Sunday, October 31, 2010

October Meeting - rainy day, sunny people

October stamp club happened on a rainy day. So rainy, once we were inside, we didn't want to leave!

Louise made a start on Christmas cards. What's a good word to use? "Celebrate" usually covers it. We discussed Hallowe'en, and what costumes she would be rewarding.

Cathy brought lemons from her tree to give away. They are Meyer lemons.

Michelle brought a box of stamped/decorated papers, that were surplus in her stash.

Anne worked on background for her Christmas cards - she wanted a blue(ish purple) background, and decided she was too mean to buy new paper, so she painted some! She demonstrated the fact that some kids' paints have SO little pigment in them, they are little more than tints. So that's why we pay the big bucks for the good stuff.

Here's what I made out of Michelle's junk box. Ingrid liked the stamped vellum, and there were two, so she took one home too.

Beverley came along with heaps of stamps to sell. She's a founder member of SERS - it's been going twelve years!

Cathy got some new punches - wings and crowns, pretty!

Here's what else Michelle is up to - making Ephemera kits to sell on Etsy. Here's a link. On the left is what SHE made with a kit. Oh yummy!

I took a kit home, natch. With any luck, later today I'll post MY results. It IS raining in Melbourne, after all.

Here's my other result of the day. A Christmas card (see, the bird has a HAT on).

This was the snack of the day - my home made fruit bread. Want to know how to make it? I already dictated the recipe to Ingrid.

Here goes:

3 cups bread flour
1/4 tsp dried yeast
1 tsp salt
1 2/3 cup water

Stir all that together , get all the flour wet, and put a loose lid on it. Let it stand for at least 12 hours.

Turn out the sloppy, bubbly dough, and knead it just a little, to get it looking like proper dough. You'll probably add some flour. Then knead in :

1 bunch* sultanas
1 bunch currents
1 bunch cranberries
1 bit** cinnamon
1 bit cardamom
1 bit ground cloves (smaller bit than the other spices, it's strong).

Let that rise, and bake it, inside a casserole dish for the best results, in a hot oven for 30 minutes. Finish it off with 5 minutes with the lid off.

* nice handful
** sort of a spoonful

Sunday, October 10, 2010

September 2010 Meeting

Thought I'd forgotten to update the SERS blog? Hah! I just happen to be very busy and important.

We met at the end of September, on Grand Final Day. Or should I say, on ONE of the Grand Final days. Much interest in the football by some stampers, which of course is fine. And it turned out to be a juicy match, from all reports - such fun they replayed it the next week. So SERS members could go to Stamp Club AND see the final!

Lizzie made a special effort to use pastel colours. If you're a bright girl, that takes some doing, but it's good experience.

Other Maria was decorating FABULOUS Christmas books - when closed, the pages form a tree. Every page is lavishly decorated. Oh wow.

I informed Other Maria that she is Other Maria for all SERS purposes. She seemed OK with it.

Maria was doing mosaicky stuff, using colour photocopies she made ages ago of decorative paper she created herself. Nifty idea!

Jenny made her first owls, with her nifty Owl Punch. Oh, and there were blueberry muffins.

And I tried out a new stamp set - sigh, nice flowers.