Merry Christmas


"Merry Christmas" hope you have a fantastic Christmas! Thank you all; for your personal e-mails, comments, likes and kindness over the years! I wish you God's love and richest blessings over this holiday season and in the New Year to come. I hope you watch the very “kiwi” YouTube video it is beyond words! See ya in 2014.

~ Sarah xxx



DIY – Stenciled Table Runner



Gorgeousness from Pretty Handy Girl. Click the source button to go to her full tutorial! In Australia and in New Zealand often our painters drop cloths are made from canvas. Canvas would also make a fab table runner!!!
~ Sarah xxx

DIY – Awesome Easy Handmade Gifts In JARS


    Here are some links to awesome easy handmade gifts In JARS!!!! Our family has been giving home made gifts for a while. We want Christmas to be about the joy of giving. We also LOVE to give gifts from COMPASSION , SAMARITANS PURSE and other great places. There is great joy in giving gifts to those in real need! AND there is also a huge blessing in sharing gifts and showing your love to your family and friends!!! The one thing is you want your gift to be awesome and not a gift where anyone wants to have a little groan! You know those gifts…? 🙂 So below I have popped some links to great gifts in jar tutorial websites for you. Many of them have cute free printables too. I hope you find them useful. I wish you many blessings during this holiday season!
    ~ Sarah xxx


20121214-121846.jpgPUNK ROCK COOKIES

20121214-122351.jpgCOWGIRL COOKIES

20121214-123039.jpg PIE IN A JAR

20121214-123748.jpg PAMPER YOURSELF

20121214-124228.jpg SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE

20121214-124906.jpg QUICK BREAD

20121214-130405.jpg SEWING KIT

20121214-130812.jpg SNOW BALL SOAP

20121214-131808.jpg PLAY CLAY

20121214-132909.jpg CHOCOLATE NUT COOKIES

20121214-133155.jpg CUPCAKES

DIY – Making Your Own Cute BOWS


This is a reblog on making your own decorative bows from the talented 100layercake.
I can’t wait to make these bows!
~ Sarah xxx

Step 1: Cut the page lengthwise into nine 3/4-inch-thick strips of heights shown: Three at 11 inches, three at 10 inches, two at 9 inches, and one at 3 1/2 inches.

Step 2: Twist each strip to form loops at both ends. Make a circle out of the smallest.

Step 3: Secure the ends with a piece of double-sided tape.

Step 4: Layer and stick, starting with the longest strips. End with the circle in the center.

DIY Transfer

Here is a reblog from the talented Painted Hive. If you click the photo you will go through to the tutorial. You wouldn’t just have to put numbers on a plate you could use this idea for many things and use lots of different designs. It is a groovy idea. I recently used some transfers on jars. I think this would have worked just as well. Enjoy.
~ Sarah xxx

Christmas Mini Treats


A picture paints a thousand words so above is a photo of Christmas Mini Treats. They look like mini Christmas puddings. So cute! I made them for family and friends last year. There were lots of people and by the time the photo was taken the mountain had become a little mole hill. So the little Christmas mini puddings certainly went down a treat. This recipe is so easy it is ridiculous!
Enjoy ~ Sarah

100g white chocolate
12 mellowpuff chocolate biscuits (cookies)
12 Jaffas (candy)
Spearmint leaves, cut into smaller leaves (OR green snake lollies OR green Jube lollies cut to size)

Place the white chocolate melts into a heatproof bowl. I melted mine in a pot on the stove. You can also use a microwave on Medium/50% power, stirring every minute until they are fully melted.
Spoon the melted chocolate either just with a teaspoon or put chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and snip one corner of the bag to make a piping bag. Pipe enough white chocolate on top of the biscuits, allow to drip down the side to resemble custard flowing over a Christmas pudding.
Place a Jaffa on top and a small spearmint leaf (or green snake or jube lollie) each side of the Jaffa and secure in the melted chocolate.

You can use the same ideas with still using white chocolate (melted) with Jaffas or Round Lollies and mint leaves or green snakes or jubes sliced on top of your homemade or purchased chocolates.

Below is a fun YouTube Video of a Jaffa lollies (candy) rolling event. Where we roll thousands of jaffas down one of the steepest streets in the world which is Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand.

FYI: Our family use to live in Dunedin and even some cars can’t get up the steep street. Our car could but half way up we would lighten the load by everyone BUT the driver jumping out of the car. Also the brakes start smoking. This amuses the children no end. Doesn’t amuse the parents so much. There is a water fountain at the top of the street which doesn’t come soon enough!!!!!