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Selamat datang - welcome. You can enter my Etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/Indounik The name Indounik is a fusion of "Indo" - the common abbreviation for Indonesia - and the word "unik" which is how they spell "unique" in that part of the world. The name reflects both the origin of many of my crafting supplies and the source of my inspiration - the diverse, divine, exotic, hypnotic collection of 17,000 islands that make up the vast Indonesian archipelago.

Of all those islands, one more than any other has become a world favourite destination. Some call it paradise, others the Island of the Gods. It is, of course, Bali. My second home. We all have places in the heart and Bali has been mine for more than two decades. I even lived in a little house in the ricefields north of Ubud, Bali's art and cultural capital, for much of 2006.

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  • Joined July 23, 2010

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Indounik supplies, paper, cardstock, Tim Holtz Distress Inks, die cuts, rubber and foam stamps, rub ons, acrylic paint, coconut wood, dark chocolate, words and music by The Killers

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  • Indounik
    Bali Scrapbook, Craft & Jewelry Supplies

About

Selamat datang - welcome. You can enter my Etsy shop here http://www.etsy.com/shop/Indounik The name Indounik is a fusion of "Indo" - the common abbreviation for Indonesia - and the word "unik" which is how they spell "unique" in that part of the world. The name reflects both the origin of many of my crafting supplies and the source of my inspiration - the diverse, divine, exotic, hypnotic collection of 17,000 islands that make up the vast Indonesian archipelago.

Of all those islands, one more than any other has become a world favourite destination. Some call it paradise, others the Island of the Gods. It is, of course, Bali. My second home. We all have places in the heart and Bali has been mine for more than two decades. I even lived in a little house in the ricefields north of Ubud, Bali's art and cultural capital, for much of 2006.

When I can't be there in paradise, I settle for life in the world's most isolated city - Perth in Western Australia. Then I resort to scrapbooking my Bali photos so I can be immersed again in the sights, sounds and scents that I have come to know and love so much.

I've been fortunate to get paid to do that some of the time. I've run scrapbooking and card-making workshops Australia-wide, worked in retail sales, and been a product development manager of a major Australian manufacturer and wholesaler of rubber art stamps and scrapbook supplies. And I've had how-to projects and scrapbook layouts published in Australian paper arts magazines.

I've done memory book workshops with kids at two Bali orphanages after one of those magazines convinced its readers in Australia and New Zealand to make mini books for these impoverished children. I also use scrapbooking techniques and materials to help teach local village children some English, some life skills and some sustainability practises aimed at keeping their island home clean and green.

Now I'm heading down a path less travelled, collaborating with some Balinese artisans to create a range of scrapbook, jewelry and crafting embellishments that reflect the culture and artistry of Indonesia. The Balinese don't know too much about scrapbooking but I always get a warm and wonderful response when I show them my well-travelled scrapbook albums. My favourite is: "You make Bali look like paradise."

The world comes to Bali and as I've found over the years, there are plenty of kindred creative spirits among those visitors. So it seems like a good idea to share my treasures, not just with scrapbookers but with people making their own greeting cards, wedding invitations, jewellery, art assemblages, garments and accessories.

Thankfully, Indonesia is a near neighbour of Australia and there are something like 70 flights a week between Perth and Bali's capital, Denpasar, so I manage to take my vagabond heart off for some fresh inspiration and to update my product lines on a regular basis.

Enchanting, beguiling Bali. The eyes of the world turned to my lovely island getaway when Hollywood cast its spotlight on her through Eat Pray Love, the movie based on Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling book of the same name.

And the secret is out. The road to Bali is definitely experiencing a peak-hour rush from all those seekers of sun, surf, self-discovery, or serenity of soul. If you are one of the lucky ones who make the journey, and you want to scrapbook your unforgettable memories afterward, be sure to come back and see me here at Indounik.

My shop opened on September 8, 2010, a date carefully chosen from the Balinese lunar calendar and said to be an auspicious day on which to start a business. I hope it proves to be so.

Indounik was born with tons of help and support from friends in Sumatra (another of those 17,000 islands), Bali and Perth. Terima kasih banyak - thank you so much - to all, especially Vera and Anna. And for enlightening me about Etsy, I must thank Cha, a talented Balinese artist and musician now living in Sydney. What an inspirational community it is.

If you are wondering about the little guy in my avvy and banner, he's a wayang kulit, a shadow puppet prevalent in Java.

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Om Çantih Çantih Çantih Om (May peace be everywhere)

PS: It's not all verdant green rice terraces and incense in my world. I can sometimes be lured by the bright lights of the big city. There's none brighter than the lights of fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, home of my all-time favourite rock band, The Killers. I've seen them live 20 times, including twice in Vegas. In my spare time, I make Killer Kards featuring photos I took on the tour. So far, they've never done a show in Indonesia, but I live for the day when the stars they all align and The Killers play Bali!

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