gnomes and their homes

August 10th, 2014
Categories: Making things

Poor little gnomes, they had no homes! I had some spare felt so I did my best to  create some appropriate accommodation for them. I generally find it difficult to read their expressions Keep reading →


Charm of Finches

August 8th, 2014
Categories: Latest news

I think the part of our up-coming market I'm looking forward to the most is the performance by Charm of Finches. They will be playing a whole set for us and our supporters and if you're able to come I am not sure how to prepare you for what a special thing it will be. But I will tell you this Keep reading →


gnomes and fairy wings helping to create a welcome

August 3rd, 2014
Categories: Making things

With our next Creating a Welcome market coming up in just two weeks, I've been stitching up a storm. I have little packets of felt and wool with me all the time, just in case there's a moment to spare! It only takes a few minutes to do each part of these little gnomes. Keep reading →


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 →