a watermelon gnome

July 13th, 2014
Categories: Making things

So I faced an interesting challenge recently, which was to create a gnome with a watermelon theme. The end result looks a bit Christmassy, but I confess I'm still kind of pleased with it. Keep reading →


bronzy happiness and some beautiful, beautiful reading!

July 8th, 2014
Categories: Latest news

I finally have some lovely pictures to go with the happy news that Sarah Davies' and my Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend was shortlisted for a CBCA (Children's Book Council of Australia) award! Those of you who have been reading here for a little while might remember the calm, dignified way Keep reading →


thinking sensibly (about elf shoes)

June 13th, 2014
Categories: Making things

During times of change, it can be important to think carefully about your work. After all, who is to say the university studies I currently offer won't soon be replaced by an app that students can download straight to their i-brains? Or if, by 2024, my children's books won't be traded on a futuristic Keep reading →


books, beans and dolls…

May 22nd, 2014
Categories: Latest news

I have a beautiful new book to show you! Violet Mackerel's Helpful Suggestion will be on Australian bookshop shelves very soon and might possibly be there already - I've been so busy I haven't had a chance to check. But if you'd like to discover what Violet has been up to lately, you can Keep reading →



May 11th, 2014
Categories: Making things

My friend Kate Kingmill, who is rather marvellous in all respects, has recently opened a small gallery. I have daydreamed about offering something for her to show, but I suppose I think of myself as more of a market person than an art gallery person. It is fun having a friend who owns one though, since whatever kind Keep reading →


creating a welcome at Chalice

May 10th, 2014
Categories: Latest news

Well clearly I am very badly behind in my blogging since between teaching, writing and making things there is hardly time for a cup of tea. So instead of telling you about an up-and-coming mini market, as I ought to have done over a week ago, I will have to tell you about how lovely our mini market was. Keep reading →


the morning after

April 6th, 2014
Categories: Latest news

Yesterday was a fabulous, brilliant, inspiring day - busy and exhausting but SO much fun. Lots of people came to support us and it is a delight to think of all the brooches, dolls, owls, nests, vests and other handmade treasures in their new homes all over Melbourne today. Keep reading →


creating a welcome at Northern Regards

April 4th, 2014
Categories: Latest news

Tomorrow will be the first Creating a Welcome mini-event,  a stall generously provided in support of our cause by the lovely Dee and the gorgeous Kate, at the beautiful Northern Regards Artisan Market. Hooray! Keep reading →


creating a welcome at Kids’ Book Review!

April 1st, 2014
Categories: Latest news

The gorgeous people at KBR (the Kids' Book Review website) are hosting a wonderful sale as part of our Creating a Welcome initiative, using creative work to raise funds to donate to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The sale has just gone live and it is spectacular - please Keep reading →


creating a welcome – and getting busy

March 14th, 2014
Categories: Latest news

The craftivism project I wrote about in my last post now has a name and a bit of a plan! Creating a Welcome is getting more exciting by the minute and its mainly because everyone is so wonderfully warm and helpful about everything we're trying to do! Two lovely venues have offered us space and Keep reading →