…oh starry night…

Two Christmases ago, I started cross stitching vignettes from Deck The Halls by Satsuma Street. Vignette one saw me through bushfires and packing and moving. Vignette two saw me through the first pandemic lockdown/stay at home orders. Vignette three was a 2021 school table stitching, when I was at a loss for a project. Vignettes four and five have since […]

…sunday snippets…

What a week. I feel like I start every Sunday post like that lately. Thankfully, it’s the downhill un to Christmas now – this was our final weekend of crazy busy, next weekend we have a chill weekend at home, and then it’s Christmas weekend! I’ve been out photographing a wedding, the rest of the family disappeared to the coast, […]

…roaring 20s…

After a two year hiatus, it has been an absolute joy this week to be back in the whirl of drama productions. The pinball whirl that is final rehearsals, keeping costumes clean, pressed & all together, running home and racing through hair styling, using half a can of hair spray to transform a grungy 2020s covid-era teen into a slick, […]

…peas in a pod…

There’s something quite fabulous, about seeing a long-percolating project come to life. Even better when you rope your crafty offsider into it, and along the way, not only do you create something cool, but it also brings moments both unexpected and magical. I think that’s the best way to sum up our podcasting adventure – unexpected, and magical. An on-a-whim […]

…deck ya bum with Christmas undies…

Sometimes, the funnest projects can come out of abject failure. Part of being a crafter is knowing not everything will turn out as planned, and you have to lean in to the pivot. At the minute, I’m knee deep in prepping a 12 Days calendar for the Minister, and trying to come up with 12 items that are small and […]

…WIP Wednesday – Jingle Gnomes…

It seemed like such a great idea at the time. “We should do a 12 Gnomes of Christmas”, goes out the call. Because I’m a sucker for anything a) challenge related and b) Christmas related, and because I was in ned of a new handwork project, I was head first down the Etsy rabbit hole and had patterns in my […]

…on dabbling….

It’s been a long held motto of mine, that focus is overrated. a quick scroll through my instagram, or my blog archives will show how very much I go by that. I might drop into short lived hyper focus (see: my 2021 obsession with sewing my own clothes), but to present a long term, cohesive body of work? Not a […]

…simply social wrap up…

It’s always nerve-wracking, putting something of yourself out in the world. This blog? Doesn’t worry me. After almost 14 years of writing and sharing in this space, it feels like an old friend. Instagram? Likewise. But to go that next step, oh man, I get so so nervous. The podcast was hard one to launch. Another was my Crafty Monkies […]

…sunday snippets…

What. A. Week. It’s been go go go for the first week of summer school, and man, am I behind on allllll the things. On top of running the children around to end of year parties and drama recitals, I’ve had my first Crafty Monkies class, and wrapped up season one of the podcast. Just to really spice up an […]

…mama made Christmas…

It is a long standing tradition around here, that I make the children a Christmas themed outfit.It’s such fun sourcing the fabric and narrowing down what the children would like me to sew them, and getting stuck into getting them made up. It is never far from my mind, though, that the days of getting all four children in matching […]