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:: The One Where Your Book Comes Out And Your Realise You’ve Been Holding Your Breath For A Few Months

  “Do you ever have those days where your heart just feels glow-y and warm because you have good people in your life and a supportive bunch behind you (even people you have never met?!) I’m having one of those super-feels days. Thanks so much for helping me with stuff, guys.”  – Actual update from my Facebook today   Do you know what? I have been feeling a bit freaked out because my book was coming out. I’ve been feeling panicked, in fact. It’s like some sneaky, quite serious and in fact, debilitating book-related anxiety snuck its way into most

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:: Giveaway & Taking Stock With Michelle Crawford

  Hello. Hi. Are you well? I am well thanks. Did you know my book came out on Wednesday? It did! I’ve been so busy doing a workshop and some radio (listen to a radio slot here) and interviews. It’s been heaps of fun and I am excited that my book will be in bookshops now. People get to buy it and snuggle down and read it. I read it again last night and I enjoyed it a lot (!) Of course, some other favourite people I know have released books recently too. Michelle Mackintosh set her Snail Mail free.

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:: I’m Doing Some Events!

I’m doing a few fun things that you might want to tag along to (or listen to!) Feel free to ignore me though. I know that some people are only here for the crochet… In Real Life Events Pompom and Wine – Readings Books St Kilda Store, VIC – Wednesday 22nd April 6pm – book here Snacks and Chats – Lilo Cafe (hosted by Page8 Mornington) Mornington, VIC – Wednesday 6th May 7pm – book here Craft & Chats – Brisbane Library (thanks to BrisStyle & Brown Owls) – Sunday 14th June 11.30am – details soon (or call the library)

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:: One + Four = Life : Pad Thai, Boots, Books & Gigs

one : A Table In The Orchard by Michelle Crawford, tea and beads (and my book!) two : My favourite boots. Bought from Vintage Sole on my street three : My house looking tidier than usual (and Homeland) four : Pad Thai Geesh. I have had such a big week. My eyes are popping out and I must admit I had a tiny meltdown this morning, feeling the weight of it all. It’s okay though. I am fine now. Sometimes you just need to release that valve and things make more sense. A hot bath with lavender oil can help

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:: 52 Hellos : Week 15

  What better way to spend a Sunday than reading letters from interesting people? How about reading letters from interesting people and drinking tea and listening to Sarah Blasko?! Yes. That’s what I am doing right now. Here are this weeks’ hellos. Thanks so much to their senders. It’s so lovely to receive a letter. Thanks for sending me these!   Woah. A Museologist? I didn’t even know how to spell that until today. To be honest, I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Museologist noun 1. the systematic study of the organization, management, and function of a museum.

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:: Craft For The Soul : A Peek At Some Bits Of My Book (& The Book Shoot!)

  Above are some pics from our shoot. Now that the book is nearly out, I can spill some of the beans. It was just one day, but it was super busy! Julie Renouf was the photographer (she is ace – as was her assistant!) and Michelle Mackintosh came along to style the book as a super special guest. We also had Team Penguin (including my publisher Kirsten Abbott) on board, of course! And Cam & me. Mais oui! We also had a very important visit from Katie with her cute-as-a-button baby and her gorgeous puppy (both pop up in

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:: Taking Stock : April

  It’s time for a little bit of a think-tank-de-moi! A chance to stop, have a cup of tea and work out what is happening in my life, right now. Without further ado, I’m going to do the Take Stock thing. Here’s what’s going on… Making : three different blankets. Oh my gosh. What am I like? Cooking : Family Feast – on Sunday night we had this and it was yummy (we also had meringues!) Drinking : tea and the occasional glass of wine (go figure!) Reading: lots of blogs. Like heaps. Wanting: to not have a stomach ache

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:: One + Four = Life : Crochet, Eggy Things & Books

one: a peek at my new book Craft For The Soul two: progress on my #100DayProject three: still an abundance of Easter eggs floating around my place four: egg cups – found at the Abbotsford Salvation Army   Do you know what I have realised? I really don’t take that many photos! I think when you are constantly publishing online, as a blogger or a writer or whatever, you tend to either take A LOT of photos of everything, second-nature like OR you go in the other direction and keep your candid, personal moments just that. I am in the

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:: 52 Hellos : Week 14

Hello peaches! How are you? I am stopping in with an early dose of #52hellos for your Sunday morning! Okay. I WAS meant to post this yesterday, but I was so merrily doing offline things, that I didn’t. No matter. I’m here right now. That’s what matters, right? Sometimes life gets in the way and you need to make the most of those days, I think! This week it’s all about Shani’s hello. If you aren’t familiar with Shani, you can pop over here to find out more about her. She’s a sweet, talented, lovely person. You definitely need to

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:: Binge or Graze? 12 Things You Might Like To Watch (Re-watch?) On TV

  Let’s face it, with the cooler weather starting to settle in, the season of binge watching is upon us. Here’s where I do a little leap of excitement. I love watching telly. I really do. At the moment, however, my viewing is more of a graze. In fact I (usually) only watch a couple of episodes a day, just to keep myself nice.  So virtuous, no?! Don’t get me wrong, I still like to immerse myself pretty fully in the show I am watching, and I’m only occasionally cheating with another program to mix things up. I’m just finding this slowed down

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:: Comfort Food. Ten Percent Delicious.

  I was reading this article on Monday. It was all about comfort food. As I sat in the comfort of my lounge room, sipping a large cup of (comforting) tea and absently smoothing the discarded foil wrap of my (comforting) Easter egg, I got to thinking about what comfort food means to me. The article said that comfort food was more about attachments or connections than calories, that we are comforted by the links various foods have to people and places, rather than simply the taste or carb-laden #faileo ranking. I’m inclined to agree. For me, comfort food is

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:: The 100 Day Project

The magazine The Great Discontent have started an ace thing called The 100 Day Project (beginning today!) I love projects. I love days. This sounds like the perfect thing for me. Perhaps you feel the same?! I’m going to do 100 days of crochet. I know. It’s gobsmackingly unpredictable of me, right?! Well. No. Not really. The thing is, I am really busting through the crochet projects so far this year, and I want to keep up the momentum. 100 days seems like a great way to do that. I’ve decided that on the days that I am a bit sore

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:: One + Four = Life : The Easter Edition

one: patchwork pieces two: floor/cushions/blanket three: scheduling & Easter-y fun bits four: reading materials How quickly the week flies by. Luckily it’s Easter – my very favourite holiday of the year. No pressure to buy all the things or cook amazingly huge feasts or take big blocks of time off work (hello tight budget!) Instead it’s chocolate and buns and crafty times and comfort food and lunches out and walks and reading and hot baths and cosy days. ALL my favourite kinds of things. Yesterday we wandered into the city for lunch at Grand BBQ, some book shopping (see above)

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