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Right now I am …

by kath_red on 11/01/2013

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  • Camping on some wild coastline, going to the beach for daily swims, getting sunburnt and giving my feet and lets a good workout on some bush walks.
  • Trying to get a little organised with our first week of our year long road trip adventure, finding a home for everything is a little tricky at times.
  • Catching up with some friends and family, eating lots of good food, laughing and breaking up kiddo fights, playing cards, being annoyed by flies and freaking out at all the koalas in and around our campsite (boy they are really noisy at night too!).

Follow along on our year long road trip at the Action Pack blog

Meanwhile at whipup — review of A sock knitter’s handbook :: Some things I really like ::  Looking back at 2012

Cool crafty things – Cute bear brooch :: Cosy cottage quilt blocks

Do get in touch if you are interested in writing a guest post for whipup this year!

 

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Looking back at the year, time to reflect. All up a good year — what about you? Major events, changes, projects?

It was a year of ups and downs for me. I wrote a book, made 12 (make that 14) quilts, wrote two book proposals, published 5 issues of Action Pack magazine, dreamed and planned for our trip away (a year of travel 2013 — read about it here). I had a minor melt down, my daughter grew taller than me, I read lots of books, I turned 41 … I crocheted, I sewed, I cooked, I blogged, I parented, I gardened … mostly a good year.

Looking back at the year through the eyes of whipup.net: — the highlights … a year of real life

January 2012 — a month of tutorials, controversy and taking it slowly – this was my 2012 welcome letter

February 2012 – a month of quilts and science and crochet

March 2012 – A bit of this and that – Fabric, knitting and crochet

April 2012 – family and kids and social media and balance

May 2012 – Real life and creativity

June 2012 – A really full month of creativity

July 2012 – Creativity, and real life discussion

August 2012 – a month of this and that — slowing down, romance, quilting and knitting

September 2012 – knitting designers, and truth

October 2012 – more knitting and even a quilt
November 2012 – Eco home and knitting

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Right now I am …

by kath_red on 27/12/2012

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A tent in our kitchen — everyone should have one!
  • Thinking about friends and all the things I will miss by being away for a whole year.
  • Urging myself to get organised. I have written copious lists, lists for camping, lists for renting our house, lists for packing our things, lists for homeschooling and traveling and budgeting … lists, lists, lists.
  • Contemplating what was for us a simple Christmas celebration … games, family and good food. Marred only by a migraine.
  • Thankful I can now safely pack away the Christmas tree and decorations. I am really in clean up, get rid of stuff, tidying mode.
  • Wanting this packing and cleaning process to be over already, so I can get onto the planning phase of our trip. I really want to get stuck into reading my new camping guide to Australia.
  • Dying to play with my new Christmas toy — a gorilla tripod — I need an iphone sized one now too.
  • Looking at a pile of paperwork to sort and file and do stuff with. Thankful though that I have completed my tax, and hoping with my new budget / money management app that I won’t have such a headache come tax time next year.
  • Enjoying watching season 10 of Project Runway with the kids. Better late than never. I missed season 9 and thinking we should watch that now too.
  • Wondering what to do with my stash of egg cartons. I can’t bear to throw them away for some strange reason. To the recycling centre we go.
  • Feeling quite proud about cleared out closets and bathroom cabinets. Empty bookshelves and kitchen cupboards. Boxes are filling up the shed.
  • Remembering another proud moment when the kids made the Christmas Pavlova due to my Christmas migraine. Such great kids.
  • Pushing down waves of overwhelming stress about this whole packing for a year thing. What on earth were/are we thinking … oh yeah thats right — family togetherness, adventure, creating amazing memories and relationships as a family, travel and excitement, swimming at the beach, fishing every day, reading lots of books in a hammock under a tree, climbing mountains and gazing at the stars, building sand castles and making land art, cooking out of doors and learning so much from each other. Can’t wait to get started!

What are your plans for 2013?

Some links I have loved lately — mostly all related to camping and the outdoors

Crafty fun links

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Do you make some (all) of your gifts each year? Do you encourage your kids, family and friends to do the same. This time of year it is so difficult to get away from the commercialism of the season, it is inevitable that you will enter a toy shop at some stage … being realistic myself I know that I won’t be able to make all our gifts this year.

But for those that do … here are some free printable labels you might like to use. Click on the image to go to a print quality pdf. This is from the latest Action Pack — it is the Family Apothecary edition — and includes some great ideas for last minute gifts, lots more labels, and just lots of really scrummy things for your skin and body care.

What to make … what to make …

Five quick crochet gifts

  1. Crochet bow
  2. Crochet heart
  3. Convertible cowl
  4. Slouchy hat
  5. Owl hat

Five quick gifts for kids to make

  1. Printing with found materials
  2. Basket weaving
  3. Painted feathers
  4. Circle weaving
  5. Handmade boats

Five quick handmade gifts for him

  1. Tool rollup
  2. Camping stool
  3. Cosy slippers
  4. Car kit
  5. Leather notebook

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This compilation issue is a curated mix of projects from the first 2 years of Action Pack.

These projects have been specially chosen to appeal, and be appropriate for, the 3-6 year old pre-schooler age — and their parents.

These projects will enable pre-schoolers to explore craft, cooking, science and the outdoors in a fun, messy and interesting way.

Parents will be required to closely supervise these projects, assist where required, help set up the space and explain the projects. However the projects themselves should be carried out by the children with only minimal assistance. Parents will of course be able to choose projects they think their children are ready for.

These projects are messy, fun and useful! And they require only the most basic of supplies (paint, paper and a few pantry items), and you’ll most likely need aprons or old shirts to use as paint smocks, some paint brushes and some newspaper to lay out to make clean up a lot easier.

Enjoy
xx
Kathreen

This is an e-magazine – you will receive a download link to a high quality printable pdf [you can save the file to your hard drive and access it, read, and print it anytime and you can view the pdf on a Tablet or iPad].

Projects in the Preschool Action Pack Special Compilation Edition

35 projects // 60 pages of projects aimed at the 3-6 preschool age group

ART & CRAFT

  • Origami Cup
  • Lemon Prints
  • Chalk & Sand Art
  • Stone Eggs
  • Message Stones
  • Munch’em Egg Cosy
  • Cornflour Paint
  • Aztec Prints
  • Watercolour Feathers
  • Cornhusk Dolls
  • Party Mask

OUTDOORS

  • Herb & Fruit Tea
  • Seedling Pots
  • Paper Seed Bombs
  • Nature Jewels
  • Wild Body Paint
  • Three Simple Games
  • Stic-Stac-Stone
  • Scavenger Hunt

COOKING

  • Fruit Salad Kebabs
  • Fruit and Nut Snowballs
  • Trail Mix
  • Oat Balls
  • Homemade Butter
  • Honeycomb Lemonade
  • Pretzel Log Cabin
  • Easy Granita

SCIENCE

  • Cornflour Slime
  • Vinegar Volcano
  • Bubble Prints
  • Marble prints
  • Lava Concoction
  • Oily Fireworks
  • Lemon Acid Fizz
  • Zesty Bath Bombs
This is an e-magazine – you will receive a download link to a high quality printable pdf [you can save the file to your hard drive and access it, read, and print it anytime and you can view the pdf on a Tablet or iPad].

Preschool Action Pack projects contributed by:

:: Kathreen Ricketson {whipup.net}

:: Anne Weil {flax and twine}

:: Margie Oomen {resurrection fern}

:: Verity Heysen Kizek {the light garden}

:: Joanie Gorman {nini makes}

:: Susan Phillips {living with punks}

:: Carina Envoldsen-Harris {carinas craft blog}

::  Lisa Tilse {the red thread}

This compilation issue is a curated mix of projects from the first 2 years of Action Pack.

These projects have been specially chosen to appeal, and be appropriate for, the 3-6 year old pre-schooler age — and their parents.

Important: The pdf magazine will be automatically delivered via e-mail as soon as your payment is received. The e-mail you receive will include a link to download the file directly to your computer. Please note that the link will only allow you to access the file for a limited period (150 hours or 5 tries), so please make sure to download and save the file on your own computer as soon as you receive it. Lost files may be replaced for a period of 30 days following purchase.

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