on blog planning & pretty books

blog planner featured

My mojo goes in fits & spurts. Sometimes I just can’t find a groove in anything, and I have nothing to share. Or I have been working on the same thing and if I’m sick of seeing my ripple blanket every day then I’m pretty sure no-one else wants to see it constantly either. Then there’s times like now, where my ideas are like a

the handmade book {book review}

book featured april

Do you ever see a book so pretty, you want to take it home & just stare at it? This book is one of those. Sneaking down the “grown-ups” end of the library after storytime, I found my attention snagged by the spine of “the handmade book*” by Angela James. I’ve dabbled here & there in book binding (you can see the book I made

be present

be present

Hello school holidays! There will be playdates, there will be roadtrips, there will be craft & stories & moments of everyday magic. I love these precious two weeks when I have all my chickens in the nest (even if it means having Bear hanging over my shoulder pointing out my typos as I blog! At least I’ll know it’s pre-edited, right?). The days are rushing

a barefoot guide to metal stamping

metal stamping featured

Part of where I want to take the blog this year, includes sharing more tutorials. Sometimes they will be for a finished project, sometimes they will be just a technique, sometimes just a little hint or tip I’ve picked up along the way. Last week, I shared a tutorial of the “finished project variety” over at And Sew We Craft – a new keychain I’ve

on breaking a habit.

fidget toy featured

In the early days, I’d stand over her cot, watching. A bed full of pink blankets and pink onesies and pink swaddling and tiny little pink face, peaceful as she slept. Her brothers rowdy and bouncing just outside the door, and with just a finger to my lips, they would tip toe in, and creep up beside me. Propping one on each hip, I would

Story Time Sampler :: The Secret Garden

story time sampler featured

Ever since I was a small girl, I have been enchanted by The Secret Garden* (or on Kindle*). So I let out a little squeal when I realised it was the block for February. Even better was I was not long down the rabbit hole that is a new webseries, with┬áThe Misselthwaite Archives having captured my attention on YouTube – to the point I would

customised keyrings {commission}

LWD-8125-001

A month or two before Christmas last year, I got a text. “Hello, my wonderful, lovely, crafty, clever friend…” (or words to that effect), it started, and I giggled as I knew what was coming. A little photo and some more sucking up, followed by a request – could I make two personalised keyrings, and how much? We-he-hell… a new project, and I’m going to

tell me a story

LWD-9340-001

A few months back, as a subscriber to the 2014 Once Upon A Time sampler, I got to take part in the survey for the theme of the 2015 sampler. There were a few cute options, but as soon as I saw literature, I knew exactly what I was voting for. And then when the 2015 sampler was revealed to be, in fact, a literary

Quilt Camp 2014

  It seems the trick to getting away to quilt camp on time, is to not take the baby with you. Just 15 minutes after when I had planned to leave, I was on the road, fuelled by coffee & excitement & very little sleep. Not only did I have to pack my bags (yes, plural), and pack for the children who were spending the

accio costume

ANOTHER dress up post, I hear you ask? Yes, indeed! This was actually the first dress-up Bear had, again as part of his cultural studies unit at school. This year, they were asked to dress-up for Halloween, and went trick-or-treating around the other year two classes. Luckily for me, I had wizards robes on hand, from last year’s Halloween concert for his drama school. The