One + Four = Life

One + Four = Life

June 28, 2016
one plus four equals our life

It’s been a while since I had a stab at One + Four = Life. The idea is that you take one week and four photos and this mash-up might just tell a story about what’s going on around here. Let’s give it a whirl and see how we go?     One: Granny Squares I decided to make some very, very, very bright granny squares. Not sure what/who they are destined for, but I love seeing how random colours…

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Make THIS: Finger knit a Snug Life rug

June 23, 2016
meet me at mikes snug life bedside rug

:: This project is sponsored by Spotlight ::    Hello! You know, the moment after your feet leave your slippers, but pre-under-blanket snuggle is an important one. Hence, I’ve hatched this easy-to-make bedside rug! Not only does it take just a few hours in front of Outlander/Game of Thrones to complete, it a welcome home for tootsies at the snoozier end of the day. Also… when you get up in the morning, and your feet hit the floor, they will really…

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Behold! The Sallyfieldathon!

June 22, 2016
sally field

I’m doing a new and special thing called The Sallyfieldathon. As you can well imagine, this involves watching television shows and movies that feature Sally Field. I have loved Sally Field very deeply since I was a little girl eating baked bean jaffles on a TV tray in front of The Flying Nun. My grown-up quest – The Sallyfieldathon – began a while ago, with the box set of Gidget. After that, it moved on to the entire series of Brothers…

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Monsieur Mayonnaise

June 19, 2016
mirka and philippe

I am really looking forward to seeing this film! I don’t know a huge amount about it, but what I did find out is this: It’s the brainchild of Philippe Mora – artist, filmmaker and son to Mirka and George Mora – and seems to scoop up a whole bunch of cloak and dagger resistance rollicking, French icons and beautiful art.  It’s due to premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival and cinema release is some time in August. You can watch…

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Winter hats for pompom lovers…

June 15, 2016
pompomgirls

You know, the bigger the pompom, the closer to God*? Right?! I am sure Dolly Parton WOULD have said that, had she discovered a crochet hook before she stumbled upon hairspray… Hooks and hair aside, here’s a bunch of delightful head cosies for those of us who not only have cold ears, but also feel the need to put our best pom forward. Honestly, I can think of nothing better than festooning my head with one of these delightful specimens.…

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Things to worry about

June 13, 2016
judith kerr the tiger who came to tea

Okay. I admit it. I am a worrier. I can’t help it. Worry me. I also battle with anxiety on an almost daily basis. It’s a whooshing, chemical thing. An unsettling friend. Sigh. Perhaps worry is the dark side of imagination and creativity? Maybe all those good ideas and meandering mind wanderings HAVE to stray into overthinking, what-if, holy sh*t, yikes territory? Maybe it’s just part of the deal? Anxiety, on the other hand, is pretty much devoid of redeeming qualities…

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Taking Stock: June

June 10, 2016
Screen Shot 2016-06-10 at 9.48.00 am

Oh hello! It’s been a little while since I did ‘Taking Stock’, but I know lots of people have been merrily doing it all over the internet. I think it’s really cool that a simple little exercise can slow things down and tell us a lot about where we are and who we are. It’s neat-o! I’ve added some fresh things to the list this month, so maybe you want to play along too (with the lure of the new?!) Here’s…

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Tock! Tick! Bon Chic!

June 9, 2016
bon chic amaringo watches

Hello Peaches. Guess what? My friends Michelle and Steve came back from Tokyo with a few little treats for me. So lucky, right?  The treats reminded me of the times, back in 2006 and 2007 when craft bloggers were some of the most prolific bloggers in Australia (there were hardly any food and fitness bloggers!) and how enamoured and influenced we all were with/by the Japanese craft aesthetic. We’d all pore over Japanese craft books and scour eBay and Etsy for new…

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16 wee gems for the Outlander tragic

June 8, 2016
outlander

(Does not contain spoilers!!) If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that I am a bit obsessed with Outlander. Of course, I am not the only one. The mere mention of the books or TV series and people flock to discuss tartan and castles and lochs and duels and boobs and red coats like it’s nobody’s business. Not only that, but they want to talk book vs TV. They want to discuss the merits of Season 1’s setting and…

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The life-changing magic of cluttering up

June 6, 2016
clutter

I was reading an article yesterday that suggested it’s great for kids to grow up surrounded by books for a few different reasons. Piles of books. Books ahoy. Books for all. Hooray! It made me feel happy and cosy. It makes perfect sense. Take me, for instance. I grew up surrounded by books. I am still a bit of a lunatic at times, let’s be honest, but books have been the one constant in my life. Books showed me how much I didn’t know…

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Ultra-great frock alert

June 3, 2016
ultra great dress

  I found these ace dresses on Etsy and I like them a lot. Really, nothing beats a dress in the look-put-together department, don’t you think? A nice dress means you just have to whack on some tights and cute shoes and you are good to go. (And undies, of course, if you so choose… I choose.) These frocks are by OffOn and are made in their studio in Lithuania. I’m definitely going to buy one in the very near future.…

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Things to read on the bus

June 2, 2016
winona

  Today I was going to write a totally emo post about how hard it is to be a writer, maker and a blogger in Australia. But I decided that would be interesting to ZERO people and that was probably best written in my diary and hidden under my bed. So INSTEAD I thought I would tell you about a few ace things I’ve seen around the traps lately, in case they seem interesting to you too. That’s WAY better than emo ramblings…

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MOOD? Blanket-y.

June 1, 2016
ohhio by anna mo

  Brr. Last night I went out for dinner and when I was walking to the tram, on my way home the night air was so, so cold. Each time I took a breath it made me cough. It must have been 4 degrees, I swear! THEN, when I was on the tram, the dip my friend gave me leaked all over my shopping bag and the crackers she gave me and the cheese she gave me too. Everything covered…

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Running away from home?

May 26, 2016
bantam suitcase one

From top: one : two : three These bloom-festooned weekender mini suitcases are made by Bantamware. They hail from the 60s and are just the best!  I bought one a few years ago as a prop for a book and I still, to this day, feel extra chipper when I clap eyes on it. I kind of wish I had a couple more so I could make a satisfying little stack… You know, talking of stacks, I used to get a bit obsessed…

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Budgerigasp! Pete Cromer’s beautiful budgies

May 25, 2016
pete comers budgerigars

When I spotted (genius) Pete Cromer’s sherbet-sprinkled budgies on Instagram I was overcome with pastel pangs. These budgies aren’t the kind to wildly fling seed around your kitchen. They will not wake you with their joyful morning trills. They most certainly don’t need to grind their little beaks against those scratchy ovals of cuttlefish you find on the beach. And they definitely won’t learn and repeat the rude words you utter as you’re trying to lower your eggs into the poaching water without the…

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10 ways to help a friend when they are sad or struggling

May 24, 2016
my bed

Everyone has crappy stuff they have to go through. It’s just the lottery of life. The luggage of life, even. Here’s some concrete ideas on how you can help a sad pal, in case you are feeling a bit hand-wring-y and unsure of the best approach… 1. Listen and don’t advise Oh this is so hard, right? But really, it’s the best way. Struggling pal may be sad, but she’s a grown up and needs to come to her own…

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