Day at the Docklands

Last weekend we took a trip to the Docklands, Melbourne. After much confusion on how to get there, we made it! Even though it was cloudy, windy, sunny, confusing weather, I had a really lovely time and going on the Melbourne Star was definitely the highlight of the day. We could see the city, the dockyards, Port Phillip Bay with all its yachts and it was also nice to take in all the little things too. The view of Melbourne was beautiful and it put a smile on my face.

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PHOTOS BY Maya Pearson & Katherine E Seppings

Valentine Heart Biscuits

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Ingredients
115g butter
55g caster sugar
Few drops of vanilla extract
150g plain flour
25g cornflour

Icing
4 tbsp water
250g icing sugar
Food colouring, to decorate

Method
Mix the butter, caster sugar and vanilla extract until just evenly mixed. Stir in the flour and cornflour. Wrap in clingfilm and chill for about 30 minutes.
Roll out to the thickness of a $1 coin and cut out different sized heart shapes. Bake at 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4 for 10 minutes. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
Make the icing sugar and divide into small bowls to add pink and red food colouring to the mixture. Now it’s time to decorate your heart biscuits!

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To give biscuits as a gift, pack in a DIY box, which you can print here. To make the box more interesting you could decorate it or print it out on some pretty card.

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Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

Lavender Cupcakes

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Cupcake
2 cups of self-raising flour, sifted
3/4 cup of caster sugar
3/4 cup of milk
125g of butter, melted, cooled
2 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Icing
1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
4 drops of blue food colouring
2 drops of green food colouring
1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons of water

Method
To make cake, preheat oven to 200°C. Line a muffin pan with patty pans.
Combine flour and caster sugar in a bowl. Make a well in the center.
Add milk, butter, eggs and vanilla to flour mixture. Using a wooden spoon, stir gently to combine.
Spoon mixture into patty pans. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into center comes out clean. Stand in pan for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool.

To make icing, sift icing sugar into a bowl. Mix food colouring together and add water. Stir until smooth. Spoon icing over cupcakes. Decorate with fresh lavender.

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Geometric Nail Art

nail art

nail art

Materials:
Two nail polish colours (Ulta3 – soft hydrangea, Mode – glitzy glam)
Sticky tape or masking tape

Geometric Nail Art

Paint on base colour.

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Lay a piece of tape diagonally across your nail. With your second colour paint in the area of your nail that isn’t covered.

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Remove tape carefully.

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You could add other angles to your nails and even overlap them. Be creative!

Shell Statement Necklace

Sea Shell Necklace

I was at the beach earlier this week and it inspired me to make this simple shell statement necklace.

Sea Shell Necklace

Materials:
String
Necklace Clasp
Three or more shells

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Measure the length of your string by putting it around your neck and deciding where you what it to sit. Take into consideration the you will need extra to tie the string onto the clasp.

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Thread the string through the shell’s hole. I was lucky enough to find shells that had natural holes in them. If you didn’t happen to find any like this then maybe you could drill a hole? I’m not sure how shells would cope with that though.
– Let me know in the comments below what you would do to create the hole.

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Now attach your clasp. The clasp is optional, you might like to tie a knot at the back, but I prefer to be able to take it off more easily. Tie a double knot on each ring and cut the excess off.

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Sweet, simple and complete.

Hip hip hooray!

Inspiration Rose - Birthday

Today Inspiration Rose is having its first anniversary!
I love my blog and enjoy inspiring others. I want to thank my followers for your support. I’m a creative person and because of this blog I have been able to express this part of me to the rest of the world. I’m so glad I made the decision one year ago to create Inspiration Rose.
I hope to bring you many more projects, recipes, photos and inspiration in the years to come!

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Hair Scrunchy

Hair scrunchy

I decided to create this hair scrunchy because as well as wanting to wear it out and about I heard hair scrunchies are great to wear to bed. They are better than normal hair ties because they are not as tight and wont pull on your hair.

Hair scrunchy

Materials:
Material
Pins
Elastic
Safety pin
Thread
Needle

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My hair is thick so I made the width of my scrunchy thick too. Depending on your hair type, it’s up to you how wide you want it. Make sure you add a centimeter or more of seam allowance.

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Pin to hold the material in place and cut along the edge of the material.

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Fold the material in half, inside-out, and pin before you sew so it doesn’t slip out of place.

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Sew the pieces together one centimeter and a half in from the edge. Don’t forget to back stitch on both ends!

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Hair scrunchy Turn the material back the right way around. Iron it so it’s flat.

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Attach the safety pin to the end of the elastic.

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Work out how tight/long you want your elastic.

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Tie a double knot and cut off the excess.

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Sew the gap closed with your needle and thread.

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Style in a ponytail or bun.

Spring Inspired Nail Art

Spring Nail Art
Spring Nail Art

Materials:
Three colours of nail polish (essie – ballet slippers, essie – tart deco, mode – blackjack)
A pencil with an eraser end
A flat headed pin

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Paint nails with base colour.

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Now start dotting! To create a tool to make the flowers, I pushed the pin into the eraser end of a pencil.
Pour a little nail polish onto some paper and use the pin head to dot.

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I used four dots to make a flower shape.

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Now, using another colour, make the center of your flower with one dot in the middle.

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Have fun creating your own combinations!