Of all the times i've searched etsy for wedding accessories i've never come across gorgeous garters like the ones from Florrie Mitton Couture! Made from soft silk tulle, hand beaded embellishments, lace and pearl trims what's not to love? They are simply luxurious and look like they were made with an eye for detail without being overly crowded.
I really do! Some people don't but i really, truly do! From Perth Bali is only a 3 and a half hour flight so it's completely affordable and convenient. Also with the Aussie dollar strong, once converted into rupiah it's ridiculous how affordable everything is however that's not why i love it. I love the people with all their rituals and constant smiles, the food (tho it's not always agreed with me), how luscious and green everything is, how the whole island accommodates for everyone... from the glitzy $1000 a night villas, to staying in $30 a night bungalows. Bali has everything =)
When the horrific Bali bombings happened in 2002 the tourist industry was at an all time low which was a complete meltdown to the Balinese, seeing that the island's main source of income is through tourism. Many foreigners were afraid to visit the beautiful island and the Balinese suffered (not to mentioned family and friends of the victims).
Hubby and I chose Bali as our honeymoon destination not really knowing what to expect. I did a lot of research and for our wedding we asked guests to contribute to our honeymoon rather than the usual registry. We were so pleasantly surprised and spent a wonderful 9 days there, completely relaxed and taken by the gorgeous people who were so friendly, even those who haggled us like crazy in the markets would always give us a warm smile after wards followed by 'enjoy the rest of the day' hehe
So when i found out that Hubby's company was sending all employees (plus partners) there as a Xmas pressie i was ecstatic! It was only for 4 days but it was enough to take in everything and revisit all our fave spots. I didn't however expect it to be as HOT & HUMID as it was and the fact that it was leavers in Australia so the streets were filled with teeny boppers who some how got permission from their parents to come to a foreign country with all their barely legal friends without adult supervision and even that couldn't dampen my mood.
I love Bali and i look forward to the day when i can take my children there and watch them run around on the beach with the local kids. love
drinks at one of our fav chill out places - KUDETA
Awesome view - KUDETA love shopping at local markets (ignore creepy sweaty guy in background hehe) loveprawn & calamari in turmeric sauce... yummmm! love on kuta beach
love Upmarket has come & gone and my gosh it was a lot of fun! I've attended every one since the beginning, usually buying up a storm, and this time i was on the other side, being a seller for the first time. My stall was set up on the outside under a marquee where there was plenty of fresh air & sunshine and great traffic flow =)Big props to the organisers! love I had such a wonderful response to new Olive Farm pieces, especially the flower bib necklaces which completely sold out under 2 hours! yay! I also had A LOT of enquiries from bridesmaids & brides about custom pieces. I can't wait to make more products & hopefully participate in Upmarket in 2010! love
Lots of different colours to attract the crowd =) love
People couldn't resist these lil beauties! love
My best seller of the day! love
view from my stall =) Tall buildings protected me from the sun hehe love
Posing with the hubby who was excellent manning the store while i went to chat to other girls & buy some goodies of my own =)
I've never been sooo busy! It reminds me of the weeks leading up to my big day where i would stay home putting stickers on boxes rather than out partying with my friends. I have 2 markets in Nov (one which i just participated last weekend) and I'm still receiving orders since launching the Wedding Story. I'm breathing Olive Farm 24/7! haha I admit there is a certain rush to it but I'm looking forward to Dec when Hubby & i will be flying off to Bali for 4 days courtesy to his work place sending the whole company for some much needed R&R =) love I'm happy to report that the MOTL markets went really well. Hubby and i were being super organised which made it really easy on the day. Normally i would get one of my sisters or a gal pal to keep me company but as everyone was busy ed put up his hand and volunteered to help out and boy did he ever. Not only did he help with the display but he also made more sales on his own while i was walking around talking to friends and other stall holders haha love The new Olive Farm range was a big hit however surprisingly lines i was considering discontinuing almost sold out completely and pieces that always sell were ignored. I guess you can never tell what kind of crowd will be at any given market. I'm really excited about UPMARKET in less than 2 weeks and with hubby by my side i know it's going to be fun! love Some pics of the day ~ sorry for the blurry pics, lighting wasn't the best but i tried =)
Ed & I at our stall
Trying on pieces
The Soap Opera stall was right next to me and i bought a lot of goodies =) Not to mention Tarnya was a delight to have as a market buddy! love
Little Mo & Friends
These two gorgeous chicks from Blush of Boys. They had amazing jewelery!
There are simply not enough hours in the day! yup, that thought has been running through my mind for the past week or so as i busily prepare for my upcoming markets. From the moment i wake up to the wee hours into the night my poor little fingers have been frantically sewing, cutting, gluing... you name it. I've gone craft mental and it's not because i haven't been organise but more due the to huge response of 'The Wedding Story' pics launched on FB last week & last minute orders which i probably should have said no to but too late now.
I also keep changing my mind with the overall theme of my display. Should i stay with the original fun & quirky or lean more towards the new Olive Farm? which has a girly & sophisticated touch to everything. Argghhhh! decisions, decisions.
My poor mind needed a break so i was grateful when my baby sister invited me to her Tafe Clock exhibition a few nights back. Novi (my sis) is studying furniture design and her class was given the assignment of designing and making a clock from their own hands, easy right? wrong! i mean it's fair to say when your restricted with nothing your imagination can really go crazy, well so i think hehe
Here's a few pics of the night ~
Novi and her lego masterpiece =)
Cool orange floor clock
Not a bad spread for big crowd hehe
Kinda like a satellite, don't you think?
My mum was soooo close to buying this. Her reason 'it looks cool!' haha
Awesome fluke shot of moi while cooling off outside =) Thanks Rin!
It was a little humid inside hence the crowd outside.
Overall it was really nice to take a break from preparing for the markets and just mingling with other artsy fartsy people =) Well done Nov, awesome work!
For more info & photos on each piece please search for my fan page on FaceBook or email me - firstname.lastname@example.org Items will be posted on Etsy soon! A big thank you to Rin Nelson photography for your amazing work =)