Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Swapping handmade kids clothes!


Hope you are all well. We all are. I totally forgot to do this blog about the clothes swap I took part in a month or so ago. It was Jenny from Make and Mend New that organised the sweet swap, and I was teamed with Alyna from Thrifty Gifty. Percy recieved such delightful clothes and I was excited to make something for both her son and daughter. Here's some pics..

I made this woolen blanket vest for Alynas son..

And this dress for her daughter!

Wrapped it up in colourful paper and added a paper garland for the kids room.

Percy's package came wrapped in cute tshirt material that I will turn into one for him..

cute shorts..

and cute pants..love the pocket fabric!

Percy also got this wonderful paper and pencil carry bag..he loves it!

It was such a fun swap, and so cute knowing little Percy would be wearing something made just for him!

Thankyou Alyna and Jenny..I look forward to the next one! 

Do you know of any interesting swaps happening? Or joined any fun ones yourself?

Taz x

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Our weekend in Ballarat

Wow..two blog posts in a row! Our computer is being silly. Past couple of days it didn't want to turn on and now its working fine. So may as well churn these posts out while I can!

On the weekend, the 3 of us packed our suitcases and drove to Ballarat for 3 nights. We stayed in the same very cute cottage as last time, Lalor Cottage Ballarat. I went with a good list of things I wanted to do, see and eat. I follow quite a few online people from their blogs to instagram and facebook, and had found some cute looking places that I knew I wanted to visit. The weekend did not disappoint. Cafes were delicious, opshops amazing, and the creative side of things...had no idea how many cute craft and handmade shops were about, so it left me feeling very motivated and inspired! Here are pics from our weekend.

Flowers and vintage teapot perfection at The Retro Church Cafe

Inside this building was an opshop!!!

Inside the retro church cafe. Met some delightful locals.

Cake from Cake Bake Shop

Homemade soup and irish soda bread still warm from the oven

Cute paper flowers I found at The Crafty Squirrel

Opshopped. Brand new. I am still in shock.

Bought some bits and pieces for a garland

Opshopped 20c teacups

I plan to make the middle dress in this opshopped fabric

Some lovely finds in Dayelsford

50c clothes

A bib I plan to attach as a pocket onto an item of clothes

Loved this the floral skirt. 

Have you been to Ballarat?

Hope you enjoyed the photos. See you soon.
Taz xx

Flourless Banana Cake with Vanilla Sour Cream icing.

I made this cake a couple of days ago and have had quite a few people ask for the recipe, so here it is. This is flourless because its made with besan flour. You can use regular flour, or follow this recipe for an almond meal base.

To make this cake, you will need:
3 very ripe bananas,3 tbs honey or rice malt syrup,1 1/2 cups besan flour(chickpea flour), 3 tsp baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp bicarb soda, 2 heaped tsp cinnamon, 1 egg, 50 ml melted butter or coconut oil, 1/2 cup milk, 3/4 cup good quality sour cream, 1/3 cup honey or rice malt syrup, vanilla.

Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a large round cake tin. 
Mash the banana and honey well in a bowl. 
In another large bowl, sift the besan flour, baking powder, bicarb soda, cinnamon and a pinch of salt 3 times. Make a well in the centre. In a jug, mix the milk, egg and oil/melted butter. 
Pour this into the well along with the banana mixture.
Stir until combined, then pour into the tin. Smooth gently to make it even.
Bake for approx 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 
Cool in the tin a couple of minutes, then transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely. 

Make the icing by mixing the sour cream, 1/3 cup honey/rice malt syrup and a good splash of vanilla. 
When the cake is cool, spread the icing onto one cake.
Enjoy with a cup of your favourite tea. Serves 12-16 slices.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Blog hops and getting nominated!

Hi everyone,

So Im having this battle in my head, that right now, as Percy is napping, I really should be cleaning the house, but I feel like catching up with blog stuff, and as you can see this is winning!

I really enjoy having this blog, and I love reading other people's blogs. Every now and then I think that my blog is not really important anymore, and that people have their interests elsewhere. So when you get two lovely bloggers telling you they would like you to take part in a blog share thing, it feels quite nice to know that this little buttery and bunting filled space is being appreciated!

So, I firstly heard from my sis in law Ash who writes The Squee, and she was taking part in a blog hop, and asked me to join. So here it goes..

What am I working on?

I have just finished making a whole heap of handmade bits and pieces for a market I did yesterday, so nothing at the moment in the sewing/making department. I think I will work on getting what didnt sell, sold online and of course, Im always working on my magazine Hundreds and Thousands with Mezz, whether its brainstorming ideas or sending orders! Oh, this is sounding very professional, soz!

Why do I do what I do?

I do what I do because why not! I really hope this does not come out sounding up myself or poor me, but I think I am good at what I do! I have finally found something that is mine. I married into a very talented, creative family where I didnt really have anything to share. They were all musical, and I cant really clap in time, so as much as it was wonderful to be around, I felt like a tag along. Now, im doing my own thing. Im out gigging(markets, blogger catchups, tea and cake dates) and I can do something that I can feel proud of and feel ok to show off in a non showing off way! So to answer that again, I do it because I can, because It keeps me busy physically and mentally and because its fun and makes me feel like i am contributing somehow!

How does my writing process work?

Obviously I am not a writer, that was the question for Ash. I will change it to my creating process. I dont know...when it comes to my handmade Butter and Buntings stuff, I dont have a process. Ideas will pop into my head and I will try them. I will make something for me, love it, and want to share it in my shop. I love trying to reuse materials and stuff that will otherwise get thrown out, so I make games in my head where I try think of what this thing could be turned into.
With magazine stuff, thats just a place where all my favourite things go! Its not hard actually. Its like a diary. Its a collection of my favourite images, people, places, things, colours, patterns all in a magazine. Mezz and I so far havnt clashed over our likes and dislikes, so its been easy and I think it will be, because there are alot of things that make me happy and thats where I put them on paper and print them out!

How does it differ from others in my genre?

I wont lie, I dont even know how to pronounce the word genre. 

Meet my friends!

The next little nomination thing, kinda ties in with this bit. Tagging some bloggers who you love! So I will do a couple here and a couple down below. You can choose which thing to be part of and thats only if you want to..otherwise just see your names here as a sign that I love your blog!

Lovely Simone from With Vintage and Me told me she has nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I didnt know what this was, but the fact I'd been nominated was soo nice! The idea behind this is is that you nominate bloggers who's blog you just love reading. You also share 7 things about yourself that no one knows....I talk alot, so there's a chance people do know these things, but I will try..

1. I eat cheese EVERYDAY
2. Snakes..seeing a picture or worse, the real thing will always make me feel ill!
3. I love hidden camera shows
4. In winter I wear a nightie tucked into my pj pants which are tucked into thick socks, then a             jumper over the top. As well as all this, I usually have a hot water bottle in there somewhere!
5. When I get hungry, I can be quite mean.
6. I used to VOLUNTEER to cut and file my grandmas toe nails when I was little!!!!!????
7. We are currently browsing real estate websites looking to move.

I'd love to nominate
Lucy Violet Vintage
Dear Olive

Ok lovely readers,

I will be back soon with snaps from my most recent market and pics of recent makes!

Taz xx