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 :)


Sunday, June 3, 2012

Quiestness... but we're back!!

Things have been a little quiet at Whiskers Lane HQ since we've had a lot going on personally. We had one low but mostly highs :)

Our family cat Loddy who was only 5 years old got very sick with cancer & we made the very hard decision to let him go to cat heaven. He was there in the beginning when Whiskers Lane started & would often watch me sew at the sewing machine. He will be missed. RIP Velodya


As Maid-of-Honour for my only big sister's wedding I was in charge of planning her Hen's night which involved making accessories for her to wear & matching brooches for all the ladies. We did a cocktail making course which as you can see she enjoyed :)




Next up was planning my sisters bridal/cellar tea party which was definitely alot of fun! We had many, many sweets, a chocolate fountain, 7 types of tea, champagne, a male topless waiter & games :)


After all the planning, creating and a long awaited wedding (almost 11 years) my sister & her husband said 'I do' to each other with their closest family & friends in FIJI !!


There was fire dancers and fireworks!



 This was the amazing resort


My coral finds were amazing.


I'd like to be back here


Fijian people are so friendly, warm & talented




I made these rolled fabric flower wristlet to go with my bridesmaid dress


Phew! What an amazing month! Now back to creative Whiskers Lane goodness :) I hope you all have been happy & healthy!



Sunday, April 22, 2012

We love Melbourne!

What an amazing weekend we had in Melbourne for Finders Keepers! I only wish we could have stayed longer. We stayed right by Brunswick Street and I cannot believe I have never visited this delightful street before. For those that haven't been - it is definitely worth a look see. There are so many cute, quirky stores, cafes, restaurants, bars and more!

At the market it was so nice to put a face to a name meeting lovely fellow stall holder Emma from Red Revival.We also said hello to Sydney friends Alfalfa, The Storybook Rabbit and Made590. Sophie from That Vintage was there from Tasmania :)

Although I didn't get too much time to look around a few favourite stalls that I loved were Stampel, Oktoberdee and Owl Know How

We do appreciate everyone who stopped by to say hello, bought a handmade design, took a business card or simply walked by and smiled at our goodies :)


The lead up to Finders Keepers kept us busy making, gluing, crocheting, sewing, pouring & more!


Mr Foxy Teapot Cosy made his debut and we sold out of him within a few hours! The lovely Tricia (mum) is busy crocheting more so we can get them online soon for you all that couldn't make the market :)


Cute as a button rings were quite a hit. I collected vintage frames and painted them all for our market display.


Vintage Doily Brooches 


Our market stall with all the colourful goodies


Hand-embroidered Woodland Brooches - Mr and Mrs Deer made their debut


Catmouse Teapot Cosy was loved by many. Catmouse is available online now.


Tricia (mum) and I (Jodie) standing in front of our stall


The magnificant Royal Exhibition Building where the market was held


These sweet little deers were new to our stall too