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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 is a cute-face, a foodie and a really great writer. This book is wonderful. If you’d like to experience Melbourne

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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 gang of moi. I hope your gang likes them too! Pip’s Best Ever Choc Chip Cookies You will need: 125g

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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 in this soup, but I wanted to make a simpler vegetarian bowl of deliciousness instead. Consider that if you think

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:: Cute DIY Christmassy-ness Times TEN!

Let’s face it. It’s GOING TO HAPPEN! Here’s ten festively colourful, decorative things to get you moving with on the Christmas thing! (If that’s your thing!) Lovely festive DIY lacing cards by Mr Printables : here (above!) Christmas peanuts by Raw Bone Studio : here Paper snowflake ballerinas by Krokotak : here Merry and bright string art by You Are My Fave : here Glittery, tassel-y animals from A Subtle Revelry : here Slice of awesome decorations by Love From Ginger : here Petite Purse ornaments by Michele Made Me :

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:: Good Things

  Here are some good things! moths by Yumi Okita hearts by It’s A Heart Heart Season wallpaper by Perron 11 paper craft by Jared Schorr apple balloons by Studio DIY Which one is your fave? x Pip  

:: Ubud-ing Along

Hello! It’s quite early in the day in Ubud and I’m doing a bit of writing before activities for the day start. We’re all having the loveliest time! There is something about the pace of Bali that makes everything so much more calm and dozy. I am liking the contrast to Melbourne life and super glad of the gear shift, to be honest. I can’t tell you too much about what we’ve been up to, because what happens on retreat stays on retreat, but I can tell you these things:

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:: Hello From Ubud!

  I feel really lucky to be here in Ubud for the second Big Hearted Business Creative Retreat. It’s such a super-beautiful place and to be able to work with a bunch of lovely people is pretty freaking-fantastic. The retreat started on Friday, so we are nearly half-way through. The days are whizzing by, which feels great and sad at the same time. There’s been time for a bit of facilitator exploring inbetween set-up and classes: we’ve been back to Soma, Yellow Flower Cafe, Pica, Seniman and Taco Casa to

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:: Win Beci Orpin’s MAKE & DO!

  Oh hello! Look what landed on my doorstep! It’s Beci’s new book! Argh! (You can order this cute book here!) I am a big fan of Beci and Beci’s work too.  This beautiful book is another perfectly, joy-filled refection of the clever things she does and the ace gang of people she does them with!  Make & Do is jam-packed, full-to-the-brim with exiting, fun, adorable things to DIY by yourself or with the people YOU love the most. I really love the excellent sprinkling of pompoms, the papier mache taxidermy, the amazing

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:: Seaside Lodgings & City Bookstores

Do you know that thing when your think a favourite shop has closed down, so you get used to it not being there and then you find out via Brendan from Frankie Magazine that the shop actually MOVED? You do?! Phew. I used to go to City Basement Books every week, years ago. Then I got busy. Then I went back and it was gone.  So I started going to to a second-hand bookshop on Swanston Street instead. Guess what? That closed too. It was at this point that I did what

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:: There’s Lots To Like About Today

  When I got up this morning this song was playing on the radio. It made me make French Toast with Sriracha. It’s that kind of song and I felt very affirmed when I heard it. Then at lunch, this one was playing. I smiled into my croquettes, because I love that one too. You know, there’s lots to like about today. The kids are playing music upstairs, singing sweary tunes and possibly heckling people from the upstairs windows. Sorry if they are doing that!  It’s hard to tell where they are pointing their singing.

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:: Do You Want To Talk About SERIAL?

  How much do you love an interesting story? If you’re anything like me, the answer to that question is, um, heaps. Stories are  the stuff that growth, connection and chatter are made of, and are especially compelling when they are real-life experiences, recounted masterfully.  That’s the kind of story we’ve been soaking up. Like zillions of other people, our chosen (masterfully told) story is via Serial (Ira Glass’s genius-y new podcast, partnering with producer Sarah Koenig and senior producer Julie Snyder.) Ira’s podcast is called Serial because it’s just that, a new-style, old-fashioned

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:: A Fancier Table With Pointy Bits (& A Giveaway!)

This Is A Sponsored Post for Annie Sloan Unfolded   Do you know what happened to us? We spilled curry on our simply fine, but quite boring IKEA table. It all started out good and well, but before you knew it there was Butter Chicken ahoy and do you think I could get that outta the table top? I really could not. What to do? Well, I painted it white and had a bit of a think. Actually I painted TWO coats of Pure White Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan! over that pesky spill

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:: The Frankie + Friends Garage Sale

  I’ve had some awesome finds at garage sales, but my super-best-find-ever was when someone sold us a box of second-hand dolls for $40 or so when we still had our shop in Richmond. I didn’t really look at them carefully, because they looked like an awesome job lot of shiny-haired plastic ladies, but later we discovered an original Blythe doll hiding in the bottom of the box! How cool is that? I know! Later I had to sell poor Blythe to pay the rent, but it was nice to look after her

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:: The View + Big Things

When I was a little girl, holidays at the shack meant spending a lot of time looking. Looking into the fire. Looking for blackberries. Looking for little sucky things in rock pools, those ones that you can stick your finger in and they velcro to your skin, you know? Looking for a comic that I hadn’t read. Looking in the book on them mantelpiece that had all the pictures of different fish species in it. Looking to make sure you didn’t step in sheep poo in the back paddock. Looking to

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