Archive for February, 2012
If like me, your looking for a D.I.Y project to start this weekend, may i suggest creating your own D.I.Y herb jars? Stylish and functional, this idea is perfect for inspiring weekend cooking! You can impress your dinner party guests with your own indoor herb garden display! It is really easy to assemble, and you can also feel good about up – cycling ‘ rubbish’ to create a beautiful personal garden!
To get started you will need the following materials
- old wooden board (I suggest looking around tip shops if you don’t have anything lying around at home!)
- Glass jars ( re use old jam jars and olive jars!)
- pipe clamps ( ask your local hardware store!)
- triangle ring hangers ( ask your localhardware store!)
- stainless hanging wire ( ask your local hardware store!)
- picture hanger
- chalkboard paint & chalk
- hammer, nails and screwdriver
- Space jars evenly on wooden board, and mark placement with a pencil in order to design and me sure around.
- Tape off rectangles on board, and paint with chalkboard paint as pictured above. This way, you can switch out herbs and change their labels accordingly.
- Secure pipe clamps to wooden board by hammering a nail through the small holes in the pipe clamp.
- On back of board, nail in ring hangers and tie on hanging wire.
- Plant herbs in jars.
- Place jars into pipe clamps and tighten with a screwdriver.
- Nail picture hanger into the wall, and hang your herb display!
All images courtesy of Camille Styles
For those of you who are planning on doing some cooking and baking on the weekend, but are feeling a little un-inspired about what to cook, can i suggest you check out Lookbook Cookbook? Founder, Jess shares amazing vegan recipes – eaten/ modelled by American Apparelesque women! The website is full of natural, gluten free, dairy free and soy free fun baking recipes! I cannot wait to try the peppermint pancakes for breakfast in bed this sunday!
The girls in the office have recently developed a crush on cute vintage caravans as we are looking to use one for our Hi Summer 12 photoshoot! We love how they look as if they have so many stories to tell! If only these happy little ladies could talk! ( I am referring to the caravans of course!!) Here are a few of our favourites!
Frankie Magazine, tea & yummy cake!
Courtney Brims is one of the featured artists in the upcoming issue of ’Laminate’ . You can pre order HERE
Featuring our ‘ Summer Fiesta’ collection!
Last night I was trawling through foodie websites to find a unique desert idea for an upcoming party! I found this cute chocolate spoon recipe on deliciousdeliciousdelicious blogspot and instantly fell in love with how pretty and decorative they are! They almost look like decorative vintage brooches! The recipe was originally taken from a Valentine themed recipe book from Tokyo, which just makes this chocolate spoon recipe even more quirky and fun! Why not try it yourself for Valentines day?
You will need:
* Plastic spoons
* Your favourite chocolate
* Bright sweets and sprinkles
Step 1. Melt your chocolate either in the microwave or over some simmering water. Whilst your melting your chocolate you will need to prepare your spoons so they are level when you pour in the liquid chocolate. You can use anything suitable like a book, chopping board or plate.
Step 2. Simply pour the melted liquid chocolate into the party spoons, and then go mad with whatever small sweets, silver balls and sprinkles you may have! Place these spoons in the refrigerator for 15 min or so to set.
This recipe was taken from Delicious Delicious Delicious! It’s a wonderfully inspiring and entertaining food blog with yummy recipes accompanied by cute and quirky images! Check it out HERE!
It is still warm outside, however we are getting very excited for our Winter season to drop instore, and we are celebrating by getting together and holding a Pom Pom making crafternoon in our office! All of us lovely ladies are getting together over some baked goodies to create pom pom garlands! I found this great D.I.Y tutorial on Honestly WTF which we will be following to make our own bright, fluffy pom poms!
You Will Need:
Pom Pom maker ( this will allow you to make pom poms about 10 times faster than the conventional method, you can buy this from spotlight)
The Pom Pom Maker separates the process into two halves; you’ll start the first half of the pom pom by cutting about 6.5 meters of yarn. Wrap the yarn from one edge of the arch to the other, making sure you have the entire area covered. Close the arch and repeat the same steps on the other side. Once both arches are covered, insert your scissors into the middle ridge and cut along the entire circle. Tie off your pom pom by slipping a piece of yarn along the middle, pull it into a tight knot, open your arch and pull your pom pom maker apart. Trim up your pom pom if necessary but leave the long piece of yarn you used to tie it together, as you’ll need that to attach your pom poms to the garland.
Do you think that the current neon brights fashion trend could of been inspired by Caristales ‘ The Colourful River’ in Columbia, South America? After looking at these beautiful images of the river, I think that this may be where this trend started! The river, world famous for its colorful display, has been called “the river that ran away to paradise”, “the most beautiful river in the world” and “the river of five colors.
During a brief span between wet and dry seasons, when the water level is just right, the many varieties of algae and moss bloom in a dazzling display of colours.
I have never seen anything more beautiful!
We found an amazing Artist we would like to call our friend! Lilly Piri is an Australian artist and illustrator who has spent 4 years in Germany and now lives on the Gold Coast, Australia!
Her work has been featured in Empty, Frankie, Harpers Bazaar, DPI, Elle Girl Korea, Chikismiqui, Capricho, WAD, Marmalade, Black + White, Guideposts & Hotpress magazines, & Semi-Permanent, Ruby, Faest & Curvy books.
We love her wooden toys and necklaces, they are just adorable! Bellow are a few of our favorites
Click HERE to check out her Etsy site. Lilly also has a few cute blogs to check out also!