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The Feeling When You Get a Real Letter in the Post

Not a bill, not junk mail, not a notice that you just possibly maybe almost won a lottery. A real letter from a friend or family member that just says something nice, or has some happy news to share. When was the last time you got one of those?

I remember getting real letters when I was a teenager, which is admittedly an awfully long time ago. Besides thoughtful messages in birthday cards, my friends and I used to actually write letters to each other when we were away on holidays. I spent a good chunk of any trip buying postcards and sending them to my friends. I had boyfriends (it's true!) who wrote me soppy love notes and POSTED them to me. Or at least rode past on their BMX and dropped it in my letterbox. I mean, a letter from a friend is exciting enough, but a LOVE LETTER? That's a whole other level of breath holding anticipation as you tear (carefully) the envelope open.

When was the last time you received a hand written note in your letterbox?

My mother used to write a h…
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Why do Pinterest Buyable Pins have to be in US Dollars?

So I've procrastinated enough and I have to get on with actually running my web business.

The UniNats are over, school is going back tomorrow and I am trying to get my head around Pinterest Buyable Pins.

The first hurdle was to get Paypal by Braintree set up. I've had PayPal available for my customers for years, I've got credit card facilities with a major Australian bank, and I've got Square online and mobile payment facilities set up. But Buyable Pins need Braintree, so let's set that up too!

Only these guys are serious about their security checks. It took about a month of sending document after document to prove I had a legit business to get Braintree approved. And then I got a bit lazy about the whole thing and left it another month to try and actually set it up.

Now I've spent a drizzly Sunday afternoon clicking back and forth between my website, Braintree's Control Panel, PayPal, Pinterest and whatever... and now I have to wait 48 hours for another ap…

The Perks of Being a Bit "Different"

Last time I wrote I was negotiating with my daughter about which essential event on her 12 year old social calendar was most essential to attend. The events were Comicon, for which she had sewn her own costume, or The Australian Unicycle National Championships. Both on the same weekend in Sydney. Typical. The winner in the end was UniNats.

Meg had already worn her Astro Boy costume to four events earlier in the year and won all the prizes at three of them. So even though she had been looking forward to Comicon for months, she decided that was enough of that and UniNats was the thing to attend.

Leading up to UniNats 2017, we got onto their FaceBook page and looked at the events we might go and watch. Turns out there were a lot of events Meg could actually enter herself. There was a Junior category for riders aged under 14. This is the perk of choosing a "sport" that not many people do. I sent a message to the organiser and got a lovely message back telling us that Meg would n…

The Dilemmas of Raising Talented Children

When I say talented children, I mean all children. They are all talented at something - or at least interested in things that we as loving nurturing parents encourage them to pursue. And by encourage them to pursue I mean empty our wallets and spend hours driving them to and from practice, games, training, performances, tournaments etc etc.

Now one of my talented children has caused me to have a serious dilemma.

There are two events on one weekend and now we have to decide which is more essential to attend.

Now I know this is just one child with two events she really wants to go to. It's easy to say to her, "Sorry you can't be in two places at one time. Laws of physics and whatever." What happens when you have two (or more) kids and they want to be in two different places and you are just one parent with one car? There have been times when I've hoisted my children onto another parent in the team, or I've dropped one and scooted off with the other and then tu…

How to Blog and Become an Influencer

I hope someone out there knows and is willing to give me all the hot tips. Will I ever reach the lofty heights of "micro influencer"?

I started out writing this blog, because a blog with regularly updated quality (?) content will improve my website search rankings and someone out there might actually find my little website.

I'm here! (jumps up and down waving arms) We have beautiful things! (waving and pointing at beautiful things). Is anybody out there? (gets Pink Floyd song stuck in head for the rest of the afternoon even though that's not the actual lyrics).



Also, I like reading and writing. I read lots of other people's blogs and think, "If I had a blog..." and then only think of about 3 actual articles I would write before I get writer's block. This being my tenth blog article so far I am doing better than I expected!

Still, the point was to blog about things you can do with our Kimono Daisy Japanese cotton fabrics. To give you great ideas for …

Kimono Fabric Necklace - Totally Fashionable

My daughter begs to differ but I think fabric necklaces are cool. I mean, what do teenagers know about fashion? I certainly had some very questionable fashion ideas when I was a teenager in the 80's. As did everyone in that decade.

Anyway, I was browsing Pinterest during a particularly productive Friday afternoon and spotted some really awesome fabric necklaces and bracelets. Some were Japanese fabric with handmade glass beads. Some were African style with multiple fabric cords, wooden beads, or metal clasps. Some had no added extras, just a fabric cord tied into a lovely knot. I pinned heaps of them on my "Let's make it one day" board, where I pin all the inspirational things I may or may not get around to trying to make. Here's a few that caught my eye.



Naturally I hit up Google for some instructions and found a few YouTube videos, most of which were a little long and boringly detailed, but I fast forwarded to get the essentials and decided to fudge my way thro…

Teaching children life skills finally pays off

Personally I hate "advice" about how to raise children. We all have our own ideas and methods. Handed down from our own parents, because you know "I turned out OK", or learned from the examples of friends and other relatives. Or - showing my age - gleaned from the pages of parenting BOOKS, or more commonly now - the internet.

I know parenting advice from the internet is not always the best advice - but sometimes it's all we have. And here I am handing out some more.

Last weekend I was feeling a bit worn out having had a very busy week at work, following a big trip to a trade show and all the lead up to that. So actually it was more like a very busy month at work and I was wrecked.

So it was Saturday morning and there were no children's sports games, and no band concerts, and no birthday parties or other events that needed a Mum-taxi until at least late afternoon, so I was taking my time getting out of bed.

By some miracle my daughter Meg got out of bed all …