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Etsy Craft Party 2015

We were eager to join our very first Etsy Craft Party since moving to Australia. The theme for this year was Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape. We got a bit lost when we got to the Ian Potter Centre but we finally managed to locate the room after asking several museum staff.

Etsy Craft Party 2015:  Kaleidoscope: Paper Taking Shape

The room was pretty packed and we were excited to make a little kaleidoscope. We quickly found a seat after going through registration.

Making my diamond kaleidoscope at the Etsy Craft Party

The tools and materials were layed-out in front of us and there were several templates and instructions. It was challenging trying to cut out the inner parts out using a pair of scissors. Another lady in the group brought her own pen knife and she was able to make a few pieces quickly.

Colorful Kaleidoscope

It was fun making my own little diamond kaleidoscope during the alloted hour. There were several successive sessions so we couldn’t really linger but it was fun talking to the people we were seated with and getting to know some fresh faces. We’re looking forward to the next Etsy Craft Party.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market 2015

We arrived in Melbourne a few weeks ago. We haven’t really had the time to explore the city since we were too busy house-hunting. Jen told me that the Queen Victoria Market Night Market was starting this week and I made a mental note that we should go. Even though we were busy last Wednesday, I managed to remember that the night market started that day so off we went to have a night out and I was excited to see what good food and goodies were for sale.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market

We arrived around seven o’clock in the evening. The night market had picked-up and people where pouring in. The night market seemed to be set-up in a large covered space but it was an open air venue so as the night wore on the place became quite cold. There are large outdoor heating lamps scattered around the venue but I would suggest that you dress warmly to enjoy the event fully. There are a handful of performers on site and you can watch them perform around the market. There are some ATM machines and toilets near the Queen Street entrance.

Getting There

To reach the venue you simply need to alight at the Flagstaff railway station and exit via William Street. Walk along the park to Peel Street then you should see the QVM after a few blocks. If you go by this route, you will reach the back entrance to the venue but it’s the easiest way to get there if you’re commuting.

The Food

There was an overwhelming array of food available. We checked the website before coming to the night market and we were eager to try Hoy Pinoy and The Little Mushroom Co. We got distracted by the different food vendors so we were stuffed by the time that we located The Little Mushroom Co. You will find that there is going to be a long queue for more stalls but don’t fret as the lines move fast.

• Hoy Pinoy

Hoy Pinoy serves Filipino barbeque and street food. Sisig has always been one of my favorite Filipino dishes so I was so excited to try their version of my favorite dish.We got a serving of the Sisig served on a flatbread and the Pork Crackling served with vinegar. Sisig in the Philippines is usually served on a hot plate and and some restaurants served it with a topping of crushed crackling pork. Hoy Pinoy’s version seemed like a fushion of the traditional sisig and a thai style soft taco. We loved the well balanced flavour, unique combination, the addition of cilantro, the use of the lime wedge to cut the fat and the generous serving. If we ever come back to the night market again this season, I will definitely get another serving of this dish.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Hoy Pinoy

Cooking Sisig

The pork crackling or chicharon was crunchy but it was a bit bland. We both agreed that it needed a bit more salt in it as it lacked that umami sensation. The chicharon was technically well done but it lacked flavour.

• Carvery

When we were eating the sisig and chicaron, the person who were were sharing a table with was eating lamb shank, porchetta and some chips so since we were still hungry we decided to hunt for the stall that sold those food. We got the porchetta served on a bun with some greens and a gravy-type sauce.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Carvery

Porchetta Burger

The porchetta was very flavourful but eating it as a burger mellowed out the flavour. We ended up removing the top bun and eating the meat separate from the bread to enjoy the full flavour of the pork. The chips they served was excellent as well. It was crispy and salty on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

• Bigne

For dessert we got some caramel cream puffs and some cartoca. I really liked the cream puffs. The pastry was puffy, custard was creamy and the caramel was crunchy. It is one of the best cream puffs I’ve ever had.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Bigne

Yummy yummy cream puffs

The cartoca was ok but not memorable. It was good but the flavour of the pistachio topping didn’t really come through. I would give this a miss and just get a second serving of the cream puffs.

The Goods

There was a good assortment of vendors on site. I enjoyed going around and visiting some stalls. I bought a hair accessory for myself and few items for our home.

• Made in Japan

Made in Japan sold really beautiful but incredibly affordable ceramics that are of course made in Japan. I really like the small plates and tea cups they sold.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - mij

Beautiful ceramics at an unbeatable price

We bought all four designs of small blue plates since they were such a bargain at only $3.75 each. I really liked the large bowls and serving platters on sale as well. The texture and the jewel-like glazing was really gorgeous.

• Green Candle Co

I’m a huge aromatherapy nut so I couldn’t resist buying some soy melts and a burner from the Green Candle Co. Most of our items are still with the shipping company in Singapore waiting to make it’s way here so I don’t have my oil burners yet.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Green Candle Co

The fire performer was very entertaining. We just love the Beach House Soy Melts from Green Candle Co.

Marina makes them herself and she was very friendly and informative about each item sells. We both like the Beach House Soy Melts and the lovely modern design of the oil burner which was perfect for our new flat.

• Through Bambi Eyes

I like the nice graphic print of the headband for sale from Through Bambi Eyes. I bought the peach headband from Rebekah and wore it to the Matt Blatt opening the next day. I love how it adds color to my monotone outfit during winter.

Queen Victoria Market Night Market - Through Bambi Eyes

The very friendly performers on stilts taking photos with the crowd. Got the peach hair tie from the Through Bambi Eyes stall.

We had a lot of fun at the Queen Victoria Market Night Market. The food was good and there were some nice items for sale. I would suggest going to this event if you haven’t been there and have a fun night out.

Modern Calligraphy with Public Garden

We had our first workshop collaboration teaching Modern Calligraphy with Public Garden last month. It was held on August 2 which was a Saturday at TripleOne Sommerset. We’re glad to announce that we are holding another session on September 21 after getting a good response on our initial collaboration.

Live Laugh Love Calligraphy Print

We gave away free calligraphy prints for the first time

We love developing new learning materials for the class ever since we started holding workshops this year. We held more than 17 classes so far and each time we tweak and improve our learning materials. We have upgraded our workshop materials by switching to an oblique calligraphy nib, provided more ink and adding more worksheets at no extra cost to our students.

Calligraphy Tools

We equip our students with tools so they can continue learning and improving after the session ends

After the initial discussion on materials and terms, participants practice on the spot. Lex and I constantly go around the room and check-in on each participant several times during the session in case they have any questions or they need additional instructions.

TripleOne Sommerset

Bright white space at TripleOne Sommerset

It was pretty exciting to hold our little workshop and occupy a huge chunk of the 16th floor. I love how bright the light was in the space. We had a wonderful turnout and everyone was so keen on starting the activity. The time flew by and we extended the workshop by more than 30 minutes.

Quote Calligraphy

For this session, we had a quote writing activity at the end of the class. The activity varies from class to class.

Aside from doing drills and going through our custom alphabet, we hold a calligraphy activity at the end of each session. We vary the activity from class to class but for this session, we asked participants to practice writing quotes so they can immediately practice what they’ve learned.

Calligraphy Drills

Drills, drills and more drills!

We had some delicious refreshments were provided by Cupplets. I apologize for not sharing a photo of the actual snack but it was truly chocolatey and a little decadent.

Photo courtesy of Cupplets: Not the actual food served. We were so focused on eating that we forgot to take a photo.

At the end of the session, we handed out Public Garden Participation Certificates for the class. We’d like to thank the Public Garden team for inviting us to participate in their workshop series.

Modern Calligraphy Workshop Participants

Modern Calligraphy Workshop Participants

To sign-up for our September 21 Workshop:

One Stop #socialmediaclass by Erin Loechner

I’m always eager to learn more about social media. I feel like my knowledge is not yet sufficient and I was so psyched to learn that Bloesem was offering a class by Erin Loechner.

Erin Loechner from Clementine Daily, DesignforMankind and DesignforMiniKind

Erin is a US-based professional blogger, founder of Clementine Daily, and author of two award winning websites: DesignforMankind and DesignforMiniKind. This friendly lady definitely has the right credentials to teach this class.

What I liked about the class was that Erin encouraged us to ask questions and she let us pick her mind. She gave her insight and helped us develop a simple Social Media Plan.

Working on my To Do list this week

To make the most out of this class, it is best to have a basic understanding of the different social media tools available. It’s not every day that you get to talk to a social media expert so prepare your questions in advance.

Delicious Curry Noodle and such a refreshing Mango Lemongrass drink

I had a great time in the class and I got to connect a little with my other classmates. The food was excellent, as usual, and the space was a lovely setting for a class since it was flooded with natural light. I’m sure I’ll be back for another Bloesem class.

From left to right: Maggie (not.a.sponge*), Imelda, Erin (instructor), Sally (Find and Seek Books), Me and Renee (Travel Shopa, not present in the photo)

Sponsored Post: Kokoru Craft Party

We had a free craft party sponsored by Kokoru last Saturday at The Office in Chinatown. We partnered with Crafty Singapore and invited team members and people we’ve met online to join the event.
Camee represented Olgrin and Kokoru. She was there to help us with the event. It was nice to chat and catch up with old friends and finally meet some people we’ve met online in person.
Two hours seems like such a short time for crafting and having refreshments. I didn’t manage to make a papercraft since we we so busy going around and assisting the participants. We provided some templates for the designs I made a few months ago but I need to refine them more.

These are some of the Kokoru papercrafts made during the craft party.

We’d also like to thank Sally for bringing cupcakes.

Thanks to Photosaurus Studio for the pictures. If you would like to make your own creations, Kokoru products can be purchased at Evergreen outlets throughout Singapore.

You can also check out these blog posts about the craft party:



Maria Victoria:


Make Your Own Cake Topper

We’re hosting a craft workshop on May 25 (Saturday) at 2:00-5:00 pm at The Office in Chinatown. The Office is less than a minute’s walk from the Pagoda Street Exit of Chinatown MRT. We will be making cake toppers for weddings or birthdays. Join us for a fun filled crafty afternoon!Part of the proceeds go to funding Crafty Singapore which is a community for handmade artists and small business in Singapore.

For more details on this event or to book a spot, please visit our Workshops Page.

Etsy Craft Party: Wish you were here

We went to the Handmade Singapore’s Craft Party last weekend. Suzi from Tiramisuzi organized the event at her apartment. There were eight participants and we were going to carve linocuts using this soft rubber from Art Friends.

Sketch and Final Linocut

The theme was for the craft party was “Wish you were here”. It was our own delayed celebration of the Etsy worldwide craft party celebration.

My Pardo Print

I made a linocut of my parent’s house because I missed my family and I wished they were with me.

Lex’s Camera Linocut

I’ll post links from the other participant’s blog when their posts go up.

Prints from the other participants


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