31 March 2018

Armeria - Potted Floral Balls of Pink!

Armeria flowers are the most delightful floral balls of bright pink!

The foliage is lush and grasslike.
The flowers grow on 20 cm stems and sit in all their floral ball delight above the grassy foilage.

I found an old terracotta squat pot and decided to add a painterly effect to the pot to before planting the Armeria...

  I used some old white paint.
And a dry brush
(Meaning no water is used at all)
Brush some paint onto the pot,
 and use a paper towel to spread it randomly.

Then I made crosshatch pattern
Brush this way...

Then the opposite way.

Do this all over the pot, softening the lines with the dry brush.

Once the pot was dry the Armeria was planted into a quality potting mix...

Armeria are a perennial that produce masses of long lasting, rich pink flowers.
They are fabulous for planting in pots, a rockery, or as a front of garden border plant.
The flowering season is from Spring throughout summer.
The other thing to note about these cute little plants are they are exactly that...small and compact!

I can't wait till it is a mass of stemmed pink flowers.
My potted plant is on a sunny deck.
And Armeria are full sun lovers!
So it should be very happy here.  :)
Well - until it outgrows the pot,
Because one plant will grow into a clump of 30 to 40cm width.
I probably should have just planted one in the pot, 
but as I wanted an instant full effect, I used all six.
I'm not worried about it as I have a plan to then plant them into the front of the garden border.
I'm the kind of gardener that is constantly changing whats in pots.

You can buy Armeria in a punnet of six from the Garden Centre.
I purchased mine from Mitre 10 here in New Zealand.

#armeria #pereninal #gardenplants #plantsforpots

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27 March 2018

Be Sunshine Quote....

Isn't it nice to just brighten someones day...
with a little RANDOM KINDNESS.
We don't know what others are going through in their lives,
so that smile, compliment or a pay it forward moment might just be the gift they need. 

Today's quote is a reminder for us to:
Try to be SUNSHINE in someone's cloud...

You'll find more Mia Bella Quotes HERE

#positivity #quote 

24 March 2018

The PRETTY Easter Mantle...

My Easter Sideboard display became an Easter Mantel this year...
Mainly because the sideboard is currently home 
to a little fish in it's aquarium which is on holiday with me.
So I had to change a few Easter ideas and came up with:

Painted Glassware
 Painted pastel glassware...
(Click here to find out how)

Free Printable
A FREE watercolour rabbit printable which I framed...
(Click here to get it)

Paper Flowers
And some 'Pretty Paper Flowers'...These paper flowers are incredibly simply to make.
Use to decorate gifts.
Make a banner.
Or pop into a pretty bowl for a pop of pretty in the decor.

All you need is a scalloped flower template.
There's plenty to choose from on the internet...
but the one I used is the 8 petal flower 
Download and save to your computer.

Step One:  Select paper in your choice of colours

Step Two: Print directly onto your chosen papers
You need to print TWO templates per flower.
My paper size was 6 x 6.5 inch
My print size was 4 x 6 inch on Landscape setting.

Step three: Carefully cut out your scalloped flower templates.

Today I'm making three flowers.

Step Four: Hold two templates together and carefully use a the point of your craft scissors to put a hole in the centre.  Pop a brad into the hole.

Step Five:  Cut each of the petals to the brad. Pinch the top petals as shown.

I combined all the Easter created elements on the mantel with a ceramic rabbit, a Easter themed jar of mini eggs, the pastel painted glassware and a little rabbit Easter glitter globe.

Then the last touch to the very pastel pretty but simple Easter Mantel display was
some random size cut wood blocks. 
Painted in the same pastels as the glassware.
I modpodged reverse (mirror) image letters on to them.
(Click Here to find out how to do reversed image transfers using modpodge)

And here is the end result of all the pretty and fun creativity...

#Easter #paperflowers #decorideas #papercraft #reversemirrorwords

Easter Products Sourced:
@ KMart:
Gold Easter Rabbit Globe - $3
White Rabbit Lidded Jar - $6

20 March 2018

Apricot Passion Cupcakes...

For Easter...
Or for anytime you want a delicious apricot passionfruit flavour hit!
Topped with an equally delicious cream cheese icing.
Apricot Passion Cupcakes will be a go to recipe for sure!

To your cupcake mixture, you fold through diced apricots.

Pop spoonsful into cupcake cases and bake.

Once cool, ice the cupcakes.
Piped swirls, or just dolloped and spread.

The cream cheese icing has a hint of passionfruit flavour.
To pipe the icing you need a star tip.
Pipe from the centre of the cup cake in a spiral to the outside to create the rose design.

The piped icing just makes them look extra special don't you think?
And the great thing is the icing sets firm.

Get the recipe for the Cupcakes and the icing HERE.

#homebaking #cupcakes #apricot #baked

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15 March 2018

Upcycled Egg cups...

This upcycle began as a set of very retro egg cups found at the second hand shop...
They were from the 70s made from wood and ceramic.

I got all four for for 40 CENTS.
Gotta love a bargain!!
Now if I was a Retro fan they would just be left in all their original glory...
but y'all know me now I'm sure...
and white is for me.

So out came that trusty spray paint...
Rustoleum of course,
and in a matter of minutes - Retro became French Country.
A crime to some I'm sure.
But for me white is the obvious match for my white dinner set.

Though I did leave the insides of the egg cups the original gold ceramic for a nice contrast.

These sweet textured and now white egg cups will be used...

as quirky window flower vases,
for this Easter, the themed decor has extended to the kitchen.
And aren't these so sweet on the window sill.

And also to be used as an egg cup.

Because I love boiled eggs too!

What a win win!
cute and pretty...but also practical!

12 March 2018

FREE Watercolour Rabbit Printable For Easter!

How about a little rabbit cuteness to add to your Easter home decor,
Or to gift?

Free Printable
This rabbit has been created in watercolour with ink and is available FREE. 

An Easter gift from me to you.

Free Printable
Copy and paste to your computer then print on A4 size white card or paper.

© Copyright Note:
This rabbit artwork was created by Tracey Lee Cassin.
It may not be reproduced for sale or profit.
The image may not be digitally or otherwise altered in any way.
The Rabbit Watercolour image is for your personal use only,
 to use framed in your own home decor or to print, frame and gift for Easter. 

#Easter #rabbit #artwork #freeprintable

7 March 2018

The CUTEST Rabbit Cake Ever...

Well ain't this the CUTEST rabbit cake you ever did see?
There is a bit of fiddly prep,
but actually it is not too hard to create.
This cake was for a 3 year old girls birthday.
But would it not be the most fun cake to serve to family and friends this EASTER?

The first step in the week before making the cake,
you need to make the rabbit ears.

I just free hand drew the ear shape, 
but on the internet there are many free rabbit ear templates.
The ears were large at about 25 cm tall.

Then I cut out a smaller set of pink for the inner layer.
These were 15cm tall.

Then I decorated them.
The final step was to attach them to the iceblock stick with glue.

And this is the final result.

For the cake - I whipped up two packets of ready mix Strawberry cake.

These were baked in two large 23cm by 8cm deep cake pans.
Once cake is cold, remove it from pan and slice off tops so it's flat.
These cake slices can be frozen to use in trifle  type desserts.
Then ice the bottom cake layer (cut side up) with vanilla frosting, 
Top with other cake layer - with the cut side facing down to the frosting.

Place a thin layer of frosting over the entire cake.
Roll out white ready roll icing and cover the cake.

Then place the ears on top.

Make a pink strawberry frosting and create little swirls around the ears.
Decorate with edible paper flowers.
On the front pipe two eyes and a little pink nose.

To decorate the back of the cake place more pink icing swirls and more paper flowers.

It was a huge HOPPY hit at this Birthday Party...

And I think it would be as equally fabulous as a Easter cake.

The Rabbit cake was almost as big as the Birthday Girl!!

Pre Packet cake mix is a real timesaver...
and you know what?
It was pretty delicious too!

#rabbitcake #childrensbirthdaycakes #cakedecorating

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