Wednesday, 30 December 2015

Ideas For Making Handmade Valentines

Make Your Own Valentine For A Truly Personal Message

For the ultimate in personal message that speaks truly from the heart why not create your own valentine from handmade paper.

Start with some scrap paper and make some sheets of beautiful handmade paper textured with glitter, gold thread or tiny flower petals.

Use the paper you have made to create a unique and very personal message for the one you love.

Once you have mastered the art of making handmade paper, use the technique to create other beautiful handmade paper gifts.

Handmade Valentine Card

A very personal gift of love

Ideas for Making Handmade Valentines

Handmade Paper Making Gather Your Supplies

  • Waste paper in two contrasting colours for the card and Heart inset (tissue paper is an easy option for the heart colour)
  • Water
  • Two buckets to soak paper and hold excess pulp
  • Blender to break the paper down
  • Glitter, small pieces of thread, tiny flower petals to add texture to your paper
  • Small jug
  • Piece of corrugated cardboard cut to half A5 size or 105mm x 148mm
  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • Tub/baby bath/laundry sink to hold the paper and water
  • Mold and deckle A5 size or 210mm x 148cm OR Papermaking kit such as this one available in Australia from Paper-Go-Round
  • Cloths/rags/kitchen wipes and a kitchen sponge
  • Newspaper
  • Table or bench
  • Press - two boards and bricks or clamps to squeeze water out of paper
  • 50cm fine gold thread
  • Small gold tassel
  • Sticky tape
  • White A5 paper
  • Glue stick

Handmade Paper Making Preparation

The day before

The day before you plan to make the card tear up the used paper into about 4cm squares and put each colour into a separate bucket. Soak the paper in water.

Trace the heart pattern onto the cardboard and cut out to leave a heart-shaped hole in the cardboard.

To grab this image just right click or control click for Mac users and Save image as.. Then you can open it in whichever application you prefer to resize and print it.

Handmade Valentine - Making The Pulp

Put a handful at a time of soaked paper into a blender with lots of water and blend until it becomes smooth and free of lumps. This will take a minute or two of blending.

Put some water into a tub and add some of the colour you have chosen for the card – about a 500 gram container full for every five litres of water.

Put the newspaper on the table and cover that with a couple of wet cloths smoothed out as evenly as possible.

Live Well, Love Much, Laugh Often Art Print
Lauren Hallam
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Paper Making Kits To Make Your Handmade Valentines

Make A Mold And Deckle for Paper Making and Handmade Valentines

mold and deckleWhat you will need:
3/4″ x 3/4″ pine boards – at least 84 inches long
screen, nylon mesh, or silk screen
hand saw and miter box
rust proof staples
brass screws
wood glue
clear varnish
corner brackets
bar clamp

For instructions on making a mold and deckle visit PaperSlurry

Alternatively, you could purchase this Paper Making Kit which includes the mold and deckle pictured

Papermaking kit also available in Australia from Paper-Go-Round

Stanley TR150 SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun

Handy for Lots of Jobs Around The House Including Making Your Mold and Deckle

Stanley TR150 SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun
"The Stanley TR150 SharpShooter Heavy Duty Staple Gun features an easy-squeeze handle that reduces hand fatigue, and an anti-jam mechanism that saves time on the job. The gun's high-visibility yellow color easy to spot in a toolbox or workshop, and its durable aircraft-aluminum housing withstands the heavy use and abuse that you can dish out. The staple gun delivers high power and deep penetration, and has an easy-slide full-stick staple load for added convenience. This staple guns uses Stanley SharpShooter TRA700 or Arrow T-50 heavy duty staples."

Use with Arrow Fastener 504M1 Genuine T50 1/4-Inch Monel Rust Proof Staples, 1,000-Pack

Hand Made Valentine - Forming The Card

All Hearts Beat As One Romantic Hearts Poster
Stir the mixture in the tub with your hand. If you want to add glitter, fibres or flower petals to the paper add them to the pulp in the tub at this point. Hold the mold and deckle at the ends with both hands ensuring that your fingers are not over the screen part of the mold. Scoop up some pulp by putting the mold and deckle vertically into the tub to the bottom then turn it to the horizontal so that it catches pulp in the deckle. Pull it up out of the water then shake backwards and forwards towards and away from you; and side to side so that the pulp settles evenly while the excess water drains out. Carefully remove the deckle without touching the pulp or dripping water onto it.

The next stage is to transfer the very wet paper from the mold onto the wet cloth on the wad of newspaper. Resting one side of the frame on the edge of the cloth, slowly lower the mesh side down onto the cloth. Push firmly on all four sides or the frame. Take a kitchen sponge ond smooth it over the screen to pick up any more excess water. Carefully and slowly lift it away from the cloth by lifting one edge first.

All Hearts Beat As One Art Print
G.p. Mepas
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See How Lonnie & Jacqueline Make Paper


Paper Making with Lonnie and Jacqueline
by childrenswebnetwork

Handmade Valentine - Forming The Heart

Soft Spot Place the cardboard on the mesh so that the heart is upside down and at the right of the mesh. Put some of the paper pulp you have chosen for the heart into the jug and slowly and evenly pour it over the heart cut-out. The water will drain through and leave the pulp on the mesh.

Remove the cardboard and place the meshed frame on the edge next to and lined up exactly with the card and carefully roll it over onto the card so that the heart is in the right position. Push firmly on all four sides of the frame as before, wipe over the mesh with the kitchen sponge to soak up excess water, then slowly remove the frame by lifting from one side. Cover it with another cloth, ensuring there are no wrinkles.

That is your first card – you can make as many as you want by simply repeating the process, building up a pile of cards interwoven with cloths. As you make more cards, you will need to add more pulp to the tub to maintain the correct thickness. Try to line up each card on the pile with the one underneath.

Soft Spot Art Print
G.p. Mepas
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Books On The Topic Of Handmade Papermaking

Handmade Valentine - Drying

Romeo & Juliet Art Print by G.P Mepas Carefully lift the whole pile of cards and cloths (without the wad of newspaper at the bottom) onto one of the pressing boards and put the other board on top.

Clamp the boards together or put bricks on top to squeeze out as much of the water as possible. It is the pressure rather than the time which is important in this stage. Stand the press on one side if possible.

Leave it until water stops dripping from it – which will take about 20 minutes.

Unclamp the press. Dry each card by separating the cloths (with the card attached) and spreading them on the ground. The drying time depends on the temperature and naturally the cards will dry most quickly in warm weather – but even in cold weather, they should dry within 24 hours.

When the cards are dry, carefully peel them from the cloths. You can re-press the dry cards if they are not flat enough.

Romeo & Juliet Art Print
G.p. Mepas
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Handmade Valentine - Finishing

Love Birds Poster
Very carefully fold the finished card in half. For an extra finishing touch to make your card really special, add a gold tassel. Because the paper is delicate, you will need to reinforce the card’s inside fold with sticky tape. Run a few lengths of tape along the inside fold, making sure it is not visible from the outside of the card.

Tie the tassel onto the fine gold elastic and then tie the elastic around the spine of the card, using a small knot. Take care not to tie it too tightly, otherwise it will pull at the top and bottom of the card and tear it.

To hide the tape and knot, trim 1cm from one short and one long side of the A5 paper. Glue this over the inside of the card ready to write you message on.

Love Birds Art Print
Lora Zombie
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Paper Heart – only alice’s photostream
Instructions based on an article used by permission from Paper-Go-Round.
Card designed and made by Jeanette Neave for Paper-Go-Round
Copyright Paper-Go-Round Pty Ltd All rights reserved

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Beaded Door Curtains

Beaded Door Curtains For a Range of Applications

Beaded Door Curtains - Hawaiian Hula Wahine Tiki Bamboo Single Panel Room Divider
A fantastic item for introducing a relaxed and casual feel to your living space Beaded Door Curtains are not just for doorways! Having been created as a functional screen to reduce harsh light, discourage insects and help air movement, Beaded Door Curtains still continue to perform these functions brilliantly but there are a number of other creative ways that these decor items can be introduced into your interior space. One use is as a room partition.

Screen an unsightly laundry area, or a workspace, separate a dining and living area. I'm sure you can think of others.

A beaded door screen can be used as a wall feature. Simply suspend from a hook or two on a large, blank wall, they can be positioned in such a way that they dominate a vertical space or placed behind a low cabinet to extend to the ceiling height.

Beaded Door Curtains Featuring Tropical Flowers

A Lovely Tropical Feel for Your Home

Perfect for beach-side living or anywhere that a floral theme would be at home.

It really doesn’t matter what’s on the other side of this curtain, when you’re sitting back in your papa-san wicker chair drinking lemon iced tea (or any long cool drink) and the breeze is gently caressing your bare arms you could be sitting within a few feet of the sea.

Can't you almost smell the heady fragrance?

Tree of Life Beaded Door Curtain

Tree of Life Beaded Door Curtains 

To Enhance the Feeling of Peace and Spirituality

For tranquility, serenity and contemplation The Tree of Life Beaded Door Curtain is the perfect screen to reflect your spiritual lifestyle. The Tree of Lifea image imparts a special feeling of calm and inner peace. A true welcome for visitors.

Beaded Door Curtains Featuring Palm Trees

Bringing the Seaside In

See them sway in the breeze! Get the feel of seaside living no matter where you live with these palm tree doorway treatments. Beaded door curtains featuring palm trees and beach scenes are ideal for a home at a seaside location. With the sound of the surf as your daily sound-track and a gentle breeze blowing through an open door, the scenes depicted on the bamboo beads of these door screens are perfectly suited to coastal living.

Beaded Door Curtains Featuring Palm Trees


The Room Illusion Beaded Door Curtain Beaded Door Curtain

The Bookcase Beaded Curtain disguises a doorway or section of wall and gives the appearance of an actual bookcase. 

This is particualarly effective when hung in a doorway as the door frame will look exactly like the outer casing of a bookcase. 

Hide an ugly utility room or give an accent to a bare wall and give the impression of a well-read home.





Beaded Door Curtains With a Kombi Theme

Sense the Freedom of a Coastal Road Trip

The Kombi promises escape, fun, adventure and just a little nostalgia. When you see a Kombi it’s hard not to immediately think of seaside escapades and worry free living.

Kombi Beaded Door Curtains

Beaded Door Curtains With a Spiritual Theme

Calm, Serenity and Inner Peace

Reflecting your way of living and attitude to life. Setting the tone for visitors to your space.

Spirituality Beaded Door Curtains




Beaded Door Curtains With a Seaside Theme

You Know Where You Long to Be

Year round summer. These door curtains reflect the themes of the beach. Tropical flowers, waves, surfboards and thongs (the footwear kind)

Beach Themed Beaded Door Curtains

Kandinsky Squares and Circles Beaded Door Curtain

Squares & Rings - Kandinsky Beaded Curtain 125 Strands (+hanging hardware)

Squares and Rings - Kandinsky Beaded Curtain 125 Strands (+hanging hardware)

Here's a novel way to get a Kandinsky artwork into your home! This bamboo door curtain is strung with 125 strands of bamboo beads each painted in vibrant colours to make up a design based on one of Wassily Kandinsky's piece's, Color Study: Squares with Concentric Circles. The original abstract work upon which it is based, completed in around 1913 hangs in the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany

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Saturday, 1 August 2015

Ideas for Barbecued King Prawns

Throw Another Prawn On The Barbie - Because It's Not Just About Cooking Meat

Ideas for Barbecued King Prawns
Australians love a barbie! Let's face it our climate is perfectly suited to outdoor living and the barbecue is an essential component of that lifestyle. In days gone by (some feel those days are best forgotten) the suburban Aussie's idea of a barbie consisted of scorching a T-bone steak to within a hair's breadth of cremation and adding some burnt sausages to complete the feast. These days we like to think we are a lot more sophisticated than that and blokes (def: (n), australian male) will proudly marinate and prepare all manner of culinary fare in their outdoor kitchen.

Prawns : Shrimps; Shrimps : Prawns

A Prawn By Any Other Name Is Still A Prawn

Ideas for Barbecued King Prawns
Prawns and barbecues make a perfect marriage. As Paul Hogan once said, “so come on over and we’ll slip another shrimp on the barbie for ya”. Of course, he was adopting American terminology for what Aussies have always referred to as prawns, just so there’d be no confusion. Prawns not only suit barbecuing to a tee, they also marry well with numerous flavours but arguably some of our favourites would have to include, garlic, chilli and fresh coriander (cilantro).

“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. There’s, um, shrimp kebabs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir fried. There’s pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich… That’s, that’s about it.” Mykelti Williamson (American Actor, b.1960)
Character: Bubba Blue Movie: Forrest Gump

Barbecued Coriander and Pepper Prawns

Just Delicious!

Ideas for Barbecued King Prawns

What you’ll need:-

Serves 4 as an entrée

700g green Prawns, peeled and deveined, tails intact
1 lemon, cut into wedges

Coriander and Pepper Paste
1 bunch coriander, leaves, roots and stems all roughly chopped
7 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
2 teaspoons white peppercorns
2 teaspoons salt flakes
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Image credit
Ideas for Barbecued King Prawns

Weber Charcoal Grill

This electric ignition gas fired charcoal grill is terrific for barbecuing your prawns. With a generous 363 square inch cooking area and handy side shelf the Weber Platinum Charcoal Grill is easily moved for convenient outdoor cooking and out of use storage

Barbecued Coriander and Pepper Prawns

Prawns with a piquant asian flavour

Ideas for Barbecued King Prawns


To make the Pepper and Coriander Paste: place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend into a coarse paste.

Toss the prawns in the paste and marinate for about 20 minutes.

Heat a barbecue or char-grill plate.

Place the Prawns on the barbecue and cook for 1-2 minutes until well coloured, then turn and cook for another minute or two until they are just opaque all the way through.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Image used under a creative Commons licence from Kirti Poddar’s photostream

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More Great Recipes For Barbecued Prawns

Chilli Barbecue Prawns With Coriander Pesto
The combination of garlic, ginger and chilli with coriander on the side
Lemon grass prawn skewers with mango mayonnaise
Lemongrass and mango combine to create a tropical asian mix
Barbecued garlic and chilli prawns with saffron mayonnaise
There are those garlic and chilli flavours again, this time accompanied by saffron mayonnaise
Quick, Easy Grilled Shrimp Recipe with Thyme, Rosemary and Garlic
This super simple recipe combines garlic and herbs for a mediterranean flavour

Put Another Shrimp On The Barbie!

Come and say "G-day!"

This is how we sold Australia to the US back in 1984

Excerpt from Wikipedia:- “Shrimp on the barbie” is an often-quoted phrase that originated in a series of television advertisements by the Australian Tourism Commission starring Paul Hogan from 1984 through to 1990.[1][2] The actual quote spoken by Hogan is “I’ll slip an extra shrimp on the barbie for you”, and the actual slogan of the ad was “Come and say G’day”. It has since been used, along with some variations, to make reference to Australia in popular culture. Read the full article
Paul Hogan Ad 1984

by CrossMediaOwnership

Do You Love Prawns?

Why Not Share Your Favourite Barbecued Prawn Recipe?

  • aishu19 Mar 09, 2013 @ 5:28 pm
    I LOVE PRAWNS!!! but never tried them barbecued before I think...
  • KimGiancaterino Mar 09, 2013 @ 3:42 pm
    I'm allergic, but do love veggies grilled on the barbie.

  • ElleDeeEsse Mar 10, 2013 @ 12:08 am
    I'm sorry to hear that you're allergic - I would hate to be allergic to prawns

  • LNAngel Mar 08, 2013 @ 7:57 pm
    1) I've never tried prawns (is that odd?), and 2) You're so Australian!!!
  • ElleDeeEsse Mar 08, 2013 @ 10:48 pm
    I take that as a compliment - what were you expecting? :)
  • susannaduffy Jul 08, 2012 @ 3:34 am
    A prawn is a prawn is a prawn and perfect on the barbie
  • vallain Aug 11, 2011 @ 10:20 pm
    The video was a perfect wrap up for your recipes. I remember those ads. I've also had the overcooked steak at some of the barbies I attended during my 3 years in Alice Springs. Glad to hear that grilling has become more gourmet since then.
  • Pukeko Mar 31, 2011 @ 6:10 pm
    Back to check out a recipe. Thanks again.

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