Beetle turns one!!!

How on earth did that happen? It seems a mere moment ago I sat cradling a minutes old newborn, blinking his big blue eyes at me and trying to work out exactly how he got here when he was so nice and cozy, and yet suddenly, a year has passed, and those big blue eyes are full of mischief and laughter and love. At 1,

the world’s fanciest sticker book

It’s as predictable as the sun coming up. Five minutes after we walk out of dance class, the tears start. The sticker that was on her hand just a moment ago has disappeared. Not a worry, thinks I, we’ll make her a sticker book. A bit of patterned paper or some fabric scraps, some book board and some heavy printer paper and we’ll be done

The Aussie WIP Wednesday

Oh gee willikers, what is this I’ve pulled from the depths of the WIP pile? It’s been nice to be stitching away as a break from my Sea Breeze mini (which is getting closer!)   Last week, AJ shared this sweet memory quilt: Ms Midge was Kate Spain-ing: As was Amy:   ~~~ Have you been creating something this week? Link up with your WIP

tick tock

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The baby was asleep, the housework was as up-to-date as it ever seems to get, and so I made myself a cup of coffee, and steaming mug in hand. took a moment to check in on social media. It’s no huge secret, for those of you who have been here a while, that I am a huge fan of Pride & Prejudice, and The Lizzie

needlework essentials :: the wrap-up

  Wow – part FIVE of this series, marking a whole month of needlework posts! As you can probably tell, I am just having a wee bit of fun getting addicted to needlework again. It is just the right kind of project for the season my life is in at the minute, where crafting needs to take a backseat to busy mamahood. But I’ve also

needlework essentials :: thread minder

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{part three of five. See part one hereĀ and part two here} My mum was a bit of a cross-stitcher, back in the day. I’d watch, fascinated, as she’d open the kit, lay out the cloth and then the threads, before looping them through the piece of card that came in the kit, holes pre-punched and pre-labelled. Even then, it seemed a less than ideal way

needlework essentials :: needle minder

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As part of Esther’s grand campaign to convince us to join her in the OUAT Sampler, she added us to the official Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery group on Facebook. Aside from all the pretty stitching, there was lots of other inspiration, in the form of cute little needle minders that kept popping up. Seriously, how did I not know about these before? With most of my

Once Upon A Time

…there was a crafter with a knack for taking on monthly projects with her friends. In her kingdom, known throughout the land as the mighty and inviolable Craft Room, the monthly project was the one beast that she could not slay. With her fair maidens beside her (in a virtual kind of way, what with the maidens being spread over the countryside and far away),

one little page

I’ve blogged before about my One Little Word for 2014 – “make”. So far this year, I’ve found it to be a good fit for me. Something I’ve been wanting to do more of this year, is art journalling, but in between soaking up time with my little people over the holidays, and the rush of back to school, my time has been limited and

box it up

With a birthday coming up for a special someone who no longer lives near me, I have had half a mind on gift ideas, something cute and fun and a bit different. I was browsing Pinterest (surprised? No, I wasn’t either) a week or two back, when I came across this most fabulous idea and straight away pinned it to my gifts board. I managed