wip wednesday :: yarn chicken edition

Once upon a time, I was a crafter who put more effort into collecting craft supplies than actually using said craft supplies. The downside was my craft room was bulging at the seams and begging for mercy. The upside is it made it really easy to start new projects on a whim. Then I became a finisher, and that generous […]

a weekend in the big smoke

When we very first started homeschooling, almost seven years ago now, one of the first things we agreed on was that if we were going to go ahead, we would need to actively look for, and travel to, educational opportunities for the children. Museums, galleries, workshops; we would work to expose the children to life outside the bubble of our […]

commonplace book :: how I plan my creative life

Some projects pop up in my mind, and all the planets align for me to dive straight in; I have the mojo, the time, the supplies or the ability to procure them in the immediate short term. Others percolate a bit. I might have the inspiration but not the mojo. I might be elbow deep in a different project. The […]

show time

Coming through the main entrance, and creeping down the driveway at a walking pace, the main thoroughfare of the Showgrounds was transformed. Normally a quiet, one lane road leading past the basketball sheds down to the archery range where Boy2 spends his Tuesday evenings; for the day it was a hive of activity. People moving around, calling out, setting up. […]

on the trolley :: March

In general, I consider myself a pretty unfocused crafter, forever bouncing from idea to idea to idea. When I decided to document monthly the changes in my active projects trolley, I expected to see radically different projects popping up in each round up. As I come to the end of February and start resetting my trolley for the month ahead, […]

on the cards :: February

February has been a mixed bag of life being so very lifeish. We’ve kicked off another year of school, and the teenagers are back into their work schedules. I’m trying to find a balance of teaching homeschool and keeping on top of the housework and squeezing in creative time and not losing my mind in the process. My card a […]

100 Days 2024

Every year, I say I’m going to do #the100daysproject. Every year, I get at least a week in. Most years, that’s as far as it goes. I think I’ve finished exactly twice. The infamous 2020 “pandemic breakdown but make it productive” major shift, and last year, technically, counts as a finish, even if that finish came about thanks to a […]

patty cake patty cake

I saw a meme, a while back, that being in your forties means the children within your friend group are either teens about to leave home, or babies & toddlers keeping. Either way, none of us are getting any sleep. I laughed, and promptly tagged a friend, whose tiny toddler is the bookend to my almost-grown Bear. Sixteen years, between […]

three “splurge” purchases I can’t live without

Once upon a time, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and hashtags on instagram worked, I had a fun little personal tag – #lookAJmoretools – documenting the myriad toys, tools and goodies I’ve collected along the way. As each new inspiration strike hit and dragged me into a new hyper fixation, my collection of bits and bobs grew. It became […]