River Road

Memories Made at the River – Last a Lifetime

Chalk paint artist inspired by the lifestyle in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Nature has been the inspiration of artists for centuries. Rivers emphasise movement, power, tranquility, life…so comes the inspiration for my blog.

My name is Andi Hartley and I am living the life here in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. It is an amazing place to live, surrounded by beauty with its beaches, rivers, mountains, orchards and my favourite, over 70 vineyards.

Come and join me on my river of life and road I travel…

DIY chalk paint at home…New Zealand

DIY chalk paint at home…New Zealand

I decided it was time to make my own DIY chalk paint at home. I love Annie Sloan Chalk paints, but the shop in the village which stock them sadly closed down, so it was time to attempt to make my own. For some reason I thought it was going to be hard, maybe because I...

DIY chalkboard gifts – Mother’s Day…

DIY chalkboard gifts – Mother’s Day…

Some really easy DIY chalkboard gifts for Mother’s Day can be so much fun to do. Here are some of the ideas I had and best of all they are really inexpensive. First item is a chopping board ,  this can be purchased at any housewares shop. My one came from Kmart...

GIN & TONIC CUPCAKES RECIPE…

GIN & TONIC CUPCAKES RECIPE…

I was asked to make some Gin & Tonic cupcakes for an event and came up with this recipe. They didn’t want cupcakes with icing on top which is what I would have wanted to do… yummy buttercream icing with gin and tonic. Instead they wanted a syrup which...

A quick update to home with cushions…

A quick update to home with cushions…

Feeling bored with your cushions? That’s where I was at this week and I decided what was needed was a quick update to the home with cushions. I don’t know about you, but I like to change my cushions probably once a year. I just look at them and know I have...

Dining chairs makeover – paint and recover…

Dining chairs makeover – paint and recover…

Do you ever look at your dining chairs and want to change them? That’s what I was doing and finally took the plunge do something about them. To save the cost of buying new chairs; I actually like the chairs we have in that they are nice and wide, very...

My first quilt made with love….

My first quilt made with love….

My first quilt made with love was the result of discovering a chest filled with quilting material collected over many years. Last year we moved my mum into a retirement home and had sorted out her house and the many many years of crafting undertakings. My mum had a...

Wooden Shelf Makeover – New Zealand

Wooden Shelf Makeover – New Zealand

My wooden shelf makeover was a inspiration really. It was offered free on my local neighbourly, which is a wonderful site to find things in your neighbourhood in New Zealand. Wooden Shelf Makeover I got it to use as extra shelving in our shed, but it wasn’t that...

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