Welcome to my blog. I work full time and creating is my sanity. I like to use many different mediums and was a finalist in the Fire Mountain Beading Contest in 2008. I am a passionate blogger, and a promoter of handmade goodness.

I love : my husband, my fur kids, family, music, sunshine, creating, chocolate, handmade soaps, the DUST Team, gardening, friends, Triple J Radio and photography. Comments welcome, I hope you enjoy the adventure with me.

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made with love.........................maddabling xox

proud member of the down under street team

Friday, June 28, 2013

Friday Friends - Local Artists - DEL-icious Designz

Hello dear readers, and a big Happy Friday to you all! I have heard a whisper that there is more winter sunshine on the way this weekend - Maddabling is hoping to get out and make the most of it exploring on a coast walk somewhere. Hopefully, I will also get some time to do some more baking, testing a recipe to share with you all. This week I am sharing with you some new things from a dear friend who I have had the pleasure to feature before - meet Del from DEL-icious Designz! 
Del is an absolute crochet wiz and is my guest blogger this week, in fact it is time for me to hand over the blogging reigns to her right now! I do hope you 
enjoy her story xo
The Delightful Tale of DEL-icious Designz 
Way back in May 2010 I was Samara's second Friday Friend Feature http://maddabling.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/friday-friends-part-2.html
Back then I was dabbling in resin jewellery and Spoon Pendants.  This was a lot of fun but due to reasons out of my control, resin and I had to part ways.
Now I have picked up on my passion for crochet and am loving it. 
Want a funky character hat??  Then I am your girl.  
I have had all sorts of requests and always rise to the challenge.  Tiger, Sheep, Unicorn, Bear, Monkey, Owl, Elmo, Panda, Cookie Monster and the list goes on. 
You can check them all out on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DELiciousDesignz

But....it's not just hats I make.  
I also create Ponchos
and Tea cosies
and Slippers
and Barefoot Sandals
and Scoodies!
Some of these will be on display at the Makuru Kaal Festival  http://www.makurukarlafestival.com
 This exciting event, which runs from the 28th June - 30 June 2013 will 
feature a Poets Breakfast at Kendenup Lodge, drumming workshops, 
singing workshops, fire twirling workshops, lantern making workshops, 
soup and bread at Banksia Farm, lantern walk,lighting the bonfire, 
Winter Woolies, Wool End Cafe, Live Music and Dance at the Mt Barker
Town Hall.

There is also a fantastic giveaway that DEL-icious Designz is thrilled to be 
a part of over at The Great Southern Wedding Directory at
Lots of fantastic goodies up for grabs, including some from DEL-icious Designz! Get in quick, entries are closing very soon!
Dear readers, if you want to see more, here is how you can connect. 

Buy lovely things on Zibbet here: http://www.zibbet.com/DELiciousDesignz 
become a fan on Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/DELiciousDesignz

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

High Tea - Wednesday Wishes

Have you ever been to a sumptuous High Tea? I have hosted one myself but have never been to one and would dearly love to one day. 

Wednesday Wishes this week is inspired by High Tea - enjoy xo
Tea Time Bunting, vintage style party decoration from mulberrymuse
Pearl bead, ribbon and teacup charm bracelet from littleittybitty
High Tea Tasting Pack from AustralianTeaMasters
Vintage Royal Winton,Two Tone Green Autumn Leaf Pattern, Two Tiered Cupcake Stand from RodwellandAstor
ANTIQUE 1940s set of two SHELLEY Heather cup saucer and plate, 
fine bone china from Arcq

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Wild Winter Skies, Wildflowers and Peanut Butter Banana Bread

Hello there Maddabling Readers - did you stay warm and dry in the winter weather this weekend? I hope you are all happy and well! This weeks Sunday Blog Post is all about Wild Winter Skies, Wildflowers and Peanut Butter Bread. Happy Reading :) 

Wild Winter Skies 
What a difference a day makes. A Winter Sky photo from yesterday... 
and a Winter Sky photo from today. One relatively clear, one dark + stormy.
These photos were taken in the same spot (can you see the island near the horizon) and shows how quickly the weather can change at this time of year.
I am constantly amazed at the gorgeous cloud formations that roll in during winter. 

Wildflower Spotting - Banksia Praemorsa 
There are so many wildflowers coming on at the moment - the different shapes, vibrant colours that nature creates are truly gorgeous. This week I present Banksia Praemorsa - spotted on our weekend Coast Hills walk. 
This is a forming flower, it really does remind me of a candle. 
This is a flower that has formed, from the top - how bright and brilliant are these colours ? 
And this is how it looks from the front, a real variety of texture and colour. 
Mother Nature, how do you do it? 

If you are interested in finding out more, you can see the Banksia Praemorsa profile here: http://florabase.dec.wa.gov.au/browse/profile/1841

Peanut Butter + Banana Bread 

Wondering what to do with ripe bananas? Here's a new twist on an old favourite - try this one out - it's Peanut Butter and Banana Bread. I found this recipe, in a regular sized loaf tin makes one larger and one smaller loaf. Plenty for Everyone! By the way, it really is delicious! 
Peanut Butter + Banana Bread


3/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup skim milk
2 eggs
1/4 cup Crunchy Peanut Butter
3 ripe bananas, mashed
2 cups SR flour, sifted
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
125g Reduced Fat Spreadable Cream Cheese
Honey, to serve


WHISK the sugar, oil, milk, eggs and peanut spread until just combined. 

Mix in the bananas.

GENTLY fold the flour and spices through the egg mixture, until just combined. 

Spoon mixture into a greased and lined 11 x 21cm loaf tin. Bake for 45- 50 minutes at 160ÂșC, or until an inserted skewer comes out clean. 

Cool on a wire rack.

Dear readers, that wraps up Wild Skies, Wildflowers and Peanut Butter Banana Bread. Have a wonderful week and see you all on Wednesday for Wednesday Wishes xo 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Friday Friends - DUSTy Divas - Teluma Designs

Hello lovely Maddabling readers, I can't believe that Friday is here already! Where does the time go? Following a very active weekend and busy week, Maddabling is planning some chill time this weekend to recharge her batteries.

This week is is an absolute pleasure to introduce to you all a newer DUST Team member - meet the lovely Catherine of Teluma Designs. 
I have a soft spot for chunky gemstone jewellery and Teluma Designs boasts some sublime pieces in this category. Take for example the beautiful contrast between the fiery carnelian and cool turquoise in this OOAK handmade Gemstone Necklace.
The delightful emerald Green Adventurine Gemstone Earrings are so delicious 
and I love the tribal feel to this double strand turquoise, unakite, red malachite and sterling silver Necklace.
Readers, time for you now to take some time out, have a cuppa and put your feet up and read The Tale of Teluma Designs. I hope you enjoy reading Catherine's story as much as I did! See you all on Sunday for my weekend blog post xo
The Tale of Teluma Designs
Welcome and thank you for taking the time to read about Teluma Designs.

My name is Catherine and my business name is Teluma Designs.  I make ‘One of a Kind’ Jewelry and accessories such as Brooches, Fascinators, Bags and Clothing.  Teluma Designs has an online Etsy Shop, a Facebook Page and is on Pinterest.  I also make direct commissions and sell privately and love working with customers to create the exact item they want.
Jewelry is my main focus. I don’t particularly follow fashion trends as I love all styles and tend to make the things that appeal to me – sometimes the materials determine the outcome and sometimes I have a specific design in mind.  I love working with gemstones, semi-precious stones, beautiful glass beads, sterling silver and other metals.  

For other creations I look for vintage and retro haberdashery or any interesting bits and pieces.  I like to ‘rescue’ these and give them new life – no doubt there is a name for this malady.
I love the concept that jewelry offers something protective and belongs to us exclusively, in a very personal way.  As much as we own it, it also owns us. The name Teluma is ‘Amulet’ spelled backwards.  I wanted the name to have some meaning and be a bit thought-provoking, but not too obvious, so the meaning is for those who know.  I like to think that anything I create has a power for those who become their owners.
I have been a jewelry lover ever since I can remember and it was through playing with beautiful beads and jewelry that my mother, maternal grandmother and great aunts had collected and worn.  Together with these were fabrics, haberdashery, buttons and garment embellishments, nothing was thrown out.
Most of my working life was spent in corporate life but creative pursuits were always my great love and I looked forward to a time when I would be able to set up a business doing what I love.  After corporate life, for some years I designed gift ware and also supplied a number of shops with jewelry, accessories and clothing which I either bought or manufactured myself in Asia.                                            
Now that I am fortunate enough to follow my creative dreams the philosophy of my designs is to make things that are individual and that will be loved by the next generation and the next – whether to be worn or kept as keepsakes from a previous loved one.
I feel my style is one that incorporates many different styles and is somewhat eclectic.  I never make the same piece twice and although I use the individual elements in a number of designs, each one is individual and one of a kind.  Sometimes it takes me a while to get a feel for particular gemstones or beads and I live with them until an idea comes to me.  
Over the time I’ve been working with gemstones and semiprecious stones I have grown to love them all.  Some which initially didn’t hold great appeal have become favorites as I’ve come to recognize their unique beauty. I try to work across all price ranges so that there is something for everyone’s budget.
Many of my pendants are designed by me and therefore exclusive to Teluma Designs and are either stamped with the business avatar or have a sterling silver avatar disc at the catch.  The pendants are mostly made from sterling silver however I am now starting to use brass and gold plated brass.
Overall, I wanted to create ‘one only’ items so that whoever decides to own them has something totally unique that will belong to them completely.  I plan to pursue this direction and continue to learn and explore until I fall off my chair.

Enjoy Your Individuality.

Dear readers, would you like to see more? Here is how you can connect.

Buy lovely things on Etsy here: 


and become a follower on Facebook here: 

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Revamp - Wednesday Wishes

verb [with object]
give new and improved form, structure, or appearance to
noun [usually in singular
an act of improving the form, structure, or appearance of something

We recently purchased some new bits and pieces for our living room and one or two statement furnishings can make all the difference - here are a few things I found while browsing Etsy. Enjoy xo
Timber Cable Spool Coffee Table from FinnDesignCo
Abstract Photography Pattern Throw Pillow 16x16 from riotjane
Wall Clock,Steampunk And Geekery Owl, from OlgaArtShop
Suzani Patchwork Chair from LivingintheWOW
Crochet Cotton Rug, Mustard Yellow, Recycled from CapitanaUncino

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Peaks and Picnic Food

Hello lovely readers, Sunday night already! What a delightful weekend it was on the south coast. Lots of divine winter sunshine to warm our souls. This weekend I share with you Peaks and Picnic Food.
On the weekend, we had the bright idea of taking some friends to a lesser known walk trail in our area. This is the challenge we chose to accept - Peak Head - the big headland at the rear of this photo
Peak Head is the southernmost peak of Torndirrup National Park. The walk trail is 4.3km in length and is described as a rugged path which is steep in sections and some "rock scrambling" is required to reach the summit. It says to allow two hours return...........
On top of the world - this is the view to the left 
this is the view straight ahead 
and this is the view to the right. 
There were so many interesting things formed by nature; like this fungi, toadstools, a banksia nut and beautiful dark green moss.
All in all it was a very memorable trek with good friends- I am sure we earned our honorary mountain goat stripes with all the rock scrambling at the peak! 
Picnic Food
I love a good picnic...I like food that is fresh and tasty. Why not combine the two with these Vietnamese inspired Turkey Rolls. We kept these in a cooler for a four hour road trip and they were still fresh and not at all soggy on arrival. 
Vietnamese turkey rolls

4 crusty long white rolls 
1/4 cup reduced fat whole-egg mayonnaise
1 1/2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
150g thinly sliced or shaved roast turkey
1/2 medium carrot, peeled, cut into matchsticks
1 Lebanese cucumber, deseeded, cut into matchsticks
1/4 cup sweet chilli sauce
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves

Cut bread rolls cross ways (don't cut all the way through). Spread roll base with mayonnaise. Top with lettuce, turkey, carrot and cucumber. Drizzle with sweet chilli sauce. Top with coriander. Serve.

Note: I made these with freshly baked "bake at home" bread rolls purchased from the supermarket, I baked them about 45 minutes before assembling.
I also recommend that you pat dry the cucumber on paper towel to absorb excess moisture. If you put the turkey in the roll first and arrange the other ingredients inside the turkey slices, it stops the rolls going soggy. 

source:  http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/21664/vietnamese+turkey+rolls

I hope you enjoyed Peaks and Picnic Food, see you all on Wednesday for a new Wednesday Wishes blog post.