Craft, stitchin' and sustainable living

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A very bready day

You may have noticed a distinct lack of making going on at Stitchybritt's in the last couple of months. It's true - there really hasn't been a lot of stitching, knitting or crocheting happening (apart from the super quick pencil case that I whipped up for boyfriend). It seems I've been going for a different kind of making lately - the edible kind. I recently had another stab at camembert cheesemaking, 18 months after my last try (unfortunately my camemberts stayed too moist and didn't form mold as soon as they should have, so I threw them away and promised myself I would try again in a few weeks). Last weekend I whipped up a batch of branston-style chutney, which was thankfully more of a success than the cheese. Then, today, I went along to a Sourdough Bread making workshop held at the Abbotsford Convent, and managed to come home with five different loaves of bread, one pizza, one calzone and six scones. Yes! I baked them all myself, in the Convent's amazing woodfired oven. Check out the pics...

Stitchybritt says "mmm, can I eat pizza now?"

Breads left to rise on the trolley

Inside the oven. The oven itself is over 100 years old, dating back from when the Convent was an actual working convent, not the arts and cultural precinct it is today.

The finished product. Bon apetite!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I got sick of waiting for a Treasury spot to become available on Etsy, so I decided to make my own. For those of you who've never seen the Treasury before, it is the section on Etsy where members get to curate their own list of items for display, and these are then used as a buying guide.

I call mine "The Greatest Show on Earth":

Top left: Circus Tent Box by Aughras Lair
Top middle: Mini Top Hat by janelouisedesigns (sold! but many other great things available)
Top right: Harlequin Frilly Shirt by amoelbarroco (sold! but many other great things available)
Middle left: Plush Elephant by thewillowtree
Middle middle: Peacock Feather Facinator by MetroGypsy
Middle right: Lion Tamer Bracelet by mamaslittlebabies
Bottom left: Around and Around print by bomobob
Bottom middle: Roll Up Roll Up Wall Graphic by ellynelly
Bottom right: Boudoir Corset by BoudoirQueen