July 28, 2014

I recently had a crafty afternoon designing and making some new bunting to display on the Rabbit & the Duck stall, and this was what I came up with. A super cute combination of kraft card, washi tape, fun chalkboard stickers, and pretty twine to string it all together. I thought you may like to make some too!
Start by cutting out a template for the flag shape you want. I wanted a scallop shape but these flags would also work as squares, rectangles, triangles - whatever you like! Add 3.25cm to the top of your flag shape - this is the part that will fold over to thread your twine through.

Now cut out your flags, I used some scalloped edge pinking shears for extra scallop effect.

Next, score and fold the flap at the top of your flags. It's now time to decorate! I used a strip of washi tape across the top, and stuck a cute chalk board heart sticker in the middle. I had intended to write 'Rabbit & the Duck' on the stickers but somehow I miscalculated how many flags would fit across my stall so I was a letter short. Oops! You could write all sorts of messages on these flags, and the beauty of the stickers is that you can clean them off and write a new message if you want to use your flags for different things. Yay!

The final step is to stitch the flap of the flags down over your choice of twine. You could also stick them down at the back with more washi tape if you do not have a sewing machine. Or hand stitch them. Be creative!

You now have a new string of fun bunting flags to hang wherever you like!

Washi Tape, Sari Twine, Chalk Board Heart Stickers from Rabbit & the Duck.
Kraft Card from Plaza DJ.


July 15, 2014

I am a huge lover of IKEA - I even worked at IKEA for many years as a kitchen designer (yes, really!). During that time I brought home LOADS of furniture and other bits and pieces for my home, including a pile of these stools. Sadly, the stools were given away to a friend when I moved interstate 18 months ago, but after seeing this makeover on the Funkytime design blog I might have to get myself some more, and get painting! I've been needing some fun chairs to tuck under my outdoor table, I think these would be perfect.

Image Credit - Funkytime
For the full tutorial, click here.

Happy painting!

xx Shannon.


July 8, 2014

It's no secret that I love porridge. In fact, I will happily eat porridge for breakfast all-year-round. Yes, even in the middle of Summer… I love it that much… I find it a deliciously nourishing way to start my day. And oh, I have also been known to have it for dinner too, but that's another story.

Today I wanted to share some of my favourite porridge combinations from my years of porridge cooking experience. I tend to get bored of eating the same thing day-in-day-out so I've come up with some creative ways to turn the humble cooked oat into something amazingly delicious each day.

I have a basic recipe that I follow for cooking my oats, and once you've got this sorted you can mix it up a bit with different add-ins and toppings.

Basic Porridge Recipe (Serves 1)
1/2 cup rolled organic oats
2 cups of water
Dash of cinnamon

One thing I'd like to add here is please, no quick oats! Traditional rolled oats may take a little longer to cook, but this makes them extra delicious, easier to digest, and helps you to feel fuller for longer. Also, as I cook them with water rather than milk or a milk substitute, the longer cooking time helps them to break down and become a bit creamier. And really yum!

OK, so pop your oats, water and cinnamon into a saucepan and onto the stove, on the lowest heat setting you can. You want to cook your oats for about 15-20 minutes, without them coming to a full boil. They may bubble a bit towards the end, that's totally cool, just be sure to keep an eye on them and stir a bit so they don't stick to the bottom. They're done when they look nice and creamy and the oats have started to break down a little bit.

Now, for the fun part…. 'decorating' your breakfast. I call it decorating as I like to make an artwork out of my porridge. Breakfast for me is a ritual, a lovely, slow way to start the day. I take my time and have fun stirring, chopping, and arranging. But of course, that's just me, if you're in a hurry to get out the door just pop everything on top, it will still taste great!

Below are a few of my favourite porridge combinations - where I have listed dates or sultanas or figs I find these work best when cooked - just pop them in with your oats, water and cinnamon and they will add a lovely sweetness. I still always add honey though, preferably raw, organic and local - I do have a bit of a sweet tooth!

5 Winning Porridge Combinations

Sultanas - A Dollop of Plum Jam - Sunflower Seeds - Shredded Coconut
Chopped Dates - A Dash of Ginger Powder - Fresh Pear - Chopped Almonds - Sunflower Seeds
Chopped Dried Fig - Fresh Banana - Chia Seeds - Chopped Almonds - Brown Sugar - Coconut
Sultanas - Fresh Apple - Extra Cinnamon - Chopped Almonds
Fresh Mango - Chopped Almonds - Coconut (Summer Porridge!)

Enjoy xx

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