Monday, 18 May 2015

Making Good Blog Train: Repairing my upcycled dress

This post is part of a blog train hosted by Agatha from Green Issues by Agy on "Making Good". What is repair, and why do we even bother to repair the things we have?  Some see repair as a way of reconnecting with our possessions as we extend their lives. Others see it as a form of creative potential and an avenue to express their craft.  The rewards for mending varies from feeling immense satisfaction to prolonging the life of the product. Follow the “Making Good” blog train this month and see what we have repaired and reconnected with. Have you mended anything today?

You can catch the train here!
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On Saturday we saw Kathy over at Smile For No Reason show us how to reupholster a chair. I've bookmarked that one!
I was supposed to be Sunday's post, but I got confused about dates and didn't have my post prepared until this morning.
I've gone with something simple but important to me.
If you've followed me for a long time, or you're a blog binge-reader, you may remember my first ever refashion project in which I upcycled a favourite but too small shirt and a lovely skirt into a dress so I could continue wearing them both.

You may also recall I sewed this project by hand as I didn't have access to a sewing machine and I'd had bad experiences with sewing machines anyhow.
Well, I've learned sewing machines have their virtues! I only wore my new dress a handful of times and one of my seams came apart in the wash.

It's really very tatty. BUT LOOK! :-D
I've had this sewing machine a while now and I really haven't given it many jobs, but I have one for it today! This should be an easy repair as the seam is only torn half way and so it shouldn't need to be pinned, it will hold itself.

I turned the dress inside out:
And tucked the top of the dress into the skirt, so I could just sew around the outside:
Now I can wear my lovely dress again!
For our next stop on the Blog Train, we're heading over to Maegan at Mae & K, who'll be adding her post to the train tomorrow, the 19th. I hope you've found this post useful or interesting! :-)

Happy Mending!
Cassandra Louise.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Special Event Coming!

Watch this space!

Actually, don't watch it, that would be boring. Just letting you know I'm still alive, my garden is still growing and I'll be back with a very special event in a few short weeks.

Lots of Love,
Cassandra Louise.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beauty Tuesday: Sleek Faux Bob and Homemade Hairspray Recipe

In this post I will show you how to go from this:
to this:

in less than five minutes, with no heat, scissors or aerosols. I'll also share my homemade hairspray recipe. Let's start with the hairspray.

(Note: in some of these pictures I had ear buds in as I was on the phone, so that's what that black dangly thing is. I am so good at multi tasking!)

You will need:
Peppermint essence, orange essence or vodka

White table sugar

Spring water, filtered water or rain water

A clean, empty spray bottle

In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water to the boil, then turn down the heat and add 2 tablespoons of sugar to it. For a firmer hold, add more sugar (this is what I should have done to completely eliminate my fly aways, but I didn't).
Stir well. When the sugar is dissolved, add 1 teaspoonful of flavouring essence or vodka. The advantages of flavouring essence over vodka are: I had it in my kitchen already; flavouring essence contains glycerin, which draws moisture out of the air into your hair; you'll smell like peppermint/oranges. It really is up to you, though.

For the hairstyle, you will need:
Anything from two to infinite bobby pins or other hair pins. I used four of these Amish style ones, I would need eight regular bobby pins.

You'll also need your homemade hairspray.

First, lightly mist your hair all over with the spray, then (without using a hair tie) roll your hair into a loose, low bun.

Using both hands to keep it as even as possible, roll the bun under itself.

Spend some time adjusting the bun to make sure it will be sitting where you want it, then pin it in place from underneath.

Give the finished style another misting and smooth down any fluffy bits. My two tablespoons of sugar is no match for the humidity here today, but it's better than it would be without anything. Here's a shot of me swanning about, pretending to be in a Jane Austen story:

The Jane Austen reference has nothing to do with the hair, I just like to pretend I'm in one of her books sometimes.

If you have a natural beauty post you would like to share, you can link it to this one using the guidelines I included at the bottom of this post here.

Worlds of love, my lovelies!
Cassandra Louise.

Monday, 27 October 2014

Meatless Monday: Spaghetti and Meatless Balls

This Meatless Monday I'm sharing a recipe I only made for the first time last week, so rather than tell you exactly what to do I'll tell you what I did. This recipe uses Quorn Meat-Style Balls which are vegetarian but not vegan.

You will need:
One tin of diced tomato (mine had basil and oregano so I didn't have to add those as they're not in my garden at the moment)

Two medium - large tomatoes

One carrot (grated, even though this one clearly isn't)

One small - medium zucchini

Roughly 200g of sliced mushrooms

Minced or crushed garlic

Half an onion. This one is red, but I think a brown one would be more suitable

Spaghetti

One bag of Quorn Meat-Style Balls

One large-ish bunch of chopped parsley and cooking oil. which there are no pictures of because I'm slack

In a large pot, add the onion and 1 teaspoonful of garlic, along with a good splash of cooking oil

When everything starts to smell delicious and dinner-y, add the mushrooms and enough water to just cover them, and pop the lid on the pot.

Let that simmer (low heat) for about fifteen (15) minutes. You should have something like this, probably:

Add the grated carrot and chopped tomato and zucchini, along with the parsley and a little more water.

Stir, and cover for another ten - fifteen (10 - 15) minutes on low to medium heat. You now have the sauce:

Add the balls and turn the heat up slightly. Leave it uncovered for this bit. Check back and stir periodically.
This was taken at about twenty (20) minutes after adding the balls. I decided it was time to put the spaghetti on.

I took the rather controversial step of cooking the spaghetti in the sauce, because that's what my Nana always did when she made "Skeddi and rissoles" and that turned out fine.

I ended up with this very delicious meal. 

I was actually having an off day and I was surprised it turned out so well. By "well", I mean it was nice enough to make my whole day better. Yay! :-)

Happy Nibbling!
Cassandra Louise

Monday, 20 October 2014

Garden Update: Plant Babies

Things are going quite well in my garden. I did get potting mix and I moved the four pea seedlings to their own pot. It really is too hot for newborn peas right now, and unfortunately I've already lost one. The other three seem to be holding on, though. Go, go little pea plants!

My lettuces are starting to look like lettuces, too. They're all in a clump as they self-seeded, but I've found lettuces can usually sort themselves out.

I've thinned out my carrots, leaving the biggest, strongest looking carrots where they were, I transplanted the very smallest few to other tubs in the garden and moved the medium-sized carrots further apart in the carrot tub. Carrots hate being transplanted, it's really their least favourite thing to do, so I watered them in with seaweed solution to ease the shock. I will be surprised if the smallest carrots recover, but at least they have a chance... when I say "smallest", I mean this size:
See that little red-orange thing? That's a carrot!

I sprinkled some more dirt in the carrot tup to cover up the exposed part of their roots, so now my carrots look like this:
Well that's actually much blurier than I thought it was when I took it. Really my carrots are not blurry at all, but they do have a lovely crop of green fluff.

I removed the mini greenhouse from my chilli today and moved the pot into the main part of the garden. It's now this big:

The other new plant babies I have are strawberries. I got this handy little all-in-one greenhouse from Kmart:

And it now has four tiny little strawberry sprouts in it. I tried to get a good picture of the actual sprouts, but it turns out they're camera shy.

What's going on in your garden? :-)
Happy Planting!
Cassandra Louise