Good Things from Nice People

An Everyday Story
I have so much good stuff to share with you today.


Insect-Hotel-BABBLE-DABBLE-DO-title-3If it weren’t for the Redback spiders which would inevitably move in, I would love to make one of these simple insect hotels from Babble Dabble Do with Jack and Sarah. Babble Dabble Do is great. While you’re there, check out Ana Luisa’s Geoboard Constellations.

I am completely in love with this rock exchange from Mud Puddles to Meteors. Or this nature exchange. Anyone want to swap rocks with us?

I really like the idea of setting up an art playdate. I’ve had playdough and rice tubs out before but never art. I’m wondering if I set out an art exploration whether the children will be invited in or still prefer to run around and play outside…. Something to think about.

These wonderfully whimsical mushrooms from Curly Birds have inspired me to learn needle felting. So beautiful.

I’ve been thinking about Jack’s homeschool kindergarten year (next year) a lot lately and have been collecting inspiration for materials. This beautiful Little Red Riding Hood peg doll set from The Crafty Kitty has really got me thinking about other fairytale sets I could create for storytelling.

And this page is just extraordinary. The Cardboard Collective is a crafty/DIY blog with all kinds of unbelievably wonderful projects made entirely from cardboard. Check out these butterfly wings! And this magnificent green luna moth costume. Never in my life could I make anything like this but it is fun to drool over the pictures.

On Etsy:

building blocksThese wood building blocks from Kutuu. A little pricey but beautiful.

And just because I love peg dolls, how about this ridiculously adorable Pinecone Peg Doll from Little Wool.

Montessori Infant Toys - PinkhouseI bought this beautiful set of Montessori infant toys from Pinkhouse for Sarah when she was about 6 weeks old. Now that there is a new baby arriving (my sister’s) I am happy to be passing them on. They are beautifully made and Sarah adored them.

On Instagram

Emilie Brehm’s photo of her nature exchange from Mud Puddles to Meteors. I really love this idea. Love it. If you’re in Australia and would like to do something similar, please email me.

I’ve just started following The Holistic Ingredient and am totally inspired. Her homemade raw muesli and greek yoghurt is to.die.for! Mmmm what a way to start the day. She has an ebook which I am very tempted to buy.


I heard this song on the radio the other day and the tears flowed. It was playing in the car two years ago when I was getting Jack out of his seat. I popped him down on the ground and he walked for the very first time. Tears. My heart was overjoyed. This is Jack’s song.

5 Replies to “Good Things from Nice People”

  1. Thank you for linking up to Mud Puddles! We hope you find someone for a nature swap. We are going to be doing a “nature art” exchange in the spring, and another like this last one again in the fall.
    Speaking of art: I often put out art supplies when we have kids over. I find some gravitate toward it, some come and go, and others don’t use them at all. When large groups of multi-age kids are over it is especially wonderful to see the kiddos working together.
    And I adore Emilie’s photo!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing our insect hotel Kate! I’m a huge fan of your site and so thrilled to be included!

  3. Hmm, I’m tempted by the nature exchange – we aren’t too far from you (Blue Mtns) – I will drop you an email.

  4. Melinda Rugg says:

    Hi Kate, I love reading your piece! Just wondering what the song was mentioned at the bottom, did I miss the link? I was so intrigued and then couldn’t find it 🙁
    Kind regards, Melinda

    1. Melinda Rugg says:

      Hi Kate, I found it here but not on my email! Lovely song also done by Georgie Parker that my family adores. Keep writing Kate, love your insights. Kind regards, Melinda

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