Who Am I
I’m Barbara O’Reilly, AKA Babs, AKA Patchwork Cactus – a blogger, a writer, an obsessive media consumer and an Instagram addicted photo-taker.
Although I’m a journalist by trade, the three-week-old baby stowed away under my graduation gown steered me away from the world of reporting and right into the blogosphere.
Me, my almost-hubby and our two kids are attempting to live the slow life in a beachside suburb on the east coast of Australia, we have the rickety house, the pet chickens and the barefoot kids but are yet to find the ‘slow’.
Patchwork Cactus Blog
Here at Patchwork Cactus I like to talk about all my loves; DIY, style, parenting, fashion, food and photography. Unlike some other crafty blogs, you don’t need any special talents to follow my tutorials, I like modern, funky projects and anyone can make the stuff I make.
A lot of my parenting thoughts are Montessori inspired. If you don’t know much about Montessori, don’t worry, it’s not some crazy cult, it’s just a way of encouraging the natural curiosity of kids and helping them to be independent for themselves and their world from a young age. If you do know a lot about Montessori then DISCLAIMER: I take a lot of liberties and I am in no way a traditionalist, there’s a little bit of this, a little of that and a lot of my own ideas – that’s what works for us.
Patchwork Cactus Shop
You may have noticed that I now have a shop in my menu? Cool hey? I’m not actually selling anything (yet) but I am listing a whole bunch of rad products that I LOVE. When you click on them you will be automatically redirected to the shops that stock them. Some of the products are affiliate links – this means that I get a small commission if you decide to buy anything but it doesn’t cost you any extra! Most of the products aren’t affiliate, I make no money from you buying them I just think they’re rad! I know lots of you come here because you love awesome design and I thought this would be a great way to point you in the right direction. The shop is here and it will be updated weekly.