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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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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 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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Oh Victoria. How I❤️You!

Over the last 3 years of living in Australia. We’ve noticed a little pattern emerging 

Every holiday we plan (or didn’t plan…) had us gravitating towards Melbourne. On our road trips, we’d explore the smaller towns around Victoria. After a couple of trips, we can officially say we LOVE this region of Australia.

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Up Up and Away!!! 🎈

Over the last few weeks we’ve woken up to the sound of burner blows from hot air balloons trying to land on the Kingston Oval down the road from our apartment. And every morning I’ve jumped out of bed and run to the balcony, like a kid on Christmas morning.

I’m not sure what it is about hot air balloons but every time I see them they conjure up feelings of adventure and wonder. Maybe it also reminds me of the animated Pixar movie Up…

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Crochet Workshop Wraps Up

I can’t believe how quickly these three weeks have flown by! It feels like only yesterday that I was getting ready to embark on this epic journey and nothing could’ve prepared me for this experience of a lifetime!

As week 3 of my crochet workshop in Cambodia comes to a close I look around and am so pleased with what the class have produced!

Creativity and teamwork has been contagious this week. I am so impressed at how quickly these ladies have learnt to crochet, working with different yarns and hooks, as well as applying what they have learnt in each lesson to create better and individual products and learning how to read crochet patterns without knowing how to read, write or speak English!

Here are a few pics to wrap up My Crochet Workshop in Cambodia:

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Crochet Workshop - Deciphering Code

I’m so glad my first week as a volunteer in Cambodia ended on a high note because it allowed us to seriously push the boundaries in the second week! It would be fitting to say we had a couple of eureka moments this week.

The most important one to mention was working out how to teach the women to read a pattern (as you can imagine this was like deciphering code) so that they can continue creating products once the programme came to an end!

The biggest obstacle was the reading and understanding the patterns in English as none of them could speak English let alone read or write. With the help of the sewing teachers, who could speak a tiny bit of english we did a bit of brainstorming…

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Upcycling Lesson in Cambodia

Volunteering in Cambodia has been an amazing experience. For the past few weeks I’ve been running crochet workshops teaching the women in the community how to crochet we even had a lesson on how to follow a pattern.

But this week one of the ladies, Danni, wanted a break from crochet, as she prefers to sew. So I did a quick lesson in upcycling I showed her how to turn skirts into bags and shirts into skirts.

Here’s what we did:

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Crochet Workshop - Foundation Chain

One week in and looking back at the decision I made to volunteer in Cambodia and the crochet supplies I bought for this trip it’s the BEST investment I’ve made in my life thus far!

This week has been… To be honest it’s just impossible to describe… But I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it! Who would have thought that I’d be teaching a crochet workshop in Cambodia!

I think I’ve set a good foundation for the teachers to continue teaching groups in the future.

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Water and Earth Boutique in Siem Reap Night Market

Wandering through the night market of Siem Reap, we stumbled on a stall called Water and Earth, a boutique that supports disadvantaged Khmer artisans who are skilled in stone and wood carving as well as weaving.

Whilst browsing through their beautiful hand-woven kramas (traditional Cambodian scarves) we heard the sound of a storm rolling in… Realising we weren’t going anywhere anytime soon I continued to look through their lovely stock.

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Giving a little back, One Stitch at a Time – Teaching Crochet in Cambodia

Crochet supplies have been bought and packed and the start of our 3rd adventure for 2013, is about to begin.

In a few days we’ll set off to South East Asia, where I’ll be spending 3 weeks teaching crochet in Cambodia, to women in the Psar Touch Community in Phnom Penh.

Over the last year my husband Mike has been back and forth to Cambodia with a UK based charity called KungFuture, who have partnered with a local organization called Riverkids. Through sports and play they have taught the children in the Psar Touch Community basic skills about health and hygiene. Mike’s experiences have been so inspiring I wanted to join them for their 3rd project.

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Live Your Dreams

Sitting in a hammock looking up at a sky full of stars, I can feel the thick sea air on my skin, hear the waves crash in the distance and taste the sweetness of the future.

Arugam Bay has been my favourite place on our Sri Lankan adventure. I’m not sure if it’s the people we’ve met. The place itself. The cold showers. Or the lessons I’ve learnt here. Whatever it is these four days have been magical!

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The No Pants Dance

Today we spent the day in Yala Nature Reserve. We wanted to find some leopards 🐆

15 mins into the park and we were among 15 other land rovers racing through the nature reserve to “hunt” down the leopards. There were exhaust fumes and dust flying everywhere and the driver was bashing through the vegetation like his life depended on it! 😭 It was unpleasant. And I’m sure the animals in the park were traumatised too. Not the kind of safari we were used to 😤

We asked our driver to not chase after the poor leopard. But instead to randomly drive to see what we could find instead.

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TravelNicSri Lanka, Nature