Lately I was mostly focused on traveling and therefore blogged mostly on the adventurous part of my blog. That doesn’t mean that I was lazy on the other fronts. A small project was running quietly ever since the Christmas fever begun but sadly it wasn’t done in time to make it a part of the presents. The idea was simple, the realization of it, as always, not so simple. At the moment I do not own a real wardrobe and every time that I glimpse at the clothes rack that is suppose to represent one, I just get sad. All my lovely clothes completely exposed, looking miserable and somehow dull. This is when the idea kicked in. I need to make it a bit cuter and nicer. How? I decided to decorate couple of wooden clothes hangers with napkins and bows. The result was cute but not cute enough. It needed more. It needed not only to look cute, it also needed to smell nice. As I come from Croatia, lavender is the herb that crosses my mind as I think of nice natural essential smells. The plus of the lavender is that it also prevents clothes from moths and similar pests. The idea was born. I will make my own lavender bags. The needed material was bought and I was prepared to get down to business. 🙂 Did I mention I have never ever used a sewing machine before? No? Well I haven’t. In the end it turned out to be a lot of fun. Of course, first I was mostly just making mistakes but after some practice I had some bags that were satisfying and ready for further embellishment. Carefully I added needed color, sequins, ribbons and buttons and Vuola! my very first lavender bags were done. The final result you can see on the photo underneath. My skills are obviously still at the very beginning but also improving. Not to mention that now my “wardrobe” is as cute as a button. 🙂 😉 If you are interested in more photos and a whole step to step, do check the “craftsy” site of the blog.
Another weekend is done, another city has been explored. As my hubby was writing his exam this weekend, I was happily discovering the beautiful München. I just wish I had more time because, as most of the big cities, Münich too, has so much to offer. Luckily soon enough we will be visiting it again. Underneath I attached couple of photos so you can enjoy it at least a bit.
After almost three weeks I finally gathered the photos and names of small, big, beautiful, special and interesting creatures we encountered on our 16 day-long trip to Thailand. Not only did we enjoy it but I also got to wake up the biologist in me. Under the nerdy rubric you can find the animals we saw. As always there were some that held my interests and senses occupied for longer than the others and I wish to mention them here as well. Here are my top 3 encounters with animals in Thailand. The no. 1 encounter that I will never forget was the one with the porcupine puffer fish. We were snorkeling on the beach near Ko Maa island on Koh Tao. The first 10 meters or so we had to swim through very high algae and to say the least, it was not very comfortable. As I tried to follow Seb’s fast swimming I lost air and decided to take a short break and study what lies beneath me.
It was worth it – I got the close-up with a puffer fish! What I discovered were two big googly eyes looking at me. First I froze but as I realized what a great opportunity I was handed, I continued following it for meters before it was gone. I am ashamed to admit but the conclusion is: The fellow stayed deflated, thus I got more frightened of it than it of me… 😀
On no. 2 was the sling-jaw wrasse. Sling-jaw wrasse is more than just a cute little yellow fish, just as the name already suggests.
Sadly, the name I got to learn only after we came back. This is why it totally took me by surprise as its jaws got unattached and formed a long white snout with which it sucked small crabs off the surface.
Here I copied two great photos that explain how exactly it does it.
No. 3 was not even a tiny bit less exciting than the first two fish I described. Many of you probably think by now that I will be writing about some awesome cobra or an Asian elephant, sadly I will have to disappoint you. My nerdy no. 3 is a spider. The one we only saw for a moment but left a great impression on me. The spider is called golden orb-weaver spider. The name does not describe the morphology of the spider itself but of its web. Its asymmetrical webs glisten golden in the sun. Absolutely breathtaking. Not to mention that they are pretty big and very colorful. Despite their warning colors their bite is not deadly for humans. I hope you know how to appreciate its beauty!
With the thought on the amazing world out there I leave you, now it is time to discover my subconscious worlds.
P.S. This is where I found those lovely pics of slingjaw wrasse and porcupine puffer fish: