31 August 2017

Let's BE Fabulous! ❥

A little reminder to be FABULOUS!!!

#nzbloggers #roseleaf #raindrops #quotes

25 August 2017

'Baby Tears' Planter...❥

Baby Tears (aka Irish Moss or Soleirolia soleirlii)
is the sweetest little plant.

Originating from Italy, it is one of my favourites.
Little tiny leaves cascade down the evergreen stems
which give this plant the name of baby tears.

Perfect as a ground-cover due to it's spreading nature,
Baby tears grow in semi shade or full shade garden beds.
It looks lush and green all year round if kept moist.
(It's not fond of dry or frost!)
And it's super SIMPLE to propagate.
Just take a clump and plant where you want it to grow.
How easy is that?
And it is a superb weed suppressant.

Baby Tears is also fabulous to grow in pots indoors or out.
As well as in hanging baskets.
I like to plant mine in a plastic pot that I then place in an urn that's indoors.
Coconut fibre around the internal edge keeps the plastic pot hidden.
Even in the early stages of growth it is pretty.

Eventually it will cascade over the edge of the planter.
And when it is too big...
Root cuttings will be taken and a new plant started.

And if you are wondering about that hint of gold in the background of the first planter photograph,
yes - it's a new CUSHION...
The gold leaf image and cream cushion fits in with the decor PERFECTLY.
One can never have too many cushions can they?
And when I saw it in the Ezibuy HOME catalogue I had to have it.

#babytears #planter #indoorplant #shadeplants

22 August 2017


Ok - so here is one of those random posts -

I have been photographing bubbles....
or should I say trying to master the art of photographing bubbles...

 And these images are so pretty.

And even though they're not perfect,
I thought I would share them with y'all.

#newzealandphotographer # photoart #bubbles 

18 August 2017

Re-purposed Light shade Flower Bowl...❥

Vintage milk glass light shades are BEAUTIFUL!
And ya all know how I LOVE flower bowls...
so it was a no-brainer as to what this ole light shade was about to become!

One problem was the GORGEOUS shape...
It did not sit flat on the table.

But that was nothing my trusty airdry clay could not fix!
(Seriously peeps - one should always have this stuff in the craft cupboard!)

I cut three pieces...

Rolled each into long sausage shapes...

Squeezed the three ends together...

And made a clay plait.

Then I checked sizing to create a plait base for the light shade.
Cut and joined it.
And left it to dry.

Once dry, the light shade bowl was placed on top.
The bowl filled with water and flowers.
Ahhh...upcycling satisfaction!

The flower of choice was a creamy white to pale yellow coloured camellia.
This is a favourite of mine.
It's called ' Jurys Yellow'.
It's vigorous, bushy and a shares profuse flowers from Autumn until Spring.
It has an upright habit of 2 metres by 1.5 metres.
Plant it in semi-shade for best flowers.
The bees LOVE this camellia too.

I love the way the light reflects on the glass!

I'm LOVING everything about my 'new' vintage milk glass vase!

#camelia #flower #upcycled #flowerbowl

12 August 2017

Cherry, Apple & Shortbread Crumbles....❥

Oh my goodness.
This dessert is not the prettiest...
But it is so very scrumptious.

Easy to make:
Place cooked apple and cherry into ramekins.

Add a crushed shortbread biscuit crumble on top.
Bake and eat.

Recipe link HERE.

#nzbloggers #homemade #dessert #fruit #crumble 

4 August 2017

DIY Bird Wall Decor...❥

This bird wall decor piece is a fun activity to create with the children.

We used a free swallow template from the internet, 
which you will find many bird templates in varied shapes and sizes.
I made a slight modification to this design as I wanted the tail to be a little thicker.

You will need airdry clay.
Airdry clay is available at most craft and art stores in New Zealand.

Press your paper cutout template onto the rolled clay.
Don't make it to thin.
Like any clay - the thinner it is the more fragile it will be when dry.

Use a bread and butter knife (safer for the kids) to cut around the outline of the template.
My grandson aged 5 managed to do this pretty well alone.

To make patterns, use any object you already have that will imprint.
This is a metal heart which was perfect for the task.

Then attach a hanger with more clay onto back side of bird - I used a metal bead label tag.
Carefully place onto a baking paper lined card.
Put aside to dry.

 After about four days the bird was dry.
You can keep it in its natural clay colour or paint it.
If you were to place on a covered porch I would seal it with clear sealer.

But because it was decided to put this into the bathroom, which is blue and grey, we decided to paint it with grey chalk paint. 

Once dry it was hung.
A wonderful 'Grandson and Nonna' craft memory.

And it looks wonderful with the other DIY art piece in this room too.
Faux solar leaf print

#airdryclay #birdcraft #claycraft #homedecor #diy

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