Oh, there really is something so lovely about Easter long weekends! We’ve had the most wonderful weekend, it’s been full of house renovations, gardening, cleaning, lazy mornings, catching up with amazing friends, eating lots and lots of chocolate, spending lots of time on pinterest and stumbling upon some very lovely parts of the internet, like the gorgeous Age Old Tree Blog – it’s been fantastic! I ‘d love to hear what you got up to over the weekend. Oh and don’t forget about my lovely perfume giveaway, the lucky winner will be drawn tonight – good luck and thank you all so much!! xo
Oh wow, New Zealand really is having the most wonderful summer at the moment it’s just so warm, perfect for a little gardening!! You may have noticed that I’ve been doing a little ‘spring’ cleaning on Made From Scratch lately, I found it a little to hard at times to find a certain recipe or post, especially as there are so many lovely posts now! So I thought what would be better than a gallery of pretty images so that you’re able to see a little preview of the post, this will be throughout the whole blog. I’m still slowly making my way through the rest of the blog, it’s been pretty tedious but so wonderful (and sometimes very weird) to look back on my old posts and see how much the blog has evolved over the last 2 or so years, thank you all so much for all of your support! I’m so happy to say though that the eat and wed categories are all finished for you to admire – I have to say a huge thank you to Coralee and Alex for very generously supplying the category images for wed, aren’t they pretty!! Have a fantastic weekend everyone, I’d love to hear you’re thoughts about the new layout. x
Happy Friday everyone, how lovely are short weeks and long weekends, I think they should be compulsory! Can anyone else believe that it’s already February, how did that happen, although my hubby did remind me that it’s my birthday this month, so that’s very very exciting! I hope that everyone has a fantastic weekend planned and enjoys pouring over this weeks stunning and oh so bright Weekly Roundup from Toodles Noodles – I’m a little smitten with the necklace and boat shoes, they’re the perfect summer accessories! x
What a beautiful summer New Zealand has been experiencing these past few weeks! I don’t think I’ve had this kind of heat and clear blue skies in years – and am loving it!
One of the great things about living in Auckland compared to Wellington is that people love to wear colour – it reminds me of when I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles. You go from an all black wardrobe to an assortment of brights and patterns - something this designer loves! One can’t help but feel vibrant and happy when surrounded by brights!
A lot of new things have been buzzing in the studio this past week! We released our latest addition to the shop: baking decorations! Here you can find cake and cupcake toppers in all our designs. And don’t forget, just like with any of our work – have something in mind but don’t see it online – let us know and we can custom make it!
We’re also working furisouly away getting ready for the New Zealand Gift and Homeware Fair - our first trade show! Not to mention working on two new products to be released soon and a few markets coming up as well! All to be released in detail soon..!
Now enough talking and onto link sharing:
1. Vibrant streamers and pom poms light up this barn in a heart felt Main wedding.
2. Loving the typography treatment on this poster by Luke Williams.
3. Gluten free has never looked so good - beautiful packaging by Nancy Hope.
4. In love with this hand painted flower garland cake topper - what attention to detail!
5. We found this shop earlier this week on Etsy and fell in LOVE – everything is just amazing!
6. Rhubarb Ice Cream with Oatmeal Shortbread, don’t mind if we do.
7. J.Crew has come out with a new line of boat shoes - I’ll take one in every colour and pattern please.
I hope you all have a great weekend and stay tuned for more announcements and February’s wallpapers! x
Oh goodness, is there anything more wonderful than a vanilla layer cake with delicious poppy seed specks? I made this lovely cake as part of the New Zealand Weddings shoot that I did a while ago, I love how rustic yet classic it is – perfect! I hope that everyone had a fantastic long weekend, how perfect was the weather?! I’d love to hear what you got up to – we had a lovely lazy weekend full of friends, bbq’s and lots of Spring cleaning. xo
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Happy Monday everyone, I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend – how incredible has the weather been, so so summery and warm! We celebrated a friends birthday with a little friendly(ish) paintball fire, so much fun, and we all have a few battle wounds to show off. I find that while the weather is so warm it can be a little uninspiring to bake, but there is nothing like a lemon curd cupcake to make you persevere with the heat – plus they don’t take long to make which is wonderful! I’d love to hear what yummy things you’ve been baking during summer. x
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I love lazy summer days, especially when they end with a delicious BBQ, drinks and wonderful company. The other night we had out good friends Emma and Mike over for dinner, they’d told me about beer can chicken before – it sounded so weird that I thought it was a joke, but nope it’s a very real and very delicious meal! So they came over one amazing summer evening and we made beer can chicken for dinner, all I can say is that if you haven’t had the pleasure of trying this dish, it will quickly become your favourite BBQ chicken recipe – so much so that I don’t think I’ll do a roast chicken any other way now! If there is anything that you try over the summer holidays, delicious beer can chicken should certainly be at the top of your list! x
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Is there anything more lovely than an oh so pretty and sparkly manicure from the wonderful Monaco Nails to welcome in the New Year – I always feel so spoilt when I go and see Penny, she’s so lovely to chat to, very talented and has so many gorgeous colours and styles to choose from for your pretty nails! I love the start of each new year, you’ve had time over the Christmas holidays to think things through, take each warm lazy day as it comes, take lots of afternoon naps and of course set a few exciting goals and resolutions for the year ahead – I try not to set impossible goals each year, but I do love setting a little challenge for myself. So here are a few of my resolutions for this year, I’d love to hear your thoughts and what exciting resolutions/goals you’d love to achieve in exciting new 2013, it could be as simple and beautiful as Laura from The Velvet Doe’s 31 Days of Positivity . x
1. Always put my family and friends first
I know that this is a fairly simple goal, and one that maybe shouldn’t really be a goal. But I want to try my hardest to not lest the ‘day to day’ things to get in the way of being there for the people that you love most.
2. Take time with my ideas and don’t rush things
This is going to be very tricky for me! I’m like a little kid with ideas I get incredibly excited and passionate about them and can easily bounce from one to the next without taking the time to think about the first or give it the time it needs – it ends up getting me very very frazzled and confused. So this year I’m not going to rush into things so quickly, I’m going to take my time and think things through a little – even if it takes me longer to fulfil my idea, that’s more than ok by me!
3. Try a new recipe every few weeks
Like most foodies and bakers out there, I have a silly amount of cookbooks that I adore but don’t use as much as I would like to. So this year I’m going to make my way through each delicious book and make something new and tasty – and of course share it with all of you!
4. Look after myself
This is no doubt on everyone’s list, and for good reason too – nothing is more important than looking after yourself, if you’re not ok, then how are we to find the energy to be there for our loved ones? So this year, I want to get to the gym a little more, eat more fresh food and take time for myself when needed – that means going to bed a little earlier instead of spending all night on pinterest :)
5. Grow Made From Scratch
I adore my little space on the internet, and I’m forever amazed and so honoured that I’m able to share so many beautiful things with so many of you – but like everything I want to make things even better. So one of my goals for this year is to make Made From Scratch even more wonderful for you, I have some lovely little ideas for the blog and I can’t wait to share them with you. I can tell you one thing though, it’s going to be very pretty and filled to the brim with beautiful new content, stunning weddings and styled shoots and lots of yummy recipes, Made From Scratch of course!
Happy 2013 everyone – here’s to a wonderful and very exciting new year. xo