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by kath_red on 08/12/2008

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Karen tagged me for a meme – so I thought I would take the opportunity to tell a little about the gal behind whipup. To read all the rules if you choose to participate go to Karen’s blog – but fairly simply – 7 facts about me – some strange and some not. Please leave a comment to introduce yourself with just one strange fact.

1. I have spent the best part of the past year renovating my house and living amongst rubble and dust.
2. I have two children who go to a local ‘slow’ community school, they love school so much that getting them to leave in the afternoons is a struggle.
3. Countries I have lived in for more than one year: China and England, and I really want to take the family to live in Spain for a while.
4. I was married in a rain forest with my daughter at my feet and my son in my belly.
5. I collect interesting shaped river pebbles, I love to feel their soft roundness and see them stacked or lined up neatly.
6. I wear jeans and berkenstocks nearly everyday.
7. We don’t have a tv, instead we read books to each other and play family computer games.

Don’t forget to take the buy handmade pledge these holidays.

YouCanMakeThis.Com’s “Thrifty Under 50” Challenge encourages A handmade holiday for Under $50: The goal of Thrifty Under 50 is not necessarily to have participants make all of their gifts for under $50, but rather challenge them to come up with new ways to make homemade gifts that will be appreciated, without spending much money. Blog

Melbourne Craft Cartel helps patch up economic woes: Alarmed by reports of the restrictive rental practices of shopping centre owners squeezing small independent traders out of business – Craft Cartel organised a ‘craft-in’ craft making session – to highlight the issue and encourage Melburnians to direct their shopping budgets towards those who need it most. “We want to give the community the message that if they really want to contribute positively to their [local] economy, they should forget the plasma tv and Buy Handmade and Buy Local this festive season.”

Inkubook are offering free shipping until 12 December: Enter code GIFTSHIP* during checkout to receive free standard U.S. ground shipping. This offer expires on 12/10/2008. Also inkubook has introduced calendars – Between now and December 31, 2008 you can buy one calendar and get a second copy of it for half price!

The latest issue of Down Under Quilts magazine is now online – have you signed up for your free subscription yet?

Check out pat sloans free embroidery designs :: and lovely crib sheet tutorial

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Hashi December 8, 2008 at 8:06 pm

I have two different coloured eyes. I was born with two blue eyes, but at around the change of nine they began to change. Now one is grey and one is green.

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2 mayaluna December 8, 2008 at 11:44 pm

Love knowing you a wee bit more! Thanks so much for sharing!

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3 daisy janie : scoutie girl December 8, 2008 at 11:51 pm

So nice to put some mental images with your voice – if that makes sense! Thanks for sharing!!

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4 kt December 9, 2008 at 1:20 am

Brad Paisley is my secret boyfriend. Thank you for whipup!

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5 Jason December 9, 2008 at 3:52 am

‘Slow’ community school sounds good. Can u tell us more about it?

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6 kath_red December 9, 2008 at 7:47 am

read more about the slow school movement here
http://www.slowmovement.com/slow_schools.php

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7 Marnie December 9, 2008 at 10:08 am

Thanks for this inspiring place! A strange fact? ummmm – the feel of polar fleece gives me the heebie-jeebies? is that strange?
I have a question too, please: what are the “family games” that you play on the computer? (we recently got rid of our tv too!)

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8 Kate December 9, 2008 at 8:51 pm

I have definitely taken the handmade pledge and am making and buying, but thi is making me worried about buying and selling and having a handmade Christmas next year
http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5935591

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9 kath_red December 11, 2008 at 12:46 am

while we are tv free – this doesn’t mean we are without digital stimuli! we do have computers (obviously) and watch the occasional dvd on them on the weekends. We also play computer games together as a family some evenings. This involves us all hovering around the computer giving advice, cheering each other on – and taking turns at the controls. When the kids were small we played games various kids non-commercial websites. now they are older they like more of a challenge and we have found some of the games at miniclip.com to be excellent. There are hundreds of games on there – so use the navigation tools to go to puzzle games, adventure games, there is brain training education, but also some of the maze and sports games are excellent and all involve problem solving and co-ordination. here are some of our faves:
http://www.miniclip.com/games/bloxorz/en/
http://www.miniclip.com/games/sushi-go-round/en/
http://www.miniclip.com/games/family-feud/en/
http://www.miniclip.com/games/motherload/en/

have fun

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