Friday, August 29, 2014

Three Easy Non-Bake Desserts!

I love desserts that involve minimal time spent in the kitchen and that are easy to make with little kids. These three desserts are my all time favourites for both being extremely yummy and also easy to make!

All three recipes can be gluten free if you wish and that's the way I do them!


Chocolate Snowballs
You need 3 ingredients - 1 box of chocolate tiny teddy biscuits (substitute your favourite Gluten Free chocolate biscuits), 1 can of sweet condensed milk, 1 cup of coconut (plus a bit extra for covering).

Crush biscuits in the blender, mix in a bowl with 1 cup of coconut.

Pour in the tin of sweet condensed milk, and mix together. Roll into balls, sprinkle and cover with the extra coconut. Place in the fridge to set for 1 hour or more.

Enjoy as a small bite to eat or serve with fruit as a dessert platter at your next special occasion!




Lemon & Coconut Slice
Slice
1/2 cup sweet condensed milk
125g butter
250g gluten free tea biscuits (finely crushed)
(for non gluten free recipe, use 250g of arrowroot biscuits)
1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind
1 cup coconut


Icing
1 cup icing sugar (I use CSR brand gluten free)
15g butter
2 tablespoons of coconut
3 tablespoons of lemon juice


Mix all ingredients well and press into a thin glass or baking dish
Refrigerate for at least an hour
Ice with lemon icing
Sprinkle with desired amount of coconut
When icing has set, cut into squares




Cinnamon Day Dessert
This one's easy but it makes a great dessert for an afternoon tea and it's so healthy. I add sultanas cause I like having the crunchy texture with the soft creamy yoghurt in my mouth. So basically it's banana, strawberries, blueberries and sultanas in a gluten free, natural pot set yoghurt topped with sprinkled ground cinnamon!



Tash

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Girl's Fabrics!


There is an abundance of fabrics on the market made for girls and I think that's because it's generally accepted that any design, any image and any colour can be worn by girls. It's a bit sad to think that boys are still limited by what is acceptable for them to wear, but, having said that, I, myself, with one daughter and one son, find girl's clothes more exciting than boys. They're just a bit more pretty and colourful! 

Here at Little Ladybird I've created some prints that look stunning and can be used for any girl's items. AND, they don't have too much pink, just a little, as a highlight, here and there! And I'm sharing some easy tutorials from Threading My Way to help you decide just what to make with your girl's fabrics!

The fabrics are digitally printed which entails very little waste of ink, water and electricity and are created using eco-friendly, water based inks on natural and synthetic fiber textiles. 


So far, I have used the Kona Cotton fabric and have been very happy with that, although I am in the process of testing my prints on other fabric types, for both the ease of sewing and also for the quality of the dyes, over time, when washed.


Here are some skirts and cushion covers that have been made with the Spring Trail, Pastel Garden, Under The Apple Tree and Mumma and Bubba fabrics. The bright red Mumma and Bubba fabric is my favourite. A bit of pink always looks beautiful when matched up with bright red! 




And pssst ....... if you want to purchase your own yard or two of these fabrics, you can click here!




Tash

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Frankie & Swiss Textile Design Competition

'Frankie and Swiss' is a boutique digital textile printing and design studio based in South Yarra, Victoria, Australia and they are holding a textile design competition. The winner will have their design printed onto 1 metre of fabric and there are also 4 different categories with a prize. 

This competition is an open ended inspirational challenge, which makes it all the more fun and the entries that have been submitted are varied and beautiful due to there being no restrictions.


Here is my design titled 'Fine Feathers & Swiss Cheese' and you can take a look at all of the submissions here on Facebook. You can even cast a vote with a 'like' if you please! Voting ends Friday 22nd August, 2014. That's this Friday!


A colourful and textured swatch with a pastel base, 
designed and created on computer. 

I invite you to put on your finest feathers and join me 
for an afternoon of tea, Swiss cheese and sweets!


Can you imagine this on a fabric to add a splash of colour to your next sewing creation!

It would be so lovely to win, but more so, it has been a week of creative fun, designing and looking at so many beautiful designs and swatches.

x Tash

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Friday, August 08, 2014

Side Yard Ikea Hack!

As a kid, growing up, we had a very large backyard with lots of space to run around in. My brothers and I had enough space that we were able to claim bits of the yard to do with whatever we pleased. Whether it was a small vege and flower garden, an outdoor science table or a digging patch to turn into a bike jump, we had some outdoor space that was just ours, with no adult interference!



As an adult, where we live now, we don't have much outdoor space. I'm sure it's more than a lot of families have though and I'm determined to make the most of every centimetre. I don't want my kids to miss out on having some outside freedom to tinker about in and to be able to discover and learn through play! Having a small backyard is a challenge, but Ikea makes it easy (they are not paying me to say that, I just love Ikea for ideas).

On one side of our house we have a small walkway which is about 1.5m wide. Here's what we did to turn it into a little area for the kids to play. 



The play kitchen had to come outside. I was sick of the mess it was creating inside! We then added a mirror above and a basketball ring.



Next to it we hung some metal rails, hooks, mini magnetic round storage containers and a wall hanging, all sourced from Ikea. They were very easy to attach to the wall and are perfect for storing nic nacs and for hanging water play and measuring equipment. 



We placed a long seat underneath, also from Ikea, and attached a black board from Bunnings. 



The beautiful Australian handmade bunting I picked up from the Glenbrook Markets from a shop called Bold Australia, who make and print all of their products here in Australia.



Lastly, we made a water wall and a marble run out of pegboard, recycled water bottles and wood. It took a few goes to get the angles correct, but it was fun and a learning experience for the kids in itself!



The kids love it and they can make as much mess as they like. It's hidden around the side of the house which is awesome! And I like it when they call me round to read the messages that they or their daddy have written for me!





x Tash

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Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Boys Fabrics!


There aren't as many fabrics available that boys would like, as there are for girls. But I've put my Little Ladybird design cap on and have created some prints that might interest you for those boys items that you're going to make! I even have some easy tutorials from Threading My Way to help you decide just what to make with your boy's fabrics!

The fabrics are digitally printed which entails very little waste of ink, water and electricity and are created using eco-friendly, water based inks on natural and synthetic fiber textiles. 


So far, I have used the Kona Cotton fabric and have been very happy with that, although I am in the process of testing my prints on other fabric types, for both  the ease of sewing and also for the quality of the dyes, over time, when washed.


Here are some shorts, a cushion cover and a drawstring bag that have been made with the Robot Rock, Broom Broom and Monster Party fabrics and the tutorials on how you can make them can be found here, here and here.



And pssst ....... if you want to purchase your own yard or two of these fabrics, you can click here






x Tash 


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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Teal Tease

A sprinkle of teal ...... the fine line between blue and green.




4 Ceramic Tile Drink Coasters  [Studio Astratta]
Wooden Bunny Cave Stacker Puzzle [Folkwood]
Hand Knitted Scarf [Tigs Togs]
Vintage Napkins [Domum Vindemia]
Feathers In My Hat [Kale]
Owl Cape Costume [Sparrow & B]
Woodland Personalised cushion [Love a Rhino Designs]
Vintage Wool Jacket [OneString]
Hippo Corduroy Pants [Ted and Toot]

Have a terrifically teal day!



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Friday, April 04, 2014

Easter Ideas, Inspiration & Freebies

6 Craft Ideas to do with your kids this Easter


Painted Easter Egg Rocks by No Time For Flash Cards
Leaf Print Eggs by Spoonful
Paddle Pop Stick Puzzle by Sassy Dealz
Easter Egg Tree by Little Ladybird
Paint Chip Egg Collage by Little Ladybird
Bunny Bums Banner by Pieces of Me


 Lots of Free Printables for all your Easter Celebrations


Easter Cupcake Wraps by Honey Jumble
Easter Egg Hunt Signs by The Diary Of Daves Wife






Shop with some Handmade Love this Easter!



x Tash


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