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7 July 2015 Meet a...Videographer: Wilde Visual

Jesska Trueman, owner of Wilde Visual, makes short films and takes candid photos to celebrate, promote and remember the best times and adventures in life:

Tell us a little about yourself

Well, I’m based on the Gold Coast in my busy household of 2 kids and my husband. I’ve been a stay at home mum for the past 3 years, which has given me a lot of special time to spend with my kids but also time to realise how much I wanted to create a business I was proud of. I’m just having the best time with life right now, everything’s exciting!

How did you get into videography?

It’s always a form of art I have admired and been interested in. I remember sitting with my girlfriends while planning my wedding, watching countless wedding videos and feeling these amazing emotions of happiness and joy for two people I had never met. The art of telling a story that can make you feel things or like you’re a part of something special really resonated with me. After my husband and I documented our kids’ first years of life through creatively shot and edited videos, I realised I not only enjoyed it as a hobby but wanted to make it my job.

Josh & Steph from Wilde. Visual on Vimeo.

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7 July 2015 Adam + Amelia

Adam and Amelia describe their wedding day as ‘one big love feast’. ‘We wanted to create a very relaxed and fun party where everyone could drink beautiful South Australian wine, eat Barossa Valley produce until their hearts were content and dance until their feet blistered!’ said the couple. ‘We had guests fly over from NSW, NT, WA, VIC, as well as 8 other countries, so we really wanted to show off what South Australia has to offer.’

While Adam and Amelia aren’t religious, they still wanted the grand feeling of a church for their wedding ceremony, so the pair decided to get married in a renovated wool shed. ‘We wrote our own vows and tied the knot with a traditional ‘handfasting’ ceremony.’ said Amelia. ‘The ceremony was my favourite part!’ Afterwards guests gathered to enjoy bubbles and oysters while overlooking the incredible Barossa Valley, then they were taken on a walk to the other side of the property where the ‘big love feast’ was set up under a gorgeous marquee filled with high tables, hay bails and wine barrels.

‘We had a gigantic feast including hog roasts, a seafood BBQ, rustic salads and more, all laid out on a beautiful piece of old cedar wood on wine barrels. We wanted our guests to be overwhelmed with the excitement of good hearty food,’ said Amelia.

If you’re planning a rustic wedding filled with good food and fabulous wine, you’ll definitely want to check out Adam and Amelia’s big day below.

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6 July 2015 Terrarium Building with The Borrowed Nursery

On Saturday June 27, the lovely Lauren’s from The Borrowed Nursery set up their beautiful headquarters, with the help of Lovestruck Event Hire & Styling, to host a Terrarium Building HOORAY! workshop.

Students arrived around 11am and (as per usual) couldn’t wait to crack open their overflowing goodie bags. This time they were filled with gifts from Style Party Love, The Loose Leaf Teahouse, The Cake that Ate Paris, Whileaway Guides and Coco Daydream.

Once everyone had arrived the first lesson, which was all about the basics of planting a terrarium, began. Because before anyone can grow a green thumb, it’s essential to talk about plant selection, soil selection and the use of charcoal.

After lesson one had finished it was already time to tuck into a delicious Mexican lunch provided by the team from Pop Taco, and what a feast it was! Finally, with satisfied stomachs, our students could begin lesson two of the day – terrarium building!

Before long, everyone had constructed a beautiful botanical world, and as always, we looked at our students’ work like proud mothers! Sadly, the day eventually had to come to an end, but on the bright side, everyone went back into the real world with smiles on their faces, a bag full of goodies and brain full of newfound botanical knowledge.

A huge thank you goes out to all of our sponsors for the day, including our wonderful photographer, The Rare Negatives, and videographer, Wilde Visual.

If you like what you see, check out our upcoming workshops in a city near you here.

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6 July 2015 Fruity Favours

2015 is the year of the fruit! Not officially or anything, we’ve just found that there are so many super cute fruity things popping up all over the place this year – piñatas, party themes, invitations, and so on and so forth.

Seeing as we love this flavour of the season, we’ve rounded up some DIY fruit-themed favours for your next celebration. The pineapple ones would work perfectly for a Mexican fiesta, while the rest would be great little gifts for any girly soiree.

And if you’re struggling to think of a theme for an approaching party, these fun favours might just spark something creative (strawberries and cream party anyone?).

Go on, take a peek at our fruity goodies below!

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Left: Pineapple Favour Bags, The House That Lars Built | Right: Printable Watermelon Boxes, Oh Happy Day!

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6 July 2015 P is for Pinterest: Our Fave Finds

Happy Monday folk!

We cannot believe it’s already a week into July. Where is this year going?! Honestly, has time always gone this fast? As children we remember having to wait for what felt like forever to go on school holidays. Now it feels like they’re rolling around every couple of weeks.

Perhaps it’s because life is super busy these days. We hardly ever take out to just…breathe. So this morning we’re advocates for slowing down. We think it’s time we all took a break and enjoyed some time to ourselves – which is exactly where our Pinterest roundup comes in!

Grab your morning coffee and then come back, get comfortable and take a look at what we’ve been inspired by on Pinterest this week.

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3 July 2015 4th of July Cocktails

If you’re celebrating American Independence Day tomorrow, you’re probably going to need some special 4th of July cocktails! What’s better than gathering with family and friends, watching the fireworks and enjoying a great drink? Not much! And seeing as everything else is going to be themed around the US of A, there’s no reason why your cocktails should miss out on the old red, white and blue colour scheme either.

We’ve gathered some of the best July 4-themed cocktails across the web and lined them up below. If you’re feeling really patriotic, you can always add star shaped fruit or ice too. Go on, find your fave below then get shaking and stirring all in the name of independence. God bless America!

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Left: 4th of July Cocktials, I Spy DIY | Right: Raspberry SparklerGardenista

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2 July 2015 Sarah + Mike's 50th

Sarah and Mike celebrated turning 50 together by gathering all their friends and family to revel in the end of summer at their gorgeous, lovingly refurbished home in Suffolk – opening their doors to welcome everyone in for a great summer party.

Creating a concept that was grounded within the gorgeous Suffolk country setting, the look and feel of the birthday party was one of low-fi luxe, rather than out-and-out ostentation. Everything felt natural, organic and artisanal, instantly encouraging guests to feel at home and in a relaxed, celebratory mood. With a chic festival feel, the décor channelled a bohemian vibe in all its indigo tie-dye glory and gorgeousness. The styling lent itself to an inky blue colour palette and rich botanicals that mixed fern and foliage with evergreen florals.

Fun and frivolity were chief at this event, with plenty of games and goings-on. From the foliage-wrapped wigwams, fruit-shaped water bombs hanging from the orchard, and the dedicated dance tent and space hopper races, to the tuck shop area and nail bar, inflatables that surrounded the pool and the lawn games – guests were guaranteed a fun time from the moment they arrived.

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2 July 2015 Meet a...Stylist + Graphic Designer: PAPERplayground

Meet Astrid, owner of graphic design company PAPERplayround:

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Astrid, I’m a full-time mother of three rugrats (a teen, a 7 year-old, and a 3 year-old) and two fur babies. I am a graphic designer with a passion for celebrating life, good food, and even better company. I’ve worked in everything from fashion to publication, dabbled in freelance photography and currently working through creative mumhood this present moment!

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2 July 2015 Fourth of July Peanut Butter Cookie Cake

If you are looking for a themed dessert to celebrate the 4th of July with this year, why not try this gorgeous Peanut Butter Cookie Cake by Jessica from Sweetest Menu? Topped with red and blue M&M’s and tie dye buttercream frosting, it makes quite the statement. Peanut butter lovers will want to dive face first into the soft-baked cookie, with its golden crust and soft centre. Not only does it look fabulous, it’s so easy to throw together.

‘You all know that I love my cookie cakes. They are my total go-to dessert because not only do they taste incredible but they never fail! I could eat cookie cakes forever,’ says Jessica. This one has peanut butter so its extra fudgy in the middle, which makes me oh-so-happy. The Peanut M&M’s are not just for looks but also add a lovely crunch. If you are in America, you could even use Peanut Butter M&M’s if you want to go all out. Vanilla buttercream dyed red and blue is then piped on the edges for the ultimate Fourth of July dessert. God bless America!

TIME

1 hour

SUITABLE FOR

Ages 14+

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Peanut butter cookie cake: 115 g (1/2 cup or 1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature | 140 grams (3/4 cup) brown sugar | 1 tsp vanilla extract | 1 large egg, room temperature | 1/2 cup smooth peanut butter | 210 grams (1 and 1/2 cup) plain flour | 1/2 tsp baking soda | 1 tsp cornflour (cornstarch) | 1/2 cup milk or dark chocolate chips | 1/2 cup red and blue peanut M&M’s
Red and blue buttercream: 60 grams (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature | 270 grams (2 cups) icing sugar or powdered sugar | 1/2 tsp vanilla extract | 2 tbsp milk | Blue food colouring | Red food colouring

WHAT TO DO

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 (360 F). Grease and line an 18cm (9 inch) round cake tin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugar with an electric mixer until it is pale and creamy. Add the vanilla extract and egg and continue to beat until soft and creamy. Stir in the peanut butter.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking soda and cornflour. Gently fold until dough starts to come together. Throw in the chocolate chips and half of the M&M’s and fold through.
  4. Place all the dough into your prepared tin and press down and spread out as even as possible. Press the rest of the M&M’s onto the top of the cookie cake. Place in the oven for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Try not to overcook as you want it to stay soft in the middle.
  5. Remove from the oven and leave to cool completely.
  6. To make the butter cream – In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter until creamy and smooth and then sift in half the icing sugar and add the vanilla.
  7. Add a tablespoon of milk to help loosen up the mixture. Add the rest of the icing sugar and continue to beat.
  8. Add a tablespoon of milk if needed. The icing should be nice and creamy but thick enough to hold its shape.
  9. Divide the buttercream into two bowls. Add the red food colouring to one and give it a good stir until the icing is evenly coloured. Add the blue food colouring to the other bowl and give it a good stir until you have blue icing.
  10. Grab your disposable piping bag and insert a large star tip into the end. Very gently add spoonfuls of one colour of icing and try keep it to one side of the piping bag. You don’t have to be exact, so do the best you can. Then gently spoon the second coloured icing on top.
  11. Gently press down to remove any air bubbles and force the icing down to the tip. Twist the top of the bag and then pipe the icing onto the cupcakes. The first one probably won’t have both colours so use that one as a test run.

AND THEN

Pipe the icing onto the cake and then cut and serve.

TIP

For tips on piping check out Jessica’s cupcake frosting post here.

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1 July 2015 Wedding Day? How About a Wedding Week!

On average, it takes about a year to plan for a wedding, so when it’s over in just under 24 hours, it can kind of be a little, well…depressing. Beat those post wedding blues and dedicate an entire week (or at least a few extra days) to your special day! Trust us when we say that not only will it be the best week of your life, you’ll be well and truly wedding’ed out once it’s all over:

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