Thursday, 10 April 2014

Bead Soup Blog Party No. 8

Yay its Bead Soup Blog Party time again!!!
I joined for the first time last year and it was quite an experience. I enjoyed the challenge and the loved my finished items, so this year I jumped at the chance to join in again.

This year my partner is Claire from Saraccino. Oh my goodness I am so glad she is my partner - I'm now addicted to her style and her creations. LOVE her blog... Love!!!

She sent me the most breathtakingly gorgeous soup!

She has also introduced me to the best ever Etsy store, The Curious Bead Shop. I'm so excited about this find too. 

But look at the most amazing clasp and focal - handmade by Claire!!! Wow I'm impressed, excited,  intimidated and inspired! And of course, could the colours be any more perfect for me?
The purpose of this blog party is to challenge each other and send soup's that will make us think outside the box, but Claire's soup has inspired me just by being all my favourite colours!

 Claire also sent us some yummy chocolate from Germany (um all gone now!) and these adorable handmade (by Claire!) earrings! talented is she?

Mixing the soup....

Here is a sneak peak of what I sent to Claire - colours and materials inspired by the Paua shell of New Zealand.. I hope she has fun with it - I cant wait till the reveal.

So please go visit Claire, say hi and check out her awesome creations..

Until next time... I'll be testing my soup...

Take care




Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Chocolate and Banana Muffins

Hey Everyone,

Gosh how long has it been since I've blogged? Well we've moved house and we're finally settled in, so I'm back! Yay!!!

Today I wanted to share one of my all time favourite muffin recipes. Its so easy and really yum!

Chocolate and Banana Muffins by Allison Holst from the book Marvellous Muffins

 2 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp salt
100grams butter
1 egg
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
1 cup (2-3) mashed bananas

Stir the flour, caster sugar, choc chips and  salt together in a large bowl.

In another bowl melt the butter and add egg, milk and vanilla, beat well. Add the mashed bananas and mix.

Add the liquid mixture to the dry ingredients and fold together carefully until the flour is dampened. Stop before the mixture is smooth.

Spoon mixture into 12 medium muffin pans sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 

Bake at 220 C (428 F) for about 12 - 15 minutes or until they spring back when pressed down in the middle.

I used white chocolate buttons for this batch, and it made a really big difference in taste. The kids prefer the sweeter white chocolate and I still like the milk choc. Either way these muffins are a sure winner!

So good, super quick to make and a hit with my family. They're great for lunchboxes. I hope you give them a try.

 Take care




Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Valentine's Charm Necklace


Hey Everyone,

Who's ready for Valentine's Day? 

Yeah me neither... This year is just rushing by way to fast already. So if you're looking for a very simple gift to make then look no further!
Today I'm going to show you how to make a simple necklace.

What you will need: Chain, jump rings and 5 charms (heart charms for Valentine's Day)

1. Cut 3 lengths of chain - make them different lengths.
2. Attach jump rings to the charms and add to the end of each chain. 
3. Attach the remaining 2 charms onto the longer chains about half way.
4. Thread all 3 lengths of chain onto a jump ring. Thread onto your necklace chain, attach clasps and voila!!!! 

 It's really easy right?

I love how the necklace hangs when on, so pretty.

Perfect for Valentines...

Take care



Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Escape - A Necklace

 Hi Everyone,

Remember I said I would be showing off more finished pieces here on the blog? 
Well here is my latest creation.
 A whimsical birdcage and bird charm necklace designed to be worn long at 80cm in length (approx 31 inches).

I have one listed on Etsy at the moment, but this time I will be making one for myself. I love the chunkiness of the birdcage, don't you?

Take care



Monday, 20 January 2014

Summer Days

Happy New Year to you all. 
I can't believe how January is flying by whilst we've been enjoying the Summer.

My first post back into it and I'm just going to show you what we've been up to...

Picnicking at Long Bay Park

Crab hunting at Long Bay Beach

Chasing Seagulls

Enjoying the flowers around us

Cool clear water at Shakespear Beach

Beautiful skies and Summer sun

Playing in the new family pool

 Pretty sun kissed faces... and freckles

Take care