Thursday, 16 February 2012

Sewing and Celebration

It was my best friends birthday last week and so now that it is finally past I can show you what I made her.

I made her this shopping tote from some beautiful Japanese quilting fabric and bamboo handles.  I got the pattern from a Better homes and Gardens magazine and even for someone like me it was not too hard and is something that could be made in an afternoon.  It is fully lined and uses an interlining and interfacing.  I will probably make this bag again but next time I would use a heavier interfacing.  If anyone wants the pattern let me know.

Then of course there had to be cake, well Velvet Cupcakes anyway.  I will post the recipe for these tomorrow.
 We are both wine lovers so we decided that lunch at a winery was just the ticket.  We went to Flame Hill Vineyard in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  It was a wonderful venue with great views overlooking the vineyard, the Sunshine Coast and the sea was on the horizon.

Best Friend enjoying a wine or 2,3,4... who's counting
  Both the company and wine were excellent and with a lovely breeze blowing in from the coast and a spot in the shade on the balcony it really was quite lovely.

Me enjoying the view
Lunch was a delight.  While not cheap the meals were beautifully prepared and presented.
Sticky Pork Belly, Scallops, Cauliflower Puree, roast apple and Red Wine Jus for entree.

Pork Rib Cutlet, White Polenta  with Broadbean, Truss tomato, Nectarine and Balsamic Glaze
(And a naughty bit of crackling)
After our very indulgent lunch we spent the afternoon wandering the boutique shops at Montville before heading home to my place for some more wine and a few games of Majong.


  1. Wow Fiona the bag looks great...well done! I don't sew but I would love the recipe for Red Velvet Cakes...never tried them but they look yummy. Looks like you had a lovely day out and that food looks divine...isn't it great to have a girly day out.

  2. Great fabric choice and those bamboo handles add a lovely touch to the tote. Your lunch looks amazing. our daughter in law recently gave us a voucher for a dinner at a lovely restaurant near us and I am have been perusing the menu online to see what I would like to eat....

  3. Wow - looks like a great day, lovely photos Fiona. I've not heard of that vineyard. It looks so tropical and lush doesn't it?
    Loving that fabric also. cheers Wendy

  4. Wow flash! looks great and such a nice way to spend a day!

  5. WOW, that bag is amazing!! You are so so clever. And what a lovely day out. I'm salivating over those dishes :-)

  6. Your bag is so very clever and looks great! That lunch looks superb and what a lovely setting!
    I haven't been to Montville in years but love just browsing through all those gorgeous shops....well before we had the twins anyway, lol!
    Looks like you had a wonderful day...thanks for sharing it with us!


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