This quote would frankly be obnoxiously long if posted on facebook.

This was a quote I came across when reading one of many glorious articles on Rookie.  And it was one of those moments – when I look back in time, and then forward, and all the things make sense, crystalline sense, like the horizon, or the surface of water in a rushing river, or the first page of a journal when you know you have words just waiting to fill it.

(I know it’s really long.  But it’s worth it.  Make a cup of tea.  Settle in.  Heather made amazing macadamia and chocolate cookies from the Bluebells Cakery cookbook, I’d give you one if I could.)

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
― Ira Glass


I have a problem. Calendars. I love them.

So, I decided to make a list of all of my favourite calendars, because if I can’t buy them all, I can at least encourage others to lust over them with me.

This is the loveliest, most adorable store around, and her patterns and robins calendars are the two that I’m having the hardest time deciding between.  And come on, look at them, wouldn’t you be too?

I think making this list is a bad idea.  It just makes me want ALL OF THEM.  Especially this one.

And then there’s the teeny tiny business card sized calendars.  Does it really count as buying ten calendars when they’re ten tiny ones?

And florals.  Are the getting cooler, or is it just me?  If you’d’ve suggested last year that I go all out floral on anything I would’ve coloured you in ten shades of crazy.  But, I bought two pairs of shoes online the other day, and they’re both, like, grandmas couch and curtains floral.  A change is afoot, crafties.  (Hee, a shoe pun.  I’m so clever.)

Printables are almost harder to resist, aren’t they?  You don’t even have to wait for your adorable honeycombs, or grey and yellow perfection or totally cool Teslas to arrive in the post.  You can just unearth the printer and (in our house) wait ten hours for them to print!

Okay, last and most unique, this is a fabric calendar.  A DIY fabric (more than vaguely floral) calendar.  I mean, really, does it get any cooler?

To recap.  Calendars.  So many.  Also, a lot of flowers.  If you buy one of these babies, for the love of all things holy, please tell me about it, so I can bask in the reflected glory of your calendar-riches.




Oh yes, I love the Saturday

Happy Saturday!

I’ve spent most of the morning watching Cesar Milan.  I kinda love him.

Also, I love cute things.  Such as:

 When art makes the world new

When people are hilarious

When cupcakes get the treatment they deserve

I’ve gotta say, it’s getting harder to find non-crafty cool stuff!  Any suggestions?


Belly Up to the Space Bar

Good Evening!

Workspace Wednesday is so much fun for me.  I love finding things and spaces and quotes that make me think, and to be able to share them with people other than the ones I hound every day in person (Look how pretty — it has a dresser just for miscellaneous stationery, do you see? /  Did I tell you what I did with that crazy necklace my aunty gave me and I pulled apart with pliers? /  How do you think I can hinge this table without killing someone?).   It’s very gratifying.  It also reminds me that stuff just sits around, all over the world, being beautiful, even when I’m cranky and my hot glue gun’s no longer hot.

Sometimes I like to pretend I could ever fit all of my crafting stuff into a cupboard.

One of those heautiful things that restored my faith in awesomeness and glitter and stuff

If he says I’m a genius it must be true.

Happy Wednesday, and may all of your dreams treat you sweetly, tonight.


A New Addition — Tuesday Tutes!

Hullo Lovelies!

I felt that it was a tutorial kind of day, today, and just happened to have three (or, choose three of the hundreds I have bookmarked) to share with you.

I don’t know how proficient ya’ll are with glue and newsprint, but this is something that I would call Crafting at the Seventh Level of Seeming Impossibility.

This lady is crazy clever, and hilarious, and just odd enough to be worth watching in the video linked within.

When I find my iron, this lampshade will be in my sticky clutches.

So, I hope you have a lovely day, and will see you bright (or bright-ish) and early (mid-morning, maybe) tomorrow, to work some spaces!


Stop Work Already!

Saturdays are my favourite.

Even the most prolific, steady creatives need to down tools and do something else – maybe something mindless, maybe something intellectual, maybe something involving mud and tennis balls and a very happy dog.  And this is a weekly post of things we love for moments like those – for Stopwork Saturdays:

My Saturday has consisted of endless cleaning and a complete (well, the sort of complete where everything WILL be moved, but some stuff is just piled in little jetsam islands coz we’re suddenly tired and hungry) reorganisation of the Ply house.  Now, I find it both thrilling and soothing, but it’s pretty boring as far as mini-blog-post themes go.

Actually, I’ve just realised that I’ve spent my Saturday doing work.  Embarrassing.

While I ponder that, please enjoy our links for today, brought to you by the letter O, for Oscar:

Otters — It says watch to 0.37, and it is really, really right.

Open Hearts — Simplicity is so eloquent, isn’t it?

OMG —This goat is the bees knees and also the worst playmate in possibly the entire world

Cute stuff, thy day is Saturday.


Let Us Marvel

My computer and phone tell me it’s Monday again.  I’d despair, but it’s time to marvel at stuff, and it’s hard to feel truly despondent when also feeling marvellous. 

Marvellous Monday was created because every Monday as we drag ourselves into the new week, still muddle-brained from the week before and bewildered at the thought that it’s time for our real-life job to start again already, we want to share something pretty that someone else made, just to make the world seem that little bit less menacing.

To smooth out the gritty edges of your day:

An insanely expensive thing of beauty

Forget stars, wish on fish!

When you have the heart, but not the feet

I’d like to apologise for linking so very many things from Etsy, but  I love it too much.  It’s probably a problem, but it’s a beautiful one, so I’m just gonna leave it be.


Down Tools, Lovely Ones

Happy Saturday!

Even the most prolific, steady creatives need to down tools and do something else – maybe something mindless, maybe something intellectual, maybe something involving mud and tennis balls and a very happy dog.  And this is a weekly post of things we love for moments like those – for Stopwork Saturdays:

The links for today are a celebration of silly-and-sweetness, and words about the sun.

Surprises — I so know this feeling

Sculptings — sweet, atmospheric nothings

Stephen Fry —words can break windows, hearts, and teacups, but they can gather the pieces, too