When people ask what I do, I know what will happen next. Without fail, everyone one – and I mean every single person – will say ‘oh that must be fantastic’ and get a misty eyed look of happiness. We then go on to have joyful conversations about their favourite museum or the great exhibition they just visited. In a world lived behind computer screens...
The Centenary of Anzac Day 1915 is not an obvious theme for a family-friendly event celebrating local heritage and stories. The 37 million dead, total for all sides, is not necessarily something that will bring out mum, dad and the kids to a large event known as Heritage Weekend.
Have you ever read a sentence that makes your heart stop? The words appear to fly off the page and make you pause. A sentence, or a piece of writing, which has simplicity and beauty, a sentence that has power. A piece of writing which, like handcrafted furniture or bespoke...
In 2014 I had the good fortune to be the curator on Ballarat's Heritage Weekend. This role meant many things! I curated the local history exhibition to answer the question "Who made Ballarat?" using the booths in the Mining Exchange as storytelling booths. I also worked with local cultural groups...
Everyone in the museums sector, from local historical societies to the large national funded institutions, all have the same problem. We are faced today with an odd shaped challenge. People want to give us ‘stuff,’ all sorts of stuff. It comes in all shapes and sizes. Victor lawn mowers are...
Very happy to write that I passed the test - the book review from San Francisco Book Review gave Work Women Want 5 stars! Which in their rating system means: An excellent example of the genre. Will be giving it out as gifts.
Here's the direct link to San Francisco Book Review to read it there.
Here's the edited short version:
5 stars A conversational writing style gives this book wide appeal beyond the target readership - moms like F
I discovered over the holidays that the word 'museum' = 'fun' for a young child. Which is great! Well done museums, good first impressions. I know where this link came from. Our other visits to museums have been full of interactive games like KSpace at the National Museum of Australia,...
The day begins in Melaka with the call to prayer, at 5.30am. As we lay in bed, trying to sleep my husband and I search for words to describe it: part chant, part prayer, slightly melodic. 10 minutes in, my daughter from the bed next to us whispers in the...
I know women suffer from a lack of confidence: we aren’t smart enough; beautiful enough; rich enough… surely someone else is better than me? Sometimes it can be hard to get those inner negative thoughts to shut up! In the responses to the Crafty Girls Talk Giveaway, one of the big questions was “How do I get the confidence to sell my craft?” There were similar questions too about getting over the fear of rejection and “What if people don’t like what I make?” You aren’t alone: even people w
In her recent book, The Wife Drought, Annabel Crabb nails why raising children is not just Mum's work. Dads are missing out - on the fun and happiness of raising children and - yes - also the pain and the frustration of a day at home with toddlers. Sharing the work of raising children is not just a women's right to earn money issue - it also recognises that so many Dads are just not there to see their children grow up.
When our daughter was born, my husband was seen in his workplace a
As a teenager we always seemed to be preparing for life. Exciting things happened elsewhere - not in our brown school buildings stuck in the middle of suburbia. One of my most lasting memories of that time is our teachers telling us to:
“Do what you love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life again.”
It stayed with me because I always felt that many of the teachers wished they had followed what they loved. Perhaps the sad ones had wished they stuck with t
Lots of women asked questions about marketing in the Craft Gossip giveaway which inspired this Starting Out in a Craft Business blog series. I've included a few of the questions below with my answers for each:
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I would like to learn marketing methods, because I love making crafts but feel very uncomfortable promoting them.
Oh, I know! It's the whole putting yourself out there, exposing yourself to being hurt or rejected.
I gave a talk about Jane Austen and her creative women at Marnoo last week for Library Lovers' Day. I've given talks in all sorts of places but never in Marnoo, which I was very excited about! Why you ask? Because I'm very happy to be Jane's ambassador and take...
Many women love to stitch, bake, design and create. There are some very talented designers and creators out there. I know for many mums, it is a natural step to start a craft business. It was for me. And I know quite a few women who have also taken this path. I took my interest in writing and speaking, but I'll post about these and other work at home options later.
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For now though I am inspired by the really good questions that were
A few crafty and design photos from Malaysia, a thank you and a couple of book reviews today. Malaysia, Melaka and the Silk Route We went to Melaka in Malaysia over Christmas. Partly because we had itchy travel feet and also because Melaka sounded really interesting. During the 14th and...
For Work Women Want, I have been very fortunate to interview a number of amazing women who have created what they want: flexible, family friendly income. Money making that lets them control their hours and be there for their children.
Sounds great doesn't it? Type "work at home" into Google and you will find all sorts of promises, opportunities, scams and photos of smiling kids on tropical islands! I so wanted to stay away from all that hype and false promises wit