I had the yummiest fish and chips while in Melbourne. And yes, the dish is so perfect with beer.
To prove to you that I did other things besides stuffing myself with food and satisfying my craft/vintage/design cravings, here are some shots of my visit to St Kilda.
Did you see the rainbow in the shot above? I was walking along the bridge when nearing the end, I turned backwards and the first thing I saw was that rainbow. That was a special moment for me. Rainbows have always fascinated me.
Hello there! You are still enjoying the Melbourne series, I hope? If you are a fan of Masterchef Australia, you must know The Press Club, by George Calombaris. I had a meal there! Another highlight of my trip! Clean but cozy interior, great service. Needless to day, the food was trés bien! Every mouthful was like a little party in my mouth.
Pardon the mediocre shots. I couldn’t wait to dig in every time a dish appeared before me.
I'm interrupting the ongoing [Melbourne series] on the blog to share with you the launch of some new items in my little shop!
It used to be that being associated with school and books wasn't such a cool thing. But how times have changed. Preppy is the new cool! So go on, tell the world you love books (I do!) and do it through these handmade book cover-inspired laptop cases.
The front of the “book” is covered in rustic cotton linen, with the book title and author carefully embroidered. The back is covered in a cheerful polka dot/floral fabric. The inside of the case is lined and padded. These cases come in 2 sizes that fit the 13”/15” MacBook Pro and other laptops of the same size. The smaller case also fits the 13” MacBook White and 13” MacBook Air. There is also a little additional room to store your accessories/documents.
To further indulge, I went on to make another design with my favourite quote from Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. There are only 2 pieces for this design and they are only in 15".
All the laptop cases are now availableherein my little shop. So go on, tell the world you are a book lover!
One of top highlights of my Melbourne trip was getting to visit the Finders Keepers Market which I have longed been swooning over every time I read about it on blogs and magazines. The idea of such a huge craft convention, SOLELY indie and handmade, gets my heart beating wildly.
Can you imagine my excitement the day I stepped foot into the Royal Exhibition Building where the recent Finders Keepers Melbourne was held? I had to give myself a little pinch! With much excitement, I walked around ogling at all the amazing things these talented folks designed, created. Under the roof of that huge exhibition hall, the support, understanding and appreciation for art and craft was so palpable. It was like everyone spoke the same language.
The lovely ladies from Frankie
Other than leaving with beautiful buys, I came away with a renewed belief in what I am doing and pursuing. The journey is long, hard and sometimes lonely, but it is neither trivial nor “not proper job” and should not be perceived as such. I can only hope that many others in Singapore will realise that one day too.
From all that cafe hopping I did in Melbourne, you can imagine the amount of cake that went into my stomach. They were all good, mind you, not those that make you feel overwhelmed after eating.
One lovely cafe I visited is Monarch Cakes. Monarch Cakes has a long history that dates back to more than 75 years ago. The interior is old but therein lies its charm and it is so wonderfully unpretentious. Shortly after we got ourselves a seat, it started raining outside. It felt so nice to be sipping a hot drink and accompanying it with a sweet treat in that cold weather.
I had a poppy cake! By the time we left, the rain had stopped.
:: Happily Quirky ::
Hi, I'm Sandy, a crafter from sunny Singapore. I handmake plushies, totes, and paper goods.
This is where I catalogue great designs, talk about my travels, and obsess over all things Japanese.