CULTIVATE :: the year that was

One of my favourite ways to spend New Years Eve, is to revisit two posts – the one I wrote on this day last year, and the one following it, where I share my word for the year to come and what it means to me. As I came into 2023, with my word CULTIVATE, I had big plans. I […]

but why…

“Why do you do these things to yourself?” I was asked last week, when I was an an event where I mentioned I’d forgotten to bring a project and I was rather annoyed by that since I had a million and one advent projects on the hop. At first I laughed it off. “Do you even know me?”, because this […]

album update //week three

It’s normally the week three mark I find myself coming undone a bit with December Daily. There’s so much going on and it’s one of the easiest projects to drop. This year, though, I seem to be staying on top of it. Kind of. I think the key difference is having established early on that I made the decision to […]

the week that was

How is it Sunday already? This past week has passed in a blur of parties and road trips and Christmas prep, and despite being on the go constantly, I feel like I’ve gotten nowhere fast! Our advent activities have been a bit hit and miss, but we’re working hard to find the magic in even the smallest slivers of time […]

this week on the craft table

The silly season is really ramping up, and it’s really starting to test my commitment to my plethora of festive crafty fun. I’m still here and poking along though, so let’s have a quick weekend whip around and take a look at the state of play on Advent Sunday Three! Quiltmas: The 12 patterns have all been released now, so […]

nailed it

Butterfly and her bestie are obsessed with a show on Netflix called Nailed It. The premise of the show is three amateurs (who may or may not have baking experience), are given a cake to replicate in a set timeframe. It is the epitome of the Pinterest “nailed it” meme in real time, and never fails to have two tweenagers […]

hanging out

For the last two years, the infamous 5-centimetre-that-are-really-5-inch gnomes have consumed my Christmas crafting. I finally managed to get them finished in January of this year, and then they were tucked away safely in the container until the move was done. In perfect timing, a month into unpacking, my framer was offering a 40% off sale on in stock frames […]

what a mystery

For the first time since we first put out a pair of tiny toddler booties on the night of December 5th, 2007, awaiting a magical visit from St Nicholas; I wasn’t home to remind everyone to put their shoes out, and to track the progress of St Nick and his bag of goodies. The children and I were in Sydney, […]

album update // week two

Two weeks in, and my December Daily album remains up to date (partly thanks to a li’l sprint this morning to tidy up a few missed pages, but still, up to date is up to date). In my last update, I mentioned not love the Kraft base, and was considering a switch to a white base. That’s exactly what I […]

this week on the craft table

It was barely light at 5.30 this morning as I flicked the kettle on and started emptying the fridge while waiting for not one but two cups of coffee to brew – one to turn the braincells on, one for the road. The braincell cup was consumed in between hustling children from their beds, checking drawers, and packing the last […]