…31 minutes update…


31 minutes a day, sounds pretty easy, right? A week into the month and I’m all over this challenge! And getting so much done! I’m really enjoying carving out a slice of time during the day (or evening) just for my own fun – especially now we are homeschooling, and mama-centric time is at an all-time premium! I’ve actually become very protective over it, and

…queen bee dori…


Back in February, I was travelling constantly for my essential oil business. Every weekend I was in Melbourne or Brisbane or at the coast, and in between times, I had three trips to the big smoke for Boy2 as we underwent some testing relating to a reasonably new diagnosis of some learning difficulties (dyslexia, plus some other bits and pieces). I was also trying to

…#my FINISHED selfiescrapbook


Oh man, I am so excited! This little project I started in early 2015. I worked on it in October 2015 for the 31 minutes challenge. Then, half finished, I tucked it away, until this week…and today? TODAY I FINISHED! I am thrilled with how it turned out. It’s a tiny 4″ book that I made myself (and want to make 500 more), and the

…adventures in homeschooling….


I’ve mentioned a couple of times in recent posts, that we have started homeschooling our children. I have also shared a bit of our journey over on instagram via my #thebarefoothomeschoolers hashtag.   We are three months in, and it is honestly the best decision. The children are thriving. We are all calmer. The pure desire to learn STUFF is such a delight. The flexibility

…improv stash busting quilt…


Once upon a time, I signed up for a block of the month quilt club. Just shy of four years after the club wrapped up, I finally finished the quilt top (don’t talk to me about the actual finishing of it…). As we all worked through our blocks, we regularly commented on how generous the fabric cuts in the packs were, with multiple mentions of

…making morning time easy…


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that this particular crafter in possession of a warm bed, must be in want of a snooze button…   I am not the world’s most pleasant morning person. The alarm goes off, and my brain slowly kicks into gear, and I lie there mentally moaning for a good twenty minutes, trying to psych myself up to get out of

…on selfish creativity…


I was cruising instagram yesterday, and posts started popping up about the #31minutesfor31days challenge that @kellie.winnell runs each October. The basic idea is to spend 31 minutes every day for the next 31 days, working on a project. Last time I attempted this, I worked on minibooks that needed finishing (spoiler alert – I didn’t finish). Between my newly rediscovered mojo, and my Blogtober goals,

…blogtober 2017…


Back in 2012 and also 2014, I completed Blogtoberfest (plus a partial attempt in 2015), and it was such fun. Posting daily, meeting new bloggy friends, getting immersed in the community. As far as I can find on google, there isn’t an official Blogtoberfest this year, but that’s not going to stop me!! For the next 31 days, I aim to post at least once

…adventures in WIP busting…


With a new burst of creative energy, comes an assessment of the rather terrible looking WIP list. There’s the 2014 & 2015 Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery block-of-the-month cross stitches. The 2012 Fat Quater Shop block-of-the-month quilt. (I’m sensing a theme here). The rainbow wave. A pair of socks. A cowl that I have now frogged. Project Life 2015 album. 2016 memory keeping in its entirety. 2017,

…what’s old is new again…

make all the things

After a full year away from this space, what brought me back? To tell you the truth, I wasn’t sure I would come back. The longer the time passed, the harder it felt to just start. Life since my last post in September last year was insane. A 6 week stint working a whole lot on my photography business. Then school holidays, then came four