16 March 2023

Wallpaper LOVE

Photowall Wallpaper

Birds On Branches

Today I am sharing some absolutely beautiful wallpaper by Photowall

Photowall Wallpaper

I have selected bird-themed papers to show you today.

Photowall Wallpaper
Pretty Birds In Branches

This design has a vintage feel to it.

Photowall wallpaper
Best Friends Branch VI

I'm a lover of birds in the decor.

Photowall Wallpaper
Floral Cranes

It's hard to pick a favourite, but I adore Floral cranes.

Pretty, pretty, pretty!!

Peacock And Flowers

Just click the Photowall link and then search the design name under each image shown today.

Photowall wallpaper
Blue Rose Bush

These are just a few of the bird designs available at Photowall.

Photowall Wallpaper
Bird Song

Pop over for a visit to see their designs which are all so very beautiful.

Photowall Wallpaper
Fly And Jive
Photowall Wallpaper
Birds And Flower Garden - Green

All images are copyrighted to Photowall.


#affilatepost  #birdwallpaper #photowall #wallpaper

21 February 2023

Arty Imprint Wall Hanging

Airdry Clay Craft

Here is an arty 'three day to make' gift idea.

Using airdry clay, and dry flowers.

The hanger only takes half an hour to create.

Plus drying time.

Plus painting time if you choose to do this.

The drying process of the clay can be quickened by placing the wall hanging on a flat tray and put into an oven that's been heated to about 50 degrees celsius (about 122 degrees Fahrenheit) for an hour.

Airdry clay
DIY Gifts

To Make:

Airdry clay (I used Jovi brand - 500 grams (1.1 lb)

Rolling pin and a metal tablespoon

Dried flowers, grasses, leaves, twigs

Acrylic paint

A flat head nail or a straw

Twine or ribbon


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Roll out the airdry clay into an oval shape about 1cm thick.

Do this on a sheet of baking paper so it won't stick to your work surface. 

(I should have done this, but a thin metal spatula lifted it carefully off the wood table at Step 5)

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Smooth top with a metal spoon.

Step 2:

DIY Gifts

Place an arrangement of flowers onto the clay.

Step 3:

DIY Gifts

Using the rolling pin gently roll and press the flowers, etc down.

Air Dry Clay Craft

Then carefully lift the flowers off the clay to reveal the imprint design.

DIY Gifts

Step 4:

DIY Gifts

DIY Gifts

Pinch the outer edge of the clay like you would a pie edge.

Step 5:

Airdry Clay Craft

Place two holes as shown using the flat head nail or a straw.

Airdry Clay Craft

Place on a flat tray.

Leave for at least three days to dry.

Step 6:

Golden Liquid Acrylics

At this stage, you can add paint to your hanger.

Or you can just leave it as is in its  natural form.

Liquid Acrylic PaintLiquitex Ink

I have used the following liquid paints:

Golden Liquid Acrylic in Aqua

Pearlescent Liquid Acrylic in Galactic Blue

Liquitex ink in gold.

But you can use any colour combinations you choose.

Airdry Clay Craft
With a brush paint the details of the flora impression.

Airdry Clay Craft
I love this beautiful aqua colour.

Air Dry Clay Craft
I added gold and a little darker blue.
Then a border of the aqua, and on the edge of the plaque some gold.

Step 7:

DIY Gifts

Attach a rope, ribbon or wire hanger through the holes to hang on a wall.

Step 8:

Airdry Clay Craft

Hang it in your home or gift.

I added a little bunch of 'Bunny Tails' to cover the wall hook.

And that just adds a little touch of whimsy.

More about 'Bunny Tails' - Lagurus ovatus:

Bunny Tails are my favourite small grass.

It's also known as Hare's Tail Grass. 

The seed heads are soft and fluffy, just like a rabbit's cottontail.

It's an annual grass and grows wild on many beaches in New Zealand over the summer months.

It's native to the Mediterranean.

The seed heads are wonderful in vases and are easily dried, displayed in their natural colour, or dyed any colour you want.

The dried fluffy seed head lasts months to years, as they don't 

open to release seeds.

#airdryclay  #airdryclaycraft  #DIYgifts  #driedflowers #pressedflowers #wallplaque #pressedart

13 February 2023

Coconut Strawberry Valentine Sweets

Coconut Strawberry Sweets

   The last post was about delicious savoury balls that tasted like chips and dip.

But these are ones that are all about tantalising sugary sweet.

Cream cheese and almond meal are the base of these soft bite-size truffles.

Superb for those that do not enjoy chocolate-based treats, but still want that hit on their sweet palate.

Exquisite bites for the lover of coconut.


1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 and 1/2 cups of powdered (icing) sugar

1/4 cup (56.7 grams) of warm melted butter

1/2 cup (150 grams) of softened cream cheese

4 teaspoons of strawberry essence 

1 and 1/2 cups of almond meal

And an extra 1/2 cup of powdered (icing) sugar

Coconut Strawberry Sweets

To Make:

Combine all ingredients except the almond meal in a bowl and mix well.

Coconut Strawberry Sweets

Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 1 hour or until thickened.

Mix in the almond meal and extra measurement of powdered sugar.

Coconut Strawberry Sweets

Now for the messy bit!

Coconut Strawberry Sweets

Place spoonfuls of the mixture into a bowl of powdered sugar and form into small balls by patting them into shape and rolling gently in the powdered sugar.

Coconut Strawberry Sweets

Place the balls on a powdered sugar-covered platter... using a sieve sprinkle more on tops.

Coconut Strawberry Sweets

Add some heart-shaped sprinkles.

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

 The yield is 25 balls.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Coconut Strawberry Sweets

Recipe HERE

#valentinestreats #truffles #sweetballs

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