The Beautiful Art of Making Lace

When we were travelling through Sri Lanka I met Sri Romi, in Tissamaharama who taught me the extremely time consuming, the intricate and delicate traditional craft of making lace.

I’ve always been a fan of lace. Amazed at the fine detail and delicate nature, it brings a certain sense of luxury to any piece of fabric. As a confident crocheter, I’ve still never been able to make a big enough piece of lace because it takes FOREVER!

The method Sri Romi uses is called Bobbin Lace. Using thin cotton thread she weaves, twists and braids each strand to create beautiful pieces of fabric.

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Disneyland for Adults

Amsterdam – What a fascinating place where all the forbidden fruits are completely legal, well for now anyway, it’s a roller coaster of excitement and wandering through this animated land will not disappoint!

In the 5.5years we’ve lived in London I only managed to get Amsterdam once, October 2011. It was literally a quick stop from Barcelona on our way back to London. I do wish we were there for longer!

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Everyone needs a Good Coat

I’ve had this winter❄️ coat 🧥 for years but I must confess I don’t wear it as often anymore.

It’s often made its way to the donation pile but I’ve always had a change of mind just before I head out the door. I think it’s the cocoon shape I like so much. And it’s a good coat. And everyone needs a good coat so I’ve hung onto it.

Over the years the lining has worn away to tatters and I’ve finally decided to fix it!

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Unravelling Fast Fashion

The question: "What sparked your eco-journey?" gets asked A LOT! And this is my story  👇 

In 2011 I  was getting restless. Feeling unfulfilled with work but not knowing what to change I finally decided I wanted more creativity in my life. 

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Treehotel - Lapland Sweden

Ok, so I'm OBSESSED with living in the trees! So when I found this amazing eco-boutique hotel for Mike's birthday I was like YES! We're totally going there!

All the rooms are amazing structures, like a UFO and Birds Nest, but we only had the pleasure of staying in the Mirror Cube and the Blue Cone.

If you're looking for something different, enjoy the outdoors and super comfy around your travel partner... Then book your trip now! Head over to the Tree Hotel website for more info.

My little take on our experience may or may not change your mind on visiting 

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The Fear of Dyeing

The process of dyeing textiles has always been haunted me😨. I’ve always been a bit nervous to do it on my own – Worried that I’m going to get the mixture wrong. Burn a hole in my dye pot…  Or worse completely mess up the only bit of recycled fabric I had to create my next project.

Although I’m pro – “The Happy Accidents” there’s nothing worse than destroying a project because you made up the wrong solution for the quantity of fabric🤦‍♀️.

So how did I get over my fear? 

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Aren’t We All Just a Little Bit Weird?

Ok so I’ve been working on a few things this week and what was quite evident is that I’m a little weird… the nice kinda a way, not the creepy kind… Anyways following this thread I started thinking about all the wonderful people in my life and how ok they are with my weirdness. Talk about unconditional love 😆

And over the last month or so we’ve met some really great people who have brought so much sunshine into our lives. And it’s a constant reminder of how lucky we are to be surrounded and supported by a whole lotta awesomeness!

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The Real Lion🦁King

The one thing I miss most about living in South Africa (besides my family and friends ) is taking a mini-break in the African bush! There is nothing better than escaping the hustle and bustle of the city and heading out on an African Safari. Just to hang out with The Big 5 (Leopard, Lion, Rhino, Buffalo and Elephant) for a few days!

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Dad Pants Be Gone 🧙‍♂️

The other day my husband Mike walked into my studio wearing his training shorts. He complained that he looked like he was wearing Dad Pants! And yes I did have to agree they were unflattering and looked like he was a 5-year-old wearing his dad’s shorts😐.

He’s had these shorts for over 8 years and besides the horrible fit, they’ve got another 30 wears in them (at least!).

Mike didn’t want to throw them out but hated feeling uncomfortable in his training gear. So he asked if I could alter them for him.

Thrilled by his request. I took on the challenge.

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Who Gives A Crap - Eco-friendly toilet paper

Wait what? Eco-friendly toilet paper?

When I first came about this term I had no idea that you could get bog roll that wasn’t eco-friendly. Actually I just didn’t stop to give it a second thought. Because it’s one of those robotic things I do on my grocery run.

As it turns out using eco-friendly toilet paper makes a big difference!

Here are 3 things I learnt about normal toilet paper:

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Bigger Gets You There Faster😝

Giant crochet hooks and knitting needles have become the new craze in the last few years. And yes I’m a bit late to the party! But I guess it’s better late than never 

With all the hype of big knitting and crochet I figured I should see what all the fuss is about. So as new leaves start to form on all the bare branches and pretty little pink blossoms emerge. I thought it would be a good time to explore a new crochet technique.

What is extreme crochet?

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