Monday, 31 December 2012

Collections : Its a Vibrant Summer

This collection was put together by our boutique store little miss gee.. I would have to say my top pick from her store is the feather tea towel.. mainly because I have a thing for feathers and you can never have enough tea towels x

Monday, 24 December 2012

For the Love of Eating : Salted Caramel and Choccy Fruitcake

By Special Request from the lovely peeps on our FB Page I am publishing the cake I made yesterday..

This is from the December Issue of Home Beautiful and there are some other seriously yummy things in there too..


375g Raisins
300g Currants
250g Pitted Dates (chopped)
1/4 Butterscotch Schnapps
180g Butter (room temp, chopped)
1/2 cup brown sugar
2tsp vanilla bean paste
3 eggs
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup of self raising flour
1tbsp mixed spice
250g Caramel bits
1/4tsp of finely ground salt
100g salted dark choc (finely chopped)
icing sugar
extra choc for choc sauce 250g

How too

Raisins, currants, dates and schnapps combine and leave covered in plastic for 2 hrs
preheat oven to 150C Brush Bundt pan with melted butter then dust with flour and empty out the residue
Put Butter, sugar and vanilla in small bowl of an electric mixer and beat until pale and creamy
Add each egg one by one and beat in between
Add butter mixture to fruit then add the sifted flour, spice, caramel bits, dark chocolate and salt and stir well to combine
Spoon into the pan and with a wet spoon make smooth
Bake for 1hr 15 - 1hr 30 or until skewer comes out clean
Remove from oven and wrap in kitchen towel and leave to cool overnight
To serve, invert, dust with icing sugar, drizzle with some of the melted choc and leave to set then serve the rest of the melted chocolate as a sauce

Merry Christmas Guys.. I hope you enjoy.. on typing this I now realise I forgot the self raising but it still looks fab so how hum!! x

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Meet My Sponsors : The Inspired Paddock

When Fiona came to me asking if she was suitable for Down that Little Lane I squealed with delight. You see throughout the year I see things in different places that I think oh if only I could find someone to make those for DTLL.

I had done just that earlier this year and not had time to source anyone so you can imagine my delight when up she popped with exactly what I had been meaning to find. I messaged he back (knowing she was local) asking if she had possibly been inspired by the same items I had seen and by golly she had. Some things are just meant to be.. And so The Inspired Paddock became part of the DTLL Family. 100% handmade using re claimed timber and the likes and just such unique pieces to keep forever..

Monday, 17 December 2012

Meet my Sponsors : Sweet Style

Ask anyone who knows her, Leanne is a sweetheart. We hardly ever get time to catch up despite her living 20 minutes up the road but we email daily about orders on DTLL and often chat about the snippets of our days then.

She runs Sweet Style, one of our most popular stores on DTLL. If you want something special for a party or dinner party, fabulous gift ideas for wedding favours or teachers pressies Sweet Style is your one stop shop!

Leanne is an amazing photographer and her pictures always inspire me to pay attention to the little details..

You can find Leanne contributing for Fete Magazine and also at Life Instyle Blog and to top it all off she can also do desert tables for your functions!!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Just get it out there....

Are you one that stews on comments and never says anything?

I am not.. I may not say anything immediately but if something bothers me enough it won't take long.

This week my Mum and I had a full on screaming argumment, we swore, we cried, we said I love you and we walked away. This is the way I work best. You get it out, you both assess what was said and you build a bridge and get over it which is exactly what we have done.

I am so grateful I have parents that I can do that with.

It was over my son. Mum's comments to him had hurt me as she had been reprimanding him for not treating me well and not being nice to me. She was right. He is at a pretty difficult defiant stage and the way he (and his sister sometimes) treat me is far from ideal. I think as Mothers we often let it slide as we get used to it but it is wrong however listening to my Mum tell him off I got defensive as in my mind this is the little man I created.

Post fight I actually realised how her words had come from such a place of love and not of anger in that she was actually not trying to fix him because there is something wrong with him, more as a result of the fact she didn't like seeing her daughter treated like that.

Mum was feeling the exact feeling I had felt when hearing her words to him, she got defensive as I am the little girl SHE created.

So this week I am grateful for emotions, grateful for truth and grateful for love that truly can outlive any thing, if your love is strong enough it can and my love for my parents is just that.

That would be them there with my hubby n kiddlywinx.. so much love..

Do your family argue? Do you get over it or are you still at war?

Thursday, 13 December 2012

I just like it : Instagram Love

I love Instagram.. I love visual things so I love Insta and Pinterest the most...

Cherie kept seeing beautiful pictures with pieces from Down that Little Lane in them and sending them to me. We get such a buzz from it each time that we decided we wanted to a) say thanks to those that have bought from us and b) be able to see them all in one place easily.

Please welcome the Monthly DTLL InstaComp. Each month we will give a $50 voucher to our favourite picture on Instagram featuring one of our sellers pieces that has tagged our shop @downthatlittlelaneshop and hastagged it #dtllinstacomp

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Ho Ho Ho : Advent Creations

The other day I showed you an advent calendar that has inspired me and then for our newsletter from DTLL I came across another.

Loving them both.. what to do? Well chuck 'em both together of course!. Ta da!

Must be said the best part was going on the hunt for the stick... The Kids took Papa on a Treasure Hunt whilst Obi kept guard at the rear with me..

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Girl Crush....

So I need to introduce another of my sponsors. I may or may not have a slight girl crush on her and I may or may not be rather addicted to her range of jewellery.. AND I may or may not have had the best night out with her last night affirming to me further that she is a top banana (oh and yes we do have matching earrings on but no we didn't care!)

She is of course Kate Sutton of Uberkate . Kate has designs to suit every taste and her originals sell as well as her newest designs.. I just keep adding as time goes by...

Click on the image to see Kate's top picks from her site

Monday, 3 December 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town....


We spent Saturday putting up the rest of the decorations after doing the tree on Thursday and now it feels like Christmas. We go the Red, White, Silver and Grey. What colours do you do?

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Its a Connection

I said last week how my gratefuls are often either blinder singles or a mix of little bits and bobs.. this week is another random musings..

Watching my parents with their grandchildren has been fabulous, as always they do things a different way to me and they claim I was never like my own kids.. I was heaven apparently.. yeah right!

One of my favourite things about DTLL is not making money but making relationships.

This week I have been connecting like a flousy (sp?). My gorgeous Cherie and I have been sharing plans for our future all whilst she prepares for Max's 2nd B Day (Happy Birthday Master Max!).

I went up into the hills to meet a rather perfect new seller for DTLL called Fi, she was divine, her house is a place I could settle, her dog gave me kisses, your heart will go thump when you see her creations AND her brother in law is one of my heroes. We connected on so many levels and I know we will be good friends.

Kitty and I got our Christmas on.. I was sort of dreading it as usually it is just a solo event with me being ordered around but she was such a little helper and we have a really lovely time making the tree look its best and then pottering around the house deciding where other things should go.

By the end of the week I desperately needed to get over to the Bondi Office to hang out with the Creative team and work on our development site as we have some fab features coming that we had to test out before we let them loose.. I have known the boys for over 7 years but its only the last 2 that we have been in contact daily. They are totally different personalities and I adore them all. I sat on Friday between Mark and Adam with Petr on Facetime on the iPad and just slotted in. They are my family now and the view out the window wasn't bad either!!

So this week I am grateful for connections, for relationships and for the people I choose to share my life with.. they make everything rosy, simple as that x