Meals in the Mail (a new idea)

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I’ve had an idea. Shall we write a book together? A recipe book?  Often I tell people that one of the nicest, easiest (and completely free-of-charge) gifts to enclose with a letter is a recipe. All you need to do is write or type it out neatly, fold it up, and there is something personal,…

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Winter’s coming


I have trimmed all the wild and rampant late-summer flowers of my garden back into neat, stumpy little mounds. Bending close, I can just see the buds of spring’s growth waiting there, sleeping now until the southern hemisphere circles back closer to the sun. The pomegranate, crepe myrtle and Japanese maple trees are all putting on colour,…

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Thousand Postcard Project – still charming

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What can I say? These old postcards continue to charm me. I’ve written more than 300 postcards so far this year, with another 700 to go before Christmas, and I am loving this project so much. Every new postcard is like a lucky-dip. Stunning vistas! Turnpikes! Cringe-worthy cultural stereotypes! A boring motel! An even more…

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Help! I need your slow-cooker recipes!


Every year, as the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, I promise myself that this is the year I will learn how to properly use my slow-cooker. I’ll prepare everything after breakfast, I tell myself, and the house will smell good all day. By dinner-time, delicious food will be waiting for us all with NO…

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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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