Howdy Neighbours

In my last post here, I talked a little bit about why I wanted to set up a blog and where I saw it going. Today, I want to talk a bit about who inspired me to start blogging. As I said previously, I love looking at the amazing creations that people make. This includes everything from works of fashionary art that took a team of 30 over 6 months to create, to the rustic dining room table that someone said they just “banged together with a few nails”.

For me, popping in on a blog and reading about the happenings of the day is akin to catching up with your neighbour over a cup of tea . Its usually a relationship of likes and comments, but sometimes ends up as gossipy housewives or giggly teens via e-mail. I thought I’d take the chance to introduce you, my newest neighbour, to some of the other lovely people in the neighbourhood.

So in no particular order, I’d like you to meet:

Sanae Ishida – an amazing artist, sewer, writer, mother and wife. Her literary, painting and sewing talent makes Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings such fun. More than anything, I love her candid yet gentle approach to writing that makes you feel like family.

This one is a new and awesome discovery, aptly called Oh Happy Day! Its an eclectic mix of interior design, party ideas and travel. The blog is bright, has eye catching photography and makes you want to go out and have fun.

Okay, so Make my Lemonade is a mix of fashion and sewing DIY… in French.  I don’t read or speak French. If I could figure how to turn Google Translate on, that would be bliss. However, I can’t help but pop on in since I love pretty pictures and craft videos really transcend the language barrier.

Does anyone reading this love stationery? Especially the customised no one has sort? Amber from Damask Love is an enabler and an inspirer. I just want to spend all weekend playing around in the craft room.

Mmmm, food glorious food. The pretty pictures and food able to be made by a normal human makes Joy the Baker‘s blog a pleasure to look at, read and then try. Yum-o. I hope you enjoy exploring the neighbourhood.

To that end, I leave you with a picture of Digby with her doggy friends checking out their neighbourhood.

Wiggly and Co

Welcome to Wee Whimsy Wonder

Welcome to the inaugural post for Wee Whimsy Wonder!

I guess I better start by tell you a bit about myself. My name is Grace, accountant by trade, crafter at heart. I’m a maker of cards, sewer of clothes and a collector of craft making paraphernalia. From screen printing inks to concealed zips, clear stamps to drill bits, you’ll probably find it somewhere in my house. I don’t profess to know how to use all these things I’ve collected, but certainly hope to one day. Yes, I’m looking straight at you knitting needles and balls of yarn!

For the last few years (yes, years!), I’ve hemmed and hawed about setting up a blog. After all, there are so many talented people out there with vision, drive and fantastic photography skills already blogging about what I love to do. That being said, nothing ventured, nothing gained. If everyone was like me of the past, there would be no posts out there about anything! So this weekend, I thought I’d take the plunge.

I love craft. It tickles my eye candy fancy, satisfies my inner how to do it geek, indulges my finding, buying and hording magpie tendencies and finally, it provides a creative outlet to all my crazy ideas. So, rather than limiting myself to being a receiver in this whole wonderful process, I really want to be a part of it.

I’ve tried my hand in all sorts of crafty tangents and certainly expect to go on many more. However, since I know I’ll always still come back to card making and sewing, expect to see quite a bit of that here. I like to think that this blog will be a carefully curated log of projects and background stories – a bit like scrapbooking on a not-so-secret scale. How it will turn out in reality remains to be seen. I hope it will make me spend more time on the things I love like craft and writing. If I can inspire someone else along the way, that would be an awesome bonus.

So, thank you for joining me as I embark on this rather new world of writing coherent non-work related sentences, taking photos of things other than the beach, the dog and the hubby, and sharing little pieces of me. So to that end, I leave you with a photo of my family contemplating just how good life is.

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