01 November 2013

Easiest breastfeeding top DIY

Breastfeeding clothes are so expensive and rare that I've decided to make my own. I found a few nice tutorials online, but my baby takes so much of my time, I had to find a way to make a super quick, inexpensive top. After a little thinking, I came up with this: the easiest breastfeeding t-shirt in the world!

Start with two identical store bought t-shirts. Cut the one under your bust line (empire line) and the other just below the sleeves. 

Hem the empire top with a zig-zag or stretch stich and do the same with the bottom half of the other shirt. 

Now, line up the bottom piece right side facing the wrong side of the top piece at the bottom of the sleeve. Line up the existing sewn edges. 

Now use a regular straight stitch to 'top stitch' the two pieces together. 

Repeat on the other side and you're done!

 How easy is that! 

I've sewn the back of the two pieces together on some of my tops to get a more finished look. 
Also, some tops might stretch too much. All you need to do for those are to sew the backs together and add an elastic to either just the bottom piece or both, depending on the fabric and the look you're going for. 

All done! And it started with two cheap shirts! Anyone can do this.

Good luck and happy breastfeeding!

24 September 2011

Braai Day (BBQ)

Hi all!

In the spirit of National Braai Day in South Africa (barbeque day) I have started a braai kit. Today I'm only giving you the papers, but more is to come! I'll post the elements when they're all done and they include a burning fire!

So, here's your South African Braai Day / Heritage Day papers:

27 October 2010


I just love the atmosphere of old Venice and masquerade balls, so I made a kit to bring it all together.

In this kit:
- 6 doodles
- 1 lace fan x2 (1 with and 1 without a shadow)
- 5 feathers
- 1 flowered overlay
- 3 glitter embelishments
- 9 masks (3 are white for you to add your own flair)
- 1 open red curtain
- 3 rose elements
- 15 papers

Not all of the papers and elements are shown on the preview. I added quite a lot of random elements to suit different people's expectations of Masquerade.
Some of them you'll like, some you may not, but all of them are FREE and I will welcome any comments you have!

I hope you'll enjoy it!

15 September 2010

Purple Haze Papers

Wow, it's been a LONG time since I have done any scrapping...

I have decided to play around with my favourite color: purple! I've made a few papers and just enjoyed myself for a while and here's the result!

It's of course free to download and I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them! Your comments are always appreciated so let me know what you think.

I'm working on some other stuff, so don't disappear - I'll be posting a little more often now.

28 December 2009

My Cats

We are moving on Friday (what a painful process!) and to make it easier on my cats, we sent them to my parents, a full 6 hours' drive away! I miss them very much. It's so strange not to have a little furball sleeping at my feet at night, or not waking up to a kitty's purr. I also don't have my usual companion on my lap when blogging - how sad!

I have made a LO with them so you can see how absolutely adorable my cats are and why I miss them so much!

The black-and-white one is Didi, my 3-year-old girl and the other is my 1-year-old boy, Pablo.

We're not really moving in the sense of the word - we're not moving to a new house, but we are storing all our stuff, because we are going to Canada for 2 years! (More on this later). I have LOTS of packing to do, so I'm sure I won't have time to blog during the week.

Right after that we are going on holiday for another week and my life is so confusing right now with a new challenge with each new week, I don't even know what is in store for me for the next month! So, you probably won't hear from me during the next month, but I'll update you on everything once all has calmed down.

Have a lovely day... and month!

What's-in-the-fridge Quiche

I hope you had a wonderful festive season! I was lucky enough to have my parents and sisters over for Christmas and even though my husband was on call, it was a lovely day and we had so much fun!

While they were here, I decided to make them my Spinach and Seared Fillet Pasta, which they loved, so give it a try! I promised to post a photo next time I made it, so here it is:

(Click on the picture to go to the original post for the recipe)

And now for my new recipe! This is my favourite way to cook. You know the feeling - dinner is coming up, but you have no idea what to cook and your husband (and kids) will not be happy to go to bed with rumbling tummies!

So here I have a sollution for these days: Just make sure that you always have a few key ingredients on hand. I always have some ready rolled puff pasty (store bought) in my freezer and I (nearly) always have eggs and cheese, which are the only must-have ingredients for this quiche!

What's-in-the-fridge Quiche

Defrost the puff pastry, preferably at room temperature, but you can use the microwave - just don't let it cook!

Pre-heat the oven to 180◦C.

Spray, oil or butter an oven-proof dish and unroll the pastry into the dish. Cut to fit and put in the fridge until needed.

Now for the fun part: the fridge raid!
- Onions are always welcome and I never make a quiche without them
- Left-over meat like saussages, viennas, steak, etc. or a some bacon (skip the meat entirely for a vegetarian dish)
- Some veggies that will spoil if you don't use it right now, like broccoli, tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, etc.
- Any cheese you like (or have in the fridge), grated
- Don't forget your cubpoard! There may be a forgotten can of mushrooms or asparagus that will be great in a quiche!

If you are using ingredients that need cooking, like raw onion (spring onions can go into the quiche without cooking), just stir-fry until cooked and place in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients. Now is the time to add salt and pepper and other seasoning to taste. Mix thoroughly and scoop loosely into the dish with the pastry.

Beat 2 eggs in a separate bowl and add about 150ml milk and a heaped teaspoon of plain flour. Pour this over your ingredient mixture and pop into the oven for 45 minutes or until the eggs have been cooked through.

Serve hot or cold.

If you are still a bit insecure in the kitchen, you can try my fridge-raid quiche that I made yesterday (picture):

- 2 Onions (sliced and cooked)
- 1 Packet of diced bacon (cooked)
- 1 Left-over Kassler chop (smoked pork), sliced
- A few sundried tomatoes, quartered
- A handful of fresh rosa tomatoes, sliced in smaller pieces
- 1 can of sliced mushrooms (drained)
- 100g Gouda cheese, grated

And that's all there is to it!

A few good quiche ingredient ideas:
bacon, pancetta, viennas, sausages, onions, spring onions, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, baby marrows, tomatoes (sparingly, as they contain lots of juices), cooked potatoes, cheddar or gouda, feta, camembert or brie

22 December 2009

Christmas Addon

In the spirit of Christmas I have made a few more elements for your Christmas Layouts.

I hope you like it and it's always nice to hear your comments (good or bad) so that I know what I'm doing right or wrong and what to do in the future.

Have a wonderful, blessed Christmas!