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- I don’t know if its the vibrant colors or the delicious pastries, but  I am so digging these DIY color blocked trivets from Sugar & Cloth

- Oh. My. Glob. I need this David Bowie print shirt. Look at the tiny Bowies! This is literally the best thing I’ve seen in a long time!

- Bold and beautiful, the ‘Komon’ series of  Japanese bowls from Kihara are gorgeous!

- I find this Butterfly Garden pattern, by Wendy Kendall, somewhat soothing. Don’t you?

Blueberry & Lemon Baked Cheesecake | www.highwallsblog.com

Usually, when I share recipes, they are dishes I have made multiple times until I am happy with the recipe. However, I thought it might be fun to share my first attempt at a new recipe.

Cheesecake is one of those things that when it’s good, its DAMN good, but if you mess it up, (well, it’s probably still pretty good!) but you can end up with something that is overly rich and dense and, for me at least, a little too much for the pallet. With this in mind, I have always been wary of making my own baked cheesecakes, in fear of ending up with the latter result. That’s no way to live your life!! As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” So, this week in a bought of cheesecake craving, I armed myself with this recipe and set out to conquer my fear.

She might not be the prettiest of cheesecakes, but for a first attempt, I’m pretty darn pleased with how it turned out! I tweaked the recipe slightly to taste, but it honestly turned out delicious! I think you could even remove the berries and it would still be a great recipe. Do you have a favourite cheesecake recipe? I’m going to keep trying out a few until I’ve mastered the art of the cheesecake and I can start to develop my own perfect recipe. So if you know  a good one, let me know – I’d love to try it out!

Blueberry & Lemon Baked Cheesecake | www.highwallsblog.com   Blueberry & Lemon Baked Cheesecake | www.highwallsblog.com

INGREDIENTS:
200g of Scotch Finger biscuits
80g of melted butter
375g of cream cheese
3/4 cup of caster sugar
150ml of cream
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
3 eggs
1 1/2 cups of Frozen Blueberries
Icing sugar (to dust)
STEPS:
1. Preheat oven to 150 Celsius and grease a 22cm springform cake tin and line with baking paper.

2. Place the biscuits in a food processor and process until they resemble fine bread crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse again until the mixture comes together.

3. Pour into the prepared cake tin and press firmly into a crust. Refrigerate while preparing the filling.

4. Clean the processor before adding the cream cheese, sugar, cream,  lemon zest & juice and vanilla. Process until smooth and creamy.

5. Add eggs, one at a time, and pulse in short bursts to combine.

6. Remove the crust from the fridge and scatter with half the blueberries. Pour the cream cheese mixture into tin and smooth to ensure the the crust is coverered. Scatter the remaining berries across the top.

7. Bake for 1 hour (the cheesecake should still be slightly wobbly in the centre) Allow to cool completely in oven and refrigerate overnight.

8. To serve, dust cheesecake with icing sugar and scatter with additional berries.

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Strawberries and cream layer cake | www.highwallsblog.com

It is a well known fact that birthdays require cake. Birthdays and cake go together like strawberries and cream, so why not combine these duo’s to make something spectacular?

I normally don’t make my own birthday cake, my lovely housemate has taken to making me a cake every year. It’s super sweet considering he’s never baked anything in his life other than my birthday cakes! Seeing as it’s not actually my birthday yet, I figured that it was acceptable to have a teeny one of my own making. You know, in preparation for the main event! Kind of like training before a marathon, right?

This cake has long been a favourite of mine. It’s sweet and fresh and looks ever so pretty, without having to take the time to ice it properly.  I know you guys are into it. Layers and layers of soft cake sponge, silky cream and  the sweet tang of strawberries, why wouldn’t you want this all up in your face?

Strawberries and cream layer cake | www.highwallsblog.comStrawberries and cream layer cake | www.highwallsblog.com

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups of self-raising flour
1 tsp of cornflour
1/2 tsp of baking powder
200g of softened butter
2 cups of caster sugar
4 eggs
1 tbs of boiling water
1 tsp of vanilla extract

FILLING:
2 punnets of strawberries,
1/4 cup of icing sugar
300ml of thickened cream
125ml of cream cheese

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius and grease and line 3 medium round cake tins.

2. Combine the flour, cornflour and baking powder together in a bowl and set aside.

3. Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl until pale and creamy (5 – 8 minutes).

4. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating in between each addition. Add the water and vanilla and mix to combine.

5. Fold the prepared dry ingredients into the butter mixture and divide evenly into the cake tins, ensuring the mixtures are smooth and flat.

6. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cakes are golden and the top springs back lightly when pressed with a finger. Remove from oven and cool in the tins for 5 minutes, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

7. Meanwhile, place half the strawberries into a small saucepan with 2 tablespoons of icing sugar and 2 tablespoons of water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool before using.

8. Whip cream with remaining icing sugar until stiff peaks start to form. Fold into cream cheese.

9. Place the first cake layer onto a plate and spread with cream, drizzle with the strawberry syrup. Scatter with sliced strawberries and place the next cake layer on top. Repeat for the remaining layers and drizzle the whole thing with the remaining syrup to serve.

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FREE Gemstone and Diamond printable wrapping paper templates | www.highwallsblog.com

Is it weird that I whipped up a wrapping paper design for my own birthday? Whatever. Here are a couple of free wrapping paper templates for y’all to print out and use next time you’re in a gift giving mood! They are A3 size but can easilly be shrunk down to A4, like I did for the little gifts pictured. AND, because I’m really diggin’ the diamonds and gemstones, I’ve also included to option to download each as a phone background! Simply download template and adorn everything and anything with a bit of geometric sparkle! Enjoy!

Diamond | wrapping paper | iphone 5  | iphone 4
Gemstone | wrapping paper | iphone 5  | iphone 4

FREE Gemstone and Diamond printable wrapping paper templates | www.highwallsblog.com

 

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ring | furoshiki | notebook | cutting board | lamp | brooch | clutch | ring | print

This week’s Oh Etsy collection is extra big this week as my birthday is coming up this weekend! Naturally, I have already started earmarking pretty things to buy with any (hypothetical) money I may be gifted. Window shopping online is always fun, but it’s a little more so when you’re celebrating something. Don’t you agree?

make over a bamboo display tray to hold your jewellery and knick knacks!

For my 21st birthday, a group of my friends pooled their money and bought me the most beautiful jewellery box. It even has a lovely inscription to mark the occasion. I keep all of my nicest jewellery safely tucked away within its compartments. My daily jewellery, ie: the stuff I chuck onto my bathroom sink every night, does not have a home as nice as that. So, in the interest of being organised (and stopping any hurt feelings on behalf of said jewellery) I gave a mini display tray a pretty makeover. Now my jewellery has someone nice to live, and as an added bonus, it gives the impression I am more organised than I actually am! You can see the full steps for this project over at Drifter & the Gypsy! Check it out!

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make over a bamboo display tray to hold your jewellery and knick knacks!

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Put your hand up if you are easily distracted by shiny things. Don’t worry, me too! I often find myself side tracked by pretty baubles, especially the wearable kind! But when you look at beautiful designs like these, can you really blame me?

01 | Love this bold lines on this geometric gem ring from Fruit Bijoux.

02 | These herkimer diamond rings (by xuanqi) are the perfect marriage of rough and clean finishes.

03 | Nothing quite like a set of geometric silver bangles like these by FORMA Jewellery.

04 | All of the bracelets from Belle Accessories  are beautiful, but this gold honeycomb design is my fave!

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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 your own marbled watercolor coasters | highwallsblog.com

Did you know you can buy loose tiles from the hardware store? and for peanuts! PEANUTS I say! While browsing the shelves of my local hardware store I discovered this fact and so, naturally, I stocked up. Then I got home and had no idea what to do with the damn things. They sat with my craft supplies gathering dust for months until I suddenly realised: with a simple nail painting technique and a bit of patience – I had the makings of some super sweet watercolor marble coasters at my fingertips!

I’m kind of obsessed now. Everything I own will soon be watercolored and marbled!

Make your own marbled watercolor coasters | highwallsblog.com Make your own marbled watercolor coasters | highwallsblog.com

Make your own marbled watercolor coasters | highwallsblog.com

MATERIALS:
Loose Tiles
Nail Polish
Plastic container
Felt
1. Take a plastic container just bigger than your tiles and fill it it room temperature water.

2. Place a single tile into the water with the surface facing up. Allow any bubbles that form to dissipate.

3. Carefully, drip nail polish onto the water surface; the first few drops will spread out across the water. keep dripping until you have a few different levels of colour on the surface.

4. Using a toothpick, swirl the nail polish until you are happy with the pattern.

5. Very delicately, dip your fingers into the water along the rim of the container and pick up the tile, lifting so that the nail polish coats the surface as you bring it out of the water.

6. Set aside and allow to air dry completely.

7. Before using, glue a square of felt onto the underside of each tile.

Make your own marbled watercolor coasters | highwallsblog.com

TIPS & TRICKS:
- Practice a few times prior to starting. It will take a few tries to get the hang of it.

- Change water in between colors of nail polish.

- If you don’t like the marbled effect on a tile you can easily remove the color with some nail polish remover and a cotton ball.

- For darker patterns, instead of putting the tile into the water, leave it out and place it face down onto the water surface after adding the nail polish. This is slightly easier, but this method wont yield patterns as soft as those pictured here. (See below for a coaster made with this method)

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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!