See the World! Etsy Picks from www.highwallsblog.com

It’s a happy coincidence that today’s Oh Etsy collection falls on Earth Day. I’ve been itching for a bit of adventure in my life, so in absence of an actual journey or holiday, I went hunting for a bit of online inspiration to sooth my wanderlust! The Earth is full of amazing places, I can’t wait to explore them a little more. Let’s keep it as amazing as possible! Happy Earth Day!

ONE / Wit & Whistle blew me away with this beautiful Travel Journal, I want to frame it and put it on my wall! (EDIT: You CAN put in on your wall! It also comes in print form – Hooray!)

TWO / Who among us wouldn’t love this painted Globe from Wild & Free Designs in their lives? Talk about wanderlust inspiration!

THREE / I simply adore vintage maps and Reclaimer has a insanely huge collection of beautiful old maps – this 1930′s map of LA would look fantastic framed on a wall, don’t you think?

FOUR / Any good traveller needs a compass for their travels and personally, I’d like this laser-cut brooch from Twenty Fingers

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Make your own pretty garlands from patterned paper | www.highwallsblog.com

At this point, garlands of any kind are basically a DIY staple. Pinterest is a veritable encyclopaedia of all the different ways and styles in which you can make this versatile decoration. And there-in lies the source of its popularity; no matter how many different craft projects you may come across on the subject, there are always different ways to make a garland for your home! As far as decorating goes, it is super easy and cost effective and can be used for so many different reasons or occasions. So with all this in mind; here’s yet another garland DIY. I hope you’re still as into them as I am, because I really love this one!

There is an amazing stationary store in the city that specializes in cards and high end wrapping paper. When I cam across this bee and rose wrapping paper I just knew I needed to buy it and make something pretty out of the beautiful prints! Because the paper was good quality, it is quite thick and strong, so it was ideal for this project as it still holds its shape when cut out. Keep this in mind when choosing your own paper for this project as if it is lighter paper you may need to adhere it it to something stronger before starting if you want your garlands to last.

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Make your own color blocked rope bracelet with this easy DIY | www.highwallsblog.com

Remember my copper and rope bracelet DIY from a couple of weeks ago? Well, I loved it so much that I thought I would make some more rope bracelets, this time with a little more colour! The full steps are featured in Drifter & the Gypsy‘s DIY Craft column, but all you really need is some rope and thread in as many shades and colors as you so desire. It’s super easy you can even do it while sitting in front of the television. Let me know what you think :)

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easter

Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate Easter! As per usual, we filled our fridge with way to much chocolate and I ate enough to make myself sick. It was awesome. Here’s hoping you’re having a wonderful day no matter how you are spending your Sunday!

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Oh  Hello Easter! My you have come up on us quickly this year! For those of you, (like me!) who may have not even thought about their Easter shopping as of yet, here are a few last minute finds to get yourself ready for the Easter bunny’s visit this weekend…

1 / Alana Naylor brings us this wonderfully minimalist Print and great news – It’s on Sale!!

2 / Fix your best Easter cards or photos to the fridge with these adorable Bunny Magnets from the oh-so-clever Julia Wine.

3 / This teeny apricot bunny (from Under Umbrelland) comes complete with an even teenier carrot and packaged in a pretty matchbox, it’s the perfect Easter present to pop in the mail for someone far away!

4 /  Be sure your waking up on the right side of the bed on Easter morning with a  Best Bunny Pillowcase from Xenotees

diy-easter-eggsIf there’s one thing that I am sure of, it’s that I will never cease to be amazed at the sheer volume of Easter Egg decorating projects that come out of the woodwork every year! Who knew there could be so many ways to make a fragile little oval shape look so beautiful! Now, this amazement may be due to the fact that I haven’t tried my hand at egg decorating size primary school. In comparison, everyone is a million billion times more creative than me and my lack of effort. But looking at just these few DIY’s I have chosen to share with you today, I think it’s more due to the fact that these ladies are off-the-chain talented! It’s just the inspiration I needed to get off my butt and come up with my own Easter projects! What about you guys? Are you decorating eggs this Easter or do you have your own project in mind?

Golden Marbled Eggs / Metallic Egg Art Spotted Eggs
Abstract Painted Eggs / Illustrated Eggs / Watercolor Eggs

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ONE / Ahhhh! Zoey and Jasper are probably the cutest thing ever! Photographer mum Grace Chon takes photos of her adorable family members in their matching outfits and I love it!

TWO / Holy Moly! Would you look at these embossed rolling pins by Vatek! Foxes, cats, dinosaurs and even personalized words! Don’t tell me that your friends wouldn’t be super impressed when you presented them with cookies with these patterns!

THREE /  EmojiNation by Nastya Nudnik combines iPod Emoji’s and works of art in a lovely subtle way, I would love to have one of these on my wall just to see how many people noticed the modern influence. 

FOUR / This is my new cacti background and I love it! Thanks Design Sponge!

Bacon & Egg Breakfast Muffin | www.highwallsblog.com

Breakfast is one of those sacred things in the world of blogging. Show me a blogger who isn’t completely obsessed with breakfast (or brunch) dishes and I’ll show you a liar! The combination of carbs, eggs and bacon seems to be reserved for meals prior to 12pm and therefore everyone seems to feel the need to make it as gourmet as possible!

Sure, I’m as obsessed with fancy omelettes and quiches as the next girl, but can I be real with you for a second? You know what breakfast dish really gets me excited? McDonald’s breakfasts! I love love McDonald’s breakfast. Don’t look at me like that! I know you love it too! Some people are into the pancakes, some into the sausage and egg, but me… I’m all about the Bacon & Egg McMuffin.

But the problem with greasy take-out breakfast is, well, exactly that! It’s greasy take-out! Of course it tastes good, but feeling heavy and bloated is probably not the best way to start your day. So, to fulfil my love of the Bacon and Egg McMuffin without clogging my arteries on a regular basis, I have mastered the art of the home made “McMuffin”

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INGREDIENTS:
(1 per muffin)
Eggs
Short Cut Bacon
Tomato
English Muffins
Spinach & Rocket
Cheese Slices
Avocado
Hash Browns (optional**)
1. Split each English muffin in half and set cut side up on a plate. Set aside for later.

2. Cook bacon and eggs in a frying pan over medium-high heat. For this step I suggest investing in some egg rings. They are inexpensive and make putting your muffin together 1000 time easier! To use the rings, place them into your frying pan and crack an egg into each ring. Allow to cook for a few minutes until the bottom and edges of the egg are cooked. At this point you can usually remove the egg ring with some tongs and flip the egg over to cook the top side. If the rings wont come away easily, just flip the egg over – ring and all – and you can remove it after you have finished cooking by running a butter knife around the edge.

3. Meanwhile, slice your vegetables: avocado, tomato and wash and dry the spinach and rocket. Top one side of the English muffin with avocado tomato and spinach/rocket. Season with salt and pepper.4. Take your egg fresh from the pan and put it on the other side of the English muffin. Here is the secret to getting that authentic “take-out” taste for your muffin – place a slice of cheese singles on top of your egg and top that with a peice (or two!) of crispy bacon. Of course you can use good quality cheeses instead, but trust me – its the processed cheese singles that you buy individually wrapped in plastic that will give you that guilty pleasure taste.

5. Take the two halves and sandwich them together! Voila! A healthier and even tastier take on the Bacon and Egg McMuffin!

** If you’re like me, and you think that the hash brown is what takes your muffin to the next level, you can buy them frozen from the supermarket and bake them in the oven while you’re cooking the rest of the meal. Personally, I like to sneak one into my muffin itself, because, that’s just how I roll…

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This weeks picks are my favourite just because, well, wooden accents are always pretty and always stylish…

ONE / This wooden lamp fixture  by Katerina Kopytina is so beautifully designed in its minimalistic shape and smooth features. AND you can get it in your choice of cord colours! Wouldn’t it look amazing to have a whole row of these babies in rainbow colours?

TWO / I wish someone had bought me these amazing modular Doll house buildings when I was a kid like these clever hand crafted designs from Manzanita Kids!

THREE / Okay, so these aren’t made of wood, but of course I am totally giddy for these eco friendly gems from the wonderful Bueno Market

FOUR / Tree Horn Designs have so many great faceted wooden peices but these simple blue earrings totally caught my eye!

Make your own Candy Coloured Letter Cake Toppers | www.highwallsblog.com

Confession time: I have the most ridiculously huge collection of (mostly unused) nail polishes! When my collection went from normal to excessive is unknown, but the end result is the same: a drawer full of vibrant colours out of which I probably only use around 4 or 5 (but let me tell you – those babies are on high rotation!) Every time I open the drawer I feel a twinge of guilt for my poor neglected colours. So, rather than let them sit there gathering dust, I’ve been on the hunt for other uses for my trusty nail polishes…

My favourite thing about using nail polish on surfaces other than actual finger nails, is how glossy and opaque the colour is. It reminds me almost of hard candy coating, which was my inspiration for these letter toppers! After I shared my recipe for mini strawberry crumb cakes, a few of you asked about the letter cake toppers featured along with the crumbly dessert.  What better time to share my first nail polish related project? Ask and ye shall receive! (I’m so good to you guys!)

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