Monday, April 21, 2014

Surface Patterns

I'm now in my fifth week of my Surface Pattern Design course. 
It has very been inspiring and uplifting to sketch again. We have been exploring
 different sketching techniques, colours, layering and  scanning our illustrations
 into Adobe Illustrator.

I'm still continuing to learn but I will share several patterns with you all. 
Remember these are only my beginner patterns :)









Notting Hill

It has been a month between posts but it's better than several months right? We have been London for 7 weeks now and settled in our new home in Notting Hill. I have taken some beautiful neighbourhood photos on my daily walks. It really is just such a gorgeous place to live and cheerful with all the colours.




















Sunday, March 23, 2014

Fashion and Textile Museum London

I had a lovely time on my birthday having a look around the Fashion and Textile Museum London. So many beautiful fabrics and dresses. Here are some favourites:






I also stopped by a restaurant called The Garrison for my birthday treat lunch and I had a delicious Caramelised Onion Tart. The restaurant had a very cute interior, very attentive service and oh-so-good food! Worth a visit.






Saturday, March 22, 2014

Little Venice, London

Today we explored Little Venice in London. It was such a cute place filled with little canals (yes just like Venice but little) and lots of gorgeous wooden boats parked along the side of the canals. We even had lunch at Waterside Cafe which was a boat!


Blue skies and blue bridges






Lunching at the Waterside Cafe



I swear those trees are related to whomping willows??


Gorgeous hand painted boats



And then the swans arrived...





A boat bookshop!!!!



On the way home the thunder started and the crazy sleet just caught us at the end

What a lovely Saturday!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I'm Back :)

I'm back!!!

Let's face it I was never any good at remembering to blog but here I am trying again. A lot has happened since I last posted. The main things would be… I got married and I moved to London, UK.

In October 2013 we got married in South Sydney on a lovely private property in The Royal National Park with our closest family and friends. It was a truly memorable day and it was all we could of hoped for and more (do you want to see some photos?)

Almost Six months on and here we our on our new adventure in London. My husband Joel had an amazing opportunity to work in London just for One year so we have been here for almost 3 weeks now.

We have picked out our new apartment in Notting Hill and move in, in 8 days! It's a lovely light filled 4th floor apartment with a balcony that looks over a gorgeous community garden. I can't wait to see if any squirrels live in the garden.

I've just signed up for my course in Surface Pattern Design and I cannot wait to begin! You know those clever people that design fabrics, wrapping paper, wallpaper etc well fingers crossed that will be me in a year or so.

If you are wondering what is happening to Whiskers Lane the design label. It is still being run by Tricia (mum) back in Sydney. You can still purchase designs online and at our stockists :)

Well I best be off. I'm off to a Nanny Agency interview!

Tomorrow is my birthday and I need something exciting to do in London during the day by myself so if you think of anything fun please let me know :)






Sunday, September 1, 2013

DARK CHOCOLATE, COCONUT & MACADAMIA NUT TART


DARK CHOCOLATE, COCONUT & MACADAMIA NUT TART



Crust:
8 ounces gingersnap cookies (about 32 cookies), coarsely broken
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) salted butter, melted


For the ganache
  • 1 cup (240ml) canned coconut milk
  • 12 oz. (280g) bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the topping
  • 1/2 cup (40g) unsweetened coconut flakes
  • ½ cup (68g) roasted unsalted macadamia nuts, coarsely chopped
  • A pinch of sea salt

INSTRUCTIONS

For crust:
Preheat oven to 325°F. Finely grind gingersnap cookies in processor (yielding 1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cups). Add melted butter and process until moistened. Press crumb mixture firmly onto bottom and up sides of 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Place pan on rimmed baking sheet. Bake crust for about 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool tart in pan completely before adding filling.
    For the ganache:
  1. Place finely chopped chocolate in a large bowl. In a small saucepan, just bring coconut milk to a boil. Pour hot coconut milk over chocolate and let stand 1 minute, then stir until smooth and creamy. Stir in vanilla extract.
  2. For the topping:
  3. Spread the chopped macadamia nuts and shredded coconut evenly over a sheet pan and bake until lightly golden (about 3-5 minutes). Set aside and let cool.
  4. To assemble the tart:
  5. Pour warm chocolate mixture into cooled tart shell. Lightly sprinkle toasted macadamia nuts and toasted coconut across the top. Sprinkle with a pinch of flaky sea salt if desired. Chill for at least one hour or until set and serve. Overnight sets best.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

What we have been up to!

Once again it has been a long time between posts! I often spend a lot of time on instagram taking pretty photos. If any followers out there are on instagram look us up! @whiskerslane

We have new stockists in New Zealand, Canberra, Nelson Bay and more :) We have new Designs being released in the next few months and I have a big personal trip to Europe in the next few weeks.

Here are a few snaps of what we've been doing :)