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OCEAN & EFFY

Went for a casual photo walk round good ol Fremantle on the weekend with Ocean and Effy. I don't think I will ever get bored of Fremantle. There are always new art installations going up, new buildings and new shops. It is also generally an extremely photogenic area, you just have to keep an eye out for all the hidden gems!

Little Effy is such a model. She looks absolutely incredible and posed so naturally every time. I had a really fun afternoon snapping away without any pressure of deadline or briefs to fulfil. Ha!

Yeaaaa, these really cannot get any more hipster. Ha! Fremantle makes everything hipster. ;)

A CHRISTMAS DIY

I love making gifts because they are extra thoughtful and are one of a kind. There is just something special about creating something out of a bunch of random stuff. I even have a Pinterest board all about DIY projects - I am such a lame adult, I know! This year, I thought I'd make my own Christmas baubles as gifts for some of my friends. It was actually so simple to make and they turned out really nice! Just a heads up, it might get really messy. Glitter clings onto everything.

Here's what you need:

  1. Fillable baubles (plastic/glass)
  2. Something to fill the bauble with e.g. glitter and/or confetti
  3. Ribbon/twine of your choice for hanging
  4. Optional: Gift tags + Rubber stamp alphabets

P/S: If you live in Australia, you can get everything you need for this from both Riot and Spotlight. 

The very simple steps:

  1. Remove cap/open bauble
  2. Fill bauble with your choice of filling (TIP: create a 'funnel' with a piece of paper to make your life 10x easier)
  3. Put cap back one/close bauble
  4. String ribbon/twine through the top
  5. Optional: Attach hand written/stamped gift tags

I am so pleased with how they turned out. Can't wait to see them hung on the Christmas trees in all the different houses. Baubles are also a great gift because they are one of those things where people don't really throw out. Also, its a little reminder of you every Christmas when your friends put up their tree ;)

ClingDIY, christmas, craft, glitter, how to, life
THE LITTLE PRESS

Just like any other day of my life, I was on my phone going through my Instagram feed. This time, a little post by a local design studio The Little Press caught my eye. I spontaneously decided, there and then, on a sleepy Wednesday afternoon, to commit to a brush lettering workshop that's held only 3 days away. From the time I set foot in the studio, I knew I was in for a treat! 

The studio is beautiful - definitely something I wish I could have for myself in the future. Our working space for the day was a beautiful long wooden table, complete with flowers and greens and candles. Emily, the owner, was such a lovely girl. So down to earth and so passionate about her creative endeavours - inspiring. My biggest take away from her little spiel: Keep practising, don't get caught up in the latest trends. Keep doing your own thing, keep creating what you love to create. I really love meeting creative people that are genuinely passionate about their work and not just out to earn big bucks.

Side track a little, I grew up in the mega high-achieving city of Singapore for 17 years. It's always been about studying really hard, getting a good job, then marriage and kids. If that's what you want, there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, growing up all I've ever wanted to do was that because that's what my parents had as well. But as I got older and took the time to figure out what my passions are, I realised the regular structured life is not really for me.

Yes, if I earn big bucks I can live comfortably and probably solve about 80% of all my worries. But I would rather I take risks and get to a point where I live off toast and soup. Eventually I bounce back, and get back to a comfortable point. You'd think I'd learn and play it safe, but no. I find myself wanting more, seeking more adventure, wandering into unknown territories. That's when I have the most fun.

We were shown how the brush pens work, briefly explained CMYK, then we got to mix our color of choice for the morning. Then it's straight to doodling to get a feel of how it's like to use a brush pen. I found it quite difficult at the start and couldn't quite get the hang of it. It felt like I'm learning how to write all over again. I did eventually (kinda) got the hang of it and managed to create something I actually like. Funny enough, the thing I struggled the most with was to come up with a quote or sentence that I could practice with. I should probably write some down and have them handy for future reference! I've only ever used a brush tip sharpie or a regular sharpie when I'm doing hand lettering so to be able to finally get my hand on a brush pen was such a great moment. I love how unpredictable the colors turn out on a page and the watercolour 'effect'.

I had such a lovely 3 hours in the studio doodling my heart out. I met some really beautiful people at the workshop as well. So good to network and meet other local creatives. If you're remotely interested in brush lettering, I highly recommend that you check these guys out! It was definitely a great start to the weekend, and a great way to round up the month of October. Seriously, how crazy is it that it is already November?!

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