Monday, April 29, 2013

Kip & Co Bedding

Check out the gorgeous bright range of bedding from Kip & Co just in time for the winter months. Apparently they are selling like hotcakes! Designed by 3 Melbourne girls, Hayley, Kate & Alex; Kip & Co is small Aussie design at its best. Not just for the big kids but little ones to, most designs come in single, queen and king.

Crocodile Desert Caviar Quilt Cover $209

Crocodile Desert Caviar Cushion Cover $65

Feather Green Quilt Cover $209
Yellow Spots Pillow Case Set of 2 $59
Kids Single Bananas Quilt Cover and Pillow Case  $185

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Frida Kahlo Inspired

There is a gorgeous little homewards/clothing shop in town that stocks amazing creations by local Byron Bay talent Ahoy Trader. This Frida Kahlo inspired tile caught my eye and led me to wonder what other goodies Frida may have inspired -

Frida Tile - Ahoy Trader

Frida Geometric Necklace $42

Frida Tank $15.75

Frida Quote Cuff  $24.63
"I tried to drown my sorrows but the damn things learned how to swim"

Frida waxed fabric print $7

Frida Cushion $37

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Beautiful Bed Linen

Maybe its having a young child (and therefore lack of sleep, lucky I'm in love), or the feeling of Autumn in the air and cooler nights, but I've been dreaming about gorgeous bed linen lately. These are some faves from Whiteport -

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Kumquat, Vanilla Bean & Lavender Jam - A simple tutorial

I needed an excuse to use up the kumquats on our tree and here's the results -

kumquat cumquat jam lavender tree

Cumquat Kumquat vanilla bean lavender jam tutorial recipe

1. Pick as many as you can

Cumquat Kumquat vanilla bean lavender jam tutorial recipeCumquat Kumquat vanilla bean lavender jam tutorial recipe

2. Chop them up leaving skin on and pips in (these help the jam set)  
3. Just cover with water in abowl and leave overnight to soften

Cumquat Kumquat vanilla bean lavender jam tutorial recipe

4. Measure out soaked fruit/water into a saucepan and add equal ratio of sugar. Stir over low-med heat until sugar disolves and reaches a rolling boil.  Stir frequently over the next 25 mins, scraping downs the sides and bottom.  Test to see if jam has reached set point (see note at bottom of page) and remove from heat if ok, otherwise cook for another 5 mins and test again.

Remove from heat, let cool for about 10 minutes and remove the pips with a spoon (tedious but essential) and pour into sterilised jars. 

vanilla bean kumquat cumquat jam lavender tree DIY tutorial recipe

and voila! I'm ready to join the CWA :)

Tips:       To test if jam has reached set point, put a saucer in the freezer when you start cooking and drop a tsp of cooked jam onto the cold saucer when ready to test. Leave it for a minute and push through the middle with your finger.  If jam wrinkles up at the edges it is ready. If not, keep cooking.

To sterilise jars and lids, I put them in a big saucepan lined with a tea towel, fill it up with water and boil for about 20 mins.