Easter Table Decorating

 I've been getting in the mood for Easter...I usually don't decorate all that much
at this time of year and like always I try to keep it very simple.....

One of my favourite things to look for at the market are Easter Daisies.....don't
you just love how beautiful & long lasting they are. They always brighten my day!
So I thought I would share with you my Easter table decorations - all in that
rustic yet elegant country style I love so much, with lots of white thrown in too!

Fresh white daisies in a glass jar, Easter daisies in a favourite white Ikea jug, 
a rustic timber board to add texture & height and a French vintage linen sheet
that I use as a tablecloth.

A simple table setting of white linen napkins tied up with 
string & decorated with a tiny sprig of Easter Daisies...

A sweet little iron bunny, glass jar with daisies & fresh eggs from our chickens. 
I made the little nest from an old Christmas wreath I had lying around.
Simply wet the wicker till soft and reshape and tie. I then gave it a quick
whitewash with acrylic paint.

 Are you busy with your Easter decorations too, I would love
to hear what you have planned!

 I am linking up with the following lovely parties -

Handmade Soap

Hi everyone, hope you are all well & happy!

I have been enjoying the beautiful weather here at the moment. Lovely sunny days and cool
evenings - perfect! Warm enough for a t-shirt & jeans during the day and cool enough to snuggle under
the quilt at night. I always sleep better when the nights are cooler, don't you?

I made my first batch of olive oil soap yesterday and was really surprised at how easy it was....

As you know I have been reading Rhonda's lovely new book Down to Earth

I followed her simple recipe for cold processed soap - using some very basic ingredients
available from my local supermarket.- olive oil, rice bran oil & coconut oil.
There is also a wonderful tutorial from Rhonda on her blog....

Now we wait 5-6 weeks for the soap to cure....then we can use it!

My next batch will be scented with herbs from my new herb
garden - verbena, sage & rosemary....infused in the oil to give a subtle scent.
 Stay tuned for a tutorial on my scented soap coming soon!

I am really enjoying this transition I am going through at the moment....paring down & simplifying
our lives. Cutting back on packaging, chemicals & processed foods....

Have a lovely week and also a very big welcome 
to my lovely new followers!

linking up with Kathleen at White Wednesday
 Savvy Southern Style Wow Us Wednesday 
Feathered Next Friday 
& Inspiration Friday

Labour Day Weekend

Did you do anything exciting this weekend? We had a long weekend here in 
Victoria to celebrate Labour Day, which was a great excuse to escape
 to the beautiful Yarra Valley for the day.

 The gorgeous Yarra Valley is famous for it's many vineyards & gourmet foods 
and autumn is the perfect time to visit!

Our first stop was at Yarra Glen for morning tea of freshly baked scones & coffee...

Next on our must see list was the beautiful Chandon Winery to stock up on some bubbly. 
Established by French champagne house Mo√ęt & Chandon in a stunning historical setting the gardens 
around this estate have a distinctive european feel.

We then headed into Healsville for a gourmet lunch of sourdough bread topped with goats cheese,
 proscuitto & fresh figs at the Harvest Cafe...yummy!

Till next time

Simple Living

It's funny how a book can call to you from the shelves of a bookstore.

I know you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but this one really caught my eye the other
day when I was out shopping with my daughter.

Down to Earth

I picked it up, read a few pages, put it down and walked away.....

and I thought about it ever since...

regretting putting it down....

I have been trying not to buy too many books lately, as I tend to buy
on impulse and then there they sit, looking very pretty, but gathering dust.

While shopping again this morning with my older daughter I made a
beeline for the bookstore and promptly bought it and I am so glad I did.

Written by Rhonda Hetzel an Australian lady who has had her own
blog - Down to Earth for what seems to be a number of years.

Where has this lady been all my life....her thoughts and advice
 are exactly what I have been looking for.

'Simple ideas to enrich your home creating a warm & secure environment 
without unnecessary spending'.....I like that idea a lot!

I'm off to enjoy some homemade vegetable soup on this cold & windy autumn day
and spend a few hours reading Rhonda's lovely book.

If you get a chance pop on over to her blog to have a look at her list of tips and advice
I'm sure there is something there for everyone!

Have a good weekend everyone!