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October 11, 2009

Friends of mine have an adorable daughter who turned one on the weekend, so a present was in order! Her favourite hairstyle is what my mother used to refer to as Whalespouts, and since she’s so horribly cute, I figured I’d continue my grandmother’s tradition and make her a portrait doll. I loved the upside …

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Fringe Fringe Fringe

September 27, 2009

Our Fringe show Everything Will Be Ok is going really well. We’re playing to extremely appreciative audiences, they hang around afterwards and ask lots of questions, about the ideas behind it, about the puppetry involved, about how long it took to build, all sorts of things. They tell us that it’s absorbing and magical, which …

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Oh, surprises are so hard to sit on!

July 9, 2009

So I’ve been making a lot of stuff recently, but it’s all for an upcoming Fringe theatre show, so I can’t really show you. Otherwise it wont be a surprise and a joy for those of you who see the show itself. I know I shared Totem dolls as I found them on the net, …

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Fast punch history lesson

July 7, 2009

A friend of mine asked a question about doileys over email, and I sent her a Rambling Fast Punch History of Craft Lesson in reply. So I figured I’d share it. ___ The traditional spelling of doiley is actually D’oyleys. It would be a great comfort to me if you could use the correct term …

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Home Made Help book on presale now!

July 2, 2009

I’ve just got this email and I’m so excited I wanted to share it with you right away!For those of you who don’t know, the Handmade Help blog put a call out for family recipes to combine into a book for the victims of the Black Saturday bushfires. They’ve lost everything, including treasured old family …

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craft book quicky

June 23, 2009

Surely the whole of the Australian internet craft community know of the great and wonderful Pip Lincoln and her Meet Me At Mikes – store, blog and book. Plus, she runs Brown Owls, a crafty community who come together to make, eat, drink and be happy, of which I am a proud member. Pip is …

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Crafty Library continuations

June 22, 2009

Firstly, I’m one artist’s story from finishing Handmade Nation by Faythe Levine and Cortney Heimerl which is really interesting. It’s got essays in the middle of it’s interviews by people like Andrew Wagner, the senior editor of American Craft magazine and Garth Johnson, who runs Extreme Craft and is a favourite of mine. Betsy Greer …

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Musing on craft theory (because my camera cord is missing again)

June 6, 2009

So I’ve been running around all week working on a film, I cooked an ace thing and photographed a bunch of cool stuff but can’t find my blasted camera cord, AGAIN, so all those ace images are still trapped in my camera. So instead I figured I’d talk about the other thing that’s been on …

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OOooooo… I hate it when that happens

May 21, 2009

It was bound to happen eventually. It always does. But that doesn’t stop me every time wishing that it didn’t. No Idle Hands finished. I hate when good books do that. I remember in high school having a favourite series of 3 books by David(cough)gemmel. The Diamond Throne series. When he bought out the second …

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Nerdy obsession?

May 18, 2009

On the weekend I attended a fancy dress party with the theme of Nerdy Obsessions. In between the storm troopers, star trek uniforms, miriad of Dr Who’s and random Lord of the Rings characters, there was one girl in blue jeans, knitted cardigan, with beanie, scarf and clutching double pointed needles which had the beginnings …

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