Sunday, June 30, 2013

Teeny Tiny Second Hand Finds and the best $6 ive ever spent!

Here are some of my latest second hand finds. These have come from opshops, camberwell market and the st andrews market. All very cheap! The tea cups and deer are the teeniest tiniest little things, which is why I had to get them!

Made and handpainted in Japan

An idea of how small they are!!!
A new whistling stovetop kettle
A new addition to my salt and pepper collection

This pretty slowcooker!!!! This was the best $6 ive ever spent.

Loved the fabric on this $1. Im going to alter it to make it a bit more me.
 Have you done any thrifting lately? I also found a few lovely bits, bobs and buttons for my button swap partner but I will show you that another time! Speaking of button swaps, Im so excited about how everyone is enjoying it and getting right into it. Ive seen some of the buttons swapped...amazing! I will share everyones once they are all sent and recieved. But a huge thankyou to everyone taking part.
Also, bloglovin is on my mind. If you like reading my blog, please follow me on bloglovin as apparently you wont see my posts through google friend connect, or something like that!
Ok, see you soon,
Taz xx
Oh oh, today I was given a very special gift. A thrifted gift, one that deserves its own post, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

South African Recipe: Trifle dessert

Here is the next recipe from one of my favourite South African cookbooks, African Salad. Todays is for trifle dessert. You know, that delicious layered sweet treat with jelly, custard, cake, or biscuit, cream, fruit. Each family seems to have their own take on it. My dad used to pour the jelly on the cake to make it really moist and delicious!

This map excites me as it shows you the places I grew up. I was born in Edenvale, lived in Walkerville and visited my dad in Randburg!
To make this trifle, you will need:
1 packet tennis biscuits (these are a plain biscuit with a bit of coconut in them. You can just use a plain biscuit).
1 tin of peaches, sliced
1 tin of guavas, sliced
1 tin dessert cream
Red and green jelly, set and chilled
Ice cream
Crush biscuits into a dessert bowl. Layer the peaches, quavas, dessert cream and chilled jellies and ice cream 2 or 3 times. Chill the dessert then serve.

Does your family have your own way of making trifle? Its definatly one of my favourite desserts! Let me know if you make this one.

Thanks for reading,

See you soon,


Monday, June 24, 2013

Unexpected gifts and winning a giveaway!

What a monday! I had a knock on the door this morning by the postman with a parcel. My first thought was that it could have been my buttons from my swap partner, but no, it was a parcel of lovliness from Zara. I was not expecting it at all. Thankyou sooooooo much my dear. It was wrapped so pretty, and inside was a handmade bunting made from vintage sheets and 2 amazing vintage books. Have a look..

I looove the pictures in this book!
The gift tag on my parcel. It will be a new bookmark I think!
And the other exciting thing that happened today, I was reading some latest blog posts by some favourite bloggers, and I found one by Scrumdillydilly announcing some winners for her garland giveaway and my name was on the list! Hooray, so exciting. This is the pic from her post. I can't wait to recieve it!

It's always nice starting the week off positively. Has your monday been a good one?
Thanks for reading and see you soon,

Friday, June 21, 2013

I miss you Japan!

Reposting this with a few alterarions as its now 2 years!

Its been 2 years since my husband and myself, along with two good friends, boarded a big plane and flew to Japan for a holiday. So I thought a nice way to celebrate the anniversary of being in such an amazing place is to share with you my favourite moments/places we experienced over there. We loved our time in busy Tokyo, the lights, colour and non stop fun, but I fell inlove with the country when we visited traditional Kyoto. Hope these photos show how amazing and beautiful Japan can be!

Shopping In Tokyo
My favourite ice creams in amazing flavours
Breakfast on our first morning
Plastic moulds of food on offer!
Beautiful, still gardens in the middle of Tokyo
Got a bid addicted to these mini doughnuts!
Food van at a weekend market in Tokyo
Love this giant piece of mosaic art!
Tokyo from a monorail
Cutest way to spend a day at the Cat Cafe!
Busy Tokyo by day
Bright Tokyo by night.
Found the cutest things to buy in Tokyo
Discovering the tall and narrow buildings in Tokyo
Real take away on the bullet train to Kyoto
Riding around the quiet and very narrow streets of Kyoto
Beautiful, still streets of Kyoto
Found a flea market with the best second hand stuff!
More shopping in Kyoto
Staying in a traditional Ryokan, and wearing all the tradional attire!
Best breakfast of the trip. Traditional Japanese breakfast at the Ryokan.
Catching the train to explore Kyoto
Spotted a man doing a spot of fishing in the most beautiful place.
Couldn't get enough of the view
On a romantic train ride through the middle of nowhere!
Inside my capsule at the capsule 9 Hours hotel, very modern accomodation in untouched Kyoto!

I hope you have enjoyed looking at these photos! They bring back so many lovely memories for me! Am so happy I bought a few bits and pieces while there to remember my time, and these are my favourites!

Thanks for reading!