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Monday, April 30, 2012

Blog Feature: Idestudiet

I would like to welcome my very first blog feature handmade artist Pia Barksdale from Idestudiet. I found Pia's amazing art via her Etsy shop

Pia designs and makes sculptures, greeting cards, typographical paintings/collages and writes. Being creative is a natural part of who she is, which is why she have chose her business name Idestudiet, by using the two words idea and studio. Her wire sculptures take most of her time and she really enjoys making them. Her inspiration comes from nature and it's also important to her that her art is eco-friendly so she mainly uses recycled materials. Reclaimed wire looks absolutely beautiful!

'Bride and Groom'

'Life Isn't About Waiting for the Storm'
When Pia isn't creating and designing she spends her time going to art shows, reading, travelling or simply enjoying living by the ocean. She lives her life by this lovely meaningful quote "Live simply, embrace diversity, laugh often and love deeply."

'A Mothers Love' 
I asked Pia what her advice would be to others artists or crafters just starting out:

"My advice is to keep at it if you really love what you are doing. I believe that when an artist puts their heart and soul into their art it will be beautiful and eventually someone will see that and buy it. Also, remember – not everyone will love your particular stile and that's ok too. Art has to do with feelings so stick to what makes you feel great and the rest will follow with hard work."

To see more of Pia's beautiful wire sculptures and artworks visit her website
And you can follow her on Facebook

Thanks Pia! I am proud to be able to share your amazing artwork :)

Sunday, April 29, 2012


I absolutely love beautiful photos and my fiance is a keen photographer. It works well for me because he kindly takes many lovely photos I can paint for my online store. So I just wanted to share a few of his photos. I keep suggesting to him he should open up an online store, as he is very talented! 

Cullen Bay, Darwin NT by Andrew Richardson ©2012

Kakadu National Park, NT by Andrew Richardson ©2012   

Jabiru, Darwin NT by Andrew Richardson ©2012

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Baking Holiday

As yesterday was a public holiday and I had decided to give myself a nice rest from Etsy and painting, I decided to attempt to bake some healthy snacks (If theres nothing else to eat I head to the chocolate tin!) Now I must admit I am a terrible cook, so with a little help from my partner they came out okay for my first attempt. Recipe at the bottom of the page if you aren't already put off by my pics :) They do taste really good!

Almond Meal & Goji Berries Energy Bars


2 C. almond meal
1 C. rolled oats
1/2 C. shredded coconut
1/2 C. wheat germ
1/4 C. pumpkin seeds
1/4 C. goji berries
8 Tbsp butter
1 C. brown sugar
1/2 C. honey
2 Tbsp vanilla

1. Mix together almond meal, oats, coconut, wheat germ, and pumpkin seeds. Spread evenly on an ungreased    baking sheet.

2.  Turn oven on to 300 degrees (F). Place baking sheet into oven and toast for 20 mins while oven is heating.

3.  In the meantime, melt butter, sugar and honey in a small pan over medium-low. Mix and let simmer while dry mixture toasts. After 20 mins, remove syrup from heat and add vanilla. Stir.

4.  Remove baking sheet from oven. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add goji berries.

5.  Add syrup and stir thoroughly.

6.  Lightly grease a baking pan (I use coconut oil). Transfer your mixture to baking pan and press down evenly until well compacted.

7.  Bake for 20 mins.

8.  Remove from oven. Cut energy bars while still warm but do not remove from pan until completely cool.

Good Luck!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

New Art New Home

Me and my partner will be moving into a brand new house next month onto the opposite side of Brisbane from where I currently live. I'm so excited! I can't wait to decorate it! So I am looking for some beautiful pieces of Art I can decorate the walls with. I am open to suggestions :) Here are a few I love:

Rocks 2 by Colleen McNeil

Young Lady in Chanel by Soo210 

Singing Goldfinch by TevaGallery

Manarola Photograph by RobertCrum

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Sunday Morning Tennis

This morning I woke up early to a misty cool morning to get my tennis racquet out to play tennis with my lovely partner. Tennis seems to be our Sunday morning ritual and I always look forward to it. I can't say I'm very good, but try to beat my partner every time! I'm quite competitive :) It's nice to enjoy the small things in life!

I'm happy, I'm winning!

Ball hit over the fence

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mothers Day, 8th May 2012

As most of us are aware Mothers Day is coming around the corner so quickly on the 8th of May! There is only just over two weeks to spoil mum, so I have found some lovely gift options she may love, on this Australian handmade website

Plaque by 'Made By Siany'

Card by Me 'Delineate Gallery'

Message Cookies by 'Sweet Sugar Treats'

Mr Happy Cactus Pin Cushion by 'LilChicken Big Chicken'

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lovely Handmade Gift

Last weekend I bought these gorgeous little handmade earrings and butterfly ring for my sisters birthday coming up sshhh don't tell, from a cute little shop 'Handmade Highstreet' in Annerley, Brisbane, Australia. I just love them!

Playing card earrings are by: and v earrings by

Cute giraffe card is by: amf designs and illustrations

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Darwin, NT at Easter

I'd like to make my very first entry sharing some amazing scenic photo's me and my lovely fiance took on while on a very warm Easter weekend in Darwin and the Northern Territory National Parks. It is so serene and beautiful!

Anyone travelling to Australia, I definitely recommend a visit, it's hot like summer all year round :)

We saw some hungry crocs in the river!
Me, watching the sunset over Jabiru, Kakadu National Park, NT

Me standing next to a giant termite mound. Tiny termites make these!

Stunning scenery at Lichfield National Park, NT