Travel and adventure are always on the table in my life. Discovering new places and learning new things is a passion that will never fade. While visiting different places is always fun, I also love living in a new place that’s different to what I’m used to. So far, I have the contrast of Canada and Japan, but now we’re throwing New Zealand into the mix!
I’ll share with you my experiences and artistic discoveries from in and around New Zealand. Hopefully while we’re here, we’ll be able to travel to other destinations like Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, and anywhere else that strikes our fancy.
I regularly love to read adventures and travel stories from different travel blogs. The stories and beautiful photography make me want to roam around from one place to another, so when I’m not actually traveling to a new place, I’m definitely planning the next trip.
If you are looking for some travel inspiration, make sure to check out some of my favourite bloggers:
- Completely Wanderlust
- Nomadic Matt
- Living in Another Language
- In a Faraway Land
- Twenty-Something Travel
If you have any favourite travel writers/bloggers, please let me know by leaving a comment below! Would love to read about their journeys around the world.
As mentioned in my previous post about hanami (complete with origami cherry blossom tutorial), I wanted to recreate a cherry blossom viewing picnic scene that’s very common in Japan right now.
I decided to use a variety of cute sakura kirigami/origami to create a peaceful hanami atmosphere, then I added some common hanami staples like a cute plastic ground sheet (used as a tablecloth), cherry blossom chopsticks, onigiri (rice balls), noodles, grilled fish, sweet snacks, and the last but not least, beer and wine.
To stay on theme, I also used my felt cherry blossom coasters, kirigami cutout sakura placemats, sakura printed placemats, and a couple of mizuhiki sakura that I made a few years ago.
Please let me know what you think! I’d love to hear suggestions for future picnic setups!
Before I show you the complete hanami lunch setup, I want to show you some of the adorable bento accessories that I have straight from Japan (you can also find some through Amazon here).
This is a lovely metal cutout set that you can use one cheese, deli meats and vegetables like carrots:
This is a very sweet set that has a variety of shapes, including individual petals to decorate dishes.
It even comes with extra decorations that you can add in your bento boxes.
This mini mold makes cute little shapes for tiny onigiri (rice balls).
You can make bento with mini rabbit heads, star shapes, flowers and little bear heads.
A three set of rice ball shapes. These are medium sized and some with three different shapes.
You can make rows of hearts stars and bear heads…. aren’t they cute?
You can make the shapes as simple or as decorated as you like. Most people like to make the onigiri shapes and decorate them with Japanese nori (dried seaweed paper). I don’t have any special seaweed shape punches, so I’m stuck cutting everything out by hand, but you can get seaweed shape punches on Amazon.
I recently went out to the National Home Show & Canada Blooms. There were 700+ exhibitors showing off environmentally friendly products and services for everything your home would need indoors and out (including tons of landscaping ideas).
We spent about 4 hours walking around to see as much as we could, but we still didn’t manage to see everything.
To give you an idea of what they had, check out these photos:
I’m excited about a project that I started working on. I have a special little girl who will have her first Birthday this summer and I would love to give her something special. I’ll post photos from start to finish, but just to give you a sneak peek, here’s a photo of one finished piece:
I know it has a couple of unpolished edges, but it was my first one and I’m pretty happy with it so far. If you have any suggestions to make it better, please let me know!
This winter has been exceptionally cold and snowy…. basically as Winter in Canada should be (according to the rest of the world).
Since the season feels VERY long, I like to break it up by doing fun things in the snow. If all you ever do it commute from home to work, then it really brings you down (and can make you quite grumpy after a few months. I’ve found, if you find something fun to do, and share it with good company, the season is great!
Here are a few photos from this year (so far):