Archive | January, 2012


30 Jan

This weekend I made ninjabread, thanks to my mum giving me awesome ninjabread cutters for Christmas.

All the finished ninjabread cooling down

Some of them got a bit crispy around the edges as my old oven doesn’t cook evenly. It’s fine for cakes which are in the middle of tray, but rough on biscuits. But hey, crispy ninjabread is better than no ninjabread.

So, what exactly is ninjabread?

It’s gingerbread cut into ninja shapes of course.

Mostly non-crispy tasty ninjabread

The cutters came with pictures that show them iced in ninja clothes, but I wasn’t going to get that carried away, especially as the whole batch last less than 24 hours.Even the crispy ones went.

Icing ninja-stars!

The cutters also came with a recipe for ninjabread.

Pros – contained lots of funny ninja references “Quietly cream together” “add molasses and blend into the night” “add to the mixture with deadly accuracy” “moving like the wind, pre-heat the oven” “release the ninjas”. Hehe.

Cons – major ingredient was shortening! Eww. So I found a gingerbread recipe in another book and then subbed out the treacle and subbed in golden syrup, mainly because I had no treacle.

Best part of making ninjabread? Within seconds of giving the first one to my partner, G, he was making kung fu sounds and biting off limbs in retaliation. I came out of the kitchen to find him hiding it behind his beer bottle (I was baking at about 6 on a Saturday night!) My flatmate followed suit shortly after.

G's ninja hiding behind a strategically placed beer bottle

Punk flattie's ninja being sly

This so entertained them that they then engaged in ninjabread wars. There was a fatality.

There can be only one. Ninjabread that is.

I approve of people playing with their food when it is ninjabread!

2012: New Year, new things

18 Jan

Starting a blog is an odd thing, isn’t it? Getting those first few sentences out, feeling like a doofus for pretending that someone will read this when no one even knows it exists, trying to avoid all the cliches. I wonder if I have been successful?

I discovered the blogosphere last year, and now reading blogs is one of my many interests. Then I started wondering , did blogging have a place for ME? “Nah” I thought, “I don’t have the time,” etc etc. But last year, after Tilly’s blog on sewing productivity, I started making a note on what I did in my spare time, and while interesting it was hard to go back and make sense of. And so I have decided to try blogging to keep track of the creative things that take place in my life, so I can look back on what I have made, what I have experienced, and other cool things that occur across my vast range of creative outlets.

In keeping with the time of year, this new resolution to blog, and the trends out there in blog-land, this seems like the perfect time to document what other goals, plans, and dreams I have for 2012. I realise it’s a little later in the year than most, but hey, it’s my blog right?

  1. Stop buying for stash. I have a wild stash of assorted craft supplies (really, it’s huge) and I want to stop buying things just because I want them. But I acknowledge there’ll be a couple of exceptions (because sometimes it is really just too pretty).
  2. Start shopping FROM stash. I’m not pledging to to sew solely from stash – if a specific project needs something that I just don’t have, I’m gonna get it! But every project will start sewing primarily from stash. Well, almost every project.
  3. Overhaul my wardrobe. Every day I want to be wearing something I love, rather than simply getting dressed in order to avoid nudity and frostbite/sunburn. But I don’t actually have a very large collection of actual clothes (most of my “garment “spend is still languishing in stash). So over the year I want to get rid of the tatty things that I wear because I have to,  and replace them with things that make me happy to put on. I’m not swearing to only have me-mades in my wardrobe, or to never buy another garment – because there are some things out there that I do like – but in reality, to get a wardrobe full of things I love I’m going to have to make a lot of it.
  4. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. I love the fabrics in my stash. Each of them is full of promise and expectation and wonder. And if I cut it and make it and it turns out to be a disaster, than all that promise is gone and I am left with rags. But – this fear holds me back from making and learning and wearing. I can’t wear them if I stuff it up – but I can’t wear it in stash either. So – I’m going to be bold. If that means losing a few pieces of fabric, then so be it!
  5. Talk and read about making stuff less and make stuff more. And this is not just limited to sewing – I want to emobroider more, knit more, dance more, bake more. Not sure how I’m going to do it! But enough excuses – get to it girl!

And those are just the sewing ones!