…load me up buttercup…

Every few days, I need to just shut off from the world, and my preferred scrolling option is the instagram explore page. One such scroll lead to me to discover the concept of a “loaded tag”, and I was instantly hooked on the idea. I watched the IGTV video all the way to end – something I don’t normally do […]

…barefoot card of the week project…

Now my craft room is clean, and I found my mojo in the process, I’m uncovering lots of half completed and semi-forgotten projects, and starting to get moving on them again. One project that falls into this category started life, surprising exactly no-one, as a challenge. The idea was that a few of us would play along, and create a […]

my first mixed media class

Following on from a one-on-one mixed media lesson I did a while back, a couple of weeks back, I taught my very first mixed media class. Leading up to it, I was a mess of nerves and excitement, and now it’s done, it was so much fun, and I can’t wait for the next one in November!   Normally I […]

Oh my darling

I saw it once, on Facebook at first, I think, and I loved it. As a mama of four small people, it seemed a mantra to live by, to lift them up and send them skyward when they are crippled by self doubt. Then it came up again and again, on Pinterest, and Facebook again. It continued to resonate. I […]

getting scheduled.

The soccer games played and watched, the line up from the carpark to the gate navigated successfully, we arrive home with three energetic small people and a grumpy tired baby. Lunch for them, bed for the other, and the afternoon opened up before me, and the studio beckoned. I spent a delightful hour painting and layering and painting and stamping […]

you’ll never know dear…

In the week before Camp Coochie, Car made the critical error of throwing open an offer to bring some of her art journalling stuff that we might want to try. I believe there may have been a comment about needing to check the weight limit for the barge. With all these lovely toys coming and being at my disposal, I […]

Camp Coochie :: the wrap-up

Last week, I spoke a bit about going away with some of my crafty friends. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’d know the excitement level was high. And by high, I mean stratospheric. Two whole days with nothing to do but hang out with my girls and make pretty things. So I was almost jumping out of […]

needlework essentials :: thread minder

{part three of five. See part one hereĀ and part two here} My mum was a bit of a cross-stitcher, back in the day. I’d watch, fascinated, as she’d open the kit, lay out the cloth and then the threads, before looping them through the piece of card that came in the kit, holes pre-punched and pre-labelled. Even then, it seemed […]

WIP Wednesday :: a muddle of projects

Sometimes I think I over-estimate how much time I really have on preschool days. Today, for example, on top of housewifing and baby playing, my list includes finishing my project for tomorrow’s blog post (apaprently I work well to deadlines?), a project for Saturday’s And Sew We Craft post, Project Life catchup, costume making for Boy2’s dress-up day tomorrow (did […]

needlework essentials :: needle minder

As part of Esther’s grand campaign to convince us to join her in the OUAT Sampler, she added us to the official Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery group on Facebook. Aside from all the pretty stitching, there was lots of other inspiration, in the form of cute little needle minders that kept popping up. Seriously, how did I not know about these […]