…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

…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

…project life DIY cards…

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Oh, my poor neglected Project Life albums… I started with a bang in 2015, but by mid year, I wasn’t loving my core kit, and the Studio Calico subscription I has was getting thinner, and more seasonal (and thus, being on the opposite end of the world to America, less useful. It doesn’t snow here, especially in February, and what’s the obsession with pumpkin spice

…this week…

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Ah, what a week. We’ve been on school break and it was an absolute delight! Ten things from this week: Reading- The Last Time They Met, but I’m struggling to get a rhythm with it Watching- the kids play with our new puppy Listening to- The Secret Daughter seasonnone soundtrack (and wishlisting season two) Creating- an attitude of gratitude with a few of the thankfulness

…hand stitched travelers notebook…

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As part of my continued effort in revamping my morning routine, I have started writing “morning pages” as a brain dump and a way to get my head in the game. And then I started a 30 day slow childhood challenge that had journaling prompts, so that required another notebook. With my basket suddenly¬† filling up with notebooks, I decided a storage solution was in