all about sandra

Hi! I'm Sandra Gale and welcome to the place where I share my thoughts.

I'm mum to the gorgeous Miss M and step-mum to the also gorgeous (and very big) G.
I have a husband who finds my various crazes slightly amusing, and hopefully a little bit charming.
We live in the Adelaide Hills and I still find the noise that koalas make startling.

I like to run with and chat to and drink wine with my sister (not all at the same time though).
I love to ride my bike, especially downhill with a tail wind. It feels like I am flying.
I love cooking and try to buy and make healthy food and I don't eat sugar.
And my favourite place to be is on holidays at Pt Vincent talking rubbish with my family and staring out to sea.

I play basketball very poorly and I watch a lot of soccer.
I am president of Miss M's school P&F (a slightly crazy, but good commitment to take on)
I like the idea of being organised and punctual, but the reality is that I am not!
I suspect that I overuse exclamation marks!!

I like to draw and cut and paste. I am lucky enough to get paid to do this and I get to work school hours. Perfect Mum Job. I illustrate and design greeting cards, stationery and gifts for Intrinsic. My job is to make Adèle Basheer's words look beautiful. And I love it. Sarah did a great profile on me for our Intrinsic newsletter a few years ago, I still really like it.

I like setting myself goals, normally, I eventually achieve them. This blog is one of the eventually goals.  If you look at my profile you'll see this was started back in 2007. That's 5 years of excuses. I am going with the flow and not stressing about things being perfect. That way there are no excuses to not blog.

I have a website that I created as a uni project called paper sand scissors. My plan was to work for myself, but sometimes the universe has different plans,  and it turned out that I love Intrinsic so much I haven't bothered doing any paper sand scissors work! Now that I have my blog going the paper sand scissors site looks a little shabby, but I can't remember how to fix it!! So if you head over that way cut me some slack and know that I want it to look better, I just have to invest the time into doing it!

I'm still not sure what the focus of paper sand{ra} life will be, hopefully you'll join me and we can work it out together. Let me know what you think xx


  1. I've been meaning to come over here and stalk you a little(from Instagam - macca5fun...) Love your blog, LOVE intrinsic..awaesome job you have! and I like you sis short haircut!

    1. Hi Macca5fun (I love how there is a world of people I know by IG names!) Thanks for stalking me! I'm pretty lucky to have a job I love so much. And I love hearing stories of people who are Intrinsic fans. Roxy's hair does look great short, she's really enjoying it. And now I'm off to stalk you :-)


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