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I’m back from Dubai and missing the place already, especially my little oasis in the desert, the Shangri-La Hotel. You’ve all heard the phrase “Never judge a book by it’s cover”, well this really sums up my experience at the Shangri-La Dubai. On the surface it’s a mild mannered business traveler hotel, and to be honest if I was making the booking myself I may not have chosen to stay here because what the Shangri-La excels in cannot be shown with a few pictures on a website. In the days of style over substance, it was refreshing to stay in a hotel that felt like home when you walked through the door. So many little details that other hotels take for granted were well and truly covered at the Shangri-La.
A little while ago I wrote about some of the craft projects I work on behind the scenes for my own enjoyment (you can read the post about it here) and I mentioned I was hoping to attend a basket weaving workshop in Healesville to learn so new skills.
Well this year I’ve really been trying very hard to actually do all the stuff I say I’m going to do rather than just talking about it, which includes going to more classes and workshops. So when Ruth from Craft School Oz posted dates for her next basket weaving and botanical dyeing workshops I booked without delay.
Ruth runs her basket weaving workshops from her home in Healesville, Victoria in the Yarra Valley. It’s a lovely drive about an hour from Melbourne.
I thought it would be fun to give my new camera a work out and document the weekend by making some little videos. I hope you enjoy them…
This weekend I had the pleasure of attending a fun and very unique craft event in Melbourne called Unleash Creative. Organized by fellow craft blogger and very cute gal pal, Magdalena Franco, it was a full day of colourful, confetti sprinkled creative playtime. Magdalena had a vision to bring a group of talented creative mentors together to inspire and pass on their skills to every day folk seeking to kick start their creative mojo.
And boy did she deliver! (more…)
I don’t often get a chance to sew for myself, most of the time spent in my sewing room is dedicated to blog projects, repairing garments or making soft furnishings, so when Megan Nielsen asked me if I’d like to review a couple of her patterns I jumped at the chance to make something I could wear. Something for me…doesn’t sound like much of a big deal, but you other mothers out there know that we often put ourselves last on the to do list for everything, so some ‘just for me’ sewing time was quite the special treat.
Instagram is my favourite place ever (well at least virtually!) Where else can creatives from all over the world inspire each other without even having to know another language. It’s true that a picture speaks a thousand multilingual words.
Instagram is how I met Gaia Segattini, Italian fashion designer, craft blogger and author of “Handmade per imbranati-rinnova il tuo guardaroba“, which means “Handmade for dummies-Renew your wardrobe”. (more…)
I’m a big fan of my local library, Emma and I visit about once a week to stock up on movies, books and magazines. Of course I hover around the craft section and immediately take home anything that catches my eye. Last week I was delighted to find Abigail Glassenberg’s new book Stuffed Animals – From Concept to Construction*. Abby and I are twitter friends, and I’d been meaning to get hold of a copy to take a look. I was so impressed that I wanted to share my thoughts with you. (more…)
Most of you that know me well know that I love to travel, a change of environment does wonders to re-invigorate and inspire creativity. I’m not too fussy in my travel style, from backpacking to 5-star, as long as there is adventure and good food involved, I’m there. But camping, not so much. Sure I can rough it, I’ve spent a week on the Nile sleeping under the stars on the deck of a Felucca with only a shovel and a sandy bank for a toilet, I’ve trekked the mountains in Peru for days all in the same clothes (stinky), but camping doesn’t jump to the front of my mind when I’m day dreaming about a holiday. Until now.
Forget camping, it’s all about Glamping! Camping with special little touches of luxury and personality is all the rage right now. And after seeing Kate’s gorgeous caravan and following some of here travel adventures, I think I could handle a bit of Glamping.
So when Cico Books was offering review copies of their new book Handmade Glamping* by Charlotte Liddle & Lucy Hopping, I was curious to check it out and share my thoughts. Because anything that combines hand making with holidaying has got to be good. My two favourite things!
Today I’ll be reviewing a book generously sent to me by Margaret Bloom, the author of Making Peg Dolls* and blogger at We Bloom Here. Both Margaret’s book and blog have a basis in the Waldorf/Steiner philosophy. Although we are not a ‘Steiner’ household, I do try to embrace some aspects here at home, especially when it comes to handmade toys and play. When Margaret suggested her book to me, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to spend some making time with Emma. Emma can be a little distracted at the best of times, so I was pleasantly surprised at how engaged she was when we made these little dolls.