Home Edition As we continue to face unprecedented challenges due to coronavirus, I hope you are staying safe and well during this difficult time. This special 'home edition' aims to showcase a variety of unique hobbies that people have been doing whilst staying home, and includes tutorials and tips for new things you can try indoors. It also features small businesses, and looks at how they've been responding to the impacts of coronavirus, such as creating DIY home kits for customers, participating in virtual markets, or providing free gifts to health workers when you make a purchase.
I hope you enjoy reading this, and feel inspired to try a new hobby or support a small business during this time. Please take care of yourself and others, wash your hands and reach out to someone if you need help or care. Stay safe.
Michelle Siu Founder / Writer / Designer
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features + contents bullet journaling / savannah chinelli
paper plants / tania lissova
upswitch / michael hanley
barjou / bailey murphy
natural living / courtney mielle
shamus handmade / nicole shamus
potter panks / jemini pankhania
textile artist / alice kozlowska
bartending / louise li
hooray hoop / jo cashmore
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take each day one step at a time
n i l a n r u llet Jo
Chin h a n n ava
"Bullet journaling - there's no rules, no pressure and my imagination can truly run wild"
Due to coronavirus and the lockdowns, it's
However in the age of vloggers, all we want
been a difficult time for so many. If you're
to see is the daily life of other people, and
looking for a creative outlet to express your
the thing about bullet journaling is that it
own thoughts or ideas, why not try bullet
doesn’t have to be just words on a page - it
journaling? For Savannah Chinelli, its been
can literally be anything you want. I think
a place to "vent about the bad and collage
that’s why I love it so much; it’s a reflection
about the good". Particularly during this
of myself and my day to day life with no
unprecedented time, "when you feel alone
or that people can't relate to what you're going through, it's so comforting to know that you have an outlet that is judgement free 100% of the time". Why has journaling been your passion? Savannah: I’ve loved to journal since I was a kid - pretty sure I have a few unfinished diaries lying around. I remember being so protective of them, so it’s weird to see how I’m literally showing them to the world now. But I feel like back then, we were so used to the idea that journaling is just words on a page or a verbatim retelling of your day and who would have interest in that, right?
How would you describe your style? If I could describe my bullet journal in one sentence it would be ‘a warm and cozy fall day with lots of moon child vibes and kraft paper’ - which I guess is just a reflection of my being. As hard as I tried in the beginning to be a minimalist journaler, I realised all I really want my bullet journal to have are doodles of stars, quotes from Jane Austen novels, and neutral toned washi tape.
“Inspiration for my spreads can come in many forms, such as Pinterest, my own
journaling supplies, or even my morning coffee."
is basically a
What are some mediums you've used?
I think one of my favourite parts about
with lots of
My signature style includes lots of mixed
from well-loved books, and even sticky
journaling is how experimental it can be. media, such as kraft paper, pages torn notes. Some of my favourite mediums I’ve recently started incorporating into my spreads include wax seals, metallic watercolors, and letter stamps.
What are some of your favourite spreads to do?
Savannah: Some of my favourite spreads
It also shouldn’t be a surprise that as an
are the ‘beginning of the year’ spreads such
avid journaler, I have multiple journals for
as “Year at a Glance”, “Yearly Goals”, and
different purposes, including a reading
“Memories of the Year”. Habit and mood
journal, content planner, diary, and other
trackers are a must for me, mainly because
journals that don’t really have any names
it’s fun to look back on how much coffee I
but are filled with experimental spreads
had in February or how many days I spent
that I couldn’t make room for in my 2020
playing video games in April. However my
bullet journal. Some of my own favourite
favourite spreads to do are definitely the
spreads include a monthly playlist, reading
monthly cover pages. They set the tone for
tracker, mood boards, a skincare tracker,
the month and are the pages I spend the
and a weekly routine tracker.
most time on.
Tips & Advice 1. Find inspiration, but never compare. Make a Pinterest board of your favourite spreads, but don’t feel like you have to make it look exactly like them. It’s your journal after all. 2. All you need is a notebook, pen, and time. Journaling isn’t about your washi tape or the price of your notebook. Whether it’s minimal or filled with stickers, as long as you enjoy doing it, nothing else matters. 3. There are no rules, so have fun! You shouldn’t ever feel pressured to make your own journal Instagram worthy. The only person who needs to love your journal is you. 4. Be realistic about what works for you. Habit and mood trackers might be bujo staples, but if you aren’t one to keep up with your journal everyday, make other spreads that you can fill up once a week or once a month. Cater your journal to your life to get the most use out of it! 5. You don’t have to be a ‘creative’ to start journaling. Although spreads you may see can seem intimidating, your journal doesn’t have to be filled with doodles or fancy lettering. Bullet journaling is a form or self-expression, and there’s no wrong way to do it. Instagram: @savannahfscribbles
Handcut paper plants Tania Lissova @lissova_craft
Tania Lissova handcuts tiny paper plants that can fit in the palm of your hands
Why did you decide to start handcutting
Where do you mainly draw inspiration
Tania: I did my first work for myself. My goal
Tania: I love nature, and green is also my
was to make my home cozy. Living plants
favourite colour. In addition, the variety of
did not take root in my house, due to the
flowers and plants is staggering. They are
lack of gardening experience and I wanted
all unique, their details are not repeated.
to bring greens into my life. So I decided to
Each leaf has its own vein pattern, each
make plants out of paper.
flower has its own shape and colour. It fascinates me. This is an inexhaustible
How did you learn to do it?
source of inspiration.
Tania: I had already worked with paper at university. We created models of buildings and the environment, and also made paper illustrations. Therefore, I was both familiar and unfamiliar with paper art. I started my way as a paper artist with cacti. I created simplified illustrations, cut them out of paper and glued them. At the beginning, it was difficult to cut out neatly complex shapes, and glue them together. It was also difficult to get used to the art knife my fingers ached constantly.
What's your full end-to end process?
Tania: Sometimes it happens that I create a flower right away, without drawings and deliberation of colour. This is probably pure inspiration. But more often than not, I start with a sketch of what I want to do. I think over the details and colour scheme. Then I select design paper by colour and texture. I transfer all the drawings in parts onto the coloured paper, and then start cutting. For this, I use a cutting mat and an art knife, and sometimes small scissors for round
I love how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve put paper plants into
parts. Then I glue the parts with PVA glue,
posters, cards and phone cases! Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s
and use tweezers to help glue small details.
something new youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to try?
Are there any specific techniques that
Tania: I'd like to try to conduct training
courses, but so far this remains only an idea because many of my followers are
Tania: Honestly no, I do not use a specific
in different countries. So I'm thinking of
technique that has a name. I use an art
making an online tutorial for paper art
knife to cut out the details of plants, and I
lovers. Now, I'm taking the time to come
like to draw with them. It's hard to describe
up with an understandable step-by-step
it in words. I just give freedom to the hand
instruction for creating paper plants, or
by cutting leaves or the shape of a flower.
maybe even small paper illustrations.
How to make a small paper cactus Step-by-step tutorial
You will need: 5 coloured papers, two in different
After you've gathered all the materials and tools, use
shades of green, two in different shades of yellow
a pencil to draw the individual details of the cactus
for the pot (light ivory and more saturated yellow),
on the coloured paper, as shown in the photo above.
and one colour for the flower. Also, a pencil, scissors
You can erase the pencil markings later, so don't
and / or art knife, tweezers, ruler, and a cutting mat.
worry about this.
done. Cut all the parts along the contours. The round part
Glue each part. Start with the body parts of cacti.
of the cactus is best cut with scissors, and the flower
Stick the smaller parts to larger ones. Glue the flower
is best cut with an art knife (to get more accuracy).
onto the larger cactus. Then, glue strips onto the pot
Refer to the photo above as a guide.
and trim the excess pieces. Glue the cacti to the pot.
Upswitch Michael Hanley
Michael Hanley transforms old microscopes, bowling pins, musical instruments and cameras into functional lamps
For years, Michael Hanley was going to op
bulb will be attached or how the light
shops, second hand markets and garage
will diffuse from the object. It might also
sales to collect things and fix them. He's
need additional parts to add character or
always had a fascination for old, forgotten
a function, so I’ll figure out how they will
objects. However, after a trip to Germany,
be attached and draw a sketch to see if it
where he stayed with a found object artist,
suits. If an object is in poor condition, I'll
he became inspired to repurpose these
clean or polish it first. Then I'll build the
objects into unique lamps. From there on,
lamp ‘shell’, wiring and switch, and finally
he started his business 'Upswitch'.
test that it’s all working."
"Using recycled objects means that every lamp made is a one-of-a-kind piece", says Michael. "To the undiscerning eye, two cameras of the same model might look identical, but there’s a history behind each one to make it unique. Their individual story can often be seen in the condition it's in now, so I try to highlight each objects' distinctive characteristics." Michael's process for creating his upcycled lamps begins with inspiration from the original object. "Once I see it or hold it, I’ll decide how it can be best utilised to form a lamp, such as where the lampholder and
"I hope that people feel inspired to reconsider the beauty of disused objects that they may already have in their possession"
When creating upcycled lamps, Michael finds the most challenging part to be committing to a design and following through with it. "There might be too many options available, such as where to attach the lampholder to the object in order to make it both aesthetically pleasing whilst keeping practical in its functionality. Since the object wasn’t originally designed to be a lamp, you’re forced to redesign it. I also
Advice for other artists during COVID-19
find it hard if the object is rare and fragile, because once I begin drilling holes into it,
"Stay connected with your own audience,
there’s no second chances," says Michael.
customers and other businesses. Don’t be scared to ask for any help or support.
The impacts of COVID-19 on artists
So many businesses are doing it tough right now, but there’s also an amazing
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, a lot of
community online and in our local areas
markets will not be going ahead this year.
who are helping and supporting small
Whilst this sadly impacts designers and
businesses through this unprecedented
makers, like Michael, some markets like
time. Keeping connected to others is not
Handmade Canberra are continuing to
only important now, but will help us build
support them by going virtual. "They will
stronger communities in the future."
promote small businesses and feature their products, which will have special deals for
shoppers. So it's a win-win for everyone."
barjou recycled sea glass jewellery
â&#x20AC;&#x153;I recycle and repurpose littered glassware into something beautiful like earrings or necklaces"
From a young age, Bailey Murphy was
even crafted their whole family onto a
already searching beaches for sea glass
chain with each shell, sea glass or pearl
with her mum, who would then put them
representing one of their loved ones.
into a small jar and place it on the window seal. Although each piece originated from littered bottles and glassware - things that were considered rubbish, she was inspired by their shades of blue, green and amber,
"Working together and with nature to build jewellery is very rewarding"
and came up with the idea to repurpose and recycle them into something beautiful like earrings or necklaces. This was the start of her jewellery business, Barjou. "Jewellery is a way to express your own personality and individuality. This is the baseline of Barjou, as each piece I create is completely different and inspired by the beautiful sites that surround me, like the northern beaches of Sydney. Each pearl, sea glass and shell is made just like us and they are entirely different to one another making no jewellery the same," says Bailey. She works with her customers to create a unique and customised piece that means something to them. For one customer, she
One of the best places to find
sea glass is at Manly Beach.
To start making her jewellery, Bailey first
"Drilling glass is a longer process because
takes a trip to the beach and fills her bag
I need to have the Dremel on a high speed
with various sea glass and shells. "One of
whilst also pressing slowly into the glass,
the best places to find sea glass is at Manly
to stop it from cracking. It also has to be
beach. A lot people choose to spend the
drilled in water, to stop it from drying out,"
end of their night there and this means
explains Bailey. "After this, every piece is
that bottles and glass often get littered or
then cleaned with an ultrasonic jewellery
smashed and end up in the ocean. Manly
cleaner, and crafted with a range of tools
is also a great place to find shells such as
like a round nosed plier, wire cutter and
cat eye shells, limpets and cowrie shells."
However, the most interesting thing she's found has been the spines of purple sea urchins. "Their spines are calcium filled spikes that deter predators, and these often break off and wash up on shore. Sometimes, they're also already hollowed out, which makes it easy for me to add as a charm," says Bailey. Once she's collected various pieces of sea glass and shells, she then drills tiny holes into them with her Dremel drill press.
When people wear Barjou jewellery or receive it as a gift, Bailey wants them to know that their piece is unique and intentionally crafted for them. "I hope they can express their personalities and character through each piece they wear, and feel proud to own something that has been upcycled and recycled." Bailey will continue to grow her business this year, especially due to the coronavirus restrictions which caused her to cancel her gap year travel plans. "I had only just started Barjou and was planning to put it on hold until returning home at the end of the year. But now I have loads of time to grow my business and do things I always said I’d do but never got around to accomplishing. This includes growing herbs and veggies from seed, starting a mini farm in the yard with chickens and
"I want customers to feel proud to own something that has been upcycled, recycled and consciously crafted"
ducks as well as installing a compost bin." Her advice for people at home during this time would be to focus on their own selfcare. "This time is different for everyone. Take each day as it comes and remember to get fresh air, even if that’s just opening a window. Know that you aren’t alone but
Instagram: @barjou__ Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/au/shop/barjou
that we are all in this together, and check in with your loved ones."
natural living with courtney mielle
Photo: Courtney Mielle
"Natural living is about trying to live with more intentionality, care and kindness - towards ourselves, others and the earth"
What motivated you to switch to using more
My husband and I have also always been really
natural ingredients for everyday products
passionate about sustainability and ethical
buying, and natural living fit really well with those values too. There are a lot of things we
Courtney: I love this question because people
can’t control in life but we are the gatekeepers
often think that when you switch to natural
of our homes and it’s important that we take
living these days, you’re just ‘jumping onto
responsibility for what we’re bringing into our
the bandwagon’. I guess I want to challenge that attitude and ask when and how using natural, non-toxic ingredients on and in our
home and putting on and in our bodies, to promote preventative health and wellness.
bodies stopped being the norm and became a ‘bandwagon’. I started switching out toxic chemicals and replacing them with natural ingredients because I realised how strange it was that we, as a society, had normalised the use and ingestion of synthetic substances that can harm our immune system, our endocrine system (hormones), our sleep, our digestion, reproductive health and cognitive function. Almost two years ago, as I became more aware of the harmful and toxic ingredients that are in almost all commercial cleaners, perfumes, candles, air fresheners, beauty products and deodorant, I knew I wanted to make changes and pursue natural living.
Photo: Courtney Mielle
How did you learn to make your own products?
Courtney: Before I got started with natural living, I did a lot of research into different companies selling essential oils and other natural products. I ended up landing on Young Living because they had the most impressive standards in quality control, ethical farming practices and experience. They also have the largest range of essential oils. When I began my natural living journey with one of Young Living’s premium starter kits, I Photo: Courtney Mielle
was then also added to a couple of Facebook groups, which are filled to the brim with resources, classes, testimonies and recipes - all shared by people at different stages of their low-tox living journey. I became part of a beautiful, global community of people who shared their knowledge and experience so openly and warmly. I’m still learning, but it’s amazing to look back on the last two years and see how much we’ve been able to accomplish - we make so many of our own cleaning and skincare products, and we’ve discovered so many natural and effective remedies for common ailments. Now I love getting to share that knowledge and equip people online and in person to start Photo: Courtney Mielle
pursuing natural living themselves too!
Lifestyle Changes On natural living. "I feel better in every area
On COVID-19. "I love that this time has brought
of my life â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in my sleep, digestion, emotions,
people together and made us thankful for the
hormonal cycles, cognitive function and more.
people and things that we otherwise might
My lifestyle also feels so much simpler. Rather
take for granted. While at home, I want to
than having fifteen different cleaning products
encourage people to spend less time in front
(filled with toxic chemicals) under our sink,
of a screen and more time being creative,
we now just have three or four natural, non-
getting to know themselves, reflecting on their
toxic products that we can mix and match in
hopes and goals, and intentionally investing
different ways to effectively accomplish every
in their relationships with others. It's also
kind of cleaning we need to do in our home.
important to be kind to yourself and not put
Rather than having synthetically fragranced
too much pressure on yourself to achieve
candles in every corner of our home, we now
things. More than ever, the most beautiful
have a few beautiful diffusers that we can use
types of productivity and growth arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always
to diffuse essential oils in our entire home."
the ones that can be measured."
Photo: Courtney Mielle
How to make your own body oil
Photo: Courtney Mielle
You can apply this oil to dry skin at any time for a luxurious and completely safe and natual moment of self-care.
What you'll need:
An empty glass rollerball bottle
First, remove the lid and rollerball fitment from your
I love using a 30ml bottle so that I can apply the oil
glass bottle. Add 40 drops of essential oils in total to
to my skin more efficiently by covering more surface area, but you can use whatever size you have.
the rollerball bottle, combining your different oils in whatever ratio that you prefer.
A selection of essential oils I used Young Living’s Lavender, Bergamot, Sacred
Fill the remaining space in the bottle with the carrier
Mountain, Rose and Geranium essential oils, which
oil, leaving some space at the top to add your dried
are all incredible for promoting healthy, hydrated and glowing skin.
botanicals. After you’ve added your dried botanicals, top off any extra space with carrier oil.
A carrier oil I’d recommend sweet almond oil, jojoba oil or Young Living’s V6 oil complex.
Dried botanicals I used rose, lavender and chamomile buds.
Once the bottle is full, securely pop the rollerball fitment back on, screw the lid on top and gently turn the bottle back and forth until you can see that the essential oils and carrier oil are well-combined. Voila!
Buy One Give One... When you buy earrings, I'll send a free pair to an essential worker of your choice
This is a difficult time for many, including
Normally, I do custom orders and people
those working on the frontlines. As a way
get to pick their own style and colour. The
to give back, Nicole Shamus started a 'Buy
Collections are very different because I
One Give One' initiative as part of her own
can get a lot more creative with them. I
business, Shamus Handmade.
think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so fun!"
How does it work? "When you buy a pair of earrings, you can submit the name and address of someone who is an essential worker, such as a health care or grocery store worker, and that person will receive a pair of earrings with a personalised thank you note," explains Nicole. "I'm so excited to be giving a purpose to making earrings during this time and I hope it will brighten their day." Alongside this initiative, Nicole has also launched her own Quarantine Collections. "I try to do one collection per week. These are very different from what I normally do.
The process of making her own earrings starts with bricks of clay. "I have to roll the clay through a pasta machine to get the consistent thickness. Then, if I’m designing a slab, I will start to choose my colours and place them on the slab. After the slab is done, I cut out all of my pieces and bake them in the oven. Then, I sand each piece, drill the holes and assemble the pieces."
“Lately I've been drawing inspiration from different artists. For example, one of my Quarantine Collections was inspired by a plate made by a girl who does pottery."
Nicole's advice for beginners is simply to
have fun. "Working with polymer clay is
therapeutic for me. Also, just play around
part for me
is when I'm
seriously so much fun. It has been very with it for a while and practice a lot. Then if you decide you want to start selling them, make sure that you feel confident in your pieces before starting to sell."
During quarantine, Nicole will continue to
out with her husband and take their dog
work on her Quarantine Collections, hang on lots of walks. shamushandmade.com
Ceramic painting kits by potter panks
Whilst at home, paint your own ceramic pot or mug and you'll get it fired and returned back
Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, Jemini Pankhania started a ceramic painting kit initiative as part of her pottery business,
How does it work? Jem will deliver a ceramic pot or mug painting kit to your door. After you've painted it, she'll pick it up to fire and then return it back. It's the perfect idea for people looking for something fun and creative to do whilst staying at home. "There have been so many great designs. I love getting home and unwrapping them.
Jem's ceramic painting kit initiative has
I particularly like the very printed, small
also helped her to keep fit, despite gyms
patterned ones. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a very patient person,
being closed during this time.
but some of the designs are coming back with so much detail. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m very impressed",
"Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done over 200km in deliveries and
says Jem. "When everything settles down,
pick ups. I get on my bike, the orders
I'm hoping to set up an exhibition of the
swing off my handle bars and off I go!"
pots and mugs to bring people together."
â&#x20AC;&#x153;Time has always been a real restraint, so now I'm grateful to have this time to grow Potter Panks" Alongside her painting kit initiative, Jem
now has more time to do pottery, due to
continues to make her own pots, mugs,
the pandemic, this passion might even be
plates, bowls and larger vessels as part of
her true calling - evident by her surname
her own Potter Panks business. "I got into
Pankhania. "It originates from India and
pottery after doing a beginner class at the
is part of a cast system called 'Kumbhar',
'Pottery Shed' in Surry Hills. I was hooked,
which literally translates as 'one who works
moved on to a communal studio, and then
as a Potter'." Since her friend also calls her
last year, I purchased my own wheel to
J Panks, she combined these and created
set up a home studio space." She initially
the name Potter Panks...
painted everything lilac, but later moved to more colourful and symmetrical designs.
"When throwing clay on my wheel, I focus on my breathing. As I center the clay, open it and bring the clay up, my breathing pattern changes."
One of her favourite pieces of work she's made is a ceramic vase, which she turned into a lamp. "I made a hole in the bottom for the wiring and bought all the lighting bits and bobs from Bunnings. I managed to wire my very own working lamp!" As she
Embroidered snacks. Looks real enough to eat!
Look carefully. They're not edible. Alice Kozlowska is a textile artist from
When deciding what sculpture to create,
Poland, who combines artquilt technique
Alice looks for mass production products
and embroidery to create felt sculptures of
that have a recognisable logo, interesting
everyday objects. Inspired by Andy Warhol,
shape and can be a tool for articulating
Pop Art and the reality of consumerism,
ideas. "I think what makes my art unique
she hopes that her artworks can provide
is that they are funny and trivial, but after
an opportunity to rethink these everyday
deeper reflection, they also carry a deep
message and potential for interpretation. My goal is to make the recipient realise that
"Mass production supports consumerism.
art is contained in even the most obvious
Even the best pro-social intentions of mass-
object" explains Alice.
produced items die by the time they reach a shelf. The people who design packaging
So how do her sculptures look so realistic?
may be the most creative artists who put
Alice says it mainly comes down to the
their soul into their designs but their work
detail. "Details are key. All sculptures are
goes largely unrecognised, because the
finished with hand embroidery. This allows
consumers arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t thinking about art. Still,
me to make very precise, realistic, final
consumers are often guided by patterns, so
I want to help them look at everyday goods from a different perspective" says Alice.
Alice's advice to beginner textile artists is to experiment as much as possible. "Don’t focus on just one technique. If you lack inspiration and have the impression of repetition, take a step back. Forget about trends and start creating. As Andy Warhol used to say: ‘I just do art because I’m ugly and there’s nothing else for me to do.’
Can you tell which is real or embroided?
"Andy" Banana Peel Alice's sculpture "Andy" (see right) is one of her personal favourites. "It's a banana peel inspired by Andy Warhol's banana, and my first work exhibited in a museum". "Despite the fact that mainstream pop art is considered out of date, I drew inspiration from Andy Warhol's works, and made a banana peel, to indicate that this trend, despite the lack of interior art, can still be
"Andy" was created in 2019 from felt,
sound in life and work. "Andy" is my look at
cotton and other materials commonly
today's pop art and what from that trend
found in production, made with the
we can find in the current trends in art."
artquilt and embroidery technique.
Other Works www.alicesidea.com Instagram: @alice.kozlow
Bartending / Louise Li
Fancy a Quarantini?
Whilst staying home due to the COVID-19
Alongside her experimentation, she has
restrictions, Louise Li has been lifting her
also learnt to make traditional rum and
spirits with a new hobby, bartending. She
vodka cocktails like Mojito and Sex on the
was inspired to learn this skill, due to her
Beach, and ones with a more niche liquer
recent travels to America and Europe. "I
and spirit like Apricot Brandy and Sloe Gin
tasted lots of different drinks and loved
to make Charlie Chaplins. "Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve also added
learning about spirits and cocktails, and
Pisco to my collection of spirits at home
the stories each of their origins told," says
and I've learnt how to make a Pisco Sour,
which is the first cocktail Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made with egg whites in the recipe," says Louise.
She learnt how to mix drinks through the process of experimentation - starting with mixing and infusing vodka with tea, fruits and spices. "I just tried to replicate flavours I'd had before, and then I experimented with different flavours and alcohols that I thought might taste nice."
"Experimenting can develop a really deep interest and knowledge in taste pairings that will be useful whenever you mix"
Make your own Moscow Mule at home "I’m a firm believer that drinks are made
Moscow Mule can be stirred or shaken.
to taste and that you should play around
The ingredients are the same for both - it
with the proportions based on what you
just depends on your preference and the
like. For me, maintaining the integrity
tools you have. For this recipe, I’m going
of the spirit and actually tasting it in the
for shaken and served in a tall glass, as the
drink is important, so I’ll always be mindful
spirit content is high and I want to add
of not completely covering up the spirit’s
enough Ginger Beer to even it out. Please
taste. I also prefer sour drinks so I’m always
feel free to adjust to your preferences."
squeezing extra lime juice into whatever I make if the recipe calls for lime.
3 Ingredients, 3 minutes 2 shots of vodka, 2 limes and ginger beer
1. Measure out 2 shots of vodka and 1 shot of freshly
2. Chuck in 6-7 ice cubes and shake it up!
squeezed lime juice. Pour straight into your shaker.
3. In your serving glass, top with ice and decorate
4. Top with Ginger Beer (Bundaberg is my favourite)
with a lime wheel. Start pouring your vodka and lime
juice into your glass through the shakerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strainer. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let any of the old shaken ice through!
Embroidery Art Australian Flowers & Plants
DIY Kits / Hooray Hoop
"My DIY embroidery kits provide the perfect hobby to take up during self-isolation"
As part of her embroidery business Hooray
As I grew up, my life became busy with
Hoop, Jo Cashmore created DIY kits for
study and work, so I didn’t do any stitching
people to learn embroidery at home. Her
for a while. I then lost my mum in late
work is mainly inspired by Australian plants
2015. After she passed away, I bought her
favourite top home and decided to put it in a picture frame - like how the footy fans
How are your kits perfect for beginners?
do with their favourite player top. I noticed that she stitched that top and so I knew
Jo: The kits I've made are based on my 2
she was giving me a message to bring
goals: simple and beautiful. Simple enough
back my stitching skill.
to not intimidate the beginners. Beautiful enough to encourage them to start and finish their own piece. How did you get started in embroidery? Jo: Stitching is a memory of my childhood. I lived in a small village in North Thailand. We didn’t have much, so everything we wanted had to be started from scratch. We grew cotton and my mum took me to the market to buy the off-cut materials and we stitched them up to make mattresses and doona’s which we used for our bedding.
How is your embroidery art unique?
How did you come up with the name
Hooray Hoop? Jo: It's simple and beautiful - something people can see, understand and hopefully
Jo: Stitching was just my hobby at the
start, but I've always had entrepreneurship in mind. So, my hobby needed a name. My
What do you find the most challenging?
embroidery art started at a sad period in my life, so I wanted to bring my joy and
Jo: Embroidery has been with us for years.
my happiness out in my work. You know
I know I've only done it for a couple of years
when people sing Happy Birthday and at
now, but the challenge for me is to think
the end we say ‘Hip Hip Hooray’? There’s
of how I can design something that could
always a big smile on everyone’s face. So,
last for a while. Even when I am no longer
I came up with Hooray Hoop as my new
here, I want my designs to live on.
Embroidery tips and advice
1. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think too much, but just start it! 2. Try and be free from everything (and everyone) for at least half an hour, so you don't get interrupted. The smooth rhythm usually starts after 10-15 minutes. 3. Before starting, ask yourself what you would like to listen to while stitching. If it's a podcast, what type of podcast? If music, what type of music? Or maybe you just want some peace and quiet? 4. I only pull one string out at a time for a small stitch. I used to be impatient and pull two strings out, end up with a tangle and then need to cut the whole thing out. 5. You may let your mind think about the other things in life sometimes, but please try to stick with your stitches. Not only will you keep yourself safe from getting poked by the needle, but you will also enjoy the moment of your small win on each stitch. www.hoorayhoop.com Instagram: @hoorayhoop
Take care of yourself and others during this time
Thank you for reading my magazine. I hope you enjoyed all of the unique hobbies and small businesses featured in this special edition. Please feel free to try out any of the tutorials, and support different businesses during this difficult time.
Thank you to all of the health workers, who have risked their lives to save others. Although this is a stressful and uncertain time, we can all get through this together.
Please take care of yourself and stay connected with your loved ones. Remember to take frequent breaks, enjoy the fresh air and seek additional help if you need it.
Stay safe x
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