a week at varuna

February 3rd, 2016
Categories: Writing

I spent last week as a writer in residence at Varuna, The National Writers House in the astonishingly beautiful Blue Mountains of New South Wales. After a short plane ride and a longer train ride I was greeted by Vera and shown around what would be my home for the week. Keep reading →


a new year story

January 27th, 2016
Categories: nattering

I suppose it's not really a very new year any more but on January 3rd, when the year was quite new, something utterly magical happened to me and I thought it would make a good first blog post for 2016. Keep reading →


a mermaid doll for someone lovely

July 17th, 2015
Categories: Making things

It's a long time since I made a doll in this style and I think it's the first time ever that I've made a mermaid doll. This one is for someone lovely who looks a bit like a mermaid and who I could easily believe secretly turns into one when no one is looking.  Keep reading →


two little online auctions of my handmade work

June 17th, 2015
Categories: Making things

Over the years lots of kind people have asked me if and where I sell the things I make and usually I have very unsatisfactory answers like 'not really' and 'at a little local market that is only on once'. But I am doing something a little different this Friday, Keep reading →


touring with Lily the Elf!

June 11th, 2015
Categories: Latest news

So last week was one of the loveliest I remember in a very long time. My publisher, Walker Books Australia, took me on tour with Lily the Elf, my new children's book series, and spoilt me absolutely rotten all week long! We went to schools, Keep reading →


Easter Saturday and more needle books!

April 4th, 2015
Categories: Making things

What can I say, I am suddenly obsessed with needle books! Here are three I made as little Easter gifts for friends I met up with today for a beautiful morning tea. I tried painting their portraits on each one. Where I live, Easter happens just as autumn is Keep reading →


needle books

March 21st, 2015
Categories: Making things

Last night I needed to come up with some little craft-related gifts quite quickly so I used a couple of the embroidered fabric paint splodges like the ones I showed you in this post to make two needle books. I cut the covers out of a soft Keep reading →


winter moon dolls

March 6th, 2015
Categories: Making things

Still playing with my new fabric paints I have been making some winter moon dolls. Autumn is just beginning where I live so it's funny to be thinking of winter already! But these are for the winter market I'm working towards. They're made from Keep reading →


painting, stitching, reading, listening

February 26th, 2015
Categories: nattering

Inspired by beautiful creations I saw during my recent travels in Thailand I ordered myself some fabric paints. They're brilliant! You can use a brush, just as you would with ordinary watercolours on paper, and then iron the back of the fabric  Keep reading →


a little flurry, part three: lily the elf

February 22nd, 2015
Categories: Latest news

After a steaming hot day that I've been trying to shut out with air conditioning and jugs of iced peppermint tea, I just heard the rumbles of thunder outside that mean it's time to open all the doors and windows and let the beautiful cool change in. The magpies feel it too Keep reading →