Woven poncho finished

So, the poncho is finished! The hand dyed combined with baby pink yarn worked perfectly.

The yarn is all 8ply, which gives a lovely, light, yet warm feel to the garment.

At this point my little model decided that Mum had really taken enough photographs already.

We escalated into silliness.

And you know you're pretty much done when it gets to this point!

Anyway, I'm super happy with how the poncho came out, it was a big experiment for me as I made the design from scratch. Now the question is whether to make more for the Etsy shop, what do you think?

Weaving WIP

The cooler weather and wet, gloomy days are doing wonders for my weaving enthusiasm! The loom just looks so bare when it's undressed, so I'm getting organised with two new projects I've had in mind for ages.

First up is a little draped poncho thing for my youngest daughter. I'm not exactly sure how this will pan out yet, but I've dyed some brighter than intended wool yarn for the warp and am going to tone it down with some "baby pink" for the weft. 

I'm just a wee bit excited about these new projects and hope that if they turn out well I can do some for my lately neglected Etsy shop as well. Stay tuned!

Super Marshmallow Banana Apple Fluff cake!

My 9 year old daughter decided it was high time for her to write a new cake recipe. She has made her Apple choc cake so many times and wanted something a bit different. This is what she came up with - the Super Marshmallow Banana Apple Fluff Cake!

1 cup SR flour
120 grams butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup whole milk
2 eggs, whisked
2 tablespoons rolled oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon honey
1 banana, mashed
1 apple, chopped into smallish pieces
5 marshmallows, chopped in half
slivered almonds for topping

Preheat oven to 170 (C). Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add milk and eggs and whisk in. Combine melted butter and honey, whisk in. Add the mashed banana, apple and marshmallows and stir with a wooden spoon. Pour the cake batter into a lined and greased cake tin, scatter slivered almonds over the top. Bake for 40 - 50 minutes, checking the centre with a skewer for doneness.

Please let us know if you try this recipe, my daughter loves to receive feedback. Also, please post your questions and let us know if we've missed anything important!

Break the rules photography

Photography is so much more artistic than I ever knew before. Once you have a reasonable amount of the technical knowledge, the rest is up to you. This is what I really love about photography - the artistic freedom coupled with technical skill. It's so exciting and challenging!

What I wasn't prepared for when delving into the art of photography is all the so called "rules" one must follow in order to achieve "good" photos. The rule of the thirds, posing rules, lighting rules. I have found something much more useful than rules. Experience. Passion. Experiments. 
Some will look at one of my landscapes and say "but you haven't used the rule of thirds" or "your horizon line isn't precise" and "it's over/under exposed". 

When I look at a photo I'm led by the feeling it gives me. Do I love the image? Was capturing the image a positive experience? Was it fun?
If I can say a definite YES to these questions, then my motto is:

Go ahead and break the rules!

Make do and make a start

I thought I'd share with you a little reality check today. It is easy for us to imagine that people we see on social media, on websites...