Dear Santa {free printable}

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  Our Friday activity in our Advent calendar was to write letters to Santa. I’d seen a few templates floating about, but of course, nothing is that simple for me, so Friday I sat down and spent some time in Photoshop to create one of my own. My biggest gripe with a lot of them was the focus on naughty vs nice, which isn’t something

Quilt Camp goodie bags

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  It was just past seven, when I kissed my babies goodbye, wished my dad-slash-babysitter good luck, and headed north through the still-misty countryside. A few hours and a coffee stop later, I was turning off the highway and into the edges of the National Park. This year, I was the first to arrive by around 45 minutes, which gave me a chance to snaffle

Another finish :: altered book {blogtoberfest day 7}

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Way back in April last year, AJ brought some Enid Blyton books to Camp Coochie to pass on to any of us who wanted them. I grabbed a couple because if there is one thing I love in my mixed media, it’s book pages, and the yellower and more well loved, the better! They sat on my shelf for a while, until a twitter friend

Where I Stand {this week} {blogtoberfest day 4}

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Week two of the school holidays, and the crafty side of things has been a bit quite, beyond a bit of crochet and some stamp carving. I also forgot to factor in a fifteen hour workday when I decided to do this whole “blog every day” thing! So day four and I’m a day behind already. But I will catch up this week. Things I’m

A Year of Snail Mail :: a Barefoot Challenge

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A while back, I came across a fabulous BuzzFeed list of “17 DIYs that will inspire you to send more letters” on Pinterest that I thought sounded like a bundle of fun. I had a few people agree with me on Twitter, and so I thought it might be fun to make a challenge out of it – which hopefully might also make us all accountable and

on decluttering, mojo and WIP busting

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The final frontier of my recent decluttering and clean-out was finishing up my studio. Yeah, that old chestnut. But enough was enough. Last week Car & I had a few craft-room-cleaning-sprints – we would catch up on Facebook, and then on the count of three, go our hardest for 15 solid minutes before reporting back. I found the first one, after 5 minutes I was

Where I Stand {this week}

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   this week I am: Sick of my family being sick. The latest bug doing the rounds has knocked my little people sideways – Boy2 and I are the only ones (so far) to not get it.  Loving Lino printing. Print and carve alllll the things.  Eating birthday cake in an attempt to get rid of it all before the next birthday hits  Running a

where I stand {this week}

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            This week has been a quiet one – two very sick little boys wanting their mama around has left me with very limited crafting time – or time for anything really. I have almost finished a cowl. I have started making notes for a potential market stall. I’ve started a design commission, and a lettering commission and almost finished my Christmas

on becoming minimalist (when you are a craft supplies hoarder)

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A month ago, we packed our bags, and spent four weeks living in a camper trailer. Not a caravan, but a tent on wheels. Storage was a delicately negotiated compromise. We had one bag each. A bag for towels. A reusable shopping bag for the kids toys. The same for my craft gear. As far as personal possessions go, you could add in my camera and

On organisation, road trip style 

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Next weekend, we will load our tribe of tiny people into the car, hitch up the camper trailer and point the car north, in pursuit of adventure and warmer climes. We will spend four weeks on the road, covering 8500km over 5 states. As you can imagine, there is more than a little bit of organisation and planning involved in getting us out the door