Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Owls Join Robins At The Nest!

Diamond 'Lil
We are very excited to welcome some lovely new friends to our nest! These gorgeous owls are made from recycled materials and have loads of personality.  They are now for sale over at our Focus On Art artist page.  Pop on over to say hello.
Fussy Fran

Serve It Up


Monday, September 12, 2011

Make Your Own Clock...

Pip Lincolne's fabulous book, 'Meet me at Mike's' is full of fantastic crafty projects at various levels of difficulty. I'm sure you are all aware that Pip also has a wonderful blog which you can check out here.  One of my favourite craft projects in the book is the Fabric Clock.
I have made several of them now, and given them as gifts. People love them as you can choose a fabric, or paper, that suits individual style and colour selections.
I made this one recently for my friend Tara. She has some orange cushions on her couch and other splashes of orange in her living room, so I thought this fabric would be just right. And she loved it!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Healthy Oat and Fruit Muffins

This muffin recipe is really easy and quick, and you can alter it to your taste. It is great to have for a healthy snack in your lunch or with a nice cup of tea.

3 cups of rolled oats
4 eggs
1 cup of apple sauce
2 teaspoons of vanilla essence
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 teaspoons of cinnamon
1/2 -1 cup of fruit of your choice
sugar (optional)

Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees. In a bowl, mix together the eggs, vanilla essence and apple sauce. In a big bowl, mix this in with the oats, cinnamon and baking powder.
If you want to add sugar to sweeten your mixture, put it in now. I put about 1/2 a cup of brown sugar into this recipe. I prefer to go the sweet option, but if you want a really healthy option, then try it without.

Choose up to two different types of fruit to add to the mixture. For this batch, I cut up about 3/4 of a cup of dates. I have also tried apple and sultanas together which was delicious.

Stir in the fruit with the mixture. It should be quite a moist mixture. Grease a muffin tray and spoon the mixture evenly into the tray. It should make 12.

Bake the muffins in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until the tops turn golden brown. Allow them to cool a little before taking them out of the tray, but make sure you eat one when they're still warm - just to check they taste ok, of course!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Oh Deer Favourites Just Added

After being out of stock of these lovely items below for a little while now, we are very happy to announce that they are now available again. Pop on over to Robin Street Market to check out the Oh Deer range.

Little Acorn Necklace

Teal Sparrow On A Branch Necklace

Silver Mod Bird Charm Earrings

Antique Brass Filigree Locket

Silver Leaves Lariat Necklace

Monday, September 5, 2011

Get the Antique Look with some Painting and Sanding!

We are always inspired by the amazing talents of all of the artists who contribute to Robin Street Market, and sometimes like to dabble in craft projects ourselves. My lovely sister-in-law Sarah spent some time on this project below just recently.  Thanks for sharing Sarah!

Guest Post by Sarah

After recently wandering around the Camberwell Market on a cold Sunday morning in Melbourne and admiring some of the antique furniture, I was keen to 'up-cycle' an ordinary bookcase I had at home. So I took to youtube for some handy hints, and got stuck into the project.

From the local hardware store, I bought:
  • 1 sheet of 250 grit sandpaper
  • 1 sheet of 100 grit sandpaper
  • 1 paint brush
  • 1 litre tin of water-based semi-gloss paint (this was too much paint - I could have used half this amount!)
Here's what I did...
Sand the bookcase with the 250 grit sandpaper

Clean using a rag after sanding with warm water and a splash of Methylated Spirits.

Wait for it to dry, then paint. You don't have to be too fussy with the painting, so if you don't get full coverage with one coat, don't worry - it adds to the distressed look!

Leave for a few hours to dry, then use the 100 grit sandpaper to give it the distressed, antique look, concentrating on edges and decorative carvings in the wood.

I have to say that I am very happy with the finished product, and was very surprised at how easy it was. Just allow a few hours on a sunny day, and turn a daggy old piece of furniture you have at home into something special!

Happy crafting!