THE CHARMING BRIXTON VILLAGE

By September 1, 2014 contributor, Places
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Deciding to take my study in creative entrepreneurship has its perk: it is highly suggested that I go out of the class to see how creativity works in London. After ten months, I understood why this city is a haven for creative industry. Innovation, creativity, and intellectual property are the buzzword of the city and one can see them in almost every corner.

London becomes even so dear to me because it has a pinch of Jakarta, and how it could be if Jakarta’s potentials are fulfilled. The tale of two cities includes urban high paced lives, diverse culture, routines, and frugality. In London, the use of creativity as a tool to exploit these components is apparent when one goes to its market.

Take Brixton for an example. Brixton is a suburb in south part of London, about 45 minutes by bus from Central London. It is an emerging area popular with the mixture of rich culture and renowned music scene (try O2 Academy in Brixton where Manic Street Preachers just hit the stage for their latest album and Lauren Hill will perform this September), and of course there’s Brixton Village.

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DIY: PATTERNED LAMPSHADE

By August 28, 2014 contributor, DIY
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I think the most exciting thing about DIY project is the process of combining your favorite elements together to create something that you would love. Somehow it reminds me of shibui/shibumi, a concept of inner meaning rather than superficial adornment, of simplicity, tranquility, subtle and unobtrusive beauty; because you put effort into it, you make plans, you use your imagination, and you have a ‘me time’ to learn, you put a little bit of yourself to the project. I’m not a real crafter. No, seriously, I’m not. But sometimes I like to create something just because I’m bored. Haha.

So one day my boss gave me 2 rolls of masking or washi tape. And then on one lazy Sunday, I had this idea to decorate my so-affordable-yet-cute lamp that I bought from IKEA with those washi tapes. SGD $5 people! God bless you, dear IKEA! Actually I liked the simplicity of it. It’s all white with scandinavian design. I don’t really like things with patterns – unless the pattern is really pretty, still I prefer stuff with plain nice color. The best thing of decorating stuff with washi tape is that it’s repositionable and removable for when you get tired of it. :D

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AFTERNOON DELIGHT 2: PLAY WITH FLOWERS

By August 25, 2014 DIY, Events
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So, we’ve told you about our past ‘Afternoon Delight: Play with Flowers’ event, but we never really talked about the details of that lovely day. First of all, let us introduce you about ‘Afternoon Delight’. Afternoon Delight is an event of sharing and making. Imagine this: a laid back afternoon with (new) friends where you can have fun making beautiful things and sharing lovely stories that can inspire others. We always try to make Afternoon Delight an intimate gathering, with just a few participants, so that everyone can get to know each other. We also want everyone to feel comfortable and have a quality conversation with us and their new friends. These things came true on our first Afternoon Delight a couple of months ago.

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Last month (July 12 2014), we had our second Afternoon Delight. It was a first collaboration project with our crafty friend, Kitty Manu. We share some tutorials on how to made a simple hand bouquet, pretty corsage, and fresh flower crown. We did all the late-night-meeting-through-WhatsApp-thing, brainstorming, decorating, supplies hunting to seat arranging by ourselves. It was fun and we’re amazed to see how productive Kitty was! We also collaborated with Ms. Claradevi who’s also a creative blogger. She has her own ‘floral head crown’ online store, Inspiredbyluce, so we asked her to share her tips on making the crown.

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One of the differences between Afternoon Delight and our regular Living Loving Class is that in Afternoon Delight we present the participants with extra lovely things in their goodie bags. This time, it was a special goodies from Rumah Dua Pohon and Linoluna. Linoluna provided beautiful patterned cushion covers and greeting cards for everyone at Afternoon Delight. We always heart their picks. If you’re looking for modern yet chic home decor and paper goods, you should check out Linoluna. While Yudhi Puspa Tia (Tia) from Rumah Dua Pohon provided an art print for the goodie bag. We also collaborated with Tia on the decor too. Together we created a lovely arch from leaves and flowers as our photo background. Tia is an architect and blogger who has a big passion in art, especially painting. She’s also into decor, you can check one of her decor works on our ‘DIY White and Pastel Wedding‘ post.

The event went great and we all had a lot of fun. The perticipants could not wait to strike a pose at the photo booth with their own creations. Some was neat, some a bit messy, but all were wonderful! Yes, Afternoon Delight is not about how great your end result is. It’s about the beauty of the process of creating something by your own hand. This event is not only for crafters, but it’s for everyone who loves to learn (maybe new) things together and enjoy the ride. You don’t need to be creatively talented. All that you need is to open up yourself and play along.

We also thank you to the participants, Nia Nastiti and Tia who had posted their own ‘Afternoon Delight’ stories on their blogs. Xx

 

“the most important factor of art is the love of it.
If you enjoy your craft, the end product is always something you treasure”
-Elizabeth Isaacs

 

*photos courtesy of Claradevi from Lucedale.

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LIVING LOVING’S CLASS: PLAY WITH FLOWERS

By August 21, 2014 Events
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So, last month we held our  ‘Afternoon Delight: Play with Flowers’ event with our dearest friend, Kitty Manu. We also invited creative blogger, Claradevi to share some of her tips on making beautiful head crown too. You can check out #LLafternoondelight hashtag on Instagram for more Afternoon Delight photos.

We had a really good time and met a lot of new friends, and we wanted to do it again! So, let us encourage the creative within person in you, meet new like-minded friends and learn to make beautiful things from fresh flowers with our crafty friend, Kitty Manu  from KittyKitz Workshop and Claradevi in our first Living Loving’s Class.

This event will be held at our friend’s space, Jungle Audio Post, Jl. Puri Sakti 1 No. 25, Cipete Selatan, Jakarta Selatan on Saturday, August 30th 2014.

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Kitty Manu will teach how to make rustic corsage, while Ms. Claradevi from Lucedale will share her tips on making flowers headcrown. You’ll also get the chance to taste homemade mini tarts and muffin from Nuna’s Baked Goods.

Price Rp150.000/person. (payment via bank tranfer)

Go to our event page for more info and Eventbrite for registration

UPDATE (Minggu, 23 Agustus 2014, 22.00 WIB)

‘Living Loving’s Class: Play with Flowers’ sesi kedua akhirnya dibuka, karena jumlah pendaftar di waitlist Eventbrite telah mencapai 18 orang. Bagi kamu yang namanya telah masuk waitlist, kami akan mengirimkan e-mail mengenai cara transfer biaya tiket. :)

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UPDATE (Kamis, 21 Agustus 2014, 19.00 WIB)

Buat yang baru mau daftar, bisa daftar di waitlist.

Jika waitlist mencapai kapasitas minimum (15 orang), maka kami akan buka sesi 2 pada hari Sabtu, 30 Agustus 2014, 15.30-18.00 WIB. :)

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Feature photo courtesy of Claradevi.

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HOMEMADE BUTTER MAKES MY DAY BETTER

By August 20, 2014 Loving
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Kalau diminta memilih waktu favorit dalam satu hari, saya akan bilang pagi hari. Saya memang bukan tipe orang yang bangun sebelum matahari terbit. Tapi mengisi pagi hari dengan duduk, sarapan dan minuman hangat favorit (setelah minum dua gelas air putih tentunya) selalu jadi aktivitas rutin yang bisa membuat mood saya bagus sepanjang hari. Kalau saya bangun terlalu siang dan nggak sempat melakukan kegiatan sederhana ini, saya jadi suka agak bingung harus mulai dari mana dan bukan nggak mungkin mood jadi naik-turun.

Pagi ini menyenangkan sekali, deh. Karena saya dapat kiriman dua buah homemade organic butter teman baik saya, Chika. Chika itu salah satu supermoms yang saya kenal. Meski dia sibuk dengan pekerjaan freelance-nya sebagai fashion stylist, dia juga senang sekali masak. Di sela kesibukannya, dia masih sempat masak untuk suami dan anaknya. Nggak jarang pas saya buka Path jam 11 malam dan status update Chika adalah sedang sibuk masak di dapur. Itu kenapa kami pernah “menodong” Chika untuk berbagi resep ‘Crispy Chicken with Honey & Garlic‘.

Dalam urusan dapur ini, Chika peduli banget tentang bahan baku makanan yang dikonsumsi keluarganya. Itu juga kenapa akhirnya Chika mutusin untuk membuat homemade butter, dan akhirnya justru jadi bisnis rumahan bernama Chikaliciakitchen bersama dua temannya, Hary dan Reni.

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Balik ke urusan butter. Homemade organic butter Chikalicia terdiri dari empat varian utama yaitu Almond Butter, Hazelnut Butter, Peanut Butter dan Cashew Butter yang bisa dipilih jenis yang manis, tidak manis dan dengan tambahan cokelat. Semuanya menggunakan bahan baku organik bersertifikat. Nah, dari dua varian yang saya coba pagi ini adalah Almond Butter (sweetened) dan Hazelnut Butter (unsweetened), saya paling suka yang Almond Butter. Selain dasarnya memang suka sekali almond..saya juga belum bisa move on dari yang manis-manis. Teksturnya juga cukup lembut jadi mudah dioleskan di roti. Namun sebelum dikonsumsi, sebaiknya butter yang ada di dalam kemasan diaduk dulu dengan sendok ya supaya semua bahan tercampur rata.

Hingga saat ini saya baru nyobain homemade organic butter ini dengan roti tawar saja, tapi kabarnya enak juga lho dioleskan ke roti gandum atau pisang. Kalau saya sendiri biasanya paling suka menggabungkan peanut butter dengan selai buah dan cornflakes untuk isi roti. Nah, pengen juga nyobain butter dari Chikaliciakitchen ini dengan selai stroberi dan cornflakes.

Thank you Chika, Akid dan Reni untuk kirimannya yang bikin rutinitas “pagi santai” saya jadi lebih manis. :*

Kalau ingin tahu lebih banyak tentang Chikaliciakitchen, cek Instagram, Facebook atau website-nya.

 

 

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