taking stock no.2


Here we go again …

Making :
 my February significant something project
Cooking : 
food my kids will eat and much basil pesto (lots of basil pesto)
Drinking :
 freshly made juices everyday (thanks Kemi) oh and coffee
Reading :
 still goldfinch and latest collective magazine
Wanting :
 a weekend away (with no kids)
Looking :
 at my whiteboard full of ideas
Playing : 
on the kids trampoline (a lot)
Deciding :
 about an overseas holiday later in the year
Wishing :
 there weren’t so many pleats in my sons school uniform (I hate ironing)
Enjoying :
 eating tomatoes freshly picked
Waiting :
 for my latest ebay purchases to arrive
Liking :
 that tomorrow is Friday
Wondering :
 how I became a full time mum-taxi
Loving :
 my hot pink letterbox
Pondering :
 holding an exhibition this year
Considering :
 planting an asparagus patch
Watching :winter olympics (and wishing I was at the snow)
Hoping :
 for rain, lots of rain
Marvelling :
 how lucky moments pop up and surprise me
Needing :
 still a massage
Smelling : 
an unidentified odour wafting in the house each evening
Wearing :
 my new op shop purchases
Following :
 all the aussies competing at the olympics
Noticing :
 how my chooks know there are new lettuces planted
Knowing :
 I am not taking enough ‘me’ time
Thinking : 
how pleased I am our son enjoys school
Feeling : 
a little torn
Admiring :
Sorting :
 through my huge holiday magazine pile
Buying : 
op shop goodies and some vintage fabric on ebay
Getting :
 into raw food a little more
Bookmarking :
 megan mortons bits and bobs
Disliking : 
Opening :
 new packet of coffee (of that smell)
Giggling :
 at my daughters reasoning
Feeling :
 a little bamboozled
Snacking :
 on soya chips
Coveting :
 a pair of winter boots a friend bought overseas
Wishing : 
I could go overseas to buy the same boots
Helping :
 my son with reading homework
Hearing : my chickens fight over a snail

what are you up to this month?


learning journey

BLOG_image_54_learning journeyLast year I unintentionally embarked on a bit of a learning journey (I have mentioned it here and here and here). I’m not sure why but there has been many benefits the most of which is realising that I really really really like learning.

I thought I would have a break this year but a month in and the journey has continued. Right at this moment I am completing a skillshare course in establishing a new business the right way, Kemi Nekvapil’s Raw Beauty 30 Day Self Love Experience, working through an e-course on how to Write and Sell Your Damn Book! by Paul Jarvis, preparing for Interwoven in March and finishing off watching (again) some the Big Hearted Business 2013 online conference.

Phew! Sounds busy hey.

Having realised how much I like learning I am now struggling with what to do with all these new things? Do I actually need to do anything? Is just doing it because I like it enough? Should I have a bigger picture plan? Should I … should I … should I …

Truth is I don’t really want to have a plan. Completing these courses is very satisfying. Satisfaction drives a tonne of other things for me many of which are creative-based and as a designer what more could I want? Enjoy!

something significant – feb13


Well here we go…

A few weeks ago, thanks to a little push from my Blogging with Pip buddies, I decided to undertake a ‘making’ project each month. What will I make? Something significant of course!

So first up is this funky little skirt from sewcountrychick. I like it because there are lots of piccies that I am sure I will be referring to frequently and the instructions make sense to the non-sewer that I am. And the main reason I chose this is because my Little Miss 3-year-old saw it and promptly announced ‘I would look funky in that mum’.

If you would like to keep an eye on my progress (and possible tantrums as I do tend to be a perfectionist with these type of things) follow me on Instagram (@stuffbyrenee or #significant something). I’ll be sure to show you the fruits of my labour at the end of the month here on the blog. Wish me luck!

my year of ethical fashion

BLOG_image_YOEF 3It has been a month since I took the Year of Ethical Fashion pledge and I have had some serious moments where I really thought that this would be something that I would not be able to do.

But alas, I feel more empowered to succeed than I thought I ever would.

A few of my fears and concerns are on my Year of Ethical Fashion page here – but essentially the reason that I have decided to do this is really just to give me a kick up the butt to finally learn how the sew but to also force me to stop and consider what and why I need things and whether these reasons are really justifiable?

school starts

BLOG_image_53_starting schoolLast week there was a huge and exciting event in household – first day of school!

It seemed quite weird how excited everybody was, not just Mr 5 (who had tried his uniform on 39 times in the few days before he started) but myself and hubby were just as pumped about him starting.

It was like Christmas Eve and New Years all tied into one, I couldn’t sleep with anticipation. The morning before we left was smooth sailing and little man taught me a thing or two about staying cool, calm and collected.

Arriving at school we quickly touched base with his teacher, identified where his desk would be, had a quick run-down of the morning routine, stayed for a quick welcome assembly and then he was off without so much as ‘seeya mum’ (although we did get a sneaky thumbs-up when he spotted us peeking in the window).

Some mums and dads were a little weepy, some strategically wearing rather large sunglasses but I was insanely excited and filled with happiness that our little man was embarking on this huge chapter in his life with the laid-back casualness he takes on most ‘big’ things. Let’s just hope it lasts!

taking stock

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BLOG_image_48_takestock1 BLOG_image_51_takestock4This is the first time I have posted a ‘taking stock’ post. I read foxs lane and meet me at mikes ‘taking stock’ posts regularly and always think what a great way to encapsulate exactly where you are right this second. So here goes:

Making : patches with embroidered patterns
Cooking : anything with the vegies I am harvesting from our vegie patch
Drinking : coffee, always coffee
Reading : goldfinch and attempting to tackle my inspiration pile
Wanting : an ethically created pair of winter boots
Looking : at paint colour charts
Playing : snap with my kids
Deciding : about a trip to vegas, mexico and new york
Wishing : there was a fresh cup of coffee right here right  now
Enjoying : the smell of rain
Liking : my new watch
Wondering : if my tomatoes will ripen before it gets cold
Loving : hearing about the safe arrival of &kathleen’s baby boy (total warrior mama!)
Considering : opening a studio
Watching : movies from the 90s
Hoping : hubby gets the deck painted before the weekend
Marvelling : how kids can be best friends then worst enemies within minutes
Needing : a massage
Smelling : roses outside my bedroom window
Wearing : colourful combinations
Noticing : how much I appreciate feeling organised
Knowing : that I need to kick my butt into gear and get a couple of projects finished
Thinking : about how much is too much to undertake
Feeling : calm
Admiring : this list is so long
Sorting : school uniforms
Buying : milk, so much milk
Getting : excited about undertaking interwoven in march
Bookmarking : anything to assist my something significant plans for 2014
Disliking : people who choose to focus on the negative potential of a situation
Opening : any pic or link or post that shows me snow!
Giggling : always giggling at my kids
Feeling : happy about being busy


a cup of tea with me

BLOG_image_47_acupofteawithmeOver the last few months I have been enjoying the complete delight that is Pip Lincolne through her course Blog with Pip (I’ll write a little more later on). Today is the “official” last day – yes I am sad but mostly I have butterflies. Excited butterflies.

So to go out with a flutter, students have been invited to pour a cup of tea (actually I dread to think how many cups have been consumed during this course) and share a little about ourselves. So here is my interview with me:

What I do on a daily basis
Design (graphic/print), make, create, dream, be a wife/mother/friend and drink copious amounts of coffee.

Favourite things to do
Same as above.

Favourite place to be
Anywhere where I am experiencing something new or loved – usually at home or near the ocean.

Favourite things to eat/drink
Coffee, wine, coffee, bubbles, coffee, tea (and if my beautician is reading this lots of water, lots!) – oops I forgot food.

Favourite inspirations
Seeing/reading/learning about people who are doing what they are passionate about.

Something I want to know more about
There is not enough time or space to deal with this list here.

Some favourite blogs
&kathleenthe red thread blog, poppytalk, style by emily henderson, oh joy, plus all my new blogging mates from the course with Pip (check out their links here) and last but not least meetmeatmikes. Enjoy!