For many weeks now I have been working on the next edition of Action Pack magazine – this one is for EVERYONE not just for kids, and I know my whipup audience will especially love it. Family Apothecary – 50+ pages of salves, lotions, balms and crafty projects!

As a bit of a teaser, while I put the finishing touches on this issue, here is a project extract — How To Make Healing Salves. These are so amazing … you will love these. The pic below links to a downloadable PDF page.

In the magazine I have included quite a few variations and different recipes for this project, plus hundreds — yes there are hundreds — of recipes, tips, variations and ideas for cleaning up your home and health the natural way! It is coming out early next week. Anyone with early requests – let me know!

This Action Pack will be perfect for gift giving this season, it includes quite a few pages of printable labels, perfect for all sorts of things.

Action Pack Kids Magazine News


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Right now I am …

by kath_red on 05/09/2012

in Newsletter

Right now I am …

Enjoying spring weather walking, hanging sheets on the line, and thinking about a spring cleaning the yard.

Planning one last pine forest walk to fetch one last batch of pine cones for the fire.

Discussing, planning and getting excited about our very big next year project.

Changing the quilts around on the beds.

Reading, crocheting, baking, walking … thinking about swimming.

Thinking it is time to get back into the craft room, I have had a long enough hiatus from quilts.

Editing a new series for whipup – a knitting designer series – am very excited and I know you will enjoy it.

Sad and annoyed about those damn crows stealing all the eggs that our duck was sitting on, thinking about what to do about it and not feeling very optimistic – rather grimly realistic about the lesson we have been taught about nature.

Pining for the days when my kiddos were babies, these pre-teen / teen years are [going to be] a trial.

Baking old fashioned cakes

Meanwhile on whipup recently

My latest Pinterest finds and faves

  •  This embroidered linen neckline
  • This Blueberry slump
  • This tapioca pudding
  • This pattern for sewing slippers
  • This Eco Keyhole garden
  • This  [father son project] match rocket
  • These dreamcatchers
  • This tunic dress
  • This knitted wrist warmer pattern
  • This wonderful elephant photograph


oh and one more thing – do you know of anyone looking for a house in Canberra (Australia) next year – academics on sabbatical for example? Our listing is here.

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Procrastination: Putting off or delaying or defering an action to a later time.

Structured procrastination: To work on something important, using it as a way to avoid doing something that’s even more important.

John Perry won a Ig Nobel prize [US Parody of the Nobel prize for unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research, the winners are based on “first make people laugh, and then make them think”] in literature in 2011 for his 1997 essay Structured procrastination.

An excerpt from his essay:

Structured procrastination, an amazing strategy I have discovered that converts procrastinators into effective human beings, respected and admired for all that they can accomplish and the good use they make of time. All procrastinators put off things they have to do. Structured procrastination is the art of making this bad trait work for you. The key idea is that procrastinating does not mean doing absolutely nothing. Procrastinators seldom do absolutely nothing; they do marginally useful things, like gardening or sharpening pencils or making a diagram of how they will reorganize their files when they get around to it. Why does the procrastinator do these things? Because they are a way of not doing something more important. If all the procrastinator had left to do was to sharpen some pencils, no force on earth could get him do it. However, the procrastinator can be motivated to do difficult, timely and important tasks, as long as these tasks are a way of not doing something more important.


This week my structured procrastination has involved re-doing illustrations, working on my crochet and folding the laundry – I need to work on my structured procrastination a little more carefully and be a more productive person. What do you do when procrastinating? I find having a list is quite handy – a list of all the things that need doing and then when I have a deadline looming that I am dreading I can get all my other things done. What would be on your list?

This is where Procrasti-crafting and Procrasti-cleaning really come into their own! How clean and organised my house it and how full my freezer is and look how my new crochet blanket is coming along when I have a deadline looming.

My list to procrastinate with

  • Coffee with friends who I rarely see, but should see more often
  • I have a long list of books I have been meaning to read
  • Stacking wood, sweeping the deck, getting rid of outside cobwebs, weeding the garden
  • Moving furniture around and vacuuming under beds and couches and rugs
  • Reorganising the pantry, the linen cupboard, the cutlery drawer
  • Refolding my fabric stash, organising my books shelf, sorting out kids clothing into too small and too old pile
  • Go to the dentist, book in that gyno-exam, clean out the filter in the washing machine

In order to not finish my current actual real looming (and in fact some long past) deadlines. oops. But some of these has finally made it to the top of the list and my guilt and sense of urgency has raised them to almost urgent status. I’ll get onto them tomorrow!

Meanwhile on whipup recently

More crafty news

  • C&T is seeking Amish inspired quilt contributions

My latest Pinterest finds and faves


oh and one more thing – do you know of anyone looking for a house in Canberra (Australia) next year – academics on sabbatical for example? Our listing is here.

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Reading lots of romance novels, nothing worthy, nothing memorable … just sweet dilly dallying on the couch in front of the fire.

Chatting craft and blogs and books with friends, and crocheting again, and baking some brownies (which turned out not as a good as usual).

Enjoying watching the rain, and watching the ducks enjoying the rain and being inside while it rains outside.

Having afternoon tea at our favourite cafe with my sweet kids. Hot chocolates with white marshmallows (no pink ones) and a coffee for me and some potato wedges with sweet chilli sauce.

Finding myself annoyed at my preteen daughter who is in the throes of hormonal upheaval and then reminding myself to be understanding and patient and loving and then realising that I am also a hormonal mess and I should avoid confrontation and arguments when this mood is in the house. Explaining to my 10 year old son that he is likely to have an extremely annoying sister for a few more years yet and then she might turn out to be his friend.

Using up the pantry stores rather than going grocery shopping.

Going for some lovely neighbourhood walks and taking photos along the way. Being observant.

Thinking about what is for dinner tonight – Friday night – something yummy. Maybe a hearty curry vegetable soup followed by chocolate cake, or perhaps roast chicken and roast vegetables with apple pie and cream, or a big bowl of chilli con carne and custard tart.

Finishing up the latest Action Pack Magazine (sneak peek pic above).

Planning what to do on a rainy weekend this weekend, thinking about more trashy novels and more crochet while curled up in front of the fire … and having another crack at those brownies.

Whipup crafty news


oh and one more thing – do you know of anyone looking for a house in Canberra (Australia) next year – academics on sabbatical for example? Our listing is here.


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So strange that I should be suddenly struck with the urgent need to re-read all of Jane Austen, and to watch every single dramatised version I can find. And then to turn this sudden sublime pastime to the ridiculous I have also discovered the genre of Jane Austen FanFic – sequels and alternative endings galore. Oh My! Not only that but whilst reading I had to continually look up all sorts of references, and research society and politics, health and food, fashion and travel from 1815. I have also been reading all about Jane Austen’s own life and various critiques and reviews of her work down the ages. It is all so very interesting. (All of Jane Austen’s books are available online.)

This is all probably partly due to being a wee bit ill this past week which has led to a huge procrastination binge, a very messy house and a fantasy of having a maid (or two).

 Getting out and about for some healthful walking though – not being cooped up in the house all the time. Driving the kids here and there, soccer, music, activities, and waiting waiting, gives me time for a brisk afternoon walk, where I take some photos of unfamiliar neighbourhoods, interesting fences, colourful graffiti, and then muck about with new iphone camera apps too (a new fave is the pro camera app)

On Whipup this week

This week on whipup you will find my pinterest boards and our flickr group. Come and play.

Crafty stuff

diy bike pannier :: mohawk beannie :: Ombre dyed chevron dress (love) :: Recycled planters :: Stitchy felt headband :: diy x-leg bench :: Build a tower crane with kids :: Needle felt fruit ::

oh and one more thing – do you know of anyone looking for a house in Canberra (Australia) next year – academics on sabbatical for example? Our listing is here.


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