Hi there! I’m Di.
I'm a 40 something mum living in the suburbs of Melbourne trying to balance the needs of my family, work and spending time on my various passions.
I was born in Norway and raised in Australia. I've always been fascinated with my Scandinavian heritage, especially the baking.
My mum taught me how to bake a cake – the best life skill possible! I'm now teaching my own daughter. We love entering baking contests and have both won prizes.
My Nanna taught me to knit when I was a kid but I never mastered it. At 40 I taught myself how to crochet using YouTube videos.
At high school I learnt how to use a sewing machine and loved it. Of course, not having my own machine, I didn't keep it up. When my sister asked me if I wanted her old Janome, a light switched on and I've been a keen sewist ever since (albeit a slow one).
Growing my own veggies is so satisfying and I love being part of a gardening group. Springtime is my favourite season; planting out seedlings with the promise of homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchinis.
A backyard plum tree introduced me to the art of jam making and preserving. I'm now the proud owner of two Fowlers preserving units and happily collect jars for jam & pickles. I just finished my second season of home cured olives and I have a sourdough starter called Barry who gives us delicious bread every week.
With so many competing interests, its easy to let things go from time to time.
But that's the dance of life.