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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.



How to have fun on a rainy day!

How to have fun on a rainy day!

Hooray! It is finally raining in our neck of the woods and for the garden and our dry parched city it is a fabulous sight to behold.

With kids in tow though it can be a little tough after a couple of days, in fact, cabin fever can set in pretty quickly!

I thought the timing was perfect to share our five fave things to do on rainy days.

  • Look through old photos, dig out the albums, or if you are a little more high-tech – connect your photo albums to your tv or laptop and have a slide show.  My kids never tire of seeing baby photos of themselves, or picture from holidays or family trips.
  • Take to the kitchen and bake or cook up a storm. We have two faves, ‘Cupcake Wars’ and ‘Kids Café’.   Check out the Womens Weekly birthday cakes book for cake-spiration or the Junior Masterchef book for café ideas.  My daughters’ lovely teacher tells me this is also a great way to incorporate maths into your day (weighing, measuring, taking the money for orders…)
  • Get your craft on and get creative.  We love Beci Orpin! Her books are a fab way to inspire little minds.  The kids also love to  dig out animal books, favourite picture books and pore over the pages for more inspiration. If you are really keen, you can tackle an old school diorama of a cool scene – firm faves are ‘underwater’, ‘robot city’  ‘dinosaur land’(Play School does a fab job on these!).
  • Get wet!  Head down to your local park and get wet. If we drive, we like to take a plastic tub to throw all the wet gumboots and clothes (if you’ve had a really good time in puddles) so the car stays dry.  If we are walking, I put the tub near the front door and collect the wet gear as they come in.  Let the kids sail leaf boats, look for frogs and see what has come out in the wet weather.
  • Snuggle up on the couch together and watch classics. Our top picks are Princess Bride, Stardust, Labyrinth and Mathilda, just add popcorn and bingo a cinematic memory yours for the taking.

What are your favourite ways to spend a rainy day?

Enjoy xx

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