This week sees the end of our truly inspiring guest series of posts on creativity. It also sees the end of my deadline – all done, dusted and delivered with a couple of days to spare. I am back in the seat here at whipup and back in the land of the living at home. My kids said to me – does this mean you won’t tell us to go away every time we try to talk to you? - Yep! (well maybe – depends what you want.)
I have worked through the last 12 weekends or so – I have fought off a cold by sheer willpower, have ignored the washing until I was down to my last pair of knickers, but I still found time to bake cinnamon rolls.
And luckily for my boy (Orlando turned 10 this week) he held off his birthday until I was almost done with the deadline, so I was able to make his special birthday dinner (BouillabaisseÂ and creme brulee – very rich dinner – it gave me indigestion but was incredibly delicious). And today I am off to Pilates – need a good stretch then coffee with friends.
Cooking with kids
Make sure to read this post I wrote as a guest on Simple Homeschool – all about raising confident kids by giving them space and encouragement to experiment in the kitchen. Also if you are interested in this topic you can head over to my Action-Pack blog for some more articles: Letting the kids in the kitchen is a general guide to age appropriate cooking :: How to be a TV free family is a soft approach to watching less tv and being more involved in your kids time :: Alternative party bags – a few ideas to delete those horrendous party bags from the party equation – a bug bear of mine! :: Cooking with kids – a few ideas on how to make cooking with and for the family a little easier now and again :: Staying organised – a few thoughts on how to keep your week from turning to chaos – I am still very much learning! :: And you might want to purchase our e-magazine for families and kids –Â Action Pack Family Cooking edition HERE.
CreativityÂ series at whipup
Peruse the whole of the creativity series here. And next week i’ll be doing a bit of a round up of the posts too – where i’ll create a page linking directly to all the posts in the series. The latests posts in the series include :: Not a lot of serious :: Finding time to fail :: My business brings meÂ fulfilmentÂ :: Something from something :: Quilt + Dad :: Visual overload :: Snatching a little creativity here and there :: Sewing with the flow :: How craft gave me back my confidence :: and Never let a crisis go to waste. I think there is a lot of interesting ideas in this series – philosophy, humour and introspection – definitely worth a read.
This week on Pinterest – are you on there yet? It is a little addictive – you can follow my boards [Pinterest] if you like. I have discovered a few new fun things :: A list of 100 best chapter books (for kids) :: A pincushion for your sewing machine :: Natural way to freshen your home :: zipper card pouch tutorial :: A very cool quilt :: Iron pot bread recipe.
I just want to briefly mention some books on my pile — Wearwithall: Knits for your lifeÂ a classic collection of 13 customisable patterns, designed by a group of passionate knitters (i’ll have the authors on whipup soon discussing the book) :: Simple Modern Sewing by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha and published in the US by Interweave Press 2011. Sensible, comfortable, wearable designs. :: And Knitting Scandinavian Slippers and Socks by Laura Farson and published by Martingale & Co 2012. New ways with socks – for sock making junkies!
[Thanks to publishers and distributors and authors for sending me books to review, I don't get paid to post reviews but I am an amazon affiliate]Â (Australians can purchase craft books online throughÂ can do booksÂ orÂ booktopiaÂ or else browseÂ bookoÂ for the best prices.)