A few great Coffee Table/Lifestyle books to buy

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A few great Coffee Table/Lifestyle books to buy

A few books I’ve really enjoyed over the past month or so.  One of these is a very recent release (Green Kitchen Travels) and the rest have all been published in the last few years. (Please note that I use affiliate links for these, you can find more info here).

 1. Fa la la la Felt: 45 Handmade Holiday Decorations by Amanda Carestio. Some super cute craft ideas to make for Christmas using felt. I especially love the tree ornaments and garlands. 

2. Green Kitchen Travels: Healthy Vegetarian Food Inspired by Our Adventures by David Frenkiel. This is from the writers of one of my favourite blogs Green Kitchen Stories. Even though I’m not a vegetarian, I’ve always loved their use of whole food ingredients, bold flavour and bright colour. The photography in this book is absolutely stunning too, I’ve actually only had the chance to flick through this so far but it’s on my Christmas wish-list!

3. Teeny Tiny Gardening by  Emma Hardy. This is the cutest book ever and has completely inspired me to garden more. I absolutely love all the little arrangements in quirky up-cycled planters. A few favourites include the eggshell garden (on the front cover), vintage teacups and a fairy garden.

4. 100 Organic Skincare Recipes: Make Your Own Fresh and Fabulous Organic Beauty Products by Jessica Ress. This book has so many great DIY beauty recipes and provided me with so much inspiration for creating my own too. Many of the recipes also use basic fresh (kitchen) ingredients so it’s more accessible to the majority of people. 

5. Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family’s Journey to Gluten-Free Cooking by Aran Goyoaga. The photography in this book is some of the best I’ve ever come across. It is so gorgeous, bright and colourful! The book is by the writer of Cannelle e Vanille and features lots of lovely gluten-free recipes. I am actually yet to try any recipes as I primarily got the book for the photos and it’s definitely worth having just for those!

6. Plate to Pixel: Digital Food Photography & Styling by Helene Dujardin. I’ve been working on my food styling lately and this is one of the books that has helped me the most. It has lots of great examples of shot styles, set-ups, lighting and equipment and is very encouraging to someone just starting out.

Simple Spring Decor Ideas - Floating Flowers with Washi Tape Tealight Candle and Sequins

Simple Spring Decor: Floating Flowers and Washi Tape Candles

Spring Decor - Washi Tape Tealight Candle with Floating Flowers

Simple Spring Decor Ideas  - Floating Flowers with Washi Tape Tealight Candle and Sequins

Each week, I love making a new colourful table centrepiece from flowers and pretty plants I grow in my garden. I usually like to make quite large arrangements during this time of year as there are so many flowers about to choose from. This time though, I decided to change things up a bit and go for something quite small and delicate. I’ve enjoyed this little arrangement so much that I thought I’d share it with you here as a simple Spring decor idea. It features some of my favourite things – Washi tape, sequins, a bud vase and of course flowers!

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Easy No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin - Gold and Glitter

Glitter and Gold, An Easy No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin

Easy No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin - Gold and Glitter

Gold and Glitter No-Carve Halloween Pumpkin

Even though we don’t really celebrate Halloween much here in Australia, I’ve always loved taking part in the tradition of pumpkin carving. Usually I’ve just stuck to simple jack-o-laterns, having them in the garden at night with a few candles, but after seeing so many wonderful no-carve ideas on PInterest over the past year, I decided I  wanted to do something a little different this time. As I recently got some new gold spray paint and sheets of glitter paper, I knew I would have to include both of these things in the project!

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Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs. Healthy Halloween Treats. Featured Image

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs

Candy Corn Fruit Kebabs. Healthy Halloween Recipes.

Here’s a nice simple idea for a healthy but super yummy Halloween party treat. I’ve become rather intrigued by Candy Corn lately after seeing it practically everywhere online these last couple of months. We don’t have it in Australia but I think it’s a super cute design and love seeing it used in so many different, creative ways. As tropical fruit is particularly good this time of year too (plus a favourite of mine) I thought I’d make some little fruit kebabs using the pattern. The syrup I’ve served alongside it is made from passionfruit and honey (and I liked that it looked rather creepy for the occasion too!)

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