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Hello 2010!

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

by Libby Callander

A new year,  and how lovely it can be to have a fresh start!  I won’t harp on about New Year resolutions – I’m just enthused about the symbolism we can take from a new beginning and look at what change we want in our lives.

Summer has been an interesting mix of vacations, activities and roundabout weather.   I found this awesome letterbox in Paekakariki (whilst making the most of a beautiful sunny day to have a picnic) and  thought ‘What a great idea!’.  This is just a neat example of a creative way of dealing with unwanted waste…plus I’m always a sucker for the mere mention of a cup of tea!

And I suppose I  should quickly introduce myself – I’m Libby, the newbie intern helping out with World Sweet World for awhile as part of my ‘funemployment’.  I’ll be casting random blogs into this internet ocean about all things makeable, edible, crafty and environmentally aware.  You may have seen a few of my tips about natural house cleaning, so I’m sure there will be a few more that slip in here as well.  Keep an eye out – and feel free to share ideas!

Libby

Sticky business

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

sticky businessIt is a couple of weeks ago now, but I just found these few pictures from our last subscription packaging and labeling gig. Look at how fast their fingers are moving!

Thanks, Libby, for making this job such a much more pleasant experience ;).

The Story of Cap and Trade

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

This is a pretty descriptive video on how ‘cap and trade’ (the emissions trading scheme) may not be the be all and end all:

A new issue of World Sweet World magazine

Monday, December 7th, 2009

Hi everyone,

we proudly announce that the latest issue, #8, of World Sweet World magazine is out now, in shops around the country and some shops in Australia, and available from our website. Here’s a little sneak preview!

World Sweet World Issue 8We have a picnic-set project in store for you, in time for summer – have your own kit stowed in your bag at all times for emergency picnic breaks. We talk about crafty businesses again, in Miss Millie and Lucy Arnold’s article on selling at craft fairs, which is full of inspirational tips to help you get the most out of your crafty day. Also, we’re excited to report that Wellington now has it’s very own weekly craft fair – Frank Kitts Market, starting Dec 12th, underneath Frank Kitts Park on the waterfront. We’ll be there most Saturdays, so do pop by to stock up on mags for gifts, to renew your subscription, or just to say hi.

Last not least, summer is never complete without a soundtrack, so we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite New Zealand musicians and compiled a summer mixed tape (free download!) for you to bike, swim and play to. We’re absolutely stoked to have such talented artists on board and are proud to be able to support their music.

Have fun, and we hope you have a good summer! xx Thomas and Hannah

Victorian Victoria, and Vancouver, BC

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Before we forget all about it, we should really tell you about our little visit to Victoria and Vancouver in British Columbia.

Getting into Victoria by ferry from Seattle was really nice, and arriving in Victoria felt quite a bit like coming home. It feels very similar to Wellington, with its Victorian style houses, and its seaside setting. Once you’ve done the touristy stuff around the waterfront, it’s probably a good idea to head towards Fernwood, up the hill.

Cornerstone Cafe (cnr Gladstone Ave/Fernwood Rd), run by the “Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group“, is a good starting point to explore the Victorian neighbourhood, around Gladstone Avenue and Fort Street. Apparently, Italianate and a Folk Victorian houses still live peacefully side by side here:

Italianate and a Folk Victorian houses

Downtown Victoria is quite cute and has nice Cafes and Galleries and shops, especially around Pandora Ave and Government Street. Smoking Lily (569a Johnson St) is the tiniest store in Victoria, literally a whole in the wall, and has great, locally made clothing. Next street over is Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora Ave), which has free wireless, which was a lifesaver for us ;).

smokingLilyA cool mobile in a cafe I forgot the name ofAt the waterfrontNext street over again is Victoria’s China Town (or should I say “China Street”?). Walk through the cute Fan-Tan Alley, where you find Boucherat Gallery, which had a fantastic exhibition on when we were there. “Seeker teacher dancer dreamer”, by Vancouver’s Peter Taylor; beautifully made, enticing drawings:

Peter Taylor 1seeker teacher dancer dreamer, Peter Taylor

Victoria also has its own nood shop, 546 Yates Street, and Capital City Cycles, 1419 Broad Street, which sells nice dutch style city bikes. Aah, so much to see/get and not enough time/money/baggage allowance.

Alright, if you do want to get out of the city a bit, go to East Sooke Park. It was a drizzly day, but seemed to be perfect for sea wildlife –  we saw whales, seals and a sea leopard, all in one afternoon.

East Sooke Park

Ok, it was off to Vancouver for us after a few days, and unfortunately we didn’t have much time at all left for Vancouver. Our main goal for the afternoon we had was to find a nice, cheap (as we had 20$ left) place to eat, and we were rewarded by stumbling upon Donburiya, 1329 Robson Street/West End. Absolutely yuuuuummy, friendly, and affordable! And their lamps were a true craft-work, made out of bowls with their bottoms cut off:

Donburiya bowl lampsDonburiya - yum!

We walked once around the waterfront, and came across red men and a snowy wonderland. We left just before the storm hit, knowing we’ll be back in the creative Northwest again sometime.

SummitSnowStorm

Thomas

Maranui surf club needs support

Friday, October 16th, 2009

maranuiThe Maranui surf club needs your help! They are collecting signatures to make a strong case for having the building repaired – all details here: http://maranui.co.nz/. This weekend (17th and 18th October) they’re collecting signatures outside of Moore Wilson’s on Tory Street, and, I think, Deluxe.

This iconic Wellington building has to be saved, so make your voice heard!

RE Store in Seattle – a good catch

Friday, October 16th, 2009

RE Store - good catchA pity that you have to travel all the way to Seattle to find a really well sorted building demolition yard with amazing finds.

But, boy, do they have amazing stuff – a problem we were facing was: how do we get those floorboards back to New Zealand? Or, how exactly do we manage to take those wooden children’s lockers as hand luggage? There is a fantasmic range of materials, and amongst it, brilliant pieces. We recommend anyone who’s going to Seattle to visit this store.

www.re-store.org

Hannah’s favourite: the wooden lockers.

My favourite: the phone booth.

But see for yourself (below).

While in Seattle, you should also visit Anthropologie. The overall style is an eclectic mix of urban/eco/restore, and they present a collection of fashion, accessories and furniture. The displays are put together in very intricate and clever ways and often are design pieces in themselves. Very nicely done, I could have easily spent the whole day in there.

Seattle has a lot going for itself, and would even more, if the Alaskan Highway viaduct right on the waterfront was finally gone. If you can’t help it, go on one of the Underground tours, which will give you access to an entertaining show on Seattles history and an insight to what people will dump into sideways if they can. But, ahem, don’t expect any amazing underground shop fronts, with wonderful antique window displays (with skeletal mummified cats), that’s not gonna happen.

wooden lockers

phone boothLet's steal thisawesome chestWe want more!space needlecranes of doommeow - I'm not dead!

No no no plastic bags

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

A cute little clip from the bay area:

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Furniture recycling

Friday, October 9th, 2009

This just flew in from Refugee Services:

“RECYCLE YOUR FURNITURE – GIVE TO REFUGEES!!

We accept good quality furniture (no stains, rips or holes please) to give to refugees arriving in New Zealand under the United Nations quota program. Beds, couches, dining tables and chairs, and chests of drawers are what we need most.

Sorry we don’t accept personal items or bric a brac. Aucklanders can drop off clothing at the Mangere Refugee Reception Centre – please contact (09) 276 6423 for details.

Offices are in Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Porirua, Hutt Valley, Wellington, Nelson, and Christchurch – go to www.refugeeservices.org.nz for contact details of your nearest office. Some offices have a van and drivers to pickup furniture.

Interested in volunteering? Go here
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Wellington NZ's first Fair Trade city

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Good on you, Wellington – a great achievement to beome officially recognised as a Fair Trade city. Now we have to continue to make the right choices when buying our coffees and other trade products.

wellie