Category Pip-Life

:: 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

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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

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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

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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,

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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

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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

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:: Then & Now – Granny Squares, Clogs and White Floors

2015 – sorry about the floor…   So. When we moved in here just over 7 years ago, we painted a lot of the floors white. The floorboards were oil stained and revolting so it seemed like the best and freshest approach. You can see here and here and here and here how the floors started out back in the day (in 2007!) Since then we’ve

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:: Taking Stock: January

  Images sourced via The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes To Eden – such a crazy/cool documentary!  I thought it might be a good time to stop and take stock. So here goes… Making : a blanket (quel surprise!) Cooking : my favourite breakfast at the moment: a 2 egg omelette with zucchini, red onion, mushrooms and tomatoes – sprinkled with spices,

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:: It Doesn’t Mean They Hate You!

  The internet is a breeding ground for insecurity and FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). The simplest things can be misinterpreted and before you know it we’ve got a total (hypothetical) catastrophe playing out in our heads. Here’s some advice on how to handle communicating with the other humans online. 1. If someone doesn’t reply to your email, it doesn’t

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:: The Last Thing I Bought On Etsy, #52Hellos & More

  Well. The most RECENT thing, is what I really mean. I love these cards so much, I bought a set of eight. I am going to send them as part of #52hellos – unless I can’t bear to part with them. That is highly probable too. It’s going to be a year of stationery at my house and I could

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:: I Got An Advance Copy Of My New Book!

  Woah. It’s here! You know, it took a long time for me to make my new book, Craft For The Soul, I was pretty tired after doing 4 books in a really short space of time, I switched publishers and I also thought people needed a rest from Stuff By Pip, so I made sure to stretch out the

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:: Finished, Unfinished, Ace

  From top: The Year of Magical Thinking* – finished Age Before Beauty blanket by me – unfinished (more on that later!) Hemsley & Hemsley cookbook – The Art of Eating Well*  – ace – Friends, Food, Family* – ace Double page recipe spread from Hemsley & Hemsley – ace Risotto recipe from Friends, Food, Family – ace Letters for #52hellos – ace

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:: Hello Puddings!

  Christmas. Aw. There it goes. Phew. And yet… sob! There’s something about Christmas, right? For those of us who celebrate it’s a special time, and yet it can also be exhausting and isolating and a bit sobering. This year, especially, it seems that so many sad things have been happening at the tail end of the year (or earlier).

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:: Stella

  Aw man. My friend rang me this morning to let me know that Stella Young had passed away. I’m so sad about this, I can’t even tell you. I feel like I’ve been punched in the heart. What do we do now? Sheesh. We’ve know Stella for close to ten years, since we had our old shop in Richmond and she

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