My Nan died and now my university degree costs $18K more

August 2, 2021

I loved my Nan. Her cheekiness. Her grumpiness. Her lifelong devotion to the footy. Her stoicism. Her nifty craftiness. When COVID job loss and the subsequent financial ruin forced me out of Victoria (my home for 35+ years) and back to the state where I was born, spending more time with her was one of the things I most looked forward to. Little did I know that it was not to be. And that her loss would impact in ways…

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Coming Home

July 24, 2021

A little over a year ago it would have been impossible to imagine the world we live in now. We were humming along with our pre-COVID lives, many of us quite certain that pandemics were the stuff end-of-days Oscar winning films were made of. Little did we know … Fast-forward to now and we’ve all suffered losses of some kind (jobs, loved ones, fitness, superannuation, freedom). It’s been the sort of steep learning curve that has taught us to count…

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A New Guided eCourse From Me: Inspiration Information

July 8, 2021

My eCourse Inspiration Information is running again in late August with all new content designed to give you a creative pick-me-up and help you find a creative gang. It’s all online and you can do it at your own pace. A bunch of other interesting people will work along beside you (at their own pace!) The group is guided by me for 30 days to give you a good shot at staying focused, establishing fresh habits and finding fun new…

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Nice Stuff For Good People #005

July 3, 2021

Remember this series? I didn’t. I forgot allllll about it. What a goose I am. Let’s revisit it? Let’s bring it back?! + Something To Cook Jen Limmm’s wontons. Oh. My. Gosh. Yes. + Something To Craft Clever cookie Holly’s gorgeous Gigi Jumper. I just bought this pattern! I’m super excited to get cracking on it. + Something To Listen To The new Kings of Convenience album, perhaps? Sounds perfect to me! + Something To Wear Oh my gawsh I…

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Taking Stock … in June

June 28, 2021

What better thing is there to do for one’s wellbeing than to pause and notice who you are and what you do and why you do it? Taking Stock Making a puffy scarf with a generous popcorn stitch and colourful yarn. It’s very snuggly and works up quick too! I’m also working on my mini granny blanket. I’m really trying to get stuck into my giant pile of crafty work-in-progresses and finish them off! Getting impatient to throw a bunch of…

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Everyday Life 002

June 24, 2021

The days are so chilly and short, aren’t they? I’ve started serving dinner at 5pm, an unheard of thing but a welcome one (and better for the evening digestion!) Life has been full of study and reading and trips to the shops and cooking and crocheting too. Last week I took a couple of long walks along the river, when it wasn’t QUITE so cold, and that was ace. So many people walk the paths there and it’s very close…

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Are you a sleep screw-up or ..?

June 11, 2021

Very often, I wake in the night. I’m not sure if it’s because of my age, my brain, my hormones or a heady mix of all of the above, but wake in the night I do. Once upon a time, I’d worry about the waking. I had read (and written about) the importance of a good night’s sleep. I’d lie there, way too comfy and cosy to be awake, and wonder what I was doing wrong, why I couldn’t succeed…

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