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- Not gonna lie: I may have downloaded every version of this printable succulent download over at Sugar & Cloth. It is now adorning almost all my digital devices!

- These works by artist Todd Baxter and his wife certainly do invoke the same feeling of familar nostalgia as Wes Anderson’s visual style; and as such, I love them!

- Loving Corrina’s  summer cocktail illustrations

- Professional photographer Jame Clauss when faced with nothing to do, staged a baby photo shoot for Snuggles the Jack-Russell Terrier. Hilarious and adorable!

 

5 Minute Recipe: Herb & Cheese Pull Apart | high walls

It’s been a sugar overload around here lately, so let’s take a beat and instead have something a little more savoury. Let me introduce you to your new best friend: the Cheese & Herb pull apart. It’s quick and easy and can be made with whatever you have floating around in your fridge. Isn’t that the best kind of recipe?

Like many things in life, this recipe is best enjoyed with friends. Not casual acquaintances, actual friends. The kind that  you will feel comfortable calling out when they try to steal that bit of cheesy, herby goodness you were eyeing off seconds before they reached for it. Everyone will have their paws all over this meal. There will be mess. There will be greasy fingers. But don’t worry, because it will be awesome.

As far as cheese and herb combinations; feel free to use whatever you have or whatever you like the most. The best part about this dish is that you really can’t go wrong! Try different cheeses! Top with diced up meats! sneak in some spices! The power is yours – go crazy!

5 Minute Recipe: Herb & Cheese Pull Apart | high walls 5 Minute Recipe: Herb & Cheese Pull Apart | high walls

INGREDIENTS:

1 loaf of crusty bread

Cheese (your choice)

Herbs (ie: basil, parsley)

Butter

Olive oil

1. Using a bread knife, slice into the top of the bread: cutting a cross hatch about 3/4 of the depth of the bread. Leave around an inch in between each cut.

2. With a long knife or spatula, generously butter the inside parts of the bread in between the cuts.

3. Roughly chop your choice of herbs and stuff into the cuts in the bread and across the top. (I used parsley and lemon thyme because that’s what I had)

4. Grate your choice of cheese and stuff half deep into the cuts in the bread. Scatter the rest across the top, I used jarlsberg cheese and added extra tasty and parmesan cheese on top.

5. Drizzle the whole thing with olive oil and place in the oven, preheated to 180 degrees celcius. Cook for 5 – 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

5 Minute Recipe: Herb & Cheese Pull Apart | high walls 5 Minute Recipe: Herb & Cheese Pull Apart | high walls

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It’s late at night and I’ve started noticing that the later it gets, the more my Etsy browsing has slowly devolved into dark and moody picks. Moons and stars and dark patterns. There’s not even a full moon tonight so I can’t blame it on that! I don’t know what has brought on this bought of brooding browsing, but I’m totally into it.

1 | Crazy about this striking Landscape Painting by Studio. Zoe, which you can also buy as a print!

2 |  In lieu of  a real full moon, I could use this Trip to the Moon Sticker from Moonlight Fantasy

3 | My couch is screaming for this Maya Lumbar Support Pillow from Chanee Vijay Textiles to live on it forever.

4 | Everyone loves a good tote, but this Constellation Tote Bag by Sleepy Dreamer is just that little bit extra classy!

 Ombre Citrus Cakes - in lemon, lime and orange! | www.highwallsblog,com
Hey! Guess what! Today marks the 4th anniversary of this blog! Way back when I started this blog in 2010 we had a different name, a different format and the only person who read it was me! Look how far we’ve come! 4 years isn’t exactly one of the big milestones, but why not celebrate with cake, right? There’s always room for cake!

Let’s talk about cakes and the pressures of making a cake look ‘perfect’. With the amazing talent showcased on Pinterest and food blogs, it’s easy to feel like your cake needs to have that perfect frosting, be perfectly even and always look ready to be splashed across the pages of a magazine. While I am a perfectionist of the highest degree, I gotta say: there’s something kind of special about a messy cake.

Ombre Citrus Cakes - in lemon, lime and orange! | www.highwallsblog,com Ombre Citrus Cakes - in lemon, lime and orange! | www.highwallsblog,com

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Just a quick Oh Etsy collection for this week, inspired by sea foam green. It’s soft and subtle shade works so well with its slightly darker cousin turquoise as it does when paired with a nice clean white. Don’t all of these beautiful items just scream understated sophistication?

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Don’t forget, you can browse these items and more like them over at our brand new curated Etsy Page!

Make any picture into a brooch! | High Walls

Remember the Flair Guy from the movie Office Space? You know the guy. He worked with Jennifer Aniston’s character at a restaurant and he was positively covered in pins, badges and brooches: aka -Flair. You guys, I *am* the Flair Guy.  I may not wear my flair all at once (or be as much of a jerk!) but I sure as hell hoard pins and brooches like he does!

Okay, so maybe this love of brooches doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Perhaps my DIY brooch display frame project gave me away or maybe you are a kindred brooch lover and you just sensed it. Either way, I have possibly the best and most dangerously easy craft project to share with you:

Every now and then I will come across something that makes me think ‘oh man, I would totally wear that!’ Sometimes if from wrapping paper, a poster or an old birthday card. All you need to turn that pretty little something into a pretty little wearable something is some balsa wood, ModPodge and a brooch pin! It take’s about 20 minutes to make and you have a totally unique pin or brooch you can love forever!

Make any picture into a brooch! | High Walls
Make any picture into a brooch! | High Walls

Materials:Balsa wood
Magazine cut outs/wrapping paper etc.
Brooch pins
ModPodge
Clear Sealer or Nail Polish
Strong hold glue
Scalpel
Steps:1. Start by cutting out your images from a magazine, wrapping paper, cards, whatever. Thicker paper will work better as if you use thin paper that has a darker design on the other side it may bleed through when you coat it with glue.

2. Cut a square of balsa wood slightly bigger than your image.

3. Glue the image down onto the balsa wood and then coat with a thin layer of ModPodge. Allow to dry completely before adding a second coat. Coat 3 -5 times, allowing to dry in between each layer. Keep your coats thin so as to keep the surface smooth.

4. Using a scalpel and ruler, cut away the excess wood from around your image. Cut small amounts at a time to ensure that the wood doesn’t split, especially when working with round images. Remember to use a backing board to cut onto.

5. Glue the brooch pins onto the center of the back of the wood and allow to dry.

6. Depending on your Mod Podge, you may find that the colors have dulled when coating the brooch. Seal the image with a coat of gloss sealer or clear nail polish. This will both strengthen your brooch and bring out the colours in your images.

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-  You might already be familiar with Julie’s Kitchen - the most inspiring blog (and instagram account) but I just found out that you can purchase prints of Julie photographs! Ummm.. I need ALL of these for my kitchen! Kitchen’s are often miss out on art decoration

- Designed by the talented Brittany Jepson of The House that Lars Built, this collection of dinnerware entitled Petals is gorgeous!

- Chocolate Lego you guys. Chocolate. Lego. Akihiro Mizuuchi is a god amongst men! 

- Wow! Lucy Sparrow turned an abandoned corner shop into a temporary art exhibition featuring 4,000 hand-sewn felt products! The shop is open to visitors every day this month, and items are available for purchase online; there are chips, magazines, candy, frozen dinners, and even the cash register, all reproduced in felt! Amazing!

Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam | www.highwallsblog.com

Do you want some jam? No seriously, let me give you some. I don’t know why or how, but we seem to have accumulated vast amounts of strawberry jam. Store bought, homemade, you name it: we got it. Where did it come from? Is there a jam fairy? Maybe it’s like when you lose a tooth and the tooth fairy leaves a dollar under your pillow. Maybe every time I clean my fridge, the jam fairy sneaks in under the cover of darkness and leaves me another jar of strawberry jam to thank me for my cleanliness.

So what does one do with this much jam…? That’s not a segue, I’m actually asking. Help me out guys! Give me suggestions of your favourite jam related recipes, because I am already totally over jam sandwiches. Sandwiches are lame. Cookies are what the people really  want!

And to be honest, these cookies are the bomb. The recipe is so easy even a child can make them. It goes a little something like this: Put ingredients in mixer until you make dough -  Roll into little balls – smoosh your finger or thumb down onto each ball to create a little cookie bowl –  fill with jam – get said jam everywhere because you always overfill the cookies. Rinse and repeat as many times as necessary until you no longer have any jam or you develop diabetes. Whichever comes first. (please don’t get diabetes) I think I’m delirious from a jam overdose. I’ve eaten so many of these cookies that I’ve lost count. Send help!

Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam | www.highwallsblog.com

Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam | www.highwallsblog.com

INGREDIENTS:1 cup of butter
2/3 cup of sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 cups of plain flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
Jam
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius and prepare a baking tray with baking paper.2. With an electric mixer beat together the butter and sugar on medium-high speed until the mixture is light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks and vanilla extract and beat again to combine.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour and salt and then  add to the butter mixture in small amounts, mixing in between each addition until dough forms together in a ball.

4. From the dough, roll small amounts into balls roughly 1 inch in size. Place the balls on the prepared baking tray and flatten balls slightly with your thumb (or the back of a small spoon) to leave an indent in the center.

5. Place in the oven and bake for r 8 to 10 minutes or until the bottom is just golden. Remove from the oven and carefully press down again on the indentations to re-define them.

6. Fill each cookie with jam and then return to the oven to bake until the jam melts slightly and edges of cookies are lightly golden (around 3 or 4 minutes). Allow to cool on a wire rack before serving.

NOTE: Another option is to use honey instead of jam- it wont look as aesthetically pleasing as the honey will melt more than the jam, but as it melts the honey soaks into the cookies for a deliciously sweet alternative.

Thumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam | www.highwallsblog.com Strawberry Jam Thumbprint Cookies | www.highwallsblog.comThumbprint Cookies with Strawberry Jam | www.highwallsblog.com

etsy-page-hold-list Every week I share a collection of my favourite finds from around Etsy. The online marketplace is one of my favourite places to while away the hours. So when Etsy introduced Etsy Pages I was pretty excited. The Pages are a place for tastemakers from around the world to collect their favourite finds that match their style and share them in curated lists for everyone to browse and shop.  It’s an awesome idea and  I am so thrilled to announce that High Walls is now amongst these tastemakers! Hooray!

I’ve been going back through old Oh Etsy posts and selecting the best of the best to add to my curated page, as well as a whole bunch of new finds! The usual Oh Etsy posts will still continue every week as before, except now- if you see something you like, you will be able to pop over to the High Walls page and shop expanded collections of similar finds, all curated by yours truly!

Guys, I’m super excited to be able to curate and share even MORE awesome Etsy finds every week! Jump over and check out the new page and if you have an Etsy account, why not give us a little follow? I promise you’ll love what we share!

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