Smoothie of the day


Smoothie of the day

This is the deliciously refreshing smoothie I made this afternoon. I usually make a cup of tea in the afternoon when I'm finishing up my work for the day, but today I felt like some thing a bit cooler (maybe something to do with daylight saving?).

I've been making a lot of smoothies lately, I'm finding them very nourishing, so I thought I'd start sharing some photos of what I've been making and drinking.

Hope you're having a great day.

Fiona x

win free double passes to the Better Homes and Gardens Live Sydney show

Better Homes and Gardens LIVE is coming to Sydney!

Sydney Showgrounds

Friday 19 September – Sunday 21 September 2014

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A Great Day Out For The Entire Family.

Australia’s favourite home magazine and television show is coming to life at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, from 19 - 21 September 2014 for Better Homes and Gardens LIVE.

Whether you are a renovator, foodie, DIY or craft lover, gardening or interiors addict, Better Homes and Gardens LIVE is the only place to go for all the latest products, advice and tips for your home.  Get inspired with live demonstrations and workshops from your favourite Better Homes and Gardens experts and shop for the latest gadgets and technology from more than 350 exhibitors at our one-stop home and garden product showcase.

Better Cooking

Fast Ed will demonstrate favourite recipes as well as some exciting new creations at the Better Cooking stage.

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handmade crochet bags

I've been crocheting away the cold winter rainy nights here, and have made some cute crochet bags.

Just in time for spring, they are now for sale in the Quite Contrary Handmade section at Ribbons Galore. They are perfect for carrying small items bought at the farmer's market or taking the essentials out shopping or to the beach. Theyr'e a great size for younger girls too. All the details are over at Ribbons Galore.

I'm happy to take custom requests if you'd like to choose another colour, please get in touch.

Fiona Carter's crochet bags

The bags are crocheted from 100% Australian cotton yarn, in delicious colours (perfect for our upcoming spring and summer). They are super soft and the open stitches give some stretch.... and they have been lots of fun to make.

Hope you're having a great creative week!

Thanks for dropping by...



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Ribbons Galore in Australian Homespun magazine

Ribbons Galore had a little appearance in the August 2014 edition of Australian Homespun magazine. The window shopping theme in this edition was "village road show".

Ribbons Galore in Homespun magazine August 2014

The featured ribbon is the 'street view' ribbon which is perfect for using on projects for little boys. It can be seen centre left... on the right page.

Homespun magazine August 2014

The magazine is now available online (from and in newsagencies, supermarkets and craft shops around Australia. Print copies should be available in Europe and North America in two to three weeks time.




Margin's Marinated Mushrooms

I bought a bag of little mushrooms from a stall at Eveleigh Farmer's Markets recently. They came from Margin's Mushrooms who grow their mushrooms in an old disused abattoir in Woy Woy, north of Sydney. 

Fiona Carter mushroom bowl

I saw a little sign on the stall, labelling these tiny mushrooms "marinating mushrooms". I had to try making the. A recipe guide was included with the little bag of mushrooms, along with some fresh herbs.

They were very quick and easy to make, and made a tasty little snack!

Fiona Carter Marinated Mushrooms

Marinated Mushrooms recipe

(adapted from the Margin's Marinated Mushrooms recipe)

Step 1 ingredients and method:

  • 200grms small mushrooms
  • 100mls apple cider vinegar
  • 350mls water

Bring the vinegar and water to the boil in a saucepan. Place the mushrooms into the liquid and boil for 2 minutes. Remove mushrooms and keep the liquid.

Step 2 ingredients and method:

  • 60mls olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • fresh herbs (for example thyme sprigs, bay leaves, sage)
  • a piece of lemon rind
  • salt and pepper

Heat a saucepan/frypan with the olive oil. Add the garlic, fresh herbs, lemon rind, salt and pepper. Cook this mixture for a few minutes to let the flavours infuse into the oil. Add the mushrooms to the pan with a small amount of the vinegar/water mixture, stir to coat the mushrooms in the oil. Remove the pan from the heat. Place the mushrooms, with the oil/garlic/herb mixture into a jar.


Thanks for visiting.


Fiona x

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Raw cherry ripe slices and bounty bars

I have been increasingly interested in raw desserts and slices lately, and have been searching for recipes. One lovely blog which I've been following is Live Love Eat Raw. On her blog, Sharlene shares her raw food recipes.

I've made a few of her recipes, and two favourites so far are the raw cherry ripe slice and the raw bounty slice.

Raw cherry ripe made by Fiona Carter

The recipe for the raw cherry ripe slice can be found HERE. I used frozen sour cherries, which gave the cherry ripe slice a refreshing tartness. The tartness is deliciously complimented by the slight sweetness of the dates and raw cacao base and the raw cacao and coconut oil topping.

Raw bounty bar made by Fiona Carter

The recipe for the raw bounty bars can be found HERE. The bounty bars have a creamy texture with a yummy vanilla coconuty flavour encased between the date, coconut and almond meal base and the raw cacao and coconut oil topping.

I keep the slices in the freezer, taking them out for a few minutes prior to eating so they can soften slightly. They'd make a perfect treat for Easter next week!

Thanks for visiting...


Fiona x

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men's crochet beanie

I made my first crocheted beanie this weekend!

FEC crochet beanie 1

The pattern I used is by Kathy North, and can be found HERE.

Craftsy also has an online class, Crocheting in the Round, which teaches you the basics of crocheting and creating your own beanie.

Yarn used: Bendigo Woollen Mills cotton 8 ply yarn in glacier, sky and pomegranate colours.

It was a quick and easy little project... think I'll be making some more!

Hope you've had a lovely weekend, we've enjoyed some welcome rain here in NSW.

Thanks for visiting.


Fiona x

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raw Kahlua and walnut truffles

Here's another truffle recipe I've made recently. These are similar to the Rum and Raisin Balls, with no added sugar (except the sugar that's in the Kahlua).


Here's the recipe.


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup hazelnut meal
  • 1/4 cup chia bran (I use The Chia Co chia bran)
  • 8 tablespoons raw cacao powder (I use Power Super Foods raw cacao)
  • 6 tablespoons raw coconut oil (I use Niugini Organics coconut oil)
  • 4 tablespoons rice malt syrup (or to your taste)
  • 80mls Kahlua
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 70% dark chocolate, grated for coating the balls OR extra chopped walnuts OR both


Place the dry ingredients (almond meal, hazelnut meal, chia bran, cacao powder, desicated coconut) into a food processor. Blend until ingredients look combined.

Add rice malt syrup and Kahlua, then the coconut oil. Make sure the coconut oil is soft, (in cold climates you may need to soften it prior to adding to the food processor).

Put the mixture into a bowl and mix through the chopped walnuts. Cover the bowl and put in the fridge to cool.

The mixture may separate a little. This is the reason I put it in the fridge to cool. You may find the coconut oil sets around the mixture. Just stir this through again before you start rolling.

Roll into small balls. I used a 1/2 tablespoon to measure the balls out. Roll the balls around in a bowl of grated dark chocolate or the chopped walnuts. You will find them quite sticky, the heat of your hands will melt the coconut oil a bit, but this helps the chocolate to stick to your rum balls.

Place them into the freezer until you are ready to eat them or package them up to give them away.

Hope you enjoy them...  If you like the sound of these, you might also like the rum and raisin balls I made at the end of last year.

Fiona Carter's rum balls collage blog

Thanks for visiting.


Fiona x


design your own iPhone case

During my January holiday, I had the time to play around with some images for an iPhone case I'd been wanting to create. I wanted to use an image that would represent Ribbons Galore. I still love using my vintage wooden bobbins for styling my ribbons, and I mixed some ribbons in one of my favourite colourways, red, pink and aqua, to create my image.

I used an Australian company called The Dairy to create my new phone case.

FEC iPhone case main

The "design" process was very easy. Once you are on their website, click the "CREATE" button, choose your mobile devise and you will then be taken to a page to upload your image. With a few adjustments, you're done! 

FEC iPhone case 2 blog

My new case arrived within a week of ordering. Love the quality, it's very protective, and I love having my own image there!

FEC iPhone case 1 blog

The Dairy has lots of designs if you don't want to create your own, and the cases are made right here in Australia! Love that! They also offer free standard shipping worldwide.

Have fun!