It's been raining for days at the Herbert House. Alice the alpaca tried to lead an expedition out into the rain for a puddle stomping adventure. Willis refused to go, using every excuse imaginable, but soon it became clear that Willis (despite being a turtle) has a fear of rain!
Alice then took it upon herself to help Willis get over his fear which resulted in many hours standing on the balcony watching the rain.
1. Draw a picture of somewhere hot and visualise yourself into the scene (WARNING: Norris found the desert too hot; he started overheating and suffering from mild dehydration). He recommends a tropical island with a comfortable hammock and plenty of coconuts.
2. Have a beanie party with your friends! If you've never been to a beanie party, Norris suggests reading his guide to a bonza beanie party which he's hoping to get published before the end of winter.
3. Start a new knitting project. You can never have too many scarves! A warm coloured yarn is best, simply looking at the colour will warm you up. Fun knitting-needles is also a plus, Norris particularly likes clear ones with glitter inside.
4. Spontaneously give a friend a gift! This will leave you both with a warm-fuzzy feeling that lasts for hours! To increase the warm-fuzzy feeling be sure to give your friend something you made yourself (a knitted scarf is perfect!).
5. Eat as many English muffins as possibly! Ideally they should be homemade by an awesome housemate (in the absence of an awesome housemate they can be store bought but the warming effect may be slightly diminished).
Norris hopes he's helped warm up your winter days!
Norris packing his bag for his weekend in Melbourne! Number one on the list is lots of his favourite snacks (who knows if they have them in Melbourne), number two is a beanie in case it's really as cold as everyone says it is, and finally his toothbrush because he's quite frond of his two teeth!
Melbourne friends, the Finders Keepers market is fast approaching! Only 7 days to go! See you next Friday!
On this beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon the critters decided to see how their garden was progressing. To their utter amazed excitement their bulbs (which they planted a little late) had started to sprout!
The critters were so thrilled that they decided to spend the rest of the afternoon watching them grow, singing to them and showering them with compliments.
The critters and I are very excited to introduce our new range of melamine plates! There's Alice the Alpaca with her snazzy red gumboots, lazy Kevin the Koala taking it easy, Gina the Giraffe mastering the art of ice-skating and Stanley the Sloth embarking on his biggest adventure ever! Over the last couple of months Alice, Kevin, Gina and Stanley have been hard at work drawing their self-portraits and writing their biographies while I've been helping here and there with bits and pieces. To celebrate the completion of the new plates we're offering free shipping on everything within Australia in our Big Cartel store until midnight Friday 27th June!
Penelope the wombat and Edgar the lion spent Sunday morning reading through the new issue of Frankie magazine.
When they reached the recipe section their eyes lit up and their stomach's started to grumble. It was definitely time for some baking! After some discussion they settled on a classic - lemon and poppyseed muffins.
Edgar took charge of all the lemony bits and pieces - zesting and juicing.
While Penelope meticulously measured out all the dry ingredients.
Then they mixed together the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls as instructed, until it was time to combine the two (which they did very efficiently indeed - the stomach grumbling was starting to escalate).
Finally it was time to fill the critter-sized muffin tray with delicious mixture. Edgar found that the best utensil for this is an ice-cream scoop!
20 minutes later and the muffins were looking extremely scrumptious! It turned out to be a very excellent recipe.
Here are some new goodies that will be for sale at the Finders Keepers market this weekend!
These fruit cushions were inspired by this custom order cushion - Cat with Fruit Turbin. It was a blast to make and introduced me to the joys of sewing fruit!
The critters are counting down the days to their first market of the year - the Sydney Finders Keepers market! Edgar the Lion is extra excited because it's his first market ever. The critters highly recommend you put it in your diary now (if you haven't already) because they want lots of visitors!
Here are the details for the market:
What: The Finders Keepers Market
Where: Australian Technology Park
Exhibition Hall, Locomotive Street
Eveleigh - Entry via Henderson Road
(Entry via Bay 8)
When: Friday 6th June 6pm-10pm
Saturday 7th June 10am-5pm
Over the last week or so the critters have been discussing the merits of different types of paper airplanes, and today they decided it was time for a good old-fashioned paper airplane extravaganza (competition). They discussed the rules which are as follows: 2 pieces of A4 paper each, no sticky tape and 10 minutes for construction.
Alice the alpaca made a Mighty Mite, Roman the fox decided to go with a more traditional plane, and Gina the giraffe went for the strangest plane the others had ever seen - a tubular plane.
Then it was time to test out their new contraptions. They went outside, had one practice launch each then it was straight into the serious competition.
Alice went first with her Mighty Mite which soared beautifully then nose dived into the ground.
Next was Gina with the Tubular Titan. To everyone's surprise (except Gina's) it flew smoothly through the air and came to a soft landing in the mint.
Last up was Roman's traditional plane which he named George the Giant. Roman launched George with such vigour that it veered to the left then swung to the right and landed with a bang just to the left of the Mighty Mite.
After a closer look at where the planes landed it was clear that the Tubular Titan was the winner!
And as luck would have it, the Tubular Titan doubled perfectly as a crown for victorious Gina! Roman and Alice were very impressed and congratulated Gina enthusiastically.