4 bits of news

So item number 1 is the unveiling of a new stockist, HannahZakari which I was more than a little chuffed about as I've admired this online boutique for a long time and love their quirky slant on the whole gift buying saga so hurrah! And everything is in good old British pound sterling :D double hurrah!

Item number 2 is also the news of a new stockist in the shape of Almondtreeframes which is a gift shop cum frame making retail space in Australia ! It is a fairly new shop and I've been following their shop renovations and spying on all the other designers on offer on their blog here and if you go back a little you can see more photos of their lovely shop!

Photo from HKDR website

So news number 3 is we fostered a dachshund about a week ago now but been too busy to show and tell about him, hes a very sweet dog and I know it won't be long until he is adopted which makes me miss him already :(
Can anyone guess what his name is?! His name is....wait for it.......SAUSAGE!
I can tell you now its more than a little embarrassing to shout it out in public, especially when people can't actually see him and they just think I'm incredibly hungry or/and crazy.
I have a really funny video of him which I will upload as soon as I find the camera lead!

So far I've unintentionally announced my bits of news chronologically with my latest news being that I moved and I'm so so happy right now!
We've moved to another part of Hong Kong altogether and its less busy here and we're near the sea like 10 mins walk to the beach and its just pretty here, so far I love it and feel fancy in our lovely new flat and and and and one of the best things about this flat is that I will have a much bigger studio.

Photos up asap!


One for the archives!

I received this in my inbox today (or was it yesterday?), possibly the cure for any disease I think, although I'm not a doctor so my medical advice is about as useful as contaminated oxygen.
You have to click on the picture to go see the soul weeping cuteness or click here. I'm easy.


Forgot to show and tell the finished product of this post but here it is, I'm pretty happy with them, they are much more slick and who doesn't like a bit of colour?


news, news

This whole week has been a little weird for me as we returned Blinky back to the kennel which I was / am really sad about but there is only so many times you can take a dog attacking you..well attacking my bf that is, he was really lovely and sweet to me. What I miss most of all is his little hellos in the morning, it was soo nice to have someone so excited & happy to see you and how insanely happy he got when I said the words 'walkies or chicken' (*sad face*)

In other not great, not bad but just news, news we're still waiting for a flat to come our way, it seems that every time we get our hopes up something happens and we don't know if these estate agents are lying or if this is some trick to get money or what, we just don't know what is normal and it is frustrating.

In some excellent news is I am soon to announce 2 new stockists, just waiting for confirmation that they have received my stuff before I do, I don't want to jinx things to get lost in the postal warp.


a little something over the weekend

I got this lovely lovely fabric from a charity shop in the UK ages ago which I printed on a while back (remember?) and basically I got bored of it and only just remembered to make something of it this weekend and made it into a cushion so voila!
It feels really nice and squishy because I made a lining plus stabliser, going to make the filling as its an odd shape (I think) but what is the normal filling for a cushion polyfil or feathers?!

edit: since listed it on Etsy here.


Swap with Lucy from Peas and needles

A bit late but better than never! I did a swap with Lucy from Peas and needles (also HolyGuacamole) and I received a nifty clip frame purse with lots of cool buttons (pay attention in particular to the sheep button at the bottom!)
Its the perfect size for throwing in all those little bits that get lost at the bottom of your bag and I love the mustard colour inside yum yum yum.


1 year in - LONG post

This time last year I arrived in Hong Kong in the afternoon, completely jet lagged on the verge of tears and hysteria ( when I am really tired I feel like the world is ending) but oh my oh my, how a year goes by!
I think I originally thought how we'd be planning our flight back by now but we are staying another year for a lot of sensible not very exciting reasons and even looking to move to a different area of Hong Kong which is exciting because the area is near the sea, one of my 'to do before I die' things ticked!
So in the interests of interests I thought it might be interesting to write a few things I like about Hong Kong and maybe another ranty day I might write about the things I don't like about Hong Kong.

It is pretty pretty here
Okay when you think of HK you think of neon signs and city urban life but in between the concrete jungle is a lot of nature. I love how mountainous it is here and how you never feel far away from the sea. The trees and animals feel cool and exotic too like you always see eagles in the sky swooping around and turtles (terrapins?!) in ponds although I'm not liking the geckos or flying cockroach like bugs you get here but no rats hurrah!

The mish mash culture
Being a former territory of the UK and one of the most westernised cities of Asia it feels pretty extreme at times, you'll walk down a street of well known retail shops and pass a gazillion starbucks & McDonalds but at the end of the slick and shiny road there might be a temple or an wet market or a group of people practicing tai chi or this sword dance thing that I still don't understand.

How safe it is here
Coming from London, I actually sometimes laugh/choke at the crimes in the news and I do not joke when I say I've seen 20 policeman around a crime scene that essentially was just a man littering. I hear about the problems of drugs in schools, how it is a big issue but then I read the statistic that less than 3% of University students have ever had any experience with any type of drugs which I think is staggering!
What I'm trying to say is, is that it is really safe here, I've not ever felt in danger the whole year I've been here and would happily walk around in the am on my own.

There are a lot of small businesses here, I do like the 'can do' attitude you often get, I don't know if it is because of relaxed laws or what but if someone can see a way to make money they will just do it, no 'ifs' and 'ahhhs' about it, do now, ask later.
As an example, there is a chair 10 mins away from me randomly placed near a main road advertising something for $20 hk / $2.60 us / £1.70, there is a phone number too.
So many times I've walked by wondering what it is, is it the battered chair that's up for sale ?
Then one day I walked by and a old man was giving another guy a haircut! and there was a mini queue for his services including suits ! I've yet to seen a female get their haircut there and no I'm not willing to guinea pig myself either.

Food & Transport
Compared to London, the transport here wins hands down. Okay the people trying-to-enter-before-letting-passengers-out is still there (maybe worse actually) but in terms of efficiency, cleanliness &prices its unbeatable, I can even afford to get taxis here, something I never did in London wooo!
Food is just everywhere and because its everywhere its affordable to do often without going to the same places, the same chains having the same thing which is nice although I've yet to have a really nice pasta dish here, once we had a lasagna arrive that had cottage pie style mash on the top. Wrong on so many levels.


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