Easter Present Wrapping

I know this is a little out of the ordinary, but this year I thought it might be nice to wrap my Easter presents. It killed two birds with one stone – it helps me hide Matt’s present, and it cheered me up, because this week has been pretty hard for me.

In the last 6 months I’ve started to get creative with the way that I wrap my presents. I’m the type of person who loves surprises and presents, and even more so, I love giving presents and seeing the look on peoples faces when I’ve given them something they don’t expect. That look is magnified when they don’t expect the present, let alone expect it to be wrapped so beautifully, and it’s a great creative outlet for me, because the only other way I am creative is my cooking, which I don’t always want to do.

So I’m going to post the presents that I wrap on my blog to hopefully inspire you, and I’ll post any tips I come up with along the way. By no means am I an expert – it’s just a hobby, and an appreciation of prettiness.

My present wrapping tips:

– Buy a roll of interesting paper that is good quality that you can use for a base. I bought this orange and white patterned roll in Myer for around $8. Good quality paper is sturdier, easier to cut straight, and serves as a nice backdrop to other colours. I’ve used this paper for wedding presents and now Easter presents, and I think that it could be used for any occasion.

– Buy yourself a big reel of a neutral coloured paper ribbon. I chose this yellow colour, because it’s neutral, but not obviously so, and getting paper ribbon means that you can tie it or curl it with scissors for different effects.

– Keep any pretty paper that you find and recycle it. Whether it’s tissue paper or wrapping paper from presents/flowers you’ve been given, brown paper shopping bags or just a plain colour of printer paper – it’s all useful and can be put together to create a beautiful wrapping scheme.

Some of the paper I use is from a couple of years ago from Frankie magazine (http://www.frankie.com.au/) and my technique of wrapping is due to how precious I was about that paper, because I can use it for heaps more presents if I use less of it! So basically I’m stingy (ha!).

These two are wrapped in brown paper from paper shopping bags that I saved. The left one is then wrapped in red tissue paper, and floral tissue that I saved from a bunch of flowers from the boyfriend. The right one is some wrapping paper from a present from Lush that I recycled.

As you can see from the photos, my technique is the same for each present, I just layer different papers and tie them with string. Really easy. So give it a go, and if you come up with any ideas, I’d love to see them.

Happy Easter everyone!

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My Desk

This past weekend, Matt and I finally had a weekend at home. For the past 2 1/2 months, we’ve been driving all over the state for a whole bunch of social commitments (which is great), but our poor house was being neglected. And having a messy house, overgrown lawn and all the rest of it, was seriously affecting my mood. I had to study in the kitchen because my desk was a mess; we had to eat in the lounge because our table was covered in all of my assignment crap. And worst of all, we felt terrible for our poor housemate Anthony, because, while we were doing the dishes and cleaning the table up before we left each weekend, nobody wants to live in a dusty house.

So on Saturday we cleaned the entire house, reorganised everything, mowed the lawn, organised a compost pile and got some washing done, and now, we feel fantastic – especially because it only took one day!

As I said, my desk was a mess. Not only did it have crap all over it, it had crap under it and beside it and  my seat was covered in washing. This is why you wont see any before photos; I’m way too embarrassed to show you! lol. Ah well, it’s not like a messy room is that interesting anyway.

As you can see, I have a LOT of textbooks! So much in fact, that my poor bookshelf can’t fit them all in. We were going to buy another bookshelf, but we can’t afford it at the moment, so I came up with this as a solution. This is the chest of drawers that came with the house and sits in our bedroom. Before this weekend, I wasn’t sure what to do with it, so I’m really happy I thought to put my textbooks here, it’s just across from my desk, so it’s really handy, and I put my clinical examination tools up there to make it look nicer.

And this is my desk. It’s actually Matt’s old desk, but I get to use it cause he loves me. I put one of my vintage table cloths on it  for extra prettiness, and Matt reckons it really warms up the room. Isn’t he sweet?

Something else that I’m proud of is this frame I put together. My gorgeous mate Tom took these photos as a birthday present to me 4 years ago, and I wanted to do something with them, because they are so special to me. It was very easy. The frame is from Ikea, and the background is some wrapping paper left over from a present I was given.

And this is what it looks like all together. How beautiful is the window above my desk?

What do you think?

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In The Nude

Something that I have always wanted to do because to me, it just symbolises the spirit of adventurousness – skinny dipping!

Apart from doing it as a little tyke, I’ve never had the opportunity to take a spontaneous dip in the nude with a bunch of mates. In fact, the one time my group of old friends did go skinny dipping, I was elsewhere, and found myself really overcome with jealousy, because it sounds really fun. And I’m the sort of person who doesn’t like missing out on fun, especially if it’s with people I care so much about.

The closest I’ve come to a skinny dip was one New Years Eve with another bunch of lovely mates. We spent the whole night saying we were going to be brave and run around the block in the nude at midnight, then chickening out, repeatedly. When midnight came, only a couple did it completely nude, while the rest of us decided to run it in our underwear, in the pouring rain, while fireworks went off above us. It was the best NYE I’ve ever had, because we all lost our inhibitions, and got caught up in the moment. And let’s be honest, seeing a couple of penises jumping all over the shop is always entertaining!

Other than it being fun, I think it might help me build my confidence and be more comfortable with my body, especially if I can manage to do it sober. So, I’m just putting it out there to my mates, if you see an opportunity for us to get our boobies out and go for a swim, I’m up for it!

Speaking of boobies, I’ve found this cute video that is a light-hearted way for you to remember to check your breasts for any abnomalities, called “Touch Your Boobies”. Give it a watch and remember to touch your boobies!

I dedicate this post to my Aunty Mae-Mae, who past away early this morning after an 8 year battle with breast cancer. She was a loving, adventurous and inspiring woman, and I will miss her so much.

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Curls & Wedges

Man, it is really difficult to take photos of yourself! I’ve really gotta hand it to those style bloggers who manage to take gorgeous photos of themselves, it took me forever, and to be honest, I’m not that stoked with the few photos that I took, but I still challenged myself, so I’m proud of myself for that.

Today I wanted to do my hair like this photo I found on http://www.polkadotbride.com/ that I found for a wedding I went to last week, then forgot about (whoops!). It’s pretty cute right? I basically curled my hair with a straightener, parted it in a similar place, and bobby pinned a few places. Probably a medium on the difficulty scale too, so yay for me!

Not too bad, ey?

And here is the only outfit post that I am happy with, because I am a picky so and so.

Top: Quirky Circus, Jeans: tailored to fit by Dejour Jeans, Shoes: Rubi Shoes, Necklace: Diva

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Pumpernickel Toast w Mackerel and Avocado


This extremely easy breakfast is chock-full of good oils, antioxidants and minerals for brain, heart, skin and hair health, as well as fibre and protein for sustained energy for the morning. I use mackerel for several reasons; it tastes less fishy than other types of tinned fish, so it’s easier to eat if the fishy taste and smell usually turns you off  (and unlike sardines, you can’t see fish spines – eww!); it’s a smaller fish, so there is much less mercury for the amount of omega-3 you are eating, so you can eat it every day if you like, and; of course, it is a great source of omega-3, in particular, DHA, the fish oil that is most important for brain and nervous system health.

All of these ingredients are available at the supermarket, although I did use organic rocket, supermarket variety is fine.

Ingredients

1x tin of mackerel

2x slices of pumpernickel bread (I got mine from Coles)

1/2 x avocado

rocket leaves

extra virgin olive oil

Directions

Toast your bread, then spread on chunks of soft avocado. Drain your mackeral, chop into small chunks and pour onto the toast. Rinse the rocket leaves and place on top. Drizzle with olive oil and crack over some pepper to taste.

See – easy! So have a go, and let me know what you think.

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Welcome to M-inapeartree

Hello, and welcome to my blog, M-inapeartree!

Firstly, I should introduce myself; my name is Miranda, I am in my final year of a course in Nutrition and I live in Melbourne, Australia. I’m starting this blog so that I can share my life, my recipes, my interests, my inspirations and my adventures with like-minded folk, and hopefully inspire other people in theirs.

The name of this blog is pretty simple, my last name is Partridge, so I’ve decided to embrace the dorkiness that is associated with it and dammit, the name Miranda Partridge does have a damn fine ring to it, doesn’t it?

This year I am starting to know myself and accept myself better than I have before. I’ve started caring less about what other people think about me and more about what is important to me. I’ve also deemed this year my “Year of Adventure”, and I’ve been encouraging myself to try things I wouldn’t usually try, be it pate, or hiking up a mountain. Life should be fun, so I want to share that fun with the world, in the hope I can encourage someone to enjoy their life too. I’ll also be trying something new, and video blogging, because I know I prefer them sometimes to reading 6 paragraphs.

My blog will hopefully be a creative outlet for me, not only to share my recipes (of which there will be a HUGE amount) but to share any styling I’m proud of in my wardrobe or my home, share my adventures and interests and explore my thoughts on self love and self worth.

So welcome and enjoy.

Mira.x