Creativity, making things, and Chocolate Chip Cookies! (Gluten, dairy and nut free, of course)

imageI’ve been a busy bee lately. Multiple crafty projects, a watercolour painting of my daughter (as a mermaid, because she lurves them), an embroidery of my son, an oil painting for my neighbour, designing a new kitchen (I’m so EXCITED)…

Floral Bouquet, work in progress
Floral Bouquet, work in progress

Do you ever feel like your head is swirling with ideas, and you can’t get them out fast enough?

Creativity is a funny thing. I often find it comes in giant bursts. The ideas come rushing out, I start on multiple projects, and struggle to finsh things, because I’m so eager to start the next project. My family can always tell when I’m in a creative burst, because of the mess. I run out of space in my studio, and things start to make their way out to the lounge room, then the dining table… Sorry family!

Leo dreaming
Leo dreaming
Vintage Kimono Silk Birds
Vintage Kimono Silk Birds
Even the window is getting covered in my "works in progress"
Even the window is getting covered in my “works in progress”

 

To help tackle my lack of focus (or being focused on too many things), I’ve been writing lots of to do lists. They aren’t particularly ordered. More like automatic writing, because there’s just so many ideas I want to get down, before I burst. There is something so satisfying about to do lists. Writing one out, no matter how jumbled, always makes me feel like I’m starting to achieve stuff. Invariably, because I’ve got it all out on paper, things start to happen. I start to work my way through the list, ticking things off. And then cleaning ip the mess, as each project gets resolved…

It’s amazing what you can achieve if you have a list to work with!

Naturally, all this productive stuff requires sustenance…

Yum
Yum

 

These cookies are quick and easy to make. I often take them to birthday parties, so my children can eat something sweet when the cake comes out. They are also great for the school lunchbox.

Easy Peasy Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/2 cups of gluten free plain flour
250g nuttelex
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
1 cup of caster sugar
Half a cup of the Chocolate of your choice. We use Sweet Williams, or Plamil dark chocolate.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees

Beat Nuttelex, vanilla essence and sugar together until light and fluffy. Using a spatula, stir through flour and baking powder, and then knead gently into a soft dough. If it feels a bit sticky, add another tablespoon of flour. You should be able to roll the dough in your hands without it sticking all over you. Mix through desired chocolate. I use about half a cup, chopped up.

Roll into balls, then squash a bit flat. Makes about 20 cookies.

Bake for about 10-12 minutes, until they just start to turn golden. If you like them crunchy, leave them for a couple more minutes.

They will last in an airtight container for about a week.

 

Its almost Easter! Time for some craft…

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My children (ok, and me) get very excited about Easter. What’s not to love? Bunnies, chocolate, fluffy chickens, chocolate…

We are always looking for new crafty things to do to decorate the house. I found these cardboard bunnies at lincraft, and thought they’d be perfect for some Easter fun. We bought 3 bunnies, a large one for me, and smaller ones for the children.

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I have a huge stash of lovely Japanese paper that I’ve decided I really must start using, so I got out all of the materials, ready to do some serious collage on the bunnies.

When doing collage with young children, it really helps if you have all the paper pre cut or torn, before the glue comes out. 3 year olds are very good assistants when it comes to ripping up paper!  We chose the paper together, and ripped up lots of tiny pieces.

Once we got started, I tried to convince Miss 3 to join in the collage fun, but she was adamant that paint and glitter was the way to go. My son opted for ALL THE STUFF. The children painted theirs with acrylic paint first. You really need a couple of coats of paint, so it isn’t streaky, so we let the bunnies dry in between coats.

Once we got to the gluing stage, we used Matt Mod Podge. We brushed it on in small sections (it dries quickly) with a wide, flat paintbrush, and worked our way through until the my whole bunny was covered. We also used it to help the glitter adhere.

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This was really simple to do, and lots of fun. We decorated our bunnies over two sessions. Once they were fully dry, we made some pom poms, to finish them off. They are fairly durable, so the children can play with them (just don’t get them wet). This week has been full of colourful Easter Bunny Games!

 

Hello Pipstars!

It was hot today. Very hot! I braved the weather to climb around hanging paper flowers, for a new feature window at Pipstars in Stanmore.

Pipstars sells gorgeous toys, gifts, and ethically made women’s and children’s clothing. I’m super excited to have my books selling in such a lovely store.

Pipstars is located right near stanmore station, at 132 Percival rd.