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What a weekend!

So I’ve just arrived home after attending Hobart’s second Etsy Made Local event. And what a weekend it was! There were 132 makers and we had over 9000 people through the venue. It was amazingly crazy.

I want to say a big thank you to everyone who purchased a creation off me, to those who had a nice chat with me and to all the other makers. It was an amazing two day event and I’m now completely exhausted!

After taking a few days off I’ll be updating my Etsy store with new goodies that I showcased at the market. In the mean time you can admire my stall set up.

Thank you once again to everyone who attended the market and supported all the makers. You guys are the reason we do this and it really does mean a lot.

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So, update

So I’ve been quiet. Very quiet. And there a reason for that. Well actually there’s several reasons.

  • I got sick in May. Thumping painful headache that came with a long lasting cold.
  • I had some big assignments. Which I had to do whilst I was sick. Naturally.
  • I had a couple of interviews for my dream job – a bookseller in a new store opening up. Still sick.
  • I got the job! So helped set up the new bookstore, and have spent the last month learning the ropes there.
  • Throw in some exams and general other running around as well.

So glad June is over. It felt like the month of running around madly catching up on everything at once. I did get some art stuff done and a lot more plotting out. So something to look forwards to.

July is set to be a big month. I’m starting late, but I will be taking part in World Watercolour Month. Check out my Instagram or Facebook page to keep up to date with that.

In the mean time, enjoy this tidbit I shared on Instagram yesterday regarding a new product I’m working on. This is only a prototype, but I’m so excited about it!

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Etsy Made Local Hobart 2018 – bring it on!

Very pleased to announced that I will be at Hobart’s 2018 Etsy Made Local market! It’s back for the second year and set to be bigger and better than before!

When: 17-18 November 2018

Where: Princes Wharf 1, Castray Esplanade, Hobart TAS 7000

I’ll be there all weekend – my very first two day market! So excited! So mark the dates in your diary.  And with a bunch of new designs and products in the work, you get to strap down and enjoy the ride I’ll take you on with my preparing for this awesome event.

I’ll leave you to enjoy this little watercolour galaxy I painted recently. This one is destined to become a card – I’ll show you when it’s all done.

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Thousand crane count: 100/1000

Thought I’d do a quick update on my goal to fold a thousand paper cranes. I dug around my cupboards and found the few origami cranes I folded over the years – nearly as long as I’ve stored all my pretty papers.

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So my current count? 100/1000. That’s 10% done! Woo!

Most of those are also freshly folded. And goodness it doesn’t take long to improve. So of my older cranes I pulled out were terribly folded. Like REALLY bad. But I had to include them because they’ve been sitting around so long. But even comparing some of the first I folded this year to the ones I folded just the other day and there’s a noticeable improvement. I’m feeling less concerned about ruining the nice papers I’ve still got saved for later.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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Thousand Paper Cranes

So one of the journeys I’d like you to follow me on is my intention to fold a thousand paper cranes this year. Yes 1,000 origami paper cranes.

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I’ve always been deeply moved by the tale of Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. During a school trip to Japan we visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and I bought a copy of the book and a few packs of origami paper afterwards. I’ve always had it in the back of my mind that this was a challenge I wanted to complete one day. After rediscovering my box of origami papers I decided why not.

Some of the papers I bought myself when I was in Japan, though most of the paper was given to me by some of the Japanese exchange students we hosted when I was in high school. I’m hesitantly looking forward to using some chiyogami paper I’ve had for ages – they’re hand silk screened or stencilled papers. They feel good to handle and look even better. Those are being saved to later when I’ve had more practice.

So please follow me along on this journey. I’ll showcase some of the papers I use as I work through them, because there are some seriously pretty papers there.

So far I’ve folded 11, so only 989 cranes left fold!

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A belated Happy New Year! Plus other news…

A belated Happy New Year to everyone!

As some of you may have known, I attended my very first market end of November. Hobart hosted Tasmania’s very first Etsy Made Local market just in time for Christmas!

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The lovely group of people who volunteered their time to organise this market were phenomenal, and the day I attended went well. So definitely lots of kudos to everyone who helped to organise, vendored at or attended the market. All going well it’ll return again in the future.

As with many people I suspect, December is always a busy month for me. All the end of year celebrations, lots of feasting and staring at the Christmas tree and it’s growing pile of pressies underneath.

January was a month of deep reflection for me. After much debating what the new year should bring, I now have a plan! Not going to share this with you just now, but I have a few adventures I’d love for you to follow me on. Who knows, might even inspire you to do something for yourself.