After returning from a recent trip to Europe with Robbie, I am completely and utterly mesmerized by the magic of Paris. It really is nothing less than chic and elegant. I know the Parisians have a reputation for snobbery, but I cant say that Rob and I have experienced it. I absolutely adore the place.
One of my favorite things to do in Paris is to have a picnic in front of the Eiffel tower and stay there till the lights come on the the tower begins to sparkle. Love this creative photo, thanks to my loving hand-model, Rob *mwah*
The creative juices are flowing. . .
Today I was inspired by some awesome post's on houzz. A few party decor tricks that tend to outlast the party.
If you have been following my posts, you will know that there is something about bunting that I love. I like the charm that it adds to these little bedrooms, without the fuss. Works well.
Simple candles, ambient lighting and a few scatters create a welcoming and romantic atmosphere. The bamboo umbrellas create that Thai resort feel, but where do I keep them when not in use? Solar fairy lights are still high up on my "Builders Warehouse" List. (They are always sold out - sulk)
Being 1.59cm tall, aside for a session at the gymR&R at home or visit to Delta Park, I don't always have the luxury of "working flats" or a pair of tekkies (sneakers). So you can imagine my delight when I spotted these stylish friends.
Not sure where to find an exact pair that looks like a sneaker hi-top, but I found these lace up wedges (first image) from Mr Price for R189.99. Other Images via wholesomefashion
I was pleased with my first attempt at quilled hearts. Initially an idea for my valentines day card to Robbie, I liked it so much that I decided to create a framed quilled heart as well. See how here.
As promised, here is a sneak peek of some of the frames in our bathroom. Its still not complete, but I thought I might as well share how I mean to use my framed quilled heart.
If you looking for some valentines days baking inspiration, why not try these super easy treats (no seriously, they really are simple).
True story: The first time I tried these beauties was on a business trip to Nigeria. Since then, I have been on the hunt for the perfect Molten Lava Cakes, and I found them at a lovely website called sugar on the brain (Check out her page for more fab bakes). Full recipe here
You may recall from last year that we are busy making our house our very own by re-modelling it to our tastes. The progress is painfully slow, especially given that a doing it yourself motto means we only have weekends to work on home projects. So far, we have pulled out carpets, painted walls, but still - its def getting there *sigh* Seriously cant wait till we get a move on it . . . I promise to share before's and afters
These are a couple ideas that I am latching onto - especially to optimise our living room space.
Im sure you have noticed that things have been quiet on this end. The main reason for this is two fold. I hope you like the new changes. It may take a while to get it to a stage that I am mostly happy, but I hope that doesn't deter you. Please keep visiting. I hope you are delighted with the change and the content that I post.
A blessed and merry Christmas to everyone – I wish you love, peace and happiness.
In the spirit of Christmas, I would love to share a quick story with you. Do take the time to read, its one that will warm your heart. Read on...
How cute are these sugar puppies and bunnies. Love the added details of hearts and flowers. They scream "make me" - park that one on the to do list.
About a month ago I stumbled upon the beauty of Sweet Paul by sheer luck. He is an artisanal genius with food, presentation, art, crafts and photography. I thoroughly enjoy his quarterly magazine simply titled “Sweet Paul”. The below beauties are from his most current fall 2012 issue. Just in time for Christmas (p.s. check out his blog - has a blog (www.sweetpaul.typepad.com)). Im making the chocolate and pecan tart for Christmas :-). Find the details here
p.s. this post should make Nadia happy too ;)
Washi tapes are oh so lovely, but you never thought that they were this easy to make...
All you need is some double sided sticky tape and scrap gift wrap or even remnants of fabric.
So, now that you know how easy it is to make your own, why not make a few rolls for your Christmas decorating, scrap-booking and gift wrapping projects?
My quick and easy snapshot DIY tutorial is after the jump...enjoy...
I seldom leave the office to walk around in braamies, but I found out about the love food kitchen located a few minutes away, I was eager to know more. Located on the top of Ameshoff street, Braamfontien Johannesburg, the love food kitchen is a small rustic eating place that serves a daily dose of fresh and wholesome food. The menu changes on a every day (menu updates are usually posted on www.lovefoodkitchen.com). The owner, Jamie, is a true inspiration and is achieving great success in following her passion and dream. Kudos to her.
She is also kind enough to share some of here recipes. I tried this one on the weekend and it is by far my favourite lemon pie recipe (note - I halved the qauntity and used only 2 egg yolks). Enjoy.
For the crust, you’ll need:
Preheat oven to 180C and lightly butter a pie plate. Combine all crust ingredients with a fork until the mixture comes together. Press into the base and sides of the pie pan. Bake for 8 minutes and allow crust to cool while you make the filling.
To prepare the filling, beat egg yolks and lime zest on medium-high speed until light. Add condensed milk and beat for about 3 minutes. Slowly pour in the lime juice and beat until fully incorporated. Allow mixture to sit for 5 minutes, to thicken. Pour filling on top of the crust, smooth with a spatula, and bake for 15 minutes. Allow pie to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate. Chill pie for at least 3 hours before topping.
What started with single and simple "Moustache" stamp for Movember, evolved into a collection of stamps - so easy to make - here are my 3 favourites.
Ice cream is the food of angel's . . .
Thats what the old Pastor Lambshed used to say to me when he visited - I clearly remember his white hair and amicable face smiling at me when I was a little girl, and then he'd lean in a little bit and say . . ." can I have another . . .".
Loving this ice-cream parlour post by http://www.eatdrinkchic.com/post.cfm/diy-ice-cream-parlour-make-your-own-sundaes-buffet-concept-for-wedding-or-party. It may be a bit too baby pink for my taste, but the conceptu
I was browsing pintrest the other day and saw pins on cakes made with tin cans. Believe it or not, this idea has been around for quiet a long time. Aunty Rita used to make her Mini Christmas cakes in tin cans and my mum did the exact same thing for my brothers wedding favours. So the idea has always been there . . .
Anyway, I digress - I havnt seen the concept of mini-tiered cakes around as yet, so I decided to share this age old, and clever idea with you...like my cousin Vanes says "Nothing is new under the sun . . ."
p.s. you will find out how to make the cake bunting in an up and coming tutorial.
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Hi there, I am Charlene and welcome to my space. Always purposed to stay zealous about life, I'm married to the love of my life and am a proud mummy to our 2 beautiful babies and 2 fur children. An obsessive creative, strong in faith, I take my title of mom pretty seriously (maybe too seriously) and I love pretty things, furry friends, travelling the world, creating happy memories, chocolate and almost anything that sparkles. My space is proudly South African and proudly me. I hope you enjoy your visit - and while you are here, please feel free to drop me a note, say hi, share your thought or even set up a coffee date. I love meeting new people.