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Let’s get fruity for Christmas | 4 Sweet Treats to Try

There’s nothing like treating yourself at Christmas, is there? We certainly do in my household. I mean, I won’t lie – we traditionally start the day munching on chocolate scorched almonds with a cup of tea while the kids open their stockings on our bed first thing in the morning! But if you want to temper the bad stuff, with some of the good, how about incorporating a little fruit? I’ve found four delicious sweet treats you could easily add to your Christmas day festivities that include some fruity numbers. From top left to right:- Banana Father Christmas Skewers: Bananas have never been so tasting with the addition of strawberries, marshmallows and Smarties – so easy the kids could do it! Found on Pinterest. Mango Panna Cotta: This looks divine and mango is my favourite fruit of all time. It’s trickier to make than the skewers but worth it, I’m sure. Find out how at Utry. Chocolate Dipped Fruit:  Aesthetically Instagrammable (thanks to #talinegabriel) and sure to have your guests swooning for more. See other chocolate dipped fruit ideas at Popsugar. Raspberry …

4 Instagram Finds

Today I’m taking a peak at Instagram and would like to share four instagrammers I think are worthy of following: #hopeinthewoods – How many ways can you photograph wooden spoons? Brit Luke Hope knows how to make you swoon over a spoon with his hand-made wooden pieces which he styles to perfection. #woodlucker – Artists Ann Wood and Dean Lucker make ‘botanical paper constructions and interactive mechanical sculptures’. The photographs of their work, Minneapolis studio and home are exquisitely moody and predominantly filled with butterflies. #vegetarianfoodmaker – The words French and vegetarian aren’t usually associated together but The Vegetarian Food Maker makes mouth-watering food bowls and plates them up so beautifully that even a hardcore meat-lover would have to be impressed. #theslowtraveler – UK photographer Carolyn documents her travels, most recently around South America – like the image here from Buenos Aires – with misty grey and pastel tones.  

Artists on Instagram

We all know there is a wealth of fantastic images on Instagram but how do you wheedle out the best ones to follow? I’ve found four artists I reckon have pretty darn good Instagram accounts for a bit of daily eye candy. From top left to right: Portuguese artist Bordalo II creates massive sculptures from others unwanted ‘stuff’ and junk, like these two flamingos at a riverbed made for @festivaliminete curated by @vhils. Follow @b0rdalo_ii. Floral artist and creator from Tokyo Yukiko Masudo posts sublime photos of her work and creations, with a theme of moody greys and soft pinks. Peaches get the royal treatment in this one which makes you want to dive in and eat them. Follow @nonihana_. Australian florist Katherine Dorrington’s Instagram also favours pinks and blues and greys plus lots of blossoms and sprinklings of petals. You’d think it was permanently Spring. Follow @katherinedorrington. San Francisco-based Lucy Litman doesn’t usually post mounds of petals but this one got my attention because of its simplicity and, of course, the googly eyes (and it goes with the others …

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Art to Admire | Embroidery, Paper, Photography, DIY

Images from top left to right: Embroidery needn’t be boring. Fashion designer Meghan Willis uses thread like a pencil and creates clever and quirky embroidered drawings to celebrate women, “their strengths and sexuality”. You can find her work at Tsurubride. On a diet? Then look no further (with no need to eat) than the realistic food art of Australia-based stop-motion animation specialists, Yell Design, who have perfected the creation of paper food based on gastronomies around the world. See more at Yell Design. American graphic designer Lizzie Darden also loves to play with her food but her creations are too good to eat. I love these poached egg flowers! Discover cake bras, candy sprinkle donuts and coconut disco balls at Fubiz. Fancy doing your own embroidery art? Embellish some plain white sneakers with colourful thread and show off your handiwork with your footwork. Learn how on the Etsy blog thanks to embroidery artist Liz Payne for her DIY idea.