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October 2013

tools of the trade : washi tape


Washi tape is all the rage and I can't wait to play with my stash (see above). This was originally bought for my daughter to use to create dresses for her dolls, but I want to play too. For inspiration, I've delved through Pinterest and thought I would share...


And then there's really wide washi tape for a serious colour burst. I like the thought of using it for decoration because if your tastes change, so can your decor:      




{go make me} raspberry tart recipe


Earlier this month, it was such a special day in Sydney with the Australian Navy celebrating their 100th Anniversary. There were a multitude of naval boats and tall ships from many countries who joined the International Fleet Review. People turned out in their thousands to watch the firework and light show spectacular. Totally AWE – SOME! Sydney definitely knows how to party and we didn't want to miss out. We managed to hitch a ride on my brother's boat to sit in amongst the action and downed our raspberry tarts with Campari and tonic. The most perfect day! 

Recipe is after the break

Fireworks spectacular

{go make me} Halloween spider web wreath



Yuck, yuck, yuck! I've never been so freaked out when making this wreath for our Halloween get together. The smaller plastic spiders look sooooo very much like an Australian funnel web it isn't funny. We live in bushland and I know there's funnel web's (and snakes) around and you have to always be mindful of these venomous creatures. It's funny how your mind plays tricks... each time I went to pick up a plastic spider, I had to give it a quick poke for fear that it was real. And then I couldn't wait to permanently glue down it's black shiny body for fear that it would rear it's fangs and take a chunk of finger. I suppose that's a part of Halloween, but I'm a big, fat chicken. All my left over spiders will definitely be heading for the bin. Did I say, YUCK?

If you'd like to make a similar wreath along with the traumatisation, here's how I made this one....


Cut a 16cm (6") circle out of heavy cardboard. Glue a 6 pack (12) wooden chopsticks to the card with a hot glue gun. Spray paint the 'web' black and then weave twine to mimic a web. Glue copious amounts of yucky spiders onto the centre with a few smaller spiders roaming around the edge

inspirational quotes of encouragement




I found these inspirational quotes when floating around Pinterest today. Sometimes you need a pick-me-up and these are just the ticket (for me today anyway). Life can be a crazy whirlwind of ups and downs and you feel pulled in all directions. Ok, breathe in and breathe out. Tomorrow will be better x Cate