Card Making

I have been making cards from as young as I was able to do craft! It has always been something I’ve loved to do.

One of my first primary school business ventures was making cards and selling them to my Uncle (bless him) to hand out to family members each month. I look back now and laugh because I think I increased the price from $3 to $5 and he still supported me! Some were hand made and I then went on to using a computer program to design and write my own cards.

In high school I went back to basics and started crafting them again and sold them at a car boot sale. I convinced some of my friends to join in the fun and they made friendship bracelets and pencil toppers to sell out of my mums boot on the day. We had a blast and my mum was always completely supportive of all my ventures! I spent so many hours creating and was so passionate that I even applied to have my own craft stall at a market but I never followed through….

Living in Sydney (many years ago) I worked with a beautiful lady who was a scrap booking genius! She was super talented and she had me and one of our other co workers over for a crafternoon making Christmas cards one weekend and it reignited my passion to create yet I still don’t seem to make the time for it!

Thankfully my mini’s LOVE to create! We make a lot of mess and there are no rules (I just offer some ideas and encourage them to fill up the blank spaces to make it even more colourful!) Word of warning is that if you’re using PVA/glitter glue with little ones – you will probably want to be in charge because mine like to use the whole bottle in one spot on the card! Wet wipes are always handy to have close by!

Happy crafting! x

You will need:

  • Paper/Blank cards Source from Spotlight
  • Craft supplies

Some ideas of craft supplies we use are:

  • Glitter glue
  • Sequins
  • Paper cutters
  • Coloured paper
  • Scissors/Patter scissors
  • PVA/Glue stick
  • Foam shapes
  • Pompoms
  • Coloured icy pole sticks/match sticks
  • Coloured feathers
  • Stickers

Let’s make a RAINBOW!

A house in our neighborhood inspired me to make our own rainbow and it was a whole lot of fun for me and my mini’s in our hope to brighten up everyone’s day!

You will need:

  • Skewers (long skewers around 30cm) Source from your local supermarket or local party shop.
  • Glue gun
  • Hot glue gun sticks (my kids tend to use a lot of glue so depending on how big your rainbow is I would have a couple of packs on hand) Source from Spotlight/Officeworks/Bunnings/Big W/Kmart – Spotlight sometimes have a pack you can buy with a glue gun and glue sticks in a case.
  • SIDE NOTE: If you don’t wish to use a glue gun pick a heavy duty sticky tape that can withstand the weather.
  • Plastic plates in various colours (we chose to use the small plate size in yellow, orange, red, purple, blue and green) Source from your local House & Party Shop or you can pick these up at all of the above stores or the Reject Shop.
  • Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Plug in your glue gun to heat up and make sure you have this on some paper and a heat resistant surface.
  2. Cut your paper plates in half (or quarters/thirds, you could even leave them whole – which ever shape you prefer!). The amount of plates you use will be dependent on how big you would like your rainbow to be. We had to come back inside and make extras as we went went along. Bear in mind as your layers of the rainbow increase you will need extra and it will all depend on how far apart you place them in the ground as well.
  3. Using your glue gun run a line down the middle of the plate.
  4. Lie your skewer into the glue with the pointy end hanging off the bottom of the plate so you can skewer this into the ground.
  5. Place it aside and wait for the glue to dry/cool. We did one colour at a time and then once they were ready we stacked them and moved onto the next colour.
  6. Repeat steps 3-5.
  7. Take outside and place your plates in a rainbow shape.

Happy crafting! x

Believe in yourself

Are you someone who constantly encourages others to follow their dreams yet you fail to follow the same advice you offer someone else?

I am guilty of this. So guilty. Even now. I have friends who offer me the same advice that I’ve given them and I think why don’t I believe in myself like they do? What am I so afraid of? I’m afraid of failing. Deep down I know I want it badly enough yet I’m so scared I’m going to stuff it up. That’s life and we all learn from our failures. Some even say I hope you fail because it will help you grow. But I’m scared.

I’m 31 now and I have been “launching” my beauty career since my early 20’s. Beauty has always been my passion and it’s something I feel called to do. It’s not about injectables, the picture perfect photo, or the stereotypical social media ‘influencer’ look for me. There is nothing wrong with any of those things but I’m that girl that believes beauty is truly on the inside. I love making someone feel beautiful. I love making someone feel more confident. I’m a great listener and I have had the most incredible conversations with my clients (who up until now have been few and far between). I was really touched one day when my beautiful client cried as she expressed just how different I had made her feel and how she hasn’t felt comfortable to go to anyone else – it was such a huge step for her. At first I didn’t realise she was so emotional, to me everyone is beautiful. I don’t care what size you are, what colour your skin is, how many stretch marks you have (I’ve got plenty of those!) But for some people it takes a lot of courage for them to feel comfortable with someone else. When I spray tan people I’m not looking at their bodies and criticizing, I’m looking to make sure I haven’t missed any spots. The last thing I want is for them to be streaky or patchy but I get it. I have always struggled with my body. The last thing I want to do is get naked in front of a stranger but I think at some point we have to see that what other people think of us is none of our business and believe that we are all beautiful in our own unique way. I feel like I have some light to shed on this industry and I know I need to take that leap.

When I was younger I always went to the beautician with my mum and I still remember the times when I would secretly ask her if I could get a manicure and she said ‘YES’! Never did I think it would be something I would envision for my own career. That being said I have worked for some not so wonderful employers in this industry which lead me back to the safe comfortable world of admin. They have made me feel worthless, bullied me, belittled me and made me doubt my dream.

I realise now this was all part of my journey. I’ve made plenty of excuses over the years and put off following my heart. I always make sure that I put my family and their needs first and then if I have some time and energy for me I’ll squeeze it in but I don’t make what I want a priority. Lately I’ve felt like I need to change my career and I keep searching for jobs in the beauty industry and I found one that I thought would be perfect for me but they are looking for someone with extensive experience. It’s been almost a week since I applied and I sat there thinking to myself today, why do I feel the need to work for someone else… why can’t I take a chance on myself?

This reminds me of the quote “What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hanson

I’m making a promise to myself to believe in myself, to make a small effort each week to follow my dream and no matter how big or how small that step is, it won’t matter. But if I fall, I’m going to pick myself back up, I’m going to grow from it and I hope this inspires you to do the same. Our egos can be powerful and the negative self talk can often win us over but we will still feel unfulfilled if we sit with the ‘what if’s’. Life is too short, I think we owe it to ourself to be who we came here to be and if you trust your instincts and push through the fear I have no doubt you’ll fly.

Imperfectly me

Have you ever had this incessant nagging on your heart to find your purpose?

I have always placed way more importance on finding a ‘career’, which in significance seems so small compared to the bigger picture.

Children change you, life changes you, your experiences change you and we are always growing and evolving (…and then there are some that don’t). I feel like they are our biggest lessons.

After I had my daughter (my 2nd child) 3rd if you count my fur baby. I felt so different, there was this urgent need to figure out why I’m here. What am I going to do with myself? Who am I? What is it I was brought here to do? To say I felt lost is an understatement. I still don’t understand why at that particular moment in time I didn’t feel like I was enough, that I wasn’t trusting the divine timing of everything in my life and just being present in the moment. There was this urgency pushing me to realise that there is something greater… and the truth is I’m still finding my feet. I am still discovering. I don’t know exactly what my purpose is but I am looking for signs, I’m trusting my intuition and for the first time in my life I feel like I’m being true to who I really am.

I am perfectly imperfect. I look at the world and people so different than I used to. I still have a lot to learn and my little people are my greatest teachers. This is my space to share my thoughts. I’m not always right, I am constantly learning. My sensitivities and empathy are my greatest strengths yet my greater weaknesses. I am the first to put my hand up and say sorry, my intentions are never to hurt people but I’ve started to realise in my own self-reflection that when I react in a certain way that I’m not proud of that I need to dig deeper and ask why this is triggering me (but that’s a whole other topic on its own!).

I am someone who is trying to spread the light, the world needs more love and this has been a calling on my heart for some time now, so I hope that what I have to say resonates with you, brings you some clarity, shows you that you aren’t alone and makes you feel like you are enough.

Sending you love x x x

This post is dedicated to the white feather magically placed on my lap this morning guiding me to take this first step