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Archive: Dec 2012

  1. Happy New Year!

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    Happy New Year via WeeBirdy.com

    Happy New Year, dear birdies! I really do hope 2013 is a brilliantly good one. Thanks so much for popping in and joining me in the Wee Birdy nest in 2012. Can’t wait to bring you more lovely goodness – and a brand new look – in 2013. xxx

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    How wonderful is this New Year’s creative concept, art direction and photography by Argentinian art studio, Plenty? via Typography Served.

  2. Happy Christmas from Wee Birdy!

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    Wee Birdy Christmas Tree via WeeBirdy.com

    Wishing all my super-lovely readers every happiness at Christmas. Thank you so much for stopping and making Wee Birdy what it is today. I’ve really loved expanding the Wee Birdy community on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and meeting so many of you over the year.

    I’m having a wee festive break with my family but I’ll see you all in the New Year. In the meantime, you’ll find me on Facebook, Twitter and especially Instagram, posting all my holiday pics. I’d love to see and hear about all of your Christmas festivities as well.

    Please join me in Instagram and #ShowMeYourTree! It’s easy – here’s how to do it:

    1. Head over to Instagram.
    2. Take a photo of your Christmas Tree.
    3. Upload your tree on Instagram and use the hashtag #showmeyourtree and tag @weebirdy.

    Can’t wait to see your tree! Here’s mine (see top)!

    Merriest of merries, everyone! X

    Photography by Lucas Boyd.

  3. A wee Christmas recipe: My Raspberry Cream Macaroon dessert

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    Christmas Recipe: Raspberry, cream and macaroon dessert via WeeBirdy.com

    This, my dearest birdies, is my favourite Christmas dessert. It’s the perfect way to end a too-stuffed-to-eat-another-mouthful-Christmas-dinner, as it’s relatively light (well, depending on how much you eat) and the raspberries offer an edge to the sweetness of the macaroons and cream.

    I don’t really use a “recipe” as such (apart from the coconut macaroon bit) because it’s dead simple – and the amounts used depend on how big your trifle bowl is.

    If you want the cheat’s version, use shop-bought coconut macaroons. You’ll be laughing at how dead-simple it is to put together, not to mention the ‘big effort’, maximum-impact results.

    Now I’m not talking about French macarons of the Laduree variety, I mean rough coconut macaroons that are crispy and toasty on the outside with a deliciously gooey meringue-y centre. I like to make my own, but be careful not to overcook them as you won’t get the gooey/sticky/toasty/crunchy texture that makes this recipe so lovely.

    Ingredients

    • Freshly whipped cream (I use two cartons of whipping cream, but you may need more or less, depending on how big your bowl is).
    • Raspberries (I use a mixture of fresh and frozen. I use one whole box of frozen raspberries, together with four punnets of fresh raspberries. It’s really nice to decorate the top of the dessert with a layer of fresh raspberries.)
    • Crushed coconut macaroons – either shop-bought or make them yourself, recipe below. Just pop them in a plastic bag and whack them with a rolling pin/mallet/other handy whackable object. Don’t smash them to smithereens – you don’t want a crumb-like texture. More of a mixture of crumbs and little chunks.

    Method

    1. Place a layer of crushed coconut macaroons (around an inch high) in the bottom of your glass trifle dish.
    2. Usually a spatula, place a layer of freshly whipped cream (around an inch high) on top of the macaroons.
    3. Now place a layer of raspberries on top of the cream.
    4. Repeat the layers until you get to the top of the trifle bowl.
    5. Finish with a layer of whipped cream and decorate with fresh raspberries. Either throw your raspberries on free-form or go for a retro design of concentric circles.
    6. Keep chilled until you’re ready to serve, then dust it with icing sugar (don’t do what I did last year in a fit of Christmas-induced madness and toss a heap of castor sugar on top. I misread the label. Not nice. Gritty. Oh dear.)
    7. Wow your guests – they’ll love it!

    Dead-Easy Raspberry Cream Macaroon dessert via WeeBirdy.com

    Coconut Macaroon Recipe (the non-cheat’s version)

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups of shredded coconut
    • 4 egg whites, at room temperature
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cup of caster sugar
    • 2 teaspoons of vanilla essence

    Method
    1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celcius. Line three baking trays with non-stick baking paper. Spread the shredded coconut over two of the trays and cook in the oven, tossing occasionally for three to four minutes until lightly toasted. For the love of god keep an eye on it and don’t let it burn! Remove from the oven and transfer to a plate. Your kitchen will now smell divine!
    2. Whisk the egg whites and salt together with electric beaters in a scrupulously clean, dry bowl until soft peaks form. Make sure you don’t have a speck of grease on your bowl or mixers or your meringue won’t work.
    3. Once you have soft peaks, add sugar a spoonful at a time. Go slow and steady here! Look at the mixture carefully and make sure all the sugar has dissolved before adding the next spoonful of sugar.
    Once all the sugar has been added, whisk for a further two minutes or until your mixture is thick and glossy.
    4. Add the vanilla essence and whisk to combine.
    5. Add the toasted coconut and use a large metal spoon to carefully fold it in until just combined. (Use a bit of TLC here. If you overdo this bit or stir too vigorously, your macaroons will be flat.)
    6. Spoon tablespoonful of mixture onto lined trays. Leave around 2cm between each macaroon. Bake in the oven, swapping trays halfway through cooking, for 12-15 minutes or until your macaroons are light golden and firm.
    7. Leave them to cool for five minutes on the trays before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.
    8. Store in an airtight container for up to two days before you need them.

    Photography by Lucas Boyd.

    Do you think you’ll have a go at making my dessert this year? What’s your all-time favourite Christmas dessert?

    You might also like Likkle Girl’s Rummy Balls.

  4. 7 Beautiful DIY Christmas Decorations

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    Crafttuts+ Snow Globe Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    It’s less than a week ’til Christmas, but there is still plenty of time to get hands-on and make some really special and unique decorations for your place. I’ve gathered together seven gorgeous Christmas projects from Crafttuts+, the awesome new craft tutorials website (which I also happen to edit – quick, pop over there now and check it out!).

    These crafts are all rather special and unique and they’re made by some of the world’s best designer-makers and crafters, including Kitiya Palaskas, Laura Howard (of Lupin Handmade) and Helen Frances (from Frances and Francis). Here are my top seven:

    1. Snowglobe Winter Wonderland in Jam Jar by Helen Frances of Frances and Francis (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Christmas Pinatas Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    2. Mini Christmas Piñatas by Kitiya Palaskas (above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Space Invaders Christmas Decorations Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    3. Space Invaders Christmas Ornaments by Cintia of My Poppet (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Felt Christmas Stocking Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    4. Felt Christmas Stocking by Laura Howard of Lupin Handmade (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Christmas Wreath and Garland Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    5. Fabric Christmas Wreath and Garland by Eleanna Kotsikou of zdrop (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Christmas Himmeli Decorations Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    6. Geo Himmeli Christmas Ornaments by Eleanna Kotsikou of zdrop (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    Crafttuts+ Christmas Paper Lantern Village Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    7. Bethlehem Paper Lantern Decorations by Helen Frances of Frances and Francis (pictured above). Click here for the full Crafttuts+ tutorial.

    And you can also craft your own unique Christmas wrapping, as well. Click here for 10 Quick and Colourful Gift Wrap Ideas by Kitiya Palaskas.

    Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    Craftutts+ DIY Christmas Wrap Tutorial via WeeBirdy.com

    Click here more amazing projects and tutorials from Crafttuts+.

    Need some lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.

    Prefer to buy all handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.

    And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!

  5. Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Amazing presents for kids

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    Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Kids Presents via WeeBirdy.com

    Stuck for original and charming present ideas for the little ones? I’ve scoured the globe for the most amazing gifts for kids, starting at $10.

    1. The Magic Tree House, AU$179 from Lark.

    2. Tsumiki house, EUR91 from The Space Penguin.

    3. Antique rose ballet bounce skirt by Collette Dinnigan For The Australian Ballet,  AU$39 Target.

    4. Kiko machi wood+magnet town, EUR32 from The Space Penguin.

    5. Little Roar Head by Flatout Frankie, AU$35 from Hello Polly.

    6. Rain Littlephant art print by Camilla Lundsten, AU$36 from Hello Polly.

    7. Nathalie Lete Friends magnet set, £22 from Niddle Noddle.

    Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Kids Presents via WeeBirdy.com

    8. Coq en Pate giraffe shoulder bag, AU$33.95 from My Messy Room.

    9. Rock Your Baby ‘Masked Crusader’ blue t-shirt with detachable cape, AU$35 from My Messy Room.

    10. Flensted Elephant Party mobile, AU$30 from Great Dane Furniture.

    11. Maze the ark ducky hook, AU$31 from Funkis.

    12. Nathalie Lete Sailor Tin bucket by Nathalie Lete, £8 from Niddle Noddle.

    13. Kids Company Dodgy Panda knitted hooded scarf, £45 from Liberty.

    14. Plastic Clonette Doll with Rabbit in dark blue, AU$10 from Lark.

    Christmas Gift Guide: Kids Presents via WeeBirdy.com

    15. Theatre “ESPAÑOL” (to assemble), EUR22 from Teatritos.

    16. Rock Your Baby ‘Eat My Dust’ board shorts, AU$39.95 from My Messy Room.

    17. OMM Design Tiger Plate, AU$12.95 from My Messy Room.

    18. Bear jacquard knit green jumper by Tootsa MacGinty, £31 from Burp Boutique.

    19. Djeco magician pencil trick book, £13 from Liberty.

    20. Blink Design colours wall art , AU$60 from My Messy Room.

    Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Presents for Kids via WeeBirdy.com

    21. The Game of Sculpture, £7.95 from Culture Label.

    22. Kiko ashiato cat print toy beach sandals, EUR17.60 from The Space Penguin.

    23. Harry Potter Marauder’s Map, £36.95 from Harrods.

    24. A Menotti and Y Labat’s How Many Jellybeans?, AU$24.95 from My Messy Room.

    25. Lion face cushion, AU$29.95 from Lark.

    26. Kiko gatcha gatcha dispenser, EUR39 from The Space Penguin.

    Christmas Gift Guide: Kids Presents via WeeBirdy.com

    27. Best Bead Kit In The World, £11.60 from Cox and Cox.

    28. Animal crayons, £5.20 from Cox and Cox.

    29. Vintage caravan, AU$29.95 from Lark.

    30. Milk n Soda Sailboat Bow Tie in Sky, AU$19.95 from My Messy Room.

    31. Harry Potter Hermione’s Time Turner, £51.95 from Harrods.

    32. Chalkboard Cowboy, £29.50 from Daisy Mooo.

    33. Blafre Giraffe Steel Drink Bottle, AU$24.95 from My Messy Room.

    Want more lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.

    Prefer to buy all handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.

    And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!

  6. Christmas Gift Guide 2012: Silver and Gold

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    Christmas Gift Guide: Silver and Gold via WeeBirdy.com

    Precious little presents under the Christmas tree are always welcome, but they don’t have to cost the earth – or come from the pages of chain-store jewellery catalogue. Here’s my round-up of some of the best little luxuries for Christmas from around the globe, starting at $36.

    1. Georg Jensen Ilse stainless steel vase, AU$110 from Georg Jensen.

    2. Eclectic candles by Tom Dixon, NZ$135 each from Simon James Design.

    3. Kate Spade icebox jewels emerald coin purse, US$46 from Kate Spade.

    4. 3.1 Phillip Lim silver metallic pointed collar, AU$175.01 from My Wardrobe.

    5. Alex Monroe teeny tiny bumblebee ring, £460 from Alex Monroe.

    6. Measuring hedgies, US$36 from Anthropologie.

    7. Tom Dixon form bowl set, NZ$155 from Simon James Design.

    8. Rococo Nail Apparel gold leaf nail varnish, £35 from Cult Beauty.

    9. T. LeClerc secret powder, £33 from Cult Beauty.

    10. Alex Monroe twig ring, £120 from Alex Monroe.

    11. Vintage cube necklace, US$24 from Sparkle Farm’s Etsy shop.

    12. Georg Jensen Ilse brass candleholder, AU$135 from Georg Jensen.

    13. Golden twig charm, US£16 from Anthropologie.

    14. Belmacz silver swan pure silver eyeshadow, £28 from Cult Beauty.

    15. Hammered band bracelet set, £18 from Anthropologie.

    Want more lovely present inspiration? Click here for all my Christmas 2012 Gift Guides.

    Prefer to buy all handmade? Click here for my Etsy 2012 Christmas Gift Guides.

    And don’t miss my Top 20 Christmas Crackers and my Top 20 Christmas Stockings!