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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.

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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."

My style

is basically a

What are some mediums you've used?

lofi aesthetic

I think one of my favourite parts about

with lots of

My signature style includes lots of mixed

star doodles

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

paper plants?


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 you’ve put paper plants into

parts. Then I glue the parts with PVA glue,

posters, cards and phone cases! What’s

and use tweezers to help glue small details.

something new you’d like to try?

Are there any specific techniques that

Tania: I'd like to try to conduct training

you use?

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."

Instagram: @misterupswitch


barjou recycled sea glass jewellery

“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:

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

and remedies?

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 – 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 aren’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! @courtneymielle


nicole shamus


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 it’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

The most

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

with shapes.

out with her husband and take their dog

work on her Quarantine Collections, hang on lots of walks.


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,

Potter Panks.

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. I’m a very patient person,

being closed during this time.

but some of the designs are coming back with so much detail. I’m very impressed",

"I’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."

says Jem.


“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. @potter_panks

"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 aren’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 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. "I’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 I’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.

Louise Li

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

and enjoy!

juice into your glass through the shaker’s strainer. Don’t let any of the old shaken ice through!

Instagram: @mixingwithlou


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

and flowers.

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

love straightaway.

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.

business name.


Embroidery tips and advice

1. Don’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. 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

Michelle Siu

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