Monthly Archives: November 2012

Behind The Scenes: Painting and pottering

Hello Friends.

It’s all go here at AVS Headquarters, with a lovely new product coming together just in time for bestowing on lucky loved ones for Christmas (sneak peak coming soon….).

Amidst the plotting, planning and cutting, I have also had the screen printing paint out; Miss C took one look at the pots of bright colour and declared she must help!

Time to get messy…

{As you can see, the paintbrushes in the first photo were quickly abandoned for the thrill of cold, sloppy paint squishing through little fingers}.

I dug out a piece of white fabric from the depths of ‘The Stash’, and wrapped it around some cardboard. We decided that once it was painted, we could sew it into a “special resting pillow for resting”. There followed much happy chatting about the process – Miss C gave an excited running commentary on the way the colours were blending together, and I focused on not caring that the colours were all blending together…

So much fun was had that it was time to move onto some potato stamping.

I carved some shapes into some teeny potatoes that had seen better days, but were just the right size for little hands. After a rather epic cleanup, we re-loaded the palette and Miss C set about trying them all out. After the wild abandon of the finger painting, I think this proved to be rather dull, and after a couple of goes each it was “time to pack up Mummy”. I think my little girl is a chip off my block – we both seem to be happiest with spontaneous creativity over lots of rules.

No doubt my right hand girl will lead us off on another adventure to share soon. After a weekend full of sunshine, friends and some decadent pizza-devouring, it’s time to knuckle down and get making.

Happy Monday!

Megan.

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Behind the scenes: Strawberry goodness

Hello friends.

Last weekend we had a window of lovely weather here in the Adelaide Hills. My husband took one look at the big blue sky full of fluffy clouds and declared it to be Strawberry Picking Saturday. As the unchallenged sweet-tooth of the family, I of course needed no convincing – the kids were bundled into the car quick as a flash, as I drooled in anticipation of THIS:

Decadent huh?  We are super lucky to live only a few minutes from Beerenberg  Strawberry Farm, so it was not long before we were contentedly meandering  up and down the rows of shiny red strawberries with juice dripping off our chins.

The following morning Miss C joined me at the blender to whizz up a huge jug of strawberry smoothie. Slurp, slurp, s l u u u r r p…

With full bellies and milk moustaches, we launched eagerly into our first-ever jam making project. I chose this as our guide,  for it’s speed, and the fact that all the super hot boiling part would take place safely tucked away inside the microwave, out of reach by curious little fingers.

It was 35 min from chopping and hulling, to licking our very own delicious jam off of the spoon! We managed to control ourselves long enough to wait for a batch of date scones to cool – and for a quick photo to mark the big moment – before we devoured them.

In the name of decency I am not including the ‘after’ shots, which may or may not show someone sneakily licking the plate. It’s for the best.

Megan.