Mind Craft

Beautiful minds inspire others. It is not physical beauty alone that captures us. But a mind that is creative, reflective, humble, kind and generous. A beautiful mind does not evolve by accident. One needs to nurture and nourish a mind that can serve, love, accept and inspire others.  What I think about, what I read and view in public and private all serves to shape my mind’s ‘beauty’. There is a craft to dwelling on things that are noble, true and pure. I need to surround myself with people who inspire me. I need to say no to those ideas, dreams and fantasies that allow anger and discontentment to rise. I need to curate my input – texts, media and real life experiences. It is hard to have a beautiful mind. How beautiful is your mind today?

Friendly Advice Family Advice

I wonder what your response is to this quote? I think I like it. And I think it resonates. I can think of a dozen times throughout my years when this sentiment could describe my own situation.
We are not good at affirming each other, encouraging one another and celebrating their joy, reward and fullness. We tend to be critical, judgemental, awkward in our silence and lack enthusiasm when a friend takes the first step to actually do something new and BIG. So I have saved this quote so that I am inspired to not be that someone that says “it cannot be done.” I want to be sensible and realistic about the circumstances and context too, but I want to commit to listening well to others, to expanding their horizons. And I suspect this applies firstly to my own family. I am often telling my children no because it doesn’t suit me and I have no energy for their new and BIG idea. I don’t want my limitations – being tired, grumpy, selfish or busy – to limit their opportunities.

Mags for Inspiration

The Knot

 I am loving finding new things to look at – I have always loved magazine but have had a sabbatical from buying them. A long story which I am sure you can track back in the blog. But as I wonder the through Barnes and Noble these are a few that I haven’t seen at home. If you want to find out more I am sure Pinterest will offer you more insight.

Papier Mache and Mollie Makes -DIY Fashion

Art Journaling



Country Living Modern Rustic


But do you know why this statement is true? Why not dwelling on the past is just as important as not being a slave to the future? Both options refuse to let you be free today, to be the one He intended you to be and to enjoy this day and deal well with all that comes your way.

 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34


Be inspired….this is a pencil drawing. Amazing.
If you have time and energy to find ideas worth sharing, then you’ve got time and energy to bring ideas of your own to life.  Bernadette Jiwa
So….I figure a lot of what I do here is sharing ideas, encouraging others to use, create, reflect. Well at least I hope that is how you respond to the blogposts. So maybe I need to be bringing some of these ideas to life! What should I do? How should I use the next season of my life to do something I am really passionate about? Now this is a question that flaws be on a grey day. How about you? What are you hoping to do?

Interview with Valerie Little from Aunty Bird

Valerie Little has an amazing eye for gorgeous things, quality products and stylish, timeless designs. So her boutique label Aunty Bird will most definitely inspire you.

What is the design philosophy behind Aunty Bird?
Aunty Bird is a Victorian based leather and vintage goods label,designing and hand crafting leather and fabric bags.Aunty Bird was founded in 2009 when I began designing and constructing bags from reclaimed leather and vintage fabrics. I was drawn to the beautiful detail in the soft leather of gently worn jackets that I found at thrift stores. This sparked a passion for creating unique, handcrafted leather and fabric bags.My love for the original and interesting and dislike of the mass produced, along with a focus on traditional techniques ensures that all products are lovingly made with both uniqueness and quality in mind.  I also believe in striving to create with the smallest footprint possible, thus my desire to utilize upcycled and vintage fabrics and materials wherever possible. The leathers I use that are not up cycled are ethically produced using chemical-free traditional wattle bark tanning methods.My desire is to create something beautiful, unique and functional that people will love to use for many years.

When did you learn to sew and create?

As a child my mother made many of our clothes. At the time I longed to
wear mass produced and fashionable things and failed to appreciate the
loving and skillfull work that went into our everyday outfits. My mother
taught me to make the things I wanted, using clothes I already had or
found in opp shops and from this stemmed my interest in and love for
salvaging and reconstructing to make new.

What kinds of things inspire you and your designs?

I love simple and bold design and natural, high quality materials. Good
leathers and well made fabrics not only complement each other but they
are easy and pleasurable to work with. I love the shapes and colour
combinations found in the everyday and am constantly inspired by the
beauty and fragility of our natural world.

What does the future hold for your design company?

Really big things? I don’t even know myself. I
would love to spend more of my time doing what I love – creating
beautiful things, sourcing fabulous raw materials and thinking about all
the masterpieces I am yet to create.  

Here are some images of Valerie Little’s work in leather, fabric and felt.  
For more information contact Valerie.