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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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I am proud to announce my new “felt” shop – Sweet William.  Felt is a online marketplace for all things handmade from New Zealand.  The new shop is a collaboration between my sister, Paula and I.  She lives in AUS and I live here but we love the same things and decided to link up.  We have some great stickers, bookplates, paper packs and prints.  She has her shop on Made it.  The Australian version of “Felt”.

We even have a guest collaboration with Helen from Showyourworkings.  (my fellow gem) We prepared some  stunning paper packs for the craft2.0 market coming up on July 19th – some come find us there!


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Pin cushion world – Japanese gardenOriginally uploaded by shellsbells2007Another pin cushion – a little japanese garden. One of my students told me I seemed permanetly Zen like (?????). Its strange how a comment like that makes one ponder about how we are perceived. I feel very un-zen like most of the time – except maybe when Im painting – it seems to be the only time I go into a bit of a zone. When I need that zone time – I have to pop out a little canvas – here is my latest.

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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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The crafty hype about japanese magazines paid off and i just had to get one.  I ordered a “cotton and paint” and got it for myself for Christmas.  It was full of lovely, beutifully styled shots that one can pour over at leisure. Ok, so this sounds really brainless, but I did not anticipate how JAPANESE it would actualy be – well of course it is!! But I would love to be able to read some of the pages and figure out some of the instructions – that might make it a bit worthwhile!  Anyway, I am content to tell myself that it is a great reference and I might even make an object or two.


In that spirit – I am placing a Tissue holder tutorial on the blog – you can see that these instructions are not lost due to translation.

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A great day was had by all at the last (my last) market of the season.  Our table was bursting with gorgeous sumptuousness.  The crowds were great and my fellow crafters friendly and inspiring.

my favourite table for the day had to be www.cloudofbirdys.blogspot.com

I could have bought everything off her table.  I had to restrict to a few choice Christmas/wedding presents.  I say wedding because we are off to my brothers wedding in Ireland.  It is going to be fantastic.  Will see loads of family , Christmas in London and then New years in Dublin.

My little ring pincushions did really well – and i was flattered by the compliments – its such a high to know that people enjoy what you have made – its a rather emotional thing to see your little babies go off in some one elses hands – but i love it!

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Instead of retiring gracefully after Knack, I decided to go the distance and stay involved in doing Craft2.0 with my fellow gems (from my craft group).  So once again a week or two of mad, midnight crafting – and of course interjecting my time with NEW projects that really did not need to be done – but somehow i could not help myself – im sure others will relate!

I have put off all Christmas preperations untill the final week – all for the sake of craft!

However, I am glad i got on board because it looks like it will be very exciting.

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