desktop Oh my goodness, what a week it’s been! It’s been a little like a blink and you’ll miss it week, and yet a week full of some very exciting things for Made From Scratch. I’m beyond honoured and so very proud to announce that Made From Scratch is apart of the most wonderful site called Donate Your Desktop! They are an online organisation where you simply select which charity you’d like to support, and then each day your computer desktop is refreshed with a stunning new image and Donate Your Desktop will donate 75% of the advertisers fee towards your chosen charity – how perfect is that!! You may have seen that Studio 46 is apart of it too which is too exciting for words!

I’m also so thrilled to share my new recipe that I made exclusively for Hello May, you can take a peek here, it’s so delicious and perfect for a little weekend baking! Plus, I have some very very exciting news to share soon that involves the gorgeous NZ House & Garden Magazine, phew what a wonderful week of events. Also make sure you take a peek at my 6000 Facebook Likes Giveaway, the lucky winner will be drawn tonight!! Again thank you all so so much for your incredible support, none of this would at all be possible without you! I hope you all have had a lovely week so far and have something amazing planned for the weekend. xo

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Brrr, it’s been so so chilly lately, I hope everyone is wonderful week so far and has been enjoying rugging up against the cold with endless cups of tea to keep your hands warm! I’m so excited to introduce you to this absolutely gorgeous New Zealand owned shop called Izzy and Jean Co. I could hardly believe my eyes when I first had a peek at their online shop, the colours, delicious textures, stunning hand made wooden items, the cutest puppy jackets and of course the gorgeous amount of stripes took my breath away, I quickly had at least 10 items go straight to my wish list! Especially cozy striped blankets and socks, oh I really don’t think you can have too many stripes in your life!

Based in Oakura, at the foot of Mt Taranaki Izzy and Jean Co. pride themselves on sourcing beautifully made products from small start ups, family businesses and talented traditional craftsmen and women because as Claire says ” There is something just a bit more special about a thing that has a story behind it.” and I couldn’t agree more! x

1 Last weekend I had the absolute pleasure to make a special birthday cake for Jess from Monaco Nails Mum’s birthday, she asked for the most chocolate of chocolate cakes you could make – if you’re a chocolate cake lover I promise you’ll adore this cake, it’s so yummy! I’ve always had a soft spot for a really good chocolate cake, it reminds me of my Grandma as she would always make us this most delicious chocolate heart cakes for our birthdays, and of course let us lick the beaters! x

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All the Frills Happy Friday everyone, I hope you have all had a lovely week and have survived the chilly winter weather so far! I’m beyond honoured to share this gorgeous 1st birthday that the very lovely and talented Mel from All the Frills styled for Caden’s 1st birthday party – perfectly captured by Sheera Gordon, this really is the most gorgeous birthday ever! From the delicious dessert table, refreshing drinks table, gorgeous little picnic spots and of course lots of games for the kiddies to keep busy, plus how lovely is the tree full of polaroids from the day of celebrating – everything really is just so perfect! You can see more of this gorgeous party  here and here! Have a wonderful long weekend everyone, I hope you all have something nice planned. x

Rustic Cabin of Lake O'Hara Lodge in Snow

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Sheepskin Rug  //  DIY painted stump // ACME & CO cup from LET LIV // Ellen candle stick holder from LET LIV

// Winston Throw from Freedom Furniture // Set of eight Wooden tasting spoon from  TESSUTI //

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Boyfriend watch from ASOS // Tiny Beanie from ASOS // Contrast sleeve coat from GLASSONS  // Cheap Monday jeans // Forest Green knit // Kaylor Oxford Boot from NASTY GAL

Well yesterday, winter arrived in all it’s hailing glory! And I don’t know about you but all I really wanted to do was to bundle up and go hibernate. This may lead you to believe that I dislike winter, but in fact it is quite the opposite.  I am fan. But I am all about being prepared. I love the thick layers of winter, knits and coats, wools and heavy delicious fabrics. yum. So rug up and get shopping from the comfort of your warm little home, because Winter is coming. ( shameless Game of Thrones reference. Thank you. )

Til next time.

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( Yes, you will find me here every wednesday! any other day you can find me over HERE! )

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Gypsie-Juice- Goodness me, winter has well and truly arrived in Auckland – I hope that everyone is tucked up somewhere warm and cozy and out of this awful wind and rain! I’ve a little confession to make, when it comes to beauty regimes, I’m very very lazy – I’m all about a lovely quick cleanser that will take away all of my makeup in one hit, but I always finish off with a nourishing oil which I find works best for my sensitive ghost like skin!. And this is where the very lovely Gypsy Juice comes in, I’ve been incredibly honoured to be able to try out a few of their amazing products and my gosh they work! The balm is amazing, the hair oil will leave your tresses gleaming and of course each product is hand made with the most beautiful ingredients, so you know you’re only putting the very best onto your skin – especially while the weather is so harsh at the moment!  If you’re after some gorgeous new beauty products, be sure to have a peek at Gypsy Juice you’ll adore their range! xo

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Image via // A WELL TRAVELLED WOMAN

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CHEAP MONDAY JEANS //  similar CABLE KNIT JERSEY // similar WHITE BOWLER BAG // JEFFERY CAMPBELL CLEAN HEEL OXFORD

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GUARIDA LAMP // EAMES ARMCHAIR // COUNTRY ROAD BLANKET // HEADLESS VASE // BABYLON LIGHT

You will come to learn rather fast that I am, and always will be a fan of the white out. But only recently have I been wanting to turn my black hole of a wardrobe into beaming white.  So here are a few ideas for white outs, in the wardrobe, or in the home, complete domination of white, or just a taster. You pick.

Post by Gem//Blackbird – click here to see more of my whiteout style crush!

little-drom-store Brr, Winter really has settled -but how lovely is snuggling under a cozy blanket and watching a movie I love it!! I could hardly believe my eyes when I stumbled upon these gorgeous pins from The Little Drom Store they really are the cutest things ever and I simply had to share them! Now the hard part, choosing which one to get – I’ve a feeling that one really wont be enough, I’m a little in love with the bunny and hopscotch pins, which ones do you love? x