April 6, 2015

GETTING CRAFTY: D.I.Y FRIDGE MAGNETS




There is something about leaving a note on the fridge in the morning that I love. Usually we leave post-its around the house with notes on them occasionally but I love the idea of your very own fridge magnets. Knowing Dan will go to get the milk out of the fridge in the morning and walk away with a goofy smile makes me so happy. Alright, lets do this!

Tools: 
- polymer clay
- magnet tape
- rolling pin
- scissors
- small letter stamps
- baking sheet

Lets get started: 
1. Warm the clay in your hands. Once soft, use the rolling pin to get to your preferred thickness. Note: the thinner you get it, the better for the magnet’s sake.
2.  Using the magnet tape as a guide, cut out strips of clay.
3. Stamp your desired words onto the clay.
4. Place the words onto the baking sheet and bake in the oven at 120°C for 20 minutes.
5. Once cooled, attach the magnet to the back of each word and walllaah! You are done!

What do you think? Do you love alphabet / word fridge magnets? 




March 25, 2015

MY CHILDHOOD BUCKET LIST


Twelve years ago, I wrote a bucket list. This list was filled with the aspirations and daydreams of eleven year old Emily. Although unlike other hobbies I had at that age, I managed to maintain this list for another five years, diligently crossing off accomplished items and replacing them with new plans. Ultimately however this list became buried under years of clothes, books and new memories… until I stumbled across it a week ago. 

I have always found it interesting reading things I wrote a year ago, (let alone eleven years) and seeing to what extent my personality and writing style has developed. Interestingly, it seems some things never change. I still want to be a better person, own my own apartment and 'live instead of exist’. Saving money is more of a necessity if I’d like to eat this week rather than an objective on a list, and kissing in the rain isn’t all it is cracked up to be.  Not to mention I should probably listen to #9… Clearly some things never change. Maybe one day…  

1. Get Married / 2. Save a persons life / 3. Learn to speak Italian / 4. Save money / 5. Stop Gossiping / 
6. Get my own house or apartment / 7. Get my drivers licence / 8. Write a book and get it published / 
9. Stop playing on the computer when I have things to do / 10. Make a CD of Happy Songs /
11. Be less addicted to MSN Messenger / 12. Get a boyfriend / 13. Kiss in the rain / 14. Stop being jealous / 15. Be pretty / 16. Get my ears pierced / 17. Be a better person / 18. List three things that make me happy everyday / 19. To live instead of exist / 20. Start a magazine. 

Have you ever had a bucket list from your childhood?
 What was on yours? 

March 1, 2015

WHATS MADE ME HAPPY #20


Happy March everybody! It's the time of the year where everything is slowly getting back into routine. Early morning bus rides with a coffee mug surgically attached to my hand, sitting in traffic on the way home, and passing out in bed by 8pm (I like to embrace my inner granny bedtime, nothing wrong with that!). All the while counting down until the weekend, just to repeat the week all over again. But enough is enough, it’s time to be grateful for the little things and stay positive. That said, here is a couple of my favourite things from the week thats been… 

1. Playing board games with the family and laughing till your cheeks hurt.
2. Taking an online course in social psychology. Finally getting my brain back into gear! 
3. Going on a ‘date’ with Dan to the movies to see ‘The Theory of Everything’… honestly, I think my expectations were too high. If you’ve seen it, what did you think?  
4. Oscar chasing me around the house (If you haven’t met him, you can meet him here
5. Spending this morning at the beach eating breakfast and admiring the view. 

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month! 
What has been your highlight of the week? 






February 26, 2015

PARIS | PHOTO DIARY






I am a homebody through and through. Track pants, cuddly jumpers, blankets and Greys Anatomy re-runs are my haven. Backpacking, living out of out of hostels and surviving off a loaf of bread and cheese for a week was not up my alley, however when Dan and I went backpacking across Europe I suddenly realised what it was all about. We visited some of the most beautiful cities that stole my heart, but in true cliché style I fell madly in love with Paris.

I didn't climb the Eiffel tower, or go inside the Louvre, we didn't pay for extravagant tours or go to fancy restaurants. It rained the entire time we were there, and we actually had a fight underneath the Eiffel Tower when we arrived (not exactly the city of love, right?). All this, and it was still one of my favourite places in the world. Why? Because of the little things.
 
Paris is a treasure trove of unique finds, secret passageways and quirky signs from the 1950s. Sitting on the metro (which is so much better than Sydney trains) and listening to people speak to each other in their incredible French accents, swoon.  The Parisian style, the elegance and the culture were so dreamy. Not to mention France is home to the greatest cheeses in the world, and don't forget the macaroons, the crepes, pastries and baguettes...  Hungry yet?  
 
 Have you been to Paris? What did you think?
 

February 18, 2015

BAKING: CINNAMON AND SULTANA TWISTS





CINNAMON AND SULTANA KNOTS: 

Ingredients: 
2 cups flour
1 tbsp instant yeast
2 tsp sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 cup warm water 
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp butter (melted)  

Inside the knot:   
3 tbsp sugar 
2 tbsp cinnamon 
3 tbsp sultanas (or other dried fruit) 

1. In a large bowl, place the flour, instant yeast, sugar, salt and warm water. Mix together with a wooden spoon until combined, and then knead for 6-7 minutes until smooth and elastic. 

2. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until risen. Roughly an hour. 

3. When ready, roll the dough so it is even and roughly 0.5cm thick.  Spread your sugar, cinnamon and sultanas (or other dried fruit you desire) on the top and roll again. 

4. Using a sharp knife, cut the dough into roughly seven parts. Roll each into balls, and then into ropes. Make a knot out of it and place it on your baking paper. 

5. Brush the tops with melted butter and bake at 200° for 20 minutes or until golden brown.