"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Monday, 24 April 2017

Review: Saturday 22nd of April : The stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts Show

Fabrics inspired by andean textiles by :Fabrics Galore London
I absolutely loved the Stitching, Sewing and Hobycrafts show last saturday! 
It was the first time I attended and I was overwhelmed by the exhibitors, who where giving demonstrations, guiding people, there was so much to do, to see, and to buy! 

I've always had, since a little girl, an urging curiosity to learn what my mum was making, whether she was knitting or sewing. She used to make clothes for me when I was a child, and I was fascinated! Hence hooked in the idea of making something and make it unique.

On saturday all those memories came back as I was walking along the show, it was amazing to  see the different ideas, all the things people made, the creativity was unbelievable.

One of my favourite findings has to be the fabrics inspired by andean textiles (shown above), by Fabrics Galore, they had an amazing selection of fabrics.

Also loved the trimmings, specially the pom poms, wich I reckon will be on trend this summer, Folk Fashion, always comes back. 
Well I am from Bolivia and I'm always drawn towards something folk, to be honest, but every summer in London the trend for folk fashion is growing.

And the show it's a great opportunity to buy those trimmings or materials, and to discover something new as well!


I also enjoyed the Arty Crafty, block printing techniques, and the workshops they were giving, something I shall try next !
Handcarved indian printing blocks - Arty Crafty
I missed out on their workshop, as there was so much to do, but I saw what everyone there was making and looked really cool.

Arty Crafty have a variety of handcarved printing blocks, which, I wish I could have them all !! so many to choose from.

I would totally recommend this show to everyone, it's such a great day out, you never know what you might discover, or what new skill you might want to learn. 

It's ideal for kids too! It was great to see little girls with their mums and grandmothers, showing that interest in learning how to sew, how to knit, etc.

It is, I think, important for kids to be creative, for them to let their imagination free.
Specially now , that everything seems to be run by technology.

Therefore events like this, I think, are vital to keep everyone creative, I had an amazing time, left inspired with many ideas. 

I would also like to specially thanks Fiona from Fizzi~Jayne makes, for the tickets to the show, I really appreciate it! you can check her blog too: :https://fizzijaynemakes.blogspot.co.uk/

Don't miss out on future events check out ICHF Events website, The UK's leading lifestyle, craft and cake shows. 
 
And I hope be at their next show
in London!



Love Lindsey x 

Hand knitted monkeys



Monday, 17 April 2017

Events in London: Carnival Expo, the Largest UK indoor carnival, join the fun!!

Bolivian Heritage Dancers with Boris Johnson and Darcey Bussell
Carnival Expo, the largest UK indoor carnival, is destined to be one of the most anticipated cultural exhibition of 2017. The event will host a gathering of Carnival creators, artists, cultural enterprises and carnival enthusiasts exhibiting all facets of Carnival.

Following on from 2015 & 2016 successful years, 2017 will, no doubt be, another great year, the event of the year, not to be missed!!
This year will also see the participation of some Latin American countries, showcasing the colours, music, costumes, vibrancy and contagious smiles and happiness of Latin American carnivals, from Brazil to Bolivia.

Bolivian Heritage, will share with you some of the magic of Oruro's Carnival, one of UNESCO's
Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
Dancing with different costumes, on SUNDAY 14th of May, at 14:15 and 16.15 ( I hope to see you there! joining us).

There will be so much to do, learning about Carnivals, costumes, you can join in a free dance workshop, there will be seminars, you can visit the stands exhibiting too, sample some rum from around the world, enjoy the Latin or Caribbean cuisine, or both !!why not ;)

All of this and more, under one roof, simply unmissable! 

So get your tickets and see you there !

Carnival Expo
Saturday 13th - Sunday 14th of May 
The Kia Oval Kennington
London
SE11 5SS


Tickets £10 online. 
You can also purchase tickets at the door, prices may vary.

For more information and tickets please visit:
http://carnivalexpo.com/index.php

"Carnival Expo is now in it's third year! 2017 is destined to be one of the most anticipated cultural business trade shows in the UK.
Don't miss this fabulous showcase of Carnival!"

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Spirit of Prague 70p Beer... For all the beer lovers..Cheers!


"Beer lovers are being given the chance to enjoy both the traditional and modern side of Prague, without leaving the capital during this year’s London Beer Week. The brewers of Staropramen, the number one Czech beer in the UK, and Pravha, the new lighter tasting pilsner, are opening the Spirit of Prague pop-up beer hall at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch, London from the 16th - 19th March.

The bar of two halves will transport guests from the traditional side of Prague to a modern and vibrant side of the city, reflecting the beers being served. Resident beer experts will give you the chance to “try before you buy” offering guided tastings of the balanced, classic Czech pilsner, Staropramen, to the lighter and more unexpected pilsner, Pravha.

Each day from 6pm visitors to the Spirit of Prague bar can access Prague price pints (70p) by saying the special code word ‘Pohoda’ when entering the bar. In Czech, Pohoda means ‘savour the moment’.

How: Mention the secret word, “Pohoda” at the door to receive a Prague price token that can be used to redeem a 70p pint of either Staropramen or Pravha. Only 100 Prague price pints will be available from 6pm per day."
 
When:
Thursday 16th and Friday 17th March | 17:30 – 22:00
Saturday 18th March | 13:30 – 22:00
Sunday 19th March | 13:30 – 20:00

Where: Spirit of Prague, Shop 8, Old Truman Brewery, London E1 6QR (off Brick Lane)

Admission is free and both ticket holders and non- ticket holders for London Beer Week will be offered Prague Prices.
London Beer Week ticket holders will be entitled to fast track entry to the bar.

More info :
https://drinkup.london/events/12719/spirit-of-prague/?utm_source=mailjet&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=dul-pickled-parties-21-02-2017

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Friends of Bolivia : Carnival Fiesta 2017


The Carnival is well awaited by Bolivians.. everywhere.. and in London, a Carnival Fiesta is organised by Friends Of Bolivia.
 
Friends of Bolivia is a UK based Charity dedicated to improving the living conditions of impoverished people in Bolivia.
Every year they put time and effort to make this event happen and this year's fiesta was clearly another success. So firstly a massive thanks to them and all the people who attended and supported the event.

Carnival Fiesta, well.. the title says it all.. a party atmosphere, with food, live music, dance performances, making people happy ,bringing people together.. families and friends.
People queuing for the food

Food is always popular.. this year's menu included lechón (roast pork), falso conejo (braised stake in sauce), picante de pollo (spicy chicken), pukacapas (spicy cheese pastry) and more !!

And there is something about live music, you hear the panpines and you are drawn towards the talented musicians.. Sumaj Pacha ..who during the night played different sets..making people dance ..and yes we danced a lot!

We also got to enjoy the different dance performances of the night, llamerada, morenada, tobas, etc.. everyone was mesmerised by the different dance costumes.

People from Bolivia and from everywhere, enjoyed, danced, and had a nice Bolivian night.. with traditional food, music, dances... it really is a night not to be missed!!
But if you couldn't make it, you can write down in your calendar, make a reminder for their next event, Sunday 28th of May, celebrating Bolivian Mother's day.

You can find more information about their upcoming events, on their website.. you can also become a member, check out the work they do in Bolivia, find out how you can help; if you wish to do so.

I truly enjoyed the Carnival Fiesta, a nice event for families and friends, great to show some of the different folkloric dances, live music.. which for us (bolivians),makes us happy and for the English, Italians, Spaniards..etc.. that attended who also truly enjoyed themsleves, it's an opportunity to see and appreciate our culture and traditions..I was asked about the cueca ( a dance with a handkerchief ) she was mesmerised..she didn't see anything like that before.
 
Everyone left the Carnival Fiesta happy..


Everyone dancing and enjoying themselves 
Find more information about
Friends Of Bolivia :
http://friendsofbolivia.org.uk/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Bolivia-123368584663/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/friendsbolivia


And see you at their next event !






Sunday, 26 February 2017

Recipe: Blueberry and Lemon Squares


This is got to be one of my favourite cakes, I absolutely love blueberries, and this recipe is so simple, and easy to follow, basically mixing all the ingredients together, add the blueberries and bake! ;)


Blueberries and Lemon Squares:.

15 mins to make, 35 mins to cook

Ingredients
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 225g golden caster sugar
  • 4 large free-range eggs
  • 225g butter, softene
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • Grated zest of 3 lemons, plus extra 
  • 250g blueberries
For the icing
  • 6-8 tbsp lemon juice
  • 200g icing sugar
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 170°C/fan 150°C/gas 3½. Line a straight-sided 30cm x 25cm traybake tin with baking paper.
  2. Put the dry ingredients in a large bowl and make a well in the middle, then add the eggs, butter, milk and lemon zest. Beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth and combined, then stir in the berries.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared tin, then bake on the middle oven shelf for 35 minutes or until risen and golden. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. Mix the lemon juice into the icing sugar, a little at a time, until you have a smooth, spreadable icing. Drizzle over the sponge, then scatter with extra lemon zest and leave to set for 1 hour. Cut into 24 squares.

Recipe taken from Delicious magazine ;)

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Bolivian Carnival Fiesta in London

Friends of Bolivia’s Carnival Fiesta 2017 
Join the fun...an evening of traditional music and dance,
delicious food and drink to celebrate carnival 2017 Bolivian style!

Saturday 4th March – from 18:00 to 23:00
Sacred Heart Church Hall,
Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW19 4LU
TICKETS:
 £9 online / £10 on the door
Members: £8
Concessions: £7 *
Children under 12: Free
* Concessions: OAPs & Students 12 to 18

Monday, 23 January 2017

Discovering London: God's Own Junkyard...a world of neon, props & the unexpected.


Well...I've been planing to pay a visit to this place..and finally was able to do so this past weekend..

And it's mesmerising... the collection of neon lights.. it's amazing...  and ...it's Free !!


It's appealing to anyone... really..who doesn't like neon lights? Right! From fashion students.. photographers..editors..Art lovers.. you name it.. there is something for everyone..and of course there is cafe.. the rolling stones cafe!



I would totally recommend you to visit.. it's fun..it's different ..it's quirky and it's free.. 

This is the reason why I love London.. always something different to do.. to see.. and to enjoy..

God's Own Junk Yard is open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
For more information check their website..
http://www.godsownjunkyard.co.uk/

Gods Own Junkyard
Unit 12 Ravenswood Industrial Estate
Shernhall Street
London
E17 9HQ


Photos © Miss Obleas 2017

Thursday, 5 January 2017

#Exhibition :3-25 March 2017: Decolonising witchcraft: Portraits of traditional healers in Bolivia


"This exhibition portrays the women whose livelihoods involve the traditional rituals, artefacts and medicines that play a central role in culture and health in Bolivia. The indigenous wisdom involved in this work has been sidelined, either as ‘witchcraft’ under colonial powers or as merely ‘folklore’ by positivist, Western approaches to medicine. Nevertheless, in the western highlands of Bolivia the vast majority of people meaningfully engage in these rituals and practice them seriously and devoutly, and Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, has embarked on a decolonisation project which challenges the institutions and value systems which have marginalised indigenous knowledge.

These portraits are accompanied by quotes from the women themselves, discussing how they came to this profession and their role in the community.  These women are referred to exotically in tourist guidebooks as ‘witches’ but are known locally as chiflerasand amautas; the former prepares the materials for traditional healing rituals while the latter conducts the ceremony. The items used in these rituals include coca leaves, desiccated llama foetuses, the q’oa herb, alcohol and brightly coloured llama-wool and sugar figurines. These practitioners have long standing relationships with their clients and may be the first ports of call for those seeking assistance and guidance with their physical, emotional and/or spiritual well-being.

This is a collaboration between the photographer David X Green and the geographer Dr Kate Maclean, who has worked in Bolivia since 2006."

The exhibition will open with a panel discussion, Decolonising Witchcraft: Implications for Knowledge and Health and reception on 3rd March 2017. Find out more and book your free place here.


by Birkbeck University Of London .

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

::: UMATURKA , The Call Of The Water / London Premier :::



UMATURKA: The Call of the Water Documentary, by Giovanna Miralles and Peter Wilkin, depicts the reality of a community’s continuation of their tradition, in a modern world where life and survival depends on water.

The profits from ticket sales and donations made on the night will fund the production of educational materials promoting the importance of eco-cultural knowledge to protect the environment and water sources, such as the Andes. This material will form an integral part of a permanent installation of the documentary at the Quillacas’ Museum, Bolivia, South America.

Giovanna Miralles is a Bolivian Independent filmmaker, artist, and writer.
Dr. Peter Wilkin is an environmental anthropologist, specialist of knowledge transmission and Latin America.

Doors open at 6pm, presentation starts at 6.30 pm. 9 pm close.
Refreshments available, cash bar.

For further information about the project, please visit; 

Trailer : https://vimeo.com/142055384

For tickets + more information :
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/umaturka-the-call-of-the-water-documentary-presentation-with-qa-tickets-27006551322

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

FREE : Workout Classes with Sweaty Betty and Barreworks Studio - Richmond/ London.


Swap your usual Friday night at the bar for the Barre.

6 weeks of FREE classes at Barreworks Studio in collaboration with Sweaty Betty Richmond , alternating weeks between the Richmond Boutique and Barreworks Studio. 

Explore all of their class formats and meet their amazing team. Booking goes live ONE week in advance of each session.

Who doesnt love a FREE workout ?


Fri 9th September - Fri 14th October 
Barreworks Studio : 21 Paradise Road, Richmond , TW9 1SA
Sweaty Betty: 2 The Quadrant, Richmond, TW9 1BP