Slowing down week

by kath_red on 03/08/2012

in Books, Newsletter

Finally slowing down this week, back to normal life, quiet days, pottering about. Today I have the company of my 12 year old daughter who is not feeling so well. A bit of a malaise. We are having a quiet day in front of the fire, folding the washing, practising piano and reading books – maybe watching a bit of olympics later on too. What do you do when you slow down?

It was me and my boy’s birthday week and we celebrated simply, with good friends, homemade gifts and delicious food. I lucked out this year and treated myself to a new wood fire, we uhmed and ahhed for so long over whether or not to get one – and now I keep thinking – why did we even hesitate – it is so glorious, the house so warm, the atmosphere so cosy – I just love it.

At whipup

  • We finished the creativity series at Whipup this week and it was hell good – I encourage you to browse all the articles – I have a resource page of them all right here.
  • We also had a guest post from Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut the authors of the new book Improv Sewing, they discussed creativity and offered a free project from their book.
  • We also had a wonderful guest post from Heather Swain the author of Play These Games, she discussed the hidden benefits of playing games with kids.
  • And I also interviewed Ann Shayne, one half of Mason Dixon Knitting, about her new self published book and the process of self publishing.
  • We also participated in the book blog tour of Cast On, Bind Off with Leslie Ann Bestor, Leslie discussed her journey towards writing this book.

Inspiration boards

My pinterest boards were reorganised this week. I made some new boards, deleted old pins that no longer interested me and moved them all around to make them easier to digest. Are you on Pinterest? I am thinking of occasionally mentioning some of my new favourite pins every now and again. For example Pickled figs in balsamic vinegar and the Traveling quilts.


We are reading The Apothecary as our family novel at the moment – such a great book! Adventure, science, a bit of magic and a tiny bit of innocent romance too. I’d say this book would be perfect for 9 and up – my two are 10 and 12 and are greatly enjoying reading it (as are we adults).

And speaking of books for curious kids, these two books have been keeping us occupied for a while now. What is not to love about The Boy Mechanic books, The Complete Boy Mechanic has 359 things to build – as these projects were originally published over 100 years ago you can be sure of their entertaining even the most jaded computer game addicted lad. These games and activities are not prissy and not dumbed down, they are the original projects from last century. Fantastic stuff!

We are also really enjoying Australian Backyard Naturalist (it’s a National Library of Australia Publication). Visually interesting and filled with facts, stories and activities about Aussie backyard critters (birds and bugs, reptiles and frogs, worms and snails etc…), would make a great gift for kids interested in science and nature.

[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] (Australians can purchase craft books online through can do books or booktopia or else browse booko for the best prices.)

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1 Natalie August 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm

The boy mechanic book is really fantastic stuff!
First thing we did, when we got the book, was the feather airplane dart.
4 feathers, a nail and some string is all what one needs for it and it flies very well.


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