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… and the moral is…..breathe.

Boy has it been a busy few months. I have a persistent daydream that consists of me lying on a sofa watching the Godfather trilogy with a block of chocolate next to me. Maybe one day… Last month I bit off more than I could chew, and it is only now that I am beginning …

2013, art and design, book art, coloring books, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, illustration and books, inspiration, kids, multitasking, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, small business, spontaneity, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

Never Run in Flip Flops

This is a blog post that I wrote last week, and never got to send off, but it seemed a shame to leave it sitting in a folder – so here you are… “Never run in flip flops!” I have been known to say to my kids. It is common parenting wisdom that running in …

2013, art and design, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, inspiration, kids, letting go, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, spontaneity, textile design, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

My New Workmate

You might have noticed that I have not been blogging much lately, (I’m not sure whom I’m referring to when I¬†write ‘you’ – in all probability, my regular followers have dropped like flies by now!). Anyway, my circumstances have changed a bit recently. I now have an almost-three-year old sharing my workspace with me all …

art and design, book art, crafter, creativity, education, family, illustration and books, inspiration, kids, letting go, parenting, planning, small business, spontaneity, Uncategorized

Montessori, and the Art of Loosening Up

I’ll be honest with you, I was a tiny bit scared yesterday. On my way to the Boyd Montessori I kept up a stream of thoughts that went a little bit like this – “Yes, I’m a teacher by profession, but Montessori? That’s a whole new ball game. I wonder what the class will be …

art and design, book art, crafter, creativity, design, education, motivation, multitasking, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, small business, textile design, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

The School Bus or the Monkey?

My son left for preschool this morning clutching two model school buses and a stuffed monkey. We asked him to leave two toys behind and choose just one to take with him in the car, but he would not do this, because he loves them all equally. Never mind the fact that he could not …

2013, art and design, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, inspiration, kids, motivation, small business, working from home

Summer Camp Love Story

I’m going to run a summer camp this year. Scratch that, I’m going to run TWO summer camps this year. The responses to this statement have ranged from the anxious “won’t that be a bit messy?’ to the slightly surreal¬†“do you have enough tents?” to the cryptic “what about bears?” First of all, to all …

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