Sunday, 23 November 2014

DIY - Fruit Salad Notepaper

There's been a real snailmail revolution going on out there now and I think it's fantastic. It's so wonderful to head out to your letter box and find pretty/happy letters waiting for you inside that all colourful and filled with beautiful words.

Today I want to share with you a project I've been working on - Fruit Salad Notepaper.

What a colourful way to brighten up someones letterbox and quite simple to make too.

First off the things you'll need to create this project are:

- Coloured cardstock
- Ruler, pen, pencil, scissors and rubber
- Scallop punch
- Coloured string
- Double sided tape
- Assorted fruit templates to trace (I just did a Google search for shapes)  

First step trace and cut out your fruit pieces. For the banana and pear I drew a stork freehanded out of brown cardstock to attach. The strawberry I created a top freehanded out of green cardstock and also with the strawberry I used a heart shaped template as a guide. 

Next all you need to do is using the double sided tape join the pieces together.

Once you have joined all the pieces together to resemble the fruit, draw lines across to act as the lines on the notepaper. For the watermelon using the scallop punch on one corner to make it look like a hungry person took a bite before posting it.

You can stop here if you like but if you are a fan of Fruit Ninja you can take this fruit combo notepaper to the next level. 

All you need is some black cardboard and trace out a circle - I used my double sided tape as a guide. Next using some coloured string, attach a small piece to the back to resemble the wick. Then using a white pencil draw on some notepaper lines. 

And now you have your very own Fruit Ninja notepaper to send off to a very surprised penpal or anyone you like.

If you make this project please send me photos I'd love to see them. 

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Friday, 21 November 2014

Pinterest Friday - Thanksgiving Edition

I know, I know we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Australia but we have much to be thankful for in life so in a way we can celebrate it a little bit.

For those of you that celebrate it a lot, here are some ideas to get you ready for Thanksgiving 2014.

Don't forget to head over to my Pinterest page to find more creative ideas.

How to Make a Cornucopia | Lilyshop Blog by Jessie Jane
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Fall Leaf, Mason Jar Candle Holder | 35 DIY Fall Decorating Ideas for the Home | Fall Craft Ideas for Adults

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Jenny Steffens Hobick: DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece | Roses, Mums & Broom Cob in a Pumpkin "Vase"

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How to make Turkey Cupcakes

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Need an easy pumpkin pie recipe that you can depend on? This has been my go to recipe for years! Perfect for fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving. We LOVE this pie!

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You'll soon have your bird (and a recipe), but how long, exactly, are you supposed to cook it? Here's a handy guide.

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Apple and Pumpkin Beer Cocktails | | @jalanesulia

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Recipe - Summer Green Drink

The weather is heating up here in Australia and there's nothing I love more than finding a cool drink to have that's not water.

So I wanted to share with you today a cooling and healthy green drink I created. It's so yummy and refreshing.

First you'll need:

A banana
A stalk of kale
Handful of blueberries
A small cucumber
Handful of baby spinach

Next you'll need:

2 tablespoons of Coconut water powder (I find this a cheaper option to buying coconut water as you just add it to water and it stores in the cupboard)
2 teaspoons of Maca power blends (contains both Maca powder and Cacao powder)
1/2 teaspoon of Spirulina
About a cup of water or a little bit more if needed

Add all to a blender and blend - enjoy!!! 

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Recipe - Triple Chocolate Carmel Walnut Brownies

There's nothing like a good brownie - or that's what my husband MJ would say.

So I'm always on the look out for a new brownie recipe to try, well this time I decided to make my own recipe and combine two of MJ's greatest loves (beside me of course - ha ha) chocolate and caramel.

So please sit back and enjoy my "Triple Chocolate Carmel Walnut Brownies"

125g butter or margarine
200g dark chocolate (I like to use Cabury melts as it gives it a nicer taste)
110g caster sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 & 1/4 cup plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup crumbled walnuts
3/4 cup milk choc chips
1/2 cup caramel baking bits
3/4 cup white choc chips

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Grease and line a square cake pan (around the 20cm mark)

Combine butter, dark chocolate and sugar into a large saucepan, stir over a low heat until melted. Allow to cool for around 10 mins.

Stir into the cooled melted chocolate mix the eggs, flour, walnut, milk choc chips, caramel bits and white choc chips until combined.

Spoon mixture into pan and smooth the top over.

Bake for about 20 - 25 mins. Allow to cool before cutting into squares.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Messages of Hope - Tear Australia

This is not a sponsored post I just wanted to share about Tear Australia. 

Christmas is coming up again and so is the time for "What do I want?" or "What do I get this person?"

Most of us have more than enough while others out there have hardly anything and that includes fresh water.

This year maybe think about bringing some hope to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Tear Australia has a great campaign called Useful Gifts - "Useful gifts for a better tomorrow".

These useful gifts are:

$30 for a health kit
$70 for safer birthing and infant care
$25 for safe water
$5 for pre-school classes
$50 for a goat
$155 for household electricity and many more

By purchasing a gift from the Useful Gifts Catalogue you are making a donation to the important work of Tear partners, who are working with communities around the world facing poverty and marginalisation. All gifts contribute to long-term community development programs and are not given on a one-off basis. So if you buy a chicken gift, it's part of an overall sustainable program that also includes training and support.

So if you would like to give a gift that keeps on giving, head over to Useful Gifts today and help bring a message of hope to others.

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