Friday, August 15, 2014

This Past Week...

Another new season's rose

Fragrant Flowers - Lavender and Rosemary

Making star confetti and this cute origami box I learnt to make from this blog

Full moon rising

 Full moon behind cloud

It's been a nice week really. The weather seems to be picking up here and it's starting to feel a bit like spring now (the first crocus is about to open! - hopefully I'll have a photo for next week of it). The moon was especially stunning this week too. I heard it was a super moon  - slightly closer to the earth than usual which made it look particularly large.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Books I've Been Loving Lately

I've started going to local library a bit lately and have come across some really great books. Although most of these are a few years old they are all still very up to date - they were all new to me anyway - so I thought I'd share some of my favourite here :)

1. The Green Kitchen by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindah
Wonderful, simple gluten free, sugar free, and vegetarian recipes from one of my favourite food blogs Green Kitchen Stories. It has absolutely gorgeous photos too.

2. Instant Entertaining by Donna Hay 
Great menu ideas for all sorts of occasions.  I love all of Donna Hay's book as they are so beautiful and the recipes are always classic and simple.

3. The New Whole Foods Encyclopaedia by Rebecca Wood
A great, basic reference book for pretty much every sort of imaginable food. It also includes some buying advice and health benefits too. I've enjoyed reading through this as if includes a lot of more usual sorts of edibles.

4. Molly Makes Magazine
A mix of fun, modern craft patterns and ideas - felting, crocheting, knitting, embroidery, sewing, jewellery making etc. I first came across this magazine early this year (I just finished this beanie from it) and just recently found its available from my library too. I really like this magazine as its a mix of all sorts of different crafts which helps inspire me to try new things. (It's from the UK but available at Coles Supermarket in Australia)

5. Creating your own Aromatherapy Perfumes by Chrissie  Wildwood 
(not sure if this is still available?)
A really simple introduction to aromatherapy with great lists of fun blends to try. I've become a bit interested in aromatherapy lately - not so much for the therapy part, but more for creating pretty scents for homemade cosmetics and candles. I borrowed lots of books on the subject but this ended up being my favourite and it was really simple and easy to use.

6. A Green Guide to Natural Beauty by Karen Gilbert
The most gorgeous recipes for homemade skin-care, treatments and bath additions. The author of this worked for cosmetic and perfume companies in the past so she has a great understanding of all the ingredients and mixtures. The photos in this book are absolutely beautiful too - I seriously want to make everything in this book! It by far my favourite book on natural beauty I've come across and definitely plan to buy it.

How about you? Read any good books lately?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

This Past Week...

Rainbow - out the front of my place

I haven't had as much time to write a proper post for a while so I thought I'd just share a few quick things I've been up to this week. 

A lovely new sterling silver ring I got from Lovisa.

The first rose of the season - a very rainy day

Finally finished making this crochet beanie from Mollie Makes (no. 34). 
It's very snug and warm - I actually had trouble with the original pattern and needed to make it a considerable amount smaller (if you consider making it too)
I really love this rose pattern. 

Hope you're having a great week :)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Origami Butterfly Teabags


I saw these gorgeous butterfly teabags a while back on Pinterest and ever since have been meaning to make some. I had in mind I'd cut them out from some coloured card or draw them myself, but when I discovered this butterfly origami tutorial during the week I knew it would be a perfect match.

These butterflies are so easy to make, once you start you'll want to keep making them!

How I made them:

I started by cutting down some small patterned sheets of scrapbooking paper to a 7.5 x 7.5cm square (3in x 3in)

The instructions for the origami butterfly I made can be found here - or there are quite  a few other variations you can find on google.

I then tucked the teabag cord into the underside of the butterfly and put some double sided tape there as well (so they would be able to sit up on a mug).

I found the butterflies kept together and held their shape well, but if you do find they come undone it would be easy to glue them too.

This would be so pretty for a tea-party or boxed up for a gift.


Hope you enjoy these. Do you like making things from origami too?

Linking up with: My Girlish Whims, Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons,

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Shopping: 3 Looks

I put together a few simple looks for my shopping post this week - all looks I thought would be suitable for a casual brunch/lunch out. Hope you like them :)

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Outfit 1: T-Shirt BOOHOO, Blazer BOOHOO, Jeans MANGO, Earrings FOREVER 21, Clutch BOOHOO, Shoes ASOS

Outfit 2: Top BOOHOO, Skirt SHEINSIDE, Earrings BAUBLEBAR, Bag ASOS, Shoes ASOS

Outfit 3: Top MANGO, Pants BOOHOO, Earrings ASOS, Bag ASOS, Shoes BOOHOO

Any of these looks or items a favourite?

Monday, July 7, 2014

Fresh Mint Tea


Fresh mint tea is one of my favourite drinks to have on a cold afternoon. This is so much more fragrant and refreshing than the dried variety (although that's very nice too). It's a also great way to use up the out-of-control mint growing in your garden (which grows like a weed where I am).

I find the secret to good fresh mint tea is to use a lot of mint (the more the better). If you like you can strip the leaves from the stalks and brew them in a pot but I love the method of just dunking the whole stalk in the cup as its so quick and easy. Make sure to shake and wash the leaves well (if they are coming from the garden there are usually quite a few little bugs about!)

You will need:

5 (or more) mint stalks per cup of tea
Freshly boiled water


Place the bunch of mint in a tea cup and pour over the boiled water. Let sit for about 3-5 minutes. You can use a teaspoon to bruise the leaves against the side of the cup to let out more of the oils. Take out the leaves and serve.

This is can be nice with a slice of lemon or some honey. It's great iced too or even blended with other herbs/teas. My favourite is just plain though like I've done here :)


What are your favourite ways to drink mint tea?

Linking up with: Let it Shine Link Up

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Spring-Time Parsley Flower Arrangement


I love creating small arrangements from flowers I find in the garden. Although it's the middle of winter here there are actually still quite a number of flowers about. I noticed these parsley flowers were particularly pretty at the moment as they were just starting to bloom. I'm usually disappointed to see these as I know this means the plant is on its way out, but today I thought I'd make the most of them being around.

I paired them with a few little forget-me-nots and some pretty pale pink flowers. The parsley stems were covered with a  fairly large amount of leaves which I snipped off and put aside (to use in my lunch!) I think they have such a delicate beauty and look great just even on their own. I'm hoping they will dry well too. Even though they are winter flowers, I love that they bright, sunny spring-time feel.


Have you ever used parley or other vegetable/herb flowers in an arrangement before? Which ones are your favourite to use?

Monday, June 30, 2014

Shopping Picks: Earrings

A few pretty earrings this week..... I had no intention of a 4th of July theme here but it seems to have happened!

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1. Sharp Angles Rhinestone Studs FOREVER 21$2.80
3. Femme Rhinestone Bow Studs FOREVER 21 $3.80
4. Standout Rose Studs FOREVER 21 $3.80
5. Sapphire Taylor Drops BAUBLEBAR $68
6. Pearl Petal Drops BAUBLEBAR $36
9. Pave' Round Drop Earrings BAUBLEBAR $44

Which ones are your favourite?

Monday, June 16, 2014

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies


I watched some Masterchef a couple of weeks ago and as soon as I saw these cookies I knew I had to try making some. I love simple recipes and as I also eat a gluten free diet, I'm always on the lookout for great ones without any grains. 

I'm pretty sure that on the the show they used regular Kraft peanut butter. I made a bit of a mistake by buying a peanut butter that I thought was with coconut oil but turned out to be be with coconut meat and no added extra oil. It was yummy but a little drier and claggier than usual. I also used coconut sugar instead of white as it's slightly healthier and has a rich carmel taste that I thought would go great with the spread. 

3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

This is the original recipe here.

My adaption:


1 cup Peanut and Coconut Spread (Peanut Butter)
1 cup Coconut Sugar
1 egg
A good few pinches of salt (as my peanut butter was salt free)


1. Place peanut butter, sugar and salt in mixing bowl. Beat egg in separate bowl then add to other ingredients. Stir well to combine (Masterchef uses an electric beater but I found hand mixing fine).

2. Form mixture into round bowls and press down with fork (as the peanut butter I was using was drier than usual, these didn't flatten at all for me in the oven, so I actually pulled them out towards the end and flattened them even more with a spatula - Masterchef's one seemed to flatten really well).

3. I cooked mine for about 14mins at 190oC (375oF). The original recipe only calls for 9mins, so see how you go.

This made 16 cookies for me.

They tasted amazing. They were especially great with a drink of milk or as an icecream sandwich. I did find them a little claggy and dense still, but I think that was primarily from the spread I used. I like normal peanut butter better so I imagine they would taste better using that. I think perhaps adding a bit of coconut oil might have helped too, or an extra egg. I look forward to trying these with some other nut butters - such as almond or cashew. Hopefully they will work out just as well.


I really only made these so I could make ice-cream sandwiches! This is a homemade vanilla bean ice-cream. On Masterchef they also served them with a great recipe for an instant apricot icecream

 Have you ever made cookies like these? Let me know how they work out for you. :)