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As soon as I saw that Tessuti had a little fabric competition, I knew I had to give it a go!

All you had to do was create a garment using the GRIDLOCK fabric.

Gridlock Fabric

The fabric was on sale for this comp, so I purchased it, along with some Liberty Tana Lawn – Pointillism Red. I love mixing patterns with patterns.

I decided to combine two of my favourite dress styles to sew- using the top half from one and the skirt from the other.


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And here is the final product! I am really happy with how it turned out!

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What do you think? 


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The Bake Off!

It was my little sisters birthday last week. She is studying to be a chef.

So, my other sister decided it would be a brilliant idea to have a BAKE OFF  for her birthday cake!

Who has a bake off for someone who wants to be be a pastry chef!

So, I took on the challenge! I was going to win! I decided to combine my (minimal) baking skills with my creativity and create something that would blow her away!

I started by going to the designer kitchen ware shop to get inspiration… and I got these gorgeous patty pans.

When searching for cupcake recipes, I wanted something that WOWed! There were your usual chocolate, blueberry, vanilla ones… but I wanted something that would win the bake off and turn heads… That was when I stumbled across a ZUCCHINI cupcake recipe! As with many children growing up, my little sister did not like this vegetable, especially after my grandma once over boiled it and made her eat it! So, I thought for her birthday, this would be the perfect way for her to overcome this fear!

Thank you to Martha Stewart for the awesome recipe… I did adapt parts and made it my own though! (I put in choc chips and didn’t have walnuts!)


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, (spooned and leveled)
  • 1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 zucchini (10 ounces), coarsely grated (1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cups of a standard (12-cup) muffin tin with paper or foil liners. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in nuts.
  3. In another bowl, combine zucchini, oil, eggs, and vanilla; add to flour mixture, and mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  4. Divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  5. Cool in tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes; turn cupcakes out, right side up, and cool completely. Meanwhile, make frosting. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread frosting on cupcakes. The frosted cupcakes are best eaten within 1 day.
To match the patty pan holders, I put blue food colouring into the mix! It would also hide the colour of the zucchini in the mix. 

And then it was time to decorate! I went all out!

I think they looked really pretty!

When it came time to compare, I knew I was up for some competition!

Zucchini Cupcakes, Banoffee Pie, Apple Crumble

We made my little sister eat a tasting plate and  judge us!

And she ate them… and wouldn’t choose a favourite…

But she did say that mine won for presentation! WOOT!

Happy Birthday little sister! Love you!

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Big Day Out

A friend posted on Twitter this morning and pinged me in to a competition that she thought I should enter.

The Big Day Art Competition

run by , they asked users to design the cover of their next print edition

  • All you have to do is send us your impression of an artist on the current Big Day Out schedule and upload your entry in the Festivals section of (then click onto Big Day Art page).
  • The prize? Not only will your entry appear on the front cover of Inpress/ The Drum Media/ Time Off, but the lucky winner will also win a pass to the Big Day Out plus CDs by Big Day Out artists. But it gets Bigger and Artier than that! To celebrate the BDO festival’s twentieth anniversary, we are also giving the winner exclusive prints of heritage BDO poster art.

Their suggestion was to run with the ‘handmade theme’ that is reflected in all Big Day Out Promo for 2012.

Instantly I was inspired by Frankie Magazine and their handmade aesthetic.

So I started by doing a watercolour illustration of a jar…

I love the texture and feel that watercolour can give!


To add the Big Day Out artist, I loaded the image into Photoshop and worked some magic….

I don’t really know what they are looking for… but I thought this was a cute idea… having the band in the jar with the label on it… Just like Jam!

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