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.
After a delicious breakfast of porridge with a dash of milk and brown sugar, Xavier and Patrick decided is was high time they took advantage of the beautiful Autumn weather and head down to the beach! They discussed which was the best beach to visit, in the end they both agreed Clovelly would be ideal. That way they could avoid getting sandy and they could go snorkelling! Patrick and Xavier packed their bags, jumped on a bus and off they went.
Once Patrick and Xavier were at the water's edge they stood and contemplated the temperature of the water, it looked extremely cold!
Xavier said the best way to get in is to count to three and then jump. Patrick wholeheartedly agreed, but when Xavier looked up (from the water after counting to three) Patrick was still standing on the step! Eventually Patrick got in and they spent at least an hour in the water looking at all the interesting fish.
Afterwards they read all about the fish they'd seen.
Followed by some sun-baking to dry off.
And once they were dry they examined the inhabitants of the rock pools. They saw three crabs, some tiny mini fish and lots of snails.
A few days before Easter Esmeralda decided to call her good friend Alfred, otherwise known as the Easter Bunny, to see how he was holding up with Easter just around the corner. He said he was run off his feet so Esmeralda offered to give him a hand with Easter-egg hiding duties. Alfred jumped at the chance to get some help! So they worked out which houses Esmeralda would visit, one of which was the Herbert House.
Full of excitement Esmeralda got up extremely early to hide the eggs, she visited five different houses and finished at the Herbert House.
She opened her bag of eggs and started to plan her hiding spots. When she was content that they were hidden well (not too easy, but not impossible) she went back to bed and pretended she'd been asleep the whole morning.
When Rosa the raccoon, Norris the yeti, Gina the giraffe and Roman the fox woke up and remembered it was Easter they ran outside to start their hunt for delicious chocolate eggs!
First to find an egg was Rosa. Using her excellent climbing skills she raced up the passionfruit vine to find an egg hiding among the passionfruit. Then she found another egg camouflaged in the oregano.
Roman with his keen eye spotted the glint of a wrapper hiding in the bottom of a pot, and from his new vantage point found another balancing on the top one of his favourite plants.
Gina, being a tall giraffe, was in a very good position to spot easter eggs. She scanned all the plants at her eye-level and saw a twinkle in the Thyme that was unmistakably the twinkle of a colourful egg. Then she scanned the garden again and her eyes passed over Didi, the garden flamingo, and noticed something was different. With a closer look realised the bump on Didi's neck was in fact an egg! She had to admire the Easter Bunny's hiding skills, the pink on pink was quite cunning.
Norris was the last to find an egg. He looked and looked and couldn't understand why he was having so much trouble! He glanced over at his friends who had all made excellent progress and their piles of easter eggs were growing quickly. Finally when he was weaving his way through the basil he spotted an egg! And what a magnificent easter egg! It was by far the biggest he'd ever seen. This filled Norris with confidence and he continued to find many more.
After almost an hour the critters decided they'd found all the eggs so they piled up their loot on the table. They were definitely going to have an excellent chocolate-filled day!
The critters and I are very excited to be taking part in the Sydney and Melbourne Finders Keepers markets coming up. Sydney will be on the 6th and 7th of June and Melbourne on the 25th and 26th July. Time to get making!
I entered this inspirational lady into the Reginald Portrait Prize for Softies, and she was chosen as a finalist! There are 12 finalists out of 63 entries, all the finalists are currently being exhibited at the CAE Info Shop, 44 Degraves Street, Melbourne. As part of the Portrait Prize there is a People's Choice Award, this is where I could use your help. If you think Tove Jansson is super amazing and that my portrait is pretty great too please head to reginald.com.au/vote-for-peoples-prize/ and vote for her. She and I would both really appreciate it!