Happy Chinese New Year's Eve...

My family usually celebrates Chinese New Year, although none of us are Chinese, we do all love Asia and China and all the lovely celebrations surrounding the New Year. Naturally I am particularly excited this year as I will be venturing to China twice! The second trip I will be making is in October with a group of ladies, my annual 'big textile trip' - 'Experience China 2014'. Those of you joining me will have received one of these in the mail:

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When you unwrapped it, it looked like this:

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When you opened it, it looked like this:

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When you explored further it looked like this:

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When you figured out to screw the chopsticks together it looked like this:

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Should you bring them with you to China? Yes! Bring the set in your checked in luggage ready to use in Shanghai. You just may need your own small spoon and fork if you are not confident to use chopsticks. As for the chopsticks why not have a bit of a practise before we leave!

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Save the wrapping for your journal, scrapbook or memory box. I hope you read the wrapping - I added in some bits I had cut from the Lonely Planet magazine (old copy) about China, as well as some 'dining ettiquite'!

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Must head off now, out to New Year dinner celebrations including the Dragon Dance!

Leanne Beasley xxx


Experience China 2014...

I am so excited to announce the next Leanne's House adventure - Experience China 2014! One of the highlights of each year for me is the annual overseas adventure I host along with Annette Dal Sasso of Hawthorn Travel and Cruise, to a fabulous destination!

Join us on a five star boutique adventure into the Mysterious East. China is a land steeped in ancient textile history. Together we will walk through traditional Chinese gardens, visit temples, purchase fine silk fabrics, indulge in Chinese cuisine, and try our hand at traditional embroidery guided by expert tutors, all the time being cared for by our English speaking Chinese guides. Indulge in the best of both historic and modern China with a group of like-minded women. I will also have a wonderful collection of brand new Leanne's House stitching designs, fully kitted, for your stitching pleasure that I am just waiting to share with you in my personal classes.

There is so much more to share, so make yourself a cup of tea (maybe Chinese Green Tea!) and relax while reading the full itinerary (click on the 'Experience China 2014' button top right).

For further information, or to book, contact Annette on 0411 193 805 or via email: [email protected] Places are strictly limited.

I would love you to be a part of it!

Leanne Beasley xxx

P.S. If you don't have any Chinese Tea you might like to get a tin or two when we visit the LongJing Tea Plantation!!