27 May 2014

Three Sisters at Echo Point

Here is a picture of the Three sisters which my brother took while we were hiking from Echo Point towards this spot.

26 May 2014

Preparing for our Peru Trip

Aside from our weekend bushwalking practices, I have also started to collect the things I need to bring in our trip. I think there is a minimum requirement of what things to bring especially when you are trekking such as first aid kits, clothes and for sleeping. One important thing to consider is the weight of the items you are bringing as I will be carrying these items myself while hiking and/or climbing. I would not want to bring heavy stuff. 

So far these are what I think are the items I would need for a comfortable hike. I also have my rainjacket which I can squeeze into my backpack if it does not rain. I still am waiting for my walking poles which I just ordered a couple of days ago.

And these are the first aid items - a first aid kit, plasters for blisters, sunscreen, insect repellents, panadol in case I have a headache and imodium for stomach problems.
I have ordered some dry quick pants and t-shirts and waiting for them to arrive. Hopefully they would fit.

25 May 2014

Bushwalking Practice #6 - Scenic World Circuit Katoomba

We did the full Scenic World circuit today which took us about 5 hours and the climax was the super steep Grand Staircase with 900 steps. This was from the bottom to the top of the Three sisters.
When I have the time, I will sort more pictures and post them and most especially with our Inca Trek and future Bushwalking adventures as we plan to continue on even after the Inca Trek and we seem to be getting more family members to join us. ☻♥☻

Preparing for our Peru Trek

The past few months I have been busy preparing myself and with family for an upcoming 'once in a lifetime' adventure in Peru. We will be doing the 4-days-3 nights Inca Trek to Machu Picchu. Our weekends have been spent practicing via bushwalking, going uphill and downhill just to keep ourselves fit and ready for the 42kms walk in July and was told we have to do a total of about 10,000 steps going uphill. Here are some of the places we have been to for practice since we started our Bushwalking Club.

This is our ultimate goal which is going to be in July for 4 days and 3 nights.
And here are our weekly adventures which is helping us prepare, fitness and all. We prefer to do it on Saturdays in order to have a full rest on Sundays and make it to work on Mondays.
I think everyone knows about the Bondi to Coogee walk. We were fortunate to start early as there were less people doing the walk and we were able to get a free parking still at Bronte.

A creative life - Another t-shirt recycled into a shopping bag

Not much to do today. Went for an early afternoon nap and then made another market shopping bag from another t-shirt. I love the prints on these t-shirts and fits well with the bag. The fabric is still cotton but it is thinner compared to the first bag I made - orange bag which was thicker but still it looks so cool because of the prints.

A creative life - Recycled T-shirt into a market shopping bag

After an early morning of bushwalking in Katoomba we arrived back home at around 3pm. Quite a number of cars on the road from the Blue Mountains to Sydney and even in the early morning going there. I fell asleep when I got home and woke up at 7pm. So here I go again not able to sleep as I just woke up. So I decided to recycle a nephew's old t-shirt into a market shopping bag. Soft Treasures' going green !!
I filled it up with some items from my pantry so it would really look like a bag when I take a picture. I still have another old t-shirt which I think I will do later today (Sunday).

18 May 2014

Bushwalking Practice #5 - Mermaid Pools Tahmoor

This is where we spent our Sunday - 18-May-2014 - in Mermaid Pools Tahmoor (near Bargo). This was another 5 hours full circuit. Halfway there we saw this very beautiful Mermaid Falls from the top and it took us about another hour to get here. I think this was the most difficult of all bushwalking we have done so far as there was no track, we climbed big rocks and the grasses were quite high. 

11 May 2014

10 May 2014

Bushwalking Practice #4 - Honeymooners Track Royal National Park

we did the Honeymooners Track at Royal National Park which was a 3-hour full circuit walk. There was a flight of steps that we had to go through for about half an hour going down which brought us to the Audley fishing area. To go back up was another half-an-hour but for me going up is more difficult compared to going down so it took me longer. Another ten minutes added to the half-an-hour estimate.
We had a rest after the climb before proceeding back for another hour's walk to where we started. The view on this trail was picture perfect and this time there were just 4 of us as other members of the family could not make it.

New Button Collections at Creativity with Buttons

At Creativity with Buttons I have just released the following new ready-to-wear button collections in different sizes. They are available as regular pinback buttons only, some are pinbacks and magnetic buttons as indicated in the description. To check the buttons out, click on the image.

1) Bulldog Clips - and you can clip them anywhere even in your shirt - Available only in 57mm (2-1/4")

2) Split-Ring Buttons - carry it with you everywhere you go - Available only in 57mm (2-1/4")

3) Fun Buttons - a great way to start a button collection - Available only in 32mm (1-1/4")

4) Girl Faces - great buttons to give to friends on any day - Available only in 32mm (1-1/4")

5) Smileys - another great way to start a button collection or give to friends to express what you are feeling for the day - Available only in 32mm (1-1/4")

I have also released again the following best-seller buttons -
1) Peace Buttons - what everyone needs now I believe - Available in 57mm (2-1/4") and 38mm (1-1/2")  buttons sizes -

2) Friendship Buttons - which we also need these days in order to be happy - real friendship - Available in 57mm (2-1/4") size only -

Visit my store to check out these buttons. They are a great way to start a button collection and more buttons with new designs will be available soon. 

What is good about purchasing any of these buttons is that all proceeds goes to the postage fund of Dress A Girl (Around the World) Australia to help pay for the cost of sending dresses to different disadvantaged locations around the world. To know more of this worthy cause, please click here.

01 May 2014

Stone Crafting

Was feeling bored last night when I decided it was time to use the stones I had in the garage which has been lying idle for years now. This time and happiness #12 although not fully finished yet as I want to put moveable eyes, here are the stones I painted last night. Through these stones, the "Libatok family" is born and expect to see more of them in the very near future.
And tonight I transferred  an image of flowers onto this rock through decoupaged, sealed it for protection and called it "Mum's rock" for Happiness #13.
To see larger images of the Libatok family, please click here.

Shop for mum now open

e-Shop for mum is now open. All proceeds goes to the postage fund of Dress A Girl Australia to pay for the cost of sending dresses to different locations around the world. 
If there is anything you like, please make a purchase. To visit the shop, please click on the image above or click here.