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…

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...

Lemon curd recipe- homemade gift jars…

Lemon curd recipe- homemade gift jars…

Homemade Lemon Curd – a great gift in a jar this Christmas and very easy to make! I wasn’t planning on making homemade Lemon Curd today, but one of my sons came home from university for the holidays. He brought with him a suitcase of clothes and a half eaten jar of...

Traditional Maori (Rewena) Bread from New Zealand

Traditional Maori (Rewena) Bread from New Zealand

I love been able to share this recipe of our wonderful traditional Maori (Rewena) bread from New Zealand. It is a bread made with a potato starter or bug that ferments and causes the bread to rise. The starter is made from boiled potato, flour, sugar and water. There...

Simple branch Christmas tree…New Zealand

Simple branch Christmas tree…New Zealand

A simple  branch Christmas tree is so quick to make, looks fantastic and can be a great alternative to a traditional tree… If you are like me and looking for something different this year, don’t have the time or even the space for a traditional tree try this: I...

Pretty Christmas star cookie tree – New Zealand

Pretty Christmas star cookie tree – New Zealand

I was very excited to find these pretty Christmas star cookie tree cutters to make my Christmas cookies look that much more fun. Shortbread… One of my favourite cookie recipe is from Chelsea Sugar Shortbread. This is a gorgeous recipe and to make it even more...

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