Nice Things : October 2015

The weather in Melbourne has been ridiculously odd this long weekend. Very warm and sunny. Not that I’m complaining! I do enjoy these days; it’s just quite unexpected. I took advantage of the stunning weather and dabbled in some gardening for a good few hours on Friday and a little bit yesterday too. I am sad to report that I discovered more disgusting larvae living in the soil of one of my pots. I found 34 of the buggers in the one pot. 34! I wish I had chooks to feed them to, but I don’t so the crows were the next best thing. Anyway. What’s more important to talk about is just how relaxing and cathartic I find gardening, adding fuel to the idea that I am actually a grandma. Honestly though, if you’re looking for a peaceful, calming activity to do, check out gardening! It’s not just the process that’s enjoyable either, you get a plant at the end of it! Flowers, and maybe even veggies, depending on what floats your boat. I could bang on about gardening for ages but I shan’t. It’s the start of October, so let’s look at some nice things.

  • This Folksy interview with Peggy, maker of beautiful necklaces, really struck a chord with me. Many chords in fact. One thing I definitely agree with is her point on creativity and the schooling system. What do you think?
  • The 10 stages of creativity! I think the “sponge” stage is my personal favourite. I also think I need to remember to enjoy the process – all of it – more often.
  • Some interior architecture students in Estonia have built giant wooden megaphones to better hear the sounds of the forests. I think I’d stay there all day. Imagine all the little noises you could hear!
  • Here’s a cool idea for how to make your own reusable face wipes! It’s way cheaper and much, much better on the environment. I’m yet to try this method but I’m quite keen to give it a go!
  • Emilie Wapnick gives an enlightening TEDtalk on how some people (probably quite a lot!) don’t just have one thing they are meant to do in life. Can you relate to this? I think I can.
  • Cute and applicable Etsy print!
  • Laura from The Lovely Jumble shared this blog post with me from this brown wren. I’m so very glad Laura sent me the link because the post describes exactly what I want my life to be like one day.
  • And how’s about some art journalling? Do you do it? I’ve been thinking more and more about it and think I might start it soon. I enjoy seeing what Sophie from Sophie Isobel Asher creates and what her tips are.

It’s quite a nice arty, crafty version of Nice Things this month, hey? I guess I’ve been contemplating creativity and what it means to me lately. I’ve got a bunch of ideas, in so many different branches of what I do that I think I may go a little nuts shortly. I should probs write them down and get creating!

What are you looking forward to in the month of October? Do tell!


Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Carolyn

    It’s like Melbourne has decided to jump straight from winter to summer, hasn’t it? I like the reusable face wipes – so much more aesthetically pleasing than the prepackaged as well. I agree with the point about creativity in schools – learning in general actually. Certainly my experience as our kids have reached the senior years of school is that it is just about constant assessment with little time to explore creativity, or to have space to reflect and explore, to make mistakes and to be able to use these as an opportunity to grow. I just did an art journalling course. More just a daily sketch practice of recording the days. I know some use prompts but I quite like just making it a true visual diary. Enjoy your nice October!


    1. birdandfox

      Exactly right, Carolyn! I wasn’t quite prepared for it but am okay by it now that it’s here and the sun is shining 😀 Though 30-odd degrees is getting a little too hot…but it will cool down again soon, knowing Melbourne.

      Yes, I’m really looking forward to making the reusable wipes when I next get a chance. I always feel so terrible when I don’t even use the whole wipe and just chuck it in the bin – happens almost every day! So wasteful. These look like an easy little sewing project, too 🙂

      I couldn’t agree more, Carolyn. I think creativity and reflection are so, so, so important for the learning process and our schooling system just seems to focus (broadly speaking here) on assessments and homework. I do wonder if change is coming. Time will tell, I suppose.

      That sounds excellent! Which course was it? I really want to start but am wondering if I should do a course or just dive straight in on my own. Sophie’s prompts/tips look interesting so maybe I’ll start with them.

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Carolyn 🙂 I hope you have an excellent day!


  2. Carolyn

    I did this course I know lots of people do the ‘get messy’ one too. Hardest hit is being disciplined to do it every day!


    1. birdandfox

      Ah yes! I have heard of the Get Messy one – I think Emily might be doing it/has done it? I’ll look into the one you recommended. Yes, I agree, I think that’s what I will struggle the most with. Thanks Carolyn!


  3. RebeccaHJ

    Lovely list! I always find the Folksy interviews really inspiring too and have been using art journaling as a way to access my creativity. I had a break from it while other things took priority, but are you in/heard of the Get Messy Art journal community? It’s amazing – check it out – I just posted a blackout poem inspired by the current ‘Season of Words’ on my magpie blog xx


    1. birdandfox

      Yes! I love the Folksy blog. I have heard of the Get Messy community and am thinking I’ll start there. It looks like SO MUCH FUN. And I love the work that you do, Rebecca – so beautiful and creative. I’ll have to check out your post – I do love a good blackout poem. Thanks Rebecca 🙂 x


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