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 →


Craftivism (or The Potentially Revolutionary Act of Threading a Needle)

February 24th, 2014
Categories: nattering

Craftivism, a term emerging near the beginning of this millennium and associated with Betsy Greer, is a concept connecting the act of creating something by hand with motives of political resistance and the endeavour to effect social change. Keep reading →


how to knit a pot (or three)

February 16th, 2014
Categories: Ideas , Making things

I'm right in the middle of a harebrained scheme just now that involves producing as many beautiful crafty things as I can. And since I'm also back at work, I have two half-hour train trips per day to fill with knitting. The knitting has to be easy, especially in the afternoons, because my brain is mush Keep reading →


spinning and possible friends

February 11th, 2014
Categories: nattering

Just recently my lovely  friend Jo came to visit me and brought her spinning wheel with her! She has been doing a course in how it all works and since it's something I have always wanted to try, she let me have a go. Keep reading →


wings and things

February 3rd, 2014
Categories: nattering

Last year I attended a brilliant lecture by the multidisciplinary designer, Beci Orpin. She really is extraordinarily multidisciplinary, designing everything from clothing to stage sets to jewellery to food vans, and she has created some beautiful books too. In all the diversity of Keep reading →


a little catching up to do!

January 14th, 2014
Categories: nattering

Happy New Year! (Are you still allowed to say that on January 14th? It's my blog and I say....yes!) I think you are especially allowed to say it if you're a bad, bad blogger who still has some small bits of news from the previous year to report. Just before Christmas I was Keep reading →


christmas past and new year to come

December 28th, 2013
Categories: nattering

I had such a happy Christmas. If it's something you celebrate, I hope you did too. There were lots of gifts of both the tangible and the less tangible sort. I thought I might show you a few in the former category: Keep reading →