My Sewing Cabinet in Progress

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Dearest Sultana,

We celebrated my husband’s birthday last week. In his family, whenever there is a birthday, red eggs will be prepared. These are simply hen eggs that have their shells dyed. My mother in law tells me that when we eat these eggs we wish the birthday person health, happiness and a long life, it also means that we love them. Unfortunately I forgot to do this in the morning! If I made them for the afternoon, everybody would be too full from the eggs to enjoy their dinner, so in the end I got some small chocolate eggs in foil. Believe it or not they were even more popular than the regular hen eggs.

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I have been working on my Sewing Cabinet for a little bit. It isn’t quite done yet but here are a few pictures Read the rest of this entry

My Decluttering Story

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Dearest Sultana,

While I had to wait for my perfect computer/tv cabinet to become available on trademe, I was preoccupied with all the possibilities. I looked daily on pinterest for inspiration, surprisingly, there were not that many pins on computer/tv cabinets turned into sewing cabinets. So I started looking at books from the library catalogue to order some and frankly there were even less, but I got some books ordered anyway, hoping to get ideas on storage solutions and just general inspiration. I also got a few books on organising, thinking that they would help me start off on the right foot with my cabinet.

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One of these books is “The 8-Minute Organizer” by Regina Leeds. While waiting for May’s ballet lesson to finish, and I started to browse through it and then, liking what I was reading, began to read in earnest. She had a nice way of writing, very unintimidating and empowering.

My biggest downfall when trying to organise my home is that I always think that I have to get everything out on the floor so that I know where to put everything, but by the time I have everything out, Read the rest of this entry

My Sewing Cabinet

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Dearest Sultana,

Months back, I came across this book, “Weekend Sewing”  by Heather Ross

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It’s a really lovely books, with interesting projects, it finally convinced me to try shirring, and I’ve made two shirred dresses for my girls so far. But what really inspired me in this book is her idea of turning a tv cabinet into a sewing workstation/cabinet. Read the rest of this entry

Christmas & New Year’s Recap… two months late

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Dearest Sultana,

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long, it’s been about 4 months!!! and I have thought of this blog often during that time and yet couldn’t muster the energy, inspiration, courage to come back to my blog. But a few nights ago I put today into my diary as the day I would return, even if it’s just for a quick “hello, I’m still here!”

What have I been doing? Well there was Christmas, the kids went to visit Santa at his Bach (that’s a kiwi holiday home by the beach) and Santa was in his shorts and t-shirt, it was lots of fun for the kids, we put up the tree, opened presents and spend time with Grandma, Grandpa and the girls’ two aunts. Read the rest of this entry

My Homemade Gumbo

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homemade gumbo

This post is part of the monthly link up party Our Growing Edge. This event aims to connect food bloggers and inspire us to try new things. This month is hosted by My Utensil Crock

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Dearest Sultana,

Last month I participated in “the Growing Edge” a link up party and was thrilled to look through the other entries and even tried out Fried Egg Tofu by Nom Nom Panda (which was a great success in my house) and I’m very tempted to try out This was Dinner’s Homemade Potato Gnocchi when I can find some time.

So this month, after trying out that super delicious gumbo Read the rest of this entry