Tavi Gevinson – ROOKIE DAY

Tavi is a young girl like us who wanted to live her dream and do what she likes best! Since Tavi was 11 she has been blogging in her bedroom on fashion. When she was that age she never pictured her life like this, famous, people wanting her autograph and being their idol. Tavi has a wonderful individual and inspiring fashion sense.

Tavi is still a young girl like us who has to go to school! Her normal day is like this:

  • School
  • If nothing is urgent she hangs out with friends
  • If something is urgent or doesn’t want to hang out she goes home to blog for a few hours
  • Homework for about 3 hours
  • Go to bed

Now you know how she does it all but she doesn’t find this work she finds this fun. Tavi finds if she has lots of work she has less times to worry about things.

Tavi always keeps things new, fun and exiting when she is talking to us on Rookie and her amazing life. Her presentations were interesting. She added in jokes on the topic and made a power point presentation which was very artistic. I heard Tavi talk the night before Rookie Day. I knew more about her but she didn’t talk on anything she had already said the night before. I learnt a lot from her like how to handle a bad hair day just think I don’t have to look at it, if it helps Beyoncé. That’s what Tavi does.

Rookie Day was awesome we listened to all the girls speak then we made a mind map of things we like best with pictures from magazines. All my pictures were from Frankie magazines. My mind map was mainly based on yummy biscuits. This is because I was hungry. I left my lunch at home in all the excitement of leaving for Rookie day. But it wore off quick because we were about to start dancing in the dark.

When Tavi signed my Year Book she used my Gold pen, this pen shall now be called the “Special Pen”.

Tavi Gevinson is the  most wonderous, groovy and inspiring blogger I have ever met! I love the idea of Rookie, and the way she has put it up online. After Tavi I was inspired to blog more.


The Magical Circus – Chris Morant

What is the magic word? If you answered abracadabra you are wrong. In the Magical Circus it is …….. PLEASE!

This show requires audience participation. We all participated in juggling huge cubes and some children were selected to help Chris carry out his tricks. It was educational. I learnt that can do the “floor show” and how to make a cracker disappear. Try this at home.

Things you need:

  • 1 cracker
  • 2 hands
  • imagination

Here is when the magic come in, put the cracker in one hand and pretend to put it in the other. Then say I am going to put some magic dust over the cracker. Start crumbling the cracker over your hand that they think the cracker is in. When the cracker is all crumbled up, open your hand that the cracker was supposed to be in and show that the cracker has gone, MAGIC.

I was impressed with the whip cracking. Chris is very talented and entertaining. My younger brother was selected as an assistant. He had a great time. I recommend this show for 2-7 year olds.

Softie Friends

In the holidays I went to Softie Friends at Artplay with Katie Evans. Katie ran the  sewing workshop with Monika. Firstly we chose our pattern (or made our own). I chose the owl. We selected our felt and fabrics for decorations. Katie talked about the different stitches we could use to sew our Softie Friends. I used running stitch. There were also different types of stuffing. Apart from the soft fluffy fill, there was paper and foam.

Tracing the pattern

Creating Bink










I think putting it together, making it come to life was the best part of the workshop. Adding a face, eyes, nose and wings gave “Bink” her own personality.



I could have stayed there all day sewing. This workshop has inspired me to make some more things. Katie showed us that you can make something from anything for example a circle could be used to make a cat. Katie has a great book called Little Things for Busy Hands.


Me and Bink

Everyone can enjoy this workshop and you don’t have to know how to sew!

Poppy – My Black Apple Doll

We made our Christmas bonbons. Mum made mine with my little brother. On Christmas Day I opened my bonbon and a doll pattern fell out. I was really excited. I went through mum’s scrap materials and planned my doll. We cut it out and mum let me sew on her sewing machine. I needed her help on the tricky bits.


Story Starter

I went to the Story Starter workshop which was part of the Melbourne Writers Festival. Gabrielle Wang is an author who writes novels for kids. In the workshop we wrote beginnings to stories using Gabrielle’s topics. Gabrielle taught us different techniques for story writing. Gabrielle showed us how the use of imagination can help story writing. We closed our eyes and imagined we were at the beach. She asked questions like What can we see, hear, smell and feel? Gabrielle explained how memories can weave into stories. She explained how a childhood adventure with her sister is part of one of her novels. Then we started to write.

Gabrielle and me

Here is what I wrote….


Finally I got to the beach. I was tired because I ran away from home. I couldn’t see Lily my friend dolphin. My feet twitched like something was wrong. Had something happened to Lily? I don’t know. I went to the shoreline and could see something moving. I thought it might be Lily. I moved closer to see what it was….


My first steps into the witches mansion. In my mind I had a fuzzy feeling like a witch will come out of no where. I heard footsteps. Quickly I hide. I asked myself is she there. A voice says “No.” What just happened?

Gabrielle also taught us how to draw. Not only does Gabrielle write novels but is also a beautiful illustrator. We learned how to draw Peng (pronounced Pong) which is a mythological Chinese creature.

After such an inspiring workshop I wrote a poem about Peng. Here it is.

PENG by Tayger Checkley

Peng he’s a creature never seen before.

He’s like a fish,

He’s like a fire breathing tiger.

Have you seen him before?

Well, no!

Peng is a creature you need to know.

What does he look like look?

See below.

Peng by Tayger

I had a great day. From writing stories to drawing Peng. This workshop was inspiring and awesome. Thank you MWF, Artplay and Gabrielle for teaching us.

Piano Boat

I went to Artplay for the Piano Boat shadow puppet workshop. We made giant puppets from cardboard. These were attached to our backs and we were part of the puppet. String attached to the mouth of the puppet, the arms and legs were ours.

In groups of 2 we made our own puppet shows. I enjoyed watching everyones puppet show.

Circus Fun

I went along to Artplay to learn circus tricks. I thought it was great fun. I learn’t many things like juggling, diablo, clowning around, spinning plates and some circus games.

Here is a little tip on how to learn to juggle. Use facewashers when learning because they fall slower than balls, giving you more time to catch them.

I had great fun at this workshop.