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DIY- Origami Heart Invitations

What can be better than these?

(Via Eat Drink Chic)

The lovely Amy Moss used these as little invitations to her surprise wedding party (cutest story ever!) but I think they would be equally as adorable for a simple love note or picnic gathering. There are freebies to download as well as a full tutorial for the heart and packaging.

You can find her instructions here. Oh happy day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

There is nothing I love more than a day to tell my darling how much I adore him. It’s actually pathetic how much I love it!

This year we chose to not purchase gifts for Valentine’s Day. Hubs made me a delicious dinner and I made him dessert.

Do you want to see what I made?

Inspired by Bakerella’s cake box, I decided to try several new things: cake carving and working with fondant.

I made the marshmallow fondant the day before using Cake Journal’s recipe. It worked out extremely well! I used pink marshmallows and vegetable oil instead of Crisco. I let it rest  overnight and found it to be very easy to work with and tasted good on the cake too!

The cake itself made me cry just a little bit. I had one recipe flop on me and I had to fall back on a chocolate cake recipe that I don’t particularly like the taste of, but the texture always comes out just right. Shaping it into the heart was not too difficult although getting the heart symmetrical was a bit of a learning curve.  I made up for the lack of scrumptiousness and symmetry by adding a thick layer of buttercream to help even everything out. The extra cake was used to make the cake bites on top. These ones were made ‘man sized’ for Hubs.

Overall, I consider it a successful first try.Next time I would like to avoid using a chocolate buttercream which stained my light pink fondant and I really need to think about using a ruler to get things the right size. There was a lot of piecing on the side of the box which looked awful!  The side strip of fondant really must stretch the entire perimeter of the cake-not half way only. Just consider that should you decide to make it! ha!

Next week is my wedding anniversary and so I really consider this time of the year lovely!

Happy Valentine’s day to you!

What did you do for your darling for V-day? Do you find a lot of pressure to conform to the chocolates and flowers game or do you prefer to bless one another with tasty treats?

On living a life worth living

I have been pondering Mary Oliver’s instructions for living a life.

Instructions for living a life: pay attention, be astonished, tell about it.
— Mary Oliver

So when a friend posted this on Facebook, I took notice.

I am particularly drawn to:

– If you don’t like something, change it

– Open your heart to new things

– All emotions are beautiful

– Appreciate every bite

– Wear your passion

I believe that I have been given a life in abundance- Not just a life that can be wasted away in front of the TV but a life that was made for living and doing and being and creating and sharing. I live a passionate life- a life that I can choose. I have chosen my path to trod. My path is towards a beautiful tomorrow.

 

Dorm living- Three steps to coping

I lived in a little dorm room while I was at University. The room itself wasn’t too bad- it was modern and private and I wasn’t forced to sleep next to a stranger! But it wasn’t awesome either. We were not allowed to have heaters in our rooms due to the fire hazard and yet the nights flirted around freezing all winter. Brr!  The bed was shorter than I was and yet friends from other dorms and I often squeezed onto this tiny bed for a snooze after a night on the town. Honestly, the room wasn’t anything awful, but living is such tight quarters required a lot of problem solving for a livable, enjoyable space.

Step 1: Personalise

My university forbade us from sticking anything to our walls. We were not allowed to use sticky-tack, presstick or pins to adhere anything to the walls incase paint was torn off the walls. After 10 seconds of this craziness, I popped an old record album cover up on the wall. Truth is, by the time I moved out, every square inch was covered in some sort of love note or post-it. When I pulled everything down, I did peel some paint off. But I just painted the blemishes with some white artists paint and white out. The room passed meticulous expection without so much as an eyebrow raise.

 

Step 2: Love your bar fridge

Seriously? That little guy saved my life. Dorm food is sketchy at best of times, and seriously lacks actual fruit and veggies at it’s worst. In this fridge, I stored everything from milk to fruit to cooked chicken strips that I managed to funnel back from trips home. I stored cookies, rusks and crackers right on top of the fridge for a one stop meal extravaganza.

Step 3: Learn to love your neighbors *and if you can’t love them, at least communicate with them*

Here is our little wash up area in the flatlet that us 9 girls shared. Not every young lady was blessed with a mother who taught them how to clean up after themselves. This our ‘kitchen’ on a good day. Yikes!The dishes were out of control and attracting attention from the insects. Not awesome. One day, I went out to microwave my heatsock when I spotted this:

For extra good measure, and because the bathroom around the corner was borderline 3rd world, she added this:

Nice right?

What steps have you taken to deal with small restrictive spaces? I have been so fortunate to not have had a smaller space to live since University. I am meant to roam free 🙂 What is the smallest space you have lived in?

Valentine DIY- Fruity and Sweet

Have you seen Twig & Thistle’s naturally sweet valentine set? SO  CUTE!

(Via Twig & Thistle)

Fabulous and precious.  Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be a hallmark infested sore – it is these types of precious thoughts that really show how much you care about your family and loved ones. I like to leave little details like sticky notes on the mirrors or altered desktop backgrounds on laptops to remind Hubs how much I adore him.

It helps keep me in the right frame of mind too! Looking at the good in those around us isn’t always very easy but by focusing on the positive traits, those irritating little things stay little and don’t grow into ugly big issues.

But enough about me.  In what ways do you show your lovies your adoration?

PS Visit Twig and Thistle for the free printable for these adorable stickers!

Finding Light in the Piranha Tank

This post was started as a calm encouraging light in the dark world that creatives face. Artists are too often enchanted by the sexiness of darkness- the ease of negativity that seems to fuel the anger that ‘creates’. But this, my friends, is a sad dark path to travel.

The powers of creativity are much stronger in the lightness of loveliness than in the depths of darkness. Darkness loses power when faced with light. Positivity is more difficult to embrace and yet stronger than the ties of Darkness.

Sometimes, the sex appeal of darkness is very seductive. Sometimes I can barely pry myself away. Sometimes the comfort of gloom is much too enchanting. And I justify it as benefit to my art…

 

But is it really benefiting anything? In the same way piranha’s feast on prey, that darkness consumes the best ideas-the purest forms of delight and leaves nothing but the carcasses for viewing. Is this the art we want to create?

 

I do not want to leave a legacy of death and decay in my wake.

Charming Wooden Keyrings

(Via How About Orange)

How adorable and cheerful are these key rings? Jessica Jones has a great eye for kitschy little designs, don’t ya think?

She mentions her process here but really it’s just little doodads she found laying in a craft bin and a couple of permenant markers.These would look so wonderful as a zipper-pull on a sweater or adorable little handbag!

I think it’s these little details that makes life so charming and sweet.

How lovely.