05 December 2013

a little inspiration

This is my favourite breakfast ever…
and it happens to be Vegan.


Enjoy

x

03 December 2013

By my bedside

Hello everybody,
How are you all? I hope you are really well.
As we approaching the shorted day of the year and the cold and darkness of the night is encouraing me to spend more time in doors, I have began to reading again. oh how i love to read!
To study, mark the pages, to make notes. Its my favourite. Of all books, I've chosen this one:


The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

I had began reading many years ago, but never reached the end, although I found it absolutely enlightening. This time, I am determined.
Two people close to me have cross to the other side in the last three months. It has been a roller coaster or emotions to say the least. It's has not been easy for me coming to terms with the feeling of 'loss' that i had and still have in my heart - but I believe that this is this way because as a collective we are not trained to think in a certain way. We are trained to live in the past and in the future rather then the present. To think we have all of the time in the world to make the change we want to see in the world. In truth, everything in this reality is extremely un-certain; so it cannot be taken for granted. 

Highly recommend this book to all of you wanting to find out more how to live in the present and how to die in the present, with no regrets or fear; just filled with loving Peace.

with Ahimsa and Satya


01 December 2013

Winter Inspiration

It's the 1st December 2013…
Christmas is definately on it's way!
Get inspired following my Winter Wonderland Pinterest board




Enjoy

x

29 November 2013

24 November 2013

New! Robin Thank you Cards

Some new cards for my winter collection @ The Card Tree


They are made with recycled paper and wrapped in biodegradable sleeves.


You can find them here

22 November 2013

working on...

Hello darlings,
here is a pic of what im working on right now:



more coming up soon...
stay tuned!

much love

x

10 November 2013

11-11-13 is a special day!

it's my Birthday!


so… 


click above to visit my shop, then at checkout insert the code HAPPY29TH to receive your discount.

Have a wonderful week

love

Giulia


07 November 2013

New! Winter Wonderland Cards

Excited to post about these!
Now available in my shop...







and writing sets are also available!


Much Love 

x



06 November 2013

Working on

Winter wonderlands!


coming soon as cards, writing sets, mugs, and other delights - 
soon available in my store… just one click away!

much love

x

04 November 2013

Fall ideas

Get inspired with this #thanksgiving board on Pinterest!



Happy November everybody!

02 November 2013

Halloween Special - Part II

I hope you all had a wonderful Halloween!


We had the best time this week. Our house was decorated with skeletons, cobwebs, and bats garlands, We engaged in the traditional pumpkin caving activity, and pumpkin recipe cooking and baking; (some of which i surely be sharing with you soon!) We dressed up, I was the 'Ghost of a Christmas past', Jason was the 'Joker', and my brother was a werewolf.  In the evening we watched a scary film (case 29 with Rene Zellweger)

Here some pics!
More coming soon.
Much love
x



super scary! 


27 October 2013

Do you think I'm nuts?

Here 2 Nuts-based recipe to prove you right!


Prep time: 5m - Makes 700ml Nut Milk

Ingredients:

- Handful of Organic Almonds / or other nuts (experiment with it!)
- 700ml Water
- A pinch of salt
- 2-3 Dates (optional)

1)Soak the almonds overnight. Once soaked, rinse well with fresh water.
2) Place the nuts in a blender with 700ml water (and dates) and blend away.
3) Place a cheese cloth (I use this one) onto a large bowl, and start squeezing the 'nut milk' from the bag. Squeeze until no more liquid comes out.

And there is your Nut Milk, right there!
Enjoy as it is, or with cereals in the morning…


Mix with ice and chocolate/bananas/strawberries to make a nutritions milkshake in the afternoon!

Now, what should you do with the left over "soaked-ground-squeezed" out almonds?
Definitely not throw them away!!! You can still use them!
Here is a recipe that we came up, it's delicious.


Prep time: 5m - Makes 8 balls

Ingredients:

- All the left over ground almond (from nut milk recipe)
3 spoonful of chocolate powder (if raw put 2 only)
- 2 spoonful of Vegan Organic Hemp Powder
-2 spoonful of maca powder
-3 spoonful of agave syrup (or homemade dates sweetener) 
- shredded coconut (optional)

Put the ground almonds onto a large bowl, then add the chocolate, hemp poweder, maca powder in.
Mix the lot. Add the agave and mix once again. 
Make little balls out of the mixture with your hands. If you want, roll them on a plate with shredded coconut on it. (You can then call them: Chocolate Snow balls!)

Place in the fridge and enjoy cold!



These treats are brilliant: gluten free, dairy free… so packed full of energy!
Easy and cheap to make (energy balls in the health shop cost about £1.70 each)
You can make your own recipe by adding your favourite super foods, such as: goji berries, seeds, or coconut oil instead of agave.

Hope you'll love these as much as we do.
Have a great week!
Giulia


25 October 2013

Halloween special - Part 1

Hello dearest,
Hope you are doing really well!
I'm getting excited about Halloween. As usual we are going to have a dress up party!
I got my costume (pumpkin), except, turns out it's massive and does not fit me! So i'm hunting down another dress, and I hope it will come it time for next week. 

Ѽ Got my pumpkins!  Ѽ
{i'll post some pictures in the coming week}

and i'm going to make some bake and prepare some Halloween Vegan treats. Perhaps these brownies are going to be part of the menu' - decorated with some orange peel… as they are just so amazing!
But I will definitely experiment some new recipes too:
I already got some ideas… Here is my Halloween pinterest board!



I also created Halloween Party invites 
You can instantly download this from my shop
They are only $4 (£2.53) and you can print as many as you want!



Or you can get these little cuties:
I do them as gift tags or mini party invites



More coming up soon,
in the meantime Happy Harvest and Happy Halloween!

Love
Giulia

12 October 2013

The Global March Against Monsanto and other GMO companies - 12 October 2013

So excited to share!
Today I took part in The Global March Against Monsanto in London.


It was a beautiful sunny day, and the protest was completely peaceful, super positive and wonderfully organised. It is so good to make our voices heard in a peaceful way.
Ultimately I think Monsanto and all of the other GMO companies will carry on doing what they are doing.

The only real way to stop them from taking over is to STOP supporting the companies that use GMO.
Do you know which one they are?

I saw some people today marching against Monsanto today, some angry people. Some were shouting loudly to make their voices heard. But, they were also smoking tobacco… Did you know that 90% of tobacco is genetically modified? I also saw people drinking ordinary coffee. Coffee, unless it's organic and unless its fair-trade, its Genetically Modified. I am not here to judge, at all. I just want people to think. Go to a protest just isn't enought to change the world. You've got to do it, every day, for the rest of your life. You've got to commit to your cause and do the best you can. You've got to think, you've got to connect the dots. Because it is as a cunsurmer most and foremost, that you are making the difference in tis world. You can choose who to give your money too. If you are having Kelloggs' cerals in the morning, guess who you are giving your money to?


GMO hides in so many 'innocent' - 'good for you' foods and products. A good way to find out which ones are the GMO friendly companies, is to look at the ones went against the GMO labelling bill, known as (Yes on 37). Also, another good way, is to buy and support Organic and Fair-trade.

I heard some people today that asked the crowd to support the "Local Farmers Markets". I went to the local markets here in Dorking, Surrey, and I have never once saw a farmer there. All I saw where business people who shop at the big market in London and buy imported food from abroad. I never once saw an organic piece of fruit and veg. So, I personally do not believe in the 'Local Farmers Market' - but I know that this cannot be the case everywhere. There must be places out there, where organic farmers actually sell their organic produce. There... support them. Ask questions, seek answers. Don't just assume because you buy it locally, it is actually local and GMO free. This is especially true for meat produce. It may be local, but if the farmer is feeding the animal non-organic feed, chances are that feed contains GMO in it. You've got to know where your food REALLY comes from.
Let me close up these reflections on a positive note.

It was great to have some celebrities to support our cause! A big thank you to Doreen Virtue and Radleygh Valentine two great Hay House Authors. It was great to see you both and to march side by side!

 

Thank you so much for taking part!




07 October 2013

My Vegan Chocolate Brownies

Right, so yesterday I went to a fair and there were lots of nice stalls selling delicious cakes. However, none of them were vegan!!! So I came home a little bit dishearten and with and intense desire for a chocolate brownie. In the kitchen I went and began experimenting! 


Here is my recipe; try it out and let me know what you think. To me, these are the best chocolate brownies I had ever tasted. And most important, they are totally, unequivocally, cruelty free!!! It's a naughty recipe, because there is a lot of sugar; however, I can assure you that even one tiny square of this delight is rich, filling and satisfying. 
This recipe makes A LOT of brownies. You can make a load and freeze a few, or share them with friends and family. Or… since it's October why not make this as Halloween treats?
(If you do make them for Halloween, I would recommend leaving the nuts out)
They are chocolaty, rich, intense, quick and cheap to make!



T H E   R E C I P E 

Ingredients:

350g organic plain flour
180-200g organic sugar (to taste)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
65g organic & fair-trade cocoa powder
handful of chopped organic pecan nuts

250 ml rice bran oil (or another good quality vegetable oil but needs to be tasteless)
300ml warm water


P r e p a r a t i o n: 

{Preparation time 5 minutes}

In a large bowl mix all the dry ingredients:
flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cocoa.
Once is all well mixed add the oil, then mix. 
Add the water, mix.
Add the chopped nuts.

Place the mixture in a lined baking tray.

B a k i n g: 

If you only use one ceramic tray (like I did) cook for at least 35min at 180*; then check if they are cooked, however you might need to cook them for another 10-15 minutes according to the oven you are using.

If you spilt the content in two lined metal trays cook for 25min at 180* then check with a knife if they are ready (dig the knife into the cake, if knife comes out dirty they need extra cooking, if it comes out clean they are good to go)

Once they are out of the oven wait 10 min before cutting them into squares.
Leave to cool before eating.


I hope you enjoy this.
Have a wonderful week

x

Giulia

06 October 2013

Wrap it up! New Gift Tags in store...

 I just added some new gift tag design to my shop!
Here they are:

{click image to enlarge and browse}




You can either choose to have the full collection or one design.
Each gift tag is printed on recycled paper, cut out, sprikled with fairy dust and shipped worldwide within 2 days of purchase!



and since is almost halloween…
Here is a special edition one, ideal for party bags!

Much love
Giulia



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Have a great monday fellow Artists, you rock!

much love,

Giulia