Healing The Past With Cloth

Healing The Past With Cloth

Monday, 1st of February, 2016 There was not a lot of money to be spent on clothes in our house when I was a child. In some ways my childhood was very privileged, because I was born into an extended family with a beautiful farm in paradise, but in other ways life was hard. Most […]

Peace Pie Recipe

Peace Pie Recipe

I dashed into the kitchen where Cam was in the midst of making coffee. We hugged quickly and then I started jabbering with creative exuberance, “I am going to make a peace pie! Do you get it, a PEACE pie?” I said spelling out the letters. Cam turned and looked at me, and it is […]

Running With The Bulls & Facing Fear

Running With The Bulls & Facing Fear

Friday, 8th of January, 2016 It was decided that we would go for a family walk in the woods at the top of our street. It is a short walk up a hill and when you get to the top of our street you can see Manhattan in the distance. When we reach this spot […]

Maya Meditation & Imagination

Maya Meditation & Imagination

Monday, 18th of January, 2016 I started babysitting quite young, and now I think about it, I count the families I child minded for as some of my most inspiring life teachers. I remember the night Mum dropped me off at my first babysitting job at a farm house on a country road in Lindendale. I […]

Jealousy, Menstruation and Pubic Hair

Jealousy, Menstruation and Pubic Hair

Friday, 23rd September, 2015 – Autumn Equinox. This is the first equinox in a while that I have not gone to some effort to celebrate creatively with some sort of seasonal show. A little too busy and tired today, but I felt the goodness in my heart that Summer had passed and Autumn was officially […]

Open To The Public

Open To The Public

Monday, 4th, January, 2016, I have decided to start writing the date at the top of the page, because the day I start writing something and the day something gets published are two different things, and so there is a sense now that when a spark starts inside of me and when it become public […]

Breath into the New Year

Breath into the New Year

Friday, 1st January, 2016 Maya came into my room around 9:30pm on new years eve. We had tucked the girls in their beds about half an hour before. I could sense Elle was already sound asleep, but here Maya stood peaking around the door wide awake. “Mummy, can I sleep with you?” she said softly […]

Krishna's Blue, How About You?

Krishna’s Blue, How About You?

Monday 28th, December, 2015 I woke up feeling a bit sore. I have been doing yoga and having bedroom dance session at night. I have rearranged my bedroom furniture so I can have my bed, yoga mat, and writing-table in a concise feng shui flow, and in making this furniture shift, there was more room for […]

The Squirrel Almanac

The Squirrel Almanac

I am not sure what the Farmer’s Almanac says this year but my new and imaginative prediction is that it is going to be very cold. Stock up on extra kindling before the snow falls because we had a very clear message from a squirrel today. Despite Elsa Beskow saying that squirrels are scatty thoughtless […]

Dear Cosmos

Dear Cosmos

Dear Cosmos, I am really glad I have a strong connection with you now. For a long time I felt lonely, and then bit by bit I let go of my fears, and realised I could be held by your energy. It is funny, and kind of sad really that I did not learn this […]

Darth Vadar Toaster and the Third Eye

Darth Vadar Toaster and the Third Eye

We were in the kitchen having breakfast and it was 11am, and Cam had just spoken to me about shirking my motherhood duties because it was so late. He stood at my bedroom door like I was someone who needed to be told what to do, “It is 11 o’clock and the girls are both […]

Fairy Play

Fairy Play

There is nothing I love more than to spread the joy of fairy play. We have had a rich childhood filled with endless imaginative scenarios because of a little blue felt fairy we bought in Australia when Maya was three. For many years Bluebell has been Maya’s go to toy (she even has a character […]

Brand New Noise

Brand New Noise

Woohoo for Brand New Noise !!! We are huge fans of these brilliant little noise boxes, or as Richard Upchurch likes to call them, sound gadgets. The aesthetic, the impetus, the way they are made, make these toys an ideal addition to every playful household. The hands, hearts and minds that go into each one, put […]

Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes

Our snowflakes became a little more detailed and fanciful this year. Inspired by our very favorite place to visit in Brooklyn, Acorn Toy Shop, I made these thematic snowflakes for their Winter window display. Created in the same method as we have done in the past { Snowflake Tutorial }  but this year with reindeer, […]

Introduction to Magnesium Blue

Introduction to Magnesium Blue

I have long had a dream of writing a book, perhaps writing many books… and for the longest time the book I thought I was going to write was called Magnesium Blue. This name came to me one day when I was living in Alaska. It was a wonderful free time of my life when […]

Interview with Ilana Anger of Little Lief

Interview with Ilana Anger of Little Lief

  Ilana Anger of Little lief and I connected a few years ago when I was working for Papier Mache Magazine. Instantly I was comforted by Ilana’s generous open spirit, and the fact that we were both Australian expats raising children in and around New York City. Our interests overlapped in many ways, Ilana’s contribution […]

The Moon Is Going To Addy's House By Ida Pearle

The Moon Is Going To Addy’s House By Ida Pearle

Visiting Ida Pearle really was a treat. As we entered her apartment, the warm hugs and smile she welcomed us with were contagious. Ida is so much fun, but more than that she is incredibly talented, and one of the most grateful people you will meet. We were in awe of the lovely life she leads, […]

Listening Comprehension with Encounters Podcast By Richard Nelson

Listening Comprehension with Encounters Podcast By Richard Nelson

We are currently enjoying the wonderful stories and studies of animals in their natural environment by cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson of Encounters. Richard’s work is broadcast across the nation on public radio and it is only with Richard that you can hear polar bears growl, peregrine falcons cry and killer whales splash! His podcasts are […]

Shantideva How To Wake Up A Hero By Dominique Townsend

Shantideva How To Wake Up A Hero By Dominique Townsend

Shantideva How To Wake Up A Hero, Adapted by Dominique Townsend, Illustrated By Tenzin Norbu. Ages 3-8 years With beautiful illustrations Shantideva has a peaceful tone and rhythm and makes traditional buddhist teachings accessible to children through the comfort of a story book. Shantideva encourages mindfulness and positive identity in children and is a valuable book, […]