Thursday, September 30, 2010

little jane st.

Yesterday I visited Alarna Zinn's new store LITTLE JANE ST. in Fortitude Valley. It is gorgeous as is everything in it. If you haven't already visited, please do. It's open 7 days a week! Visit the website and blog for more details.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Windsor Deli: Zucchini Slice

Spring is definitely on the way here in Melbourne and it is trying so hard to bust out of the Winter dreg!

So with that in mind I have been getting some really cheap Zucchinis at the moment and it was time for Zucchini Gluten Free Slice!

(If you want to make this slice you can do it with plain flour instead of the gluten free variety!)


the Windsor Deli posts are kindly shared with us by Katrina Higham of Windsor Deli in Victoria.

Visit the blog to get the details of this recipe.

visit the deli:
33 Hornby St, Windsor Victoria
{open 7 days 7.30am - 5.30 pm}

*photo by Katrina

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

jetta's nest...

These hand cut brooches were made by Samantha over at jetta's nest. I love the contrast between the rawness of the wood and the delicate doily patterns which are hand drawn. These are part of the Junkie Couture exhibition currently on show at Reverse Garbage. To see more of Samantha's work head to her shops on etsy and blue caravan. The pencil brooch is on my wish list!

Monday, September 20, 2010

new stockist: the style emporium

what a gorgeous shop..

dedicated area for ribbon - sweet!

We are excited to say that the style emporium now stocks some hot toffee goodies including our new bird necklaces, magnets and gift cards.

Owner Kerist opened the shop in 2004 to fulfill Canberra's lack of independent stores and the store has evolved to represent a simple aesthetic of quality products. She said it's been an exciting learning experience for both herself and her staff as they share with their customers the value of choosing quality products with purpose and story. Wherever possible the style emporium stocks handmade, fair trade, sustainable, australian made or all of the above and have a great trading relationship with their suppliers, many of whom are enthusiastic small (or micro) business' such as themselves.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

coconutty shuku shuku

Just popping in to say 'if you haven't already then please try the coconutty shuku shuku recipe in the Sept/Oct issue of frankie magazine & sweet treats cookbook'
I made some this afternoon and while my end result looked a bit different to the frankie pic these were so yummy... little parcels of YUM! To make mine gluten free all I did was substitute the flour and icing sugar with gluten free alternatives.

ours were gone within 10 minutes!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

corky saint clair.

A selection of hot toffee studs are now available at corky saint clair in degraves street subway Melbourne. I met owner Chris at the recent life in style where he was also exhibiting. The little bird above is one of his designs. Isn't it sweet!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

birds and pop-up shop #3 at nook.

Today I will be making more of these bird necklaces but not before heading in to the pop-up shop at nook from 10am - 2pm. If you've not been to nook before then today is the day as there will be even more crafty goodness then usual!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Windsor Deli: Almond and Apricot Slice

My mum has coughed for most of her life. Coughed because of anything and everything.....coughed when waking up; coughed after drinking wine; coughed when cooking; coughing, coughing, coughing.....and noone knew (doctors) what was wrong. And when I became a chef and started learning about intollerances and allergies Mum and I thought it might be from gluten. After tests and more tests, Mum was told she was gluten intollerant. Surprise, surprise

You have heard this story before right?

So I have altered the Bakewell Slice to gluten you can't taste the difference....and if you don't do gluten free just substitute the gf flour for plain flour.


the Windsor Deli posts are kindly shared with us by Katrina Higham of Windsor Deli in Victoria.

Visit the blog to get the details of this recipe. We'd love to hear (or see some photos) your experiences if you make it!

visit the deli:
33 Hornby St, Windsor Victoria
{open 7 days 7.30am - 5.30 pm}

*photo by Katrina

rest area one.

with all the work that's going on around here I've been very careful to ensure I have proper breaks, after all one of the perks of working for your self is supposed to be freedom right? {Excuse the blankets and pillows, there have been a few nights of sleeping by the fire.}

I would love to show you rest area two. but I really need to get to work so will save that for next time. Here's to a productive day!

work station three.

The dining room is now the packing room. This is where I lay out my orders, give them their final clean and pack them. simple. then they are out the door and begin the journey to their new homes.

work station two.

Photo taken from the kitchen. Work station two is situated right as we walk in the front door and is where the bird & star garlands and necklaces are threaded and packed. The plan is to complete all work which needs to be done here today and surprise Ryo by having the table packed up and the room returned to normal by the time he gets home tonight. Wish me luck with that one! The good thing about work station two is that I can see the television (which lost it's colour and has only displayed black and white for a good 12 months now) from there and have enjoyed quite a few mid-day movies over the past couple of weeks as I work.

work station one.

Just thought I'd pop in to say hello. Things have been quite busy at the hot toffee studio since returning from life in style. I have really taken over the house this time! Work station one is actually in my studio and this is where glass is cut, fired, cleaned, sanded and made into the final product. ( The rest of the studio looks like a bomb has hit it as things that aren't needed immediately are piled upon other things which need to be filed etc )