Saturday, February 19, 2011


Yet again time has gone astray since I last posted. I have been busy with family stuff and also with organising the Etsy Flood Appeal Store which had an amazing response and to date has raised over $6000 for the QLD Premiers Disaster Fund - fantastic work everyone, thank you for the support.
We will be closing the store later this week and that alone will be another huge job to notify all the stores that donated but there is still time to get something lovely and guilt free here.

The other thing I have been busily working on are some table numbers for my dear friend Fiona's wedding. She is getting married on 02 April but I am heading away for holidays so I wanted them ready before I went. She wanted something shabby chic in black and cream but also wanted to feature some Tiffany Blue ribbon. This is what I came up with, there are two different styles that will go on alternate tables:

And finally as I mentioned before I am going on holidays with my family to Bali for 3 weeks, I haven't been for that long before but this time Mum and I are going to Lombok for a couple of days so I am hoping to find some pretty fabrics and things that I can work with.
Hopefully I will get a chance to post again before I go,

Friday, January 14, 2011

The Fierceness of Mother Nature & How You Can Help

As you are most likely aware Australia is in the grips of a massive natural disaster at the moment. 22 Days ago a flood occurred in Rockhampton Queensland (QLD) devastating the town and we as Australian's did what we did best - we started to band together to help these people but no-one could imagine what would happen next. Instead of just seeping away mother nature decided that she would push our spirit of solidarity and humanity as far as she could.

The Lockyer Valley in Qld was hit by an inland tsunami last Monday, which decimated the town and then the water kept going and flooded the city of Brisbane by Wednesday affecting more than 40, 000 homes.

  • 75% of the state of Queensland has been affected by the flood (that is an area that is twice the size of Texas)
  • 15 people as of today have lost their lives
  • 55 people are missing including whole families
  • thousands of people are currently without a place to sleep

And fierce Mother Nature is not stopping there. Towns in the states of New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania are currently either experiencing flooding or are on alert to evacuate.

The Queensland Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal has been established to raise much needed funds for people and communities devastated by this natural disaster.

A collaboration of Etsy sellers have come together to help raise funds for this charity via the Etsian Flood Relief Appeal. The store is full of lots of wonderful handmade goodies and a 100% of proceeds from the sales (less Etsy and Paypal fees) will go directly to the appeal.

I urge you to head over and check out the store and if you can spread the word. (They have a facebook page here) This is a great way to own a fabulous handmade goody and feel warm and fuzzy knowing that you're helping a good cause at the same time.

Have a beautiful day,

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas To All....

I hope you all have a wonderful christmas full of joy and love with your families and friends.

And to all a good night,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

My Creative Odyssey

When the lovely Jess from Epheriell Designs asked for people to take part in a blog hop of over 40 bloggers outlining our creative goals for 2011 I put my hand up right away. Following on from two wonderful inspiring posts yesterday by Messy Bessy and 74 Lime Lane, today I am blogging with Angela from The Artists’ House to share our dreams and plans for the coming year.

My mind is what the Buddhists refer to as a “Monkey Mind” or as I prefer to say my head is full of mad monkeys – what this means is: it NEVER stops! Plans, dreams, desires and schemes swirl around in a blur of colour and movement and it is exhausting. The upside: I always have a project to work on. The downside: I rarely finish them or ever start them. But 2011 will be different.
CREATE: I love making things and I always want to try everything there is out there. This is just not realistic so three things I really want to achieve in the creative department are:

  • THE FINE PRINT: I loved print making when I was at TAFE and I want to play around with it again. I would love to take a fabric printing course with Harvest Textiles. Also work on some lino cuts and gocco.

  • BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: I want to sketch, draw, doodle. I loved to draw when I was little but now I am somewhat scared of it. I am my own worst critic, never happy with the outcome. I am going to jump in the deep end and just do it. I plan to keep a sketch book where I will draw often to hon my skills.

  • GOURMET DELIGHTS: Cooking is a passion of mine. My Grandmother (Marny) taught me how to cook when I was little and it is something I have always enjoyed. Because of this I am a subscriber to Delicious and Masterchef magazines, which are both full of beautiful recipes but all I do is flick through them and put them in a pile. So in 2011 I WILL cook 2 recipes a week whether it be from one of these mags or my collection of Jamie Oliver cook books. Now I have access to so much fresh produce here in Gippsland Victoria and we even have our own veggie patch so it seems a shame not to take advantage of the situation.
  • SEW-SEW: I know that a lot of us taking part in this blog hop want to work on our sewing skills. I was given a sewing machine for my birthday last May and have only used it a couple of times but I want to learn to use it properly. I have also just taught myself counted cross stitch which I LOVE and I would like to work on making some original embroidery artworks to sell.

CITYKITTEN DESIGNS: There is so much I want to do with CityKitten which grew from the most unlikely of beginning’s. I could never imagine when my life and heart shattered into a thousand pieces in late 2009, that the snowball effect of absolute disaster would turn something that was a hobby into a little business.

At the moment it is still really a hobby but I want to take it more seriously. Because I am at home all day I have developed bad habits of just doing what I want, when I want but this cannot go on. I need a schedule and I need to be organised. I MUST work on my website (it has been under construction for months now!) and I want to blog more often and make more friends and connections in the online handmade community. I need to run my business like a business and keep accurate records, keep up-to date on Etsy and and I also want to look at other outlets to sell my items.

Finally ME: I have some baggage, actually I have a Louis Vuitton Trunk and I need to let go. When you carry around all the yuck in your life it makes it hard to create beautiful things and it makes it hard to move forward. I need to be easier on myself instead of beating myself up when I make mistakes and I need to remember there really is a silver lining because that is what bought me CityKitten in the first place, so joy can come from heartbreak.

What are your Creative Goals for the coming year?

Be sure to visit Hickory Dickory and Scoutie Girl tomorrow to read about their dreams and aspirations for 2011.

Have a beautiful day!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MADE: Christmas Treats (and a recipe!)

I love Christmas! And I especially love Christmas Baking - but alas I am only from a small family (I'm an only child and single) and my mother does not really have a sweet tooth so to be able to satisfy my need to bake I decided this year to send little parcels of homemade goodies to my friends for Chrissie. I got some tins from the local $2 shop and filled them with these goodies and sent them off via Mr. Postman:


White Chocolate Dipped Shortbread

Super Rich Chocolate Fudge (recipe below)

So I thought I would share with you the Super Rich Chocolate Fudge recipe so you can spread some Christmas Cheer.


  • 100 gram butter - chopped
  • 1 x can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup brown sugar - firmly packed
  • 2 tbs golden syrup
  • 100 grams of good quality white cooking chocolate - chopped
  • 200 grams of good quality dark cooking chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa) - chopped


  • Firstly line a baking tray with grease proof paper.
  • In a glass bowl put butter, condensed milk, sugar and syrup and put in the microwave on high for 1 minute.
  • Carefully remove and give it a good stir, add 100 grams of white and 100 grams of dark chocolate and return to microwave. Zap the mixture for 30 secs and then stir thoroughly. The chocolate should melt into the mixture. If it needs to go for longer give it another 30 seconds and check. Do not over cook it as the chocolate will "turn".
  • Carefully spoon into the prepared baking tray and refrigerate for two hours until solid.
  • Melt the remainder of the dark chocolate and use a spatula to spread evenly over the fudge. (I finished mine with a drizzle of white chocolate to make it look pretty).
  • Leave to set. Once it has set then cut into small squares (this is SUPER rich so the only need to be small) and wrap in baking paper and put in an air tight container.

A little tip is don't refrigerate the fudge because it goes super hard. I keep mine at room temperature. If you do need to keep in the fridge, remove it a couple of hours before serving.


Monday, December 20, 2010

MADE: Christmas Decorations Part II

So as promised I am back with some more simple ideas to make your own decorations. Alas the photo's did not come out the best but I will still share how I did them.

This one is super simple - I just got styrofoam stars from Spotlight, spayed them with a spray adhesive and then dipped them in Marth Stewart glitter and you have instant twinkly stars.

The next one is a real easy one too. You can buy DIY clear glass ornaments (they also have good quality plastic ones in you have youngens in your house). All I did was get some white feathers, sprinking them with glitter and poke them into the bauble. Easy!

And here is my finished tree, I just put on some lights and a few of my sentimental ornaments that I have collected over the years. I'm very happy with it, now all I have to do is make sure Winston doesn't climb up it!

Be sure to come back on Wednesday when I will be taking part in the Epheriell 2011 Creative Odyssey Blog Hop.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

MADE: Christmas Decorations

Hello everyone - sorry I have not been blogging lately, time seems to get away from me and then I realise a month has passed. Ooops :(

Time has gone so quick that I haven't even got my christmas tree up yet! So I have been working on that today and I have been making decorations for it this year so it has a nice handmade feel. Here is what I made:

These are so easy and fun that you can make them with the kids to keep them occupied in the first week of holidays (I don't have kids, I have cats and they also found this fun - by stealing them and using them as toys!).

All you need is:
  • Pack of Styrofoam Balls (I got mine from Spotlight)
  • Scrapbook Paper (but you could use anything - I think old novels would look cool)
  • Ribbon
  • A paper trimmer
  • PVA Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun.

All I did was measure the ball from top to bottom and cut strips of paper that wide and then cut that into 1/4" strips. Next you glue the paper strips onto the balls so the are sitting flush against each other around the middle and overlapping at the top and bottom (does that make sense? I hope so).

Once they are dry carefully put a dot of hot glue on the bottom and wrap your ribbon around. I cut one piece short and wrapped in one direction and another piece long and used that to go around the other side and tied a bow at the top.

If you own a hot glue gun you know it is an absolute nightmare and quite dangerous so I think if you are going to make these with kids that you should use strong double sided scrapbooking tape to adhere the ribbon.

And viola - christmas ornaments. Just put a ornament hook through the bow on the top and hang on the tree.

I will be back tomorrow with some more of my homemade ornaments.