24.4.14

Nice Things #5

crochet garland

cute vintage pillowcases from the op shop!

My son made me this cute "magic wand." How adorable!!

a spunky baking lady with wonderful head scarf!

simple and sweet bunting (the one on top was made and gifted by Taz as a wedding anniversary present for me and Mr Coleman.)

xx

20.4.14

Nice things #4

The most beautiful ever handmade card made and given to me by Claire aka Sweet Birdy Love

A rose bud starting to bloom..

paper doilies and inspirational words!

the weather is coolong, time for slow cooked meals!

my handmade t shirt quilt and a bunch of thrifted cushion covers on our cosy couch.

What Nice Things have you noticed in your world recently?? 

xx

18.4.14

A Quiet Easter..

Hello there,

I hope you are having a nice weekend. I love Easter! Unlike Christmas, Easter is always quite calm and quiet here in our family, and for that I am grateful. Last year I blogged a bit about our Simple Easter Traditions, hop on over and have a read if you like. We have once again kept celebrations very low key. We made hot cross buns with our friend and neighbour yesterday, we are heading off to my brother's house for a family Easter egg hunt this morning, and for tomorrow I have bought us all one nice fair trade Easter egg each. That's about it. 
What does Easter mean to you?? Chocolate? Spring? Autumn? Family? I was raised in the Christian tradition, and to some extent I still identify with all that, although I have spent most of my 20's thinking long and hard about a lot of this, and I feel as though I have slowly been shedding a lot of the crap that comes with church and religion (seriously, there is ALOT.) I'm at a place where I'm just trying to hold onto a few beautiful fragments of what I believe to be truth. I guess this time of quiet is a nice chance for me to stop and reflect, and to consider how my upbringing and current context shapes who I am, spiritually, emotionally and psychologically.
I have really enjoyed reading blog posts over this past week and seeing how different people are "doing" Easter. I though I'd share a few of my favourites from the past few weeks.....

Her Library Adventures for a cozy, Aussie, autumn Easter (and sweet crochet daisy chain tutorial!)
Ladybird Diaries for a gorgeous Northern Hemisphere Spring Easter
Tweed Thoughts for beautiful handmade Easter decorations
and
Seriously cute and colourful Easter party favour bags over at A Pretty Cool Life

"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do, but how much we put into what we do" Mother Teresa

11.4.14

a Bespoke Zine feature on...ME!!

Hello, hello! How are you all? I'm pretty good! Lots of exciting things have been happening recently, which inevitably means less time and space to sit down, create and blog....so I apologise for the long pauses between posts at the moment! I love blogging, and I miss it when I don't keep it up regularly. It really is a fantastic way for me to journal about my creative life, and share and engage with others. So thankyou, readers, for being part of the journey and sticking with me when the posts become a bit far and few between.
Anyhoo, I'm feeling a bit special because I was featured on the inspiring Bespoke Zine website this week! Click here for the full article and interview about the way I create, the spaces I create in, the difference between my music life and craft life, and a few other random musings....
Scattered through the post are a few pics taken during the interview and shoot.
Oh, and I was also recently nominated for this.... I'm not entirely sure what that means, but....such fun!
speak soon!

Mezz xo

31.3.14

what a wonderful weekend!

Last weekend I had the honour of heading up to the wonderful town of Yackandandah to perform at their Folk Festival. It's a great town and a great festival!! Such a beautiful part of the world. I had such a lovely time performing, the audiences were so enthusiastic and it did my soul a whole lot of good! I was super busy playing shows, doing interviews and running workshops, but loved every minute of it. The kids stayed back in Melbourne with grandparents, and I headed up to Yack with my hubby, and my brother Pete (who plays guitar for me) his wife Taz and their seriously cute little son, Percy. It was great hanging out with them. Probably the highlight from the weekend though was meeting up with one of my fav bloggers Claire (Sweet Birdy Love) who lives in Yackandandah. We have enjoyed each others blogs for a couple of years, and it was the best to finally meet!!
Have you ever met up with a fellow blogger? was it great?

Speak soon!! love Mezz xox

11.3.14

upcycling t-shirts into undies!

I have made myself some more undies! I love doing this. I like to wear mostly handmade or second hand clothes, but due to hygiene reasons I used to see underwear as the one item of clothing I needed to make exceptions for. The truth is, I still do buy nice new underwear every now and then (there are more and more ethical underwear companies emerging which is great to see), but I like mixing it up with what I can make myself too. I have posted about making undies before, and you can see how I go about it by clicking here.
I'm extra excited about these two recent pair though, because I made them using old tshirts that I was about to chuck. Old stretchy t shirts are great for underwear making, because they are comfy and stretchy. The decorative elastic used on the edges was op shopped.
I love my new undies! Handmade, comfy, ethical, upcycled and fun! Hip hip hooray!

Have you ever made underwear??

Mezz xx

5.3.14

Nice Things #3

sewing something secret for the "Lets Craft" section of the next issue of Hundreds and Thousands zine
Had a lovely day last week celebrating ten years of marriage with Mr. Coleman...it was extra touching to receive a few cards of congratulations from some lovely people! What an unexpected surprise.
We've had our first visit from the tooth fairy!!
beautiful golden roses in our garden
writing in my journal, being grateful.
baking!!

What Nice Things have been happening in your life?

PS we released our current issue of hundreds and thousands TODAY!! You can buy it if you like at www.hundredsandthousands.storenvy.com 

xx

4.3.14

Hundreds and Thousands mag OUT NOW!!

Just a quick and very excited post to let you all know that the next issue of my little handmade zine is out now!! Head on over to our blog for info www.hundredsandthousandsmag.blogspot.com or go straight to our online store!! www.hundredsandthousands.storenvy.com


Enjoy!! Mezz xx

27.2.14

a fun link a long!!

Pip Lincolne wrote an interesting article over at Meet Me at Mikes the other day, most of which I could relate to in some way. It was basically about how we have become good at "skimming" over blogs, rather then reading them. We are less likely to leave comments on our peers blogs, and we may not be quite so good at linking back to ideas and bloggers that have inspired our own creations on our own posts. I guess she was expressing concern about a breakdown in the blogging community. Do you relate?

I wonder if phone apps like Instagram have taken a bit away from blogging. I find that once I share a pic on Instagram, I don't see the point of sharing it on my blog as well. I also wonder if all the instant receiving of pics we can get on Instagram and Facebook etc makes the slower paced blogging a little less sexy! If so, that's a shame. I'd hate to lose what I've found from blogging due to this slick and fast pace world we are all moving in!

I have also found (and perhaps it's because I'm an old fuddy duddy) that a lot of blogs have changed the way you can leave a comment, and I find myself using these other modes less. Sometimes your comment will appear via facebook, or you have to sign up to some new comment leaving thingy, and I guess I'm not so into this (and sometimes neither is my crappy computer.) The blogs which I leave most of my comments on are the ones that haven't "changed over" which probably says more about me being a bit slow when it comes to change, and less about the fabulous blogs I'm not leaving comments on! What are your thoughts on this?

Anyway, in order to get bloggers talking and sharing once again, Pip has started a little thing called a LINK A LONG where you post about a few people/blogs that are currently inspiring you (obviously including links!!) What I love about Pip is she always tackles things with positivity!  And so I thought I'd join in and share with you about 5 people who inspire me!
Sophie from Her Library Adventures- this is my GO TO blog for inspiration. I first found Sophie's blog after one of her very cool makes featured in Mollie Makes magazine. Her photos are stunning, they make you want to drop everything and make your house as calm and lovely as hers seems to be, and whats more, I've really appreciated the honesty in which she has written about some pretty painful stuff, as well as the joy she has shared about becoming a new mother. A really nourishing little space, her blog is. Oh, and her posts on journalling have totally inspired me to start journalling again too!! So thankyou, Sophie!
This is Zara, who writes Zaranne-Handmade, one of my other favourite blogs. I can't remember how I stumbled across it, but I'm glad I did. Zara shares her wonderful thrifty finds, clever makes and inspiring garden. She's one of those bloggers who I feel like I already know, and have to remind myself sometimes that we have never met! I hope some day that I will though...
I met Rachel Cooper and her hubby Joel back stage at a gig we were both playing at Manchester Lane in Melbourne (remember that venue!!?) many years ago. We got chatting, and I realised I had stumbled across not just another band, but two really inspiring people! The couple are both part the indie band The Evening Cast (go check them out and support great original Aussie music!) and also run a handmade fashion label and little shop down in Geelong called Frank and Dolly's. Seriously, they are just living the lives they were obviously born to live... creating, making, travelling, parenting and doing it all TOGETHER! How cute is that? Rachel has certainly been an inspiration to me, being both a muso and crafty type, I used to feel that I could only be one or the other, silly I know.....check out Rachel and Joel being super dooper gorgeous in the beautiful clip.


Artist Lily Mae Martin was a friend of a friend many moons ago, and we ran into each other at a few gigs back in the day. I remember what a cool chick she was, and I still have a little badge with one of her drawings on it that she gave to me randomly one night! Our paths haven't crossed for quite some time, but they have certainly collided online!! Lily's artwork is a thing of beauty, and epic talent. Raw, Honest, Emotive, but always beautiful in some way. She is another artist like myself who became a parent in her 20's, and like Rachel, she reminds me everyday that you can be a parent and still remain completely engaged in your art as well. This is something that many artists who become mums fairly young in life struggle with, I've noticed. I think we sometimes worry that we didn't give out art "everything we've got" for long enough, or at least compared to some of our peers who haven't been raising families. But Lily is parenting, arting, and pretty much being awesome.
Taz Carr writes Butter and Buntings, a gorgeous blog filled with lovely crafty ideas, amazing recipes, photos of Taz's vintage home, and more. Taz is also one of my wonderful sister in laws, and over the many years we have become very close. Last year Taz and I sensed that our creative ideas and energies were similar and that combined we could work on something together to share with the world. That's how our zine Hundreds and Thousands was born, and I can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it has been working on it with Taz. It's been the best! So many cups of tea, slices of cake, quiches, laughing attacks and heart to hearts have been shared over our weekly magazine making catch ups. Taz is someone who isn't afraid of dealing with problems, shares her life with others with such honesty and integrity, and is seriously the best op shopper in the world.

So these are a few people who are inspiring me at the moment, and you should go and check them out! And if you made it to the end of this looooong post without "skimming it" CONGRATULATIONS!!

I'd love to know who inspires you, and perhaps if you've noticed a change in blogging over the last year or so??

Have a lovely weekend!

Mezz xoxox

25.2.14

a very cute swap!!


Do you like swaps?? I do!! I have had some lovely experiences of receiving and sending some lovely pieces of handmade over the past year or so thanks to some lovely bloggers organising great little swaps. My gorgeous sis in law Taz (who I make Hundreds and Thousands magazine with) is hosting a very cute looking vintage recipe swap over on her blog. I'm signing up and you should too!!

Click here to go sign up!!

Mezz x