I feel I’ve left it a bit late to start putting together some shopping gift guides so instead I thought I’d feature some DIY’s I’ve done over the past year or so that would also be great Christmas gifts. These should all be really quick and simple to make too!
I’ve been trying to think up some good, summery Christmas salad ideas and one of the first thoughts that came to mind a was Caprese salad. This salad basically consists of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil and olive oil – perfect Christmas colours and it always feels like such a treat too! Even though the roast capsicum is not an authentic ingredient, I thought it would be fun to make some little red stars from it in order to add even more festivity to the dish! (as it’s a bit tricky to make these from tomato)
I was so excited to find this carton of succulents waiting for me when I got up this Sunday morning. My Mum had just been over to a school fair where they were selling all sorts of cacti and brought these cute little ones home especially for me. I thought the egg carton was such a great temporary planter idea, especially for a gifting someone a wide range of plants (would be an awesome house warming or hostess gift), that I wanted to share it with you here!
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).
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.
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.