all images © Ness Lockyer
Before I start, let me apologize in case this post is all over the place…it’s sooo hot here and I don’t think I have recovered from tonight’s Zumba class yet. Alright-y. We had a long weekend here in Tassie and it has been wonderful, hot, sticky, and relaxing all at the same time. Melbourne is getting the same weather as us here, but no-one ever mentions Tassie’s heat on the news…we always get left out.
A major event from the weekend was that Mic found my long, long lost camera charger! This was enormous news as I have been doing all of my photos with my phone while we searched high and low for the ‘real’ camera’s charger…it was in one of my handbags on top of my wardrobe…oops…didn’t look in there! We did give the house a good clean out though in the process…
This means I can start taking some proper shots again
although these ones were prior to the charger being discovered, so are the phone …it all happened in the nick of time as I have a photo shoot coming up and needed that camera going…phew!
I did manage to take some for the shop update
which I will get to in a moment and these pieces above are some remnants from that shoot. I love these colours and textures I told you, all over the place, stay with me now
I did get to bake a little bit
yep, I know, who bakes in 35 degree heat…apparently I do. This was my first attempt at Amish Cinnamon Bread. Let me just say, it’s not the best for your hips, but it tastes good. I posted this shot on the Marley & Lockyer Facebook page as I was showing the wing plates, and I had a lot of emails asking for the recipe…..as usual, I tweaked it a bit.
AMISH CINNAMON BREAD- makes 2 loaves!
*1 cup of soft butter
*2 cups of sugar (or natvia/stevia/agave if you are cutting out sugar)
*2 cups of buttermilk (or 2 cups of milk with 2 tablespoons of vinegar or lemon juice)
*4 cups of plain flour
*2 teaspoons of baking soda
-Cinnamon/ sugar mix *2/3 cup sugar (or sub), 2 teaspoons cinnamon
1. cream butter, sugar and eggs.
2. Add flour, milk and soda and fold through. Put half of the mixture (or a bit less) into greased loaf pans (1/4 in each).
3. Mix in a separate bowl the 2/3 cup of sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle on top of the 1/2 batter in each tin.
4. add remaining batter and sprinkle the rest of the sugar/cinnamon mix over the top and swirl through with a knife.
5. Bake at 180C for 45-50 mins or until a skewer comes out clean. Take out of oven and let cool in pan for 20 mins before turning out.
On Sunday, Mic, the boys and I went out to the markets where the Glover Prize was on. This is the richest landscape art competition in Australia and I love going there each year…but I didn’t get to go in. It was sooo hot ans so many people were lined up to get into the building, I didn’t bother…so we hunted about…like you do….
…and I found a bundt tin! Couldn’t believe it. When you are not looking, it finds you. I baked our other Amish bread in this and we took it with us to Mic’s Mum and Dad’s property for dinner that night – it was a hit! We also spent lots of time at the beach up the road. The water was perfect!
Yesterday, I finally got to load up the shop. After last weeks “great crash of ’13”, I have been working flat out to replenish what was damaged in that wind…4 loads in the kiln later and I am back on track…until I released these new pieces…
they all sold out within ten minutes! Far out you guys are fast!! This one above is part of the “Embroidered Series”. They are all based on antique and vintage linens I have collected over the years which have wonderful embroidery details to them. This one is the “Irish Plate”. I have French, Belgian, Scottish, Australian and a few more I haven’t released yet.
I have started to take some photos of the plates and bowls being used, to give scale and so you can see what can be done with them, along with a plain shot for clarity of design. The shot I went with of the Irish Plate didn’t have the napkin on it, but I thought this one was lovely with my beautiful vintage, blue and white plate.
I am thinking of doing a shop update once a week on a set day at a set time, so people don’t miss out on pieces. I would let you know where and when in advance too. I asked the question on Facebook and it seemed to go well over there…what do you think?
…but seriously, all I can think about is the cooler weather…I am so over this heat! Can’t wait to be able to welcome Autumn like we normally have by now…and light the fire! Before I sign off, there is a GIVEAWAY to mention…..
HEAT WAVE GIVEAWAY!
This giveaway will be valued at $60.00 and will be chosen at random
like a lucky dip you may get a plate & bowl, some jewelry and a bowl, some tags and a cushion from the Marley & Lockyer range…WHO KNOWS well I will, but you get it right?
All you have to do is follow the Marley & Lockyer blog, and tell me here what you would get with $60 from Marley & Lockyer. By following the blog, you will not miss out on any sales codes, sales albums, and giveaways…and the shop updates. By sharing on your social media networks, you will get extra entries too! Just let me know in your comment.
It will be drawn on Thursday evening. Good luck! Ness xx