Life Lately

Life Lately

Mini-Yellow-Roses---Bit-Square-BlogMini Yellow Roses in a cute, doughnutshaped vase.

Spring-Blossom---Bit-Square-BlogSpring blossom on the fruit trees.

Crocus Purple Spring---Bit-Square-BlogThe first crocus.

Lime-Balm-Plant---Bit-Square-BlogA Lime Balm plant I got from Kmart! I never knew there was such a thing. Can’t wait to try this as a tea later in the season (imagine it’s good with fruit salad too).

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time in the garden lately (as I’m sure you can tell from all these pics here and from earlier this week too!). I’ve definitely been enjoying the warmer weather lately and loving seeing so much colour about again. Hope you have a great weekend!

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 :)

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 :)

Lovely Things and Online Finds

I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. I had a really nice break and the day off today too so I keep forgetting it’s Monday! I’ve been feeling like sharing a few more lifestyle type things here, just the odd little thing like a recipe or project I’m working, a movie I’ve enjoyed or a pretty picture I’ve taken. Since I’ve started this blog I’ve also discovered the most wonderful sites so I’d really like to use this as a chance to share some of those too.
I’m thinking of doing these at the end of the week – maybe every fortnight?? I’ll see how I go.

Baked Apple and Cinnamon Chips
My Parent’s Apple Trees are absolutely overflowing with fruit at the moment so we’ve been coming up with some creative ways to use them. Baked apple chips are one of my favourite Autumn snacks and they are so easy too. I actually did one half of this batch with cinnamon and the other with sea salt and rosemary – both were yummy but I don’t think you can ever top cinnamon with apples.
I sliced these with a sharp knife (a mandolin is great if you have one), sprinkled them with a bit of cinnamon and then dried them in a 90oC (200F)  oven for about 2 hours, turning them over about half way through.
They are crispy as soon as they come out of the oven but become chewy (like commercial dried apple after a day).

Mollie Makes Magazine 
I discovered this cute craft magazine at my local supermarket. The felt pinecones on the front first caught my eye, as well as a really lovely pattern for a crochet rose beanie and star shaped cushions. It came with a freebie felt doll kit too, which I thought was kind of fun and have already started to make:
The kit’s by Kitschy Digitals, which is currently my favourite new online find. They sell all sorts of cute printables there as well as blog designs and graphics. The sewing and needlework page is my favourite though, I especially love this one and this one. I think this doll will occupy me for at least the next couple of weeks or so but I’ll love to try a few of their patterns out in the future so stay tuned. 

The petunias out the front are growing so beautifully at the moment. It’s late summer here so most of the flowers have gone or at least starting to go, so it’s lovely to still have a few in full bloom. This bright purple one is my favourite but I love the pretty powdery lilac ones too (in the back). 
Here are some fun links I’ve discovered this week too:
1. DIY Upcycled Wrapping Paper Clock (Henry Happened Blog) – Such a gorgeous idea and fun project too.
2. Flourless Maple Cinnamon Almond Butter Cookies (Edible Perspective Blog) – These look super delicious and are gluten free too! (like me)
3. Kitchen Cupboard Beauty Ideas (by Lisa Eldridge) – I love Lisa Eldridge’s tutorials, she is always so helpful and this guide to natural beauty ingredients is one of the most comprehensive I’ve come across online.
4. How to Style a Heart Bun (The Beauty Department) – A cute idea! I’ve never seen this before.
5. DIY Pearl Chocker Rings (Honestly WTF) – A simple a lovely DIY with pearls!

I hope you enjoyed these. Have a wonderful week :)
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