All that Jazz

Well this should certainly strike the right note. Today 30 April is International Jazz Day. And this ain’t no made up, half balked day. No because back in November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) no less officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role […]

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Dance like no-one is looking

Today April 29 is International Dance Day, a worldwide celebration of dance founded by the International Dance Council in 1982 which falls on the birthday of the French dancer and creator of modern ballet Jean-Georges Noverre. So whether you waltz, tango, tap dance or jive, if you cha-cha, mambo, samba or salsa, or if flamenco or hip hop is […]

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Mockingbird

When I was a teenager, my dad went to study in the US and so off we went to American High School. Even then, it was a  culture shock to say the least, but it provided experiences to last me a life time, including the opportunity to enrol in whatever classes I wanted for a year […]

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Burlapping it up

Today my laser like wrapping focus is on burlap. I am slap bang and very happily in the middle of Mother’s Day wrapping and there have been more than a few requests for a burlap touch. Burlap is not my go to fabric but I have seen it used really well and when it works, […]

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A new twist on the pretzel

Today 26 May is Pretzel Day. Pretzels you are worth it. No one knows quite where you came from Pretzels, but the smart money is on you appearing around A.D. 610, when Italian monks presented their young students with treats of baked dough twisted in the shape of crossed arms which at the time was the […]

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Lest We Forget

Today 25 April is Anzac Day. The day holds a special significance in Australian history and a special place in our family as many of our forebears served. My husband and I took our children to the Gallipoli Peninsula and I am glad we did. But it’s always a delicate one – remembering a loosing […]

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Bee natural

Today 24 April, it’s time for a truly practical wrap. As you know, I will wrap anything if it stands still long enough, so my heart leapt when I came across the Bee Eco at my local farmer’s market. At first my eye was drawn to the way the fruit was wrapped in a brightly coloured almost […]

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Thou willst celebrate

Today 23 April is the quadricentennial of the death of William Shakespeare. When it comes to quadricentennials, this will be one of the biggies. It’s also Talk Like Shakespeare Day – no end of linguistic possibilities in that! The epicentre of celebrations is of course Stratford upon Avon. In a fabulously English gesture, the Head Boy from […]

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Jelly Bean

Today 22 April is National Jelly Bean Day when we pay tribute to the one of the world’s most popular sweet treats. No one quite knows the origin of Jelly Beans. Some say they are  a descendant of Turkish Delight which was popular in biblical times while others point to Jordan Almonds popular in the 1600’s in France. The history of […]

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Happy Birthday Ma’am

  Happy Birthday to You… Happy Birthday to You.. Happy Birthday Dear Monarch…Happy Birthday to You. In fact, the Queen celebrates two birthdays each year: her actual birthday on 21 April and her official birthday on a Saturday in June. How can that be? How do you get a second birthday on a random June weekend? […]

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