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14 August 2018

Art Quote Love....

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#Art  #Art quotes  #theworldisquote #quotestoliveby #life quotes

9 August 2018

Hazelnut Shortbread Slice...❥

What is your favourite nut?
I have three!
Almonds, macadamia, and hazelnut.

Today's Nom nom post is all about hazelnuts...
with the added bonus of a dark chocolate topping.

Take one food processor.
Grind your hazelnuts in it.
Then add sugar and soft butter.
Pulse until creamed.
Add flour - pulse until mixed to a dough.
Press the mixture into a slice pan pre-lined with baking paper.

Bake in a oven heated to 190 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes or until slightly golden.

Remove from the oven and place on top:
chopped dark cooking chocolate or dark chocolate melts.
place back into oven for a few minutes until melted.

Then simply smooth over with a cake icing spatula to cover the slice. 
When cold - slice and serve.

You can print the recipe HERE

#slice #hazelnut #shortbread #easytobake #baking

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6 August 2018

The ACCIDENTAL Kitchen Fixer Upper!

What part of your home would you love to change?
Mine would be the kitchen.
It is 'Forest Green', butter yellow with accents of bright blue.
Once upon a time it was fashionable!
But I decided new carpet and a new vehicle was of more importance, so that is what I have been saving my pennies for.
Then the accident happened!
It was sort of one of those 'Nana Moments' where after the deed is done you gasp in disbelief and say - 'Heck did I just do that?'
Yip - that is all I will say...
but the outcome was sudden and accidental when I burnt my Forest Green coloured bench top in three places thanks to a red hot pot!
This picture shows one burnt bit.
(I've changed the bench colour here so the burns can be seen in photo).
I claimed insurance for the damage, but really thought that this would not be covered, because it is a galley kitchen that's four and a half metres long.
And that bench top was in one entire piece!
But Lantern Insurance happily covered it...

It was out with the damaged and in with the new!
I chose a black and white marble laminate.
This one is called 'Saint Laurent Marble' by Arborite.
It has a egg shell like texture to it.

The new bench shown here as it's being installed has a square edge and not the wood bullnose edge as before.

I did a little splurge on replacing the sink to a deep butcher style in stainless style, with a nice new shiny tap.
And also replaced the stove top as the old one had a mind of its own regarding temperature control.
I'm blaming that for the ACCIDENT and not the 'maybe Nana Moment'.

And here is my new bench top.
I'm loving the way the top just fits with the older cabinets.

The Top Shop
 I was a bit worried it would look too new.

 But it doesn't!
And even though it is not real granite, I adore it.
It just brings a little more French style to my kitchen.
This accidental fixer upper  is making me very happy!

 There was just one thing that just did not look quite right.
Can you see it?

You guessed it...the fish tiles.

Kitchen Benchtop
 On an angle it's not so BLUE obvious...

But the closer you get the blue is just a bit bright and WOOHOO.
But its seems colour is in style again and there is a bit of beach inspired decor happening in my home...
 I do live right by the ocean so the fish had to stay!
I had no intention of changing this kitchen,
but my accidental kitchen fixer upper benchtop is perfect!
Beach Style Decor

2 August 2018

SUPER EASY DIY Starfish Wreath...❥

DIY Wreath
It is still officially Winter in New Zealand but I have SPRING fever already!
Maybe that's because this has been a very mild winter,
and the days that are fine seem to be long and sun filled with little wind at all.
I live in a smaller town, not a city,
so for me online shopping is so convenient for my favourite city stores.
And the 2 things that it took to make this very simple wreath, 
 were bought that way via Spotlight Online NZ.

The plain cane 30 centimetre wreath was $16.99
and the pack of three starfish were $10.49.

I already had the spray paint in my paint stash (do you have a paint stash?)
but my go to spray paint is as I have said before (because of coverage and no clog nozzles), is Rust-Oleum Universal Paint and primer in one.
The colour I have used is Matte Citron.

So to make this beach inspired wreath:
Cut off the hanger.
Spray paint the wreath one side making sure of even colour coverage.
Leave 20 minutes.
'Turn and Spray other side.
Leave wreath to dry another hour or overnight.

DIY Wreath
Hot glue on the starfish (I used two)

DIY Wreath
Put the jute string hanger back onto the wreath.
Hang on Front door using a command hook
 or a small screw in hook if you have a wood door like me.
How SUPER EASY is that??

DIY Wreath
Now I have a cute beach inspired wreath for my Front Door.
Popping with gorgeous sunny yellow...
Now I am inspired to refresh the rest of my Front Porch
 - so watch this space for more!

SHOP Spotlight Online HERE

#easydiy #diy #diywreaths #beachinspired #beachy #craft #Beachwreath #starfish

30 July 2018

Easy To Make Dainty Pom Poms...❥

These dainty little pom poms are super cute and simple to create.
I've embellished a cushion with one on each corner, but you can decorate anything with these pompoms.

You will need a fork, wool in the colour of your choice, a wool needle, scissors, and whatever item you will be embellishing with the pompoms.

Pom Poms
Simply wind the wool around the fork.
Remember the more wool you use the fatter the pom pom will be.

 Once you have wound the wool around the fork like this,
cut another piece of wool and thread through the middle prong gap.

Pull the wool as tight as you can and knot.
If you don't tie it tight the pom pom will just fall apart.

  Cut up each side of the fork with small sharp scissors.

Pom Poms
Fluff out and trim.
You will want one long string left to sew you pom pom onto the cushion.

Hand stitch your pom poms onto the cushion.
Lola thinks I put these on this cushion just for her to play with I'm sure!

#homedecor #diy #Cushion #pompoms #embellishments

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24 July 2018

Jaffa Cream Chocolates....❥

Jaffa Chocolates
Tempt your taste buds with these delicious Ganache chocolates.
Easy to make.
The perfect quick gift...
just a 'Why Not' treat.

To Make:
Melt over a low heat in a pot:

 225 gram packet of dark chocolate (or melts)

1/3 cup cream

and the juice of 1 fresh orange.
Leave to sit in pot til firm.
you want the mixture to hold it's shape when swirled.

Place in piping bag 

with a Wilton 2D nozzle.
And pipe swirls onto baking paper lined tray or directly into mini cases as I have done.

Place a plain roasted almond on top.  '

Or a sliver of orange rind.

That's it.
Leave in fridge until firm and serve.
These are best kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
To eat: Pop in mouth and enjoy that buttery chocolate sensation.

Jaffa Chocolates
You'll find a printable recipe HERE

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18 July 2018

❥ A New Planter & Orchid...❥

I found the sweetest aqua blue ceramic planter at Mitre 10.
It was only $9.99 with the saucer.
And the best thing about it is the pot actually has a hole for drainage.
I don't know how many cute little pots I have fallen in love with to find there is no drainage hole in them.
So I was very happy with this cutie.  And did I mention its Aqua?
Oh that's right I did.    
And then just as fate would have it...
on my last visit to New World Supermarket, in the plant section there was the most BEAUTIFUL Pink lavender toned phalaenopsis Orchid.

Phalaenopsis orchids are my FAVOURITE.
Especially the larger flowered variety. 
But these do come in a variety of mini forms and colours.
They are now a favourite because I worked out how 'not to' kill them.
My white orchid bowl has three plants in it, and with no would of a lie, it has one month of the year when NOT flowering.
Find out all about the phalaenopsis HERE
and how to plant a bigger bowl.

A phalaenopsis Orchid is also called a Moth orchid because the flowers resemble moths.
And this one is going to live in my new pretty aqua blue pot.

I used a quality orchid potting mix and added some more slow release fertilizer.

Now it's been potted , it will be moved to the indoors.

#growingorchids #phalaenopsis #flowers #potplants

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