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A bit of this and that

by kath_red on April 30, 2013

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Have you been enjoying the series this month on Functional Creativity? Shelter and Clothe are the latest additions :: with a tutorial on giving new life to old clothes and the Handmakers factory fitting in really well to this month’s theme too! Also this week a new reviewer at Whipup reviewed Textured Stitches.

Next month we have a new theme and a new set of guest edited posts — very excited as there are lots of resources for starting up your creative business.

creative inspiration

Some crafty links :: Anne emailed in a cute tutorial for a knitted rose :: Check out this photographic granny duvet cover — uhm what do you think? :: Make a craft apron :: Yoghurt panna cotta — yum! :: Gotta make some boy suspenders :: A list of cool craft blogs :: Goat cheese and chive biscuits (uhm scones in the UK and Aus) :: Weave a living basket :: Cultivating creativity in kids.

With Google reader about to close up shop forever i have been looking at alternatives :: Feedly seems like the forerunner I’ve signed up and it is nice to use — you can import your google reader account very easily too) :: Pulse is another one.

What’s up with me ? …

As many of you probably know or have guessed — I am travelling with my family on a year long camping trip around Australia. It has its ups and downs. I have learned a few things :: Change is good. Homeschooling is hard. Kids are stubborn. Cooking over the fire is fantastic. Sunsets over the ocean are bliss. Country town libraries and laundromats are an amazing resource. Don’t trust your husband with the keys — but do trust him with driving. Homemade ice cream and cake is the best.

Don’t you just love that pic of the house above — creative inspiration for sure!

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During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy! :: April is Functional Creativity.

DO get in touch if you are interested in writing a guest post for whipup this year! Send me a short email with your idea Kathreen {at} whipup.net

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Change

by kath_red on April 18, 2013

in my life, Newsletter

Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself. Rumi

When we make a change, it’s so easy to interpret our unsettledness as unhappiness, and our unhappiness as the result of having made the wrong decision. Our mental and emotional states fluctuate madly when we make big changes in our lives, and some days we could tight-rope across Manhattan, and other days we are too weary to clean our teeth. This is normal. This is natural. This is change. Jeanette Winterson

There’s still time to change the road you’re on. Led Zeppelin

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You would think that taking a year away from your ordinary life would be change enough. Or perhaps this oasis is merely a catalyst for more change. Taking a year away seemed like such a huge step, to pack up and live on the road with minimal stuff and in a confined space is like the wind of freedom blowing through your life. A chance to step out of the ordinary and the chaos of comfort to contemplate the bigger picture — to look at where you are going and what you want to achieve.

This perspective has been life changing is many small ways for us — it has taken a couple of months to relax enough to even get to this stage of contemplation, to be able to let go of the worries and pull of our regular life — and we are still not fully there yet. We still worry and wonder. But now we have begun to make plans, to visualise a life of difference, to see beyond what is in front of our nose and to seek new horizons. I am not even talking about anything major — we won’t be living in an ashram, and we won’t be building a treehouse in the woods, but a list is beginning to emerge — priorities and importances.

Some big changes are in the wind, but it is the smaller changes I am most excited about. A commitment to live more fully in the now, to create small everyday adventures, and listen to our hearts.

What changes would you / could you want to make — small or big, realistic or dreamy — or are you completely happy where you are right now?

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During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy! :: April is Functional Creativity.

DO get in touch if you are interested in writing a guest post for whipup this year! Send me a short email with your idea Kathreen {at} whipup.net

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Right now I am

by kath_red on April 10, 2013

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working and drinking coffee

Right now I am …

  • Sitting in the library in a lovely little town in the South West corner of Australia. I am catching up on emails, fixing a few illustrations for my upcoming quilt book, and writing blog posts.
  • Thinking about the swim i’ll be enjoying later this afternoon.
  • Smelling the bread roll that is sitting next to me, I can’t eat it in the library so i’m waiting to finish up here so I can go and sit in the park and eat a fresh roll and finish up with a crispy apple.
  • Planning what we are having for dinner tonight. We have some dough rising back at the campsite to be made into campfire pizza.
  • In awe of the amazing scenery we passed through on the drive to this lovely town and looking forward to driving back through it on the way back to the campsite.
  • Looking forward to a cold ginger beer around the campfire this afternoon.
  • Wondering where my family has gone — they are no doubt reading comic books in a bean bag in the corner of this wonderful library.

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At whipup …

Lots of lovely book reviews :: Fairy Tale Knits :: Elegant Quilts :: Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon

Guest Posts :: During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy! :: Second series is themed around Functional Creativity the first article is Build the Hearth :: First series was Making something from Nothing — articles include — Stash Busting, and Thrifty shopping for craft supplies.

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Easter Egg

 

Easter is on its way — a little earlier than usual — end of March, so it will creep up on you before you know it. As we are camping without extravent cooking facilities I am thinking of making some chocolate easter bark — which I think will be achievable, delicious and not too fussy — I was thinking of a toasted almond and a ginger or mint snap version. This gorp version would be great for camping and this coconut and macadamia version would go down very well, do you have a favourite chocolate bark recipe?

Don’t forget to grab a copy of the Easter Special edition of Action Pack Magazine from our shop.

Some more quick and fun easter crafts just in time for this weekend. Happy weekending!

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News and quilts

by kath_red on March 20, 2013

in Newsletter, Quilting

QuiltCon

The past month has been a bit quilty in the online craft scene

During March on Whipup I begin a monthly Guest Editor series, where I have invited a bunch of lovely people to curate a short series of posts each month.

Also recently we launched the latest edition of Action Pack magazine for kids. This edition is themed on Water — the first in a four part series focussing on the elements. A great issue with a bunch of fantastic contributors which was put together while on the road — libraries and tents and beach side writing — lots of ingenuity involved. If you are interested in contributing for further issues check in here. In the meantime do grab yourself a copy of this issue — only $6 for 40 ad-free pages of projects.

Book reviews this year are being managed this year by Julie and reviewed by a great team of crafty gals. Check out Feathered friends.

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