Skip to main content

My Bangkok cushions made in China!

Outside my front door is a rather ugly bench 
covering the electricity meter.
It had a cushion on it made in Shenzhen, China.
However, even on a Melbourne porch, away from direct sunlight,
things don't last long in Australia, especially when the fabric was 
Made in China!

So it was time to pimp my cushion
This is the Tale of Two Cities; 
of my Jim Thompson Thai cushions 
made in China! 

Oops sorry, should have turned the cushions round so the zipper is hidden!
I am writing this from Bangkok where on my last visit 
I found the fabric at 
the Jim Thompson factory outlet.

Jim Thompson was an American businessman 
who made Thai silk famous to the west. 
His mysterious disappearance in 1967
remains unsolved...

Jim Thompson Factory Outlet is a Soi 93, Bangkok
The JT outlet store is floor upon floor, 
and roll upon roll, of stunningly gorgeous Thai silks.
Choosing which colour was the hard part.
I start by picking out a couple of really cheap cushions,
matching the fabric as best I can, to what I think will go with my 
Bushland Colorbond paint at home!

Silks at Jim Thompson's home Soi Kasem San 2, Bangkok
I had the original large cushion cover with me as
it was my intention to get the replacement cushion cover made
 whilst in Bangkok.
We are, after all, surrounded by on every street corner by
"Do you want a suit?" tailors!

However they took one look at the piping round the edges on my
tatty, frayed cover and all to a man replied "cannot"
Suits can, cushion covers 'bog off!'

Altered with Picmonkey for Mandarin Orange Monday!
No I don't want a suit, I want to tart up my front porch!
This was starting to look like a bad idea...
I take a 'what, no way how much?!' tuk tuk ride, 
to Jim Thompson's former home
and immediately cheer up seeing the cost of things in the shop.
I might have been ripped off with the ride, but
my fabric and cushions are a complete bargain...

Blue Tuk Tuk for Blue Monday
Back in Australia I need to call upon friends with benefits!
The benefits I need, are to be living in Hong Kong, with a valid China visa
and a shopping plan which includes frequent shopping days across the border!
Luckily I know just the person, 
indeed Izzy had the first cushion made for me...
That was six years ago so luckily she forgotten the hassle of it then,
She is a really good friend!

Shenzhen, is across the border in China from Hong Kong
and the Lo Wu shopping plaza is where we used to go shopping,
you can find most things there
one way or another, but that's probably another post!

Jim Thompson's home Soi Kasem San 2, Bangkok
Only things in China are unpredictable and the cushion
becomes a complete epic adventure, 
the border car park was closed,
the ATM machines had no money in them...
and without cash in Shenny you might as well forget it...

Luckily she is Woman used to doing important cushion business in China.
Perseverance is her middle name!

My instructions were 
take it to your favourite tailor, haggle a bit, haggle a bit more
say my friend won't be very happy 
"Tai Gui Le" too expensive...
but don't spend long at all on the bargaining
"I don't want it to be a hassle you know"
and then go and enjoy a good day out!

I can't remember the final cost but they threw in the cushions for free
and I'm very happy with the results.
They are indeed my favourite cushions
Even if this involved a flight to Bangkok, a flight to Hong Kong, 
a day trip to China and another flight back to Melbourne...

These cushions are almost better travelled than I am!

Linking with the following

With thanks to all the wonderful hosts.
Thank you in advance for your comments 
which I love to read.
 I will always try to return the visit!
If you are not on Google+ you can always contact me
via my e-mail link on the sidebar 

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Anyone for Tennis?

At the Australian Open qualifying tournament... 

Are you ready for the first Grand Slam of the year? The Aus Open starts next week (Monday 13th - Sunday 26 January) but Melbourne is already in full swing (ha ha) with tennis players and tennis action. 

You can pay to watch some of the top seeded Men's players in action at the Kooyong Classic, just down the road. Or, you can join me for what I say is one of the best value tennis, indeed let's say sporting tickets in the world. The Australian Open qualifying tournament (Jan 8 -11), where you can wander in for free. Yes free!

The 'Qualies' is one of the secret treasures of the Aus Open where players compete and must win matches on three consecutive days to secure one of the last remaining spots in the main draw.
For the past seven years we have been a host family for tennis players, which is how we have become so familiar with the highs and lows of this lead up event... 
So would you like a sneak peak inside Melbourne Park, whi…

Keep Calm And Birthday On!

So far I'm onto my fourth country celebrating my birthday. Usually, I don't fuss much about birthdays, I'm not one for the big girls night out, or to treat myself with a big splurge... 
But this year is different. I've moved country. I now have a new visa in my passport enabling me to stay in the Kingdom of Thailand until May 2018. I'm away from the kids and the dog and Mr Wren looked at his work calendar, scratched his head and declared a meeting with dinner on my birthday.

I thought for a moment about pulling the old 'I can't believe you've got a meeting with dinner on my birthday AND it's International Women's Day' complaint, but wait a moment, no... That's a perfect excuse to celebrate with everyone, everywhere! 
'Hey, but I thought you said  you never bothered much about birthdays...'
I can hear him call out as I am part way to booking a flight to Malaysia and using all his Airmiles for a return trip to the UK!

He's right, I&#…

I come from a land Down Under…

Where women blow and men plunder, or even chunder!

Mr Wren was away last weekend with his new Bangkok work colleagues. It was the annual office team bonding event.

I had to smile in sympathy when @verybritishproblems tweeted their four-word horror stories: 
Team Building away day  Tell us about yourself  We’ve run out of milk! At this event, every new employee is invited, the sort of invitation you don’t refuse, to introduce themselves to the broader team of over 250 people, in an entertaining manner. 

My Wren failed the audition to join an existing group of newbies who clearly were going all out to make a great first impression. They politely told him he wouldn’t have the time to catch up as they’d been working on their performance for months. Which considering that most Thai’s will never say no to anything, was a gutsy move! 
So poor old Mr Wren was in a right flap. I was sensing he’d be more comfortable standing on stage announcing a 2017 50% reduction in bonus payments than doing his solo…