…on crafting – hobby, sanity, identity…

The past week on Threads, there was a QT trend going around. “Say I love you without saying those words”. Mine, clearly, would be to make something. It’s my go-to love language to express how much someone means to me. I craft to make things for people I love. I craft to keep my hands busy in down times. I […]

blogtober day 15 // Sunday snippets

At the beginning of *waves hands* all the everything, there was a lot of talk about The New Normal. it was really early on that we realised our 2019 selves were irrevocably changed, and whatever was to come, it would mark us forever. Other events in life create smaller, more personal, resets and recalibrations. Moving is one such event, and […]

blogtober day 14 // Saturday Stash

In hindsight, taking the teenager with me to buy supplies for a cricut project wasn’t my smartest move. He huffed and he puffed and he blew the attitude my way as he asked “how long, exactly, does it take to pick vinyl?” “I’m waiting on the board to help me decide which one,” I replied. Logical, I thought. Not to […]

blogtober day 13 // if they say jump

“If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you?” It’s such a classic mum line, isn’t it? We’ve all heard it from our own parents. Those of us in the trenches of teen parenting have likely said it a time or two. I know I have, even as I side-eye enablers one and two, and think to myself, “yeah, probably […]

blogtober day 11 // birthday season closed

And so, the voice inside my head that sounds suspiciously like Lady Whistledown, I do declare the 2023 season has come to a close. Birthday season is always a whirlwind. 4 birthdays in 5 weeks, plus our wedding anniversary, fathers day, a long weekend, and every year (lately anyway), there seems to be something big happening in between all that. […]

Blogtober day 10 // be prepared

Just like time is a heartless wench that refuses to slow down or stop passing, so too are my children determined to grow up regardless of my feelings on the matter. 2013 Me, exhausted and in the trenches of newborns and toddlers and kindergarteners, has a lot to answer for, having told myself “it will be easier once they are […]

blogtober day 9 // starting from scratch

The time has come, the walrus said, to speak of many things…like setting up my craft nook. Of course, there are many things to get done before that can happen. Actually moving into the house is one of those things. That’s the (semi) boring stuff though. Setting up beds, making beds, getting the fridge hooked up, all rather important things, […]

blgotober day 8 // Sunday snippets

One of the hardest things I’m finding, about Blogtober in the 2020s, is how every post comes with the pressure to mean something. It has to be a post that can be shared to Pinterest, or Insta, or somewhere other than here. As a craft blogger, it “should” include a project or a tip or a tutorial, something that “adds […]

blogtober day 6 // dib dib

Walking in from scouts each night, a voice rises up from the couch. “Dib dib”. “Dob dob,” comes the echo, from the small boy beside me. I don’t think dib dib dob dob has been the scout call and echo for a solid decade, but it doesn’t stop this crazy boy and his daddy using it as their post-scout greeting […]