The critters are packing their bags as we speak, preparing for their weekend at the Brisbane Finders Keepers market. Come by and say hello if you're in Brissie, the critters are super excited! But don't despair Sydney-siders, not all of the critters are going to be out of town for the weekend - a bunch of them will be heading to the Eveleigh Artisans' market accompanied by my lovely friend Diana!
Last week the critters received an invitation to a pumpkin carving party! They were beside themselves with anticipation all week - they spent hours discussing the design of the pumpkin, how big it should be, what kind of pumpkin they wanted to carve and whether they should have one each or do one together. After much research and debate, they decided on a traditional big orange pumpkin, and seeing as it was the same size as the three of them combined, they thought it best to carve it together.
Edmund the yeti drew on the design which somehow ended up looking more like Edmund than the others had anticipated, but they were still pretty impressed with it so decided to keep quiet on this point.
Then it was up to Clifford the giraffe and Marvin the turtle to start carving! The pumpkin was very hard, but Clifford and Marvin are both extremely strong so it wasn't a problem for them.
Edmund scraped out the guts of the pumpkin which he enjoyed immensely.
Then they all joined in to carve the face - they discovered carving circles is rather challenging.
Then their pumpkin was finished!!! It definitely needed a name. Marvin came up with Albert Fitzwilliam-Smythe and it was agreed that it was a very fitting name indeed.
Here are some of the other pumpkins by the talented party-goers. Also, check out Who Does the Dishes, an awesome blog by photographer Lucy Leonardi who captured the evening and also shares an amazing pumpkin pie recipe!
I've finally updated my online shops! These critters below and many more are now available in my Big Cartel shop and Etsy shop.
While the rest of the friends are enjoying Melbourne's Finders Keepers market, Henry is living it up in Central Park!
The Herbert & Friends entourage will be heading down to Melbourne tomorrow for the Finders Keepers Market. It's on tomorrow evening and all day Saturday. If you find yourself in Melbourne over the weekend come by and say hello!
Yesterday was housemate Sean's birthday so the critters jumped at the chance to make a cake. They found a great looking recipe, Chocolate Banana Birthday Cake with Maple Glazed Walnuts, on their new favourite food blog - My New Roots (they highly recommend you take a look).
After a close examination of the recipe, confusion ensued. It was a layered cake with four layers but there were only three of them making it - so they decided to simplify it and just make the banana cake part with the chocolate and walnuts on top.
They divided up the mixing, measuring, blending, mushing, stirring and reading until the mixture was ready to bake!
Mabel the giraffe said she should glaze the walnuts because she was the tallest. The others didn't quite follow her logic, but seeing how eager she was, they agreed it would be best.
Rory the red panda got to spread the chocolate glaze as Murray the koala didn't want to get too dirty.
Then the three critters proudly assessed their work, they all agreed it was suitably impressive. It was time to present housemate Sean with his cake!
Housemate Sean was overwhelmed with joy at what the critters had done for him. He did notice they had only put five candles on the cake but thought it best not to tell them he was in fact turning twenty eight, not five.
Inspired by a very windy couple of days, Angus the wombat, Reggie the Yeti and Penny the turtle decided to make a kite.
They found some bamboo skewers, baking paper, thread, sticky tape and tools for making their exciting new project.
Penny and Reggi cut the skewers and Angus tied them together and wound string around the edges.
Then they cut and measured and cut some more.
They folded in the edges and stuck them down - the kite was really taking shape!
Finally the only thing left was to attach the tail and tassels.
Then it was finished! They were super happy with their new kite and raced down to the park to try it out.
To the critters' dismay there was absolutely no wind in the park, it had died off completely! Then Reggie had an idea - they would find a fan and an extension cord and fly the kite at home!
The fan worked wonders and the critters enjoyed the afternoon flying their new kite!