Thursday, 22 December 2011


I was listening to another fantastic episode of This American Life the other day. As always it made me think I had spent the day talking with so many interesting people before I remembered it was me at midnight surrounded by chaos in my office/pram bay trying to crank out Christmas cheer. Any how there was a story about a Mormon town in Arizona called Snowflake. Great name made even greater by the fact it is named after the two men who founded it, Mr Snow and Mr Flake!! Can you believe it? To this day most of the people in the town are either Snows or Flakes. I just finished my batch of Christmas, Panforte. Sounds fancy, looks fancy, tastes fancy, easy as mixing a bowl with a wooden spoon to make but this year made even more fancy by rice paper snowflakes I punched out with a hole puncher. So easy so so fancy.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Balloon pilot

I feel a bit torn in two about Christmas. Half of me wants to sit and make things with the children.Bake gingerbread and put tinsel everywhere but then I wonder how I ended up in Office works with two wiggling kids, almost crying, me not the children, as my fourth attempt to get Christmas cards printed bites the dust.
You win some you lose some and this morning we won big time as a gust of wind made five hot air balloons land at the end of our street. We went down in bare feet and pajamas and watched them land and be folded away. It was really beautiful, we got to touch one it felt like a giant jelly fish as it heaved around on the ground. I didn't take my camera but maybe that is nice.
I had a fleeting idea that maybe I should be a hot air balloon pilot until I over heard the handsome Italian balloonist say how he used to be a mountain climber and sailor. Maybe a bit much knot tying for me. Ill stick to tinsel wrangling for now.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Ink and Spindle

My boyfriend works in a beautiful old warehouse with many other people doing interesting things. One of his neighbors is Ink and Spindle who make beautiful natural screen printed fabric and now have a new line of very lovely children's clothes. I think they are just beautiful and it is tying in with my new obsession with the colour mustard which has taken me by surprise as it used to be right up there with lime green as my most hated. Pretty excited about my new mustard cardigan that arrived yesterday in the post, woo hoo

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


Hello everyone who may be reading this after seeing the lovely article posted on the Readings website. How nice.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Lift off

The book launch was really fun. I worked like a beaver all week making big cut outs of the animals and hand stitching and packaging all the books and posters. I made tiny letter shaped gingerbread and lemon cordial and so many of my friends and family came along it was really lovely. So the little book is launched and now available at Readings in Carlton as well which I am excited about. I feel like there is a lot to do it is exciting and fun and hard to fit in around the normal jam packed days we seem to have. There are raspberries to pick, chickie's to chase, sand to throw, crawling to learn, sleeps to be had, avocado to fling but we will get there slowly slowly.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Book launch

I am having a book and poster launch next Sunday the 4th of December at Smiley Mcslidey studio corner of Blyth and Nicholson st East Brunswick in Melbourne from 3pm- 5pm if anyone is in the neighbourhood, if your not you can get your very own copy at my little etsy shop

Saturday, 19 November 2011

A woooo

Well it sure has been awhile between drinks of water but here I am, another baby boy and a new project finally almost finished after what feels like an eternity of chipping away at it. Small steps, small steps, here we go boys.