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Etsy Roundup – Pearl Bridal Headbands

by | Etsy Roundup, Made

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Etsy-Roundup

Pearl Bridal Headbands

  1. Freshwater pearl hair band from Sarah Walsh Bridal Jewellery 2. Rose gold leaves with freshwater pearl sprigs headband from Deborah Hartl Designs 3. Pearl and painted flower headband from Down The Aisle Atelier 4. Pearl and silver flower headband from Down The Aisle Atelier 5. Pearl vine headband from Roslyn Harris Designs 6. Freshwater pearl and crystal hair vine by Lavender by Jurgita

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Cocktail Friday – The Melbourne Gin Company’s “Southside”

by | Cocktail Friday, Made

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Ms Chinoiserie
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Melbourne Gin Company Southside

Happy New Year to our Cocktail Friday fans; I hope you enjoyed some refreshing celebratory drinks over the Festive period – perhaps even a new engagement?!

This month, we are celebrating “Ginuary”, with delicious recipes featuring very smooth and refreshing Gin – perfect for the warm, summer weather! Our first cocktail, cooler than the southside bay breeze, is The Melbourne Gin Company’s “Southside”; with 11 botanicals blended to create a well-rounded and smooth gin, the addition of tangy lime mixed back with mint is pure heaven! Serve it over ice and enjoy!

Ingredients:

60ml Melbourne Gin Company Gin
30ml lime juice
15ml sugar syrup
6 mint leaves

Method:

Shake with ice and double strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Pressed Botanical Prints Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made

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Jane (emerald + ella)
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These pressed flowers and leaves make beautiful prints, especially when arranged in a variety of eclectic frames. You can buy a selection of mismatched frames at stores like Ikea or Kmart, or go fossicking around your local thrift stores and council clean-ups for something more original!

You will need to start this project at least two weeks ahead of time so the botanicals can dry properly.

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You don’t need to spend a lot of money on the flowers, just some clippings from your (or your neighbour’s!) garden will do. Be sure to choose nice fresh flowers, not ones that are past their best.

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You will need:

  • Fresh flowers and leaves
  • Newsprint paper or other plain paper
  • A heavy book
  • Photo frames
  • School/craft glue

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Step 1. Place the flowers and leaves between sheets of paper. Write the date on the edge of the paper so you remember when you pressed them. Place between pages of a heavy book. Leave to press for at least two weeks. The botanicals should be flat and very dry once pressed.

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Step 2. Arrange the pressed flowers and leaves on backing boards. Use a few dots of glue to hold them in place. Place in frames.

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Images and tutorial by emerald + ella

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Such a beautiful and easy decorative idea; imagine these displayed on a wall at a garden wedding – or even as a pretty table number frame.

About emerald + ella: I’m Jane Howard, the girl behind emerald + ella – an online shop and blog which encompass a world of beautiful, eclectic things. I’m also a recipe writer, food stylist, vintage collector, New Zealander, married to an Aussie boy, aspirational crafter, wine drinker, pulled pork sandwich lover and basically just a girl who likes pretty bits and pieces.

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