Crochet Ribbon Christmas Tree Pattern

Time to try and get a bit Christmassy………..small ornaments is a start. Sharing on from Poppy and Bliss with thanks


ChristmasTree_NewHello friends 🙂

Can you believe it’s nearly Christmas !?  Nope.  Me either!  My head is still firmly stuck way back in June somewhere and I’m not at all ready to start thinking about Turduckens or Christmas cheer.

Despite my un-christmasy mood,  I’ve put together a quick and easy pattern for you to deck your halls (or tree).

So without further ado here ’tis…

Crochet Ribbon Christmas Tree

Finished size: 13 cm

What you’ll need:

  • 3 mm hook
  • Small amounts 8 ply/DK cotton yarn. I’ve used various brands from my stash but a stiffer cotton works better than a soft cotton for these.
  • Aprox 13g for the tree
  • Aprox 3 g each in 6 different colours for the baubles
  • Yarn needle

Tip:  You can use any weight yarn for these but they will turn out a different size.  Use a hook smaller than you normally would for your yarn so that…

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NACCHO Aboriginal News Alert : Next Indigenous commisioner must be a female, says Marcia Langton

NACCHO Aboriginal Health News Alerts


“Indigenous academic Marcia Langton has warned that the next Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island­er social justice commissioner must be female if soaring rates of violence against women and children, and of indigenous children being removed from their homes, are to be addressed.

“There is an urgent need for the appointment of a woman to the position,” Professor Langton told The Australian. “The Northern Territory coroner’s report ­recently (into the bashing death of indigenous woman Wendy Murphy) and the soaring rates of violence against women and children, rates of removal of children from their homes, and child abuse and neglect are special areas of law, ­social policy and intervention and human rights denied to the ­victims by poor legal and police administration and practice. They demand the attention of an ­experienced indigenous woman.”

From the Australian 10 October

Professor Langton said she had offered Attorney-General George Brandis a list of potential candid­ates…

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NACCHO Health News Alert : $150 million for reform of remote Aboriginal communities not spent

“The WA state budget has revealed that the Barnett government has not spent any of the $150 million allocated for its reform of Western Australia’s remote ­Aboriginal communities.” Potential health service costs could be enormous when it is taken into account that a weakening of cultural practice is likely to produce similar symptoms to post […]

“Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. “

Such truth here. Every child needs their souls nourished

Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

Pullman Philip 2

Wise words from Philip Pullman, who received the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2005:

Children need art and stories and poems and music as much as they need love and food and fresh air and play. If you don’t give a child food, the damage quickly becomes visible. If you don’t let a child have fresh air and play, the damage is also visible, but not so quickly. If you don’t give a child love, the damage might not be seen for some years, but it’s permanent.

But if you don’t give a child art and stories and poems and music, the damage is not so easy to see. It’s there, though. Their bodies are healthy enough; they can run and jump and swim and eat hungrily and make lots of noise, as children have always done, but something is missing.

It’s true that some people grow up never encountering…

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The trauma of truths told

A truly amazing production

Blue Curtains Brisbane

The Secret River (Queensland Theatre Company presents a Sydney Theatre Company production)

QPAC, Playhouse Theatre

February 25 – March 5

“The Secret River” is an Australian classic; the internationally acclaimed 2005 novel by Kate Grenville has won numerous awards, the ABC miniseries was a 2015 television highlight and its Sydney Theatre Company stage adaptation has been lauded as outstanding. Accordingly, it is difficult to review the revived adaptation’s Brisbane opening without resorting to a run of superlatives as descriptors, for this is a play that will surely assume a place in the Australian theatrical canon.

“The Secret River” is a difficult story to tell, but a painful and profoundly moving one that needs to be recognised in acknowledgement of this nation’s tragic past and with view to a shared, inclusive future. The grand historical drama tells the story of William Thornhill (Nathaniel Dean) who is transported to the colony of…

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Decolonizing Permaculture

It is always a joy to find others who living choices and thinking pathways mirror you own.
An article for me to read over many times to absorb the detail further

Unsettling America

Herb spiral built during a permablitz in Micmac country near Presque Isle, MaineThis article was originally printed in Permaculture Design Magazine (formerly Permaculture Activist) issue #98, Winter 2015. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this issue.

By Jesse Watson, originally published by Midcoast Permaculture

Exploring the Intersection of Permaculture and Decolonization

This article is meant as a primer on decolonization in a contemporary North American context, written specifically for permaculture designers, teachers, activists and gardeners. It is offered so that we may think critically and philosophically about “sustainability” and our role in our culture as designers of novel ecosystems.

In this article we will seek to answer the following questions: What is decolonization? Why should permaculture designers care? What is my experience with this topic? We will attempt to make a clear critique of settler colonialism here in industrialized North America, and demonstrate how we can simultaneously be both victims and perpetuators of settler colonialism. As a bridge to the challenge…

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