Category - So Little Time Co

Lately

27 Feb

Lately I feel like I’ve been in a whirlwind of trying to get back on top of our bank account, endless days of working (on things I’d rather not be) and enduring the general freezing, daily grind. It’s been cat-like-curl ups, freezing my butt off, waiting for buses, getting creative, baking gender revealing cakes with my bestie and buying more and more crafty supplies to indulge my growing addiction. Life will get back to exciting soon… real soon.

20 Reasons I Love: Travelling

20 Feb

As things have started to slow and we relax into a routine again, my mind is often drifiting back to our time on the road, and where to next. There are so many amazing reasons to travel and so I wrote this – 20 things I love about travelling. I can hardly wait to get back out there…

1. Time to clear your mind
2. Meeting new people – we used Air BnB for our trip and met so many locals
3. Immersing yourself in history
4. (If travelling with someone) Making stronger friendships
5. New food discoveries
6. Crazy stories (like border crossings and overnight bus trips)
7. Learning new things – like Spanish
8. Watching movies and being able to say “I’ve been there!”
9. Forming your own opinions about a place
10. Seeing places in person that you’ve only seen in photos

11. Documenting your trip and looking back on it
12. Experiencing different cultures and their values
13. Gaining an understanding of other religions and traditions
14. Wandering ancient buildings and pondering on their original magnitude
15. Understanding cultural differences and why they are beautiful
16. Seeing interesting wildlife in their natural habitat
17. Waking up knowing exploring will be the only work you’ll do today
18. Having to think on your feet and sometimes fast
19. Creating new memories that you will treasure forever
20. Being in the moment

I hope you have been out there and made some memories for yourself. All these photos have been taken on our trip and you can see more over here.

I’ve Tried That: Silversmithing

18 Feb

I wrote back over here about trying new things and pursuing new adventures, and was so excited to finally try something I’ve been dreaming about for years. I signed myself up for a short silversmithing course at the start of this year – a 3 hour course on making a hammered silver ring. Of course now I’m totally hooked and desperate to learn more, and subsequently I’m saving my pennies for and hoping to sign up to the full course soon (fingers crossed I learn about casting).

Upon arrival we were given a sawing station, a few tools and a piece of silver. After sawing my piece in half, and measuring out the length for my size, I annealed, pickled, sanded, hammered, bent, soldered, polished and diamond textured my pieces of silver into two rings. I don’t know if it was because I was new to it all, but it really did take 3 hours to complete the whole process, and as with most hand made things, I have huge respect for those who do it as a career. It wasn’t as labour intensive as I expected, but it sure was a process, which I’d GLADLY learn more about.

I’ll keep you updated on the next instalment in this silversmithing journey, and I hope to take a few other classes in other areas to report back on soon.

New Products

11 Feb

Just before Christmas last year we made some super cute new additions to the So Little Time Co. family. After months of drawing and sketching new ideas, these babies came to life and have been flying off the shelves ever since.

The inspiration came from all sorts of places. From cute characters, Christmas inspiration, tasty morsels and the things that dreams are made of, we hoped that these new items would spice up our range and add a whole bunch of variety to the ever popular earrings. We really wanted to test out layering and have a bit of fun with it, and as such the cake brooch, rocket necklace and turtle necklace are all multi-layered. How exciting!

You’ve probably seen them on our Facebook page already, but what is a blog without an update on it’s products right? You can see more of our range on our Etsy page.

This Crazy Adventure

6 Feb

I’m not sure what it is about a freshen up, but in all areas of life, it adds a bit of spark, excitement and motivation. I’ve always felt that blogging is just the same and as such, I’ve spent the last few weeks adding little things to this blog, taking a few away, and generally making it look a little more like our website, which has also had a little update – new products and all.

I was looking back a little over this blog and realised that my two goals I set last year, I achieved! In case you didn’t know, I have spent the last 8 months travelling to places, which, now upon reflection, were amazing, inspiring and some, beyond comprehesion. I grew, I learnt many MANY new things, and while at the time it didn’t seem like such a big deal, before and after, it is… it was! The time I’ve spent away from home will be a time that is always close to my heart and I have so many photos and memories from it all that will forever remind me of what I can achieve if I put my mind to it.

Currently Josh and I are settled and living in Canada – a decision we made on a whim and all things aligned perfectly to get us here. I wrote about it over here, and if you are interested in our journey you should check out more of the So Much To See blog we write. I’m really excited for this new year and all the adventure it holds. I feel so lucky to have readers and fans of So Little Time and the products we make.

This year I made a few goals, plenty of them travel based and a couple were about growing up, taking myself more seriously and spending this unstable year seeking and learning new ways of doing things. Mostly I wanted this year to be wild and adventurous and all about exploration.

I spent some time last year in two museums that really changed the way I think about creativity and pursuing it as a career. I visited the Picasso Museum in Barcelona and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and was struck by the enormous amount of time each man spent on exploration. It was years of trial and error, different styles and mediums and attempts (but note: never failures) at achieving “their style”. Walking through those museums, I was often asking, “is that really a Picasso? It looks nothing like his work”. Having always questioned “style and outcome” of myself, and being constantly concerned with the challenge of refining that to just one thing, my eyes were really opened to the idea that exploration to abundance will take you to areas of your creativity that are unexplored and therefore untapped.  I then realised that once these artists had found their niche, that was all they were known for, yet their previous work had so much life and unexplored possibilities. Who wants to be boxed into just one thing that you are known for for the rest of your creative life? Don’t you think that Daniel Radcliffe will always be Harry Potter?

I have plenty more to say on this topic, as it relates to so many of my epiphanies from my travels last year, and I hope to write more about them soon, but for the moment my goal this year is to try new things (creatively speaking) and learn as much as I can about the process. I’ve already taken a silversmithing course, which I’ll report on in a few weeks, and have already been creative with paper and glue and setting up a home. I hope this year will be full of DIY posts, reports on my latest creative endeavours and news on the direction I hope So Little Time will go. Stay tuned – it’s going to be a crazy ride.