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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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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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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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I’m so proud and excited to share this post, as this coming Thursday my incredibly talented mother in law Rosemary Nightingale will be showcasing her stunning collection of art, you can see a peek of her work above, alongside some of New Zealand’s most talented artists. For anyone who has a deep love of New Zealand art ranging in mediums from painting, sculpture, photography and jewellery and are looking for something to do this Thursday evening or upcoming weekend – this beautiful exhibition and the grand opening of one of Aucklands newest gallery Artbase.org truly is the event to attend. Their opening exhibition will run until the 7th of August and the grand opening is this Thursday the 26th of June from 6pm at 78 Coates Ave, Orakei. xo

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The cooler months in New Zealand means that the wedding season is always a little slower, which is the perfect time for brides to be to plan for their upcoming summer weddings as vendors have more time to help plan your special day. I’m so honoured to share the upcoming Queenstown Wedding Fair that the very lovely and talented Sophia from NZ Wedding Fairs has organised – I truly wish there was something like this when we were planning our wedding in 2004, it would have made sourcing ideas and vendors a breeze. To all the beautiful brides and dapper grooms-to-be in and around Queenstown this truly is the wedding event of the year, and one not to be missed. Be sure to take a peek at NZ Wedding Fairs for more information about this wonderful event that’s being held in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. x

6 July at The Winehouse, Queenstown, 10am – 3pm
Entry includes a glass of Mulled Wine from Wild Earth Wines. 
Tickets are $10 plus bf.

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One of our absolute favourite things to do on a weekend is to cafe and gallery hop, not only is it a wonderful way to explore your city a little more it’s also the perfect way to discover new artists. If you’re after something to do this weekend in Auckland, I couldn’t think of anything more wonderful than having a little peek at the beautiful Sourced Exhibition at Silver Project Space (Whitespace) that is proudly sharing the work of Mareea Vegas, Ian Mcrae, Leon Rose, Laura Forest, Gary Baildon and Captured by Keryn – a few of her beautiful image were styled by the very talented Claire from One Lovely Day. This beautiful exhibition is closes this Sunday, so be sure to take a peek. Have a lovely weekend everyone. xo

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12 Crummer Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland

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As lovely as it is to travel and go away I always find that I miss home so much more than I expect, even though Ben and I love to travel and explore the world (which we plan on doing more and more of soon!) we really are homebodies at heart and love the feeling that we get when we do come home. That said, going away always means having to play catch up with house work and endless loads of washing, which of course is never fun! We renovated out laundry along side our bathroom at the start of the year (which I’m still to share) I’ve always found laundry’s really beautiful little spaces to do up, they can be a little softer or bolder than the rest of your home – so in salut to the never ending amount of washing I’ve been tacking this week. Here is a little winter laundry inspiration for you to make your laundry a little more fun, of course Pinterest is an amazing place to collect revocation or style ideas – you can take a peek here for a little more of what inspired our bathroom and laundry renovation. I hope everyone has a lovely day planned today, my very good friend Sophie from Cake Pop Kitchen and I are off on a little day trip today to do a little research for a very new and exciting section of my new blog! I can’t wait to share. x

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There are truly no words to describe how incredibly thankful I am for all of your generosity, support and love towards Gem, Nath, Coco Darling and their family – they are so grateful and humbled by your love. In tragic and heart breaking moments like this you feel terribly helpless, if you wish to help Gem and Nath through this time please have a look at this post for more details. The generosity has been beyond what I ever imagined would come of this, all I can do is thank you with all of my heart!

I shared on my Instagram account this afternoon a little of what I was up to – my ‘therapy’ has always been to bake and adapting old recipes, I find baking so calming and it always add’s a little comfort to dark and cold winter days. And as promised, here is the delicious recipe I adapted from a 1978 edition of The Australian and New Zealand Family Cookbook that my Grandma so kindly handed down to me. I wanted to add a modern and warm touch to the classic chocolate chip cookie, the end result is a perfect batch of Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, with a twist of orange zest and delicate spices – which turns out to be a perfect combination of flavours. These cookies are so simple to make and are a delicious treat for a cold winters evening, I’d love to know what you think. x

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