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Not only does Kikki.K have the most beautiful collections of stationery and homewares, they’ve just introduced their very first party collection called Confetti – and it’s perfect! I thought their gorgeous new range of confetti party staples would be a lovely way to brighten up a grey winters day, and maybe inspire you to host a bright confetti themed party this winter! Be sure to take a peek at their stunning new collection here, it’s too perfect for words – I’d love to know what your favourite piece is, I’m a completely smitten with the hanging paper gem, straws and of course the wooden greeting stamp set. I hope you all have a lovely day planned and are tucked up somewhere warm and safe away from this awful winter storm. x

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After a truly lovely day in the kitchen yesterday whipping up a few new recipes for the blog, I thought I’d share one of them for you today! Before I forget, thank you all so much for your lovely recipe suggestions, I now have a very long list of new recipes to create and share on the blog for you, if there is ever anything you’d like me to share, please let me know! While I was baking yesterday I shared a little peek of what I was making on Instagram and the end result is the most delicious Banana, Date and Walnut Cake with Caramel Icing – if you’re after a stunning banana and caramel cake recipe that’s beautiful enough to serve for any celebration and takes no time at all to make you simply must try this. I hope everyone is surviving this horrible storm, it’s the perfect time to potter in the kitchen and bake. I’d love to know what you think of my new recipe and I can’t wait to share the other’s I’ve made. x

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Happy Monday everyone, I hope you all had a really lovely weekend! It feels like such a long time since I shared a wedding on the blog, so I thought what could be a better way to start a new week than with this truly stunning diy wedding that was photographed by the very talented and lovely Anna Allport.  This gorgeous rustic farm wedding was held at the brides beautiful family farm in Pataruru –  where everything from the hand made invites, vintage furniture, crockery, and even the caravan was carefully hand picked and collected for their special day! I’ve always found those hand chosen pieces make your wedding day so special. I hope everyone has a lovely week planned, and of course, be sure to take a peek at the rest of this beautiful wedding here. It’s too perfect for words. x

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There are times when you want to spend a lot of time creating a beautiful cake, and there are other times when you want to whip up something that takes less than an hour from start to finish. This simple yet perfect vanilla cake is one of those truly delicious cakes that takes no time at all and can be made for any occasion – it’s wonderful for afternoon tea served with a light dusting of icing sugar, cream and seasonal fruit. Or of course you can ‘dress’ it up a little more with icing – or even make two cakes and create a layer cake. This is what I love about baking, the options of how to serve a classic vanilla cake are truly endless, and this lovely recipe is such a perfect place to start. x

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Gosh, can anyone else believe that we’re now half way through 2014 – as fast as it’s going, it’s also been a really lovely year for us so far that’s been full of catching up with friends, dreaming incredibly big dreams for our future, planning new adventures to go on (like planing a trip back to Vietnam at the end of the year!!) and enjoying life without uni. It’s been bliss! I mentioned a little while ago that we’ve been busy working behind the scenes to rebrand Made From Scratch – it’s time to shake things up with a new look, layout and add a few exciting features to the blog. I’m so excited to say that the design is all finished (the perfectionist in me slowed everything down) and I’m now the proud new owner of a stunning new logo and blog, fingers crossed I’ll be able to unveil it in all it’s glory shortly.

So to celebrate a lovely year so far I thought I’d share a little collection of my favourite images that I’ve shared on Instagram during June. And also to thank each and everyone of supporting, sharing and being apart of this with me – none of this would ever be possible without you and I’m truly so honoured that you’re kind enough to support my work. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings. x

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I love hunkering down in my office on rainy days, they’re always so productive and you finish the day feeling really good about everything. For those who so kindly follow me on instagram will have spotted that I’ve fallen a little in love with peg board since finding this pile of near new boards a few weeks ago in our local inorganic collection. Since then I’ve been moving it around the house and office trying to decide where to hang it and also what colour to paint it or leave it natural - I had so many lovely comments about what colour to choose and I finally settled on one. It’s a white paint with the slightest hint of mint, I didn’t want to get anything too bold, just yet, as I wanted the products that I style on it to pop. So in celebration of finding near new pegboard that has quickly found a spot in my office, here are a few of my favourite looks and products to style this versatile material – and of course office space. I’d love to know/see what you’d use pegboard for in your home. x

images : the design files | show home | april and may | jasmine dowling | home base collections | country road | items:  washi tape | oy pastel geo print | tilla hole punch | queen of hearts love star vase | freedom metro copper lamp | band.do ear buds | silver bulldog clips |

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A little while ago I stumbled upon the most beautiful instagram feed that then led to one of the most lovely and thoughtful online shops I’ve seen in a while. I’ve been wanting to share these beautiful gifts by Bindle for a while now and thought that the middle of winter is the perfect time to treat yourself or a loved one of these gorgeous packs filled with easily the most well though out selection of Australian made items for any occasion. If you’re after a perfect gift idea for someone special be sure to take a peek at the full range of Bindles here – I’ve no doubt you’ll quickly fall in love with these truly stunning bindles. Happy shopping everyone. x

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winter-style-roundup Despite the blustery wind, rain and cold that comes with winter, one of the best parts about the cooler seasons is the clothing! I’ve never been a fan of the cold, but I am a fan of winter clothing and absolutely adore layering beautiful winter jackets, scarfs, jumpers and accessorising with bold jewels, lipstick and of course a stunning pair of boots to make up for dreary winter days. Here are a few of my favourite cozy yet stylish looks and items to help get you through the blustery winter weather we’re having at the moment – or of course on seconds thoughts, curling up inside under a heavy knit throw with a good book and warm cup of tea is just as perfect this time of year. x

| witchery trim wrap coat | saben frankie handbag | witchery foiled spot knit | topshop lips in rio rio | band.do rain or shin umbrellakaren walker harvest sunglasseshunter boots |

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