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Patchwork Cactus
A beachside suburb on the East Coast of Australia.
Blogger, Journalist, Copy Writer... Making, Baking, Parenting, Laughing.
Interests: Living a lovely life with two little ones in tow, making stuff, cooking stuff, teaching stuff, drinking wine, taking names. Chuck it all together and that's how you patchwork a cactus. Bam!
Recent Activity
Hello friend, Thanks for popping by my blog. But there have been some changes! I have moved everything over to And it's not just a blog now, I also have a shop with all of my favourite products. So make sure to change your bookmarks! I can't wait to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
I have a daughter who is OBSESSED with drawing birds, ask her for a picture of a bird and she'll ask what species you would like. So obviously when I spotted this new textiles company Vellaquin in all their Aussie bird glory I was pretty excited. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
Have you heard of a ta-da list? It's the opposite of a to-do list and for some people it can be a really great motivator. For me however, the concept sent me into a complete tail spin that ended in an existential battle. But I also made a printable so that's cool too. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
This week I'm sharing a few happiness hacks for people with little people. Why? Because we all want to nurture our kids' crazy and beautiful nature, but we also have to keep ourselves sane throughout the journey! Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
Question, when a new dishwasher makes it onto your blog wishlist, does that make you middle aged? Come and check out what I'm currently lusting after. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
Fun fact, potatoes are the only food on earth that humans can live off exclusively. Another fun fact, I have no idea if that is true but I choose not to fact check it because it's become a sort of a belief system for me. Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
You know when you get back from a holiday somewhere and immediately start planning a way to get back there? Yeah - that. I made a video of our glorious week away - snowboarding, eating toasties, driving a swanky car and hanging with our babies. Basically just living the dream. Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
As Winter settles in and our little garden is free from bindies and flies. As the sun is warming instead of burning and I have the need to keep the cozy levels high in the house - it's time to send them out. The grass is calling. Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
WINTER! How good is it. Red wine, nest feathering, bed jumping, kids in beanies etc. We are laying low, counting down the hours until winter holidays (three!) and basically pottering around our little house at every chance we can. Who wants to know what's been happening around here? This is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
So the other day I decided to make one of my favourite recipes. It's a white chocolate blondie and it's all sorts of awesome. Eat them with tea, pack them in lunchboxes or just smash them straight out of the oven while standing at the kitchen bench. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
Mustard is all over kids fashion right now and we’re totally ok with it. Most parents know the feeling of opening up their child’s drawers and not being able to distinguish between all the items – The colour mustard is a welcome change! Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
I’m just going to put it out there, I hate the term ‘Screen Time’ - It drives me mental. When I hear parents and teachers talking about how much ‘screen time’ a child should have in their life I honestly feel panicked. Are we really still there? How can we possibly bunch everything that a child can achieve on a device into one category? Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
Sometimes you just need to chuck your little family into the car and drive west for seven hours. Nope, never had the urge? Well I probably wouldn't either but my father-in-law lives in a town near Wagga Wagga and we head out there every so often... It's a long drive but it's also about as close as you can get to time travel so that's cool. Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
We love all the gorgeous donut creations that are floating around Pinterest right now, but seriously, who has the time to make donuts from scratch? Bloggers, that’s who! Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
I don't stress when my kids refuse to eat breakfast. I'm like, ok. Just have a milkshake. #suckers Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
Working from home can get a bad wrap sometimes but it's pretty sweet. I reckon that if you're not loving working from home, you're doing it wrong. I recently took a leaf out of Google's book and reformed my work-from-home life. Wanna know how? Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
This January has gone too quickly. Tomorrow Squawk starts a new preschool and the Lady is off to kindy on Wednesday. And I really just don't want this time to end. This week, this month or this season of our life. Anyway, this month has been everything. It started perfectly,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
Who needs to pretty up a table? You? Oh great then you should enjoy this five minute DIY Pineapple vase. It's all sorts of quick and simple. Not to mention super cute. Enjoy! Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2017 at Patchworkcactus
I'm have handpicked 16 toys that I would be more than happy to trip over in the hallway and I'm giving one of you guys the lot! A $400 toy giveaway for Christmas. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
You should Google it Mum, basically gist is that she is a major declutterer.
Here is my actual real-life guide to finding more time, no outsourcing, no big spends, no glamour. Just a regular mum who wants to show my kids that life is for living, you know? So let's get to it. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
For everyone who has ever thought, man I like her kids clothes, this is your chance to win some for yourself. 13 giveaways, 13 awesome Australian kids fashion brands. Do it! Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
Every fortnight I write a Happy List for Child Mags blog. It's one of my favourite things to do because it really makes me stop and think about my happiness. I thought it was time I brought it Patchwork side so here are SIXTY things that make me happy. Also,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2016 at Patchworkcactus
Is there anything better than a deep dish pie? I don't think so. But I do think that you can optimise a deep dish pie, say with lemon curd? And good news, you literally can't go wrong with this one. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at Patchworkcactus