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One + Four = Life : Book Launches, Flowers, School Reports & Presents

  Hello! I write this from the lounge room floor, heater blaring, tea piping hot, old episodes of Project Runway on the telly. It’s Mother’s Day  (as you probably know) and I feel very lucky to have had a totally free weekend to rest up and recover from the busy preceding weeks. Phew. Let me tell you about this week’s four snaps (the ONE and FOUR in One + Four = Life!) School report This is weird, but I took my Grade One school report to an event on Wednesday night. I love this report because I feel like, although

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Taking Stock : May

  Hello peaches! I thought it was high time I stopped talking about my book for a while and started talking about all the other stuff that’s been going on around here… Let’s do that! Making : brownies Cooking : soup Drinking : copious amounts of tea Reading: A Table In The Orchard Wanting: a holiday Looking: forward to seeing some friends Playing: the Six Feet Under Soundtrack Deciding: how to cook the brisket we bought at the market Wishing: the weekends were three days long, every single week Enjoying: cosy times Waiting: to see how Ari felt about his maths test

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A Crafty Life

This piece was first published in The Age Sunday Life Magazine on Sunday 3rd May 2015 When I was 16, I pretended not to like Neil Diamond, Kate Bush, homemade things and pretty clothes. I was earnestly trying to grow up and the things my mum liked or my dad liked or my siblings liked or my Nans liked were certain to keep me trapped in childhood, as far as I was concerned. I needed to carve my own path, make my own rules, be my own person. That meant no ‘uncool’ stuff. No Little House On The Prairie. No

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Pretty Pop-Up

  I’ve been spending a lot of time on Etsy, looking at cute cards and letter writing things. It’s lovely to make you own, of course, but it’s also good to support indie makers who are designing incredibly cute things. Even if you don’t have anyone in mind to write a letter to, you can start a little stationery stash and before you know it you will be really desperate to write to someone because your stash will runneth over. And then you will. And then they might write back. And lo and behold you have a good thing going

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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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How To Beat Information Overwhelm And Still Care About The World

I wrote this back in February and put it away… but I thought it was super relevant right now… Infomania Very often when I’m clicking about on the internet, I encounter people saying that they don’t read/watch the news because they are too sensitive and the news is too sad. I totally understand where they are coming from, but I think there’s a better way and I think we owe the other humans (and creatures) more than a blanket no-click rule. How would you feel, for instance, if you’d been swept away by a tsunami or had a missing family

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:: When Things Are Pretty Sad…

Wow. Things are pretty sad out there in the world at the moment. The devastating Nepal Earthquake. The executions of eight men in Indonesia early this morning Australian time. Race riots in the US. And SO MUCH more. So much. It’s hard to make sense of it all, isn’t it? It’s hard to find something to grab onto. It’s hard to find our place amongst all of this and process it all in a meaningful way.  Life really is messed up sometimes, isn’t it? All this makes me even more sure of a couple of things. Things that give us a firm

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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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:: The One Where Your Book Comes Out And Your Realise You’ve Been Holding Your Breath For A Few Months

  “Do you ever have those days where your heart just feels glow-y and warm because you have good people in your life and a supportive bunch behind you (even people you have never met?!) I’m having one of those super-feels days. Thanks so much for helping me with stuff, guys.”  – Actual update from my Facebook today   Do you know what? I have been feeling a bit freaked out because my book was coming out. I’ve been feeling panicked, in fact. It’s like some sneaky, quite serious and in fact, debilitating book-related anxiety snuck its way into most

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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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