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Friday, April 29, 2016

{inspire} breakfast in bed

Mothers Day is a beautiful opportunity to show Mum how much you appreciate her! It's not all about the gifts - it's one of those days when the thought really does count. For me, being treated like a princess with breakfast in bed is the loveliest way to start the day! 

Today, stylist and photographer, Rose Hewartson has shared two of her favourite breakfast recipes and gorgeous images she captured to inspire you to spoil your mum with breakfast in bed this Mothers Day!

Scroll to the end for her delicious strawberry compote and buttermilk pancake recipes.

Strawberry Compote
+ 2 cups (250g) of fresh strawberries with tops removed
+ 2 tbsp (20g) of white sugar
+ Juice of 1 small lemon
+ 50 ml (50g) of water

Place ingredients in a medium sized saucepan over a low heat, stirring occasionally.

Cook for around 10 minutes until the liquid component thickens slightly.
You can choose to remove from the stove now or if you would prefer a thicker sauce, then leave on stove until it thickens further. 
Keep in mind that as the mixture cools it will thicken.
When sauce it at your desired consistency, remove from stove and either serve immediately, or cool completely and store in the refrigerator.

Note: Depending on the sweetness of your strawberries you may need more sugar. Taste the compote at the end of the cooking time. If is is not sweet enough for your taste then add another teaspoon of sugar and mix through. The mixture will still be hot enough for the sugar to melt through. If you find the sauce too sweet, you can add a bit more lemon, a teaspoon at a time.

Can be served over pancakes, pikelets, ice cream, cheesecake or overnight oats (bircher muesli).

Simple Buttermilk Pancakes
+ 1 cup (150g) of Self Raising Flour
+ 1 tbsp (10g) of white sugar
+ 1 cup (250ml) of buttermilk
+ 2 tbsp (40ml) of melted butter

Put the dry ingredients into a medium size mixing bowl and combine.
Make a well in the centre.
Pour in the buttermilk, then the melted butter.
Mix with a whisk until well combined, however do not mix for too long.
The mixture will be quite thick and may still have some lumps, and that is quite normal.
Allow to stand for 15 minutes.
Place a medium size non stick frypan over the stove on a low - medium heat.
Place a small amount of butter in pan and wait until it melts.
Pour about 1/2 a cup of the mixture into the centre of the frypan, cooking one pancake at a time on low-medium heat.
Pancake is ready to turn over when bubbles appear on the top.
Turn the pancake with a spatula and remove once both sides are golden. Repeat for remaining mixture which makes 4-5 medium sized pancakes.

Photographer, Rose is based in Brisbane Australia. She is a wife and mother of two teenage children, and after working as a nurse for many years, has been able to follow her instincts and pursue her love of photography. She photographs families and newborns in a natural style, creating meaningful photographic documentaries that capture authentic family life. In her family photography she always likes to capture some component of family food whether it be cooking in the kitchen or eating at the family table. She has recently ventured into food photography which is a natural progression for her as she has always had a love of cooking from scratch and sharing cooking and meals as a family.
See more of her beautiful work at www.rosehewartson.com.au

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{favourite things} mums the word

Mother's day is only 11 sleeps away! Handmade gifts are always my favourite - why not spoil mum with one of these lovely finds!

1. Soy wax candle 'bonne nuit' by Bonlux
Glass votive + illustrated gift box, romantic gift, violet, peppercorns + oakmoss

2. Leather kits and homewares by Hammered Leatherworks
Creativity needs to be nurtured and traditional skills passed on. Hammered Leatherworks gives mum the chance to try her hand at leatherwork with affordable high quality leather, kits, tools, workshops and supplies.

3. Pattern Play Screen Print Cushion Cover by Little Miss Gee
Bring an eye-catching new look to your lounge room with the Pattern Play cushion. Not only super chic but with a blend of luxury and cool, this cushion is sure to make a bold statement. Available in three rich colour ways – metallic copper, baby pink and luxurious fushia, all screen printed by hand using non-toxic ink onto 100% white linen. RRP $55 AUD

4. Melbourne - Digitally Printed Tea Towel by Squeak Design
Featuring the iconic Flinders Street Station and City Circle Tram.

5. Large Concrete Geometric Planter 'Pentoid' by The Armory Co
Timeless geometric concrete centrepiece for the home or office by The Armory. Due to their hand crafted nature, no two products will look or feel the exactly identical, giving your home, garden, office, or cafe a unique, rustic charm. All products are sealed and weather-tested.

6. Small Round Bamboo Weaving Loom kit by The Unusual Pear
The Unusual Pear weaving looms are lightweight, durable and incredibly easy to use! They are suitable for all ages and are perfect for beginners.

7. Blue Aquamarine Ring 14k White Gold Ring by Gregory G Hall
Blue aquamarine ring, composed completely by hand with glimmering 14k white gold and a bright aquamarine gemstone, this ring is guaranteed to make mum the princess she is.

8. Slate Grey crocheted infinity scarf by TigsTogs
Unisex cowl oversized scarf chunky knit warm wool circle scarves wraps crochet winter infinity accessories handmade. Ready to post.

9. Gorgeous, handmade fabric clutches by Sally and Jane
Flirty florals ready for Autumn and perfect for mothers day.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

{printable} protea papers

Inspired by this weeks colour palette and the shapes found in a protea bloom, I designed these pretty papers!

 I'm sharing a sampler with you today to have a play...
Download the sampler here
I created the origami boxes by trimming the paper to 20x20cm squares, then used this step-by-step.
Have fun!

If you would like to see the full collection you can find it here

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

{create} branch weaving

tutorial and photography by Kristy Scaddan from Eeny Empire

Whether you're a bigger human or a little being, branch weaving is fun for all ages.

you will need...
+ a few branches
+ scissors
+ scraps of wool
+ feathers, tulle, straw, or anything that can be woven and found around the house or garden

step 1
Choose a branch that is Y shaped for this project and start warping up. Warp tension are the threads on a loom which other threads (the weft) are passed to make your masterpiece. Use some string or piece of wool and tie it to your stick then zig zag up the stick making knots at every pivot point to keep your yarn from sliding up and down. Keep your warp thread firm but don't pull too hard and break your stick. Tie off and cut your warp thread.

step 2
Now it's time to start weaving. You can use a blunt needle if it's easier but fingers are just fine. Cut off a length of yarn. Weave in and out under over, up and down, alternating every warp thread.

step 3
You can use a fork to keep your weaving nice and neat by pushing it close every row you finish.

Once you get the hang of it you can weave in and out and create any pattern your supplies take you. Switch yarns or rope by knotting them together and pushing the knot to the back of your work.

step 4
Finish off with feathers or any other found objects.

step 5
Tuck the start and finish yarn tails in through to the back and under a couple of stitches.


Kristy Scaddan is the founder of Eeny Empire. She is a craft enthusiast and adores sharing the amazing ways of all creative subjects. Growing up with a Mum that owned a Craft store, she has been teaching craft classes since she was a teen. She studied Fashion and Textile design and specialises in textile crafts like macrame, weaving, shibori and natural dyeing classes.

Eeny Empire offers opportunities to learn a new creative skill while having a chat with like minded crafty folk. New teachers and classes are regularly being updated and added and classes are held throughout Perth, WA. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

{colour inspiration} protea bloom

How amazing are the colours in this Protea bloom? I spotted this one in bushland in Pemberton, which is in the southwest of Western Australia.

Wikipedia tells me that the genus Protea was named in 1735 by Carl Linnaeus after the Greek god Proteus, who could change his form at will, because they have such a wide variety of forms.

Friday, April 1, 2016

{printable} april calendar

A cute printable calendar for April!

Download your copy here

{favourite things} autumn

A collection of lovely handmade creations from Australian designers and makers...

1. Copper dipped Mason Jars by Made by LT
2. Glory Box Dress by A Piece of Pie
3. Polymer Clay Necklace by That we Do
4. Teething Necklace by Harlequin Fox
5. Face Mask by Bare Botanics
6. Leather handle crochet basket by Habitue Design
7. Orange doily by Plushka's Craft
8. 'The Cardinal Waratah' by Inaluxe
9. Chai & Vanilla Lotus soap by Seventh Tree Soaps




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