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One of hidden challenges of working for yourself are the days when you completely run out of inspiration – it would be hugely unfair of me to say that creating something to share every day is easy… sometimes is just isn’t. Yesterday was one of those days for me, until I stumbled upon this magical image and my day where everything that was hard and ‘boring’ stopped in an instant. Sara Medina’s absolutely stunning blog and instagram feed is one of those that is so beautiful it instantly cleans away all the doubts and worry and replaces it with that magic creative spark that you were so worried you’d lost. I’ve no doubt that you’ll quickly fall in love with Sara’s clean elegant style, where perfect natural light and clean crisp white, soft greys and delicate blush tones rule throughout our her beautiful photography – her work is absolute heaven, and I’m now dreaming of moving to Stockholm and living in a beautiful all white apartment! I hope everyone has a lovely day planned, I’d love to hear what inspires you on ‘blah’ days. x

be sure to follow Sara’s beautiful blog, instagram and pinterest – they’re beyond divine!

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Parisian Flan

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I know that Bastille Day isn’t until the 14th but with all the beautiful and delicious celebrations around the truly stunning French culture happening this weekend I thought I’d share one of my favourite new dishes. A truly classic and completely perfect Parisian Flan. It’s like a ‘grown up’ vanilla slice – it’s wonderfully simple to make and the silky texture with the signature caramelised top is beyond perfection, I’m even going to be bold enough to say that it’s now one of my top 5 favourite desserts – and terribly popular with my hubbies work which is always so nice! So in honour of Bastille Day and one of my favourite countries in the whole world I hope you enjoy this truly stunning Parisian Flan – it’s a perfect dessert to make over a rainy weekend. x

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I don’t think there is a woman alive who wouldn’t dream of having a beautiful walk in wardrobe, the extra storage space and a being able to lay everything out perfectly – and have a wall of shoes like this really would be a dream come true. Very good friends of ours are currently in the process of creating a beautiful walk in wardrobe, and in turn has inspired me to look out our wardrobes a little better and try and organise them as well as we can, so I thought I’d share a little winter wardrobe inspiration for this weekend as I plan on having a massive clean out in our wardrobe and try and work out how to create a space just for my shoes! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend planned, be sure to keep an eye out on the blog tomorrow, I’ve a delicious new recipe to share with you x

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Take a peek here for some beautiful kitchen and laundry storage inspiration to keep you busy while winter settles in

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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