Monthly Archives: May 2010

what our days {& nights} are filled with

by Leonie Dawson on May 26, 2010

my mama coming to stay for a month : divine decluttering to the zen zennith : getting our cottage ready for sale : a trip to emergency {we’re ok!} : an exploding lightpole outside our house at midnight : 12 weeks until we move : my first mama’s day {chris brought me a family photoshoot to celebrate… perfect just perfect… can’t wait!} : a bazillion morning tea dates to eat gf spinach & fetta muffins {just the 3 of us} : canberra getting brrrrrrrr cold again : finding utter affinity with other mamas : having a baby convention with chris’ cousin & friend & two sets of grandparents : thinking about the practical + nuturing nature of multi-generational living : still finding my feet of being a mama + lover + business goddess : going to bed at 6pm every night {it’s my best night-time feeding survival mechanism} : her first big smiles : how vocal she is + how she loves to play with sounds {i think she might be an early talker} : thinking “modern family” is hysterically funny : finding my way on my mama journey

and of course, typing all this with a sleeping ostara mermaid in one arm, all jazzed up in a tie-dye wondersuit.

my arms, my heart, my life + my eyes are filled with her light.

happy sighs,

Peek into the Creative Goddess Studio of Nina Beana!

2 commentsby Leonie Dawson on May 25, 2010 ·

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

Today we are peeeeeeeking into the beautiful studio + life + loves of Nina Beana who I muchos adore…

Nina gilbert, aka “nina beana”, is a mama, a crafter, a self-taught artist, a massage therapist, and a doula. she loves to play with color, vintage ephemera, children’s books, and acrylics. she’s also mighty fond of poloroids and photobooth strips. nina loves to take pictures of bright, beautiful things that make her happy. you can find her waxing poetic on the power of positive thinking, entertaining the masses in her cozy home, or being climbed on by her three wild children.

Where do you create?

i create mostly in a shared space in the front porch of my home. i say “shared” because half of the space is where i keep my work table and sewing machine and supplies, and the other half is

kid-friendly- toys, paints, baskets of fun stuff placed at grabbing level. the line between “theirs” and “mine” if often blurred- and often the space on the edge of my desk has drawings and presents and playdough balls. my inspiration board (and inspiration dressform) hangs above my desk and is also a revolving space that is constantly being changed, added to, or reworked altogether. sometimes i like to unpin everything, put stuff into envelopes, and send my little inspiration pieces off to friends. and then i get to start being inspired all over again! i have a great affinity for vintage children’s book illustrations, paint chips, photobooth strips, love notes from my kids, recycled things, things from nature, and discarded bits.

What do you create?

i create quilts, notecards and postcards made out of recycled or salvaged papers, notebooks, most of the gifts we give as a family (and when you have three kids…that’s a lot of birthday parties!). most of the supplies i use are free, thrifted, or very low cost. plus, it helps to have friends in the antique business who always gift me with the best things to use in my work!

i’m pretty all over the map and like to change up my creative adventures so i don’t get bored. i also paint (mixed media) and take photographs. i’m sure there’s a million other random things (some epic failures, but sometimes those are my favorites!) that i’ve created over the years, but the ones mentioned here are the things i love working on the most.

When do you create?

i usually create during lulu’s (my youngest) naptime, or in little spurts throughout the day. because of the way that my crafting space is designed, i can create alongside the kids and find ways in get them involved in the process. sometimes i’ll say “does anyone want to put my pins back in the pincushion?” and they’ll be lined up to help. cutting felt or fabric scraps is also a fun way to keep the ki

ds busy. i’d like to be one of those people that can stay up late and craft alone, but i’m usually burnt out by 7pm and heading for bed, so i rarely create anything after around 5pm.

Why do you create? {What informs & inspires your work?}

i’m inspired by other artists, by recycling, by sending off beautiful things into the world. i love color and texture and creating things with my hands. i love getting together with my friends and family because that’s what fuels my creativity the most. i love making lists of goals and then checking them off one by one, no matter how lofty or unachievable they might seem when i first write them down. kids inspire me with their creative abandon. sleeping inspires me. birth inspires me. the changing of seasons always sparks a big creative burst for me- and since spring just sprung here this past weekend, i’ve been a creating machine!


Thank you so much beautiful Nina for being you… I adore how you mesh life + love + children + creating…

find out more about nina here:


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Peek into the Creative Goddess Studio of Emily Falconbridge

1 commentby Leonie Dawson on May 24, 2010 ·

Hola gorgeous Goddesses!

Tres divine… today’s peek into the studio of Emily Falconbridge.

Em is a lover of mess, color and handmade stuff! An Australian gal currently living in the USA, her pride and joy is her nutty scientist husband Mick and three little sunflower sprouts Ivy, Banjo and Yindi. She loves to teach and share her creative passion, and holds workshops all over the world as well as online.

Where do you create?

mostly sitting cross legged on the floor. i also love to take a little basket of arty goodness with me outside – spread a quilt down on the grass or sand and let it all happen surrounded by inspirational mother earth.

What do you create?

at the moment i’m into making clothes – but i’m always loving different things: paper, paint, wool, fabric scraps. i love to make all different kinds of stuff.

When do you create?

it’s tricky with three small children to find alone time to create. so i answer the creative call from inside me with projects i can do with my sprouts joining in, or at least running
around me while i work!

Why do you create?

i come from a line of clever, artistic women – so i think i was born with that urge to make stuff with my own two hands. it fills me up and makes my spirit soar to have an idea and follow through, or even just mess around with pretty, colourful things. soul food. i’ve also been forced to create things out of necessity living on a tight budget – so gifts for family and friends, clothing for the children and myself etc have happened from this, along with much experimentation and learning.


Thank you so much precious goddess Em for sharing your rainbow spirit + life… you rock angel!

You can find Emily’s work regularly in Creating Keepsakes magazine, the Autumn Leaves book series and You can also check out her blog at

colourful messes + sunflower blessings + always love,


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