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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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Soup. Tears. Tea. Gee. Me.

May 22, 2016
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You’re only as happy as your unhappiest child. Is that how the saying goes? I suppose it would be easy to assume that this mostly applies to toddlers who have unacceptable bumps in theirs socks or pre-schoolers who absolutely MUST have a bowl of ice cream as big as their head, but that’s just not the case. Even when your kids are grown-up (if that is even a thing) or nearly grown-up, the adage rings true. My kids are grown-up…

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Twelve things to read today. In case that’s helpful.

May 18, 2016
joan didion

A thing that’s happened to the internet is that there’s just too many things. If you are anything like me, there might be times when you want to tuck yourself away from it all and have someone tell you about just a few things that are interesting. Maybe if they could hammer and chisel them out on a stone tablet, so you could sit in the garden – far from the modern world – with your cardigan pulled around your shoulders…

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Finished! Del’s ‘Downton Snuggles’ Blanket

May 16, 2016
downton snuggles blanket

My friend’s baby son is called Del. Yep. He’s adorable and smart and he likes me a lot. This is why I like to make him things. If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I have been making Del a blanket. This is the second blanket I’ve made him. The first one was THIS one (the very last one in this post!) It’s a sort-of Mum AND baby blanket, designed for tandem snuggles, but a bit too big to…

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Twelve ways to feel BRIGHT as a BUTTON

May 13, 2016
cyndi lauper colour

I think that as the year settles in, in earnest, it’s easy to feel tired, lacklustre or even have an existential crisis. If that’s you, know that you’re in good company. Yep. With this in mind it seemed like a good time to think about the brightness and what makes us feel a bit more chirpy. Here’s a bunch of things I came up with to help get us all on the Chirp-Train. Twelve ways to feel BRIGHT as a…

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My friends have their own chocolate bars

May 12, 2016
molly and michelle at the boroughs

  My friends Molly and Michelle have their very own chocolate bars!!! Look at those words. Can you even believe it?! I found out about this marvellous turn of events at the launch of Care Packages last night. The launch party was at a really ace shop called The Boroughs (which, I must say, is brimful of things I want and is run by a gent called Alasdair – a gent I have not seen since I had a cafe…

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Good things in bowls (on Etsy)

May 11, 2016
kitten in bowl

  1. A very pricey-yet-chic bowl with a kitten in it : here 2. Little glass bowls avec succulent : here 3. This swanny one has sewing needs tucked away : here : (More of a planter, really!) 4. And that one has strawberries. Good idea: here 5. These guys have yarn in them: here I am going to go find a bowl with something nice in it now. It might even be spaghetti, if I am lucky.    …

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Get fluffy: Sometimes pompoms are just next-level

May 9, 2016
amazing pompoms by trikotri

  Holy smoke. As much as I love my pompoms-of-Fraggleness-and-heart-shaped-inclusive-ness, there is NO denying that THESE pompoms are actually the world’s best. They are the total greatest. Snaffle yourself a copy of this amazing pompom making book here. Or from here. (Or search online for ‘Cute Pompom Animals by Trikotri!) Then you can learn how to make these swoon-worthy, fluffy creatures too! You could also follow this amazingly rad pompom maker – Trikotri –  on Facebook and on Instagram (a total MUST-DO!) How great are these?! Gah!    …

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A thing you might want to be part of: The Olympus Vision Project

May 6, 2016
ingredients green kitchen bali

Around nine and half years ago, when I started blogging, I bought myself an Olympus camera. It was on sale at Officeworks for half price (it was the display model!) and was a huge investment at the time. I figured if I was going to be a proper blogger, I needed a proper camera. I think I was right! I embarked on a photo-taking, post-writing adventure that continues to this day. I bought myself another Olympus camera (a smaller one –…

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Blog Magic is here! Yippee!

May 5, 2016
blog magic wins

In ye olden days, when I started my blog, I wanted a way to create a kind of magazine of me and to document the things I loved, my life and the people who inspired me. Really, I wanted a non-digital magazine, all of my own, but I could see how digital was accessible to people everywhere, right-this-minute. It was also pretty much ready to go at the push of a button, with a little bit of tweaking from me.…

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Send Noods: Cold Sesame and Peanut Noodles

May 4, 2016
noodles for lunch

If you want to send me noods, this is the kind of thing I’m into. Just in case you need to know that. I love cold noodles of many kinds. These are the kind I made today. I am home alone (such a rarity!) and nobody else in my house really likes cold noodles the way I do. This meant that, weirdly, cold noodles were the first thing that came to mind when the last person shut the door today.…

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Guys! A dinner for every night of the week!

May 3, 2016
the woks of life wontons

  Gosh. I’m such a helpful lass, aren’t I? If you are as hungry as I am now that the weather is cooling down, you might need some new things to whip up in the kitchen. It’s okay because I am always thinking of you (and me) and I’ve spent the afternoon looking for good stuff for us to try in the coming cosy days. Tip One: Make twice as much so you have the very best lunch the next…

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Eight wantable things I found on Etsy this afternoon

May 2, 2016
etsy finds

Hello! How are things? I am good. I am cramming in as much craft as possible, between work-y things. This sometimes makes it hard to do bloggy things, but I am making a break for it RIGHT NOW. I’m ignoring the light-box that is begging me to switch it on and transfer some designs from paper to fabric (for embroidering later on.) The truth is, the light is failing and it’s MUCH better to embroider in good, bright day light.…

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15 cute, colourful things I can teach you to crochet

April 28, 2016
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There are lots of crochet how-tos tucked away on this here blog. I thought I would gather a few into a post, in case you feel like getting out the hook and making something woolly! They’re pretty simple to work up too. You just need to know a few basic stitches and then follow along. I think simple is best – that it’s colour choice and positioning that really make a project sing.     If you’d like to learn…

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Look & Win! ‘Care Packages’ by Michelle Mackintosh

April 27, 2016
michelle mackintosh care packages 2

Hardie Grant sent me a review copy of this lovely book… and Obus sent me the cute socks-up-top! Once upon a time I got very, very sick while I was away from home. It was a horrible experience and when I was finally back in my own bed, safe and sound, someone delivered me a little package of yummy and cute things to help me to get on the mend. It was so nice to get some special things, but…

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