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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Etsy Art Love - Lucius Art Shop

I made my first Etsy purchase this week after many many months of lingering and yearning through the many talented Etsy shops, I followed Our Humble A{bowe}d's February favourites and ended up on the Lucius Art shop.

There was no turning back once I saw the deer art with a bird (you know how much I love birds) and antlers are my new found obsession so it was a no brainer - I had to buy this awesome art piece!

It's a 8x10 wood block print so I can sit it on a shelf or hang it on the wall. It would look pretty cool in the man cave but I think I'll be too tempted to keep it for myself and put it somewhere I can see it all the time so maybe in the living room where it would match the green theme.

With the Aussie exchange rate going great guns at the moment its a good time to buy online - this custom made art piece will be delivered from Chicago to the other side of the world to me in Perth for a total of $54. 

I'm so excited I'll be running to the post box each day for the next few weeks until it arrives!

Do you shop on Etsy? What are your favourite stores?

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[All images from the talented Kevin at LuciusArt on Etsy]

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Jars Twine and Carnations

I love the idea of little jars with single flower stems in them so have been madly saving my mustard and olive jars until I have no more room left in my little kitchen cupboards!

Armed with my jars a roll of twine and a $5 bunch of mixed pink carnations

I tied the twine around the jars to add a bit of character

Popped a few carnations into each jar

Then arranged them along a table runner

They made a perfect tablescape for a family bbq which I kicked off with oysters and bubbly!

Playing along with linky party at You're Talking Too Much

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Copper Tone Up In Living Room

The mood in the living room has really changed since I added some new copper toned wall art. To refresh your memory this is how the room looked before.

I found these 2 canvases at Thingz Living on sale for $70 each and after trying to ram them into the backseat of my car for 20 minutes I had to phone a friend (yes Pete my hero!) and wait around for a few hours until he could come with the ute to pick them up! Once I finally got them home and up on the walls, they really changed the mood of the room with their gold and dark red tones.

I wasn't sure if I liked them - it made the room a bit too dark and heavy with the leather couches and jarrah floorboards. So I added a few bright coloured coushins and white ottoman which I think help lighten it up a bit.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

What Would I Do Without Target?

You should've seen my shopping trolley on Saturday in Target .... anything that was yellow or grey or both went in there it was spilling over the sides!

But it was all on sale in their latest catalogue so I feel like I got some pretty good bargains - here they are .....

This stunning yellow vase has set the colour theme for my bathroom
$16 save $8

I got some fluffy yellow towels for the bathroom
$14 each save $5

And these fun shaggy yellow and grey striped floor mats for the bathroom too
$15 save $5
I've been a little obsessed with cushions lately and this
chevron white and yellow cushion had to come home with me
$15 save $5

This yellow hourglass is the perfect for timer for how long
I have to watch the sports channel for!
$18 save $7
This fake crocodile ottoman was reduced to a crazy $24
I should've got 2 they make a cool little side table

This cool little rusted bike will make an unusual door stop
$20 save $9
I got 2 of these beautiful lanterns for outside under the patio
$20 save $14

Note, this is not a sponsored post for Target, I just love their bargains!

Have you found any great bargains lately?

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[My images cushion and ottoman, all other images via Target Catalogue]

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Funky Framed Wallpaper

I had some leftover wallpaper offcuts from wallpapering the hallway cupboards and I've been thinking about what to use it on and when I found this gorgeous frame from Ikea I knew it would look perfect to frame the wallpaper in

Frame and wallpaper ready to go

I used the wooden back as the template and traced the shape onto the back of the wallpaper

Cut the wallpaper out with scissors

Shape cut out and ready to frame

Put the wallpaper into the frame and whola its ready to hang on the wall

Its now hanging up on the wall in the hallway opposite the bathroom so you see it in the bathroom mirror

Have you got any ideas for using wallpaper?
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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Party Drink Recipe: Copacabana Punch

It’s a well known fact that alcohol hidden in a blend of tasty juice and fruit will please almost all taste buds and get a party started ....... and thats why I love to make PUNCH!

I made this party punch for a 40th party I went to recently, it was hard to find a recipe that will satisfy 60 people but this Copacabana Punch recipe from my favourite cocktail book Shaken was a real hit.

I bought a big 25L bottle with lid from Bunnings and gave it a good wash with hot soapy water and then poured all the ingredients in (other than the sparkling wine as I didn't want it to loose its bubbles) and then each time the punch bowl emptied I filled it up from the large mix and added the sparkling wine.

Copacabana Punch
Makes 20 Ltrs (serves 60 people and then some!)

1 ltr Bacardi Rum
¼ bottle Gin
4 bottles Champagne or Sparkling Wine
8 ltrs Pineapple Juice
2 ltrs Pineapple & Coconut Juice
5 tins Passionfruit Pulp
2 oranges and 2 lemons sliced and cut into quarters
A good handful of mint leaves
Lots of ice – see my Orange Lemon and Mint Ice Bowls recipe here

What's your favourite punch recipe?

Joining in with link party: 52 Mantels link party 

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[Book via Amazon and Image via Pinterest]

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Book Review: When the Bough Breaks By Matthew Benns

This book is the 2nd in a set of Australian crime stories, the first one I reviewed here

The book is about the life and death of 4 little babies who died over a period of 10 years, but all their deaths were blamed on SIDS and listed as unknown causes. When the husband, Craig finds the diary of the Mum, Kathleen and which has the inner most thoughts and feelings that she expresses towards her kids he approaches the police who had suspected that she was responsible and charges were eventually laid.
This book is as somber and sad as it sounds and being factual, was written with dates and names and frequently referred back to diary entries or situations that had happened. I found it very difficult reading about these poor little babies I literally felt ill most of the time.

I would recommend this book for those that like true crime novels and a bit of Australian history. I give this book stars 3 stars, it was ok but I didn't really like the writing style it was a bit all over the place.

Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch re-runs of Neighbours than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a pack of tim tams for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read

[Image and Book via Random House]
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

DIY: Art Frame Redo

I was a bit bored of the orangey pink colour I painted these frames and decided they needed a redo with a fresh coat of paint.



Out came the paint tester pots from when I was picking the paint for the media wall

I painted over the white insert frame as well this time

A few coats later, left to dry overnight

The grey frames go a lot better with the wall colour

What projects have you used your leftover paint tester pots for?

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