Mama-Mia Crafty Creations

My business, Mama-Mia Crafty Creations, involves handmade creations, the main one being egg decorating. Originally I was taught how to do these eggs from my mum who has been decorating them for 23 years and a lovely family friend who had done them for twice that although I hadn’t done many before I started this business in 2013. The first 2 I sold were for an auction for a family friend who had lost her baby at 22 weeks and I wanted to donate something special, so I contacted the lady running the auction. She was thrilled at the items and asked if I was selling them, which I hadn’t even thought of doing, after the auction the response for the eggs was great and the lady who ran the auction encouraged me to pursue my business and involve the eggs. After I made the decision to sell them I started up my business page with the help of the lovely lady, Stacey, who was such a support while I was growing the business, helping me get likes and so much more. For a while I couldn’t find a source to purchase the eggs from but after a long wait (4-6 months) I finally found a supplier and things had just built from there. I couldn’t of done it without the support of so many lovely people and of course my partner.

mia1All my items are 100% handmade by me, as is most of the cutting ( I do get my mum to cut items occasionally). From my eggs to my cards all items are unique, and I only make one of each kind, none are the same (due to each egg being different ) and I’m always wanting to please the customers and impress them with my creations. I’m very much a perfectionist and always love a challenge in creating something new. Egg Decorating isn’t very common and is quite an old style of craft, a lot of my creations are accidents. I use all parts of the eggs, I use the shell left over once its cut out of the egg and I use broken eggs for creations….. as well. The sky is the limit with these I can make pendants, eggs with figurines, music boxes, trinket boxes, cards. The range of eggs I can use are quail eggs, quniea fowl, duck, emu, black swan, ostrich, crocodile and I also have a plover egg! (Please note all eggs that are used have not been fertilised)

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In a nut shell I am a mum, a waitress and a small business owner and I love creating items that make people smile, I doubt myself a lot but love what I do.

To visit more of Mama-Mia’s Crafty Creations head to Mia’s facebook page www.facebook.com/MamaMiasCraftCreations

 

Maxi Dress Heaven

Just over 2 years ago Maxi Dress Heaven was launched, the final decision to give it a go was nerve racking, exciting and terribly scary for Tanya but what did she have to lose? So Maxi Dress Heaven was born and their facebook page instantly took off.

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Maxi Dress Heaven prides itself on reaching all women offering stylish clothing for women ranging in sizes 8-10 up to 26-28, whether it be a casual summer maxi, beach dress or evening wear they appeal to everyone and have a massive variety for all tastes.  And with over 500+ items on their website you are sure to find what you are looking for.

Maxi Dress Heaven also recently introduced their very own LITTLE GIRLS RANGE with stunning Maxi’s & Party dresses for 1-10yr olds with a few more items to added in the next few weeks.

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You can view Maxi Dress Heaven complete range by visiting their website at www.maxidressheaven.com and liking their facebook page to find out what is new in the range and keeping up to date with the specials.

Kittyandzac

Kerrie is the face behind the home based business Kittyandzac.  Kerrie lives on a small acreage block on the gorgeous South Coast of NSW with her husband, faithful k9 side kick Zac and her part Arab horse Shebah.  The rolling green hills that then give way to the spotless clean beaches where many of you may have spent your summer holidays is the perfect place to raise a family.

This leaves Kerrie more time to focus on what she loves to do…. Create.  Kittyandzac was born out of a love of creating beautiful things from Childrensware, Homewares, Childrens accessories, soy candles the list is endless in what she loves to dabble in.

KittyandZacKerrie comes from a super creative family background of a Knitting Nanna, sewing mumma, gardening Grandfather and Father but most of her inspiration comes from the fabric itself, It seems to talk to her.  Kerrie’s sewing studio is wall to wall fabric, piles of orders cut ready to sew, vintage wash baskets brimming with patterns, super large jars individually filled with coloured buttons.

 

Kerrie has been creating for as long as she can remember. First with a needle and a thread. Then at the age of 5, for her birthday she was given a teeny tiny sewing machine. This was most successful for making Ted and her “floppy doll” Fiona’s new clothes. Her love of sewing and what she calls “making stuff” blossomed and when her children came along she made 90% of their clothes. Kerrie’s business Kittyandzac kicked off about 7 years ago when she was asked to put some of her creations in a local Kids Boutique.

KittyandZac have so many wonderful items to choose from but the memory quilts and Teepees which are constructed entirely from the clients fabric which has some meaning for them and their family are my favourite. Quite often this fabric is nursery bedding, children’s clothing etc, Kerrie then create a memory piece just for them to love forever.

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 To find out more about Kittyandzac and Kerrie’s visit the website at www.madeit.com.au/kittyandzac or head over to Kittyandzac facebook page and say hello and check out their great range of products.

 

Be Buddies not Bullies

Did you know that 1 in every 4 Australians are a victim of bullying? Scary number isn’t it?

The thing about bullying is that most people are ashamed or too scared to ask for help or advice to deal with the issue. This is because of the stigma related to bullying, it’s believed that bullies choose their victims for specific reasons and will “punish” them if they seek help or ask for assistance. In some cases this is true, but the people who are aware of the bullying will protect the victim and ensure that a stop is put to it.

From a personal point of view, bullying has affected my life from a young age, from name-calling, to physical incidents to cyber-bullying I’ve coped bits of it all. I was a target of an online situation, after I made a mistake, this involved me in becoming very low and experiencing some nasty moments. I did believe I deserved it, I believed that they were only doing to me what they thought I deserved. But I was wrong. I confided in some close friends and they helped me see that it was not my fault, I also made some very strong friendships from people who saw what was going on and genuinely cared for me, people I didn’t even know before I was publicly name and shamed, for no true reason. Bullying stole my self-confidence, stole my love for life and worse of all, it stole my happiness. Two months on and I am still being constantly reminded of that incident, it will be something that I’ll never escape, I will be forever bullied for one mistake. For that, I want to make a difference and put a stop to bullying.

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One of the reasons I created Be Buddies not Bullies was to show parents, children and teachers just how much bullying can affect someone’s life and enable them with ways to control and prevent bullying situations. I also want to stop situations, like mine, from nearly claiming people of their lives. Bullying is a big thing, it affects it’s victims in more ways. The saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is so wrong. Words can hurt you, if you are constantly called nasty and horrible names you will begin to believe it, mentally this will affect any bully victim and can lead to depression.

Parents are sometimes not aware of the signs of their children being bullied, which is due to the lack of information of signs to look out for. Any change in a child’s behavior, the unwillingness to talk, withdrawn from social activities or a child/teenager wanting to change who they are, are all signs that someone may just be bullying them. Being a big support, and a comfort is the most important thing to do.

I believe that no one needs to be bullied. No matter if they have made a mistake, are different, smart or any excuse bullies might use I believe we all have the right to live bully free.

As your mother always says, if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

Written by Amy
Be Buddies not Bullies
www.facebook.com/bebuddiesnotbullies12

ToysRule a great place to go shopping

Are you looking for some great deals on toys and kids arts and craft (well adults as well), kids jewellery and lots more.  At ToysRule we have everything you need to keep the kids entertained and great gifts for loved ones from kids toys, to arts and craft, removable wall decal and wall clocks and lots lots more.

ANIMALS ARTS AND CRAFT KITCHEN MAGNETIC

 

So grab a cup of coffee or cup of tea and enjoy the shopping experience at www.toysrule.com.au

Happy Shopping

Infant Aquatics Perth

Did you know that children as young as 6 months can learn how to roll over into a back float and wait for help? Sadly, a child who has never been taught how to do this, will stay face down in water and can drown in less than 2 minutes. But all it takes is a week or two of lessons for infants to learn how to do this on their own. Isn’t that amazing! To master survival swimming takes 4 – 6 weeks on average, for children from 6 Months to Under 6’s. Skilled kids go on to become great little swimmers who love the water.

Check out the great little swimmers on our YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRFQeMlkWZHGGjDLlXGxgiA/feed

Give your child the gift of swimming this summer.

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Fuss-free family holidays

KidsRule is a family friendly accommodation and activities directory that believes in making the world a better place for our kids.

At KidsRule, we know that some of the best family memories are created on holiday.
Unfortunately, some of the worst ones are too. If you’ve ever tried to holiday with a small child (or two, or three, or even more) in a tiny hotel room without anywhere for the kids to sleep, run off some energy or, well… just be kids… you’ll know what we’re talking about. Surprisingly, not all hotel guests enjoy the sound of 6:00 am chasey.
The short of it is: little people have some big requirements.KIDSRULE_COL_LOGO2