Sunday, 3 June 2012

DIY Storybook Roses

So I did some thinking and realised that the vase on my dining room table was empty more often than it was full (of lovely fresh flowers!). I mean, let's face it, there aren't many of us who get bought flowers on a regular basis (and if you are one of the lucky ones, then I'm jealous!) and I don't tend to buy them for myself. So I decided to get crafty and make my own long-lasting, romantic flowers. I searched for the perfect ones (thankyou Pinterest!) and came across these beautiful storybook roses. You can find the tutorial by 100 Layer Cake here: DIY Storybook Paper Roses

These were my pretty creations:

They look so beautiful on our dining room table and have that romantic feel that I was after!

What are you waiting for? Grab out that hot glue gun and get crafting!
Emilley =)
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Saturday, 2 June 2012

Baby bake-a-thon

Less than 6 weeks until my beautiful baby makes his or her entrance into the world! I can't wait to meet our little one and give them lots of cuddles and kisses.
In the meantime, I have been on a bit of cooking spree in preperation for their arrival. I figured that once bubs arrives I will hardly have time to eat a piece of cake...let alone bake one! Not only have I been making cakes, biscuits, pikelets and savoury muffins (all to freeze), I have also been gradually stocking up our freezer with meals that I have made and then frozen in containers. Dinner in a hurry? I'm getting all sorted with that one! I'm sure there will be plenty of nights where dinner will be the last thing on our minds! So hopefully all this preperation helps. Plus, it makes me feel super organised =)

I thought I might share this easy choc-chip cookie recipe. These cookies are incredibly tasty and can be made using different variations. For example, my grandma adds Milo to her mixture (so yummy!), and I have previously used M&M's instead of choc chips. Be creative and let your inner baker shine through!

150g margarine (softened)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 egg
1 capful of vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups plain flour
1 cup choc chips or choc buttons

- Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celcius and line two baking trays with baking paper.
- Beat together the margarine, caster sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract until well combined
- Beat in egg
- Stir in the plain flour (you may find it easier to add the flour gradually as you stir, rather than pouring it all in at once). You would add Milo at this point, if you were following my grandma =)
- Fold through the choc chips or buttons
- Roll tablespoons of the cookie mixture into balls and place evenly on the trays
- Press on the top of each one gently, using a fork
- Bake for 15-18 mins or until golden on top.
- Transfer onto a cooling rack

They look tempting, don't they? Now the trick is to not eat all my hard work before baby comes! Hehe.

Happy baking!
Emilley xx Pin It Now!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Sorry for the absence!

What a whirlwind couple of weeks! There's just not enough hours in the day sometimes - I'm pretty sure everyone knows that feeling! When family, work, extra commitments, hospital appointments and illness all mix together at once (in very large doses!) get a very exhausted pregnant lady =P

It's not all bad though, I have still been able to complete some crafty activities in the midst of what felt like chaos. Craft of any sort + a yummy peppermint tea = my stress momentarily melting away. So over the next few days I will update with what I've been doing =)

In the meantime, I thought I might share this picture. The question left me thinking...and thinking...
So, what would you do? Would love to hear some thoughts and aspirations!

Sweet dreams!
Emilley xx
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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Meet Sophie :)

This is Sophie :) She has been my sewing project over the last couple of weeks. She was definitely a challenge but I love how she turned out! She is from a Bit of Whimsy pattern, isn't she cute?!

Kate xx

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Saturday, 19 May 2012

Fit for a Princess

My beautiful niece Lorelei turned 5 a couple of weeks ago and these are the skirts and matching hairclip I made her. She was having a princess party but I found this beautiful ballerina fabric and had to use it!

Happy birthday Princess Lorelei!

Kate xx
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