GOODIES - Bunches of Honeycombs

Saturday, March 28, 2015

bunches overhead

If you are planning an Easter party, a good idea would be to get a whole bunch of our honeycomb and/or paper fans to hang overhead. Not only will it have the WOW factor, but the goodies are not theme specific and therefore can be used for any occasion... (I'm thinking Mother's Day). Loving the new powder blue colour!


GOODIES - Maileg Bunnies

Friday, March 27, 2015

bunny and the pea

Maileg bunnies live in a wonderful lair behind a tiny hill-top. There are sisters, brothers, nephews and cousins... a whole family! Every morning they wake up before the sun rises and in the evening they eat star-sprinkles with warm milk using a silver spoon. And now Maileg presents the Princess Bunny in her soft pink layered organza and lace dress, with a beautiful crown and sparkly shoes! She comes complete with her beautiful painted wooden four poster bed, complete with lots of pretty mattresses and of course a pea! Presented in a lovely keepsake box for safe keeping. A very special toy to treasure.

Maileg Princess and the Pea Set
Suitable for Children over 3 years.
The bunny is hand washable at 30 degrees.
Made from stuffed cotton with cotton mattresses.
Bunny measures - approximately 23cm
Bed measures - approximately 31cm height, 26cm wide, 13cm deep (display box is slightly larger).

FOR GOOD TIMES - Spiced Carrot and Poppy Seed Cake

carrot and poppy seed cake

In our book FOR GOOD TIMES, Chapter Three has some lovely recipes for Easter: think Hummingbird Cake, Muesli Baskets and a favourite of mine: this Spiced Carrot and Poppy seed Cake (all made by the talented Taryne).

Spiced Carrot and Poppy seed Cake with Vanilla Syrup
Makes 4 mini loaves or 1 large loaf

1 cup self raising flour
½ tspn ground nutmeg
1 tspn ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
¼ cup oil
2 large eggs, beaten
¾ cup light brown sugar
1/3 cup plain yoghurt
1 cup finely grated carrot (approx 2 large carrots)
2 tablespoons poppy seed

For the Vanilla Bean Syrup:
4 whole vanilla pods
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
1 carrot cut into strips with a potato peeler
Preheat oven to 180oC and grease and line 4 mini loaf tins or 1 large loaf tin. 
Sift dry ingredients into a bowl. 
In a separate bowl whisk the oil, eggs, brown sugar, and yoghurt until smooth. 
Gently stir in the dry ingredients and the carrots and poppy seeds. Do not beat. 
Pour batter into the loaf tins and bake until a skewer come out clean when inserted in the middle of the cake, approx 40 -45 minutes for the large loaf tin and 25-30 minutes for the smaller tins.
While the cakes are baking make the syrup by bring all the syrup ingredients to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes until thickened and syrupy, add the carrot strips.Set aside to cool. 
Remove cakes from the oven and allow to cool on a rack before turning out, 
To serve, decorate with carrot strips and drizzle with vanilla bean syrup.

Once could also easily make this into muffins and in these cute little cupcake liners with Easter toppers... 

GOODIES - Tala Utility

chic cleaning

I was watching a documentary the other day about women in the 1950's and I was shocked to learn that they would spend over 75 hours a week doing the housework! Fortunately, nowadays there are all sorts of gadgets that make it easier to cook, clean and do the laundry - but then sometimes nothing does it better and quicker than a good old fashioned brush and pan. And now that Tala (the home of traditional cooking ware) has brought out this Utility range in vintage colours, I am actually tempted to do a bit of cleaning (note: I did say "a bit").


GOODIES - An Easter Must Have

Thursday, March 26, 2015

the ceramic bunny

Without fail for the past 6 years, this ceramic bunny has been our favourite and number one Easter goodie. Not only is it perfect for your Easter table but pretty much everyone I know keeps their bunny somewhere on display all year round! And they are ceramic so can even be left outdoors...


GOODIES - Hunt Signage

no eggs here!

So how are you Easter plans coming along? I am hoping the weather 10 day forecast is false and that the threat of rain will be changing to a beautiful sunny day! Nonetheless, I am not going to let the weather interfere with The Great Easter Egg Hunt plans... We have quite a few hunt decorating options including these cute little wooden plaques! And if you are keen on a big sign we have stock of our classic chalkboards (and then totally reuasble for any occasion or room afterwards).

GOOD FUN - Traditional Party Games


Have you heard of knucklebones? Today's traditional game that we are sharing is a game of very ancient origin, usually played with five small objects. Originally the "knucklebones" were those of a sheep, which were thrown up and caught in various manners. 

Modern knucklebones consist of six points, or knobs, proceeding from a common base, and are usually made of metal or plastic. The winner is the first player to successfully complete a prescribed series of throws, which, though similar, differ widely in detail. The simplest throw consists in tossing up one stone, the jack, and picking up one or more from the table while it is in the air. This continues until all five stones have been picked up. Another throw consists in tossing up first one stone, then two, then three and so on, and catching them on the back of the hand. Different throws have received distinctive names, such as "riding the elephant," "peas in the pod," and "horses in the stable." Keen to give it a try? Get your set in store...

Knuckle bones

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