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Every week I get lots of email – and also love to trawl through my rss feeds for cool things – so here i give to you some of my finds and some things that landed in my inbox this week.

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It is sort of my birthday this weekend - I am nearly 40! Well I will be at the end of the month – a Leo! But my son Orlando popped out a week before my birthday nine years ago and so each year since my birthday has been hijacked. I don’t mind – its lovely in fact that we share a birthday week but this year is my milestone halfway point birthday year and so I pushed it forward a couple of weeks to get the full benefit. We are having a big party this weekend – a pig on a spit and lots of homemade and yummy food; I made seven quiches, 100 meringues, and some shortbread biscuits, the kids made chocolate brownies and anzac biscuits, plus I am baking two big trays of Galaktoboureko - my current favourite sweet treat. There will be lots of cheese, hummus and big big bowls of salads of all sorts. Mmm a midwinter feast!

I have come across a couple of quality e-publications lately I wanted to tell you about. The first is by Laura Bray and she has a new ebook out where she offers some very valuable advice about how to market your business through the e-newsletter medium. The second is from the gals at One charming party, where you can purchase a themed party pack which includes everything from printable invitations to games, activities and recipes. You can see some sneak previews in their shop or sign up to their newsletter for a free copy. I love the superhero and the Country fair party is super sweet too. And I just had to make sure to mention these summer pops - I am getting me some of these!

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I have been thinking a lot lately about what I want to achieve from my life, what my purpose is, what my creative goals are, personal goals – family goals. Analysing what is important, what I need and what I can live without – and what I can’t live without – what are my priorities? All this angst – just like a teenager – but actually I have never been more sure of myself than I am now – about to turn 40 and I feel like my life is on track – I know what I want – finally! After all these years I have a sliver of a clue!

I was sitting in my local cafe yesterday morning, having a cup of coffee, I was a little early for an appointment and had 20 minutes to kill. So I sat and drank a double shot of espresso (I needed it) and as I sketched a few designs in my journal I listened to the conversations going on around me. A sentence sort of popped out from the general hubbub “I am halfway through my degree and I feel like I haven’t learned anything”. Oh what a gem – here I sit, halfway through my life and only just beginning to feel like I may have worked out a few things.

So what have I worked out?

  1. Life is good
  2. Moon face is acceptable
  3. I look cute with pig tails
  4. My bum is not so fat (just wide)
  5. I should’t drink too much red wine
  6. Food additives are evil
  7. A cup of tea can solve many problems
  8. Acceptance of a messy house is good
  9. I don’t have a green thumb
  10. I don’t need so much stuff
  11. I love books
  12. Crochet is good
  13. Hand stitching is not my forte
  14. I want to have lots of adventures
  15. I love baking but not cooking dinner
  16. I want to raise my own cows/goats/pigs/chickens
  17. Sport is over rated
  18. TV is not essential
  19. Reading is essential
  20. People are amazing
  21. Hats suit me
  22. I need lists and notebooks and calendars
  23. I never want to renovate a house ever again
  24. I yearn to go tramping in New Zealand
  25. Steak and salad is a perfect meal

What have you worked out?

 

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Every week I get lots of email – and also love to trawl through my rss feeds for cool things – so here i give to you some of my finds and some things that landed in my inbox this week.

If you would like to send press releases or submit your own project please send to submit[at]whipup.net.

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  • Jillian Tamaki’s embroidery
  • Embroidered children’s artwork by Molly
  • How to organise yourself
  • Amy Butler has put together a raffle to help support the relief efforts after the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the tornados and flooding throughout the Southern United States. Tickets are on sale now through July 7, Click Here.
  • Westminster Lifestyle Fabrics’ catalog and their designer’s brochures is online. www.scribd.com/wfilifestylefabrics
  • Christine has completed her 52 crafts in 52 weeks she is now inviting people to join in.
  • Kiba Kiba Books, is kicking off the summer with a new online art project for kids 7-12 years old - kid who creates artwork/illustrations/images for the song Eat like a rainbow (by Jay Mankita) will get their artwork published in a “mash-up” art book – details here.
  • Teddies for Tohoku – Rosemary collected a few bears to give to children affected by the tsunami, unfortunately she didn’t have enough for each child and so her new goal is to get enough bears for every kindergarten child in Rikuzentakata. Read about it here.
  • School House Craft conference will include photography classes, Etsy shop hints, and how to enter the publishing world.

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This week I have been a little under the weather – change of season snuffles and colds. Still not over it – but getting on with it – as you must … I have been making lots of health giving soups to give my body a fighting chance to recover. And giving myself permission to spend a couple of hours every now and again sitting and knitting and crocheting.

My friend Kate popped over to give me a quick lesson in continental knitting – wow – its pretty fast and I whipped up a couple of cowls over the weekend using my newfound continental skills. One a very chunky red, garter stitch number – I plan to stitch up the ends and add a couple of buttons – super soft and bulky. And the other a beautiful soft grey merino from Pickles knit in the round, and unfortunately twisted as doing so – but still much loved by my daughter who is wearing it to school today. Here is a great video at knitting daily which shows the purl and knit stitches in continental style. And here a video on purling continental and here is the knit stitch continental style – I think these two videos are really useful too. Did you know it was Elizabeth Zimmerman who popularised continental knitting in America? (And I still need to learn to purl continental.)

I am also doing some mad crocheting – I am halfway through my crochet ripple blanket (pic above), I am using Lucy’s pattern and 8ply/DK yarn (Although I think that Lucy recommends 10ply/worsted yarn)  from Pickles and Bendigo woollen mills here in Australia. Pickles have some gorgeous colours – I am using their Pure Alpaca range and extra fine Merino. Also Bendigo woollen mills, while their colour range may not be as luscious – you cannot fault the quality and the price. So I stock up on basics from here – Alpaca (natural cream, grey and storm grey and also classic charcoal) - beautiful to work with and you can buy in 200g balls for bigger projects.

Once you get into that ripply goodness you can vary it a bit - use it as a border, as a scarf or poncho! Also so much colour in the ripply crochet world – (rav links) love this one, this one (using bendigo woollen mills cotton) and this one too (Bendigo again!).

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Every week I get lots of email – and also love to trawl through my rss feeds for cool things – so here i give to you some of my finds and some things that landed in my inbox this week. If you would like to send press releases or submit your own project please send to submit[at]whipup.net.

I am planning a camping roundup next week – please send in your camping related diy/crafty ideas. submit[at]whipup.net.


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Happy father’s day to those celebrating today.

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