My name is Mardi .. and this is a blog about things that I LOVE.
It may include crafty messes...travel adventures...my crazy family...healthy food and living...
 random obsessions... or then again..
it may be about something entirely different.

So here is a few facts about me ..
I am a Mum to 3 (with partners that makes 6)
and Nan to 3 beautiful grand-babies.
I am married to the most patient husband ever...true fact!
I live in the Riverland region of South Australia.
I work full time as Paramedic.
I love coffee.. and wine.

I am a passionate scrapbooker and memory keeper and member of the amazing
Jot Magazine creative team.

and on the design team with these beautiful girls at Kraft+plus.

You can see my layouts and projects published in Jot Magazine...
and also some stitching projects and articles published in Etzcetera Magazine
I was named a Scrapbooking Memories Master in 2007 .. flashback to the past (here)
 plus spent many years on the Scrapboxx Design Team and designing for Tarisota Collections 
(oh so long ago now)
I have been published in Scrapbooking Memories...and Scrapbook Creations... including some much treasured covers..
and have taught at various retreats including the Boxx retreat in W.A three times..
Kim Archers Home@away retreat in NSW
and the amazing Escape2create retreat in S.A

You can view my scrapbooking either here on my blog... via my Jot Spot gallery...
or my Flickr feed.

I also love to stitch...
I am the owner of an Etsy Store named..
(my store is currently closed)
 I create and sell some quirky imperfect designs..
as my store states...
"I would like to add that...my look is NOT precise....I love that my stitching is crooked... my seams aren't straight....and that my stuffing is not over tight... that's what gives them their unique charm."
You can read more about Dudley and Grace including behind the scenes (HERE)

I am also blessed to have the dearest friend Janelle Wind.... who is the most amazing and talented pattern designer and tutor... she has supported me and coaxed me into stitching some amazing quilts and patterns using her "Janelle Wind Collection" patterns... I learnt that even with little patchworking experience I was capable...and I have loved the chance to stitch and sometimes pattern test for sweet Janelle.

I also enjoy stitching clothing ...often from upcycled fabrics.
You can see some of my stitching (HERE)

In 2011 I hosted the first "Vintage Fabric Square swap"

I also love to crochet....
I have some links to some pretty cute hat patterns... check out my crochet (HERE)

Oh and I do love a good OP Shop find.... 

I write a lot about my crazy family....you can read about them (HERE)
We love our family traditions.... like our annual Christmas shed prop photo....and times we spend together.

We also love to travel.... 
sometimes its just a weekend away....something simple like camping by the river..
but we have also traveled overseas into the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the UK which we L.O.V.E.D
You can read about our assorted travels (HERE)

My final love and something I often blog about... is health....or rather my search for it.
I have this sucky allergic type of body...
I react to foods... and it annoys the hell out of me.
I often blog food sensitivity links... and healthy food recipes.
Just as a side note...I am also a breast cancer survivor...
(This part of my life has been popped in a box and shelved... 
however I documented the entire journey including diagnosis... treatment.... surgery...
and reconstruction here.. I would be so happy if anyone found this useful as they navigated this difficult path in their own lives or a family members.)

Thanks for popping by....




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