…2 ingredient peppermint bark :: advent blogalong day12…

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It’s that time of year, where there are parties everywhere and 90% of them are “bring a plate”. This morning was our playgroup Christmas party, and chatting to the main co-ordinator last week, we wanted to do something super fun. We had a water table booked from the toy library, and T had an awesome craft lined up, so I offered to make peppermint bark

…DIY Lego advent calendar :: advent blogalong day3…

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A few weeks back, a friend tagged me on facebook to share a video for an epic Lego advent calender. I was already well into planning our activity advent calendar, but this idea was too cool to pass up. Simple solution? Add it in as an activity! Being a daily calendar as well, it seemed a bit strange to leave it up to chance as

…handmade watercolour paint :: advent blogalong day11…

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A week or two ago, I started following a lovely account on instagram by the name of @redwoodwillow, featuring their handmade watercolour paints, made using honey and glycerin. I admired, and it crossed my mind briefly that I should file that under “things I want to learn one day”. Then, within a few days of this, a message from the usual suspect came through. “Would

…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 minutesĀ 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

…blogtober wrap up…

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  Oh October, what a month you were! I ended up missing a week or so of my blog-every-day goal, after my computer died and mucked up my rhythm and my to-do list. BUT it was fun, nonetheless. It was lovely to be back in this space like the good old days. It’s given me momentum to keep up with twice weekly postings, and I