Friday, 31 August 2012

Stay tuned...

I've been hovering around the 500 Facebook fans mark for a while now, eagerly waiting for that 500th person so I can kick off five days of giveaways... Who's going to help me get to 500 before the end of the weekend so next week can be giveaway week?

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Les Mills Sunday Market

This Sunday marks the launch of the weekly 'Les Mills Sunday Market', offering local food, produce, baked and handcrafted goods and so much more! It's a simple, sustainable and fresh market, in the centre of the city, which makes a lovely change.

I'll be there with my jewellery and every purchase (from anyone, not just me) at the market gives you a free day pass to Les Mills, hooray!

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

30 Before 30 - an update

I've decided, with less than four months until I turn the big three-oh, that I'm not going to worry so much about whether or not I complete my 30 Before 30 list. The last few years have taught me a lot about enjoying each day, and while I agree that having goals in life is a wonderful thing, having a list of things that I have to do, just doesn't seem to fit with me any more. Maybe my list wasn't well thought out, I'm not sure, but some of the things on it don't really interest me much any more. I guess I'd rather wake up in the morning and live that day, doing what I feel like doing, than feeling pressured into doing something because eighteen months ago I put it on a list. I'll continue to document the things that I do until my birthday though, and here's a couple I've recently completed:

#13 - Help a less fortunate community
I don't get paid a huge amount, but travelling overseas really made me appreciate coming home to a full time, 'well paying' job. It's amazing what so little money can provide to a family or community and what a huge difference it can make to their life. I love the whole idea of Oxfam Unwrapped, where you can "choose an Oxfam Unwrapped gift like a calf or a gardener’s pack, and not only are you buying a great gift, you’re giving someone living in poverty in the developing world the chance of a better life." It's also a well designed site with a sense of humour.

They have so many items to choose from (from $5 to $1800) that it made it a little hard to pick, so I went for things that would make me happy. A goat, a flock of duckings and training a village birth attendant, all for $117, not bad at all really.
  • A goat - A locally-bought goat will give a family (in Papua New Guinea) 7 litres of fresh milk per week to drink and sell, as well as organic fertiliser for their crops. And the first-born female kid will be given to another family so the magic can start again!
  • A flock of ducklings - By raising ducklings, a woman in Indonesia can rebuild her life after violence and earn a living. When the ducklings grow up, they can lay enough eggs to feed the family, as well as sell at the market for extra income.
  • Training a village birth attendant - Women in the remote villages of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea usually give birth at home without medical assistance. This can put both mother and baby at risk. With this gift, you will help train local people to become birth attendants. They will learn basic midwifery skills and be provided with safe birthing kits. And once they're trained, they'll support mothers to give their children the best possible start in life.
#21 - Ignore Facebook for a week
Done for three whole weeks while I was overseas. I didn't have my laptop with me, and I don't own a smart phone, so I only checked my email once to finalise something to do with our trip and didn't go on Facebook at all (even though the others were tagging me in photos, ha ha). I love the internet, but it was so nice to have a complete break from it!

#5 - Pay off and cut up my credit card
Yup, it's paid off, but nope, I'm not going to cut it up. Another thing that the last few years has taught me is that you never know when you might need some extra money to get you by. My credit card is now only for emergency and online purchases though, and any online purchases can only go on it if I have enough money in my regular account to cover it straight away.

Sunday, 12 August 2012

The House of Dancing Water

One last holiday post... I just have to show you photos of the show we went to in Macau - The House of Dancing Water. Words and photos will never do it justice - this performance was simply amazing!!! It's a story told with a mixture of acrobatics, diving, dance, fire, motorbikes, music and lighting, performed in a purpose-built theatre with hydraulics turning the stage into a pool with 14,000,000 litres of water. 

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

A Maad Event

While overseas we popped back to Singapore for a night so we could check out Maad (Market of Artists and Designers). It was pretty cool - at an awesome venue (at the Red Dot Design Museum), great crafty goodies and I loved that it had sweet live music and life drawing.

Softies and cool felt items by Danielle Jin  ||  Cute items by Momshoo

Hand carved stamps by Potto Stamps  ||  Life drawing  ||  The band
My wee haul - hand carved stamp by Potto Stamps, Apple Boy Brooch by
Danielle Jin and Bunny Brooch by Momshoo

Sunday, 5 August 2012

Home again

We've been home from Asia for a week now. It was the most wonderful trip - we visited a really good mix of places (beaches, mountains, jungle and huge cities) and had the perfect amount of time in each place. It was warm everywhere (a little too hot in some places - 38°c in China!), didn't rain much and we didn't have many travel problems or delays.

My Felt and Discover Me shops are back online and I'm already getting ready for my next market.

Here's a few photos of the highlights of our holiday:

1. Dusky Leaf Monkey on our balcony at Burau Bay
2. The view of the resort from the top of the World's steepest cable car
3. Cocktails on the beach, yes please!
4. A pretty lantern where we had dinner one evening
5. On top of Lasah, the Asiatic Elephant
6. Fish spa time! The weirdest feeling ever...

1. Kai Kai or Xin Xin at the Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
2. The House of Dancing Water show (another blog post to follow)
3. Amazingly intricate carved wood on display in one of the casinos
4. Macau - the city of 24hr lights

1. We drank so much tea in China
2. Bugs for dinner? No thanks, but the food we did eat was delicious!
3. Detail on one of the temples we visited.
4. Scooping up rice at the end of the day - they dry it on the sides of the roads

1. Our jungle cabana
2. So many big bugs and critters to be found!
3. Taman Negara National Park
4. Night time scorpion hunt success!
5. The most terrifying part of the holiday... the canopy walkway
6. Cute baby boars that wandered through the resort

1. I-City trees - made of tonnes of LED lights
2. Flowers too
3. A cool brooch made by Foon of Things Eye Made, who showed us around KL
4. What I spent most of my time in KL doing - being sick and reading
The Happiness Project
(it's good, you should read it too)

1. Singapore Zoo - cute wee lizard checking out the Giant Tortoises
2. Pygmy hippo at the zoo
3. Maad craft fair (another blog post to follow)
4. Delicious pastries from Bread Society
5. Tuppaware installation at The Red Dot Design Museum