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DIY ROSE PETAL CUPCAKES

Ding ding ding! That’s the bell for morning tea time in the studio. In celebration of Easter and finally having a first full week in my office space (everyone else has been here but I’ve been travelling, so perhaps it’s a bit selfish of me but hey – who doesn’t like cupcakes!?) Gemma and I decided to have a little floral inspired morning tea today. Complete with english breakfast, catch ups about projects and rose petals. What could be better? Given that I *try* not to eat all that much sugar these days, it felt like big treat to decorate and then eat these yummy creations – if you can’t do it at Easter when can you do it?

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When it comes to eating flowers, it’s really important that you get them from a clean source, so this means an organic nursery, your own garden (or someone else’s… muhahahaha). Flowers you buy in the markets will probably have been sprayed with pesticides which means that they’re definitely not for eating. If you’re not sure, you can always decorate with petals and then remove them once you’re eating them, as long as you wash them properly before doing this it should be fine.

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When removing the petals from the flowers, make sure you don’t bring along any stem or stamen, they’re not so nice. I found the flowers that weren’t open yet had the nicest shaped petals once they were removed from the flower.

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I used about 5 flowers to create loads of petals. Make sure you wash them, this is very important to remove dust or any other nasties. To do this, dunk them in water a few times, and then soft rub with your finger tips in the water.

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Once the petals have dried, you’re all good to go!

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You can go for a random look by sprinkling them all over, or place a few in the centre like we did.

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Voila! *drool*

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You’ll probably have some flowers left over so put those in a vase (or jar) and add them to your table.

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Things got pretty messy behind the scenes but I have to say this is one of the more exciting meetings I’ve ever been to…

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The only difficulty was stopping ourselves having a second!

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I hope you all have an amazing easter (if you celebrate it) and/or long weekend (if you get it), and get to indulge a little too.

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DIY JEWELED WHITE SHIRT

Having made the (somewhat enormous) leap from working at home to working in an office, my wardrobe has been forced to undergo a change. Although ours is a pretty relaxed office with a focus on creativity rather than sharp collars and pointless meetings (I used to be a town planner!), it still doesn’t mean dressing in head to toe grey sweats (koala-ing as my bf likes to call it) is going to cut it. For the first time in two years I’ve had to start contemplating things according to whether they can be worn to work. So strange! And for me, that’s where the white shirt comes in. If you’ve been following along for a while you’ll know that I’m all about versatility (read wardrobe rehab if you’re interested) when it comes to what I buy, and the white shirt is (with zero doubt) the most versatile piece you could ever buy – so perfect for work and play and everything in between.

For that reason, it’s an honour to be working with Witchery on their White Shirt campaign in aid of finding an early detection test for Ovarian Cancer. Not only is it an important cause, but the white shirt is something you’ll wear and wear and wear. The best bit? If you buy a white shirt form Witchery this month 100% of gross proceeds from the sale go directly to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund to support research into finding an early detection test and curing Ovarian cancer. It’s the most guilt free purchase you’ll ever make.

Never one to shy away from reworking a classic, I recently used a bit of DIY to update my white shirt, applying jeweled clusters using a method that doesn’t take too long and can easily be worn and then removed for the ultimate in versatile style.

You can read the DIY post here.

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Outfit details here.

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Rather than applying directly to the shirt, I created the clusters on some felt and then sewed them onto the shirt, see the full details  here.

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Images by lovely Marion Tessier

DIY GEM EMBELLISHED CUFFS

Just in time for the madness that is Coachella weekend, to me these gem embellished brass cuffs reflect the very best things about the start of summer – sun, music and all my best friends (those who make together stay together right?). Even if for you this weekend is more couch surfing than crowd surfing (I’m going to raise my hand on that one), these cuffs will give you all the palm-tree-and-denim-cut-off inspired sparkle you need.  Trust me.

I have to say I myself am in need of some cheering up – my own holiday has come to an abrupt end and after one of those awful overnight flights I’m back in the office. Instead of feeling down I did what I love to do most – make something.  Namely 20 or so different designs for these cuff kit sets (pastel gem version & marble gem version) I’ve designed for Wander & Hunt. Admittedly I nodded off a few times, hey, three hours of sleep will do that to you, but it certainly helped me pass the day. For those of you who are interested, you get a small and a big brass cuff in each kit, and can mix and match the stones to your heart’s content!

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You need:

  • A brass cuff (you get a small and large cuff in each kit)
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue
  • A skewer for application

You can buy the kits over at Wander & Hunt and can choose from Pastel Gems or Marble Gems.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

How to

1. Dab a bit of glue on a piece of paper.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

2. Using the skewer, apply some glue to back of the stone.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

3. After cleaning the cuff surface well, start placing your gems around the cuff in your chosen design – get crazy!

Gem Embellished Cuffs

4. Work your way all the way around, creating the design you feel reflects you – pared back or more is more – the choice is completely yours. Once you’re done leave to dry overnight.

Gem Embellished Cuffs

Voila!
Gem Embellished Cuffs

The possibilities are pretty much endless, wouldn’t you agree?

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Now for the big question, are you a marble gem person or a pastel gem person?

I hope you guys have a lovely weekend, regardless of whether it’s Coachella or couch-ella.