Learn Calligraphy

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i have recently been to foundation calligraphy workshop and ever since then i feel like i'm a little bit obsessed with this whole hand lettering business because i wanted to be able to do the curvy scripted style. i mean, how could would it be to do your own hand lettering on greeting cards or as gift tags? so anyway, i started browsing for tutorial on google, youtube and pinterest.

one of my best findings was this how to learn calligraphy in five days tutorial posted by julie blanner in collaboration with madi reid sanders. i will totally be doing this for sure, i need a lot of practice!

have you got any good calligraphy tutorial links to suggest?

About this blog

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i'm not very good at writing, and have never been the best at describing things. i always like visuals over words. but anyway, i feel like it's due time that i write an about page (or post?) for bookmaarks. things just have changed and i feel like it deserves some words, don't judge me if i start rambling...

i started this blog in 2009 as a space to share my love for art, design, photography and music. i spend time on the internet a lot you see, and it would be such a waste not to share my favourite findings on the how-many-ever-hours i spend online. 

as time goes by however, you could see that my blog focus has changed slightly. these days i post less and share more personal moments and travels. i am still online. a lot. but i guess life happens, technology keeps changing and my taste has changed too. this blog has grown up with me as i get older, if you want to put it that way. 

i'd still like to keep the option open for any possibilities though. i like the idea of having this space as my personal creative outlet to share with the community. 
"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" - Albert Einstein
anyway, if you manage to read this to the end, i hope you stick around and keep in touch here and/or on any other channels. thanks for reading! 

much love,
laura 

on the side: half/half
contact: lauratj (at) live (dot) com (dot) au

queenstown, nz

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last batch of photos from my new zealand trip a few months back from queesntown, finally! these photos are from the last few days of our trip at the south island. here goes my queenstown recommendations.

ACTIVITIES

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

shotover jet

i think shotover jet at the shotover river is one of the must-do activities you have to do when you're in queenstown. it was SUPER COLD i am not joking my forehead was frozen and i couldn't feel my face and hands but it's really really fun. the river and the canyons are pretty. if you are travelling around april, i recommend you to wear a beanie and gloves. unfortunately i didn't have any when we were there..

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

paragliding

another one of the highlights of this trip is paragliding. i was a bit hesitant at first, not knowing what to expect. i am not and have never been an adventurous or sporty person so really, i wouldn't do things like bungee jumping or skydiving. not knowing what i was getting myself into, the jump from up the hill looked pretty scary at first but paragliding is nothing like i imagined. i really really enjoyed it a lot. it was a relaxing, amazing, laid back experience and you get to see such a wonderful view from up there with a nice breeze, nothing scary at all! there are 2 places that you can do paragliding in queenstown - we did the one in coronet peak instead of the one overlooking queenstown to get a slightly different view and i'll tell you why in a second. anyway, it was breath taking!

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

skyline


ok this is probably a very touristy activity to do but if you haven't been to queenstown before then this is a must. i mean, again, check out the view from up there! and we can view this awesome view overlooking the town and lake wakatipu just by going up the skyline gondola, and this was why we decided to do the paragliding at coronet peak to get a different sight of the back of the town. we rode the luge for a few times too which was fun fun.


Queenstown, NZ

art & craft weekend market


we weren't planning specifically to go to the art & craft market but since it's just down there from where we stayed, we went to have a quick stroll around and we found this lady selling such cute little cake shaped soap bars. i bought the lemon meringue soap and have used it all. it smells delightful.


FOOD

Queenstown, NZ

ferg burger


there's always such a long line at ferg burger so i recommend you to go there when you're not super hungry yet to avoid hangriness. and the burger is huge. another note, right next door to them is ferg bakery where i had the best coffee in queenstown. that's what i think anyway compared to what i had at other cafes in town...


Queenstown, NZ

les aples

we were lucky to be able to go to this cute french cafe called les aples, as recommended by amanda. i said lucky because we went there on the last day they opened! we spoke to the owner and she said the place is doing really well but it's time for her to retired. lucky we had a chance to eat there but oops i guess this is not a recommendation anymore then as they're no longer there.

Queenstown, NZ

empanada kitchen


empanada kitchen is this little stall just downstairs under our accommodation. awesome snack / small food to munch over in between your main meals. the pastry is light and fluffy, the filling is full of flavour. delicious.


Queenstown, NZ

rata dining

oh my god. the best dinner i had at the whole trip. write this down guys, you can not go to queenstown without eating at rata dining. we had the crispy duck for main and the wilted silverbeet and potato puree on the side. everything. is. tasty. if only this restaurant is close by, i would go back to try every single dish they have!

AND THE REST...

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

i don't know how many times i said how beautiful and photogenic this country is. every place we visited was just so overwhelmingly pretty i tell you i couldn't get my hands off my camera. and my photos don't do any justice to the real views i saw before my eyes and you just have to experience it yourself.

the last photo above was taken from the airport. we were lucky that throughout our trip it was quite a nice weather, yes sometimes it was cloudy and grey but still not too wet. on the last morning we were heading to the airport though, it was raining and cold. around the airport we were surrounded by these mountains covered with snow on top where i got to see queenstown in a different view. yes, even just the view surrounding the airport is so pretty.

if you have been to new zealand before, let me know and share your thoughts!

all photos taken by me using sony rx100

fjallraven kånken

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source: asos


source: lookbook.nu

i need a new gym bag and i'm thinking to get one of these swedish brand fjallraven kånken backpack. the question is what colour to get? decisions decisions...

jakarta

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i just want to share these photos of my hometown jakarta shot by these two lovely bloggers / photographers marianna jamadi (photo 1, 3, 5, 7) and fransisca angela (photo 2, 4, 6, 8).

it's really cool to see how jakarta was captured from different eyes. especially growing up there i would have taken things for granted when i was younger and i wouldn't have appreciated all these beautiful details and people and places the way i would now. so thanks for sharing the posts girls!

don't forget your sunscreen!

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now this is a great non-commercial video with a good message that just works and everyone should watch it. it's currently trending on social media so pardon me if you might have watched this already. don't forget to wear your sunscreen, especially you guys who live in australia!

kudos to thomas leveritt.

hand knitted mountains for auction

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hi all, remember these little mountains that i knitted a while back? we decided to hold our first ever Half/Half auction and these babies are the first item we're auctioning! 

a little more about these mountains - they are hand knitted with love (i spent many, many hours on these!) and they're made out of 100% wool with cotton stuffing inside. they would be nice little addition to your own home or love ones.

to place your bid, go onto my instagram account @lauratj on your smartphone on go to this link http://instagram.com/p/rjO8P8KfqM/ and comment. it's free international shipping too.

update: auction is now closed at the end of the month 31st august sunday 24th august and i will contact the winner about the details of payment and shipping. happy bidding!

erlend øye - garota

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one saturday morning jo and i had a conversation that goes like this.

jo: watch the new erlend clip! fb.
me: ohhhh what! let me see!
jo: go asian girls! like, we might have a chance.
me: omggggg ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
jo: WE HAVE A CHANCE
me: lololololll can i screenshot and tweet or fb this conversation
jo: ok but i guess then we have to decide who he marries

i guess there's always a teenage girl inside of everyone? oh marry me erlend...

day 4: arrowtown

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arrowtown

arrowtown

arrowtown

arrowtown

arrowtown

arrowtown

arrowtown

arrowtown

i can't believe it's mid july and i still haven't finished uploading all photos from my new zealand trip from april! arrowtown is a ridiculously beautiful little town surrounding by mountains showing off autumn leaves at their best. everywhere i saw all i could do was gasping at how pretty the colours are, how cute all the little houses and buildings are. insanely beautiful.

camera: sony rx100

day 4: cardrona hotel

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cardrona hotel

cardrona hotel

cardrona hotel

cardrona hotel

cardrona hotel

cardrona hotel, wanaka. warm and cosy whether it's indoor or outdoor. and how nice would it be for a rustic wedding!

camera: sony rx100