Kris’ Painting Giveaway

Instagram users GIVEAWAY ALERT! I’ve been overwhelmed by your amazing support with my Aurora Illuminata series. All the paintings have found their new homes within 24 hours of posting. So I would like to say a big THANK YOU by giving away this mini Aurora Illuminata painting. Up for grabs is a 29x29cm canvas on board mixed media painting in a beautiful white frame. Click this link to my Instagram post for contest rules: https://www.instagram.com/p/CAWTtsFHfAx/

Thank you very much and good luck. 🙂

Best Cafe in Wellington NZ

If I were to count how often Kris often we go to Gipsy’s Kitchen Cafe when we were still in New Zealand I would say it’s at least every 2 weeks for the entire 6 years we have been together. That’s how we love their coffee and pastries.

Since we have moved to Sydney last year, we have been missing our favourite Cherry Pie, Rhubarb scone, Apple Pie, Peach and Passion Fruit Friand and Halloumi Roll. They have been dubbed as purveyors of the best flat white coffee in Wellington. I think we have memorised every pastry they sell and the warm welcome by the staff. I could still remember every inch of their cafe and Rowan busy preparing the aromatic pastries in the kitchen as we walk past through going to the private indoor garden spot at Strathmore. They have the best spot and area where you could chill and unwind.

Gipsy Kitchen is always jam pack at summer so we make sure we get there before 10 in the morning.
Going to Gipsy’s has been a routine before going to Bunnings to shop lots and lots of Plants! 😉
@JessieStreetTeAro
@ourFavouriteSpotInStrathmore
A dose of Gipsy before and after our flight.
Best Scone Ever paired with Greek Yogurt.
It’s always Coffee Time @gipsy‘s
Caffeine and sugar, the two basic food groups. -Laurell K. Hamilton
@JessieStreet @gipsykitchen
We were one of the first customers to queue on their first day opening @ JessieStreet, Te Aro.
Journaling @gipsy, Sometimes the Best Ideas come up while having the best coffee in Gipsy.

I will never forget way back when Kris and I were in a long distance relationship. He sent me an overnight package of cherry pie from Wellington to Christchurch for Christmas Eve! How sweet was that! I married him the next year! LOL! I mean, who would not want to marry the man who makes things possible? 😉

Best Christmas Gift 2014

We have invited friends with us and it has been a place where we share wonderful moments and laughter together. Gipsys’s Kitchen gives you not only the best food and drinks but the best experience as well.

Here are our favourites through the years and we just want to share our wonderful memories of Gipsy’s.

Cheers!
Day Off + Sunny Day = Gipsy Kitchen 😉
@theHeartofTheCity
A great place for first dates and plant lovers.

Kris and I were so much looking forward to visit New Zealand this year but we have cancelled our plans due to travel restrictions. We are so much looking forward to travel back in Wellington soon and the first thing we would do is to visit Gipsy’s Kitchen and order all our favourites. We can’t wait! Syndey has the best cafes as well but nothing beats Gipsy’s Kitchen. We left our hearts in their kitchen and they will always be number 1 in our hearts wherever we may go.

3 Locations
4 Glamis Avenue Strathmore,
1/37 Jessie Street Te Aro &
112 Cuba Street Te Aro.
Wellington, New Zealand

Strength for Today

We hope that this art video and Joshua 1:9 will remind us to stay strong and courageous no matter what we are going through during this time.

Joshua 1 New International Version (NIV)

Joshua Installed as Leader

After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips;meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Celebrating International Nurses’ Day

Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash

Nurses are the heart of health care.


Donna Wilk Cardillo

Kris and I being nurses share the same passion of ministering to other people in need through our profession. We both see nursing not only as a job but also a calling to bless the lives of our patients through care and compassion.

It is not easy to be nurse. The emotional challenges on top of shift work can be overwhelming. We get to see so many tragic situations and even deal with hazards that can put our own health at risk. Nevertheless our love for this sworn profession surpasses all of those challenges. In fact, it has become the foundation of our strength and resilience.

Today, as we celebrate International Nurse’s Day, we would like to thank everyone who remembers us especially on this difficult situation we are in. We hope that you will not get tired of praying for us earnestly and may we become good examples of unconditional love just like what Jesus did in the cross.

God bless everyone and we salute every nurse around the world!

Overcoming Negativity

Photo by Daniel von Appen on Unsplash

I grew up in a community where becoming an artist is almost synonymous to economic suicide. I was always bombarded with unexamined opinions regarding artists being lazy, eccentric, and having no ‘direction in life’. The lives of the artists I knew that time somehow became the evidence of such a misconception so I can’t really blame why the opinions relating to the impracticality of creative pursuit of was quite pervasive. One of the first challenges I have to overcome when I decided to be an artist was shaking off all these negative perceptions which I unknowingly accepted as ‘truth’ for many years. I needed to change my perspective and replace the unhelpful ones with positivity balanced with maturity and humility. What I mean by this is believing that my art career has great potential but also being ready to do the hard work and sacrifices whilst always striving for excellence. 

Making a Fairy House Garden

Kris and I love gardening. Last summer of 2018 we wanted to take it to a different level by experimenting on making a fairy house garden. It was a trial and error that turned out very well.

We got our materials from Bunnings and Warehouse (our favourite shops). I swear Kris and I go to that place every other week to have a window shopping date. We can stay there for half a day or even a whole day. They have got amazing coffee and food too.

We were so excited to start the project when we got home. I must confess it was me who was the most enthusiastic about this project. LOL! As evidenced by the photos.

When I was a kid I believed in fairies as tiny as Thumbelina from a children’s classic fairytale book. I must have kept the unconscious drive to build a house for the fairies since I was young.

It’s not easy to purposely break a perfect and new terracotta pot and I was hesitating to smash it with the hammer. I felt bad doing it but eventually reassured to know that I am making a beautiful fairy house project.

I started to fill the broken pot with the soil and used the broken pieces to hold the soil in place. Then I planted the flowers at the top and succulents at the bottom. Lastly, I placed the fairy house and decorated the walk path with the white pebbles. It’s that easy! Trust me.

Surprisingly, I did not realise that the fairy house light up in the dark!!What a delight to see it glowing in the garden at night. I could imagine small fairies flying around it, making their dinner then getting ready for bed.

You too could enjoy this simple project at home. For sure kids and adults would love to get involved with this great idea. It’s like gardening with a twist of art and fairytale. It’s also a reminder of something broken which may not be made whole again but can be turned into something beautiful. Gosh! it gave me a life lesson too.

Thinking of making one as well? Here’s a list of the things that you need.

  1. Large Terracotta Pot
  2. Soil
  3. Fairy House
  4. Flowers
  5. Succulents
  6. White pebbles
  7. Hammer

Enjoy! 🙂