I spend large parts of my days conversing with an almost 4-year-old and a 2-year-old, whilst cooing at a newborn.
Conversations with the almost 4-year-old can be epic.
“No. I’m not sure why there aren’t footpaths in the clouds.”
“You want your apples cut into see-saws? Right-O.”
Conversations with the 2-year-old involve a fair bit of grunting (on his part) and guessing (on my part. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT!)
To remind myself that I am an adult, capable of adult thought and communication, I’ve been delving into podcasts. I listen when I’m doing the dishes or when everybody is napping.
I really dig being inspired by Seth Godin whilst standing at my kitchen sink.
Here are 6 podcasts to download.
Through blogging and Instagramming, I’ve been introduced to an amazing Virtual Sisterhood of Creative Ladies.
The Oh Creative Lady series is your chance to meet these incredible, kind-hearted, inspiring <insert ALL the happy, positive adjectives HERE> women.
Did you know that I originally started this blog as a part of my dream of becoming a picture book author? ‘Tis true.
I have a few manuscripts gathering dust, and Life seems to have taken my blog and I slightly off-course from these aspirations. I have taken so much inspiration from this interview with Australian children’s author, Zanni Louise.
Even if you aren’t an aspiring picture book author, I can guarantee that you will find beauty, wisdom and inspiration in Zanni’s words. (I’m IN LOVE with her thoughts on Motherhood and Creativity. Talk about a shift in perspective for me!)
My creative sister from another mister, Susie from Handy with Scissors, is forever inspiring me to “give junk a chance.” She creates amazing projects out of things destined for the recycling bin. This week, Susie challenged us to get creative with containers as @get.creative.with guest judge. Here are 8 amazing ways to craft with containers.
My little guy is nuts for anything to do with transport.
Which presents an interesting challenge for me because apparently a truck is not always just a truck. I’ve also had to increase my knowledge base around construction vehicles.
The things we do for our kids.
As we approached the little guy’s 2nd birthday, it was a no-brainer that we would celebrate with a transport-themed party.
Do you follow Catalina from Red Violet Studio on Instagram? If not, I’ll wait here with my cup of tea whilst you go and check out her feed. It feels as though each time I comment on her posts, I write something like “I wish you lived closer so I could send my kids to your studio.” I obviously need to work on the originality of my Instagram commenting, but Catalina’s feed is always filled with such glorious creativity for little people. She has just set up a home studio that makes me sigh with it’s loveliness.
It is a pleasure to introduce Catalina.
Did you have any egg decorating traditions growing up?
Every Easter, I’m determined to nail the whole egg decorating business and never quite succeed.
Well, by golly, by gosh, this year I think I’ve nailed it. #modest
We had a go at egg decorating with floating chalk and the results were pretty rad.
Nothing like an Easter Hat Parade to have you scrambling for the glue gun and pom poms.
Here’s a cute and simple DIY for some Easter Bunny Ears using pipe cleaners, a headband and paper. (And pom poms should you so desire. Because pom poms.)
I dream of, one day, going on a huge trip that involves visiting the art studios of some of the amazing ladies I’ve met online. Samara’s studio, Purple Twig, is one of these dreamed-about destinations. Once you’ve read Samara’s words, and seen the images in this post of her creative space, I suspect you’ll understand. Once you’ve read Samara’s words, it’s easy to see how her philosophy permeates all that she does. It’s a pleasure to introduce Samara!
It seemed a bit ironic to be writing a post on what to pack in your labour bag in the lead-up to a planned home birth with Babe #3.
Babe #1 was born in hospital. Babe #2, like #3, was a planned home birth.
With both home births, the midwives strongly recommended having a labour bag packed in case of transfer to hospital. And because I would have made an awesome Girl Guide, I made sure I had a bag packed for “just in case” purposes.
Paint chip crafts have been celebrated in the #getcreativewith challenge on Instagram this week.
The crafty ladies from Little Button Diaries and I were stoked to have Rossa from @curiouslittlepeople on board as Guest Judge for the week.