Sunday, 30 December 2012

Top Posts of 2012 Wrap Up

Hey Everyone,

Its nearing the end of 2012, can you believe it? This year has flown by.

Its so cool to look back on the year and see all the projects that I've done and how my blogging style has changed. Its been a fun and busy time.

I decided to show you my top 12 of the year, these are the posts that had the most views each month...

 January

February 

 March

April

 May 

 June 

 July 

August

September

 October
 November
  
December

Wishing you all a wonderful New Year in 2013....


Take care everyone,


xxx


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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Grandma's German Biscuits


Hi Everyone,

We baked our Christmas cookies the other day, and I wanted to share the really quick and easy recipe with you all. Sean's Grandma gave me this recipe when we got married and although its a pretty basic easy recipe, I tend to only make them at Christmas time. 

Our own little Christmas tradition.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Milk
1 teaspoon Baking Soda

125g Margarine
4 cups Flour
Pinch of Salt
  Boil the sugar, milk and baking soda. Be careful not to burn it. Let cool.
Rub the margarine into the flour and salt.
Add to the cooled mixture

Mix well, roll out on a floured surface and cut into shapes.

Bake at 200 C (390 F) for 10-15 minutes

I doubled the recipe for my family, as you can see...
 
 Our favourite part is the decorating, some I ice and others I dip into melted chocolate or decorate with chocolate buttons.

These never last long in my household... 
 They also make great gifts...


Take care everyone,

Don't forget to follow me on Facebook :-)


xxx


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Thursday, 20 December 2012

Glitter Heart Decorations

Only a few days till Christmas! Yikes...where has this year gone?

We have started our Summer Holidays and already I'm having to find activities for the kids...
So today I'm sharing a simple child friendly craft....

I had originally planned to neatly stitch these felt heart decorations, but time got away from me again and I decided the kids could help me out with glue and glitter..

What you need:

 Felt, ribbon, glue, glitter!

What to do:

Cut out the heart shapes x 2 (I used a wooden shape that I had).
Cut ribbon lengths and glue down on the wrong side of the felt.
Glue the second piece on top. Allow to dry.
Run a line of glue along the front of the heart making a heart shape.
Shake glitter over the glue and allow to dry, remove excess.
Oh my goodness - so easy!!!! I managed to get 6 hearts out of the piece of felt I had, but they are so cute I think I would like more for the tree....
Also how cute would these be as a quick last minute gift idea?
I prefer these to the decorations I had originally planned to do...
And best of all, the kids could help with this one!


Take care everyone,

Don't forget to follow me on Facebook :-)


xxx


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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Guest Post - Danni from Silo Hill Farm

Merry Christmas Northshore Days readers!  I'm Danni from Silo Hill Farm and I'm so happy to be guest posting for Natalie here today!
 Natalie was my first blog friend and her encouragement, emails and kind comments kept me going in those first scary days of puttin myself out there in the blog world.  She has a heart as big as Christmas itself!  If you are lucky enough to have Natalie as a friend, you really don't need anything else for Christmas!  If you have a friend like Natalie though, you might want to make them something like this for Christmas.......
  Every time I see the beachy blue colors (and I'm seeing them a lot this holiday season) I'm reminded of my good friend Natalie and her love of the beach in her home of New Zealand. 

This project started out way back last summer when I bought an old outdoor brass porch light at Habitat for Humanity's Re-Store.  Those things are awesome and have a ton of cool parts.  For this project, I used the top cover and spray painted it silver.
  Then I gathered a few supplies and went to work.
 What you'll need:

Glass jar with a lid, bottle brush tree, wire cutters, artificial snow, beads, some kind of base (I used the lamp part mentioned above) and glue. (I forgot to get the glue in the picture....oops.)

The first thing I did, was trim my little tree to fit inside the bottle.  I had to use some wire cutters to cut the stem down and then some scissors to trim and shape the branches at the bottom.
 Using a toothpick and some glue, I put the beads on the tree.

When it was dry, I stood it up and glued the base to the inside of the jar lid.
I put a little artificial snow in the jar.  (It doesn't take much!) 
 
 Then I carefully slid the tree into the jar, screwed the lid on and tapped it until most of the snow fell to the bottom.  I decided to tie a little blue ribbon on it and then just set it on the base that I had spray painted.  
If you don't have a lamp base that you just happened to have spray painted last summer laying around, it looks pretty cute without one too!
 
 Whatever holiday you celebrate this time of year, I wish you the best!  
I also want to remind you to reach out in the blog world and make some friends.  If you're lucky like I was...you may find someone who becomes a life-long friend who is dear to you even outside of blogland.  I love ya Nat!

How cute is this idea? So adorable and just my colours too!
Thank you so much Danni, I love you too and you are such a wonderful blog friend.  

To see more of Danni's fantastic creations head on over to her blog or visit her Facebook page. Say hi and follow along, you'll be so glad you did, Danni is the best!!!
     
xxx
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Friday, 14 December 2012

Its Feeling a Lot Like Christmas



I have been waiting weeks for my Pohutukawa Tree to bloom.

When it does - its signals Christmas

It's nicknamed the New Zealand Christmas Tree. 
You can read more about it on the Wikipedia page.

I love driving along the roads and seeing all the red flowers against the blue sky. So beautiful...

Now my tree has started to bloom and I can admire it every day, because its Christmas Time ..yay!!! Happy Dance
  
 Gorgeous right? I love these trees.... In a few days they will be alive with bumble bees and birds.
 And not only do they mean Christmas time but also the start of our Summer holidays....cant wait.

Take care everyone,

Don't forget to follow me on Facebook :-)


xxx


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Monday, 10 December 2012

Inspiration Cafe - Sweet Snowman Pendant Necklace

Hi Everyone,

Today I'm over at Inspiration Cafe, sharing a cute, easy and fun holiday inspired pendant tutorial.
 

Here in New Zealand we have a Summer Christmas, so..... no snow!
Our warm kiwi Christmas' are pretty awesome too...but one year, Sean and I were in England and we got to experience a white Christmas...and I even got to build my very own snowman.

These would make awesome hand made gifts or even Christmas ornaments for a little tree.


To read more and see how to make you very own... head on over to Inspiration Cafe now....


Take care and have a great week

 xxx
 

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