Freshly back from an invigorating short break in Italy and France (which I’ll post about soon), I’d like to share a trio of items completed before I left, commissioned by one of my repeat customers – the lovely Marilu Vella.
I thought it’s about time for a round up of recent projects! I’ve been working on a lot lately, albeit at a relatively slow (for me) pace due to the full time job I’m still doing my best to adjust to, as well as attempting to make room for a spot of exercise after work.
To start off with, here’s a little gift box I put together for the boy for Valentine’s day/our three year anniversary. The main item is, of course, the diary featuring an embroidered anatomical drawing of a human heart – as romantic as I’m going to get 😉
Another exciting event that took place this past month was Hey Birdie-Pie! & the Soap Cafe‘s KISS & MAKEUP event – a combined makeup launch & vintage pop-up shop. A little while ago, Lara of Hey Birdie-Pie had approached me to revamp a pair of ‘blah’ vintage skirts for this event, and here’s the outcome. Coincidentally, the deep red skirt hadn’t been out in the light of day for five minutes before the creepily colour co-ordinated Maria of Babettopolis snapped it up. It looked a treat on her, almost as if it was a custom order!
Other miscellaneous orders included an embroidered compass diary, and not one but two piano notebooks! I can also disclose that there are some very exciting projects ahead, featuring a familiar collaborative partner – but that’s all I’ll say for now 😉
A couple of months ago the boy and I came up with a fabulous plan. A plan that involves good food, wine, (usually) stimulating conversation and a happy stagger home afterwards. We decided to take Malta’s ‘great’ restaurants and well, test them.
Tiger prawns in crispy potato strings with asparagus, seaweed and green pea sauce
The idea is that once a month, without fail, we’ll visit a restaurant reputed to be ‘great’ and, ideally, somewhere neither of us had visited before (although rules are made to be broken after all!) Upon selecting the place, we would proceed to ‘test’ it. That’s right, your full on three-course starter-main-dessert meal and will-we-won’t-we-oh-go-oooon bottle of wine. Last month’s expedition saw us visiting Mdina and the famous Bacchus, but due to a shoddy memory (not helped I fear, by the aforementioned wine) I didn’t get down to documenting it. This month’s pick was Sliema’s family-run gem, The Kitchen.
I am by no means qualified enough (my food likes and nuances leave much to be desired and my palate is as far from refined as you can possibly imagine) to properly review food, so the comments I make from this point forward are to be taken with a pinch of salt. This experience was divine ( I warned you!).
The boy’s duck main
I started off with salmon and crab ravioli in a curry sauce with a side of spinach draped artfully over the lot. It tasted divine. Teo’s highly interesting breaded fried egg went down a treat too. The best was still to come however, as my main course – Tiger Prawns wrapped in crispy potato strings with asparagus, seaweed and green pea sauce – totally hit the spot. The prawns were tender and wonderful, perfectly complimented by their crispy potato coats; and the green pea sauce had me licking the plate clean. The boy’s happily munching face confirmed that his duck was equally satisfactory. Topped off with our favourite Chablis, the plates were cleared quickly, and followed by a home-made vanilla ice-cream for myself and sickly sweet creme brulee for T.
We emerged happy and full yet remarkably, not in the heavy, luxurious way that you normally would after a decadent meal of excess, but strangely light and energized. I can’t complain 😉