Wednesday morning, a total solar eclipse.

It was amazing and beautiful and fleeting. For about half an hour before the total eclipse, everything started getting darker, glowing, wispy. The wind picked up and it got cooler.  It got darker and the moon cast shadows that grew longer and longer until the sun disappeared completely.  The baby cried, the 3 year old asked when the neighbours backhoe was leaving (the moon and sun’s joint disappearing act could not compete with its flashing orange lights), and we stood in our street breathless and amazed.

Really, I guess maybe it was nothing all that amazing. The moon and the sun just met for a moment in a way they usually don’t. The little ol’ moon and the shiny, hot sun, two objects that are always, always there. Sometimes we see them and are aware, other times we are oblivious, others still we take comfort in knowing they’ll soon come again.

But not this day. On Wednesday they were the universe’s way of giving me a punch in the face, of reminding me of the beauty and awe and amazement we can find in the ordinary.  Every day.

The day carried on, the clouds came over, the moon and sun went on their way. The eclipse made me wonder what else I’ve been missing, what else I’ve been taking for granted, what else I can’t see because it’s always there.

What are you missing?


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Hello Spring, Hello The Smallest Tribe!

Gosh, I have so much to tell you! I don’t even know where to start…

I have been working on new things.  Along the way I realised I really wanted something new, just for the clothes.  I’ve been working on this since May.  MAY!

Today, The Smallest Tribe arrives. The Smallest Tribe is about so many things. It’s about how the smallest of seeds, ideas or actions can change into the most incredible things. It’s about choosing positivity, acceptance, gratitude, mindful living. It’s about the smallest of choices we make each day growing into habits that grow into meaningful change. I think we are all so SUPER lucky to be living the lives we live in the places we live and I know we have the power to share that fortune with others who aren’t so lucky, ALL while making our own lives better.

My offering towards meaningful and lasting change is through my clothing for kiddos that is all mindfully designed and carefully handmade. My almost 15 year career in education has left me with one very strong belief: Kids learn best through play, exploration and the freedom to develop an inquiring mind. All of my clothing is designed to allow kids the freedom to move, run, jump, climb, skip, play and get the most out of their day without being hindered by uncomfortable and restrictive clothing. It is designed to be long lasting and durable, saving you money AND limiting the amount of STUFF that will end up in landfill.

Which brings me to the 2012 Spring collection. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you would have seen the first version of the Retro Shorties appear sometime back in March or April. After a few false starts, I finally got the pattern just right and they are (finally!!) available! Somehow, I’m not quite sure the events that made it so, you’ll notice that it is almost exclusively grey! Grey elephants, grey whales, grey birdie spokes, grey meadow friends…. a BUCKET load of grey. And grey and Spring makes about as much sense as eating pumpkin soup with chop sticks… Thing is, I really, REALLY, love grey. I love how it matches EVERYTHING. I love how it hides kid muck. I love how it’s a little bit crisp and crunchy, which actually, is JUST like Spring.
You can check out the full Spring line here. Despite working like a crazy lady for months there are still some pieces missing from the collection that will appear over the next few weeks so keep an eye out for them.

You can find me on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, all good places as The Smallest Tribe these days.

I’m really excited about this new start, a new beginning.

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