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Craft For The Soul Nice Life Reminders Pip-Life

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
tea cosy no text featured

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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Creativity Nice Life Reminders Pip-Life

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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Blog With Pip Creativity Pip-Life

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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handmade Photography + Art + Design Pip-Life Rad People

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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Craft For The Soul handmade Pip-Life

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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giveaway handmade Listen/Watch/Read Pip-Life Rad People

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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Photography + Art + Design Pip-Life

Cloggy McClogface

April 26, 2016

Let’s talk about toes? In a non-festishy way? (Don’t even get me started on why you should not put photos of your feet on the internet… I have learned some WEIRD lessons about that over the years… Insert eyes-on-stalks emoji.) I mostly have been wearing sneakers and Birks on my feet of late, but it’s getting cooler and I am thinking about CLOGS (and tights and frocks! Oh my!) I love clogs. I love their little wooden hearts and their scoopy,…

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Things we’ve been doing

April 25, 2016
pip life

What have you been doing? Have you been doing some good things? Or is life kind of biting at the moment? I hope if it’s the latter you’re getting a bit of the former too. I have been doing all kinds of things. Sometimes it’s hard to capture the things and be fully IN the things, so I can just tell you about them, even if there are not matching photos for all of the things, right? I am sure…

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Nice Life Reminders Pip-Life

Virtue vs Character (I’m OK & You’re OK Too!)

April 18, 2016
mills and boon

This morning when I was on my walk, I was listening to On Being and Krista Tippet brought up a really cool idea that I couldn’t stop thinking about (podcasts often do this to me!) It was actually just a tiny gem in a much bigger conversation, but it kept going around and around my head because it’s something I think about a lot as I try to make sense of the internet, the world and my place in both. (And…

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handmade Partnerships Pip-Life

Make It! Five Finger Discount PomPom Scarf

April 13, 2016
five finger discount scarf pip lincolne meetmeatmikes

THIS POST IS SPONSORED BY SPOTLIGHT   Woolly news! On Friday morning, I’ll be teaching a Masterclass in the fine art of finger knitting! It’s a Spotlight and Frankie Magazine joint venture and we’re going to be making these chunky and SUPER EASY pompom scarves! It’s to celebrate National Craft Month and I’m hoping it will encourage the world to make EVERY month National Craft Month! #Craft4Lyf Don’t worry if you’re not able to come to the Masterclass though. You can TOTALLY…

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Pip-Life Taking Stock

Taking Stock: April

April 8, 2016
melissa mccarthy and jimmy fallon

I haven’t done Taking Stock for a while. I think I have been busying myself hanging out and admiring the view and having quiet and fun times and just staying on top of work and fam. But enough of that. Well… just for a tick. It’s time to take my own pulse, doing and feeling and being-style! (Maybe you want to do this too?! You can just write it longhand in a notebook – or cut and paste to Facebook,…

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Eat Pip-Life

How To Make Gluten-Free Raspberry Madeleines

March 30, 2016

My mother-in-law Dure used to bring bags of Madeleines home from her restaurant when Rin was a baby. They’d have been cooked the day before – so could not be served to diners – but were still super delicious and perfect with a cup of tea. Those Madeleines had Leatherwood Honey in them. It made them taste extra-good and a lot like home (the honey was from Tasmania, where I grew up.) YUM. Today, I’m going in to the ABC to…

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Eat Pip-Life

Easy Peasy Chickpea Pancakes

March 29, 2016
chickpea pancake recipe

  These pancakes are a quick and easy gluten-free alternative to (my favourite) roti, when it comes to curry dipping or wrapping. They are best on the day they are made, but that’s okay because they are super easy to make up quickly. No need to make and keep. As pancakes are wont to be, they’re pretty plain – nourishing and nutty – so they need something spicy or flavoursome alongside them or smooshed on top. Sometimes the gluten-free people…

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Listen/Watch/Read Pip-Life

Things To Watch This Easter

March 25, 2016
the returned french version

I am so excited that Easter is finally here. The year has been so busy, so far. Easter was my line in the sand. When I got here it meant that I’d done a heap of important jobs and it was now time to stay close to home, hang with my peeps, cook and eat, make stuff and watch good things on TV. It is with great relief that I ease myself into the next few days. Ph-ew! I’m going…

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Gilmore Girls Listen/Watch/Read Pip-Life

Listen: That Time I Met Sookie St James

March 24, 2016
ben and melissa

Okay. That’s not quite true. I did not really meet Sookie St James of Gilmore Girls fame. But I did meet… Melissa McCarthy aka the actor who played Sookie for seven years. And I met her husband Ben Falcone too. How is this possible? Well, if you follow me on social media, you already know that my friend Clare Bowditch not only is an award-winning musician and an actor herself, she also has a program on ABC radio. Clare was invited…

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