Craft For The Soul Creativity giveaway

Best-Friend-In-A-Book! Craft For The Soul Giveaway


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Okay… Yes. I did send my book to Taylor Swift. I have had no word back about whether she likes it, but in a story that I have made up in my head, her assistants are reading it while they eat pink M&Ms and pat kittens. Seems legit, right?

My book is called Craft For The Soul. It’s a practical guide to everyday creativity (with craft projects and recipes thrown in for good measure.) It’s pretty much like a best friend in a book. I love it so much and am really proud of every single page.

Making things and having a creative approach to life are things that come naturally to me. I grew up in a crafty, messy family and there were always project on the go, scattered about the place.

As an adult I am just the same. I have lots of things on the go and creativity is still a high priority for me. I know just what makes me tick, stay inspired and happy. And I know the things that aren’t conducive to a happy, creative life.

My book is about all those things as well as: the joy of not being perfect, how to come up with ideas, how to move past dark days and tricky family dynamics, the importance of taking walks, how to slow down, how to work out who you really are (truly!) and where to gather inspiration. As mentioned there are also some really delicious recipes AND craft projects tucked away inside, as well as odes to friendship and fun. It has lots of lists, too. Phew.

Craft For The Soul is a book for people who love creativity, making things, lists, nice times and food! If this sounds good to you, you can buy my book here.

OR you can enter my competition and WIN a copy!

I have 3 copies to give away, thanks to my publisher Penguin Books.  All you need to do is tell me (in the comments below) –

What’s your favourite creative memory?


You can use a recent memory, or you can hark back to your ye olden days. It’s up to you. Alexis from Penguin and I will choose three winners (we will choose our favourite answers!)

The fine print:
Competition closes on Wednesday 26th August at midnight Melbourne Time.

Australian entries only please (we can only post to Australia!)
Comments are moderated – so your entry might not show up right away, but it will show up!

Good luck!

Do you want a best-friend-in-a-book?! Of course you do!
(Don’t forget to pop by my Melbourne Writer’s Festival event on Saturday, if you are about!)

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Also on my blog:
Learn some cool stuff with me (and a discount for you!)
How to be a penpal to a child in detention
I’m a mentor in the Etsy Creative Courage Challenge
Who to see at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival (including me!)
Some observations on people’s (often weird) online behaviour
Ten nice things to do for the favourite people in your life


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    Melissa Gaggiano
    August 21, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    I was going to write about the time that I made Herbie the love bug out of paper and an entire roll of sticky tape when I was seven. But then I thought of something special that happened this week.
    My youngest sometimes copies me, and I guess because I drag the sewing machine out every month she now has an invisible sewing machine. She pulls the two step stool from the kitchen, sits on the lower step and announces that it’s her sewing machine. She will then pull out tea towels and blankets, and pretend sews. She then shows me what she has made and says things like ‘isn’t that lovely’, ‘feel how soft it is’.
    That memory is going to stay with me for a long while.

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    Mrs W
    August 21, 2015 at 1:33 AM

    Oh I would love a copy of your book!

    One day around a year ago, I was at home with my 4-year old daughter. She asked if I could do something with her. “What would you like to do?” I asked. “Craft!” she replied, always her favourite answer. I decided to let her take the reins and, without any direction from me, determine what we would make. She browsed through our craft box and soon we were on a making-adventure, my daughter coming up with fantastic ideas one after another. “Let’s cut out butterfly shapes and stick them on this paper!”, “Now we need a little glitter”, “Can we collect some leaves from outside to glue on here too?”

    This fun experiment has stuck with me because it was the first time I had not put forth any suggestions, stepping back to see what my daughter would choose for us to do and embracing her imagination. And we ended up with a beautiful collage picture that we made together, and it was FUN! That day, it was all about the journey.

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    August 20, 2015 at 11:55 PM

    I have always loved creating things, as far back as I can remember! A few that stick out though, are these:
    My mum had a Women’s Weekly kids craft book… I would spend ages looking over the pages and choosing things to make ( I would pick multiple things, then have to narrow it down to one). From that book, I remember “window painting” on a wintry day, dyeing eggs different colours, growing alfalfa sprouts from an eggshell (with a drawn on face!) and making puffy paint. Amazingly, my mum found a copy of that same book in an op shop just recently, and I have been able to recreate some of my favourite childhood crafts with my daughter!
    I also remember decorating every square inch of my teenage bedroom. Literally. I didn’t like my wallpaper, so I covered it in posters, pictures, photos and song lyrics. I painted terracotta pots for “storage,” I made paper mâché plates as decorations, tie dyed fabrics to use as covers for my bedside table, decorated my bed, curtains and desk with bright plastic flowers. I had candles and photo frames of all my friends and pen friends all over the place. I was constantly painting and up cycling bits and bobs I’d find around the house and in dad’s shed. I also went through a phase of covering things with bright coloured decoupage (of pretty things I cut out of magazines) to use as pencil holders, etc. it don’t think there was anything I didn’t put my stamp on in that small space of mine, and I loved it!
    Now, I still love craft, making things, and decorating. I love to up cycle and I love scouring op shops for bargains. My daughter appears to share my love of crafty things 🙂 Right now, my creative passion is crochet and I make sure I make time to do it every day.
    I would love a copy of your book, it looks amazing! I have had it on reserve at my local library for MONTHS, but it is so popular, I’m not anywhere near receiving it to have a look at! Job well done, Pip! 🙂

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    Shira Kaspi
    August 20, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    My grandma passed away at the age of 96 and I inherited a stack of squares she had knitted. This past autumn my 8 year old daughter and I sewed the squares into a blanket and have been snuggling under it all winter. My grandma used to knit the squares for an organization making blankets for homeless people in Johannesburg (where she lived until she passed away and where I grew up). We were fortunate to get to have her final batch for ourselves. Especially since my daughter is a both and bred Aussie it is so precious that she feels connected to her South African grandma through our shared blanket.

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    August 20, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    When my then-boyfriend, now-husband asked to craft with me! He’s not naturally crafty and maybe it didn’t yield the greatest result, but it was a thoughtful keepsake box that he decoupaged and sent to his young daughter. We had so much fun making it together and his daughter was proud to display it in her room.
    Definitely a good memory, both as a crafting memory and a life memory! 🙂

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    August 20, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    Changing my mindset from …”One day I will ( insert finish that book, learn to quilt, get back to my drawings….” to ….
    “Do it now? Why not today?” This is my all time fave creative moment. It’s a turn-a-around moment. And it’s all thanks to you PIP and your talk at the Fitzroy library a few weeks back. You’ve inspired and encouraged me beyond words. I have now finished my felting and made brooches out of those little creations!
    Of course the other fave is making bikinis for all my dolls out of dads old hankies when I was 5! All I did was tear and tie. I thought it genius at the time!

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    August 20, 2015 at 9:47 PM

    A few years ago I walked into a cute little homewares & craft store and pondered buying these sweet little paper garlands. Then I thought to myself – I could make this! I went home and cut out small shapes from the colourful pages of Frankie Magazine (I now love to recycle my favourite magazine into craft projects!), hole punched them and hung them up with string. My heart exploded with pride! This was the first time I had made something creative with my hands. Since that amazing day I have taken up sewing, watercolour painting, weaving and floral styling. I’m booked in for a stamp making class next week and I can’t get enough of being a crafty lass!

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    August 20, 2015 at 9:37 PM

    As a teacher battling an ever-crowded curriculum, I try to ensure I still keep things crafty and creative in my Kindy classroom.
    On one particular day, we were doing a craft involving googly eyes. I was bemused and horrified when a little lad exclaimed that a googly eye was stuck up his nose. When I queried how said eye got up said nose, he simply responded that he wanted to see if it would fit. I’d like to think that I also foster inquisitive learners.
    That was one awkward phone call home.

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    August 20, 2015 at 9:17 PM

    My best friend and I had twins only 6 weeks apart. They all decided to enter the world early and we cemented our friendship in hospital within the special care nursery. The early years were great but really tough and without her by my side sharing our crazy experiences I don’t know how I would have gotten through. We are both creative people and it was sewing and crafting that provided us with magical moments of calm and time together that always bring a smile to my face. The hours spent at her dining room table with so many cups of tea and piece of beautiful fabric, desperately trying to get what we could finished before one of the kids woke up from a nap.

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    Laura Mitchell
    August 20, 2015 at 9:14 PM

    For a friend’s 21st birthday about 5 years ago, I wanted to create something really cool and handmade, and nothing I’d ever done before.
    I spent about a year looking online and in books and magazines for things I found interesting and that my friend was interested in. Recipes, comics, jokes, DIYs, movies reviews, facts, interesting articles on theories, psychology, history, etc.
    I collated it all into a book with a different interesting item for each day of the year, so she would have something everyday to learn, be inspired by, make, etc. It ended up being a really cool, interactive scrapbook type publication and I learned lots of fascinating things from it too!

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    August 20, 2015 at 9:09 PM

    My favourite creative memory is a recent one. I am lucky enough to have 2 young sons and a dedicated sewing space. They love coming into my room and making stuff. From strands of fabric with buttons threaded on to a patchwork pillow case we made together. The latter is a favourite and my 7 yr old sleeps with it each night and even takes it on holiday he loves it so. It’s lovely to create with them!

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    August 20, 2015 at 9:04 PM

    I have very fond memories of school holidays from when I was a kid. My crazy nana would have me and 10 or more other grankids at her place. We would spend our time learning how to knit, my favorite part was finding a pair of needles from her big old glass jar. She taught us cross stitch, how to sew buttons on and even gave us lessons on her old singer sewing machine, I used to love making the big pedal go under her feet 🙂
    There was colouring in with connector pens and wind up crayons and origami and paper plane making.
    Now I am trying to continue these traditions with my own children and non have recently been teaching them how to crochet! My favorite craft time!
    I taught myself how to crochet after I lost a baby. It was my therapy. I started crocheting teenie tiny beanies for my local hospital.

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    August 20, 2015 at 9:01 PM

    I have alot of crafting memories but making Christmas cards one year with a friend from work,after I had broken my leg comes to my memory first. I love craft and making things but I was in such a bad mood I made none and watched her make many. It was such a lovely act of friendship from her which I have very fond memories even though I wasn’t in the best mood.

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    Michelle Hill
    August 20, 2015 at 8:59 PM

    My favorite creative memory happened along time ago when I was 10 years old. I would constantly beg my mom to teach me to sew. She always made my clothes and my grandmother always knit me clothes for my dolls. I was dying to make something with cloth and thread! So finally my mom let me have some fabric scraps and I sewed a little tote bag out of bright 70’s floral. The stitches were uneven and funny but I carried that tote to school with pride thinking it was the greatest thing ever. ??

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    Caron long
    August 20, 2015 at 8:56 PM

    My first thing I ever created was a hat that I knitted with my mums help in a lovely orange wool. It was supposed to be for me but by the time I finished it it was too small and had a multitude of holes but boy it looked good on my doll. She wore it with such style….I was about 10.

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    August 20, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    My grandfather passed away 3 years ago. With the small amount of money that he left for me I bought some yarn with a crazy ambition to create a African flower blanket I had seen in a better homes and gardens magazine. I had learnt to crochet from YouTube and a magazine only weeks beforehand. It took me 4 months to finish all the flowers and join together. Now I have such a passion for crochet and love being able to sit down and hook away. My only issue is that chasing after 4 young children often gets in the way!

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    August 20, 2015 at 8:46 PM

    My favourite creative memory is a simple one – my best friend and I spent a wonderful Sunday afternoon in her sunny lounge room crocheting, with warm cups of tea, marvellous conversation and her cat eyeing off the wool in between pats. It is one of those memories that brings me the warm-fuzzies every time I think of it – how soothing it was to create whilst talking to my beautiful friend. The project I was working on always reminds me of it, as though that afternoon was woven through my stitches.

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    Susan Green
    August 20, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    I have so many craft memories, but growing up on a farm in rural victoria I remember having a ‘what to do box’. Yes, that is what I called it. It was a box full of bits and bobs and all craft possibilities. Whenever I was bored I would pull stuff out and craft amazing things. Now as a mother if 3 boys – 2 teens and I preteen, I tell them all about my ‘what to do box’ and make sure they have had plenty of craft in their life. Everyone one should have such a box.

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    August 20, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    My sister and I used to put on shows for our mum. We would charge 10cents, tear her ticket at the door, then draw her bedroom curtains and perform a variety mishmash of songs, fashion parades and Hey Dad! scenes. And she never failed to make us believe we were the Best. Things. Ever.

    Last year we stood on either side of her bed as she passed away, and performed for her our final concert: we left out the Hey Dad bits and the fashion show but sang to her as she slept. It was pretty special.


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      Meet Me At Mikes
      August 20, 2015 at 8:43 PM

      Wow. That’s so beautiful, Jen. I am so sorry you lost your Mum. She sounds like a marvellous lady. x

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        September 15, 2015 at 2:36 PM

        Thanks so much Pip, yep. She really was. xx

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      August 20, 2015 at 10:26 PM

      So gorgeous Jen 🙂

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        September 15, 2015 at 2:36 PM

        Thank you! 🙂

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    August 20, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    I have picked up a crochet hook about 3 times over the past 2years; and each time (full of bravado) tried to teach myself how to crochet using youtube. I just didnt get it and gave up defeated each time. But when I relocated back to Adelaide I found that I didnt have many social networks left, and had to almost ‘start from scratch’ with the whole friends thing (so not fun). So I went to a ‘learn to crochet class’, had a lot of fun and found a friend! It also opened me up to a whole new world of crochet, both locally and online. And in doing so found what I was really missing- a sense of community. Im still learning, but as I finish each crochet coaster I become more confident & amazed at what I have achieved, with lovely people along side of me!

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