on the rocks

in the shade



yellow door


house skirt

rabbit skirt




checked shirt


pantry rearrange

at the beach

making baskets

little door

baby doll

rocky beach


luna lapin

crepe myrtle

quail eggs



I am sitting here this morning, flicking about the internet – reading the news on several different sites, checking the rain forecast, looking at my favourite few blogs to see what they’re up to, checking to see what animals are for sale this morning (I’m addicted) – and it occured to me that I really really loved the old blogging days when I could spend a good hour reading wonderful stories from women around the world.  Reading about the projects that were occupying their hands, their dreams, sometimes their sadness, what their families were up to, the lifestyles they were patiently, passionately, creating … it was so incredibly inspiring, meaningful and just plain lovely.

These days, now here I am truly wasting time, flicking between news that is depressing and infuriating at the same time.  Fretting for rain – and investing an awful lot of emotional energy and time – instead of just accepting what will happen today, will happy.  Truly frittering away hours looking at animals that are lovely but that are hundreds of kilometres away and thus completely inaccessible.  And then feeling a little bit deflated when I check in on those old favourite blogs and there’s nothing new posted.

Hmmmm.  And what exactly am I doing here at  :: a Handmade Life :: ?  No chatting about the projects that are filling me with pleasure.  No sharing of my dreams and occasional calamities.  No stories of what we’ve been up to as a family – no recording of those lovely, simple, funny days that make me smile years later.  No excited retelling of the crazy, wonderful adventures we are having as we stumble along, building up our little farm and shape this new life of ours.

Yes.  That’s right.  I’m contributing to that deflating sense of “Oh I wish there was something else lovely to read.  I wish these people I have loved for so many years, were continuing to share the sparkles in their days.

So you know what?  I shall put my best foot forward today and once again, regularly share the things that make me smile (or grit my teeth) here at Wombat Hill farm.  Crafty stories where projects are not regularly finished, but hey there’s plenty of loveliness along the way.  Ponderings from the kitchen where sometimes I’m able to produce something yummy and healthy!  Tales from the fields around us as we work so hard fencing, building animal houses, planting trees, proving I am indeed useless in the garden, and spending wonderful hours with the amazing critters that share our land.  And sometimes, little laments as things don’t work out, things overwhelm, or things are plain annoying.  All of life in it’s glorious ordinary mess.

And just in case you’re rolling your eyes … I don’t think my life is anything spectacular.  My home is often messy, regularly dusty and not much matches anything else.  But to us, it’s cosy, comforting, and colourful, with every corner filled with that which illuminates what’s important to us and how we love to spend our time.  That to me, is what a home should be.  I’m rounder than ever so there won’t be any floaty, dreamy clothing on display.  Just lots of colour and pattern, things that are easy to make and comfy to wear, things that say “yep, that’s lily!”  My quilts won’t be any show stoppers.  They will be pieced with an eye to pleasure – rather than perfection, what’s rocking my boat this week – rather than what technique everybody is obsessed with at the moment, and they will all be quilted onto those gorgeous vintage pure wool blankets I can’t stop buying ’cause I know one day they will run out.  My knitting will be cheerful but probably a bit wonky.  My embroidery probably never finished but delightedly started.  My animals are adored and cared for to the best of our ability but sometimes we will make mistakes and things will resemble more Mr. Bean’s adventures than River Cottage.  And my garden – I wonder whether it will ever get going or I’ll ever know what I’m doing, and I shall probably buy my veg from the shops for the rest of my days!

But.  If that kind of ordinariness appeals to you and you would like to read something chatty and silly but from the heart that makes you hopefully smile during your day, or be inspired to run over to the sewing machine and get stuck into some wonderful creativity, or just something to flick over to because that news is so bloody awful … well then, let’s try again!

Welcome back to  :: a Handmade Life ::

let’s start again!

13 thoughts on “let’s start again!

  • February 17, 2017 at 10:29 am

    So glad to see you back Lily! Thank you! I love reading about your day to day life on your farm.

  • February 17, 2017 at 10:50 am

    I’ve missed you in time and distance………Karen @ UK xxx

  • February 17, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Good to hear from you! I did see a few pictures on instagram and it seems like all was well with you. Looking forward to reading about your adventures.

  • February 17, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I am so glad to see you back again. I miss reading all the lovely blogs too. I have a few favourites that still post regularly, but everyone seem to have gone to IG. I like seeing their projects, but I want the details, the snippets of home, details of books read, places visited, special meals cooked. My home is like yours, full of colour, books, various craft projects on the go my me and my children.
    Looking forward to seeing more of your life, crafts and animals.

  • February 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Although I’m fairly new to your blog I’ve missed your lovely posts and wondered if you were taking a break – it’s good to see you back again :)

  • February 17, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    I’m so glad that you posted! Your blog is wonderful and your pictures are amazing. Looking forward to more from you.

  • February 17, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    How wonderful to see you are back!! I’ve missed hearing about you and your family and life on Wombat Farm, and have wondered how things are going. It will be lovely to have a respite from the news now and again.

  • February 17, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    So glad that you’re back x

  • February 18, 2017 at 3:06 am

    A mí me encanta tu blog y sobre todo, la buena reflexión que acabas de hacer.
    Es un placer visitarte siempre, no lo dudes!
    Un enorme y afectuoso abrazo.

  • February 18, 2017 at 7:26 am

    I’ve missed your posts! Have always enjoyed reading every word and seeing what you’re doing and how the farm life is going. Very happy that you’re back and will be watching for further words from you! Hope you’re having a wonderful day!

  • February 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    Hello Lily,
    How lovely to see a new post from you. i don’t subscribe to Instagram but have followed along but its so nice to come to your blog and chat. I enjoy hearing and seeing how life is happening at your little farm. Since I spoke last to you I’ve made another Lily Skirt and have been back into the sewing. You are an inspiration to so many so pop in when you can with a few words and a pic or two.
    Blessings Gail.

  • February 18, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    Hurrah! It’s the nitty gritty I’ve missed!

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