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Chichester State Forest Camping Trip

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Chichester Camping Trip CollageChichester State Forest Camping Trip 004 Chichester State Forest Camping Trip 005 Chichester State Forest Camping Trip 006 Chichester State Forest Camping Trip 007The weekend started off with an absolutely stunning drive watching the sunrise over the rolling hills. It was picture perfect and definitely made the early start worthwhile! After meeting up with friends and being handed a fresh hot pie for breakfast we set off along exploring the back roads to our destination, Chichester State Forest. We managed to spend about 8 hours driving with only a few km’s on a main road (which was a detour for the essential morning coffee stop). Once we got to the State forest there was no shortage of tracks to be driven, mud puddles to drive through and collapsed bridges to cross. It was a fantastic weekend enjoyed with great friends.



Reflections on Technology

Quiet MorningsLife on the online world has been a little quiet for me over the past few weeks, due to some internet and computer problems like:
– Internal hard drive becoming overfull, and in the process of making space on my laptop almost loosing my entire photo library (the heart stopping sheer panic only lasted a few minutes until I found that you actually need to delete the file three times before it’s actually removed from the computer and not just the twice that I originally thought)
– Internet data allowance ran out prior to me downloading a program that was an essential for me to use and unable to download on the ‘dial-up speed’ we then had.
So after many hours on the phone to telstra and dreaming of a new laptop, that I know isn’t a priority at the moment, everything seems to be up and running again.

During this process, as frustrating as it was, I was able to discover many positives. I was able to read some inspiring books and enjoy flicking through my gorgeous selection of magazines sitting on the bookshelf in the moments during the day that I would usually find myself reading blogs and browsing the net and It allowed me to go outside with a cup of tea and sit allowing myself the space and nature to inspire me instead of sitting at the computer during my breaks gleaning inspiration from pinterest and other sources which can easily become overwhelming and have the opposite effect that I was chasing.

It has helped me realise that I need to allow myself space to create and be inspired from the world around me and step away from the computer more often. I’m still a lover of technology, and my pinterest browsing will never stop, but I am now more aware of the effects it can have and sometimes it’s nice to be forced to have a break.


Homemade Potato Wedges

Since I had some yummy homemade chilli sauce in the fridge I decided that it needed some wedges and sour cream to go with it, and you can’t top homemade rustic wedges.Homemade Potato WedgesI started by washing the random mix of potatoes I had in my cupboard and cutting them into wedges. I know some varieties work best, but I didn’t need to go to the shops for anything else and these all tasted pretty fine if you ask me!

Then I placed them into an oven tray and covered generously with some Macadamia Oil and then seasoned with freshly ground mix of herbs and salt. Homemade Potato WedgesI popped them into a hot oven till they were scrumptiously golden.

Served with my chilli sauce mixed with honey (it really made a delicious sweet chilli sauce!) and sour cream. Was such a easy and yummy snack. Homemade Potato Wedges


Valentine’s Day Pretties


Valentines Day Pretties

Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Have you got any special plans? Date night with your special person? Dinner with friends?
I get to pick up my gorgeous husband from the airport tonight, not the most romantic evening, but I am definitely looking forward to it!

I am loving all the pink, red and love hearts around at the moment. These are a few of my favourites:

1. Love Yarn Letters – Such a pretty DIY to put on display.

2. Leather Heart Pins – A simple way to make your outfit pretty for a date.

3. Leather Conversation Hearts – I love these for personalised gift, I think even a guy wouldn’t mind carrying one of these around.

4. Giant Cross Stitch – How awesome would this be on the wall!

5. Watercolour Cards – What better way to say I love you then with a hand painted card.



Baby All-In-One Stitchery Design

Baby All-In-One Stitchery Designs  Free Printable  www.MikaelaBeth.comFor gifts I like to put in a little extra effort and make something pretty and meaningful. I was invited to my friends baby shower so I decided to draw up some design to stitch onto the front of three all-in-one outfits that would make dressing her new baby easy with a stylish edge. Baby All-In-One Stitchery 1 These are the three designs I finally decided to do:Baby All-In-One Stitchery Birds  Free Printable

Baby All-In-One Stitchery Flower  Free Printable Baby All-In-One Stitchery Cloud  Free Printable  I mostly stitched these in backstitch with a little running stitch and lazy dazy thrown in.

I’ve included a pdf download for you to print out and make yourself:
Free Printable | Baby All-In-One Stitchery


RECIPE: Homemade Chilli Sauce

Homemade Chilli Sauce RecipeOur little vegie garden is thriving at the moment. It’s so nice to be able to wonder out on the deck and have lots of greenery and life around. Everything we plant is edible and is so useful whilst cooking to be able to slip outside and grab a handful of chives, or to make a super healthy green smoothie with the baby spinach.
At the time chillies sounded like a grand idea, always nice to have one or two to add to the occasional meal… well we ended up with about 8 plants loaded with chillies that needed to be eaten so chilli sauce seemed like the obvious solution. Homemade Chilli Sauce - Multicoloured Chillies Homemade Chilli Sauce 1

I did a bit of recipe research and found a few options that sounded nice. In the end I decided to make my own variation and see how it turned out.

250g brown onions
60g ginger
30g garlic
300g chillies (tops removed)
1.2kg tomatoes
100g rapadura sugar
1 tsp salt
60g apple cider vinegar

1. Place onions, giner, garlic, chilli and tomatoes into thermomix, chop on sp 7 for 10 secs.
2. Add sugar, salt and vinegar, Cook on Varoma temp sp 1 for 45 mins (place basket on top to prevent spitting)
3. Pour into jars.

Homemade Chilli Sauce
It turned out to be yummy but very very hot! I mixed it with some honey to serve and that was delicious and suited my tastebuds just fine. Homemade Chilli Sauce 2


Jewellery Display Ideas

Jewelry Oranization Collage
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My jewellery had turned into a big shambled mess, of which I am very ashamed. A job that’s been on my list to do for quite some time finally begun on the weekend. I started by getting everything out and going through it all one by one, untangling it, and then putting it into a box: one for keeps, one for things other then jewellery (mostly hair stuff) and finally one to give away.


This is how it’s currently at, which is a huge improvement, but I still want to do more. I have found a few ideas via pinterest that look good to display my jewellery. I will keep you posted with what I finally decide to do.

What works for you? Have you got any suggestions?


Do you have great taste?

I just had to share this short video with you. Trust me you need to watch it.

Often I am left disappointed with my work. I feel like in my mind I should be able to do so much better but often it just doesn’t come out as good as I imagined it, I am left with a gap.

Ira Glass has encouraged me to keep going – it takes time and you need to do a lot of work but eventually you will start creating something that you are proud of, something that a person with great taste will love.