christmas market

November 28th, 2014
Categories: Making things

Poor neglected blog! I suppose it is what comes of trying to lecture full time, write part time and work towards a market on the side... Anyway, if anyone still looks in now and again I thought they might like to see some things I've been making lately. They're all for a beautiful Christmas market that a small community Keep reading →


a day in the mountains

September 7th, 2014
Categories: nattering

I had the most beautiful, peaceful, inspiring Saturday this weekend, leaving my home nice and early to travel on the train up to Kallista in the Dandenong Ranges. It was mostly an excuse to see Epoche in full springtime blossom. No new season really begins for me until this little pilgrimage is made. Keep reading →


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 →