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29th September 2020

September Member’s Monthly Blog: Pink Sugar Crafts

Welcome to the September issue of our ‘Member of the Month’ blog, where we get to shine a spotlight on our amazing business members and show everyone what they have to offer.

This month, we had a chat with Pink Sugar Crafts owner Sandy King, about her experience running a business in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Create your own beaded jewellery. Credit: Pink Sugar Crafts

Like many local businesses, Sandy King started hers from humble beginnings.

“I started my hobby business, The Old Farm Road, [where] I used to cut and paint animal shapes and wall plaques out of wood and sell them at local markets and swap meets,” she said.

As time went on, Sandy grew her taste for new crafts such as macramé and children’s art.

Now, Pink Sugar Crafts offers a range of unique gift and craft products, as well as adult and youth craft lessons, school holiday programs for kids and even themed craft parties! 

By offering specialised crafting classes to all ages, as well as stocking handmade local goods from various artists in our region, Pink Sugar Crafts sets itself apart from the rest!

According to Sandy, the key to keeping customers coming back is stocking both interesting and varied items.

“We also stock supplies and kits so people are able to make their own crafts at home,” she said.

Sandy’s experience operating in Kalgoorlie-Boulder, in her words, has been “totally awesome”.

“Kalgoorlie-Boulder has shown so much support to locals having a go at opening up a new business, which has helped to support local craft people,” she said.

Macrame hangers. Credit: Pink Sugar Crafts

But like all business owners, Sandy faces challenges, with her biggest difficulties being staying organised, keeping stock full and sticking to consistent hours.

Factors that all play a big role in keeping a business sailing smoothly. 

But running the storefront by herself makes it all the more difficult.

“Occasionally you need personal time off; this causes the shop to close [during] busy times which is unavoidable,” she said.

However, Sandy always remains positive.

“I meet so many fantastic local people and have pride knowing they have our local artists’ work [displayed] in their homes,” she said.

“That makes me feel chuffed.”

The most exciting part of the business journey for Sandy has been…the whole thing! 

“Years of talking about it, and I have actually achieved it,” she said.

“It makes me smile everyday that I walk through the front doors of the shop.”

Some of the wool available. Credit: Pink Sugar Crafts

Pink Sugar Crafts has not only supported locals in their own crafting adventures, but also local artists to give them an opportunity to showcase their creations and talent.

“The money stays local, as most of the items are locally-sourced,” Sandy said.

What a great way to give back!

In the next few years, Sandy hopes to see her business continue to thrive, but with a greater online presence to reach a wider audience.

We’re excited to see what big things are in-store at Pink Sugar Crafts in the future! To find out more check out the Facebook or Instagram, or simply pop into the store on 87 Hannan Street.

 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

28th September 2020

Your Kalgoorlie-Boulder Guide to the School Holidays

School holidays are here again! Whether looking for adventure or staying close to home, Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the wider Goldfields region offers plenty of activities for kids of all ages that won’t break the budget. Our school holiday guide is sure to keep the little ones happy and the older ones off their screens. 

School Holiday Fun Kalgoorlie Boulder We Love KB Photo Credit: Museum of the Goldfields

 

Local – From $3:

 

Boulder Discovery Trail  – Go on a pirate hunt and be rewarded with a bag of loot (goodie bag) when finished. From 10am-2pm, Monday-Friday, pick up a guide from the Boulder Volunteer Centre at 106 Burt St. $3 includes goodie bag at the end of the hunt. 

Sandalwood Family Centre – For art loving 8 and older kids, join the school art series to learn candle-making, calligraphy, and chalkboard sign illustration. Four 1-hour sessions are available for $30 per session or join all four sessions for $100.  

Museum of the Goldfields – ‘Bee’ amused these school holidays with two craft sessions on offer at the Museum of the Goldfields. Every weekday from Tuesday, 29 September to Friday, 9 October, learn all about bees and make a wood slab bee hotel for $5 per participant. Sessions run from 10.30am-12pm and bookings are required. On October 2 and 9 book the kids in for an arts and craft session from 10.30am-12pm. $5 per participant and bookings required. 

Palace Theatre Rec Centre  – Strap on the skates and show the kids some old fashioned roller-skating fun at the Palace Theatre in Boulder. Open Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays, sessions start from $4 with session times at 11am-12pm for beginner skaters (adult supervision required) on Sundays and Tuesdays11.30-12.30 for beginners on Thursdays, and 1pm-3pm for general admission all three days, $8 entry. Skate hire is $2 for either roller blades or skates and refreshments are available for $2.  

Goldfields Oasis – Take a refreshing dip in the cool pool waters of the Goldfields Oasis with two indoor pools, an indoor slide, outdoor water playground and the recently re-opened giant waterslide. Six year olds and under are free entry, $4.50 for 6-18 year olds, and $6.50 for adults.  Giant water slide passes cost $7.50 in addition to pool entry fee. 

Orana Cinemas – Hunker down in the cool dark of Orana cinemas with that – let’s face it – extra-large bucket of buttery popcorn and a refreshing pre-mix drink whilst getting the kids to sit still for more than five minutes. There are movies showing for all ages with session times starting from 11am and running throughout the afternoons. Tickets start at $7 per ticket. 

Gold Rush Cheerleading – Keep the kids from climbing the walls, or at least the furniture, and take them to Gold Rush Cheer to burn off some energy. In the first week you can drop the kids off from 9am-3pm to learn tumbling, stunting and to do some crafts. Bookings are essential. In the 2nd week join daily cheer classes from 9am-11pm. 

Hannans North Tourist Mine  – If you’re looking for somewhere fun and educational to let the kids burn off a few hours of the day then look no further than Hannans North Tourist Mine, one of the first registered mines in Kalgoorlie. The site provides lots to see and do, from gold panning and climbing aboard a giant 793C haul truck to gaining a glimpse of the life of the living conditions of miners 1890s. There are also schedule gold pour demonstrations so keep your eyes peeled for those! The site is open from Sunday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Entry is free for under 5’s, $8 for children and $15 for adults. 

School Holiday Fun Kalgoorlie Boulder We Love KB

Photo Credit: Dan Roissetter

Further afield:

 

Kambalda Aquatic Facility  – Great for hotter days is Kambalda’s brand new 50-metre outdoor pool which boasts beach access, renovated change rooms, ample grassed areas and upgraded barbecues. Entry is free for the 2020-21 summer season. 

Camel Rides  – When you live in the desert going to a camel farm is almost as good as going to the zoo… just with fewer animals. Visit the friendly camels of Coolgardie Camel Farm just 4km west of Coolgardie. Entry is $10 per person and bookings are required. 

 

Free Local Activities:

 

Museum of the Goldfields – Open most days from 10am-3pm, the Museum of the Goldfields offers free year round fun for the whole family including the largest display of gold in Western Australia and loads of historic buildings to explore. 

Parks – It’s the perfect time for enjoying WAs wildflowers and instilling a love of nature in the little ones. Take the scooters, bikes and family pet and hit the walking paths around Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Make a nature hunt out of it for added fun.  

Karlkurla Bushland Park – Karlkurla is home to a large variety of flora and fauna. From western grey kangaroos and honeyeaters to dragon lizards, there is plenty of wildlife to look for along the 4km walking track. Head to Katunga lookout 1.5kms from the park’s entrance and climb the steps of the two storey rotunda for a 360 degree view across the impressive expanse of the Great Western Woodlands. Dogs must be kept on leads. 

Rotary Peace Park – Feed the ducks, have a barbie with friends, or get your workout on at Rotary Peace Park. Outdoor gym equipment and a walking track around the two dams provide a serene setting for the whole family to relax and unwind. A basketball court, playground and plenty of open space offers additional options for family recreation. 

Kingsbury Park – Whether yours is a skateboarding teenager or a balance-biking toddler, there are ramps for kids of all ages and abilities at Kingsbury Park. If the kids aren’t keen to give the skate park a go, the amply shaded playgrounds and covered tables provide an ideal setting for a picnic lunch and play. 

Hammond Park  –Lush green grass, a huge play area, café, duck ponds, a miniature castle, roaming wildlife, a talking cockatoo, and so much more, Hammond Park is by far the most beautiful and inviting park in Kalgoorlie. You could almost call it… magical. It’s no wonder the park is popular for hosting all manner of events and gatherings. One such gathering is the Community Wood-fire Pizza Night which takes place each Saturday from 4pm in the Community Garden adjoining the park. The only cost is the price of the pizza you bring to cook in the recently added wood-fire pizza oven. Come for a play and stay for a pizza. 

Lake Douglas Recreation Reserve – Not far out of town is the watering hole well known to locals as Lake Douglas. Here kids can stretch their legs and their imaginations whilst exploring the area around the lake. Don’t forget the bathers or play clothes because it will be hard to keep the kids out of the water. Even if the water is low there is plenty of muddy pleasure to be had. All around the lake is plenty of bush for building nature forts or climbing trees.  There are ablutions not far from the lake and loads of open space to set up camp for the night. 

School Holiday Fun Kalgoorlie Boulder We Love KB

         Photo credit: Goldfields Oasis

By Kirsten Mitchell

Creative Writer

20th September 2020

Your Kalgoorlie-Boulder Race Round Style Guide 2020

 

It’s that time of year again! The iconic Race Round is just around the corner and this year is expected to be greater than the years previous being one of the only major events happening within Western Australia! This blog is about styling your outfits for the Race Round. If you are unsure about the current fashion trends or the do’s and don’ts for racing fashion then this is the blog for you! Due to COVID-19, the Kalgoorlie Boulder Racing Club have capped their tickets to 6,000 to be compliant with the State Government restrictions. So if you haven’t got your ticket yet, I recommend you get one fast and let us worry about dressing you for the races!

Photo Credit: WA Fashions On The Field. 2018 Winners of Kalgoorlie Fashions On The Field.

Planning Your Outfit:

There are 3 major components that create one amazing outfit. The clothing – whether it be a dress or pants suit, millinery and accessories. Making sure that all these elements work harmoniously together is the fundamental trick of making your Spring racing outfit sing!

Let’s start with the clothing, traditionally ladies usually wear a smart or high fashion dress to the races. Depending on your body type and how comfortable you feel you can wear almost any length of dress such as a midi (mid calf), mini, (mid thigh), knee or ankle length. DON’T wear a gown. I repeat, don’t wear a gown! You do not want to be dragging a beautiful gown through the field! Nowadays, pant suits are becoming more and more popular, they are definitely smart and high fashion, can keep you warm and are likely to be more comfortable. 

Spring racing is all about colour; big, bold and bright is playing it safe at racing carnivals and you can be as wacky or as unique as you like! This is why I love racing fashion, its like watching walking pieces of art and each person wearing it is displaying their personality. Strong trending colours impacting the racing scene this season are; khaki, rose and lilac. However, all the colours of the rainbow are found on the track during Race Round. Prints and patterns are always favourable throughout the garment of their outfit, popular prints and patterns are generally floral or geometric however, I feel a bit of cheeky leopard print will make an appearance this year!

Kalgoorlie Boulder 2020 Race Round Fashion Guide

Photo Credit: WA Fashions On The Field

Once you have fallen in love with a dress or pant suit, it’s time to look at millinery options. I always advise my clients to pull a colour out of their outfit that they want to showcase, or, if its one colour, colour pop it with another. For example: a vivid green dress can be colour-popped with hot pink millinery and accessories. By doing this you are allowing your outfit and accessories to coordinate with each other.

Traditionally, a boater style hat was a popular choice for millinery back in the day. Today, we have all kinds of variations and you can be as imaginative as you like. Trending styles are headband pieces, they are easy to put in your hair, they won’t move as much and they can work with any hair type. Headbands can come in all sorts of styles such as a halo style, where the headband is high and big. Some headbands can be small and dainty with beaded embellishments and others can have a prominent feature. Check out some of the pieces we sell at Manski & Schi!

Kalgoorlie Boulder 2020 Race Round Fashion Guide

Photo Credit: Manski & Schi, manskiandschi.com.au

Now with the 2 major components of your outfit complete, it’s time to finish it off with your accessories, mainly your bag, shoes and jewellery. Again, you want your accessories to co-ordinate with your dress and millinery, so make sure you are using the right colours to make the outfit tie together. When choosing a bag you can choose any style you like; a clutch, purse or handbag. My only advice about a bag is make sure it holds everything you need. There is nothing worse than having a bag and you can’t fit your money, ID or phone in! Bags come in all shapes and sizes and I will leave this one to your imagination. 

Shoes are probably the most important thing about an outfit but are often left as an afterthought. You must wear good foot wear to the races because chances are you will be on your feet the duration of the day. I advise wearing a chunky block heel or a wedge so that you don’t sink into the grass while walking. If you can find a heel that is comfortable and ties in with your colour theme then well done to you! If you can’t find the right shoe colour, a nude or black heel will suffice. Better to have good, comfy feet than blisters and achy toes!

Finally, finish off your outfit with your jewellery. Wearing beautiful statement earrings and a bracelet will be enough. 

Hair & Beauty Prep:

If you are wanting to look your best for Race Round, it doesn’t just stop at the outfit. Having the best hair style, make up, nails and skin routine can bring your whole outfit together. The week of Race Round I recommend you start prepping yourself with waxing and shaving, pedicures and manicures (get a nail colour that will go with all your outfits if you are attending all 3 major events during Race Round week) face masks (the night before) and spray tan (this is usually the night before ladies).

On the day:

For the best look and a stress free morning, I recommend booking a hairdresser and makeup artist – you’ll thank yourself and be ahead of time!

The right hairstyle will depend on what you are wearing for a headpiece. If you have a head piece that needs to be pinned in then a low up-do will be best for you. If you are wearing a headband piece, styling your hair down straight or in waves will look great! At the time of writing this blog, the chances of getting into a hairdresser for the races are slim. However, Maritana Hair studio might be taking walk-ins and if you have no luck there, try and book in early for next year.

For makeup, go for a glam day look, it’s not an overly heavy makeup look but it is striking as you emphasise your eye make up. Make sure to clean your face before you go to bed each night! Again, I think your chances of booking in with a makeup artist at this stage are pretty slim, although you can check in with Wizard Pharmacy, they might be able to help with makeup application. If not, start practising with Youtube videos for that flawless finish.

Photo Credit: Sammy Schimanski, 2019 Hair & Makeup for Ladies Day.

What to Wear to Each Event:

Ladies day – Traditionally ladies wear classic dress styles such as an A-line or pencil with a below the knee length. Match with millinery and accessories. Ladies day is where they host the Kalgoorlie Fashions on the Field, where ladies compete in their best Spring racing outfits for their chance to win great local prizes and a chance to compete in the final in Perth in November. Ladies Day is regarded as high fashion and a lot of the attendees dress this way, even if they are not entering in Fashions on the Field .

Photo Credit: WA Fashions On The Field, 2019 Winner of Kalgoorlie Fashions On The Field.

Barefoot – Barefoot on Brookman is the Ladies Luncheon where the dress code is smart casual and no heels, you either wear flats or no shoes at all! This has been said to be the best event during the round and with this year’s event already sold out with 400 attendees its going to be the best one yet!

Foholicking Fillies in the Mounting Yard Cocktail Party – New to the Race Round events this year, another Ladies Luncheon held in the mounting yard of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club. Guest are expected to dress in cocktail attire.

Kal Cup – The event that ends The Round! Kalgoorlie Cup is the biggest of all races and events of the Race Round. Here is where you find all sorts of wacky and unique outfits. To feel your best and look amazing, smart casual or cocktail attire is good for Kal Cup.

 

I hope this style guide has been useful for you. Should you have any questions regarding above please feel free to contact us at sales@manskiandschi.com.au for all style advice.

Sammy Schimanski

Owner of Manski & Schi

13th September 2020

Make it Easy: Your 2020 Guide to Spring Cleaning

It’s time for the dreaded cold weather to come to an end. The bees are out, the birds are chirping and it’s time for that annual Spring clean up!

With a bit of organisation and a can-do attitude, it is all entirely possible…along with a little help from us, of course! ‘So, where do I begin?’ You may be thinking. It’s quite simple.


Create a schedule – which areas of your house need work? Separate your list room-by-room, making it easier to tackle over a few days. Which areas are neglected in the usual tidy ups? Note these areas, as they will likely need a bit of extra love.


Make another list of any big items that are taking up space rather than serving a purpose. Maybe an old treadmill that’s collecting dust in the shed, or that sandwich press that never got taken out of the box. The more you look, the more you’re likely to find a surplus of items that could be better recycled to someone else.

Sell or donate old clothes, books and furniture you can’t find a use for, that way you can make a few bucks and help keep money in the community.

Spring Cleaning We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Photo Credit: Clark & Miller

It makes it easier by staring from the top – by this I mean, begin with wiping down dirty walls and clearing cobwebs, followed by dusting furniture and THEN finish off with the vacuum and mop. Doing so in this order will ensure you won’t need to re-clean the same surfaces you’ve already been over!

Shake out the dust and dirt from floor mats, and wipe down outdoor tables and furniture. Replacing towels and bed linen is also important if it’s been a while. Remember, pillows should be replaced ideally every 1-2 years!
Make sure to dust over high surfaces, like the top of the fridge, overhead cabinets and the range hood. Dust down blinds and sanitise any remote controls laying around. Scrub down those dusty baseboards, window and sliding door tracks; we all know that Kalgoorlie-Boulder red dust gets EVERYWHERE! 

Spring Cleaning We Love KB Kalgoorlie Boulder

Photo Credit: iStock

Sort through that miscellaneous junk drawer in your home, and medicine cabinets, too! Throwing away near-empty and expired items will help limit the needless clutter and make way for a tidier space.

Re-organise your closet place, trust me! The best thing I did for my bedroom this year was assemble all of my clothing into four categories: Keep, Store, Toss or Donate. I stored away clothing that had gotten a bit small (I’m sure we all gained a few kilos during coronavirus season) and clothes that are too hot and heavy for the warmer months. If I hadn’t worn it in the past six months, it would be donated. Clothes with holes or stains went to the tip. Organise your closet the way you find it functional, whether it be by colour, size, occasion, the possibilities are endless – and will save you so much space!

Photo Credit: Pinterest

I know defrosting the freezer seems like a hassle, but it is all well worth it for the end result, especially for deep freezers that haven’t had a touch of cleaning done in a while. Fridges are the same story. Wipe out any shelves or trays, and chuck out anything freezer burnt that wouldn’t be worth saving.
I know how many times I’ve overbought on food for special occasions that was just excessive – donating any non-perishable food I no longer find use for helps me find a sense of altruism, while knowing that the items will go to someone in need. 

Why wash your clothes in a stinky machine? Disinfect your washer using white vinegar and baking soda, run the machine on the hot water cycle with detergent, and let it sit for an hour. Restart your machine, let the water drain and wipe dry. This will keep clothes smelling fresh, and your washing machine in tip-top order! 

Photo Credit: The Spruce

Don’t forget your air! Cleaning air conditioning vents and filters, as well as ceiling fans and light fixtures will eliminate dust and particles in the air, allowing for a freshly aired home for Springtime. Investing in an air purifier can also work wonders, especially in homes with children or people with allergies. (Helpful hint: Now would be a good time to check the batteries in the smoke detectors!)

Spring cleans don’t always have to be about dusting and vacuuming. Sometimes, all we need is a refreshed perspective. Light, bright colours on neutral toned backgrounds leave a lasting impression, and give that subtle pop needed for brightening up any home.
I find it helps to scroll through Pinterest for some ideas and decor inspiration. I personally love displaying houseplants, I feel they offer a more cosier atmosphere.
Striking accent pillows coupled with neutral tone throw blankets, a new rug or even a piece of vibrant artwork that suits your personality would suffice flawlessly in balancing the perfect vibe for Spring. 

Photo Credit: Pinterest

We hope we could be of some assistance in your efforts for a healthier, happier home this Spring, and wish our readers the best of luck on their Spring cleaning journey.
If you’ve found any clever hacks or would like to share some decor inspo, use our hashtag #welovekb on Facebook or Instagram to be featured! 

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB

7th September 2020

Welcome back to Race Round! – Manski & Schi’s Derby Day 2020

Last month, many of us stepped out in our best black and white attire to support one of our favourite local retailers, Manski & Schi, for their annual Derby Day of 2020. The event encouraged many of us to celebrate the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, by enjoying a Sunday afternoon of horse racing, food and fashion! 

manski and schi derby day 2020 kalgoorlie boulder we Love kb

Manski & Schi’s Derby Day 2020 stunned its’ guests, as this is the second year in a row that tickets have completely sold out! The event was held in the Jerrard Promenade Marquee of the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club, with around 25 tables and approximately 200 people in attendance. The day featured Manski & Schi’s Spring Racing Collection for the season, as well as a Fashions On the Field event for guests to have a bit of friendly competition!

Guests were welcomed into a gorgeously themed, lit-up venue decorated by Celebration City. With a complimentary sparkling and grazing table offered on our arrival, catering was made possible by the fantastic Lemmon & Lime. A pop-up shop and door prizes were among some of the fun while Ben the pianist wow’d us with his smooth tunes; you could even get your own professional red carpet picture taken with L’Amore Photography!
Sammy, owner of Manski & Schi, remarked on the event: “The overall turnout was amazing and everyone enjoyed themselves,” she laughs, “I know this because I made a point of asking everyone!” 

The day started with Manski & Schi’s model runway, advertising dresses for their upcoming Spring Racing Collection. It was refreshing to see a mixture of women of different ages, sizes and backgrounds coming together to model. We don’t always see such a wide variety of body types showcasing the beauty of individuality, like we got to witness at this show.

manski and schi derby day 2020 kalgoorlie boulder we Love kb

Forty-two women competed in the Fashions on the Field event, and were met with an advanced judging panel. Lauren Chapman-Holle took the panel, with extensive judging experience from previous racing events, as well as Hayley Selleck, Ladies’ Day 2019 winner. The panel also included Julie Dowes and Emily Graeme, a mother-daughter duo with experience in Fashions on the Field, who were excited to be first-time judges in the competition.

Martin Cable, chairman of the Goldfields Children Charity turned heads with his confident runway posing, granting him the winning title of Fashion on the Field men’s category.
The finalists for the day included Brooke Scott, who took home 2nd Runner Up and Best Millinery prizes, as well as Runner Up, Abigail Skinner. The winner of the Fashions on the Field 2020 event for the women’s category was Victoria Huntton. 

manski and schi derby day 2020 kalgoorlie boulder we Love kb

“The day well exceeded my expectations, especially Fashions of the Field, last year had the same amount of entrants but this year people were more eager to get up there and strut their stuff! Now they have the same opportunity as the Kalgoorlie Ladies Day contestants to get into the finals of Fashions of the Field.” Sammy commented.

 

Her biggest challenge for the day was ensuring the weather wouldn’t get too wet or windy so everything could go ahead, and her favourite moment? “Awarding the winners, of course!”

To see news or pictures from the day, or to simply find out more about Manski & Schi, visit their website here. Take some of your own snaps from Derby Day 2020? Tag us at #welovekb on Instagram or Facebook!

Sinead Porter
Creative Writer
We Love KB