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Life sometimes seems to rush by in a flurry of projects, field trips, kids commitments, keeping up with everything and home and trying my best to stay healthy. In those moments, it is sometimes tempting to push aside my writing, making and reading.  

Squeeze in another load of washing.

Or dishes.

Answer a few more emails.

Maybe scroll through social media…

For a little while I pushed creative pursuits aside and squeezed in the extra work, at home, in the office, on the weekends.

You know what, life did not get easier, I didn’t feel like I was getting ahead. I just started to feel burnt out.

You know the feeling?  Less patience, finding less joy and generally feeling a little blah.

So this month, I’ve been focusing on making time again for creativity. I turned to some super talented ladies for inspiration.

Pip Lincolne in her fab book Craft for the Soul has some fab ideas to carving out time to get crafty.

The absolutely delightful Beci Orpin for her quirky art ideas, fun site and I treated myself to one of her fab books – Make & Do.

Finally I re-read a fab book from one of the fave authors – Elizabeth Gilbert. Big Magic is all about exploring and examining creativity and how you can always make the time to create and nourish your soul. It’s super woo woo, but that just makes me love it even more.

I guess the golden thread through all three books is that you need to make the time to get creative as often as you can. Write in your journal, sew, crochet, sing, play music, whatever takes your fancy. Just make it a priority and carve out the time as often as you can. The lovely Pip is right, getting crafty is good for your soul.

Enjoy xx

*Please note this is not a sponsored post. I purchased all of the books listed above myself.

 

 

Kakadu!

Kakadu!

I am gearing up for my first boutique markets (can’t wait Mathilda’s Markets!!) and crossing my fingers for Finders Keepers, so it’s been flat strap on the sewing / creating front. With a super-busy house, and my daytime job as a scientist, it’s a little hard to get in the swing of crafty things at night after the tribe has gone to bed.

Enter the documentary.

I have a fab little studio at home where I create  fab frocks, art, brooches and gorgeous homewares for  This Grand Life, and I can sit for hours sewing up a storm.

It can seem a little quiet at night though, and there are times when the couch beckons me, come, sit down and relax…

Which is when watching great documentary can be a great way to change tact, wash away the day, and get creative.  This week I have been watching  Kakadu via ABC iview (how great is iview by the way!) as I stitch away. It’s brilliant stuff, filled to the brim  with amazing, funny, talented people from the Top End, action (the bushfires, catching and tagging crocs), interesting info about the spectacular landscape that is Kakadu. Add to this learning about the Traditional Owners, laughing along with the rangers at the antics of the tourists (loved the piece about the tourist who broke his ankle but was more concerned about ‘hot sand’), and you’ve got a great doco.

It’s pure gold.

Almost makes me want to move to the Top End.

Almost…

Have you seen a great documentary lately?

Enjoy xx

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