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A cat mask kind of day

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This post was written over a year ago, and has sat lonely in my draft pile waiting to be folded and put away in my drawers. So.

Inspired by the watching of ‘The Dark Crystal’ over the last few days, and the absence of music class and kinder, we made masks today. Very simple cereal box masks to encourage further role-play while I tried to hang the washing out. The autumnal sun was beckoning for some of our chores to be done so we conveniently took the empty weetbix box out of the recycling bin and did some drawing. The Poppet coloured in with oil pastels and the Frog used texta to draw his cat. He drew oil pastel green paws, front and back! And a tail in there somewhere. For extra dimension we hole-punched into the sides to make whiskers with pipe cleaners. The Frog requested that we use the duct tape to attach the wooden dowel on the back. Very simple but very fun. Meow.

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Come on a Photo Safari with me

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Winter is well and truly here. We are at home with a cold that has rendered me voiceless and busy coughing through the night. Sadly I was hard at work in the west when the snow came down here in the Macedon Ranges so I missed the snow-capped peaks of Mount Macedon! We’ve been busy inside on these icy days with a few fun crafternoons though and I look forward to spending some of these soon-to-be-sunny-spring days in the garden. I have so many plans for this wee bloggy world but of course, I’ll have to be patient. Thanks for popping by this work in progress.

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Rainy day painting

It’s been raining a lot here in the Macedon Ranges (and everywhere else it seems!) and it’s also birthday season so we’ve been making cards and gifts for our wee friends inside while the weather clears. I find watercolour painting can be a quick, easy and clean-ish activity on the dining table with these two munchkins. We use KOH-I-NOOR paints which have a great colour range and watercolour paper with teeny tiny brushes that encourage fine motor skills. And gentle brush strokes for beautiful birthday wishes.

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Assignment: Take Five Photo Safari #blogwithpip

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Well hello there! I’m doing my first blog post which is an assignment for Pip Lincolne’s #blogwithpip course. I’m certainly not up to date with my homework but I thought I’d share my ‘day off’ last weekend (from the house and kids). Luckily it coincided with The Design Files Open House, hooray for me! Some of my fave designers were all there, in some art or homewares form. I popped over to the NGV for a quick look-see at the new Melbourne Now exhibition too. As well as lunch at Journal cafe at the City Library. Which will now always remind me of you Pip (when we met in real life!). My apologies for the photo quality, they were on my iPhone and very hastily taken.

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