my home, my heart…
Posted in behind the scenes June 7th, 2013 by pia


My days are spent trying to keep all the juggling pins up in the air, and honestly, I’ve never been a great juggler.  What will happen if one of the pins fall you ask? Well that happens often, and everything drops to the floor, then I pick them all back up and give it another go. Romain and I feel so incredibly tired all the time, and it does worry me, but I trust those who tell us they felt the same way when they first became parents. At around 8pm every night, which is when we get to connect at the end of the day, we just look at each other, and usually laugh at the absurdity of our frantic days. We laugh about how, 2 or so years ago, we sat on the sofa in our houseboat in a far away land, wondering what we’d cook for dinner, whether we should go out, where to? Should we call our friends to see what they’re up to? Midnight would come around and we’d flop into bed, tired from staying up late, knowing we could sleep in until 9am or longer, whatever. Hilarious.

I just snapped the above photo to show you how neat this little corner of my home is at this very moment. It’s the tidiest it’s been in months. Along that window since February, boxes and boxes of Little Treasures: Made by Hand books have been lined up, now there are only ten or so boxes remaining.

It’s a long weekend here in Australia and I will be taking those 3 days off to look after myself and my family.  I will try not to think about all the books and packages still to be sent out, or the people I still need to email, or the articles I still need to write, or the fees I need to pay and the invoices I need to send. I will clean, do loads of laundry, cook, garden, and attend to my chickens (yes, you heard right! I wrote about them here) – those juggling pins, along with changing nappies, settling, soothing, playing and feeding, all need to remain in the air.


Last weekend I took lovely Tessa from New Zealand on her day wander which she bought during the campaign for Little Treasures. What a treat for both of us – I don’t get the chance to wander and stop in at my favourite boutiques these days, and Tessa text me at the end of the day to say thank you again, that it was beyond her expectations. I can’t tell you how happy that made me.  One of our favourite parts of the day was visiting Tracey Deep in her floral studio, watching her make one of her amazing floral scultpures (photo above). Thank you beautiful Tessa and Tracey! In an effort to allow some self-nurturing time back into my life, I promptly booked into Tracey’s Beauty and the Bush workshop at Koskela, June 22th. I can’t wait – want to join me? Details here.

Have a lovely weekend mes amis. I realise my blog is one of the juggling pins I haven’t managed to add into the mix, I know you understand though, and I thank you with all my heart.


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  1. Siobhán says

    Us mama’s are very, very busy…juggling, rotating tasks, spreading ourselves around to make sure everyone and everything gets some love. That’s what we do. Have a lovely long weekend Pia – enjoy!

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  2. Craig Wall says

    …. that was a lovely post Pia. I was just thinking about you this afternoon, wondering what you might be up to. My little girl is nearly 2 now, so I know that 8pm feeling! Sometimes it feels like youre on a dizzying rollercoaster ride that just won’t stop. People assure me that it slows down eventually, but, as I’m sure you know, the chaos is interspersed with many moments of love & amazement which make it all worthwhile. Keep up the good work & I’m looking forward to your next post, whenever it is…

    June 7th, 2013 | #

  3. annton says

    sometimes, strolling through the world of blogs and posts, you’ll suddenly stop at a site and find exactly the words you need to read. juggling those pins, dropping them and picking them up, was exactly that. sometimes, I tend to look at them dropping and get nervous, simply forgetting: “hey, it is you who can pick them up again!” juggling and a little chaos, maybe it is not so bad once in a wile. have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Katie Evans says

    Reading your posts made me feel more ‘normal’. Life is an enormous challenge with kids and trying to look after them in the best possible way, cherishing them, running the house, cooking meals, working a demanding job, trying to have time as a family let alone time for oneself – luxury I call it nowdays. So when you are feeling at your wits end and the pins fall remember you are not on your own. There are many of us out there feeling exactly the same. I know I find it hard to accept, but it’s ok when the pins do drop. There will always be tomorrow!

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  5. shipbuilding says

    I hope you enjoy every second of this precious weekend. Tracey’s exhibition at Koskela looks so inspiring. What a gem. k x

    June 8th, 2013 | #

  6. Krista says

    I hope you had a beautiful weekend away with your loves, restoring your soul. I too disconnected for the long weekend and went camping with my Bear and dear friends. It was wonderful. Just what I needed. 🙂 Now to tackle my oh-so-messy house. 🙂

    June 11th, 2013 | #

  7. Angy says

    There is such a blinding light that emanates from a truth spoken without agenda and embraced by the many who relate. ♥

    June 20th, 2013 | #

  8. Sara says

    Hi Pia! I know you have been struggling a lot with your project and that it has been hard on you, so this question is a little tricky for me to ask. But I really need to know: have you managed to pack and send all of your books yet? I mean those who was just the book and sent abroad? Because no money are drawn from my account, no message from pozible or anything. So I just want to know if I am still supposed to wait or if all orders are done? Cause in that case something went wrong when I ordered and then I want to place an order in your bigcartel store instead. Sorry if I stress you with this question, just want to know the status. If they aren´t sent all of them yet then I probably will get it in time 🙂

    Best wishes from Sweden!

    June 23rd, 2013 | #

  9. Maike Kristina Harich says

    I found your blog a few days ago and it is so rewarding to read your posts.
    I wonder sometimes that everything seems to be so perfect in other families. I read blogs about perfect and successful women who have also so many time to do a lot of creative things with their children. And I ask myself several times: Why is my house full of chaos? My garden full of weed? My studio full of waiting work and my head full of everything?
    But I now that I have to learn to be NOT perfect. Just to have time to live and enjoy and just to be together with my kids and that it is totally normal to be tired and stressed. It is a long way but it works:-)…and it will become better when the kids are older. My daughter ist 9, my son 7 years old and now they are starting to become more and more independent. That creates more freedom.
    Have a good time and many greetings from Germany!

    June 24th, 2013 | #

  10. Hannes Uys says

    The mood of these images are absolutely are absolutely killer.

    July 2nd, 2013 | #

  11. vanessa joie says

    i have missed reading your blog so much. you’re such a beautiful person and i don’t know how you do all you do.

    July 11th, 2013 | #

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