Today I finally found a very old school camera that I have been wanting for aaages. I bought a black and white film for it and my mission is to now take one photo an hour. Photos to come!
My new home away from home! After a trip there last November, I couldnt believe how in love I fell with the place. My partner and I felt so at home that we contemplated just not leaving! But came to our senses and realised it was probably better just to make it a regular destination. For any of you that haven’t been, GO! And for all that have, you’ll probably understand my love for the place.
~ 10 reasons I love Phuket ~
♥ The friendliest, most hospitable people I have ever met. The staff at our resort would greet us every morning and even on my partners birthday they all came out with a cake and sang and danced to us. It was the funniest rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ we had ever heard!
♥ The Buddhist culture and religion. We hopped on a scooter and drove upto the massive Bhudda which sits high on a cliff looking over Phuket. Totally breathtaking. I also had the best coconut ice-cream ever there!
♥ Fooooooood. If you love Asian food then here is where it is at its best. Fresh seafood and vegetables, watermelon shakes, curries and spring rolls…the list goes on. You can get entree’s, 2 mains, a couple of drinks each and still get change from a AU$20.
♥ Being able to scooter around the whole island by ourselves and all for under $10 a day!
♥ Cheap markets with thousands of different Rayban sunnies for $3 each…needless to say, I have a rather large collection now. I also went a bit Kaftan crazzzy while I was there as they were all under $10 each so I stocked up! Move over Camilla, Ive got the Phuket edition :)
♥ Being able to ride an elephant (my faaaavourite animal) through the rainforest while our little trek guide, who obviously only knew one English word, kept pointing into the forest and yelling ‘monkey!’ at every noise.
♥ The way they sold gas for our scooters. It was anyone and everyone selling it, many of whom didn’t speak any English. One place we stopped at had a wee child and her grandma fast asleep on the couch outside. The little kid shook the grandma until she woke up to serve us! So care free.
♥ The MOST amazingly perfect beaches…crystal clear water and beers brought to you while you soak up the sun on a deck chair.
♥ Being able to drink out of fresh coconuts and pineapples. On a particular beach we were at, we ordered a drink and watched the man go and chop the coconut down then continued to make our drink. My mouth is watering at the thought of it now haha :)
♥ The sales men at the markets, fighting for our attention. My partner being Maori got alot of ‘Oh hey bro!’, ‘Yeah Kia Ora’ then they would all break out into the Haka, howling with laughter as they did it. A friend of ours who has long dreads got called Bob Marley’s sister the whole time. We thought it was the most funny tactics and wondered what it would be like to test it back in Sydney. Maybe not…
For any of you that haven’t watched the documentory of Jackson Pollock, I found it on YouTube. So amazing! He was such a good artist, one that has influenced the art world in a huge way. I LOVE his paintings and attempted his techniques at home once or twice, it is alot of fun but I definitely suggest doing it outside and with old clothes on! Here is one of the paintings I did. Its worth doing this on a huge canvas and letting each layer dry before doing the next otherwise your colours start to merge.
Every time I use felt for a creation, I end up with random offcuts that I cant find a use for. Today it finally came to me what I would do with them! I got so excited making this and want to re-do all the pillows on our couch and maybe bed… :)
Supplies needed are felt off cuts, a stencil of your design, needle and thread, scissors and a plain pillow case.
I decided to do an elephant because im totally in love with them! But you could try anything…what is your favourite animal? What would go well in your home? Even squares of your favourite fabric would look sweet.
I cut out a paper stencil to work with. Then using my offcuts of felt I started working them together like a puzzle so that it would cover the whole stencil.
I sewed them all together using embroidery thread and cut out the shape of the elephant once finished. Remember to make your layered felt piece bigger than the stencil so that you dont miss any of it.
Using the same coloured thread I stitched my design onto the pillow.
Yay! All done. These would also be really cute in a children’s room with a row of their favourite animals.
Hope you have fun making your own pillow design!