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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). For some people, Christmas isn’t fitting them quite right. I

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:: 52 Hellos

Harking back to the days of The Envelope Project and blogging 2009-style,  next year I’m doing a little artsy/cutesy/people-y project. It’s called 52 Hellos. It’s been rolling around in my head for a while and 2015 is the year to make it happen. Here’s how 52 Hellos goes! (You can join in too, if you like!) 1. Every week for 52 weeks I am going to write someone a letter (which I MIGHT

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:: Stitch A Moomin?

Aw man! These just popped up on Twitter via those clever people at Sublime Stitching, so I had to tell you about them right away. Of course Tove is the best, but I love Sublime Stitching a lot too because they really opened my eyes to how fun and customisable embroidery could be. It’s not all geese and floral baskets, ya know? They always come up with cute ideas to

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:: The Lorelei Gilmore-esque Christmas Gift Guide

I am obsessed with Gilmore girls. That’s a fact. I’m in Season Six at the moment and think that when I get to the end I am going to go back to the beginning and build some kind of Pip-GG-wiki (to rival the existing wikis!) and document all the bits I love about it the most, in one place. I really don’t know when I’ve enjoyed a series this much.

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:: Please Don’t Crash, A Cute Quiz (& Some Weekend Reading)

Aw hai! How are you going, peachy-pie? I am good. I am scrambling a bit, to tell you the truth. I’ve just finished off my work for the week and we are THINKING of going camping. The problem is that (I forgot to tell you this) a lady SMASHED into the back of our car on Monday. Our car is old and strong, thank goodness, but it’s taken a bit

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:: A Year Of Australian Writing : A Handy List Of Australian Literary Awards

In case you didn’t know, I’ve set myself A Year Of Australian Writing challenge for 2015. Honestly, I don’t think I’m going to have any trouble reading Australian for a year, but a few people have mentioned that it will be hard, that a year’s a long time, that there are so many great non-Australian books we’ll miss out on. Hm. Okay. Some of that is true. The part of

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:: 2015 – A Year Of Australian Writing

If you know me (gee, I say that quite often, don’t I?!) you will know that every year I set myself a bit of a challenge, a bit of a mindful framework to promote good habits and good health. This year (2014) it was A Year Of Ethical Fashion. Last year I did A Year Without Booze. There were other years too, except the challenges were a little less public.

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:: The Rory Gilmore-esque Christmas Gift Guide

one: The GoGos Beauty and the Beat – because it’s the one Rory buys for Lorelai two: The Donna Reed Show – because Dean just doesn’t understand three: Chemex Coffee Maker via Coffee Supreme – because… coffee four: New York scarf by Kate Spade – because you won’t get lost in New York five: Plaid skirt via Dear Golden on Etsy – because Rory’s Chilton uniform six: Pizza Pepperoni Earrings by Lucy Folk – because

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:: The Gift Of Pip

Hello! How are you petals? I am good! I have had a lovely day, unpacking toys, writing posts, drinking tea and thinking about how good things are. Yesterday, I had a visit from Julia who is writing a thesis and interviewing some of your favourite Australian craft bloggers. Basically we spent three hours chatting and drinking cups of tea, under the serious guise of work. It was really neat! Speaking

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:: The Softies For Mirabel Window

  Oh hello! Hope you are well! I just wanted to pop in to say Softies For Mirabel for 2014 is GO! We’ve been super busy getting everything sorted and it’s now ready for your viewing pleasure! (If you’re not sure what Softies For Mirabel is, or you want to find out how to join in. Head here for all the details. It’s not too late! It’s all for The Mirabel Foundation kids, FYI!)

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:: Paint Yourself A Paper Flower Advent Calendar

This post is sponsored by Annie Sloan Unfolded, the nice people who distribute Chalk Paint™ in Australia : Follow them on Facebook here for more bright ideas!   Look! This is our advent calendar for this year! Remember last year’s? I liked that a lot, but we thought we’d try something new this year. SO, I made these cute paint poured bottles in cute colours AND I’m going to make a paper flower each

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:: 3 Great Australian Books I’ve Read Lately

  A few people have been asking me about what I am reading, or what I recommend. Here’s some thoughts and ideas on books you might like (and books I really did like!) I’ve put the Kobo eBook links* for each book at the end of my little blurb (in case you are not in Australia and have trouble tracking them down!) 1. The Strays by Emily Bitto Emily Bitto

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:: The One About Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever made these cookies? They are really yum. This is a recipe I have been using for 20 zillion years. It’s the one that I had published in the Frankie Afternoon Tea book (and it’s also in my book Sew La Tea Do!) They are tried and true and here for you. *titter* I made a bunch of these yesterday and they went down a treat with the

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:: Yum! Potato, Pea and Pasta Soup

Blue bowl from Kevala in Ubud, Bali : Napkin from the Salvation Army : Wooden plate from a garage sale : spoon from wherever you get spoons… Here is what I made for lunch today. Maybe you’d like to make it for lunch too? It’s good for dinner, even. Also, kids love it, if you know any kids you could make them have some too? You can put pancetta or bacon

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