Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Ruby Pilven - Porcelain Ceramics

Hi there!

I have made another ceramicist discovery in the form of Ruby Pilven. She makes gorgeous pieces of work including vessels, jewellery and art. Her style is an interesting layered mix of bold use of pastel colours and patterns with splashes of metallic textures and brushstrokes.

Both her parents are ceramicists so she has been involved from a young age, what a fabulous environment that must have been. She went on to study business and printmaking which clearly shines through her work. It is structural, beautiful and interesting. 

Ruby likes to ''inject joy into everyday life'' which I think is rather wonderful. See more of her work here and buy pieces here.












Also follow her on instagram at @rubypilven_ceramics to see what she is upto! Making gorgeous things no doubt. I have my eye on a dish or two...

K x

Monday, July 27, 2015

Simple Soup - A Postcard from Krabi

Well Hello,

A few friends have suggested I start sharing some more recipes again which I always intend to do! I had a few things on the recent Thai trip that were so tasty I knew i wanted to re-create them.

Up today is a very simple soup dish, it sounds plain, perhaps even boring but it is anything but. It is packed full of flavour and feels like a healthy hug in a bowl. I discovered it in Krabi at a little cafe that after a week I still couldn't work out it's name but it served all-sorts of tasty dishes including this one. They served it with rice but I twisted in rice noodles instead. YUM - YUM.


Noodle & Veggie Soup - Krabi Style

2 ppl
Time: 25 mins all up

Ingredients


1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
A good pinch of salt and good splash of cracked black pepper
Good pinch of ground cumin
Good pinch of ground coriander
2 spring onions, finely sliced
2 clove garlic, crushed or finely chopped.
1 carrot, chopped into small bitesize chunks
2 celery stalks, again sliced into chunks
1 cup of chopped coriander (if you aren't a fan, try Thai basil)
Big handful of rice noodles (more if very hungry!)
1/2 cup of sweetcorn or babycorn
1 litre of chicken stock (use vegetable if you'd prefer)

Method:
  • Heat oil in a soup stock pot, add spring onions, celery and then garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until softer and aromatic. Sprinkle in the dried cumin and coriander now also.
  • Get your rice noodles into a bowl of luke warm water to soften  
  • Slowly add the stock to the soup base, then add the carrots and half of the coriander or basil. Simmer for ten minutes.
  • Add in the sweetcorn and the softened noodles, simmer for further 5 minutes then serve in pretty bowls and garnish with the rest of the coriander.

Enjoy, let me know if you make it!

K x

Friday, July 24, 2015

Chatuchak Market - Bangkok

You know I love a good market, it's my favourite thing to do, shop. This place is possibly the biggest and most diverse market I have ever experienced. It is a maze of alleyways full of anything you can imagine, good and bad.

Chatuchak Market, located north of the city centre and very easy to find due to the hoards of people walking from the train station. There is a clock tower in the centre of it, useful as a meeting and focal point! It is divided into sections such as crafts, vintage, plants, artwork etc. Walking around is a sweaty, frantic and exciting experience full of treasures and frustrations alike.

Best finds: Miniature ceramic fruits and vegetables, beautiful papers, hand-painted crockery, artwork, plastic fruits, textiles.

Weirdest find: Baby bunnies in dresses (personally I think this is a bit cruel.)














We lasted about 3 hours, and by the end were exhausted and so hot! We found a cute place to eat and had some good old chang as that seems to quench the thirst..

We all picked up a bargain and certainly some memories too. If you find yourself in Bangkok then you must go visit this incredible place! And remember to haggle... I'm already planning my next trip to source some pieces for 'Letter 11', more on that soon..

K x

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thaiventures - Railay Beach

Hello,

We have just come back from a week away in Thailand with my folks to celebrate a certain Mumra's 60th birthday. A few balmy tropical stormy days and some delicious food were had along with lots of laughs and memories for life.

I ate some of the best Thai food including a bloody good pad Thai, a 'Homok coconut chicken' which blew my head off but I can't stop thinking about it, a snapper in coconut milk with red curry and a very simple rice vegetable soup. I have come home full of inspiration and fire in my Thai belly :)

Apart from food the things I love best about beautiful Thailand are the people, the enormous green tropical foliage, cheap fruit shakes and the complete lack of 'health and safety'! Snippets....

















Railay is definitely a little slice of paradise but I would imagine in high season it would be packed, there are plenty of good places to eat and drink and fairly cheap too. It has a lovely charm to it and has an island vibe even thought you are on the mainland. A great place to base yourself for island hopping (if you get the weather!)

K x

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Hello Sandwich - Tokyo Guide

Hello Tokyo!

I am sure most of you have heard of Hello Sandwich, Ebony Bizys, an Australian artist and graphic designer who now lives in Japan and has just celebrated living there for 5 years! Wow. She is a crafter, blogger and loves bright colours, polka dots and all things shiny. She makes all sorts of cute projects and documents her handmade life on her lovely blog and on instagram as @hellosandwich

Her first English written book is on pre-order and you can buy it here. It is called Hello Tokyo and it looks awesome and I will be sure to get my hands on a copy.. It even has a gold foil spine, awesome right? I went to Tokyo years ago and would love to go back, it is such a crazy and fascinating city.




Hello Tokyo is a guide to living a handmade lifestyle in Tokyo, it has over 30 craft projects and lots of snippets into the crafty side to Japanese life.

She also makes and sells fun little zines that are all about where to find the cool, delicious and crafty things in Japan. I wish these existed for other Asian cities and am wondering if I should attempt to make one for KL!?

So anyone who is dreaming of Japan, take a look! She also sells things in her shop here.

Happy Travels,

K x

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hello Julie White - Kiwi Socks Anyone?

Hi!

Anyone who knows me understands about my scarf addiction. I don't wear them often but I love them! I love the different prints and patterns, how they feel and they just make me smile. I keep them all in a cute little suitcase and every now and again I rummage through it for inspiration. 

So when I discovered Julie White and her delicious Textile and accessories I smiled a bit more..

She hand draws, mixes with collage and creates digitally printed limited edition accessories whether that be a scarf, socks or something else! 

Australiana is a theme running through and the latest collection  'Straya Daze'  has awesome names like Pavlova Scarf and Kiwi Socks.. pretty fun right?! I really want the pav one....












So if you need an injection of colourful fun then I think you might find some here.. also she is on instagram @hellojuliewhite and has a fab blog.

Happy Monday Gang!

K x