HELLO 2016.

Hello and welcome to our new blog!

Hot of the press for 2016 we will be bringing you news of what’s been going down at Tiny Paradise HQ, what’s in store and also some inspiration to get you pumped for the month ahead.

Over the last year we have been able to get down and dirty with nature and have realised how dam good it makes you feel. So that’s what we will be sharing with you every month...

Tips on how you can get it ON with nature. More.

We know life these days can involve a lot of computers and offices. These can be great things where we can get lots of important things done (we are especially a big fan of the stationery cupboard). And of course, without computers we wouldn’t be able use the internet which is the best invention ever.

WE NEED THE TONIC OF WILDNESS
— THOREAU

HOWEVER, we cannot forget the other things that are going on in the world. The other stuff like streams, bees, waves, forests, coconuts, clouds, stingrays, caterpillars, bark, twigs and rocks.

Embracing this other 'natural' stuff that happens outside the office, can really help us out when it comes to dealing with curveballs that life tends throw at us.  

Yes, this is sounding a lot like a tree hugger blog, but we promise it won’t be telling you live in a tree house in the middle of the Blue Mountains but instead we hope it will give you ideas on how to get more of the wild in your daily world.

In a groundbreaking study in 2012, they found that a group of hikers that spent 4 days in the wilderness had improved their cognitive functions related to creativity and problem solving by 50%. Now 50% is a lot. Imagine being 50% more creative and 50% more cleverer. Imagine how many promotions you could get, how many inventions you could bring to the world and how many people you could attract with your tantilisingly intelligent conversation..

This makes us realise how very very important our environment is to how we think and behave, and how important it is to incorporate nature into our everyday lives.

 

But you don’t have to pack your backpacks and go off for days in the wilderness, there are simple ways to harness the superpowers of nature in our daily life.

 

 

Here are 3 simple ways to start:

 

1.  Do what you normally do inside, but outside.

Whether it is having lunch, yoga, reading a book. Step outside to do your daily tasks. 

 

2.  Have meetings on the move

If you work in an office, meetings can take up a lot of time and are often in uninspiring places. Try having your weekly catch up with your boss or a brainstorm whilst on a walk.

 

3.  Have a plant on your desk.

Research by Exeter University found that even having a plant on your desk can increase well-being by 47%, increase creativity by 45% and increase productivity by 38%.

 

Yep that’s what the experts say.

 

HERE IS SOME STUFF WE HAVE BEEN DOING

This was about 1/6 of them. They got everywhere.

This was about 1/6 of them. They got everywhere.

We had a bloody busy Christmas time getting completely covered in potting mix on various different projects including providing the whole Mark Moran retirement home with beautiful succulents for their rooms. 

 

 

 

Just hanging.

Just hanging.

 

 

 

We were also spotted fitting out the Bar Asia restaurants in Annandale and Parramatta with kokedamas, which we have to say, were very pleased with. If you are in the area pop in and have a look at the Devil Ivy kokedamas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also held a few workshops. Sydney now boasts a few more skilled kokedama makers.

Check out these beauties....

 

Then we needed a lie down so we finished the year off with a fantastic road trip/camping trip up to Mt Warning. 

Waking up next to trees and with the sounds of wild things rejuvenated us and gave us loads of new ideas about what to get up to this year... maybe stag horns...

We also met so many inspiring people living sustainably and creating every day.

A big tree near The Channon

A big tree near The Channon

Shipping container heaven in Belligen

Shipping container heaven in Belligen

More shipping containers... in Bangalow

More shipping containers... in Bangalow

 

AND NOW HERE IS SOME STUFF WE WILL BE DOING...

// Workshops

We're up to lots of fun stuff in Feb with some workshops with our friends at Bow & Arrow Manly and Laneway Learning. Head here to check out the finer details.

 

 

 

// MARKETS

We'll also be in our usual spot under the bridge at Kirribilli Markets selling our handmade wares on the 14th and 27th Feb.

We love it when you come and say Hello and not because it means you can man the stall for a bit and we can check out the second hand clothes. Honest.

 

 

 

 

 

We would love to hear from you and any ideas you have on how to spend more time with the wild world.

Thanks : )