First off, I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts recently. As some of you may know, I've been busy crocheting scarves for Knit Idea, my little project with my friend Debby where we crochet scarves for the less fortunate this winter season. Our Day of Giving was just last Saturday, and we're so happy to see it done! My hands are sore - but my heart is full. Indeed, God is good. I'm finally done with all the scarves! And in this holiday season, there's so much to be thankful for. 2012 has been a fantastic productive year, and I get to blog about my adventures!
Last year, my childhood friend Evett got engaged and in less than 2 weeks time she is getting married!!! I'm so terribly sad that I would not be able to make it to her wedding in the Philippines. Nonetheless, we had a fantastic time doing a girls' day out just last weekend - going to Got Craft? and Secret Garden Tea Company for a much needed bonding time :)
So we headed early December 8, 2012 to the Croatian Cultural Centre for the Got Craft! fair. I really had wanted to go to the Letterpress with Sam Bradd workshop because I absolutely love paper and letterpress printing, but it wasn't part of our schedule! Maybe next time. :)
At 11AM, the parking lot was already full and the main hall full of people. Had in mind to get some yarn for a pair of baby booties and a matching hat for a present, so I was trying very hard not to buy everything! Everyone's set up was absolutely divine, craftsy and drool-worthy. Couldn't help but take photos of everyone's hard work!
Absolutely loved these laser cut wooden cuff links! Definitely an idea for the future... ;) ;)
I didn't get a picture of it, but the business card of Mana Jewelry Designs said "sawdust maker". Absolutely LOVE.
Totally enjoyed my sweet conversation with Maria of Hold Handmade. I thought it was a brilliant idea to felt crochet, and so when I got home I quickly searched about it and it doesn't seem that hard... until I actually do it. HAHA!
Sheepish Grin! Totally loved the girls at the booth who totally gave me the best advice in picking which yarn I should get for the baby booties. Absolutely cannot wait for their etsy store to be up and running!
I just took a quick photo of these cool setups. Totally love the feel of it! Going to craft fairs also serve as a point of inspiration for me. I absolutely admire every single entrepreneur that has stepped out of their comfort zone to do something they love doing. And I sincerely want to do that. It's part of my life goals and finding that niche is part of my journey right now.
Came along to visit some of my friends at Spool of Thread, too. Everyone was making the holly pins and I thought it was a brilliant idea!
Evett got a couple boxes of those delicious chocolates! They were sooo good! :)
I thought this idea for an alternative to plastic was ingenious. We need more of this in the market.
Couldn't help but notice the many more things you can do with fabric! Really loved those fabric buckets and it gives me even more idea what to do with all my excess fabric in my previous projects!
These super cool cotton christmas lights are amazing. I read more about the company My Little Lights, and it was crazy how it all started just from a university business project. I remember as well when I was in university, how we thought it was absolutely crazy to execute some of our projects, but I do know some of my friends who have made their projects a full blown business!
Before long, we had to leave. We had made a reservation at the Secret Garden Tea Company. Reservations are definitely a must at this quaint high tea location in Kerrisdale. I had booked several weeks in advance because I absolutely wanted the window seat. Isn't that silly??
Since it was in December, they also gave us free Christmas Spice tea! Yay!
Pored over the menu, and I picked their best seller, the Creamy Earl Gray tea. I had started this obsession with it because of my friend Jessica who had introduced me to the beauty of high tea. Evett got the Secret Garden's Secret Tea. :)
The tea was absolutely divine! Evett and I thoroughly enjoyed both kinds very much. So much in fact we both bought our own 40-teabag set after the lunch, but I must say having it at home, I lack that ambience!
We had the Christmas High Tea set and so there are some elements that are not included in the regular tea. Since I haven't been here before I wouldn't know what it was, but we had a delicious experience!
Evett and I both like mixing savory and sweets together so we would eat some on the bottom tray, and then nibble on something on the top tier. The middle tier consisted of the scones, devon cream and jam, plus something else I couldn't remember. I had absolutely fallen in love with devon cream, jam and scones that I was just beside myself! It was absolutely divine. I think I could have eaten 5 more if someone gave me more. Haha! :)
Overall, the Secret Garden Tea "high tea" experience was absolutely delectable. Evett was in total wedding mode and we couldn't help but keep gushing about the details and day dreaming - which was totally perfect for a Christmassy High Tea experience. :) Ended the day getting our nails done - perfect! :)