backing creativity / two

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

i am very excited to share with you some of my latest finds on kickstarter. it always feels good and re-energising to find a well-rounded creative project and witness people believing in it. here are a few of my current favourites:

a. coolest cooler — this is one of the best thing i have seen in a while, it is the most complete cooler ever created and has raised more than seven and a half million dollars so far and still has 31 days to go. it not only has an integrated blender, speaker, usb charger, chopping board, plates, knife and bottle opener but has been designed to be portable and help make your outdoor experience the best it could be.

b. venque smart dslr pro bag — i love when i can find a well-designed dslr backpack. this one combines stylish features, functionality and convertibility and on top of that venque believes so much in there products they offer a ten-year warranty.

c. sense — sense is a sophisticated system tucked in a ingeniously designed sphere that tracks your sleeping behaviour and environment of your bedroom, reinventing your alarm and helping you get the precious sleep you need. clever technology if you ask me.

d. miamily hipster developed to help mothers around the world carry their baby close their heart without damaging their back or their baby's hips, this hip baby carrier can be used in nine different ways to accommodate the busy parenting life.

e. oregon to patagonia, a novel of a journey this kind of projects just makes me want to spontaneously book tickets and hit the road. oregon and patagonia are both top destinations on our wish list. so when i stumbled upon this project, an autobiographical novel based on the 16-month bicycle journey from oregon to patagonia, i felt instantly inspired to somehow take part in its making. plus biographical travel novels are one of my favourite kind of read, somehow teleporting readers to new horizons one page at the time.

what are your current favourites? is there any project you would like to spread the word about?

current observations / two

Monday, 28 July 2014

summer evening light through my bathroom window

i am...

making / my first wedding video for lydia and dave.
cooking / black badger peas.
drinking / pimm's.
reading / gossip from the forest by sara maitland.
wanting / a tilt-shift lens  for my dreamy soul.
looking / the state of my laptop screen.
playing / a song from lydia and dave's wedding called oceans by hillsong united.
wasting / roasted peas fallen at the bottom of my handbag when the pack split.
sewing / absolutely nothing.
wishing / for success.
enjoying / long evenings.
waiting / for jack to come home from work.
liking / who i am becoming.
wondering / about the future.

loving / our new bedroom.
hoping / for some long days out with jack's sister eve on the paddle board.
marvelling / the tan line of my feet.
needing / to catch up with my blog posts.
smelling / the candle my mum brought me from france.
wearing / my favourite jumper all year around.
following / new inspiring people on instagram including ellen fisher
noticing / light changing.
knowing / more and more about bees.
thinking / about going to church. 
bookmarking / a modern way to eat by anna jones — everyday vegetarian recipes.
opening / a packet of bonne maman biscuit.
giggling / at the fact that i seriously considered that someone might have broke into my house to only steal my micro scooter before realising that i forgot it in my friend's car before my trip to glasgow.
feeling / excited about planning our trip to copenhagen.

cupping and coffee appreciation class

Friday, 25 July 2014

i got up early on a sunday morning last month  too early if you ask after an evening shift at work — to attend a coffee appreciation and cupping class with my friend beth. she is a very sweet person, thirsty for new horizons and discoveries. she has just come back from travelling in south east asia so the event was a great opportunity for us to catch up.

ever since i worked as a barista in a coffee roaster in australia, i have been wanting to extend my knowledge about the production of coffee, the roasting of the beans and the different types of brewing. 

we got to south coast roast, our favourite local coffee shop, for 8:30 in much need of a coffee to wake up our sleepy brains. we all got designated a small bag of roasted beans from a variety of different origins. after grinding each of our batches, luke who was hosting the session, initiated us to cupping techniques. 

we tried to identify different aromas and fragrances from beans and blends, to isolate different flavours and to spot what we favoured most about coffee. some tasted berries, others apricot, or hints of citrus and bergamot. we then compared the tastes of the coffee cups whilst hot and whilst cold and saw how some responded better at different temperatures. 

i would recommend it to anyone who want to learn a little bit more about coffee or just want to try something different early on a sunday morning.

24 richmond hill

next session will be on sunday 27th of july.

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