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Tock! Tick! Bon Chic!

June 9, 2016
bon chic amaringo watches

Hello Peaches. Guess what? My friends Michelle and Steve came back from Tokyo with a few little treats for me. So lucky, right?  The treats reminded me of the times, back in 2006 and 2007 when craft bloggers were some of the most prolific bloggers in Australia (there were hardly any food and fitness bloggers!) and how enamoured and influenced we all were with/by the Japanese craft aesthetic. We’d all pore over Japanese craft books and scour eBay and Etsy for new…

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16 wee gems for the Outlander tragic

June 8, 2016

(Does not contain spoilers!!) If you follow me on Facebook, you will know that I am a bit obsessed with Outlander. Of course, I am not the only one. The mere mention of the books or TV series and people flock to discuss tartan and castles and lochs and duels and boobs and red coats like it’s nobody’s business. Not only that, but they want to talk book vs TV. They want to discuss the merits of Season 1’s setting and…

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The life-changing magic of cluttering up

June 6, 2016

I was reading an article yesterday that suggested it’s great for kids to grow up surrounded by books for a few different reasons. Piles of books. Books ahoy. Books for all. Hooray! It made me feel happy and cosy. It makes perfect sense. Take me, for instance. I grew up surrounded by books. I am still a bit of a lunatic at times, let’s be honest, but books have been the one constant in my life. Books showed me how much I didn’t know…

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Ultra-great frock alert

June 3, 2016
ultra great dress

  I found these ace dresses on Etsy and I like them a lot. Really, nothing beats a dress in the look-put-together department, don’t you think? A nice dress means you just have to whack on some tights and cute shoes and you are good to go. (And undies, of course, if you so choose… I choose.) These frocks are by OffOn and are made in their studio in Lithuania. I’m definitely going to buy one in the very near future.…

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Things to read on the bus

June 2, 2016

  Today I was going to write a totally emo post about how hard it is to be a writer, maker and a blogger in Australia. But I decided that would be interesting to ZERO people and that was probably best written in my diary and hidden under my bed. So INSTEAD I thought I would tell you about a few ace things I’ve seen around the traps lately, in case they seem interesting to you too. That’s WAY better than emo ramblings…

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MOOD? Blanket-y.

June 1, 2016
ohhio by anna mo

  Brr. Last night I went out for dinner and when I was walking to the tram, on my way home the night air was so, so cold. Each time I took a breath it made me cough. It must have been 4 degrees, I swear! THEN, when I was on the tram, the dip my friend gave me leaked all over my shopping bag and the crackers she gave me and the cheese she gave me too. Everything covered…

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Running away from home?

May 26, 2016
bantam suitcase one

From top: one : two : three These bloom-festooned weekender mini suitcases are made by Bantamware. They hail from the 60s and are just the best!  I bought one a few years ago as a prop for a book and I still, to this day, feel extra chipper when I clap eyes on it. I kind of wish I had a couple more so I could make a satisfying little stack… You know, talking of stacks, I used to get a bit obsessed…

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Budgerigasp! Pete Cromer’s beautiful budgies

May 25, 2016
pete comers budgerigars

When I spotted (genius) Pete Cromer’s sherbet-sprinkled budgies on Instagram I was overcome with pastel pangs. These budgies aren’t the kind to wildly fling seed around your kitchen. They will not wake you with their joyful morning trills. They most certainly don’t need to grind their little beaks against those scratchy ovals of cuttlefish you find on the beach. And they definitely won’t learn and repeat the rude words you utter as you’re trying to lower your eggs into the poaching water without the…

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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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Twelve things to read today. In case that’s helpful.

May 18, 2016
joan didion

A thing that’s happened to the internet is that there’s just too many things. If you are anything like me, there might be times when you want to tuck yourself away from it all and have someone tell you about just a few things that are interesting. Maybe if they could hammer and chisel them out on a stone tablet, so you could sit in the garden – far from the modern world – with your cardigan pulled around your shoulders…

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Finished! Del’s ‘Downton Snuggles’ Blanket

May 16, 2016
downton snuggles blanket

My friend’s baby son is called Del. Yep. He’s adorable and smart and he likes me a lot. This is why I like to make him things. If you follow me on Instagram, you might know that I have been making Del a blanket. This is the second blanket I’ve made him. The first one was THIS one (the very last one in this post!) It’s a sort-of Mum AND baby blanket, designed for tandem snuggles, but a bit too big to…

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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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My friends have their own chocolate bars

May 12, 2016
molly and michelle at the boroughs

  My friends Molly and Michelle have their very own chocolate bars!!! Look at those words. Can you even believe it?! I found out about this marvellous turn of events at the launch of Care Packages last night. The launch party was at a really ace shop called The Boroughs (which, I must say, is brimful of things I want and is run by a gent called Alasdair – a gent I have not seen since I had a cafe…

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Good things in bowls (on Etsy)

May 11, 2016
kitten in bowl

  1. A very pricey-yet-chic bowl with a kitten in it : here 2. Little glass bowls avec succulent : here 3. This swanny one has sewing needs tucked away : here : (More of a planter, really!) 4. And that one has strawberries. Good idea: here 5. These guys have yarn in them: here I am going to go find a bowl with something nice in it now. It might even be spaghetti, if I am lucky.    …

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Get fluffy: Sometimes pompoms are just next-level

May 9, 2016
amazing pompoms by trikotri

  Holy smoke. As much as I love my pompoms-of-Fraggleness-and-heart-shaped-inclusive-ness, there is NO denying that THESE pompoms are actually the world’s best. They are the total greatest. Snaffle yourself a copy of this amazing pompom making book here. Or from here. (Or search online for ‘Cute Pompom Animals by Trikotri!) Then you can learn how to make these swoon-worthy, fluffy creatures too! You could also follow this amazingly rad pompom maker – Trikotri –  on Facebook and on Instagram (a total MUST-DO!) How great are these?! Gah!    …

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