being grateful

365gratefuls cover

On Christmas Eve a new book I had ordered arrived. It was a good Christmas present for myself.

365 gratefuls, the book, originated from a project by Hailey Bartholomew. In 2008 Hailey had decided to embark on a year long project in which she took a polaroid of a moment every day that she was grateful for, in order to fight depression. It worked. Continue reading


Made By Hand – Channel 31

So….  a few weeks back I volunteered to help teach some lovely ladies at the Brunswick Brown Owls how to make a crocheted granny square. It was a super evening, I had a great time sharing some knowledge and a few people learnt to crochet right from scratch and others enjoyed getting into a granny square groove. It was great, well received, lots of good sharing, social and just jolly well nice.

The evening’s proceedings were made a bit more interesting due to a film crew being in attendance. Continue reading

I am a nuff

In just one day, the very same day, yesterday in fact, I discovered, through the online tweety community, two books that have hastily made their way on to my ‘Books – Must Buy’ list. Thanks to Pip Lincolne and Sarah Wilson respectively, for introducing me to The Happiness Project and The Gifts of Imperfection.

Words about / around these books resonate with me – here are a couple of reasons why Continue reading

crafty stress management is going great!

here is what one of the lovely course participants said:

“Crafty Stress Management has helped me to reassess my attitudes towards crafting, my responses to stress, and my love of creativity! Thank you Sue, for sharing your knowledge!” Continue reading

getting unstuck with pema

Have you ever come across Pema Chodron? she’s great! she has many a wise word to impart, she’s written many books, my favourite title being ‘Comfortable with Uncertainty’. Continue reading

markets and go-go

I went to The North Melbourne Market at the weekend, it had craft and vintage, new things and old things and interesting things. I could have bought lots, but I was being thrifty. So I bought two hair clips and this, which must be the cutest puzzle ever Continue reading

Frankiely, Crafty Stress Management is going to be great

I’m delighted to announce this upcoming Crafty Stress Management course that I am faciliating from the beginning of May here in central Melbourne. I am equally delighted to have had Frankie write about it in their blog this week. Continue reading

park life

I had such a lovely day the other day. I marvelled at the wonders of colour and scent as i passed an eclectic and beautiful mix of front gardens in my neighbourhood, on the way to the park with a dog called Jelly. A man of slightly elderly age passed by, I wished I had a cap so I could doff it at him, instead we exchanged smiles – nice! I played ‘stick’ with Jelly a while and sat in the sun and soaked up some vitamin d and made a daisy chain. I marvelled at the ease of making a daisy chain in comparison to the frustration that it caused me as a young nipper.

A walk in the park, an exchange of human kindness, a dose of sun and a reminder of the healing power of nature in all its spectacular wonder – a right old boost to health and only minutes from my front door – brilliant!

creating new moods

I was feeling woolly in the head the other day and I was reminded of a very special and important thing…. the incredible impact on your mood and mind that seeing something beautiful and creative can have. I happened to pass by panelpop on brunswick street and was drawn to go in. I discovered the work of this artist, Shannon Crees, I loved it, it made my heart sing and my mood changed, instantly. Continue reading