Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Easter Decorating & Daisy Chain Love..

As part of my thirty goals for 2014, I really wanted to celebrate the seasons and embrace handmade holidays.  And what easier way than to decorate the fireplace throughout the year, with handmade and thrifted delights to create cheerful seasonal vignettes. I've missed having a fireplace so much! They are just the perfect place for pretty things and I'm extra in love with our new one, just check out that chevron brick!

 I always have a giggle when Easter rolls around and everywhere on Pinterest there's lovely pictures of Spring, pastels and flowers galore, while here in Australia we are in the midst of Autumn and I'm all about the beautiful leaves and golden hues.  One day I'll get really adventurous and decorate for Easter using Autumn colours, but this year I couldn't resist a joining the floral love and the one flower I love most for Easter decorating is daisies.  I'm not sure why but I always feel that daisies go hand in hand with Easter, perhaps it's that wonderful bright yellow or their simple sweetness. Either way, I think they are just a bit perfect! So alongside my handmade vignette, (made up of thrifted, gifted and handmade bits and pieces from around our home, including an embroidery by the fabulous Laura from Kit & Nancy) is my nod to the fabulous daisy.  My Easter decorating would not be complete without a little crochet garland.  Last year I made a rainbow of granny squares and this year I just couldn't resist a daisy chain. I've had a few lovely folks ask about the pattern (which I really just made up as I went along), so for those interested I've written it below. I hope it helps to add a little daisy love to your home this Easter!

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Crochet Daisy Pattern..
(Note: Written using US terminology) 

You'll need: Yellow and white yarn (I used 4ply cotton) & a 5mm crochet hook 

To create one daisy -
Using yellow yarn, chain 4, then slip stitch to create a ring. 
Chain 2, then double crochet 11 times into the ring to create the centre of the daisy.
Change colours to white and chain 2. 
Then into the base of the same stitch, 2 treble crochet (tc), 1 double crochet (dc). This will make the first petal. 
Single crochet (sc) into the next stitch. 
Then (1 dc, 2 tc, 1 dc into the next stitch followed by a sc into the next stitch)*. 
Repeat * stitches around circle to create six petals with a sc between each. 
When you are back at the beginning, slip stitch into the base of the first petal and tie off and weave in ends.
Repeat to make as many as you like! 

To chain all the daisies together -
Chain 20 stitches, then take one of your daisies and slip stitch the daisy at the point where you tied off. 
Then chain another 20 and add your next daisy and continue until you make a fabulous daisy chain. 

Happy Easter Decorating!
Much Love
xxx

Monday, 14 April 2014

Everyday Moments..

 A little Easter crochet for the fireplace..
Sunday bread baking..
His & hers creative corner..
I love the garden view from the dining table.. 
Happy herbs in the sunshine.. 

Much Love
xxx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

15/52..

"A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Tallow: Afternoons crawling around in the backyard with Daddy - Tallow's favourite time of day..

 Joining Jodi's beautiful 52 project
 Much Love
xxx

Friday, 11 April 2014

April Seven Vignettes.. My Nan's Recipes

After taking last month off, I was so excited for the start of April to roll around so I could put my creativity to the test with a new round of Seven Vignettes.  I hadn't realised just how much I enjoyed participating until I was yearning to find my props box and get styling.  This month the themes were so beautiful and worked perfectly for an idea I had a little while ago, which was to style some of my Nan's beautiful handwritten recipes.  

Day 1 - Natural. Inspired by mother nature's delightful gift, honey fresh from the billabong.. Just perfect for making honey biscuits. 

Day 2 - Simple Things. Just a few simple ingredients is all that's needed for our family shortbread recipe. {the secret to success is not to overwork the dough}. 

Day 3 - Adventure. Taking a globetrotting culinary adventure to make Turkish Delight. 

Day 4 - Handmade. Crochet and baking, just seem to go hand in hand (especially if there is a pot of tea too). On the menu, coconut biscuits.. 

Day 5 - Wise Words. There's always a few wise words at the end of my Nan's hand written recipes. This lemon delicious sponge is one of her specialties and the recipe lovingly suggests it can be 'eaten hot or cold, with custard or cream'. Yum! 

Day 6 - Found. Intrigued by this orange & apple marmalade recipe. Might have to try it using some oranges 'found' in our garden. 

Day 7 - Thankful. Ever so thankful to be the caretaker of this very special recipe book, handwritten by my beautiful Nan. Within its pages are recipes from her mother & sister and her own tried and tested delights. It truly is a feast for the senses and a precious peek into generations of treasured memories.

I very much treasure these very well loved recipes.  Each page tattered and loved, every recipe made many times.They is so timeless and it was a delight to bring them to life.  Many of the vignettes also contain bits and pieces from my nan's kitchen, including the lovely little spoon and handmade bowl.  I'm looking forward to printing copies for my family, especially my Nan. She's been such an inspiration in my search for a more simple way of life and I would love to ensure our special family recipes continue to be made and passed down through the generations.   

If you'd like to find out more about seven vignettes, pop over to Interiors Addict for all the details and be sure to check out #7vignettes for all the amazing vignettes from April.

Happy Friday!
Much Love
xxx