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Just a touch of magic


For a long time, before I had my little man Maximus, I was a creative director and event manager involved in many large scale productions. Ever since I can remember I have always been a part of communities putting together shows. I fondly remember my first audition when I was five years old for ‘The Sound of Music’ and I got one of the lead parts in that show.

The lure of the stage, the smell of the lights as they burn off the dust when first charged, the costumes and the camaraderie of local theatre marked me.

I think that is why even a hint of Christmas carols in December, makes me sparkle.

I am slightly confused when I read a status update criticising the heralding of Christmas carols in the shopping centres, I countdown the days until I can get my record player out and my Christmas collection of vinyls.

There is a magic about it.

There is something nostalgic and exciting about people gathering together, lighting candles and heralding in the season.

Every Christmas eve as I watch my friends at the Myer Music Bowl, singing my old time favourites, I am far from rolling my eyes, often my I am crying with joy.

My heart leaps.

The lights, the candles, the people, the memories of friends who have been lost.

It is truly magical.

‘And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.’

Ronald Dahl

It is childlike.

It is sublime.

If you are preparing and organising an event this Christmas, don’t lose the magic.

That atmosphere of mystery and poise.

Don’t let all your secrets out, over promising and under delivering.

Allow the simple beauty of moments to ring.

Allow your teams and your volunteers the time and the space to enjoy the magic of the moment.

Don’t stuff your calendars so full, that you are drawn to a place of stress and cynicism.

Take the time to prepare well, communicate clearly and then sit back and watch the moment unfold.

Events and productions that are disorganised and over zealous in their attempts often end up making the whole crowd feel insecure and awkward.

Do the simple things well and make sure everyone knows the details and the plan.

Then let the magic happen.

If you need some more Christmas inspiration download my Christmas Ebook ‘Capture: 30 merry days, a creative guide to christmas kindness’

Can’t wait to carol with you this year



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30 days till christmas


It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. In Australia the sun starts setting later, the birds squark a little louder, the smell of barbecues and bush fires hint the atmosphere, children look a little sunkissed, our hair becomes a little curly from time soaking in the sea. Christmas is summer here in Australia. Christmas is a time of holidaying, kissing, snoozing, long walks, flies, friends staying a little longer and the promise of better days.

The reason I love Christmas is because it makes me think a little more about what I am doing.

I know our lists are longer, but it takes us to a place of retrospection and remembrance of days gone by.

I like to think of why I am celebrating.

I try to think of the reason for my excitement.

I long to experience a Christmas where I am fully grounded in the story from 2,000 years ago.

A story of a child.

A story full of lack (no bed, little money, no hospital, no fancy angel monitors, gro-eggs, or gro-bags)

A simple story of a birth, but magnificently extravagant with Angels swooning, rich old wise men rushing, shepherds hiding in paddocks stilled and noticing.

This moment as simple as it was, changed our history.

It’s only the truly aware who notice it’s importance however.

I am sure the other inhabitants of the inn had no idea that the bed they laid their heads on that night, stole a pillow from a King.

A Man-child.

A Saviour.

Don’t be like the people in the inn, the keeper and the people walking and hurrying past that barn that night.

So obsessed with their tasks, that they have no time to reflect on the happenings around them.

I’d love you to join me in this 30 day journey towards Christmas through my latest ebook Capture 30 merry days

Take time to peg back the crazy’s and still yourself in the midst of the madness and prepare yourself for the special moments that need to be captured this Christmas.

Join me

30 days to go!

All my Christmas love






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A killer Christmas Playlist

melita christmas playlist

One of my dear creative friends Melita, has created a killer Christmas playlist on her blog her masters voice. If you need some extra inspiration this year, then her website and this playlist is just where you need to stay a while.

This is what she has said about her Christmas playlist’s inspiration…

Not Your Usual Yuletide: Hark! It’s Christmastime. And it’s one of my favourite times of year. So here’s a playlist for all you jolly folk to celebrate the season with. It’s got just the right mix of Indie-ness, tradition and yuletide joy to get you through the festivities.I think you could sum up the season, and this playlist, with the song “Christmas Is For Losers”. On first take that sounds like a really rotten song, but at its core is a message that is pretty universal. Christmas brings hope — for everyone, not just the winners. Merry Christmas, folks.

Play her list, find a fruit mince pie, crack a bottle of something and open up my Christmas E-book and make some Homemade love in preparation for Christmas today.

32 days till Christmas eve people.

My heart is leaping.



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Christmas Chocolate Bombe

christmas bombe

Photo and Part recipe from Jamie Oliver

Every Christmas I have made this Chocolate Christmas Bombe.

It is so good and so much fun to make.

1 litre good-quality vanilla ice cream

1 kg panettone

3 heaped tablespoons raspberry jam

25 g shelled pistachios

75 g tinned sour cherries, drained

40 g glacé glacé fruit, thinly sliced

200 g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), bashed up or white chocolate (I prefer white)

Get your ice cream out of the freezer so it can soften a little while you get things ready. Line a 2 litre pudding bowl with 3 layers of cling wrap. Use a serrated knife to slice four 2cm thick rounds off of your panettone then cut them in half. You’ll have some panettone left over, so keep this for another time. Arrange six of the slices in a single layer around the bowl and push them down if they overlap. Drizzle some Rum around the sponge so it soaks in (if you want it to have a alcoholic touch, I don’t because of the kids), then use the back of a spoon to smear the jam over the sponge.

Add half of the ice cream to the bowl and use the spoon to spread it around in a thick layer. Sprinkle in the pistachios, cherries and glacé fruit. Add the rest of the ice cream. Spread it out, working quickly so the ice cream doesn’t completely melt. Put the rest of the panettone slices on top of the ice cream, then cover the bowl tightly with cling film. Press a plate down on top to press everything down, then freeze overnight, or longer.

When you’re ready to serve it, put the bashed-up chocolate in a bowl and get that over a pan of simmering water on a really low heat. Leave the chocolate to melt while you unwrap your amazing winter bombe and carefully turn it onto a beautiful serving dish. Add a few gratings of orange zest to the chocolate and when it’s nicely melted, pour it over the top so it oozes down the sides and looks delicious. Decorate with christmassy love. I put a jaffa lolly and two mint leaves on top.

For the more visual amongst you…


Many more of my favourite christmas recipes can be found in my Christmas E-book Capture: 30 merry days

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Clean Caramel Popcorn


Every Christmas I love to make homemade gifts but every year it is getting a little tougher to bake for people with their food allergies.

I have one particular dear friend, who is obsessed with mince pies who is gluten, sugar and wheat free this Christmas.

It takes the fun out of the Christmas naughtiness.

So I went experimenting and exploring and found a recipe just for her. (And your friend who has the same problems)

Clean Caramel Popcorn

No sugar
No wheat
No gluten

The recipe is in my latest ebook called ‘Capture: 30 merry days’ a creative guide to Christmas kindness.

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