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Winter In My Backyard

Winter In My Backyard

It’s Monday, the last day of the long weekend. The sun is shining, the temperature is about 20° and the ground is still damp from the week of rain we had here in Sydney. It’s the perfect environment for the amazing colours of winter to […]

My Sheep Skull Inspiration

My Sheep Skull Inspiration

I have always had a soft spot for skeletons, skulls in particular, receiving my first one about 20 years ago from the framing shop that was opposite my family’s CD hire shop. It is a large cow skull, which had the words; ‘If you don’t […]

Rustic Easter Carrot Decorations

Rustic Easter Carrot Decorations

Although Easter has been and gone for this year, there’s no better time than now to get started on next year!

Every year we gather with friends at a property just outside of Oberon, which is on the central tablelands of NSW. Massive feasts of food, mushroom foraging and chocolate eating is the order of the day. Board games are played and plenty of wine is enjoyed.

A big part of the Easter feasting is the decorating, this enjoyed by my friend Bella immensely. Lots of planning, months in advance goes into the setting for that particular year… colour palette, styling, textures, printing, it’s all carefully thought of. My contribution this year were these handmade carrots (or maybe parsnips as the shop only had one roll of orange coloured paper yarn left so I had to resort to brown).

Ok, so lets get on with it…

 

Using a sheet of paper scrunch it up to form a rough shape of a carrot. There is no need to make them all identical, go with some small shapes, fatter or longer shapes. The more irregular they are the more natural they will look.

 

Once you have your rough shape then wrap some sticky tape around it to give support to the structure and hold the shape you have formed.

Because the ends are hard to cover just by winding twine around it, I found placing some of the material you are using to wrap around the carrot at the bottoms and tops of the carrot will cover the newspaper easily. If you are using a thin twine that can’t be pulled into a wider strip then painting the bases in a similar colour will stop the newspaper from peeking through.

Make the carrot stems by wrapping the twine around your hand (or something bigger if you want longer stems) and use sticky tape make a pointy end.

Stick the pointy end into the top of the carrot. Use hot glue to secure it in place if it feels loose.

 

Now that the bases are covered and the stems are secured you can start to wrap your carrots… Secure the start with some sticky tape and wind your twine all the way up. Secure the end with hot glue. Done!

 

 

 

How Fresh Is That Egg?

How Fresh Is That Egg?

We can’t wait till we get chickens. It’s been on our family’s wish list for years but unfortunately, in Sydney, we just never had the backyard space to house them. Once we get down to Canberra though, a chicken coop is going to be the first thing that […]

New York moments in a week

New York moments in a week

The moment you step off the plane you feel the presence of New York. It really does have a heartbeat, a pulse that is palpable. If you have ever thought of seeing this amazing city then do whatever you can to get there… beg, borrow […]

About me

About me

Hello and welcome!

My name is Katriina, I’m a freelance makeup artist and lover of food (eating, cooking and photographing it). Married to an amazing, giving and unique husband, mother to the best kid in the world (aren’t they all!) and step mum to our adopted, crazy most loving Staffy named Chief.

We are Sydney siders, having called Sydney our home for most of our lives, but this is all about to change…

With equal levels of eager excitement and nervous apprehension, the family is picking up and moving south to Canberra.

Looking for a lifestyle change, to be able to grow our food, have chickens and maybe a goat or more, our move to Canberra is going to open up a whole world of experiences and enable us to take on challenges we otherwise wouldn’t be able to do in Sydney.

Having big dreams of learning pottery (fabric dyeing, screen printing etc) being able to get to The Snowy Mountains for a day skiing whenever we want and cycling everywhere to name but a few things, this is going to be an exciting time… so exciting that I wanted to get my very own blog going to chronicle the experience.

Not new to blogging, my best friend and business partner Bella and I formed Finding Feasts back in 2011 (nee FinSki’s). It’s filled with insanely awesome food recipes and chronicles our wild mushroom foraging tours (you must pop on over to have a look)

I’m really excited to watch this blog grow and transform. It’s going to be a journey I would love to share with you… I’m going to be asking for lots advice!

Katriina


About me

About me

About me

Hello and welcome!

My name is Katriina, I’m a freelance makeup artist and lover of food (eating, cooking and photographing it). Married to an amazing, giving and unique husband, mother to the best kid in the world (aren’t they all!) and step mum to our adopted, crazy most loving Staffy named Chief.

We are Sydney siders, having called Sydney our home for most of our lives, but this is all about to change…

With equal levels of eager excitement and nervous apprehension, the family is picking up and moving south to Canberra.

Looking for a lifestyle change, to be able to grow our food, have chickens and maybe a goat or more, our move to Canberra is going to open up a whole world of experiences and enable us to take on challenges we otherwise wouldn’t be able to do in Sydney.

Having big dreams of learning pottery (fabric dyeing, screen printing etc) being able to get to The Snowy Mountains for a day skiing whenever we want and cycling everywhere to name but a few things, this is going to be an exciting time… so exciting that I wanted to get my very own blog going to chronicle the experience.

Not new to blogging, my best friend and business partner Bella and I formed Finding Feasts back in 2011 (nee FinSki’s). It’s filled with insanely awesome food recipes and chronicles our wild mushroom foraging tours (you must pop on over to have a look)

I’m really excited to watch this blog grow and transform. It’s going to be a journey I would love to share with you… I’m going to be asking for lots advice!

Katriina