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Taking stock: January 2018

January always catches me by surprise after the blur of  end of school, Olive's birthday, Xmas (we hosted) and visiting family. 

This month I'm.....

Loving: Donut peaches. 

Sewing:Ponte-waisted A-line skirts with perfect contrast pockets!!!! Pattern by Woven by Society.

Crocheting: Nothing. 

Cooking: Lots of veggies from the veggie patch including eggplants, zucchini, snowpeas, sweetcorn and cucumbers.

Baking: Not a lot of sourdough bread this month. 

Eating: All you can eat Japanese with girlfriends.

Drinking: Soda stream water from my awesome Xmas present. Reading: Lily Brett - Only in New YorkNext read: Anne Tyler's Vinegar Girl, a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.

Wanting: To order some woven labels to sew into my me-made clothes from here. I want them to say Di Made.

Looking: Forward to starting my new uni course in March. Playing: The Game of Life. Olive got a whole heap of games for Xmas and her birthday and this one seems to be the only one we'v…
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Inspired by my late Nanna, I've made craft my release valve to life.

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