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:: Tapes & Movements

  In the olden days, when you wanted to follow a program, you needed tapes. Cassettes. You’d often have to buy them from the back of a magazine or some such. They might be about changing the way you think or losing weight or making money, learning a language. You’d send away, coupon and cheque, and the tapes would slowly wing their way to you in the post. Then you’d sit in your room/house/car and listen to them. You’d sit alone and learn about the thing. It was early days in the whole movement stakes. Things have changed. We don’t really have

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:: 10 Things I Realised About Creativity When I Went On The Radio (& A Recipe for Corn Chowder)

Yesterday, Rachel Power (author/editor of Motherhood & Creativity), Clare Bowditch and myself were on the radio to talk about juggling parenting and creativity, with a bit of a focus on Rachel’s (great) new book. I love doing radio. There is none of the stress of looking nice and all of the opportunity to talk about things that are important to you. Jon Faine’s program, The Conversation Hour is a bit of a Melbourne institution and I felt very lucky to get a chance to be part of it. We all got to speak about our own creative lives and the

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:: Eat A Croque!

  Hello! Are you well? I am well. My wrist is all healed and I am going to start crocheting again tomorrow. I am looking forward to it as I was quite forlorn sans crochet over the weekend. It was still nice, don’t get me wrong, but I have a blanket to finish and its been staring at me from its basket for many, many days now. I will be very glad to get back to it. The weather is cool and drizzly here. I saw three girls wearing tartan today (one was me) which is a sure sign that

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:: It’s My Birthday!

  Hello peaches! How are you today? I am good… It’s my birthday!!!! I am having a nice time with my family and looking forward to a yummy dinner later (at home!) too. I am the Queen of Homebodies, I tell ya. I need a sash and a crown and a special pair of slippers to properly claim my title. Thanks for all the lovely birthday wishes so far. It’s pretty nice to be on the receiving end of so much kindness and hip-hip-hooraying! Have the very best kind of weekend, won’t you? x Pip

:: In The Middle Of Our Street

  Last year, on the last day of my Hobart trip, Mum and I went for a big drive around all our old haunts. We drove past all the houses we lived in before we left Tasmania and moved to Western Australia and I took photos and filed them way.  I found them again today while I was sifting through some old files. I think they belong on my blog and I thought it would be nice to write about these homes. When we left I was only nine, so my memories of these houses are obviously super childish. The top

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Taking Stock : March

  I thought it was HIGH TIME I did my March Taking Stock. I’ve really been doing quite a lot of different things and it’s always pretty nice to reflect on that and realise where I am (and how lucky I am, I guess!) If you’d like to Take Stock in March – head to the bottom of this post and cut and paste the list across to your blog. If you’d like us to visit you, add yourself to the  LINKY list too (it’s also at the bottom of this post – but you have to actually visit my

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:: The Like Cycle & Daydreamy Wanderlust

Image via Matt and Lentil’s Grown & Gathered Flower Exhange – a totally beautiful idea where you can trade your own talents or things for beautiful blooms. How great is that?!   Hello… I’ve been thinking a lot over the weekend about a lot of different things. Here are two of them… Thing One: The Like Cycle Wow. You know, social media has many of us wanting to pin our hopes on much-followed ‘online superstars’. Our new heroes.  Yay! The idea that follower/like numbers equals success feeds alarmingly into this equation. Not only are we sidling up to the much-followed more readily (because they have

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:: For The Love Of A Long Weekend

Gosh. I swear, I am NEVER happier than I am on a Sunday in the midst of a long weekend. It feels so good to have that extra day. Surely there is a way to do this every week…! So far, I’ve been making delicious things and sewing cute things and reading good things and watching good things… Making : Mee Goreng as part of Rin’s birthday dinner last night. Happy Birthday Rin! (Rin is my eldest child/adult/person!) Sewing: two bunnies for our Mirabel Foundation BunAnza! One is adapted from Claire ‘Loobylu‘ Robertson’s pattern (from my first book) and the

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:: Another Finished Blankie

  I know. I call blankets ‘blankies’. Yes, it’s a bit juvenile, but ‘blankie’ is much more about how a blanket is and feels than ‘blanket’ could ever be. This blanket is speedy and stripe-y. It’s the Speedy Stripe and people have been making these for ever and a day. To crochet this, I just chained A HUGE AMOUNT of stitches and did rows of treble crochet until it was big enough. This is actually quite big. It took around 20 minutes a day over the last 3 weeks or so. It’s for a cute person’s birthday and I hope they will really

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:: 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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:: Five Random Things

  Do you want to play Five Random Things? I am sure you do! It’s quite fun to mine the depths of your you-ness and come ups with a few weird/interesting facts to share. Like, what could be better than that? (Except watching Family Feud with a cup of tea and a bit of crochet in your lap?!) Here are mine.. 1. I love non-brainiac TV. I love the Real Housewives, Family Feud, The Bachelor (US), I’m A Celebrity and more. I can’t help it. I find those shows really interesting and fun and they help me relax. I used to

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:: I Need To Tell You: I Have CPA

CPA. It means continuous partial attention. “To pay continuous partial attention is to pay partial attention — CONTINUOUSLY. It is motivated by a desire to be a LIVE node on the network. Another way of saying this is that we want to connect and be connected. We want to effectively scan for opportunity and optimize for the best opportunities, activities, and contacts, in any given moment. To be busy, to be connected, is to be alive, to be recognized, and to matter… We pay continuous partial attention in an effort NOT TO MISS ANYTHING.” The quote above is from Linda Stone

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:: Hi Cuties…

  Aw hello. How are you going? I am going pretty well, thank you. Things have been busy and I haven’t been sleeping very well so I am needing to get that sorted out quick smart. Last night Rin’s cat ate two latex gloves and ended up in the animal hospital having emergency surgery. Ugh. Poor Cyril. Poor Rin. Poor Joe. Luckily, Cyril is now okay and recovering from his weird snack. He was making the saddest ‘OWWW’ type meow sound when we were driving him to the vet. The good news is that he’s totally on the mend.  

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:: On Nests, Big Bird & Shampoo Dinosaur Horns

image via   On a scale of one to Sesame Street, my nest is potentially feeling as empty as Big Bird’s when he’s on vacation in Hawaii. I say potentially because two of my three kids are still living at home, but we’re on the edge. One of my boys is seriously about to find his own digs and the other is suddenly 15… going on 35. I can see into the future, guys and it’s mostly STICKS. The nest is extremely drafty, hushed and bare, except for little bits of fluff and crumbs, a reminder of where they once

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