Thursday, April 26, 2012

Get your mum something cute ...

Tomorrow I will be at the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market in King George Square with a bunch of new cards and brooches. I spent a good deal of the public holiday cutting, gluing and folding and now have a stack of new handmade cards. I used 'Bambi Grows Up' to make some uber cute mothers days cards ... so if you're over the schmaltz and want to get your cool, crafty old girl a special card this Mother's Day ... come see me!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Home again, less honking

We're home after a short, 10-day trip to Vietnam. We spent time in Saigon, Hoi An and Da Nang. The people are lovely but the system's a bit fucked. I've been to a lot of places in the world and there is always something good and bad about each place. Vietnam's 'good' included the food, the fresh bia (beer) for 4000 Dong (about 23 cents), the colours and the Vietnamese coffee with condensed milk and ice - cà phê sữa đá. The 'bad' I would have to say is that not once did I feel like I wasn't an outsider. It may have been the places we visited or just chance, but I felt that each cafe, restaurant and even the beach I was a visitor. 

“Nobody gives way to anybody. Everyone just angles, points, dives directly toward his destination, pretending it is an all-or-nothing gamble. People glare at one another and fight for maneuvering space. All parties are equally determined to get the right-of-way--insist on it. They swerve away at the last possible moment, giving scant inches to spare. The victor goes forwards, no time for a victory grin, already engaging in another contest of will. Saigon traffic is Vietnamese life, a continuous charade of posturing, bluffing, fast moves, tenacity and surrenders.” Andrew X Pham.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

HCMC to Hoi An

Flying into HCMC is like zooming into Lego land, so many beautiful colours, tiny little rectangular houses lining the delta. The cab ride into town was fantastic, the organised chaos of cars, trucks, scooters and bikes was so surreal from the air conditioned taxi merging and tooting at a leisurely 50km an hour. The city is nuts, fully nuts. After two nights I was ready to go somewhere a little less happening, so we headed to Hoi An.

Hoi An was not exactly what I was expecting. The place is beautiful and the river, lined with heritage buildings is stunning. I just get a bit shirty when there are one million other tourists there. I'm not sure why I thought it would be a little zen, but for me it certainly wasn't. Two nights was more than enough ...

We headed to Da Nang for a beach with less hassling and less sweaty western tourists. Da Nang is gorgeous.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Awkward ...

Right now I'll be touching down in Saigon, and heading in to our hotel! Hopefully I'll be able to post from my iPad while I'm here. Planning on just taking it easy, not too much traversing the countryside. I love the old 'scheduled post' as when I have time I like to sit down and bang out three or four posts. Stay tuned for so equatorial postings ... 

This is one of the last cards I made before we hopped on a plane.

It will be at my next market - the BrisStyle indie Twilight Market in King George Sq on April 27.

More info here ...

The LCC Grace Kelly

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Fake plastic these ...

My mum has a really cool collection of little plastic animals. She picks them up from op-shops and all the really good ones are in a big glass jar, it looks like an art piece. She also has a few here and there in the hanging pot-plants. They look like little farm or jungle scenes with dinosaurs and cows poking out of a planter full of nasturtiums. The animals below are from Etsy.

From here

From here

From here

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Cute, tight spaces

I'm a big fan of 'nice spaces'. I've told Mr Reread that our new house needs to have all of these things; a driveway that doesn't back onto a busy road, not too close to neighbours, a decent kitchen and it needs to have cute spaces I can make look like something from a Frankie magazine. I saw this little felt cat-pod on Etsy and it reminded me of how nice it is to curl-up in a nice, warm space with a book and beautiful lighting.

From this very felty Etsy peep ...

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mmmmm lentils

Today is my first day of a two-week holiday ... on Sunday we fly out to distant, far-off places. For now it's making cards, drinking tea and eating yummy stuff. Today's lunch we called 'shit, the supermarket is closed, what's in the fridge?' A can of lentils, one cucumber, some hummus, some left over tabouleh, half a small block of danish feta, coriander, rocket, spinach, spring onion, some paprika and a squirt of lemon juice ... and you're done. Yum yum, pig's bum.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Get blogging and win yourself a trip!

If you like blogging and you also like tropical holidays ... then you might just lose your shit when you read about this new competition run by the bald man of blogging Darren Rowse. Ten bloggers will be flown from anywhere in the world to spend six days on the Great Barrier Reef to blog and get some tips and tricks from the man himself. Tourism Queensland and Darren will bring ten of the most intriguing bloggers from around the globe to Queensland to experience the Great Barrier Reef as 'Queensland Blogger Correspondents'. Click here to get blogging and good luck!   

One of the little guys you can meet on the Great Barrier Reef ... 
Taken in January this yera

I do not think it means what you think it means

In the words of the great Inigo Montoya 'you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means'. This card was made from a book printed in the 50s ... back then it was sweet, now it's just plain old funny. The words I use for my most of my cards come from daggy romance novels, but this one ... no words necessary.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Silly bastard

This is one of the new cards I've made from an Uncle Arthur book. I wonder if there is a 2012 equivalent of Uncle Arthur? The Hillsong nutter maybe?

Op-shop nuts

Another of the new cards that I've put on my Etsy shop. this little guy is from a cute book called Baby Animals. People often say say 'oh, it's so cute, how can you cut these old books up?' Well, they were in an op-shop bargain bin for 20 cents and nobody was going to buy them for their kids. It is a bit of a shame so many people buy their kids 'new everything'. There is so much wonderful stuff waiting for a new home in op-shops all over the country! Do you have op-kids?

This is an op-shop card I recently sold in my Etsy shop ...

Some of my Etsy faves

There are so many beautiful things on Etsy. I can spend hours looking for gifts and just 'for me'. There is also a lot of crap, a lot of stuff that's not really what I define as 'handmade'. When I find items that I think are beautiful or unique I like to favourite them o I can back later on a whim and buy them if I'm so inclined. Below are some of my favourites. 

Light shade made from a vintage milk glass bowl

These two guys are from here

A dead cart from here

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