Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cheers and Tears - Reaching Goals

'I was a little emotional last night. I brought flowers and wine to celebrate reaching the final milestone in my five year plan, in just two years, then had a little cry too. I had thought I couldn't really begin my business until my children were all at school. The goals I wrote down at the beginning seemed so unattainable - do a Finders Keepers market, get a professional logo, have my work stocked in a bricks and mortar store, get business cards, postcards, stamps and stickers, a banner, get a metal stamp of my logo, design and make distinct collections, do a photo shoot and look book, get an intern, make a $1,000 sale online, order jewellery boxes printed with my logo. 

I crossed the very last item off my list when the courier arrived yesterday, and I did a little happy dance. Another milestone reached, thanks to a lot of determined work, a lot of support from family and friends, and a lot of wonderful customers - without whom there would be no business. So cheers and tears to all of you for making my dream come true! When I send you one of my new jewellery boxes, I hope you feel just how special it is. xx'

I wanted to share this Instagram post here because this is where it all began. The creative community I met through this space encouraged me to turn my hobby in to a business and supported each milestone I reached. I want to send everyone that had ever visited this space a huge thank you!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Back In Stock - 'Haiku' Necklaces

The collection of nine simple and interesting 'Haiku' necklaces sold out in the first week that I released them. They are now back in the shop and available for order. Each design is a beautiful addition to any outfit, and makes a wonderful gift. 

Visit the shop to make one yours!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Finding Your Ring Size Made Easy

Don't forget, if you are wondering how to quickly and easily check your ring size, you can purchase a Ring Sizing Gauge from the shop for $2 including postage!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Technology and Children

Wild wallabies and curious children at Daisy Hill Koala Centre

Following on from yesterdays post, I have been musing about technology and children and how navigating these murky waters can be so difficult. I have seen it often with my friends and family, and I have used their experiences as inspiration in making my own decisions regarding the consumption of technology in our household. I know my children are growing up in a technological age, but I resist the possibility of them being sucked in to a world of video games and you tube clips. We are not without technology in our house. My husband and I both have smart phones, we have one lap top and one tv. However. we have no games on our phones and no games on the laptop. We have no ipads or ipods. We do have Foxtel (as part of our internet bundle) and Netflix - which is purely a luxury. So what they do get is limited access to the television, where they can choose which programs they want to watch.

What I have found is that my children do not miss what they have never had. While many of their friends are spending hours on computers and ipads each day, they have access to neither. Last year Cohen had used Reading Eggs on my computer for Prep, but he has out grown it now, reading chapter books instead. He has occasionally asked for games like minecraft, as his friends play them, but he soon looses interest in the idea.

I don't want for my children to be technologically illiterate. I know computers will be a large part of their future. But I also see how unhealthy habits develop quite young, and how important mindful carers are to ensuring children don't shun outside play in favor of virtual worlds of their creation. I'm quite sure that computer games have their merits, and that there are important lessons that can be learnt from them. But with a six, three and one year old, I also feel there is plenty of time for that in the future.

How do you handle technology in your house? 
Does the good outweigh the bad, or vice versa?


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Homeschooling Mainstream Schooled Children

Frozen moments in time from the Beenleigh Historical Village

I've often thought about homeschooling my children. Guiding them in a nurturing environment to reach their potential by encouraging them to be creative and follow their passions, while avoiding many of the negative aspects of the schooling system. I have so much respect for parents who homeschool and take on the challenges and rewards of educating their own children. My husband has a much more mainstream attitude to schooling however, and I'm not sure I could balance the responsibilities of educating all three of my little ones, while still keeping my creative spirit nourished with my business. (I still think about it though!) My husband and I do share the same philosophy on early childhood, which means we don't send our children to childcare or kindy, and they start school in Prep. I understand it is such a personal thing for each family, these are the decisions that we have made that are working for us. I'm pleased to be their full time carer and be so involved in their early learning.

I find homeschooling blogs and websites are a great resource to compliment mainstream schooling. I'm engaged as much as possible with Cohen's education at school, and daily learning with all three at home. With my eldest in Grade one, this means prioritising homework and reading at home, meeting with his teacher weekly, discussing the social and educational aspects of his day to day with him, and encouraging his involvement in activities like Science Club during his lunch time. With all three children I endeavor to create a positive, fun learning environment at home and on holidays, with visits to galleries, museums, animal parks, and the Historical Village pictured above. Together is give us opportunities to explore, play, absorb, question and find answers.

I believe a well rounded education is the most important thing we can offer our children, after a safe and loving home and family. With the growth of technology we have little idea what the job market will demand of our children in ten to fifteen years time. But I believe a love of learning, strong curiosity, flexibility and creativity will put our little ones in the best position to find their way in the world. And for me, that means mixing mainstream school with homeschooling.

What does your education journey look like?


Some great resources and interesting reads I have found lately:
Motherhood, Screened Off - a great article that suggests narrating our use of smart phones to our children, so they feel included, not excluded each time we pick our phone up
Socialization: What I learnt from school - so many great points raised regarding the things we inadvertently learn in school, like that is is 'uncool' to be smart
20+ Home Science Projects for Kids - from silly putty to salt crystals
Homeschooling on Pinterest - so many great posts

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sneak Peek - 'Follow Your Dreams'

 Hand made Sterling Silver stud drops

I have been working on a new collection of everyday earrings, in a minimalist circle and oval design. Each piece will feature different finishing touches, from polished to hammer finished, brushed to oxidised. I will be releasing these handmade sterling silver earrings to my newsletter subscribers soon, so if you want to find out more, add your email address to the list!

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mulberry Crumble Recipe

660 grams of Mulberries
Much more delicious than they look!

Hooray! It's Mulberry season! And the tree we planted in our back yard a few years ago is bowing under the weight of it's delicious fruity covering. I  have been picking the berries daily, eating them for breakfast, leaving a bowl out in the kitchen (so that as a result my children are often sporting berry stained faces and fingers), sharing them with friends, and stashing some in the freezer. Yesterday I had an especially fruitful forage (see what I did there?) and had an excess of Mulberries. Oh, how rich I feel to have not only an excess of Strawberries, but Mulberries too. I've been craving thinking about Crumble since the first Mulberry turned from green to deep purple. Yesterday my friend celebrated her birthday, so what better excuse to make Crumble? One for her and one for me us.

You can make this simple deliciousness with almost any fruit that you are rich in. I'm thinking of making another with Mulberries AND Strawberries. I know, yum...

Mulberry Crumble Recipe 

(makes one thick crumble, or two thinner ones as pictured.)

500 grams of Mulberries (more or less)
2/3 cup of sugar
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup soft brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
100 grams of butter (I use Nuttelex for a dairy free version)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.

Rinse berries and pinch off the green stems, pop in a large saucepan with the white sugar. Stir over low heat until the sugar has dissolved (which smells awesome), then cover and simmer for ten minutes, or until berries are soft but chunky. 

Spoon in to an oven proof dish.

Combine flour, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl, rub in butter with your finger tips. Sprinkle over berries and liquid. 

Bake for 25 minutes, or until topping is golden brown.


Enjoy with custard, yoghurt or ice cream. Or just straight from the oven....

Tip - if you have excess Mulberries that you want to freeze, but you don't want them all to stick together, wash them and pinch off the green stems, lay them on a baking dish with baking paper (or aluminium foil if you have run out) and pop them in the freezer. When they are frozen you can bag them up like berry ice cubes in resealable bags. 
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