Ralph says, Scout says

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Conversations with my children, aged three and four…  Scout [touching my acceptance ring]: Are you wearing that so I can marry a girl?  Me: Sort of, yes. I’m wearing it until Australia changes the law, because I think you and Ralph and anybody else should be able to marry whoever you love, no matter whether they are a boy…

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Celebrating the makers

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Above: a collection of envelopes using my designs by @sculptedfilms on Instagram  Can we all please just take a moment to appreciate all the lovely work that people all over the world are putting into these print-and-paint snail-mail templates?  I have put off writing this blog post because I didn’t know quite how to express…

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Our favourite new children’s book

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Last week my first-blogging-and-then-real-life friend, children’s book author Zanni Louise, sent my children an advanced copy of her new story, Archie and the Bear.  I can’t even tell you how much we love this story. Especially Ralph, who is three, and for whom it seems to have struck a wonderful chord. The story is at once magical…

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8 autumn-winter plans

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It’s no secret that I love winter. I am no friend of heat and humidity, but I love the sting of cold on my cheeks, and the sight of my breath in the air in the morning. I also love crocheted nanna-rugs, hot chocolates, bed-socks, mac-n-cheese, and flannel shirts. I like hiking up mountains or…

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Mail-art: into the forest

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Recently I was commissioned to do a series of paintings of woodland animals, plants, trees and forest scenes. Inspired, I decided to play with the same theme in my mail-art, too.

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Thousand Postcard Project – recent favourites

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This postcard. How weird and spooky and great is it? Fox collage is where it’s at, friends. (And what does that fox have in its mouth? Is that… a flower?) Oh hey, I’m still writing postcards! If you’re waiting for yours, I promise it will come eventually. Remember this is supposed to be a year-long…

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8 podcasts I’m loving right now

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Do you listen to podcasts? When I do, I like to imagine I am living in the 1940s, getting information and inspiration from the wireless while partaking of tea and crumpets.  Sometimes I like to listen to podcasts while I’m painting, and also if I’m walking alone. If the kids are not around, I slip…

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Sneak peek inside the April Snail Mail Toolkit

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This is a sneak peek at the mail-art templates I’ll be sending out in my Snail Mail Toolkit newsletter on Saturday morning. Would you like to make this mail? It’s a gift from me to you! I’m on a mission to bring back old-fashioned hand-written correspondence. Why? Answer these questions in your head:  When was…

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Rhythms and rituals

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I’m in the middle of one now. As I type it is 5.30 in the morning and the rest of my house is still sleeping. Outside, it is dark and refreshingly cool. I’ve made a cup of tea in my green mug. Usually I choose my favourite stoneware mug (you’ll recognise it if you follow…

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The honeybees and me

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Oh hello. Look, that’s me in the picture!  Recently I was approached by New Zealand artist Katherine Steeds to have my portrait painted. (I know – lucky me!) It was to be one of 50 small, sepia watercolour portraits (each about the size of a postcard) which, when exhibited together, would cluster and flutter on the gallery walls…

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Thousand Postcard Project: welcome to the wild, wild west

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These are some of the postcards from my ongoing Thousand Postcard Project for 2017. Aren’t they wonderful? I am still a fan of all those blurry hotels and quarries, but these are true linen beauties!  If you’d like a postcard, you can still ask for one here. 

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Be bold for change

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Today is International Women’s Day, and the theme this year is “Be Bold For Change.” The organisers are calling on all of us to help forge a better, more inclusive, gender-equal working world.  Last night I wrote a long, impassioned blog post about gender equality in the workplace (and at home), about the pay gap in Australia,…

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