Year: 2015

Cooking Turkey in my Swimmers

There’s something about Christmas that makes me feel nostalgic. About what specifically I’m not even sure (!) but I do love the concept of tradition and a traditional Christmas. Even though I grew up Down Under and Christmas time was spent at the beach, there’s something about log fires, snow and European fir trees that seem much more Christmacy than surf and sunscreen. That said, I will be more than happy to don my swimmers while cooking a turkey (metaphorically not literally!), making cinnamon wreaths in 40 degree heat and singing carols while getting a sun tan. Mixing it up is kind of fun and hard to avoid when your spouse is a die-hard Brit with a penchant for playing ‘Away in a Manger’ and salivating over pigs-in-blankets (mini sausages wrapped in bacon) when it is still only November. While I’m still hankering for a Finnish Christmas in an igloo and visiting Santa’s Grotto under the Northern Lights, this year we will be hosting relatives, playing in the pool and singing ‘Turn on the Air Con’. Whatever you’ll be …

Christmas Craft | Look what we made

  My daughter and I have been getting crafty this Christmas. This is what we’ve made so far … Glittery Feathers can be used to decorate gifts, the festive table, a wreath … whatever you fancy. We downloaded feather templates from the Internet, traced them onto different coloured card and then used gold paint and different shades of glitter to embellish. I love reindeer but the closest I can get to them in Australia at Christmas time is to make some myself! For these gift tags all you need is plain tags (found at any craft store), gold paint, ink pens and your thumb. Be creative with the critters! Inspired by the Scandinavian Father Christmas serviettes I recently bought, we made table place tags for our guests. What will you be making this Christmas? P.S There’s still time to purchase gifts for Christmas on the store!

Art Collage

Awe-some Art

There’s so much I love about art. It can inspire, awe, amaze, revolt, provoke, uplift. Today, I’d like to share some art and artists which I think are awe-inspiring. From top left to right: Knitted glass? Is that even possible? Artist Carol Milne proves that it is, having developed a time-consuming process which involves the techniques of lost-wax casting, mould-making, kiln-casting and knitting. Read about it here and you can find Carol on The Creators Project and on Facebook. Cups of tea are a staple in my house. But have I drunk 20,000 cups? Who knows but I do know that 20,000 stained tea bags were used to create this portrait by ‘Red’ Hong Yi, who is known for creating art from unconventional materials (I did a post on her a while back here). Read more on Creative Boom. Inspired by historical botanical prints, Ann Wood – one half of Woodlucker – manipulates paper and wire to create intricate flora and fauna. She makes all sorts of other stuff too, using paint and textiles. Ann’s other half and the other half …

5 Christmas DIY and Craft Ideas

5 Christmas DIY and Craft ideas

From left to right: With the Christmas festivities going on, you’re going to need a dose of healthy eating. Check out these Smoothie Bowl Recipes collected by Checks and Spots. Cute Twiggy Snowmen to make with the kids. If you’re handy with a saw and a drill they look pretty easy. So go and start collecting that kindling! Give a gift of something homemade this Christmas and I challenge anyone not to love a bath bomb. Emma from A Beautiful Mess has tried and tested several recipes and come up with this one. Just remember to purchase a bath bomb mold or even try Easter egg molds if you have any. I’m just loving these Gold-Dipped Feather gift decorations and am planning on giving these a go myself. They look so good no one will want to open the presents! Scent the entrance to your home with cinnamon and make this Cinnamon Stick Wreath featuring dried flowers and berries.