March 31, 2014



Even as I sit here I’m thinking that I should have started writing about something else. How will I say all that I want to without implicating anyone, how to express without revealing? When  I lost my dad it was sudden and it was hard and deeply sad and yet the sorrow that I feel  from losing mum is deeper. It seems that my relationship with dad was full and complete. Mourning his loss was both a grieving and a celebration of all he was. Daddy taught me love... Read More


Where did January go?

February 2, 2014

This year I welcomed the new year wholeheartedly! I picked my word which is cultivate, made lists of intentions, signed up for Ali Edwards ‘one little word’ course and Leo Babauta’s Sea Change program both aimed at optimal living, changing or improving aspects of life that aren’t working as well as I’d like them to. I decided that I could not or didn’t want to carry on in exactly the same way and that in order to be fully engaged and present in 2014... Read More


What do you love most?

Do you feel, sometimes that there is an overload when it comes to choices. Modern day people have interest in so many different things and even though I don’t fit the ‘hipster’ label (as my son told me) I am inspired and interested in so many different things from vintage to photography,... Read More


Settling in

Hello October! At the beginning of the year, we set some goals. Some seemed insurmountable, like moving everything out to do some home repairs. and assorted other big and small goals and tasks and to dos. There’s always a debate between us, about whether time goes quickly or slowly. What do... Read More



Wow! It’s been three months since I’ve been here!! Have you moved house recently? Was it stressful? If you’re anything like me, that would definitely be the case. Especially since we’ve had three major moves in the last three months. First the shop to the studio. Then Philip’s... Read More


life after smidapaper

Having the shop was a joy! Into it I poured my creative soul, learning and growing and stretching. And looking back I am amazed at how people came to wherever we were, through the blog and word of mouth and how it all started with three cartons of scrapbooking supplies. I have seen so many people... Read More


summer manifesto

I first came across the idea of a summer manifesto on Ali Edwards blog last year, and I vaguely remember seeing an image of a huge blackboard with someone’s summer manifesto written on it, but I can’t remember where. Haha. So what is a manifesto? Well, it’s kind of a declaration,... Read More


Project Life in an empty nest

Most of my friends in Penang have small children. When I used to live in KL the people I hung around with, mostly, had kids about the same age as mine. Hmm, I should get some older friends. So anyway, when I get together with the ladies and they start talking about elementary school issues and so... Read More


hello June, hello Summer!

I know we have summer weather every single day but I’ve gotten used to celebrating summer since Sarah was in high school. We’d close the shop for the whole season and catch up on other activities, travel and hang out. This year will be different with all the kids away  but they will visit... Read More


the adelaide story | Part 2- town and country

We set up home in the heart of town, about a minute’s walk from the main shopping street, Rundle Mall and maybe five or six minutes from Sarah’s campus. It wasn’t the Mandarin Oriental but our one room apartment was cosy and well appointed. We got off to a good start when... Read More


catching up

I didn’t get down to making the list, maybe today. I did manage to catch up a bit with project life, though and am super motivated to continue with the momentum and get up to date by this weekend! For week 15 I wanted to try working with yellow, welcoming summer, or at least celebrating... Read More


the list

We’re careening into the middle of the year at incredible speed! Funny isn’t it? I have a friend who remarks about time moving quickly almost every time she comes by, but when you stop to think about it, time is moving at the same speed. It just moves on at the same pace whether we’re... Read More


here & now

There seems to be a cloud hanging over almost everyone I know. A frustration, disappointment and restlessness as to what is to come. What can we do except trust that this too shall pass away and that there is a brighter day ahead. In the meantime, we carry on, even though the plans we had are somewhat... Read More

so loving how things are coming along at the studio


The first of the furniture was moved into the studio on Saturday, Read More


new things

Things are coming together at the new studio and I’ve had so much fun choosing and coordinating everything. Even though it doesn’t look like it, I’ve been told that the contractors are handing over the lot to me at the end of this week, after which it will take me a little while... Read More