Saturday, 29 March 2014

Feel Free to Fail

I am really bad at so many things. I fail at most things I touch but I keep trying - why????

Why do we try again and again when we fail so much?

Because we have to try to see if we are good at something and we also need to fail to see if we are good at something.

Our society nowadays is so focused on perfection and excellence but if you only do the things your amazing at then you miss out on a lot of other adventures life has to offer. Plus you might be brilliant at something after you fail so many times in practice.

I've always been so scared to try new things in case I fail at it, I never gave many things the time that was required to get better. Over the last few years and more recently months I've come to realise that to FAIL is really First Attempt In Learning.

I'm currently reading 'The Happiness Project' by Gretchen Rubin (awesome book - greatly recommend it) and I love how she writes: "I have an idea of who I wish I were, and that obscures my understanding of who I actually am. Sometimes I pretend even to myself to enjoy activities that I don't really enjoy, such as shopping, or to be interested in subjects that don't much interest me, such as foreign policy. And worse, I ignore my true desires and interests." As I was reading this passage - it hit me - that's me. I have an idea of who I wish I was but never really pay attention to who I actually was. I pretend to like things I don't like, or wished I liked things that I don't like. All because I didn't want to be seen as a failure in front of people or because I wanted to impress others and fit it.

Why fit in when you were born to stand out! (that's how the saying goes right?)

It's fun to try and fail as you learn to discover yourself and what your interests and dislikes are all at the same time.

Failure isn't a bad word if you don't fail every once in awhile then you're not really trying to do anything.

So go out there and try and fail and try and fail and succeed you never know what adventures or opportunities might come your way.

Always remember Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team - he turned out all right.

Photo sources unknown - they are off my computer saved ages ago from Facebook feeds 

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

DIY - Gold Vase

On the weekend it was my best friend's 31st birthday and when I asked her what she'd like for her birthday all she requested was a vase.

So I took it to the next level and decided to Pinterest this present up.

All it took was 2 glass vases, gold spray paint, masking tape and newspaper.
The result was fantastic.

Fairly easy tools:
  • Newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Vases of your choice
  • Gold spray paint (or colour of your choice)
  • Also gloves are handy so you don't get spray paint all over your hands

First Step: Tape off your design with masking tape. Make sure you double tape it and there are no lumps or bumps as the paint will leak and drip through (learnt all that on this one below - thankfully I could easily fix it with a wet chux before the paint dried too much)

Next step: Spray - 2 coats is best for the better coverage. Also don't hold the spray can too close to the vase as it will create drips.

Next step:

Wait about 5 - 10 mins before slowly and carefully peeling off the masking tape. If there is any paint on the clear part of vase then just use a wet chux to wipe clean.

Bigger vase:

With a bigger vase it best to over tape. I made sure I had plenty of tape around the rim of the vase and around the base.

I stuffed the vase with a plastic bag and rags so that no spray paint could get inside plus it gave me something to hold onto while spraying.

Spray 2 coats of paint and again wait about 10 mins before carefully peeling off the masking tape.

Allow to dry and air out.

End product.

It really gives a new edge to what would have been an otherwise plain vase.

My friend was happy with her unique gift.

Photos are all mine (taken on IPhone and edited with PicMonkey)

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Cake Bake and Sweet Show

On Friday I was lucky enough to be able to attend The Cake Bake & Sweet Show at Homebush Bay in Sydney - thanks to the lovely 84th and 3rd who I won 2 tickets off her amazing blog (head over and check it out).

It was an awesome day. I loved every second of it. So much talent, knowledge, creativity and sugar all in one location.

The baking names were there: Adriano Zumbo, Duff Goldman, Eric Lanlard, Rowie Cakes and many more.

There were cake decorating lessons, cake displays, cake baking, dessert baking and a lot of liquid nitrogen around.

The stalls had everything you could imagine there for sale. I walked home with some mini cake decorating tools and a checkerboard cake tin set up.

The main stage had some big names - the highlight of the day for me was seeing Duff Goldman from Ace of Cakes. Oh my was he a laugh. Such a funny man, he didn't even really make his dessert or finish it, he was mainly just having fun with the liquid nitrogen and pouring that all over the place. I learnt that KitchenAid mixers can really handle anything.

I got there about 10:20 in the morning and walked out at 5pm, filled with ideas, inspiration and happiness.

Amazing day, so looking forward to it next time it's on.


All photos and videos were taken by me on the day.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Rhino Hunting

I'm going on a Rhino hunt, I'm going on a Rhino hunt, I'm not scared, I'm not scared, I'm going to catch a big one (ha ha)

Yesterday I decided to take a little trip into the city to search for the Taronga Zoo Rhinos that are hidden throughout the city of Sydney.

I had my trail map and my walking track all planned out. It was beautiful day yesterday and I hopped off the train at Central station to capture my first rhino - only problem it wasn't there. So I headed to the next location - again the rhino was missing. By this stage I was starting to wonder what was going on as the trail map showed the location and so did the App but no rhino was to be found.

Feeling disappointed I messaged my husband my dilemma, he messaged back saying "check the website" - so I looked up Taronga Zoo's website to find out that over 20 had been taken away for maintenance. Oh man, that didn't leave me many to find.

I did manage to find 3 rhinos around Darling Harbour, feeling a little disappointed I went into Harbourside Shopping Centre for the bathroom and wandered pass a Typo store. Note to self, never go into a Typo store when you are feeling down and disappointed as you will buy things. Buy things I did.

After my Typo spending I made tracks for The Star as the website did say that 3 rhinos should be there. Well I got to The Star to find no rhinos (not happy) but I did find the Adriano Zumbo patisserie. I've always wanted to try one of his macarons so I finally got to have a taste. I bought Salted Buttered Popcorn and wow it really did taste like popcorn plus it came in its own cute little box.

After sitting in the park outside The Star to eat some lunch I headed over to King Street Wharf and thankfully found that rhino. Found the one at Pitt Street and then took a long walk down to Liverpool street passing Kings Comics on the way (found an awesome Star Trek silicone tray while there) only to find that one was missing too - even though the website said it was there.

Starting to get really frustrated by now I walked up to Hyde Park (my legs were not liking me by this stage) and yeah success that rhino was there. I looked at my map and there were only 8 left to find but it was about 2:30 by this stage and I wanted to catch the train before peak hour so I made the decision to only look for 3 more and only 2 of those could be found.

Yes I didn't find all the rhinos I had set out to find, yes I did get frustrated and annoyed that so many were taken away for maintenance at once BUT I did still have a great time in the city.

I didn't have to be anywhere, do anything, no responsibility for the day. I got to wander at my own pace, in my own little world. I got to eat yummy macaron, see people play soccer and do personal training, I got see parts of the city I've never seen before.

My day didn't go as planned but it was still a whole deal of fun.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

My choice

The other day I had an epiphany of sorts. 
Recently I've been going through quite a bit of heartache and chaos (see here) and I've been really struggling. Anyway I was at work the other day and this little voice inside said “life cannot take your smile”.
It's true - it can’t – life can take so much off me – family, children, jobs, friends, health and all that and I can’t stop it, I can’t control life but there is one thing I can control - my smile.
I choose whether or not to smile – nothing else and no one can control that. 
Yes life sucks, yes life is hell and yes I will rant, rave, scream, cry, breakdown, say it isn't fair but I've decided that no matter what life throws at me I will not let it steal my smile. 
I'll get through it all with a smile on my face.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Monthly Cardmaking

I managed to get back to my monthly cardmaking class last week (Feb class) and we pieced together some beautiful cards.

Our teacher is amazing with the designs she comes up with.

Which one is your favourite? I love all of them equally this month.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Sydney Trip

My wonderful brother and brother-in-law have been visiting from England (sadly they go home tomorrow) but I did get to have a lovely day out with them in this great city called Sydney. It's always fun being a tourist in your own town and seeing things you haven't seen before.

It was fantastic to get to spend some time with 2 of my favourite boys as I only get to see them about once every 18 months to 2 years.

Here's a few photos of our Sydney adventure.

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