Monday, 13 August 2012

Date night

My Christmas gift from Benjamin last year was season tickets to the Malthouse Theatre. It has been a wonderful gift that keeps on giving. We have seen a whole lot of theatre that we would not normally think to see, and it is the perfect excuse to get a babysitter and have a date night! 

Friday night was Blood Wedding, pretty heavy theme, but wonderful at the same time.  The mother played by Mariola Fuentes was partially outstanding.  The thing I found most fascinating was that half the play was in Spanish without translation; strangly it didn't seem to matter that I don't understand a word of Spanish... all was understood.

Benjamin enjoying chocolate cake before the show

Before the show at the Malthouse Theatre

So far this year we have seen: The Plague Dances, Circa, Briwyant and Blood Wedding.  My favorite so far was Circa....fantastic modern circus; had me cringing and laughing at the same time... truly entertaining!  

Next stop.... Pinocchio running 6-29th September

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Life In Style

It was great to catch up with friends at Life In Style trade fair this weekend.  I didn't showcase my label this time around but could not resist to have a walk around and gossip with my Comrades in small creative business. 

The thing about running a small business is that you work alone and make decisions on your own based on gut feelings an event like this is great to feel part of a community and here the stories of others facing similar decisions.  This past year has really tested us all as the retail land scape is changing so dramatically.  As a producer it is becoming harder to wholesale and it seems to be more about direct selling be it web-shop or at designer markets. So where is this all leading?

The thing that always stands out to me at an event like this is; here you have hundreds of small creative business, passionate, very hard working often juggling young families.  Business that are making funky, cool, beautiful products that are willing to jump in the deep end to bring as all products to love. 

It's great to know that I'm not alone.

We must all be just that little bit crazy as well!    

 Life In style

 Keep Resin by Alice Keep, love the candy colours

Oh and thanks Rik from Smug designs for this awesome brooch and great dinner conversation!