a barefoot guide to metal stamping

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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.

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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

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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 The Misselthwaite Archives having captured my attention on YouTube Рto the point I would

customised keyrings {commission}

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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

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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

Book to Art {round one}

Like many good ideas, it was one simple comment that got me hooked. A while back, a friend made a comment about a casual book to art project – we wold choose our own books, and our own project. The only criteria was we needed to have it done and posted by October 31. In the way my mind tends to go with these things,

Life. Project and otherwise

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  It has been one of those weeks. I’m merrily plodding away on cutting the rest of my Aviatrix quilt, ready to sew tomorrow. I have yet another dressup day for Bear that I need to sew for as well. In around all that, and the usual juggling that is life as a mum of four, Boy2 has ended up with a broken arm, so

minion 1 & minion 2 {blogtoberfest day 28}

When I shared my last Project Life update, I realised I hadn’t really shared much about the minion costumes I made for the boys. I’m one of those mums who love making costumes¬†(ohmygosh look how tiny my boys were!), even if I do have a wee tendency to procrastinate and then stress myself out and have a late night the night before to get them