Friends come in all shapes & sizes…
As do stories!

Welcome to Maddy’s Curious Universe!

Welcome readers, to my virtual playground!

It’s a place where I create, without the hoo-hah and pressure of creating the perfect insta photo or gaining likes and followers, but keeping things real in my way, imperfectly human, humble and simply fun.

Here you will find my Uplit stories about the ordinary heroes of the world, all set in Australian suburbia. My marvellous misfits find their inner magic in the most unexpected ways, with just a sprinkle of elf magic! All of my stories to date are available in Maddy’s Books my very own virtual bookshop!

Check out my blog  and take a glimpse into my world, find free Christmas stories as well as some favourite crafts & recipes with produce from my garden and cute crochet patterns. I love making something out of nothing, as my old Mum would say— it’s how we had fun!

Looking for a special gift? Head to the shop to buy my unique whimsical crochet creations, ready-to-ship now pieces & also custom orders,  and fantabulous merch in Art by Max too, available now!

Have a giggle with my mate, Kelvin, joining us in the MCU with his very own page where he’ll be posting —in his words— kind and simple thoughts. Always a tale to be told with our Kelvin! Check it out!

Please do subscribe to the mailing list below for story updates, what’s new in the shop and exclusive surprises for my subscribers along the way!

As those who have subscribed know, social media is NOT my forte. I prefer sending email and my website. Frankly, by the time I learn how to drive the bus on the various social media platforms, I lose waaaaay too many hours of precious writing and creating time, (though I do turn up on Instagram linked to face-smace). I’d much rather take my bat & ball and play on my own site. Email:

Heartfelt thanks to my Max for such wonderful illustrations and to the team at Beardbot for this fantastic playground for me to connect with you all.

So, dear reader, stop in and stay awhile … and I hope you enjoy the stories.

Maddy x
Maddy’s Curious Universe – Head dreamer
Santa’s Global Enterprises – Chief Elf


Sinkful of dishes - kelvins kindlounge

It’s May. Really? How?? Oh, & who won giveaway 2 & 3?

Hello, dear readers! I have no idea where time goes sometimes. Work, family, household chores – life, I guess. It’s a good thing to be busy living life and doing…

Maddy's 3 words 2024

Happy 2024! My three words for this year are…

Hi, dear Readers! Firstly, Happy New Year! May 2024 be a good year for us all! I was so busy in December that I didn’t have a chance to post…

Bluebird of Happiness pack

Giveaway #1 Winner! Bluebird of Happiness pack – Subscriber exclusive!

Hi there, dear Readers! I am so excited to announce that we have products now available in Crochet Creations & Art by Max in the shop! Yippeeeeee! So, to celebrate…

Maddy's Crochet Curios

New Crochet Curios & Art by Max in the shop!

YAY! The shop is finally up and running for my Crochet Creations & Curios and Art by Max! You’ll find all of my ebooks to date in Maddy’s books, my…

Kelvin’s Kindlounge joins the MCU!

A snapshot of Kelvin’s mind

Lavender Wands

Make some Lavender Wands! Spring has sprung!

Apart from the hay fever, it’s lovely to see the garden beginning to bloom again after a long winter. Time to sit in the gentle sunshine and make Lavender Wands!…

Lavender, Lemon & Mandarin Infused Vinegar

Lavender, Lemon & Mandarin Infused Vinegar

Hiya all, Thought I would share my quick and easy recipe for Infused vinegars with you. They are cheap, take very little effort to make and look fantastic on the…

Mums favourite books

Maddy’s Books icon stack & What three books would I bring if stranded on a desert island?

Hiya all, One of my new readers emailed me the other day, asking what are the books in Maddy’s Books icon and to name three books I would want with…

Crochet hugs

Crochet Pocket Hug Pattern!

Looking for an easy free crochet pattern perfect for creating a random act of crochet kindness? Here’s my pattern for a heartwarming Pocket Hug! These cute little hugs are great…

Bluebird brooch in Smorgasbord by Mrs Mac - crochet by Maddy Newman

Whimsical crochet creations … coming soon to the shop!

Here’s a sneak peek of one of my Crazy Cupcakes and the beautiful Bluebird of Happiness brooch, which was made by Mrs Mac in Smorgasbord. These are just two of…

Nick Cave – on the subject of creative droughts:

“Turn up at the desk.”



Max – Daughter on the subject of helping Mum’s creative droughts:

“Dad & I are already at the desk, Mum.”