Sunday, May 30, 2010

Mix 'n' match your tops & designs...

Here is a new twist on our t-shirt designs, we have a good supply of long sleeved tops and before we go and put our appliques on them we thought it might be fun to ask you to pick your own design!
Pop over to the website and chose the size top you want, then select from a wide range of applique designs. It's that easy!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free mud cake

This is the best Chocolate mud cake, and even fools those 'wheat eaters' that it's a real cake!
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour

  • 1/2 cup potato starch

  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum

  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup rice milk

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil

  • 1 large egg worth of egg replacer (usually 1 heaped tablespoon - but can vary)

  • 3/4 cup of hot water (or for adults coffee)
Preheat oven to 200 C
Place all ingredients except hot water/coffee into a large mixing bowl and blend with electric mixer.
Add hot water or coffee and blend again until mixed together thoroughly.
pour into a 9" cake pan and bake for 30 - 35mins.

This also makes great cupcakes too.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Allergy Awareness Week...Ashlea's story

Picture a happy & healthy, fun loving seven month old baby.... then all of a sudden, without warning this beautiful baby suffers from (seemingly) random attacks of vomiting over a one month period. Lasting only a few minutes and then nothing for days.
The last attack however is so violent that the baby is finding it hard to breathe between bouts and so is taken to the A & E.

The attack is subsiding by the time we are seen by the doctor who then dismisses it as an over reacting mother. In the reception, while settling the bill, the attack begins again - and finally we are taken seriously!!!

From there we are sent to Starship children's hospital for treatment. Drip feeding hydration fluid in 2ml amounts every 5 minutes - only to find them being thrown back up.

A terrifying experience for mother, baby & 2 year old sibling who is witness to it all.

We remained in the hospital for a full week, watching our poor baby drop from a healthy 8 month weight down to that of a 5 month old.

Multiple tests and no answers!
Because of her happy nature - even while in hospital - many of the doctors felt that this had been some sort of bug. Though none could explain, how it had been over a month long period and only affected random days.

The only connection I could make, was wheat. Ashlea had started solids at 5 months, but only just begun using the teething bars and other bread based products. Her attacks were all on days were she had ingested an amount of wheat. The last and most violent was after 2 fingers of toast with marmite...both of which are high in wheat.

We were recommended to drop this from her diet to see what happens & sure enough her weight slowly crept up and no more vomiting.
The doctors, despite the evidence, were unwilling to accept this as the cause unless we reintroduced the wheat and saw the same violent reactions.
There was no way I was going to put my poor darling through any such thing - just to prove what had already been proven!
Instead, I retained the wheat free diet and then visited a natropath for an allergy hair test.
No surprises what came back with an off the chart for my little darling...that's right...WHEAT! There were also another 10 items to be avoided, including dairy and soy.
Ashlea is now nearly 2 1/2yrs and on the 75th percentile for both height & weight.
This is the story of my youngest daughter Ashlea, and the horrible experience we faced when she was so young.
Allergy awareness is on the rise, and this week is a tribute to allergy sufferers and their families. To those who don't face this in their day to day life, it is hard to truely imagine the impact it can have.
It is truely life changing.

Monday, May 10, 2010

New baby sets....

After looking for some gender neutral gifts for friends who haven't found out what they are having - we soon realised that there really isn't that much out there.
So, we have come up with a couple of options (which are sure to expand). A wrap top & pant set and a bib & footed pant set both featuring an adorable yellow gingham duck applique on soft yellow garments. There is also a baby wrap/blanket on it's way to match these sets. We would love to hear your thoughts!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Wool angels....

We recently received another 40m roll of wool to make our cot bumpers and moses basket liners. The roll is about 2.5m long and always entertaining to work with when there's a full roll. Here's a photo of my youngest taking advantage of the squishy plastic covered roll before I was able to roll some out. She giggled to herself, moving her arms and legs...then shouted "wool angel mummy, wool angel". So cute as she has never been to the snow, but her sister and her both make mock 'snow angels' any chance they get. I guess mummy's little enterprise has it's perks. x x x

Sunday, May 2, 2010

New product in the making!

Cot Rail Guard/Protector....

We have had many requests for rail guards to match our bumpers and bedding that will protect the edge rail on your cots from little teething teeth.
After some designing - we are there!
Our first set was very well received, and so we will be making more soon. They fasten with Velcro along the whole length of the cot side, so it doesn't matter what the spacing of your bars are. We will make a standard size and list the way to measure your rail to ensure they fit. One of our lovely customers has an unusually thick top rail on her cot - and so in this case we will be custom making a set for her.
To begin with we will make them in co-ordinating colours and move onto prints with custom orders, so that they can tie in with everyones bedding sets.

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