I adore mid century Italian horse figurines, especially the large Bitossi beauties you see every now and then and I look forward to the day I snap one up online or at auction. For the time being, while I wait for the real thing, I've happily settle on this cute hand made reproduction I picked up a few weeks ago. He stands at 35cm tall and I adore his rich marigold hue.
I have spotted a few smaller styles on Etsy like this one here but I can't seem to find the exact shape, size and design to verify where it was made, so for now, he will remain an international horse of mystery!.
Now that we are in the count down to the big day, I though it would be great to start with some festive Easter crafting!. This is a super simple and fun little project I spotted on Martha Stewarts craft site - here. All you need is two pom poms, some felt for the ears, a little ball of cotton wool or felt for the tail, some little black dots for the eyes and craft glue.
Hands up if you love fresh cut flowers in your home??... No matter the variety colour or size there is something magical about the way foliage and greenery lifts an interior. So today I'm enjoying this cheery visual and thinking about Easter crafting.
I have been in love with Boucherouite Rugs for the last year or so. My first real life example of these gorgeous Moroccan works of art was at a friends townhouse and it looked fabulous. At that time I had no idea of price points and where to get one until I started my online search and soon enough realised it wasn't going to happen. So I set my sights on Ikea's old faithful and called it a day.
I remember reading a post on Design Sponge, where Grace Bonney dreamed of finding a Boucherouite listed for a steal on Etsy or eBay and I thought while that would be lovely it was never going to happen... Well, two weeks ago I won this 4'x6' beauty for the price of the Ikea alternative, at a local auction house, tucked under a teak coffee table and a set of Tolix chairs - YAY!. Now all I need is a pair of Moroccan leather ottomans and I'll be set!.
I bought these glasses at cute little boutique in Monte Marte not far from the steps to Sacré-Coeur .
A few weeks ago I talked about finally acquiring the super hard to find (in Melbourne) Fiddle Leaf Fig. When I say hard to find, there were plenty of $150+ varieties to be found but as usual I wanted a value for money find, that was at least 60cm tall and did I mention multi stemmed!!. After about a hundred and ninety calls around town and an outbound trip on the freeway I was in Fiddle Ficus heaven with enough stems to share with my sisters while still having a couple of plants to place around my home.
There seems to be a fine line between pleasure and pain when growing and caring for this glorious plant... I'm no green thumb, fortunately my hubby is skilled in the plant growing department, but I still wanted to do my homework to make sure we weren't going to lose our lil figgy. My googling proved to be disheartening "houseplant equivalent of a newborn" was one headline and there were a number of very sad looking brown fig leaves in designer pots happening in the blog world... how was I going to do this.
As fate would have it my inbox seemed to have had the answer in the form of the Parrot Flower Power. It's an App with a twiggy stick thing (yep, I'm so tech savvy right now!!) you download the app place the stick in your pot and within about 24 hours it starts to tell you what your plant needs in all its magical blue tooth glory!.
So far its been in for 48 hours... this is what it had to say. A huge thanks and shout out to my lovely brother in law for screen shooting the app for me!. Loving the detail and the to do notifications.
Next I'm hoping to try it on my new Aspidistra and then my sisters veggie patch as you can monitor multiple plants in the one garden bed too!. I'm thinking this would be great for holiday makers too. My parents have just arrived home from a trip to Vietnam and were less then impressed with the state of their garden - let's just say we didn't water the plants enough, or at all... to be honest we just plain forgot ;-)!.
I desperately need new cushions but my newly found Danish Deluxe Kroken chairs have reduced my home decor budget to well, very little, at the moment... So I temporarily shelved my obsession with Bonnie and Neil's amazing range and set about trying to find a simple homemade alternative. When I spotted this super fab. potato stamp DIY project on pinterest I knew I had to give it a go. At this stage I've printed the fabric and will sew my covers very soon. Here's my super quick picture tutorial.
Remember the early 90's, when people on health kicks ate muffins for lunch before we realised they were simply over sized cupcakes with a few sneaky oats and berries thrown on top!!.
Well, today I have a simple Donut making method to share with you... it's not a health snack, its never going to be but it sure looks pretty and it's fun to make!.
I stumbled across this recipe on Instructables here and will definitely be trying this out for the dough base next time. However for the images included I used a local recipe... long story short it was a bit doughey and it didn't have enough flavour... it would have possibly made a good jam filled Donut base but I like the look of this instructables recipe by Scoochmaroo.
Donuts makes about 40 (scoochmaroo) 3 (1/4 ounce / 7g) packages yeast (3/4 oz / 21g total) - I used "Rapid Rise" but traditional is fine too - it just affects the rising times 1/2 cup (120ml) water (105-115F / 40-46C)2 1/4 cups (530ml) milk, scalded, then cooled 3/4 cup (169g) sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 3 eggs 1/2 cup (113g) shortening 7 1/2 cups (940g) all-purpose flour Vegetable oil for frying Proof your yeast, scald the milk then let it cool (to kill the enzymes that deter your dough from rising) then add together with the rest of the ingredients with half the flour and beat on low for 30 seconds and then on medium for 2 mins. Then gently add the rest of the flour until smooth and leave the dough to rise for 60 mins. Place the dough on a floured surface and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thick. Gather two round cutters as shown below in the pics. Cut out your shapes (don't forget to keep the inside holes for frying too!). Place donuts and holes on a tray and let rise again for about 30 mins. Mix your cinnamon sugar by adding 1-2 teaspoons of group cinnamon to 1/2 a cup of raw caster sugar (you can also use white caster). Then leave aside. You will need more then 1 or two times this amount but you can mix as you go and you can add as much cinnamon as you like. When your donuts have rested start to heat your oil. Use a deep pan and enough oil to allow the donuts to float while cooking... you could probably also use a deep fryer if on hand. You need to add the donuts to hot ready to fry oil approx (180 deg celsius). Please be very careful while handling the oil and frying the donuts. Fry each donut for about 1 min each side then place on paper towel.
Then shake and gently shake each side of your donut in the bowl of pre mixed cinnamon sugar. See images below.
I posted about my Juju Hat obsession back in 2012 but never saved enough pennies to buy my own. While I would have absolutely love the real thing, $600 for the large sized version I'm after wasn't an option. Fortunately for me my newly created instagram account lead me to a brilliant, inspiring and crafty stylist who made her own. I was obsessed from this moment on, make my own Juju Hat = GENIUS!.
Here is the Vintage Movement DIY pictorial Juju Hat demo...
To make a 60cm or 23" Juju style headdress you will need
Strung feathers - I used approx 3.6m or 4 yards (2 of white and 2 of burgundy)
Card board or backing board
Marking pen/ texta
Hot glue and glue gun
Step 1. Find a round platter, bucket or mat to trace around with a diameter of about 35cm. Trace around and cut out the circle.
Taking our strung feathers and glue gun place glue dots around the edge of the circle and apply the feathers to the outer edge as seen in the image below.
Snip the feather string once you have covered the entire egde of the circle with feathers and then make a loose circle with the remaining feathers inside the circle as shown below - this will give you an idea of where to place and glue the next row. I spaced the row about 1 or so inch apart (you can make your rows close together or spaced as wide as you like). Then glue the second row.
Now continue with your third row of measuring and then gluing. For me this meant switching to my darker feathers. As these feathers were slightly curved I chose to glue them curve side curling up.
Step 4. Final step
To cover up the inner row and ribbon edge simply curl a small section of feathers and glue to fasten. Then glue this to the center over the final round row/ring.