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So – when the little voices in the head start to get louder i know im getting a bit stressed!  (Does anyone else get little voices reminding you of all you have to do or am i the only psyco?)

I have decided to get a to dolist going!  I’m not really a list person – but for some reason when i have a million things to juggle – the list gets going big time.  This one is in Excel!  its by date and order of priority – impressed? 

I have just been accepted on to a “Return to teaching” course through Massey University- it will run for the next couple of months – so I will be back in the classroom soon.  Not sure how i feel about that yet.  Glad to have got onto the course anyway cos its free!  I have to go away for a week of training and come back to Craft 2.0 the very next day – so feel the need to be prepared.  I have also commited to rewritting some kids church curriculum on an ongoing basis, with total folly i signed up for some swaps – (very excited about the block print fabric swap with jezze )and my sister and I are trying to get our little craft thing off the ground (juggle, juggle).  Just not enough hours in the day at the moment – especially since school holidays start next week……

Can you see my TO DO list is justified?


I have been making some more M and C little hanging softies.  These are scented with rose essential oil – it makes them delicious.

Don’t you just love this colouring in page?  Download it and complete it – its such fun and gets the juices flowing.   After all, when there is a million things to do – i say procrastinate and colour in!


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Hubby has gone up coast for a couple of days to surf and fetch a new puppy (wait till you see the pics of our new bubba). Serendipitously, the girls were out on play-dates – so I had a long afternoon to do…..well,- did I create domestic serenity? No. Did I finish the numerous unfinished projects hanging around? No.
Instead, I made a little pin world on a thrifted piece of fabric. Twinge of guilt? Yes – after all – surely a day should have more purpose? more value?
I did go for a long walk on the beach this morning, I did do a bit of a clean sweep after that and I did let the girls use my acrylic paint which turned into sunflowers and sharks. Does that redeem me?

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I found this book to be a sumptious feast of colour and inspiration.  I had a look through it at the last “craft Hub” meeting and I was so excited to be exposed to a new cultural craft that I knew nothing about.   The art of tivaevae making is unique to the Cook Islands.  Quilt making was introduced by Christian missionaries to the women of these South Pacific islands and they have embraced it, adapted it and turned into such gorgeous, striking pieces, intricatly stitched.   I really find the bold graphic designs so amazing.  I am looking forward to exploring the work more and hopefully meet some Cook Island ladies and see the pieces being created.

A quick glance through the book inspired this embroidery on canvas which I did for my friend Helen to go with her new kitchen revamp.

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My friend Helen ( a little Gem from my craft group) has such a lovely Babushka doll she is giving away – visit her – don’t be shy – we had such fun with the last draw we want to do it again.

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She is made from my special Shweshwe stash of fabric and has ostrich shell beads for hair.  Just leave a comment and away she will fly.

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Welcome bloglanders.  Hope you’ve found some good stuff out there – I know that I usually hit gold after a few short minutes surfing – before I know it –  several hours have passed !  I was excited to find the following giveaway.  Thanks to Jodie from RicRac.I love finding a free tutorial but often feel the preassure of trying to customize them a bit – give them my spin.  I found this CD holder at SewmamaSew and turned it into a slightly different folded wallet in Shweshwe fabric – you like? 


Any one else preparing for a craft sale on Valentines Day?  I have one with the girls from my craft group “little gem session” at http://www.webstock.org.nz/. 

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Here are a few bits I am pulling together from the ShweShwe fabric

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