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… And You Don’t Have To Win Everyone Over

  Do you remember when I wrote that post called ‘It Doesn’t Mean They Hate You!’? Lots of people read that post and talked to me about it, which was ace. It’s always good, as a blogger, when people want to talk to you about the things you write. (And thanks if you did!) Today, I’ve been thinking a lot about when people don’t like you much. Or aren’t into your work. And how that feels. And how easy/difficult that can be to reconcile. As an adult, I’ve always been the kind of person who’s thought ‘If they just gave

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One Velvet Evening & Ten Things Justine Clarke Told Me

Justine Clarke is not only a beloved children’s television super-star, she’s also a talented stage and screen actress (what is NOT to love about the stellar Tangle, Love My Way, The Time Of Our Lives – and did you know she played Anna Goanna in Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome? It’s totally true. Gasp. Cool.) Justine can also sing stuff that’s not about watermelons or puppies in the park (not that there’s anything wrong with watermelons/puppies. Heavens no!) She’s actually got a long history of performing non-kid music – from country and western to vintage rock ‘n’ roll, to her very favourite – jazz. She’s

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The Good Stuff

I’ve been thinking a lot about the things we love and keep. Do you know the rattle of the good stuff? It’s the kind of rattle you get when the floorboards are a bit creaky and tired. When the floral carpet won’t cushion your steps any longer. So the special objects in the doiley-ed cupboards begin to rattle and shake each time you cross the room. Or maybe you know the rustle of the good stuff? The pop of the box lid unsealing, the crumple of the paper, pulled from around and within those good shoes, letting them out into

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One + Four = Life : The Op Shop Edition

Sometimes, when it gets to Sunday, I think to myself, ‘How can a week have zoomed by so quickly?’ Luckily, I have this little One + Four = Life game to play. It not only reminds me that it’s a good idea to stop and think about the week that was, it also reminds me that the time does indeed fly by, so it’s good to do the things you most want to do, if that makes sense. This week I’ve been working, crocheting, writing, making toast, walking in the cold, going to friend’s book events, thinking about moving a

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Newsy Snacks For Busy People…

I used to write a column for another website called Newsy Snacks For Busy People. It was fun to write and fun to read… I thought I’d write a pared-down version of Newsy Snacks for you. Just to welcome your week in. Here goes! Newsy Caroll Spinney (cover your eyes children) the person who lurks beneath Big Bird is not only 81 and has been Big Birding for 40 years… he’s also a man. Gee. Growing up I thought Big Bird had a lady in him but I was totally wrong. There’s a new documentary about Big Bird coming out

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One + Four = Life – Waleed, Cosytown, The Age & Tarts

 * Disclosure: This post contains an item that was given to me by Freedom Australia   Hello! I’m popping in early today with One + Four = Life, because I am throwing a little party for a few friends this afternoon. Better earlier than never, right?! Have you had a nice week? I have had a busy one – dotted with good things (in my life) and bad things (in the news). I’m going to talk about my life in this post. That’s the life I know the best. My photos for this week (from top to bottom)… One I was in

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:: 52 Hellos : Week 17

  Oh my goodness. Just a beautiful letter this week from the super clever Gert Geyer for 52Hellos… This letter is super perfect, not just because it’s so lovely to read and look at, but because Gert is doing her own Year Of Letters – writing a letter each week day for a year. WOAH. That’s a lot of letters. I really admire Gert’s resolve. No wonder she wants to do this all the time. She is MADE FOR IT! You can see Gert’s letter archive list over here. It’s totally interesting and fascinating. You must go see. Thanks heaps for

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:: One + Four = Life: Riberty Frogs, Printing, Pals & PomPoms

one: the one where you and your pals all have books out! two: this little suitcase contained my pompom arsenal for Wednesday’s workshop three: Riberty frogs – from my new book (made from Liberty prints, of course!) four: fabric paint for my latest project Hello! Sunday arvo rolls around again, so it must be time for One + Four = Life. The idea is to share four photos that sum up one week of your life (the week just gone). One (week) + Four (photos) =  (your) Life. It’s a kind of photographic algebra, isn’t it? Or not. Here’s my week.

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:: 52 Hellos: Week 16

  I don’t like to play favourites. But this might be my favourite hello of the year. Tania wrote to me (and you!) about her grandparents, telling her story of a lifetime of letters between the three of them. Obviously you can read it for yourself, above! This lovely letter made me cry. Not in a bad way. Just in a way that’s a bit of a nod to the inevitability of things. It’s hard to think of the people you love getting old and passing away. I know it’s the way things are, but I am dreading that kind of

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:: Giveaway & Taking Stock With Michelle Crawford

  Hello. Hi. Are you well? I am well thanks. Did you know my book came out on Wednesday? It did! I’ve been so busy doing a workshop and some radio (listen to a radio slot here) and interviews. It’s been heaps of fun and I am excited that my book will be in bookshops now. People get to buy it and snuggle down and read it. I read it again last night and I enjoyed it a lot (!) Of course, some other favourite people I know have released books recently too. Michelle Mackintosh set her Snail Mail free.

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:: 52 Hellos : Week 15

  What better way to spend a Sunday than reading letters from interesting people? How about reading letters from interesting people and drinking tea and listening to Sarah Blasko?! Yes. That’s what I am doing right now. Here are this weeks’ hellos. Thanks so much to their senders. It’s so lovely to receive a letter. Thanks for sending me these!   Woah. A Museologist? I didn’t even know how to spell that until today. To be honest, I didn’t even know there was such a thing. Museologist noun 1. the systematic study of the organization, management, and function of a museum.

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:: Taking Stock : April

  It’s time for a little bit of a think-tank-de-moi! A chance to stop, have a cup of tea and work out what is happening in my life, right now. Without further ado, I’m going to do the Take Stock thing. Here’s what’s going on… Making : three different blankets. Oh my gosh. What am I like? Cooking : Family Feast – on Sunday night we had this and it was yummy (we also had meringues!) Drinking : tea and the occasional glass of wine (go figure!) Reading: lots of blogs. Like heaps. Wanting: to not have a stomach ache

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:: 52 Hellos : Week 14

Hello peaches! How are you? I am stopping in with an early dose of #52hellos for your Sunday morning! Okay. I WAS meant to post this yesterday, but I was so merrily doing offline things, that I didn’t. No matter. I’m here right now. That’s what matters, right? Sometimes life gets in the way and you need to make the most of those days, I think! This week it’s all about Shani’s hello. If you aren’t familiar with Shani, you can pop over here to find out more about her. She’s a sweet, talented, lovely person. You definitely need to

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:: Comfort Food. Ten Percent Delicious.

  I was reading this article on Monday. It was all about comfort food. As I sat in the comfort of my lounge room, sipping a large cup of (comforting) tea and absently smoothing the discarded foil wrap of my (comforting) Easter egg, I got to thinking about what comfort food means to me. The article said that comfort food was more about attachments or connections than calories, that we are comforted by the links various foods have to people and places, rather than simply the taste or carb-laden #faileo ranking. I’m inclined to agree. For me, comfort food is

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