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oh joy! 20% off everything in our shop

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Oh Christmas joy!

In the spirit of giving and sharing, we’re thrilled to offer our lovely WEAVE+WONDER community 20% off all our handmade goodness in the WEAVE+WONDER shop!  It’s our way of saying a beautiful thankyou for your amazing support and encouragement this year.

Would you like to take a peek at the lovely handmade goodness in our shop?

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You’ll find a quiet range of mindful items – gorgeous hand-stitched wall hangings, one-of-a-kind artwork, sumptuous leather pencil rolls, sweet Christmas ornaments, floaty handwoven scarves, and quotable fabric paper.  And our new fabric wrap is perfect for wrapping your gifts!

Each piece is handmade with heart and a deep resonance with the natural materials we work with.  We’d love to see these little pieces of us find new homes this Christmas!

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The 20% discount is available on all current shop stock [but the discount doesn’t apply to the postage cost], and make sure you leave us a comment if you’d like our complimentary gift wrap {brown paper or white tissue, tied with natural twine].

Use the coupon code CHRISTMASJOY14 at the checkout to receive your discount!

The discount is valid until this Sunday, 14 December.  All items are in stock and ready to post, so even though our Australia Post posties are busy at this time of year, items should be delivered in time for Christmas.  International customers we’ll post as soon as we receive your order but we can’t guarantee pre=Christmas delivery.

Christmas joy to you, our lovely friends!

Click here for WEAVE+WONDER’s handmade Christmas gifts!

weaving the habit of creativity

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Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.

[Horace Mann]

Our days are full of habits and the habits we choose become our days, our months, our years, our lives.  I often ponder habits – those default activities, behaviours and thought patterns I have as an individual, as a wife, as a mother and as part of a family, and wonder whether we are choosing to nurture good habits, or whether we’re hoping that our ideal habits will somehow miraculously form.  And it’s good to ponder this I think, because habits are more than actions.  They inform our character development, our thinking skills, our creative processes, and they have the capacity to nurture or stifle.

This is your life.  Are you who you want to be?

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Melissa and I are both passionate about nurturing creativity – in ourselves, in our children, in our families, and in others.  And the best way we’ve found to nurture creativity?  Form time, space and opportunity habits which allow inspiration to flow, encourage trial-and-error, and do not demand a response or interaction.

Creativity is a habit, and the best creativity is the result of good work habits.

[ Twyla Tharp ]

This week as we launched our Weaving 3-Ways Workshop we chatted about past weavings.  I especially love Melissa’s family weaving project – an unstructured collaboration of all family members who over a few months, in fits and spurts, created a wall weaving.  It is beautiful.  But that really wasn’t the point.

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The point was to create a space which invited all family members to create and contribute in their own individual way.  A simple loom of two sticks and string, hanging on a wall in their family living area, and baskets of wool and yarns was the perfect way to invite weaving wonder and experimentation, both individually or together.

A beautifully simple way to nurture creative habits. 

So you may not be a weaver, but are you wanting to kick-start some new creative habits?  Here are a few quick and easy ideas:

  • Put a jar or tin of freshly sharpened pencils on a pile of paper on the dining table. (There really is something delicious and inviting about freshly sharpened pencils, isn’t there, so remember to keep them sharpened if you want this pop-up-drawing-studio to remain inspiring!)
  • Leave some scissors in a basket or small box by the door to inspire some nature collecting and gathering.
  • Recycle some jars and display this empty collection prominently, inviting them to be filled with finds and creations (and curate this collection often so they don’t just become odds-and-ends jars!)
  • Gather picture-filled books from the library or second-hand shop for creative inspiration and stack them in your living space where people will see them.
  • Run a long piece of paper down a hallway and create a family picture+word mural
  • Each week or month look through cookbooks or online recipe sites for some food-goodness and try make something you’ve never cooked before
  • Divide a big batch of cookie dough or plain muffin mix between some friends or family and invite everyone to choose their own add-ins

What do you think, lovely friends?  We’d love you to share your own ideas and suggestions on weaving the habit of creativity.

friday five

For Melissa and I, sometimes our days are focused on screens, fingers tapping, conversations kept brief (for it is so very hard, don’t you think, for chatter to flow from mouths while different words are transported from our minds to our fingers?).  And sometimes our days are filled with makings that keeps our hands busy but allows our minds and hearts to engage and connect.  Oh, these are the best of our WEAVE+WONDER days, the days where our conversations flow like streams, winding paths through the everydays our families share and pooling around ideas and values.  These pools of ideas and values sink deep and are a well-spring of inspiration and sharing, questions and challenges.  And do you know there is one particular pool we visit often and dip into, an undercurrent which flows through many of our conversations, the destination many of our discussions end with?  It’s this single word.  This enormous concept that gets used freely and can seem easy to describe, yet remain boundary-less and uncontainable.

Creativity. 

We’ve talked about it here, in this little blog-space and we will continue to talk about it in the days and months and years to come.  But for today’s Friday Five, I thought it would be interesting to ponder the musings of five others on the concept of creativity.  And friends, it’s just words today, with nothing else to distract you.  I do hope you have a bit of time to sit awhile and savour.

Happy weekending!


“Creativity takes courage.”

Henri Matisse


“You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou


“But unless we are creators we are not fully alive.  What do I mean by creators?  Not only artists, whose acts of creation are the obvious ones of working with paint or clay or words.  Creativity is a way of living life, no matter our vocation or how we earn our living.  Creativity is not limited to the arts, or having some kind of important career.”

Madeleine L’Engle


“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”

Eleanor Roosevelt


“The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”

Sylvia Plath


The Fabric of Father’s Day

The gift of a thoughtful word can accomplish much in the way of building up another..

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‘Mama I want to give Daddy a note for Father’s day…a note that lasts forever’

And imagining a small scrap of folded notepaper that resembled the daily offerings she had penned of love and life, I was sure that this would be treasured and kept but possibly only last until the paper gave up the ghost..

This is the tale of our fabric pages born: of heart and practicality, trying to dream into being, a solution to her problem: a note for Father’s Day that lasts forever.

We cut precious handwoven fabric, we marked out the lines, we stitched red and blue. And then I asked each of my young children to think of something they loved about their Daddy. Their words tumbled over each other, wild and imaginative, difficult to whittle down to simple but powerful words of affirmation gifted to a man they clearly adore.

On this first fabric page I hand-stitched their love-messages….

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Each time we want to create a ‘note that lasts forever’ around these parts, we reach for one of these handmade sheets, where time and thoughtfulness has been cut + stitched into a blank canvas and we stamp…with heart and mindfulness, a message to build another up.

We thought it important to inspire the ‘gifting of a thoughtful word’ this Father’s Day. Whether it is to hand stamp a list of love unique to your children for their Daddy, or a quote that weaves affirmation to your own Father, we would love to create this simple gift of love for you.

Please visit our store to order your custom message and be reminded of the power of words to heal and build up another this Father’s Day.

‘Fatherhood embraces his child seeing the world from the secure vantage point of his shoulders’

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‘He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.’  — Clarence Budington Kelland