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easter buckets waiting to be filled

With Easter only a few weeks away, its time to start decorating some little buckets ready for some little chocolately eggs.

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I've recently started stocking some very cute baby pom pom trim at Ribbons Galore, these trims seem to suit some Easter crafting perfectly. 

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I've just used some glue to stick the pom pom trim and ribbon in place on the buckets.

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And finished decorating them with some little grosgrain bows (also at Ribbons Galore).

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Now we're ready for a little Easter egg hunt :)

Thanks for visiting...

Cheers

Fiona


Relay for Life

And now I'm handing over this blog post to my gorgeous daughter Emily.......

Hi It's Emily,

Last year a cancerous tumor was found in my best friend, Emma's spinal chord. At the end of last year it was removed, and she spent her summer holidays in rehab where she had to learn to walk again. For the last 6 weeks she has been having radiotherapy everyday after school and has been battling the cancer. Last Friday was her last day of treatment, and to celebrate her survivorship we are putting together a team of about 20 friends to participate in 'Relay For Life', where we be walking for 18 hours and fundraising for cancer. 

We have a lot of support from family, friends and our school, and we were even featured on the front of the Mosman Daily last week! 

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We are looking to raise money for the Cancer Council and my 'Relay for Life' page can be found HERE to make online donations. Any donations would be greatly appreciated by me, Emma and anyone who has been touched by cancer.

Thank you! 

Emily xxx


easter

Easter is just around the corner, well about a month away, so thought I'd list some of my favourite Easter ideas I've made over the last few years.

I've also been adding lots of Easter ideas to my Easter board at Pinterest, if you'd like to see more gorgeous ideas.

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Anyway, here's some old favourites.....

Pom pom chicks: (with tutorial) 

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Bubble corduroy easter bags (with tutorial):

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Little felt easter bags (with tutorial):

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EASTER SOFTIES TO MAKE:

eggIE softie: (with pattern and tutorial)

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Colourful bunnies:

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Soft bunny:

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Easter bunny packaging:

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Decorating easter eggs:

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I'd like to thank the EveryEtsy blog for featuring my pom pom chicks above in their 101 Handmade Easter Craft ideas post. As the name suggests there's 101 crafty ideas for Easter project, well worth taking a look at all the lovely ideas listed.

 

Thanks for visiting. Happy crafting.

Cheers

Fiona


when life gives you basil.... make pesto

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I returned home from my parent's house recently with a huge bag of basil... beautiful fragrant lush green basil. When I'm in possession of such a large quantity of fresh basil (whether I've grown it myself or raided my parent's herb garden), there is only one thing I can think of to preserve it, MAKE PESTO!

Pesto... It is a delicious combination of basil, garlic, toasted pinenuts, parmesan and olive oil, and it is VERY VERY VERY EASY to make.

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Basically this is how it's made. Wash the basil and carefully inspect for any freeloaders looking for a free meal (those little green caterpillars can be tricky to find on the basil). Toast the pine nuts. Grate the parmesan cheese. Peel the garlic.

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Throw it all in the bowl of a food processor and blitz. Drizzle in the olive oil.

Many recipes will say to pick the leaves from the stalk and only use these in the pesto but I use the whole thing, leaves AND stalks. The stalks have the same lovely basil flavour as the leaves, and you will dramatically increase the amount of pesto you will make using the stalks.

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Pack the pesto into little containers and drizzle some extra olive oil over the top (this stops the pesto from turning brown).

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And this is the preserving part, the pesto freezes really well, so all that lovely summery basil goodness is now in my freezer ready to use when we need a quick tasty meal. If you've packed it into smaller containers, such as half a cup, you can defrost just enough for dinner.

I have to say, I love having my iPhone in the kitchen to be able to take quick photos on the go :)

Thanks for dropping by.

Cheers

Fiona