Thursday, April 30, 2015

ON RETURNING TO WORK


 By Emily Beetleshack

About a month ago, I returned to part time work. You know, that kind of work that insists you get dressed, wear make up and leave the house by 8am. Yeah, that kind. The kind of work that pays with cash money. WHAT A FLIPPING NOVELTY. CASH MONEY!! Who would have thought it?

Seriously, I feel so grown up... except none of my undies are very comfortable. Why this has only just become apparent, I'm not sure but it is a problem that vexes me. They are either too loose or crack creeping. I can't decide which is worse.*

Anyways, tangent.

For me, the very best thing about going to work is leaving the house. You know, actually walking out the front gates ALONE and pulling them closed behind me before walking down the street ALONE to collect my car. It's liberating.


I feel like I'm 17 (with wrinkles and 20 extra kg's). Perhaps this is enhanced further by the fact that I'm currently driving a 1999 Corolla sans hub caps and electric windows. I do believe it has a tape deck.

After 6 years of being at home, I'd developed a little anxiety about life outside of the front gates, so seldom did I venture through them as an independent person.

It's like you're invisible when you're a mum with young kids. Don't you think?

I know I was invisible to myself- existing purely to care for my children. I've gained weight, grown a beard and let the elastic perish in my smalls. I'm a stranger to myself.

Yet somehow I find myself starting again. I truly never thought it would happen. In the thick of my stay at home parenting years, I couldn't fathom working outside the white picked fences of our home. Sometimes my desire to escape them was so strong I would find myself running in my dreams yet at other times, contentment found me sitting on week-bix covered floors reading stories and playing make believe.

Both are real. Both are valid and both have their day in the sun.

I can't say I'm sad to be returning to work. Conversely, I'm stoked. I feel like the air is fresher and the ocean saltier. The breeze is crisp and for some reason, my children are more beautiful than they have ever been before.

Having some distance has provided me with a lush new perspective - now I can see the sparkle in my children's eyes. I'm invigorated and so ready for this new chapter.



How about you. Do you work outside of the home for real cash money? Why? Why not? Do you want to?



*Note to self; buy new undies (suggestions for very comfortable undies welcome)

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

WEARING | THE DROP CROTCH PANT AND A WORD ON 'FLATTERING'





By Emily Beetleshack

" it's made me realise that 'flattering' really isn't in my fashion vocabulary". But you'd never be able to sell from the below picture of my behind, right? ehum.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

SPRING ONIONS | REGROW REUSE


Did you know that you can regrow the spring onions (also known as green onions) you buy in the store? You can re-use them! How's that for being green? I learned this trick from my good friend, Inti, who was sprouting some in her kitchen when I came to visit. Here's how...

Monday, April 27, 2015

STARTING WITH WATERCOLOUR


 By Lauren Merrick

Thanks so much to those who gave me some direction about posts you'd like to see me do while I'm here at The Beetle Shack. 

The majority of you who commented wanted some tips and tricks for watercolour. I've been thinking long and hard about this. Every time I've picked up a brush, mixed up a colour and painted a stroke I've been thinking about how to instruct people on how to use this medium. 

Watercolour is a very intuitive medium, it's fluid, organic and difficult to control. It's been a great medium for me to explore and to allow me to loosen up. As a bit of a perfectionist, at first I found it frustrating. I overworked every piece because I didn't work with the medium, I was trying to bend it to my will....

Friday, April 24, 2015

SPELT ANZAC BISCUITS

 By Claudia Martin
Photographed by Theresa Shields

These little bad boys are our go-to special baked treats. They are so quick and easy to make, taste like regular Anzac biscuits and are neutral enough for those fussy little taste buds...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

DOILY GARLAND TUTORIAL




If you’re looking to bring some granny chic to your home, you can’t go past some good old doilies to throw about the place. They scream Nanna’s house, don’t they? Personally I love the use of a good doily, and as a keen crocheter I absolutely appreciate the intricacies of a handmade fine detailed doily. A doily garland is the perfect use for them in a modern setting, sort of like a bunting -but prettier! And you only need to know how to sew a straight line to make this…

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

WEARING | PLAID

By Emily Beetleshack

Oh my goodness, we have had the most CRAZY storm happening here. There are trees down everywhere, power lines down, no phone and the wildest winds I have every experienced. The school is closed- life is on shut down..

Monday, April 20, 2015

FIRST YEAR BRAG BOOKS



Back when I was pregnant with Pete, and I was working out my memory keeping framework, I had a few spare 6x4 photo albums by Kikki K lying around which I'd purchased some time prior to giving birth to Angus. They were good quality, classic albums, and I felt it would be a waste to not actually do something with them....

Friday, April 17, 2015

WARDROBE ESSENTIALS

By Jo Lenton

I have been loving the lazy spontaneity that comes with school holidays. Slow mornings are something we love around here so by the end of term one, 'WE'RE LATE' was becoming my morning chorus...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

HOW TO ORGANISE AND STORE YOUR DIGITAL PHOTOS



Ask anyone what they’d save first from their burning house and more often than not they’ll say photo albums. But what if your ‘albums' are spread between your phone, iPad, laptop, a few hard drives and a bunch still on your camera?

Digital photos have made life easier in many respects, but also pretty complicated if you don’t have some sort of storage system in place. This is by no means exhaustive, but if you’re facing a heaving mountain of digital files in desperate need of some organising, this might be a good place to start...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

WEARING | KHAKI ON KHAKI

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By Emily Beetleshack

The Dreamer Dress is  SO easy, totally hides my many muffin tops and flabby arms plus it makes my legs look semi respectable… funny you know… 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WALNUT, HONEY AND CARROT CAKE


This is a really beautiful, simple cake. Heavy on the walnuts it uses them both ground and roughly chopped and has a lovely, wholesome go about it...

Monday, April 13, 2015

SCHOOL HOLIDAY CAMPING

 By Seren Shutte

Inexpsensive fun that leaves little for clean up. Memory making at it's best...

Friday, April 10, 2015

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN ORGANIC FERTILISER FOR FREE


By Dave Beetleshack
Fertiliser! What an exciting topic.

No. Really!

Nitrogen, Phosphorous & Potassium. They are the 3 key ingredients that have driven the so called Green Revolution, also known as the industrial food system in which we humans have been managing to destroy the planet, and our own bodies, at an astounding rate…..

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

WEARING | CLOTHING FOR REAL LIFE




By Emily Beetleshack

It might not be glamorous or even flattering but this is one of my most worn outfits for work/life. Not a high heel in sight - just a crisp white shirt (never quite as ironed as this one), a comfortable skirt and a pair of New Balance…


Monday, April 6, 2015

WHAT TO WEAR TO A GIG

Photographed by Mario Recchia

 What to wear to a gig- my rock and roll uniform (with a Bohemian jacket to liven things up)...

Friday, April 3, 2015

HAPPY EASTER





Wishing everyone a safe and happy Easter long weekend:)

Bring on the school holiday chaos!!!

xxxx

Thursday, April 2, 2015

WORK WITH WHAT YOU'VE GOT

By Briar Stanley

When visiting a house – be it the home of a client, family member or friend, I’m frequently asked to have a quick look at a certain room and give some advice....