Thursday, 30 October 2014

Meringue Ghosts For Halloween!!

Who doesn't love a bit of whimsy when it comes to Halloween and these cute and simple meringue ghosts will definitely have your guests smiling!

To make the meringue mixture simply follow this technique then place the mix into a piping bag fitted with a round tipped nozzle (I used Wilton's 1A nozzle).

To make the eyes you can use anything you like... raisins, round licorice or black fondant cut into small rounds using the tip of the piping nozzle. Simply melt some white chocolate and use it as "glue" to attach the eyes to the cooled and baked meringues.


Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Simple Halloween Cupcakes

I'm baking 150 cupcakes this Halloween for a 21st Birthday and have been brainstorming visually effective but simple designs for the day. You can't go wrong with a simple frosting swirl finished with a central trinket or piece of candy and after hours of searching Kmart, The Reject Shop and Aldi came up with the goods...

These cupcakes are a great idea for time poor entertainers this Halloween. You can even use store bought cakes if baking is not your thing!

To complete simply mix up a batch of butter cream frosting and add orange or green food colouring, then pipe in a circle using a star tipped nozzle and finished with the candy or trinket in the center (just make sure the trinkets are food safe or attach to a toothpick and place on top).


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Recipe To Riches Mrs Mills Easy Bake!

After watching Channel 10's season 2 return of Recipe To Riches last night I went straight to Safeway aka Woolworths and bought a packet of Mrs Mills Easy Bake! I loved the show last year and Choc Corn was the only product I tried during the competitive rounds. After last nights show I knew I had to try AJ Mills gorgeous creations because in my book sour cherries and chocolate are a match made in heaven!!!

So let's get down to the review...

This is a frozen cookie dough stored in the freezer aisle. Having read many tips on good biscuit baking I knew resting and freezing dough before baking were two "bakers secrets" worth knowing so the product had a big tick in my book from the get go...  the chocolate cherry cookie combo was another big tick BUT after many years of baking my own cakes I recently baked a store bought cake mix and boy was I shocked by the awful taste - they really are nasty. So I was kind of expecting the same mass produced chemical taste from this bake-at-home product but before I talk about the taste let's look at the packaging, product and how to.

The directions are as simple as pre heat your oven, place on a baking tray and bake for 12 mins! I love the no fuss no mess approach... once these guys cool they are crispy around the edges and soft in the center. The biscuit isn't oozing with chocolate but the ratio is just right and the contrast with the sour cherries is delish. They really don't taste mass produced either, you could definitely pass them off as home made... for my money dried sour cherries for a chewy texture would have been gorgeous but that's being super fussy. Overall Mrs Mills Easy Bake is really delicious and well worth the win!!!

Friday, 10 October 2014

Local Business Crush - Cush & Co And Those Must Have Moroccan Leather Poufs

The lovely people you meet and the community you form through Social Media is really something! I I love stumbling across an amazing online business who know their style, take on the big brands and own their corner of the market. Melbourne's Cush & Co is most definitely a prime example of one of those brands.

Courtesy of Cush & Co

Founded in 2012 with the aim of sourcing fabulous furnishings at great prices the Cush & Co team offer a beautiful range and it's no surprise their hand crafted Moroccan Leather Poufs lead me straight to them while perusing Instagram.

I was thrilled and delighted when the team re-posted one of my pics a few months ago and was over the moon when Clare approached me for an interview featured here on their blog - blushing!!

Courtesy of Cush & Co

Cush & Co Facebook
Cush & Co

Pillows and ottomans are one of the simplest ways to update and enhance your interior without overhauling the lot... I recently added a caramel leather pouf to my living room and it is like a little work of art. Hand stitched with silk threads and just the right amount of boho chic - love it!

Enjoy your weekend

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Vintage Chanel Poster - Thrifty Saturdays

It's been a while between thrifty Saturday shopping hauls and this extra special purchase was found online a few weeks ago. I love eBay and have bought many second hand and vintage bits and pieces for my home through the site and as soon as I stumbled across this vintage Chanel poster I had to make it mine! It is very similar to the style and size featured on The Block last year and my husband and I tried building our own frame using wooden moulding and custom cut perspex but it was a total fail so we sent it the be professionally framed.

Today marks the posters homecoming from the framers and at 1.2 x 1.6 metres it is without doubt the largest framed work I own to date - can't wait to see how it looks! I chose a lime washed flat edged wooden frame similar to the image top right (below).

I plan to rest the poster against a wall rather then nailing and hanging in place, that way I can move it around our home as I please!


Thursday, 25 September 2014

Cocktail Hour - My Fave Chairish Vintage Bar Finds

When the gorgeous team at Chairish asked if I'd be interested in putting together my fave bar style finds, using their directory, I was super excited! Hollywood regency, Palm Springs chic & mid-century glamour are some of the first things I think of when it comes to designing my ideal drinks room. Here are some of my finds...

I'm totally obsessed with brass and glass vintage furniture at the moment and anything with faux bamboo features or lucite components are my faves. Chairish had a number of amazing bits and pieces that fit the bill and if my budget was endless I would have bought the lot! 
Cherner - oh my!!!
 Lucite Deer wall feature

 Never short of an amazing vintage find this leather elephant is a footstool!!


Saturday, 6 September 2014

Lucas Grogan Douglas & Hope Plate and Adriano Zumbo!

It's birthday time in my neck of the woods - 8 in 8 weeks - which is totally crae! One great thing is it gives us a chance to try a few sweet treats along the way and last month I popped down to Adriano Zumbo's salon in South Yarra. I love how real and humble he seems - total dessert genius but you could imagine he's quite a cool and collected character in real life... so I wanted to do his sweets justice by serving them on "le plat du jour" by Lucas Grogan and Douglas & Hope... Anya Brock I totally have my sites set on your budgie plate too!

Image courtesy of Zumbo's site


Saturday, 30 August 2014

The $6 Kmart Metal Plant Stand!!

I am a bargain hunter from way back when. Whether I'm spending $5 or $1500 I have to get value for money. I think it goes back to my days in wholesale fashion - once you see the cost price of an item it becomes hard to pay retail at big chain stores. With the exception of handmade, local or ethically produced merch I lurve buying cheap, functional bits of pieces - I think it's the committed thrifter within.

I spotted this planter on Instagram last week and went straight to 24 hour Kmart and bought two in turquoise. $6.50 is my idea of an out right crazy bargain. Such a useful buy... perfect for my house plants!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Vintage Thrifting Goodness - Concrete Swan Pots

It has been a while since I've shared a vintage shopping haul in this space and I'm not too sure why. I certainly haven't stopped thrifting by any means and this was one of those finds that had my heart pumping! It was also quite literally one of those trash to treasure purchases after the previous owners found them in the garden of their new bayside Melbourne property. A moment of clarity resulted in listing the pair for sale on eBay after initially thinking they would simply end up on the hard rubbish pile.

I love vintage swan figurines and a pair of concrete pots were at the top of my wish list. There are a few chips here and there and they have been painted white but they are an original, large mid century set and I just adore them!

happy thrifting!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

DIY Sponge Cut Cement Soaked Letters

I am loving cement based homewares at the moment. From pot plant stands to coffee tables concrete has ventured beyond flooring and counter tops and found its way to my heart! While perusing pinterest recently I found this cute DIY tutorial via Gedane and I wanted to share my own version.

If you haven't mixed concrete before it's super simple, just add water, mix to a cake batter-ish consistency pour and leave to set! The best thing about this little DIY is that you can achieve the cement rendered look in any shape or size without needing a mold.

To make your own sponge soaked cement cutout you will need:
Cement (small bag)
Marking Pen (optional)
Bucket (for the cement mix)
Sponge (preferably not less then 1/2-1 inch thick)
Baking paper (to lay your soaked sponge shapes)

1. Start by cutting your sponge shapes. You can use a template marked out on your sponge as a guide
2. Mix cement and water in your bucket to the correct consistency
3. Dip your sponge cuts outs in the cement and soak
4. Lightly wring out leaving a veil of cement over the outside of the sponge piece
5. Leave to dry lying down


Monday, 28 July 2014

Design For Mirabel 2014

I was delighted to attend the first Design For Mirabel charity exhibition this weekend where 10 industry leading Australian designers styled a room full of donated treasures. Everything in sight was for sale at fabulous prices including a Smeg fridge & Hay marble tray (Arent & Pyke), Johnathon Adler homewares (Brett Mickan), brass sea urchins (Brendan Wong) and gorgeous coral (Coote & Co) and best of all the proceeds went straight to the Mirabel Foundation!... can't wait for next year :)