Tuesday, March 27, 2012

C is for Cookie....

I ask you, who doesn't like a good cookie! 

This recipe is one I reach for again and again. 
It is very versatile, you can dress it up or down ( with fancy add in's etc).
 There is also a reduced-fat option ( don't ask me, I've never been down that road !).
  There is nothing hard or complicated about it, it's fuss free- just the way I like it. 

Based on :" I can't believe it's food storage" by Crystal Godfrey


1 cup softened butter ( or 1 cup white beans)
1 cup white sugar or raw sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs ( or 2 tablespoons of dry powdered eggs)
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups plain flour- ( white or wholemeal or a combo)
1 1/2 - 3 cups old fashioned oats, powdered in a blender ( up to you!)
3/4 tsp salt
1 teaspoon baking soda ( bi carb)
1 teaspoon baking powder
12 oz choc chips (340gms). 

Any add in's you desire.( I use dried sour cherries, dried apricot, pecans, hazelnuts, coconuts, pretty much whatever the children have left me in the pantry!)

Cream butter ( or white beans pureed if using) and sugars til creamy.
Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. 
Add in flour, oatmeal, salt, baking soda, baking powder, and mix on low.
When nicely mixed add your choc chips and add ins. 

Drop tablespoons onto a cookie sheet covered with baking paper- allow room to spread. 
Bake at 180o C for 15-18 min. Take cookies from oven when starting brown, allow to cool on tray. 
I bake in several batches as my oven is so old now, but I used to just fill 3 trays at a time.


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Joy the Baker...

Look what arrived last week...

Joy the Baker. I think everyone needs this book...get yours HERE.

Gotta run, vanilla cupcakes are calling my name...with chocolate cream cheese frosting..


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Let's talk about UNDIES!

So many customers I chat with are getting excited about making their own UNDIES! It's the perfect way to use up your little bits and pieces of knit fabrics, and ensures you one-of-a-kind UNDIES!

Here's a few of our fave UNDIEs patterns...


Cinderella*Zwergen*Mode Hot Pants is a fave...

That Darn Kat is one we see made up a lot on the Crafty Mamas forum.

JoCole Basic Briefs

Ladies Undies

Cinderella*Zwergen*Mode HOT PANTS for Women

Ottobre Design WOMAN 5/2009 pattern #2

KWIK SEW #3881 

And for the Blokes...

KWIK SEW #3298

Fave fabrics for UNDIES? Any of our cotton/lycra knits! There are many to choose from. in our extensive range of KNITS.

You may want to finish off your UNDIES with a little iron on!

So what are you waiting for? Go make some UNDIES!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Crafty Mamas A-Line Skirt Variations

Following on from our A-Line skirt fun....( find the Crafty Mamas A-Line skirt tutes HERE) I decided I needed a warmer version. Enter the long black A-Line knit skirt, made in a heavy weight cotton/spandex knit from the Crafty Mamas shop " CALIFORNIA". Great for leggins, long sleeve tops, and now skirts too it seems!

And something I have been wanting to try, a Big Pocket Sweater knit skirt! You don't need a tute for this, it's too easy.  Simply use our A-Line skirt tute again!
I have used our winter unbrushed sweater knit, REVEL. Decide the size of your pockets, draw up a pattern piece..( hint: I drew mine out on my skirt front with chalk- then when happy- placed KWIK TRACE over it, traced and there was my pattern piece.  Make sure you leave room in the opening for your hand to fit in!)...

..cut out two and simply sew on. Leave the edges raw- and no need to hem!

I then added our yoga waistband, done! This is knee length, but therein lies the beauty of making your own patterns- you can make as long or as short as you like. Would also work well in Frech Terry Lycra knit
 ( coming soon for Winter) or even a tshirt knit. If you want to add more detail, maybe topstitch more. I like it as is.

Happy Sewing!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Some Friday Crafty-ness to colour your Weekend!

Just a few projects that caught my eye today..nothing better than fun free tutes for the weekend!

a very very cute Sock Bunny to make!

From the Farbenmix gang, an I Pad cover to make- a free download HERE.
Suits I Pads 1, 2 and 3! 

And from The Instructables , make yourself some Fireflies in a Jar! ( love this!)..

From Cut Out and Keep , a Simple Peter Pan Collar to add to anything you please!

From One Avian Daemon, a Hemless A- Line Skirt to make

Remember the Gods Eye's we all made at Primary School?  Well, check this one out..from the Etys Blogs
 " How-Tuesday" ...Weaving a Complex Ojo de Dios

And you'll need a few recipes to tide you over the weekend...from The Girl Who Ate Everything

 Oreo Truffles!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Ottobre Design WOMAN has arrived!

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The brand spankin' new Otto Woman is here, and it's beautiful!
I think these just keep getting better and better!



Check out this issue HERE

Ottobre Design WOMAN Magazine 2/2012 Spring/Summer.

Ottobre Design WOMAN magazine specializes in  Women's fashion. Each issue includes 20  trendy designs and complete patterns and instruction for sewing.

Sizes range from Euro 34- 52. (Aus 8-24).

The magazine is designed in Finland, and available in English.

Beautiful patterns you trace off and sew, with full professional style instructions.


Have a great sewing week!


New Farbenmix release!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Ottobre Design #303 to Maxi Dress TUTE

Ottobre Design Creative Workshop #303 is one my most favourite patterns in the world.
Because it is a beautiful cut and can be varied so many ways. You can grab yours in my store, Crafty Mamas.

 I recently was sent a plus size women’s wear catalogue- ( a brand with the most stunning designs, but they use the worst fabric in the world. Polyester!!! Plus size ladies do not want to  be wearing polyester!!)
Anyway...I spied a lovely Tshirt Maxi dress with elbow length sleeves. Oooh...I thought, I can do that. So I did . Herewith is my kitchen table version of drafting one.

I have put the tute files online at Mediafire, until our site makeover is finished!

Have fun!

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Crafty Mamas SHOP blog. Aussie agent for Farbenmix, Studio Tantrum, Stenzo fabric, Ottobre design. Stocking Hilco fabric, Mamu design and other cool stuff!