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One Velvet Evening & Ten Things Justine Clarke Told Me

Justine Clarke is not only a beloved children’s television super-star, she’s also a talented stage and screen actress (what is NOT to love about the stellar Tangle, Love My Way, The Time Of Our Lives – and did you know she played Anna Goanna in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome? It’s totally true. Gasp. Cool.) Justine can also sing stuff that’s not about watermelons or puppies in the park (not that there’s anything wrong with watermelons/puppies. Heavens no!) She’s actually got a long history of performing non-kid music – from country and western to vintage rock ‘n’ roll, to her very favourite – jazz. She’s

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Some Things To Listen To

Hello! How is your day going? Mine is going great (except for that fact that my cardigan mysteriously bore the fragrance of sour milk. Ugh.) It’s a beautiful day in Melbourne and I’m just about to have a rather late breakfast. I thought I would pop in and catch you up on a podcast and a couple of radio interviews I’ve been part of lately. The good thing is that you can listen to them online ANYWHERE in the world. No need to schedule in a particular time or day. How convenient! Here they are: 1. The Australian Writers Centre

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Things I’ve Been Watching

Just a speedy post to talk TV/streaming, in case you are stuck for things to watch. Here’s some things I’ve been liking… Olive Kitteridge I loved watching this mini-series. How can you possibly beat a cast featuring Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins and Bill Murray? So good. Beautiful scenery, fabulous set design and great performances. A little sad, for sure, but I really loved it. (The Denise and Jerry characters are golden too!) Temple Grandin I really, really loved this. I love Clare Danes in Homeland and she’s so great in this too. It’s a true story based on the life

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Newsy Snacks For Busy People…

I used to write a column for another website called Newsy Snacks For Busy People. It was fun to write and fun to read… I thought I’d write a pared-down version of Newsy Snacks for you. Just to welcome your week in. Here goes! Newsy Caroll Spinney (cover your eyes children) the person who lurks beneath Big Bird is not only 81 and has been Big Birding for 40 years… he’s also a man. Gee. Growing up I thought Big Bird had a lady in him but I was totally wrong. There’s a new documentary about Big Bird coming out

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:: 52 Hellos: Week 16

  I don’t like to play favourites. But this might be my favourite hello of the year. Tania wrote to me (and you!) about her grandparents, telling her story of a lifetime of letters between the three of them. Obviously you can read it for yourself, above! This lovely letter made me cry. Not in a bad way. Just in a way that’s a bit of a nod to the inevitability of things. It’s hard to think of the people you love getting old and passing away. I know it’s the way things are, but I am dreading that kind of

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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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:: 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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:: 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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:: Giveaway : Snail Mail by Michelle Mackintosh

  Michelle Mackintosh. See that name there? That’s the name of Australian book designing royalty! Not only that, she’s book writing royalty too! Okay, YES. I have worked with Michelle on a couple of my own books, so I might be a tiny bit biased… but the thing is, I’m actually NOT and it’s the gosh-darned truth. I know this because not only do I LOVE Michelle and her work, so do publishers and authors ranging from Hardie Grant, Penguin and Plum to Beci Orpin, Louise Fulton Keats/Margaret Fulton, The Little Veggie Patch Co, Kate Ulman of Foxs Lane and

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:: Listen – I Love This!

  Just a quick pop-in… I’ve been tooling around on YouTube, trying to distract myself from the news-at-hand. I love this band and I really love this track. I thought you might love it too! x Pip  

:: Win An Advance Copy Of ‘Craft For The Soul’

  Hi gang! Are you well? I am well. I’ve been doing some early morning crochet/coffee drinking/Brothers & Sisters watching. It’s a good way to start the day, a bit like getting in some ‘day off’ before the work day starts, if that makes any sense! I wanted to let you know that my next round of eCourses has been released.  You can see them here and you can read some testimonials from my students here. These courses are one of my very favourite things that I get to do. There is almost nothing I like better than helping people

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:: Win A My Abuelo’s Mexican Feast Prize Pack

  Some people know how to make really beautiful books and Daniella Germain is one of those kinds of people. You might remember that she wrote a book called My Abuela’s Mexican Feast a couple of years ago? Well this book is the follow-up. Her first book (a tribute to her grandmother) was super great, so I was excited to get my hands on this new release (in honour of her grandfather). Of course, because DG is the goods, it’s equally wonderful. I’m excited about cooking some things from it. I’m also excited that Menudo is a kind of spicy tripe soup because…

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:: Gilmorealong : Season 1 Episode 02

Following on from last week’s Pilot Episode Gilmorealong, here’s a little breakdown of Episode 2!  Tell me if you watch! Tag any related images on Instagram with #gilmorealong so we can see!   The Lorelai’s First Day At Chilton After you watch: Things I noted/liked Lorelai and Rory are still so grumpy with each other. I like it better when they are NICE to each other! (Once Rory finishes her first day at Chilton things warm up. Phew). Lane doesn’t wave to Lorelai and Rory when they drive past Stars Hollow High. I think she WOULD have. Paris makes her

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:: 52 Hellos : Week 03

Do you know how great #52hellos is turning out to be? I’m not talking JUST about all the great letters I’m getting, but also about the letters I get to send. This week I sent something to my sister. A little package of good things and a long, messy letter. It was five pages long. As I was writing it, I realised that I probably had not written her a PROPER letter since we were kids. Maybe not even then. It struck me that writing a letter is so very different to having a chat on the phone or writing

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