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Magpie's Nest
Central West Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia
Leading a Fast Life in the Slow Lane & Ageing with Grace under Fire.
Interests: Started a Phd in English/History/Colonial Law. Healthy Ageing + Blogging + Writing + Reading + Researching + Knitting + Gardening + Travelling + Hobby ceramics.
Recent Activity
This fledgling now has two magpies in the attic and is involved in selling the ancestral magpie nest, which involves clearing it out because none of we chicks lives within cooee of the main nest anymore. I have observed that at this point in time the world divides itself into... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2016 at The Magpie In the Attic
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This 'sketch' and the Vlog I made in the last post reminds me that I am feeling every bit of the six odd decades that I have survived. My face and voice records a life lived with bouts of poor health, two encounters with different cancers, a burst colon, some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
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This blog is so very aptly named 'The Phd Neophyte". Even with the support of the Facebook PhD Owls behind me, we are all at various stages on our Phd journey. And at this stage of my particular journey and on my blog I have a decision to make. How... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
Here's the link. I've got to be quick. Just so you know what I'm up to. Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
In the tradition of Reflective Learning and the contemporary educational foray into online-networking, in my physical isolation as a rural part-time newbie PhD student at the age of 63 and two months, I officially began the start of my PhD yesterday. I am deeply indebted to my membership of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at ThePhDNeophyte
Apparently even the UN is grappling with the problem of what on earth we humans will do if robots take away our entire reason for being - our paid work. Quelle horreur! Yes, folks, they're worried that we're all in such a capitalist economic rut that no one can fix... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
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February 1st marked the official opening of my online store. You can pop in via the link on the left or via the link here. If you look in the albums at the side you can see some of the outfits I've gifted. And those I've put in the shop.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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The Mad Magpie in this Nest flies far and wide searching for delectable, high quality fabrics and beautiful, eye-catching designs to dress the Australian Girl Doll. Keywords for this Magpie are quality, luxury, individual design, vintage fabrics, funky accessories, unusual haberdashery items and anything that glitters or strikes an unusual... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Look for 'Mr Finch' on Facebook or Google him. He's an exceptional textile artist and I find him inspirational. Two or more years ago I saw his idea for using old brass ashtrays to make pincushions so I bought the bits and pieces and threw them in the cupboard. Of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at MyFabricatedNest
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Spandex leggings and raglan sleeved tops are easy and fun for girls to move in. Fashionable and funky colours teamed with tutus so a girl can twirl and leap and pose and climb. There's a choice, Shabby or Not. Precious is for those girls who have to worry about where... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Emily and Jasmine share a musical-themed Opera House-winged summer dress, but Emily gets to keep it! Jasmine doesn't mind because she knows that there are similar ones on the cutting table! Tutus at the moment and leggings. #australiangirldoll #australiangirldollmadmagpiesnest #madmagpiesnest My Quality Assurance Team member Felicity, photographed her sister's doll... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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'Wonderflex Yarn Craft Centre', Malvern Rd, Malvern. Melbourne. Victoria. I have never seen such variety in wool and needles! Here I am knitting an Aran jumper for the Australian Girl doll and having made enough mistakes to understand the pattern I decide I need to go up a size in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
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It is not necessary and not a rule that we all have to channel our interests and enthusiasms into one tunnel. "What do you want to be when you grow up?" we are relentlessly asked almost from birth, it seems. Who made those rules? And who says that we have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Magpie's Nest
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Jasmine is relaxing at home, bouncing around on the history of Lego, as one does when one can get away with it. Her purple leggings stretch and move with her. The little top has press fastenings at the back to make it easier for little fingers to help her change.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Frills. Czech glass bugle bead bling. Matching headbands. Lots of detailing. Beautiful pure cotton prints. It's all there to delight the heart of those who give and those who receive. I've raided my patchwork fabric stash. I couldn't help myself. Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Actually, I am #madmagpiesnest, but that seems redundant now because if I collapse it altogether then you can find me and my madly creative outpourings. I have been sew busy cobbling and binding and threading away that I forgot to let you know what's been happening. I've been making leggings... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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Who knew that this is what I'd find creative and stretching and fun on my 63rd birthday? Sooooooo, the MadMagpiesNest label of doll's clothes is what I hope to launch in early February as soon as I've amassed enough stock and ironed out enough technical challenges. I'm brand new to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
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The CRAFT market. The ONLINE craft market community. I've been doing my research over the past few months and doing lots of thinking and wondering and talking and observing and as an outlet for my creativity, this is how I am facing 2016. I chose an Australian handmade community that... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at MadMagpiesNest
Hi Sue, yes this has been a storage system that we've used before, but I only recently had an epiphany in relation to my craft supplies and it cleared so much space and energy for me. What a difference it's made. We bought an Elfa system years ago and we still have it downstairs. We have de cluttered other things but never the Elfa baskets! This set is cheaper and just as manageable. We love it!!!
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2016 on Craft Storage at MyFabricatedNest
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We did it! After coping with a jumble of an abomination of bric-à-brac and burying baptism invitations underneath tubes of gouache and all manner of patchwork paraphernalia, I now have the tidiest, most accessible craft storage solution for a small multifunction space wherein one shares with one's 89 year old... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2016 at MyFabricatedNest
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When one has the itch to create and sew and knit and put things in kilns and create endless lines of fluttering, tinkling bunting and bead and scrabble around with ceramics paint and spin with alpaca wool and stab fine merino wool draped over small calico bears and patchwork, one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
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Fussy-cutting, no matter how parsimonious one tries to be, produces an inevitable amount of wastage, especially if you are trying to orient the pattern in a certain direction. Fortunately I have a four year old and a seven year old to inspire me. Dolly bunting for dolly tea parties I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at MyFabricatedNest
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Forget emojis! Forget complex language! Who knew that you could say it in bunting? All of a sudden I've discovered a new expressive language. My writing tool is my mother's Husqvarna Viking Emerald 122 sewing machine, which I am only using to sew a straight seam. It all started with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2015 at MyFabricatedNest
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Introducing my sassy tea cosy with pizzazz in her belfry. Teapots as art canvas is what Loani Prior brought to the world and the simple morning cuppa need never be boring again. Domestic rituals can be steeped in artistic concepts as you navel gaze each morning struggling to come to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2015 at Magpie's Nest
Hi Bernie. I've noticed the reduced escapist reading phenomenon as well. Your point about less to escape from in retirement also rings true for me. I tried my new alto flute out for the first time today and had such fun! It has a beautiful sound. I love it. Haven't met the dear little jewel yet. Hope to soon.
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2015 on Inexpressible Comfort at Magpie's Nest