That’s right – there’s still one meal left for this year’s Easter celebrations – Easter Monday dinner tonight! So hop to the shops and stock up on ingredients for one or more of these cute-as Easter-inspired recipes below. Just click on the link for the recipes. Delish!
Above: A hand delivery from Nicola to my house!
It’s a rare occasion when I see art I both LOVE and can afford, which is why I’m so excited by (and completely obsessed with) For My Wall by Nicola Freeman. I first saw her pieces pop up on social media and thought they must have been by someone by the likes of Megan Weston - beautiful art but a bit too much for my ‘just bought my first house’ budget.
As you can image I was pretty ecstatic to find out the artwork was by the beautiful Nicola Freeman, who also lives in my hometown Ballarat. From those first posts Nicola made on social media with her work, her orders have gone through the roof. We caught up for coffee the other day and she had 14 orders to work on that weekend! So find out a little more about my new favourite artist (and general creative, inspiring person!) and take a look at her stunning art below. Nicola creates her art work fully customised so you can pick your own colours and shapes – all for the little sum of $180 (yes – you read that right!).
Nicola Freeman grew up on her family’s farm in Garibaldi in country Victoria, with her passion for art starting at a young age. She took inspiration and insight from her artist aunt alongside her parents who were always looking for inspiration and unique artwork at little country galleries. At school in Ballarat, Nicola studied as many art subjects as she could – painting, drawing, design, technology, woodwork… It’s no surprise that her partner, Jayden, is creative too.
By day he works as a joiner and in any spare time the couple can get they work alongside each other in their farm shed ‘studio’ – unglamorous but authentic. In fact, their label ‘For My Wall’ came about when Nicola started playing around in the shed when Jayden was doing cash job just so she could spend time with him. Soon, Nicola started getting orders for her pieces, hence their brand was born. Jayden works on the tools, cutting the different shaped wooden backings for Nicola to then work on. It’s him and her mum that Nicola says are her toughest critics but biggest supporters.
Nicola’s artwork gives her a balance to her ‘real job’ working in financial planning – with numbers and spreadsheets replaced by paints and colour. Unlike the precision and pressure of the finance world, Nicola’s artwork is completely nonlinear – she finds her best work comes from when she doesn’t overthink things. Her ‘ultimate doodle’ drawings have layers of detail and pattern, whilst her paintings start with a shape and colour, followed by the freestyle pressure-spray technique. Each piece is completely unique – something that is a focus for the pair.
Nicola is passionate about constantly creating new pieces, and with overwhelming support from a growing list of clients as passionate about her work as she is, there’s no slowing her down. Order your own custom piece by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and find For My Wall on Facebook and Instagram.
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Your essential checklist for buying a ducted air conditioning system
Given Australia’s harsh climate with its temperature and humidity extremes and its effect on our quality of life, air conditioning is now a major consideration for creating a pleasant home environment.
Many of us feel most comfortable when it’s 20 to 23 degrees Celsius*, however we regularly find ourselves sweltering on hot summer days and unable to keep warm during winter’s coldest months.
The most efficient way to create a comfortable temperature within your home, year-round, is to install a ducted reverse-cycle air conditioner.
Here are some tips to choosing the right ducted air conditioning system for your home and lifestyle provided by Actron Air:
Determine the right kW capacity for your home
To cool and heat your home efficiently you need an air conditioning system with the right kW capacity. If the kW capacity is too low, the system will struggle to moderate your home’s climate. If it’s too high, it will cycle on and off more often, causing wear and tear and costing you more to run.
The right kW capacity for your home is ‘calculated’ by taking into consideration such factors as your home’s location, cubic area, window measurements, building materials and orientation. You may need the help of an air conditioning professional to get an accurate measurement.
The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating Inc. (AIRAH) features a handy guide to help you calculate the kW capacity on its website at fairair.com.au . Australian air conditioning designer and manufacturer Actron Air has customer service specialists who can expertly evaluate your home’s kW capacity.
Choose a system with control settings for each zone
For energy efficiency and to cater for different individual needs, choose an air conditioning system that enables you to set a different temperature for each zone within your home.
Actron Air’s ESP Platinum Ultima is a ducted air conditioning system that offers the flexibility of setting different temperatures for different rooms or zones of your home at the same time, for the ultimate in comfort and energy efficiency.
Select a system with an automatic air flow sensor
To reduce your power bills, choose a ducted air conditioning system that only cools the rooms you’re using.
Most ducted air conditioners are unable to zone down to one room, so energy is wasted. However Actron Air’s innovative ESP Plus Energy Smart Zoning system automatically senses when one of its eight zones is switched on or off and adjusts the air-flow and system capacity accordingly, resulting in reduced running costs, added comfort and the convenience of having to set only one zone.
Choose an energy efficient system to reduce power bills
By choosing an energy-efficient air conditioner, you not only save money on power bills, but are being kinder to the environment.
You’re probably already familiar with Australia’s energy efficiency star rating for electrical appliances: the more stars, the more energy efficiency, which means lower power bills and a greener world.
Actron Air’s ducted air conditioning systems are among the most energy-efficient on the Australian market as their smart fan automatically reduces airflow, enabling you to save up to 60 per cent on energy consumption, compared to conventional air conditioners**.
Choose a system that efficiently maintains the temperature
To create a consistent temperature in your home and keep energy bills down, choose a ducted air conditioning system that reaches the temperature you choose and maintains it. Some systems reach the target temperature and switch off. When the temperature rises or falls, they restart to reach the set temperature again. This results in a swing in temperatures and increased power use.
Actron Air’s systems create a more comfortable, consistent temperature and reduce energy usage by sensing the slightest change in air temperature and adjusting it immediately. They also analyse how fast the temperature is rising or falling to predict necessary adjustments.
Select a system that can handle our harsh Australian climate
Every year Australia experiences harsh climate extremes so you need a ducted air conditioning system that can create a comfortable home environment in all conditions and won’t let you down on the hottest of days.
Actron Air’s systems are designed in Australia specifically for our environment and are able to perform in temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius.
Article submitted by Actron Air
For more than 30 years, Australian owned Actron Air has designed and engineered the most comfortable air conditioners on the market.
Actron Air’s ducted reverse cycle systems are easy to operate and energy efficient, quietly cooling and heating your home fast and effectively.
Each system features award-winning digital technology that automatically adjusts air flow for up to eight zones, effectively reduces humidity, and allows you to set your cooling or heating program seven days or 24 hours in advance.
Actron Air also offers ActronConnect, which enables you to wirelessly control your air conditioner when you are away from home, using your smart phone, PC or iOS device with a supported web browser.
All Actron Air ducted air conditioners come with the assurance of a five year warranty and the support of their quick and reliable National Service Network.
So create a year round comfortable environment in your home by calling Actron Air on 1300 522 722 or visiting www.actronair.com.au
* Burroughs, H. E.; Hansen, Shirley (2011). Managing Indoor Air Quality, Fairmont Press.
** An independent energy modelling analysis indicated that annual energy consumption for a 2-storey, 4-bedroom brick veneer home in Sydney’s west is reduced by up to 61% when using ESP Plus as opposed to a comparable conventional system.