I'm Shannon and Rabbit & the Duck is my label of lovely supplies for packaging, baking, crafts and parties. This space is for sharing my inspirations, creative projects, favourite recipes, studio news, and other happy stories.
The rabbit & the duck are heading to Adelaide! We're on the road at this very minute actually...I sneakily wrote this post last night, I'm probably somewhere in the middle of nowhere right now : )
It's our first event in Adelaide and I'm really looking forward to meeting lots of lovely new people and checking out some of the local design talent. I hope I sell a few things too, to make space for all the things I'm likely to purchase while I'm over there...
A sunrise on a stormy morning is like a beautiful song. Both fill my heart with joy and bring tears of happiness to my eyes that something can be so simple yet so complex at the same time.
The changing colours, the intricate patterns in the clouds, the contrast of light and dark - all joining together to form a wondrous melody that makes me want to twirl around the garden like a little girl : )
Recently I bought my first ever thermos. And now I'm wondering what took me so long, I'm in love!
The thought of a hot cup of tea on a cold winter's day while sitting at a market stall is quite appealing. But I'm discovering so many other uses for the humble thermos.
I do love a good cup of tea, particularly while sewing, but more often than not I forget I've made said cup of tea only to rediscover it an hour later when it is cold and disappointing. So, what to do.... this week I've been filling my thermos up in the morning and sitting it next to my sewing machine. Voila! Hot tea whenever I want it. I can fit 2 cups of tea in my thermos so it also saves on electricity as I don't have to boil the kettle twice : ) Plus it helps me make sure I'm drinking enough water - 1 thermos in the morning and another in the afternoon is almost enough water for the day. Win win win.
I have the green thermos for my tea, image courtesy of IKEA.
I've also been trying lately to eat more fresh cooked meals, which got me thinking about how I could achieve this when I need to take a packed lunch with me. After a bit of searching (thank you google) I discovered..... the thermos lunch!
It seems pretty easy - take your favourite spices and fry them for a few seconds. Add some lentils, some rice and some chopped up veggies, cover with boiling water and cook for 2-5 minutes. Pour into your thermos, seal tight, and leave closed for 4 hours to cook everything through. I'm going to give it a try this weekend, I'll let you know how it goes! For those wanting to try this recipe, apparently it's better to have a good quality thermos with a wide opening, I bought myself a 'Thermos' brand one last night from the shops.
It's a lovely sunny day in Melbourne and I'm happily working away in the studio. Well, mostly happily, I'm having a bit of Monday-itis and knowing it's a public holiday is not helping matters. But anyhow, onwards and upwards - I feel lucky that I am working in the sunshine, with the blinds open, a view of the garden, and the ability to take frequent tea breaks (with my favourite red & white polka dot mug, as you can see in the below picture).
Today I am working on zip purses and pencil cases.
There is always lots of ironing to be done. So much so that I have ironed a hole in my ironing board cover which is growing larger every day, despite trying to iron on different parts I always seem to iron in the same spot. Perhaps it's time to buy a new one?