I need a LOT of challenge themes!
Here's what I have so far:

Week 1 - something blue
Week 2 - water
Week 3 - magical
Week 4 - childhood
Week 5 - something crafty
Week 6 - architectural detail
Week 7 - something beginning with the letter 'C'

I made the cute banners at puresilvabannermaker. They are just so adorable as well as very simple to put together!

Do you have any ideas for some fun themes that we can use?
Pirates? Baking? Stripes and spots? Science fiction?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Day 24 - orange

I love the colours in this photo. Fresh fruit is just so pretty - I wish it tasted as good as it looks! Sadly my taste buds are not really a fan of anything healthy, with the exception of red delicious apples.

Today's challenge really helped me to recognise the lack of orange in my life, something that needs to be remedied asap. I was very close to giving up since I couldn't find anything orange anywhere!

Note: No oranges were harmed during this photo session. And let's not talk about the mandarins...

Can you build snowmen in Antarctica?

The kids at school are studying Antarctica so today I made them snow-people cupcakes. The kids were thrilled with them (although I really doubt that they'd turn anything away that contained sugar) but I wasn't particularly happy with my work - despite slaving over them for HOURS!

This is what they were supposed to look like:

And here is my version:

As you can see, there is quite a difference! :(

My sister was given some adorable Miniamo icing tubes (pictured below) for her birthday, so I planned on creating the hat trim using those. Unfortunately, they turned out out to be REALLY difficult to use! Hopefully with practice, they will become easier. But that was just the first problem with these cupcakes.


Sunday, June 19, 2011

Chocolate mug cake

I found a recipe today on Maker*land's blog to make a cake in a mug. Since there was nobody home and my plan for dinner had consisted of toast and honey, I decided that this would be the perfect desert.

I stayed true to the Maker*land's recipe although I did consider switching the oil for butter. The only time that I have ever used oil for baking a cake is when I lived in the US and made packet cakes. I much prefer to use butter, but as this was my first microwaved cake I decided to not mix things up just incase I messed things up!

The ingredients

Mix 4 Tbspn plain flour, 3 Tbspn sugar, 2 Tbspn cocoa and 1 egg. This is what the ingredients look like before mixing.

After mixing you are left with a VERY thick mixture.

Add 3 Tbspn milk, 3 Tbspn veggie oil and a few drops of vanilla essence. Eww. Oil floating on top of milk, floating on top of cake batter.

Stir well until it actually resembles cake mix!

The recipe said to microwave for 2 minutes 15 depending on your microwave. I had no idea what my microwave was like compared to others so I decided to stick to 2 minutes thinking it would need longer. It didn't, the cake was perfectly cooked in that time. If fact, it was overcooked. Or i'm assuming that it was. It was rather chewy and rubbery, although not in an awful way. But also not in the 'I want to try this recipe again immediately' way.

It was yummy, but not as great as I expected. Next time I try this I will microwave it for less. I'm positive that's the reason it didn't turn out as great as Maker*land's.

Still, i'm pretty excited that I just baked a cake in approximately 4 minutes!! I just wish i'd had chocolate chips and marshmallows to add on top! Cookies and cream ice-cream had to do.

Thanks for the recipe Maker*land!!

I'm late, i'm late for a very important date

I am getting incredibly behind on Amber's photo challenge but between school, work and hosting the Round 14 LV swap i've just had no time to upload them. This week is going to be even more hectic but things should have calmed down by next weekend.

At the moment i'm distracting myself from writing my lessons for school by instead filling in the questionnaire for the Bones swap on Craftster. It's proving incredibly hard to narrow down on favorite episodes and quotes. There are just so many and I feel like i'm forgetting to mention all the best ones!! Help me please!

Bones: Objectively i'd say i'm very smart.
Although it has nothing to do with my ass.
(Episode #1.04 The Man in the Bear)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Not thin enough

This makes me laugh every time I look at it. Maybe i'll try something similar for one of the challenge themes.

Photo credit: leeyone (on

Friday, June 10, 2011

Day 10: High Angle

I'm not sure why i've been on a macro/close-up kick for this entire challenge but at least today's theme changed that. And Bean gets to star in yet another photo.

Look at all the effort she has to put in to climb just a few stairs. Those poor short legs!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Day 9: Morning

I hate this photo. Unfortunately I only just remembered today's challenge minutes before the morning was over, so in a desperate rush raced to the one thing I am guaranteed to look at every morning - the clock on our oven. It never fails to remind me that I am late either for school, work or some other event.

Hopefully tomorrow will be better...

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Day 8: Feet

My dog loves nothing more than to sit on my Mother's feet and eat cardboard toilet rolls.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Day 7: Red

When I think, red, I think of the beautiful wallet my sister gave me that I use and look at everyday.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Day 5: Guilty Pleasure

My friends have no idea that i'm a complete campfire junkie. I don't know what they'd say if they found out I watch Youtube just to learn new songs to sing...

What a perfect time to have this theme on a day when we made a massive fire to get rid of the dead wood at our campsite! Is it weird for me to be thinking how beautiful these flames are?

And just for fun here's a shot of our extremely large and HOT fire! It took a ridiculously long time to die down.

I love someone

Our team walked in the Walk Now for Autism charity event for my little brother today. We raised almost $8000 this year. An amazing effort everybody!! GO TEAM!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Click, click, click!

I'm a little late but I just discovered Amber Fischer's 30 day photography challenge through Spooky Pooky's blog. I love Amber's photos - and this challenge sounds like a lot of fun!

I'm a few days behind but that's okay. I always am :)

Day 3: Sweet

I've never seen a s'more made like this before (biscuits on the stick?!) and it fascinated me. Marshmallows, biscuits, Mars Bar and white chocolate. Could there be anything sweeter? The best thing about Guides has to be the food made on the fire. It's going to be a good weekend!

Day 2: Yellow

All the yellow in my life right now is Gryffindor gold. This is the tie i'm making to wear to The Deathly Hallows.

Day 1: Me

Glasses and a room of messy papers. That sums me up perfectly.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

An apple a day

Earlier in the week we put on a morning tea as a small thank you for the teachers at school. My scones were the first thing too go - but really scones, jam and cream? Of course they would be!

My favorites (also popular - although really, these teachers would eat ANYTHING!) were my mini cupcakes!! I made two types: plain with a strawberry-flavoured buttercream icing and mini apples.

Strawberry icing!

Mini apples. These are so ridiculously easy to make! The cupcakes were iced and then rolled in a bowl of red sprinkles. The stems are simply tiny wedges of chocolate cut from chocolate buttons and the leaves were a lucky find in cake store. I had planned on using mint leaf lollies but these worked out much nicer. Adorable, right?

The apples actually looked so much better than the one pictured. Sadly I forgot to take a photo before they were all devoured. I didn't want to forget my hard work so I made a cheat apple just for these photos. I put some hot water on the strawberry iced cupcake to soften the icing and then covered it in red sprinkles. It looks like a mini disaster with the melted icing and other sprinkles underneath, but it also reminds me of the actual pretty cupcakes. I bought extra leaves so i'll have to think of another occasion to make teeny tiny apples now!

An apple a day keeps.... who away? The teacher or the students? Hmmm...