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We invite you to join Rachael Valentine for a day in the life at home, isolation style. Rach is a good friend of NLB and the creative soul behind The Craft Parlour. Rach inspires us to dream, create and most of all get crafty!

How do you start your day?

Each morning usually involves a dip in the ocean and a cup of cacao. Lately I’ve been taking long beach walks with a good podcast in my ears, learning about how people grow their businesses or something around spirituality. A sunrise beach meditation is an old favourite if I’m not feeling energetic.

What's been helping you get through isolation?

Lots of yoga and lots of sewing! Gold Coast yoga centre have been live streaming and it’s the bomb! I’ve been mending a pile of clothes that have needed some love and attention. I’ve also sewn two bucket hats and I’m about to start on a lounge wear set that will match one of the bucket hats. I’m going to call this collection my ISO uniform! Oh and I’ve been having a little play with clay and watching pottery tutorials which is so fun.



What's your favourite room/space in your house and why?

Probably our bedroom. The light is just beautiful in there all day long. When we closed our second store last year, I moved all the plants and bits and bobs from the studio into our bedroom and it just feels so calm and cosy in there!



What is your most treasured possession?

Probably our lounge. My husband, Sebby found it at a garage sale about ten years ago for $150. He hid it at our friend's house around the corner for a few weeks then surprised me on Christmas Day.



Describe your home in one sentence?

Thrifted, cosy, eclectic, vintage and jungle vibes.



What is one thing you are grateful for right now?

So many things but firstly, my health and a roof over my head.



What are you reading, watching and listening to?

I’ve just binged on Ozark season three - so so good. I’ve slowly been reading Gabby Bernstein’s Super Attractor and listening to lots of different tracks like Midnight magic and Poolside, but also love having a sing along to some yoga mantra when ever I’m driving!



What's the first thing you are going to do when isolation ends?

Hug and kiss EVERYONE I see, including all of my friends. Plus we are going to throw one huge craft party at our studio to celebrate the end of ISO! Free hugs included.





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