Posted by: maureenc | August 31, 2014

Thought for Today


Words to remember and ponder over

Originally posted on Espirational:

Water garden Mahoney State Park Copyright 2008 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

Water garden Mahoney State Park
Copyright 2008 by R.O. & R.A. Robbins

“Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are.”
HafsatAbiola in Architects of Peace: Visions of Hope in Words and Images (2000) edited by Michael Collopy

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Posted by: maureenc | August 27, 2014

Advance warning that…..


Myfanwy gives us warning that we are expected to snap out of the creativity doldrums some of us have been suffering with the past few months

Originally posted on Creating something every day:

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…. September will bring you a small prompt each day to flex your creative muscles. We’ve rested for a few months as far as Be Creative is concerned – this should get you back into the mood for creating! Hope you will join you.

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Posted by: maureenc | August 26, 2014

Strawberry Jam

Yesterday was our monthly Book Club meeting.
If you want a good read, try Ben Elton’s “The first Casualty” set in 1917 and the battlefields of World War 1.
Initially, I was not looking forward to reading the novel because I had preconceived ideas of Elton being a comic.
(I couldn’t have been further from the truth!)
His subject was well researched and presented: It is not a book that one can quickly skim through as it involves some weighty discussions, but once I started I could not put it down.

Anyway, this posting is meant to be about my strawberry jam making! One of club friends lives in a district renowned for its strawberry production, and she kindly brought me one kilo of luscious red berries.
I knew that is I didn’t turn to making the jam ASAP, all those luscious berries would be consumed.1-DSC02882



When I had completed and bottled the jam, I was a little worried that the jam’s consistency would be too runny.
However this morning, after it had cooled overnight, I was happy that it was no longer “runny”.

Another friend has promised me more cumquats! I really should be getting busy on my southerncrosscrazies Round Robin so that it can be sent back to its owner.
As for my CQJOURNAL 2014 pieces! They have been languishing for nearly four months! The year will be over before I get up to speed on them.
Then there’s my “No theme” and “Hand stitched” cards waiting in the wings……..I guess I will need get ORGANISED!

Posted by: maureenc | August 24, 2014

ATCs: Artist Trading Cards

Generally sized 3.5 by 2.5 inches, ATCs are made to be swapped with other like minded people who enjoy working mainly with fabric and fibre.
I say “mainly” because many people also use paper and mix their media in both their ATCs and their Postcards.
These ATCs were fabricated as part of the National Celebration of Stitch, and our Be Creative group under the leadership of Myfanwy Hart organised this swap as our “part ” of the celebration.


The card above was made using a lavender batik as foundation, and back stitching my initials.
Then using stranded rayon thread two lines of three X-stitches were added.
Finally, using a home dyed half inch silk ribbon, a
looped flower was added.


The second ATC employed some Gelli-plate printed fabric in a dusky pink toning. Running stitches were added around the white abstract shapes and in two of the shapes a dusky pink stranded thread was looped through the stitches.
Bead stitched teal ribbons and a floral braid completed the card.

These will fly out to new homes in the UK in the next couple of days.

Posted by: maureenc | August 24, 2014

Curli’s kitchen

After being gifted some home grown cumquats by a friend, I made some Cumquat Marmalade a few days back.
It’s just as well I have friends who enjoy home made jam, because being a one person household, jams , chutneys and pickles last far too long at my place.

I must admit that it took a few days before I sliced the fruit, covered it with water, and set it aside for the prescribed twelve hours.
THEN, it took nearly a week before I was motivated sufficiently to actually MAKE the marmalade!


As you can see, four jars of varying sizes were filled. The small jar on top is now half empty.
The large jar has found a new home with friends, and another jar is destined for the friend who kindly gave me the fruit.
Tomorrow is my monthly Book Club meeting, and I look forward to receiving a kilo of strawberries from a friend who lives in the strawberry growing area of Caboolture.
Tuesday looks like being spent in the kitchen.

Posted by: maureenc | August 23, 2014

You Can Relax Now


As I am not blogging regularly, my gift to you today, is this beautiful video from Shaina Noll.

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Posted by: maureenc | August 6, 2014

ATC Exchange

ATC Exchange.

In my usual way I have reversed my postings! (Forgive me)

Posted by: maureenc | August 6, 2014

ATC Exchange

ATC Exchange.

It looks like my mojo is resurrecting itself at long last. I have signed to join the swap.
Now to start stitching

Posted by: maureenc | July 11, 2014

Grinexx Cake [A Link Between Worlds]


I’m still not back into blogging , or even stitching, so, once again I would like to share with you .a FANTASTIC cake! WHY didn’t anyone make me a birthdays cake this week??(sad face)

Originally posted on Cakecrumbs:

If you’re a Zelda fan, or just generally have a finger to the pulse of the gaming world, you’ll probably know that late last year the latest game in the Zelda franchise was released: A Link Between Worlds. Of course I had to have it straight away, and as soon as I had it I did nothing else but play it until I’d beaten it. A feat that took an usually long time because I got crazy addicted to the baseball mini game. Saving the multiple worlds in chaos can wait, man, I’ve got some Octorock baseball to perfect! I don’t think I have spent so much time getting sidetracked by a mini game since fishing and horseback archery in Ocarina of Time.

In the course of finally getting around to beating the game, I came across the very Turtle-centric dungeon aptly called Turtle Rock. To access the dungeon you must rescue three adorable baby turtles…

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Posted by: maureenc | July 3, 2014

Happy Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day!


It’s not “ice cream weather” here in south-east Queensland at the moment, but I will surely try this when the temperatures start warming up.In the mean time I will reblog so my vegan friends can try it!

Originally posted on Espirational:

We have an extra “bonus” blog post today because I just learned today is Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day. How did I miss that one? You may know that I come from a family of ice cream lovers with lots of recipes for traditional ice cream as well as banana based “fruit creams.”

So today I decided to share with you my recipe for Carrot Cake Fruit Cream.

Carrot Cake Fruit Cream Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins

Carrot Cake Fruit Cream
Copyright 2013 by R.A. Robbins


2 cups frozen mashed bananas

1/2 cup coconut milk

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup finely grated carrots (about 1 small)

1/4 cup crushed pineapple (drained)

1/8 cup finely chopped walnuts


1. Add bananas and coconut milk to blender container of a high speed blender such as a Ninja or a Vita Mix. Pulse a few times then process on high until ingredients are well blended and look like ice cream. If…

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