Kitschy Kitschy Kitchen...

Pretty things inspire me… I guess that’s the entire premise behind this blog really when I get down to the nuts and bolts of it all. I like to have them around me, in my living space, in my creative space, in my car, in my handbag, in my office… and… in my kitchen!

Stylish and Fun Kitchenware & Tableware

Call me easily amused… but isn’t baking just a little bit more fun with a kitschy apron? Breakfasts a tad more hilarious with little people for egg cups? Cleaning just a barrel of laughs with a ducky scrubbing brush? {okay, I might have taken things a bit far with that last comment…..}

The first item that caught my eye from the collection above was the charming brown owl teapot cosy by Mel Paton. Funnily enough, I’ve never owned a tea cosy and quite honestly, never really thought I would. It’s one of those items that always struck me as being a little bit nana-esque. Today however, I discovered not only the little brown owl, but a whole WORLD of arty tea cosies, so stylish in fact that they have their own book!

Really Wild Tea Cosies by Loani Prior

Loani Prior is the author of the hugely successful book Wild Tea Cosies, and is about to release a follow up edition featuring 20 even wilder knitted tea cosies. The book is due for release on 1 April 2010 and has forever changed my opinion of the humble tea cosy. The funky orange pom pom number on the right is so whimsical that I believe it would even make The Mad Hatter jealous! Love it!

For the inside scoop on all things tea cosy drop in and visit Loani Prior at Grand Purl Baa.

1. Brown Owl Teapot Cosy by Mel Paton … 2. Horsehair Bath Brush by SRF Hantverk … 3. Knife & Fork Fridge Magnets by Just Add Salt … 4. His and Hers Egg Cups by Hundreds of Buttons … 5. Love Plate by Nina Invorm … 6. French Press Cosy by Mouthy Mitts … 7. Ladies Apron by Wonderland Avenue … 8. Little Red Bird Fabric Coasters by OddsnBlobs … 9. Letterpress Recipe Cards by 1 Canoe 2 … 10. Eco-friendly Cups by EcoCocoon …

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Easter Entertaining... High Tea!

As a self-confessed sweet tooth, perpetual hostess and lover of high tea, I bring you my top entertaining idea for Easter. I preface this post by saying that high tea certainly isn’t just for the domestic goddesses among us (of which I am not)… with a few cheats + and a pretty tea set (aka distraction) you’ll be serving it up Martha Stewart style!

Easter Bunny Cookie Cutter Sandwiches

In research for this article, our household enjoyed a pre-Easter celebration which both confused and delighted the kids. Note: the Easter bunny was put on prior notice not to arrive until 4 April. He did however make a cameo appearance in the form of mini sandwiches with ham and cream cheese. These were the hit of the day, extremely easy to make {with your trusty bunny cookie cutter} and fun for all ages. A second round was made, after the first plate was commandeered by the Dads.

Easter Cupcakes and Bunny Toppers

What next? Cupcakes! A perfect recipe to make with kids as you can’t really go wrong… flour, sugar, milk, butter, eggs… mix… pour… bake! These particular cupcakes were created simply so I would have an excuse to use these gorgeous polka dot wrappers from The Cupcake Wrapper Co. If you love cupcakes, chances are you’ve heard of these guys before. Their range is superb, and they’ve also just released a new design for Easter. The cupcake toppers, also delightful, were from Baking Pleasures.

High Tea Pastries and Petit Fours

Now I must say, I briefly considered pulling out my Julia Child cookbook and trying my hand at Choux Pastry… however, to avoid bitter disappointment for all involved, I decided that a visit to my local French Patisserie was a better alternative. The three tiers of pastries {a few already snaffled by hungry guests} cost me less than $20… The mini spinach and feta quiches were from the deli next door… $5!

Easter Eggs with Handmade Bunny Gift Tags

My favourite crafty task of the day was putting together this plate of Easter goodie bags. The handmade pink-and-white-polka-dot-bunny-gift-tags are from Etsy seller Seasonal Delights. Run by the lovely Kelli, Seasonal Delights is filled to brim with vintage inspired paper goodness. I chose chocolate “birds eggs” for fillers rather than wrapped Easter eggs for the pastel colour palette.

Handmade Easter Bunny Gift Tags

Well, there you have it folks… an easy, relatively inexpensive and fabulously fun way to celebrate Easter with your family and friends. After all, who doesn’t love dainty crustless sandwiches and petit fours? However, be warned… petit fours are addictive… sugar overload is highly likely… and it’s a good idea to have at least one platter of fruit on standby… bon app├ętit!

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