My 300th (and final!) post!!

It is with a little bit of sadness (but mostly just excitement about new beginnings!) that I write my 300th and final post here on Mezz Makes Stuff. It's a total coincidence that this post is number 300, but it feels nice to finish on such a nice, final, rounded number, don't you think?
There is no big reason for finishing this blog other then that over time I have found I have been blogging less and less. It has been a slow and natural change of season, and that's ok. When I didn't post here much last year, I decided to give myself a few goals for 2015 in order to update this space more regularly... but it wasn't long before all of that kind of fizzled, and I knew it was probably time to admit that I was just not able to blog here the way I once was a few years back.
I have loved this space. It has meant so much to me. Through this blog, I discovered a passion for writing and connecting, creativity, crafternoons, sharing ideas and trying new things. My little world expanded simply by writing here! I had a place to escape to when I needed, and a platform to share my voice.
This blog has been a light and uplifting place for me during some less then light and uplifting periods of my life. It has been so very special, so to all of you who have being loyally reading along, or popped by from time to time I thankyou from the bottom of my heart for your generosity, support, kind feedback and love. It's been wonderful.
Mezz Makes Stuff will remain online as a preserved archive of what I have done here the past few years. In the meantime I am still making my crafty handmade zine Hundreds and Thousands Mag with fellow blogger Taz, which has been a pretty huge project that stemmed from the ideas and connections I have made through this blog. I also document many aspects of my life, including all the thrifting, making, baking, and music making I get up to over on instagram (@mezzcoleman) and finally (drum roll please!) I now have a pretty great website over at www.mezzcoleman.com which will be devoted mostly to my music and zine, but I do plan to blog there (sporadically) about other bits and pieces as well when the inspiration arises!
Throughout this post are some of my favourite pics I have posted here over the years. Once again thanks so much for being part of the journey. It has been a real life giver and game changer for me, and has led me onto so many other creative adventures, so I will be forever grateful for you all!
Please pop on over to www.mezzcoleman.com and check it out!



7/52 Simple Beauty

Simple Beauty 7/52- A four year old meeting a 2 week old. Such precious girls sharing this little moment together.


6/52 Simple Beauty

6/52 Simple Beauty- taking a moment to breathe deep, sit under a tree and read a book during my lunch break at work this week. 



January was......

Slow, quiet, late nights, sleep ins, a new pet, getting lost in the world of Harry Potter, setting goals, dreaming dreams, BBQ's, road trips, watching old episodes of Sherlock, trying new recipes, school holidays, blogging, lots of tea, mild weather, an few unexpected trips to the Dr, learning about the lunar cycle, discovering change is ok, catching up with family, quality time with my kids, creating, and picking flowers.
How was your January?
Mezz x


5/52 Simple Beauty

5/52 Simple Beauty- Love Never Fails. I made this simple collage using vintage wallpaper for my husband last year as a tenth wedding anniversary present. I've always loved the beauty, simplicity and truth of this quote. 


Taking Stock (joining in with Pip)

Joining in with Pip over at Meet Me at Mikes.

Making : The next Issue of Hundreds and Thousands magazine!
Cooking : From scratch. It hit me recently how often I wasn't doing that, so I'm trying to take my cooking back to basics.
Drinking : Tea. Proper tea! I've ditched the tea bags and am brewing lovely pots of tea again. So much nicer and I'm enjoying the whole ritual of making tea.
Reading: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Wanting: Routine! These school holidays have been great, but I'm ready for some structure again in my life!
Looking: At the night sky a lot these days as I try to learn more about the moon and the lunar cycle.
Playing: With our new bunny, Snowy. He is too cute, and helping me overcome some pretty serious animal fears!
Deciding: How I'm going to timetable my work this year to fit with my hubby's job and family stuff.
Wishing: I could go on a super long holiday. Super long.
Enjoying: The very mild weather in Melbourne this week. It's summer, but only in the low 20's.
Waiting: For work to start back! I work in a school so get holidays (yay) but I am a casual so they are unpaid (not yay)
Liking: Joni Mitchell's album "Blue"
Wondering: How I can best do housework without it getting on top of me.
Loving: JK Rowling. I think she's a genius!
Pondering: What the next ten years or so might look like.
Considering: A new tattoo.
Watching: A Room with a View, Man Down, Sherlock, Midsomer Murders. All the good ones.
Hoping: That I manage my stress in a healthy way this year.
Marvelling: At the human body. My daughter's cracked collarbone is healing so quickly all by itself.
Needing: Rhythm, routine, balance.
Smelling: Hay. It's for the bunny. It's a new smell in the house I'm not used to yet!
Wearing: PJ's. Its the last day of school holidays so why not?!
Following: Creative and clever people over on Instagram.
Noticing: That I wake up every morning very dehydrated.
Knowing: I've got songs and stories and ideas I want to share with the world.
Thinking: About finding a beginners yoga class.
Admiring: The people in my life who live with mental illness, and live well.
Sorting: Through all the food and drinks my husband brought back from dumpster diving the other day. Have you heard about Dumpster Diving before?
Buying: Food.
Getting: Excited about releasing my EP of new songs soon!
Bookmarking: This,
Disliking: The constancy of housework. It literally doesn't end.
Opening: Windows and letting the breeze into the house. "Airing" out the house each morning has become a favourite little ritual of mine.
Giggling: At myself and my Harry Potter obsession. It's hit me later in life as a 30 year old, but it's hit me quite hard I must say! I get what all the hype was about now.
Feeling: Aware of all the things I need to do this year, but not overwhelmed, which is generally my default position. Hooray for not feeling overwhelmed!
Snacking: Home baked goodies.
Coveting: High waisted vintage style sailor pants. I really want some but they are expensive and hard to find.
Wishing: I was a more motivated and productive person. I've always been very creative but turning my ideas into real things requires a certain work ethic and discipline which is not in my nature.
Helping: My kids and myself.
Hearing: Cars and trucks. I live on a busy road!

simple crafting

I have quite a few cute nephews! My son who is 8 is the oldest boy of the cousin brood on both sides of the family, and I just love the younger little fellas in our family. Perhaps it's because each of them in some way remind me of my own Mr 8, while all are completely and utterly unique too.

I have amazing, beautiful, clever and talented nieces too! I'm super lucky.

Over this recent gift giving period, a few of my nephews have recived these personalised shirts made with a whole lot of love from Aunty Mezz. I have loved the simplicity of these handmade gifts.

To make your own personalised shirt for a cool little guy in your life all you need is a plain-ish thrifted t-shirt, some felt and a sewing machine. Cut the letters of your little one's name with felt and sew onto the shirt with your machine. Done!!


Simple Beauty 4/52

Simply Beauty 4/52- Our Little Miss picking some flowers on a sun filled morning walk. 


This past week....little adventures

This past week, I....
...went on a little road trip with my family...
....caught up on some mending....
...tried a new recipe....
...began early morning walks/runs again after about 6 weeks of not bothering too much....
...and discovered some treasures in country town opshops! (country town opshops are my fav!)

Our other "little adventure" this week involves our little miss breaking her collarbone. poor darling.