Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We're moving..

We're moving to another blog, see you there :)

Monday, May 19, 2014

This Month I am Making...

This month I have been making.... two of May Blossoms cute patterns...

 'Thistledown Rabbits' ...

 'Bandit the Fox' ...

and Ric raC's 'E for Elephant' ....

Great fun using 100% pure new wool felt which has great strength but is lovely and soft.. and can be found in my shop here...

Monday, January 13, 2014

What a cute little Moo Cow... Moo Moo from Melly and Me teamed with Rosalie's Nellie Hill fabric...


Its prompted a giveaway... for your chance to win this pattern tell me which page Moo Moo is found on in my shop

If you find Moo Moo and post the correct page you will go into the draw to win. ...

I will be drawing the winner on Australia Day January 26.. each correct comment will be assigned a number and the winner will be selected randomly.

Feel free to share and invite friends to like Braidwood Heritage Crafts on Facebook and enter the competition.

Good luck...

Saturday, November 30, 2013

New Patterns..

I recently visited the AQM 2013 in Melbourne and had the pleasure of meeting some very talented Australian designers, Paula Storm and Janeene Scott both quite local, from the beautiful NSW South Coast and Zoe Clifton from Geelong.

I am excited to tell you that I am soon to stock some their wonderful patterns...

 'Rupert and Piper' , new softies from Paula just adorable..

...and Sammy seahorse is a cutie
......Lovely appliqué Cushions and quilts for your home from Janeene
A great design to adapt for Christmas
My deer pattern
"In the wild"  It is fast and fusible appliqué featuring "wild"  animals; a lion, giraffe, monkey, hippo and zebra. The quilt is fairly simple and the design uses vibrant colours.... great for any child's bedroom..
Zoe Clifton has some great new patterns to try...
The Origami Quilt pattern comes with a set of 5 templates which have the 1/4" seam allowance marked...
Such a versatile design, can be used with oriental prints, soft and pretty florals, 'bloke' prints - something for everybody
Finished Quilt Size 1.5m (59") x 1.5m (59")

Sleepy sails ... a beautiful quilt inspired by the sea would make a lovely addition to your beach house... and it would make a you can a boys quilt.
Rotary cut and machine pieced with either blanket stitch applique or needle turn applique for the yachts.
Finished Quilt size 119 cm (47") x 139.7 cm (55")



Saturday, July 20, 2013

Beef Pilaf

An easy one pot recipe combining ground beef, rice and cinnamon.

1 tablespoon oil
1 onion chopped
1 carrot diced
1 garlic clove crushed
500g minced beef
1 tsp cinnamon
11/2 cup long grain rice
3 cup chicken stock
1 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste
Plain yoghurt to serve


1. Heat oil in a wok or deep pot (make sure it has well fitting lid).
2. Add onion, carrot and garlic to pan and stir fry for 3 to 4 mins.
3. Add minced beef and cinnamon and cook stirring until beef is browned.
4. Add rice and stir to combine.
5. Add stock, cover and cook 20 mins until stock is absorbed and rice is cooked, stir in peas a few mins before cooking time is finished....season to taste.
6. Serve with a dollop of plain yoghurt.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Banana Cake


1 1⁄2 cups (210g) plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarb soda
Pinch salt
125 g unsalted butter, softened and chopped
1 cup (250g) brown sugar
2 eggs
3 very ripe bananas
100ml buttermilk (or milk with a 2 t lemon juice)

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees C. Line medium loaf or square tin with baking paper. 
  2. Put bananas and eggs in food processor and lightly pulse.
  3. Add other ingredients and pulse til just smooth (don’t over process). 
  4. Bake in oven for about 55-60 minutes. A skewer inserted in the cake should come out clean. 
  5. Ice with lemon icing.

Lemon Icing
1 c pure icing sugar sifted
1 t butter softened
1-2 T lemon juice

  1. Blend icing sugar and soft butter.
  2. Mix in enough lemon juice to make the desired consistency of icing 

Tip: If bananas in fruit bowl are turning blotchy and soft, put straight in freezer rather than the rubbish. When ready to make cake or smoothie, remove and either slice (blackened) peel off, or wait for it to defrost and slide squishy banana out of peel.

Orange Cakes

Orange Cake 1

This recipe from The Cooks Companion by Stephanie Alexander is one of my favourites. It makes a wonderful centrepiece for a morning or afternoon tea.
Best of all its super easy, all made in the food processor.

1 large orange 
2 eggs
125g unsalted butter, softened
3⁄4 cup castor sugar 
225g self-raising flour

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degree C and butter/grease/line a ring tin.
  2. Zest (grated fine peel) and juice orange. 
  3. Combine all cake ingredients in a food processor and blend for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy. 
  4. Pour into prepared tin and bake for 30-35mins. Cool for 5 mins in tin before turning out onto a wire rack. Cool completely before icing. 

2 cups icing sugar 
1 tps melted butter 
1 tbs fresh orange
1 tbs Grand Marnier or citrus liqueur 
1 tbs of orange zest/grated peel 

  1. Beat all icing ingredients except zest until quite smooth, and then add zest.
  2. Warm icing over hot water to thin a little and then spread over cake. 

Orange Fairy cakes: small cakes using this orange cake recipe will take 10-15mins to cook in either paper cases or muffin trays.

Orange Cake 2

This recipe is adapted from a recipe found in the AWW Cooking School book "Lemon Syrup Cake".....It is just as good made with oranges.
125 g Butter
3 t finely grated orange rind
2/3 cup (150g) castor sugar
2 eggs
2/3 cup (160mls) buttermilk... can be made by adding 1 T lemon juice to this qty of milk
2 T orange Juice
1 1/2 cups self raising flour

Orange Syrup
1/3 cup (80 ml) orange Juice
1/4 cup (60 ml) water
3/4 cup (165g) castor sugar
1. preheat oven to 180 C/160 C fan forced. grease 23cm baba tin or line a 20 cm square tin or 22cm round tin.
2. Beat butter rind and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time.
3. Fold in buttermilk and orange juice alternately with the sifted flour in two batches.
4. Spread mixture into pan and bake about 30mins for a baba pan and 40 mins for a square or round tin
5.Cool for 5 mins on a wire rack set over a tray.
6 Meanwhile make up orange syrup. Pour hot syrup over hot cake.
Orange Syrup.... Stir ingredients in a small saucepan over heat without boiling until sugar dissolves, simmer, uncovered, without stirring 5 mins.