Hope you enjoyed these. If you end up making some make sure to share your pics with me by either tagging me at instagram (@bitsquare), twitter (@bit_square), google + (+ameliamadeleine) or posting them to my facebook page. I’d love to see them. :)
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.
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.
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.
Click here to see the butterfly tutorial I followed (at The Things She Makes Blog).
Hope you enjoy these. Do you like making things from origami too?