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My Annual Katong Food Crawl in Singapore

On my recent trip to Singapore, I was ever grateful for my annual ‘Katong food crawl’. Let’s just say there’s no food crawl for me in the world like quaint ‘Katong’ where I was born in Singapore. It’s that place in my ‘other’ home that makes nostalgia sweetest, yet most heart-breaking. Katong (for me, at… Read more »

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Best Australian Authors For Children’s Fiction At Book Week 2016

Best Australian Authors For Children’s Fiction: Since our eldest began attending prep two years ago, Book Week has become one of our favourite annual school events. Where else is there a legitimate occasion to go everywhere dressed up as your favourite character without the need for a costume party invite. I’ve just attended the children’s… Read more »

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No Place On Earth Like Gardens By The Bay Singapore

There’s no place on earth quite like Gardens By The Bay Singapore, as we’ve discovered on our last trip back to the little red dot. Yet our accidental discovery of Singapore’s most iconic tourist attraction was nearly thwarted by Plan A; the zoo. An unusually sweltering day was to thank for this. It meant putting… Read more »

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Corner Block Studio by Natalie Lane

Corner Block Studio is the clever creator behind a host of minimalist wooden wall frames that I quite suspect, is threatening to revolutionise our humble wall picture frame. Corner Block Studio Wouldn’t it be nice to return from a holiday and be triggered by a creative business idea? Simply from wanting to fill a need… Read more »

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Finders Keepers Market Brisbane 2016

Finders Keepers Market Brisbane 2016 The Finders Keepers Market Brisbane 2016 (autumn/winter) comes with a kind of A-lister vibe that has the tendency to dull most markets that lay claim to the labels ‘design market’ or ‘craft market’. For a real-life ‘Etsy-like’ convention of sellers and buyers, this expertly curated designer-artisan showcase of more than… Read more »

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WASHI TAPE LOVE: CHIYOGAMI DESIGNS

WASHI TAPE LOVE: CHIYOGAMI DESIGNS The cheerful owner of Chiyogami Designs Andrea Walker, looked every bit the brand and creative business she represents in her colourful paisley print smock dress—in happy and brightly speckled peacock colours with wide butterfly sleeves that remind you somewhat of those on a Japanese kimono. She’s also wearing some the… Read more »

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Scrapbook Papercraft Expo 2016

The Scrapbook Papercraft Expo 2016 at the Brisbane Exhibition Centre last weekend was my idea of a delightful way to spend a mildly chilly winter Saturday afternoon. Every year at around the time of the Queen’s Birthday public holiday long weekend (however, tragically no longer for Queensland this June), I can be found whiling my… Read more »

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Craft outlet shopping at Kaisercraft

Craft outlet shopping at Kaisercraft (Australian-owned craft and scrapbooking products manufacturer & wholesaler) I probably hoard too much of, yet always manage to find still a little more room for crafting bibs and bobs as well as books. The same day I was forced to admit that book shelves and cabinets come constructed with a… Read more »

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Craft Markets & Events In Brisbane

Fairy nice, we were going to say, but gnome say we didn’t warn you—bring cash only or be disappointed. The last time we were on the prowl for CRAFT MARKETS in Brisbane, we went to check out the tiny Pastel Palace Crafters Market in the hipster ‘burbs of Paddington. Where is it? 285a Given Terrace,… Read more »

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Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Expo

After two weeks of intense cooking and baking the books, it’s time for a kitchen break and for me, the start of winter always means hibernation and crafting season. Every annual June long weekend coinciding with the Queen’s birthday also means the Brisbane Scrapbook & Paper Crafts Expo is here again! And each year on… Read more »