Monday, July 25, 2011

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies + Daily Outfits ♥

Just some daily outfits + pictures from my camera :)









Photos by Alex ♥


Vegan nom times at The Chocolate Bean with Alex :3
Hot chocolate with cherry, peanut butter + chocolate cheesecake, hot chocolate with caramel. Yes, it's all vegan! My favourite place to soothe my soul♥




I baked some vegan chocolate chip + walnut cookies. Click through for the recipe!

 xx


Z

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vegan Peanut Butter Cookies + Daily Outfit

I am way too stoked about this. My lovely friend Jade dropped around last night with a present for me- her old DS! I've never ever owned my own game console before- and I have wanted a DS for so long. I am so stupidly excited- it's baby pink + I bought my first game for it today: Scribblenauts.


It was chilly today, but I was determined to wear my eyeball singlet + my new jeans. The singlet has a hood- I just love it!



Cold weather really motivates me to bake. I don't know what it is- maybe it's the heat of the oven, or the fact that baked goods + coffee are like two peas in a pod.
I'm not very precise when it comes to baking, and always tweak recipes to make it what I want it to be. I had a random sweet craving last night, but because we had only just got back from holiday, there was almost nothing in the pantry, except a fortuitous jar of crunchy peanut butter. As a result, the recipe uses no soy milk, egg replacer or margarine. They are SO peanut butter-y, and the sunflower seeds add a really pleasant crunch. I want to eat them all!



Click through for the recipe. Vegan peanut butter cookies!


xx


Z



Wednesday, July 20, 2011

DIY Tie Dyed Clothes.

Came home to the city from the Riverlands today. It's kind of nice to be back in the busy city, with coffee and friends and stuff to do. It was nice to go for a holiday, though- I feel much more refreshed + inspired. ^_____^


I really was bursting with ideas all day for a couple of DIY projects to refresh some old clothes I didn't wear that much. There are some things I will be working on over the next few days, I will be sure to post tutorials as well :)


Tonight, I decided to use this old machine wash dye that I found in my craft basket. I can't even remember who gave it to me, but it was such a pretty vivid violet. I decided to tie dye vertical stripes onto a soft  grey marle onesie I bought at the Gilles Street market + dye over the bleach spatters on my jeans.  



How to: Vertical stripe tie-dye.


Vertical stripes are much more flattering + slimming than horizontal stripes- you guys already knew that, right? They're a little more fiddly to achieve with tie dye, but it's definitely worth it. It's an instant flattering pattern that revamps tops, arm warmers, and stockings :)


You will need:


- A packet of dye (machine wash or soak method- either or.)
- 500g of salt. (Usually depends on the dye, check the packet.)
- Up to 600gm of material (depending on the dye.) I weighed my items carefully folded on the kitchen scales.
- Some string or elastic.
- A pair of scissors.


1. Lay your chosen garment flat. Make sure it's composed with a compatible material- most dyes won't dye polyester blends, so be sure it's a cotton blend.
Loosely roll from the bottom of the garment into a tube.



2. Depending on how many stripes you'd like to have- the more stripes you want, the more elastic you'll need, tie the garment into sections. Really make sure the make the elastic  is really tight. 

3. To finish my leotard onesie, I tied four knots into the sleeves, for the knot dye effect. It's a really pretty pattern + could easily be done to an entire garment (I'm thinking jeans legs, right now!)

Twist the fabric until it curls up tight:



4. Tie a knot as close to the shoulder as you can, so you can fit another knot. 



5. Now your garment is ready! Make sure you have some other clothes to throw in (check out other tie dye methods here) as each packet can easily + vibrantly dye around 600gm of fabric. I decided to throw my old bleach stained jeans in to revamp them. It's an easy DIY project over bleach stained clothing!

6. Follow the packet directions of your dye. For mine, I had to place the dye with 500gms of salt + the clothes + run a 40 degrees celcius cycle on delicate.
Once the cycle is over, run the clothes on a 40 degrees celcius cycle with detergent to wash out excess dye. To clean the washing machine, run a cycle with detergent while the machine is empty.

7. Wait impatiently for the clothes to dry + viola!





Enjoy your awesome clothes that are like new again! Send me some pictures of your creations? I'd really like to see :)
Submit them to my Tumblr or Facebook- I want to get a little album going of clothes made from tutorials on my blog ^___^!

Tentacled hugs!

xx

Z

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Exploring. Day 3.

Today, the weather was as indecisive as I can be when it comes to picking rings. It was beautiful when I got up, after I'd caught another episode of The Wire (I'm in the middle of season two- if you haven't already got around to watching it, I definitely recommend it!), the sky was surly + heavy with clouds.

I still wanted to go for a walk, so Alex took me down to the abandoned Art Commune next door to his parents' house. It was just breathtaking- all the different, hand built buildings nestled in amongst each other. One particularly caught my eye, nestled into the opening of a huge gully, was a little mud brick/timber structure I just HAD to take more photos of.

The silence + stillness is just so dreamlike- it was surreal clambering around this little house and disturbing plumes of dust. We watched the sun set on a cliff in the gully + walked home along the blossoming cherry trees. We're heading back to the city tomorrow, so it was nice to soak up a little more tranquility before our holiday was over. I'm looking forward to getting back to the city- despite arriving on the last nice day before crappy weather. I have so many projects to start and complete. I can't wait to show you!

I'll leave you with photos from today. I realise they are rather small, but you can always click on them for a bigger picture :)




Standing on Alex's parents' balcony, being comfy. High waisted skinny jeans, Vincent nibbled singlet, Brixton hat, inverted cross + Alex's Mindsnare hoodie :3


xx




Monday, July 18, 2011

Exploring. Day 2.

Alex and I ventured down the part of the river that his parents' house overlooks. The sun was setting + there was a gentle breeze blowing the reeds in the wind, it was so very pretty. My little camera wasn't very up for the job of shooting at sundown, so please excuse the glarey glare!

I found a beautiful old rusted nail from the decaying boat I took photos of. I think I may lacquer it to preserve the rust + make it into a pretty pendant. It's pretty heavy, but I think it would look lovely dangling on a long chain. I'll be sure to photograph a tutorial, so that you may do the same with whatever takes your fancy for a pendant :)


I had an amazing feast of roasted vegetables- some shop bought, some grown in the garden. Carrot, pumpkin, potato, spanish onion, garlic, sweet potato, parsnip, sliced lemon, a mixture of herbs + some beetroot, along with steamed cauliflower, broccoli and sweetcorn. I am so full I may burst, but I have a happy belly!

If you haven't eaten whole roasted baby carrots, you haven't lived ;3

xx

Z


Standing in front of the decaying boat that I found the nail in front of. More photos of river exploration when you click through ♥

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Exploring.

After the whole debacle with my surgery and the following weeks of recovery, Alex thought it would be nice if we were to escape to his parent's house out in the Riverlands for a while. He's in the middle of a uni break, and I could do with a holiday from the city, so I thought why not!


We arrived after 3 hours of driving from Adelaide on a cloudy Friday. After spending all Saturday in bed + rather miserable, despite the lovely weather outside, I figured today would be a nice day for adventures. I was somewhat unpleasantly surprised with a dreary, grey Sunday, peppered with showers and chilling us all to the bone.
Unsurprisingly, a general consensus was reached that staying indoors for the worst of the weather would be a wise idea, so we rugged up in front of the fire with hot coffees.


The afternoon was spent with Alex's lovely mother, digging through old Vogue patterns and discovering old treasures buried in her inherited piles of vintage fabrics and textiles. After much pouring through, and my excitement over some of the patterns and fabrics, she offered to make me a dress! I am so excited- we've picked the most amazing fabrics + pattern for a really vintage styled dress.
I never learnt how to properly use my sewing machine, so I'm hoping to develop some skills in the area so I may recreate some of the beautiful vintage patterns I came across.



The weather finally cheeried up a little bit- enough for Alex + I to don some weatherproof clothing and go out with our cameras. I took some daggy happy snaps + marvelled at the wildlife, before we had a close call with the rain and Alex's expensive Canon gear + a frantic run home.


We were greeted with a warm house, a hearty serving of lentil soup, Alex's mother has been especially kind in fixing vegan meals for me while I'm here. 
The evening was finished with an apple baked in the fireplace, with a cinnamon quill + brown sugar, served with vegan custard. I have a warm belly + am anticipating a spot of cuddlement while watching season two of The Wire.


I'll leave you with some photos I took today. Click through to see more :)

A grumpy looking ceramic owl in a tree!


xx


Z

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Craft mayhem

Creating mayhem in the kitchen. I can't wait to show you!


I can't wait to shoot my newest creation- there will be photos floating around soon- keep your eyes peeled :) In the meantime, my poor kitchen looks like something black + fuzzy exploded on the bench. Meep!

Before I go, I will leave you with this. I don't know if you have noticed, so I will just make sure. I hate to bust anyone's bubble, but this is MY blog, which means I will post whatever it is I feel like.
Don't like it? Just leave. Your silly comments are just being laughed at and deleted. Sorry :) Perhaps it's time to get a more constructive hobby?

Anyhow, I hope wherever you are, you're having a lovely day! Be kind, eat your greens, and all that jazz ;3

xx

Z

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Post Surgery ♥

Just a quick post to let you know that I am out of surgery + on my way to recovery. I am hoping that I can now just get a wriggle on with life, work and play! I have been working on some new things in my absence- I can't wait to show you!


xx


Z

Tattoo Plagiarism.

There is little on earth that angers me more than people who lack their own creativity to create their own permanent piece of art, so they have to steal someone else's custom piece.

This is the custom drawn image of a tentacled lotus I have tattooed around the back of my neck. It was drawn for me by a very dear friend, the meaning behind it is incredibly personal, and I searched for a VERY long time before I found an artist I was comfortable enough around to have it tattooed.

The finished result is a piece I truly cherish + love to death- this is an image taken freshly after the piece was finished, around 1-2 years ago.



Today, this image popped up in my newsfeed, and had me shaking with rage. My beautiful, perfect tentacle lotus has been stolen and absolutely BUTCHERED and turned into a tramp stamp!


Absolutely no persmission was asked of me OR the artist who drew this piece, so naturally, we're fuming. While I am all for inspiration, I do NOT support theft!
I sent a polite enough message kind of asking what was up with the blatant theft of something so personal and dear to me, and I got blocked and deleted!

This is a comparison of the two pieces, the top being the awful copy and the bottom being the original drawing I had drawn for me.


So, this is my blog, and I will name and shame people too gutless to even ask if was okay to use my tattoo as a reference. Holly, you really should have just run it by me, instead of running from me.

Grrrrr! Has this happened to anyone else before? I think I need a chai to calm down!

xx

Z