…mini Christmas embroideries :: advent blogalong day 18…

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All the way back in December of last year, the children and I had a play with easy fabric dying. Small squares of Aida, soaked in tea and then left to dry, were supposed to become cute little stitcheries. Except we were late in the day getting them dyed, and then by the time they dried, the kids had moved on to other things and

…Christmas Craftapalozza  :: advent blogalong day 17…

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If you’ve been around my Instagram lately, you’ll have seen it’s kind of Christmas Craft Central at our place at the minute. We are busy making and reading and playing our way to a merry merry Christmas, and it’s all kinds of wonderful. I’ve been working a heap, so I’m trying to offset that with plenty of quality time when I am around the smalls.

…goodie gumdrops journal cover :: advent blogalong day8…

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Way back at quilt camp, my partners in crafty crime tried to talk me into playing along for a course they were doing, called Goodie Goodie Gumdrops. I actually managed to imitate a reasonable human being’s level of logic, and politely declined, knowing that taking on a project of this magnitude would be all but impossible at this time of year, being the busiest part

…home-made pom-poms :: advent blogalong day5…

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When I was creating our advent list, I tried to create a mix of stuff I knew they liked, stuff that was new and required a new skill, and stuff that was new and was easy to pick up for a quick afternoon chill out. One of the activities that fell into the third category, was pompom making. I had green yarn in my stash,

…DIY advent activity calendar – advent blogalong day two…

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For the last two years, we have used an advent calendar that I made for Christmas 2015. Last year I was working a heap and Christmas snuck up on me and I’d forgotten to update the dates/activities so we ended up winging it a lot, which isn’t really ideal. This year I decided to mix things up a bit and I covered an old box

…make all the things challenge – metal…

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  A few weeks back, our community college advertised a workshop with a local silversmith, to make our own silver ring. If you’ve been around here for any length of time, the only think I like better than starting a new project, is learning a new craft! So I jumped on the chance, and had a lovely couple of evenings working away. We used jewellers

…on my bookshelf {november} …

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With the end of the year coming up quickly, I’m in a race against time to complete my 2017 Goodreads challenge. My goal was 52 books in the year, and my tally currently sits at 31. 6 weeks until the end of the year. 21 books to read. That’s 3.5 books a week, which is totally doable…if I didn’t have four children, homeschool lessons, oh,

…this week…

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This week has felt more peaceful – the printer is still being painful, sadly, but too much fun stuff has been happening to let it bring me down! We’ve had a productive week of school, there’s been plenty of crafty goodness, and to top it off, we got some glorious rain yesterday that made for a lovely afternoon working on my quilt! My top ten

…31 minutes for 31 days wrap up…

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Along with 31 days of blogging (which I almost managed), in October I tried to include 31 minutes of personal just-for-fun crafting into my day. Like Blogtoberfest, I almost managed it, and I’m ok with where I missed out. The big week where everything fell apart was the week before quilt camp, but besides those four or so days, most days I managed something. I finished

…this week…

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Another week done! It’s been equal parts magic and frustrating, with my computer refusing to talk to my printer and quite a backlog of things needing printing for both homeschool and my EssentiallyBarefoot business. Technology, hey? But it’s easy to get caught up in that sucky spiral, so I’m learning to walk away when it first plays up, and my stress levels drop by a