I am Greta, a fun loving, little bit quirky mum of two very busy and stubborn kids that keep me on my toes. Their brains are ever active and their spirits run wild! Like most kids they love technology, and what a challenge that is for us!
I am passionate about letting kids be kids!
I grew up outdoors, building forts, creating fairy gardens, climbing trees, making go carts and more. I loved climbing our big rubber tree to play in our dodgy tree house! My imagination ran wild, some days I was Tarzan or Mogli, other days I was Robinson Crusoe but sadly we don’t see much of this today. Between sport and technology our kids seem to have less time to be wild.
I grew up with ADHD, Im passionate about neurodiversity and love to embrace and enable our strengths. All of this flows into my creative and entrepreneurial spirit. I enjoy creating distractions for all kids as well as those of us who fall on the Autism Spectrum.
While I cant come and build a fort with your kids, I can design fun kits to inspire their imagination, keep them busy in the holidays and even give you the peace of mind that they are not glued to a tablet.
Enabling neurodiversity is always in my mind
Events, craft zones and workshops are another service I provide. To find out more please check out our Workshops page. If you are looking for a custom made gift please enquire I may be able to help or at least advise you who to get in touch with. I can be contacted for via email or Facebook.
Craft My Life is creative, empathic, dependable and unique.
In June 2017 I founded TAS ROCKS, Tasmania’s original rock painting group. Its fun, free and inspiring and motivates kids to be active outside all year round. It teaches children to do something nice for others without expecting a return.
It has brought communities all over Tasmania closer together, created new friendships between young and old, kids, families, seniors, schools, care homes, hospitals, etc. It took off with a boom in 2017 along with other rock painting groups around the world, and now we proudly have almost 22 000 worldwide members.
I founded TAS ROCKS in memory of my father who I lost in early 2017.
It was important to me to give back in honour of my dad. While in my broken headspace, I had been trying to find something positive to do in his honour. I had been looking at South African charities to support, but in all honesty I couldn’t trust that the money I raised would not be stolen by the charity itself. I also knew that I could not dedicate consistent time to any organisation here.
I was painting rocks with my kids on his birthday the 16th of May. I felt that he had been taken so tragically that his memory could not just end there. He was such a beautiful person inside but had lived such a tragic life already, suffering a lifelong disorder of bipolar, that had impacted his whole life. he didn’t deserve such an awful ending.
Founding TAS ROCKS was the best way for me to be able to give back to society and deal with my grief. It’s been lovely to see the creativity and connections it created in our state.
How did Craft My Life begin?
TAS ROCKS members kept asking what products they needed and how to get started. There was a demand for supplies and a demand for workshops. That’s when Craft My Life came to life! I was starting out my new life as a single mum with a frustrated, entrepreneur inside me, waiting for the right idea and time.
Craft my life is me, creating my new life.
I began designing my Rock Painting Kits for members.
I provided workshops for events that I was invited to, the first one being “The Taste of Tasmania”. Tasmania’s premier event held in Hobart over New Year, celebrating the finish of The Sydney to Hobart yearly yacht race. The next was Festivale held yearly in Launceston.
In 2018 Australian Art Rocks and South African Art Rocks were founded for rock painters to interact and showcase their creations. Following that Crafting My Community, which is a group for members to interact, exchange tips and ideas and to show what they are working on. Its also a great place for me to chat to my members and get feed back and inspiration for, new kits.
Why Craft My Life?
In October 2016 I became a single parent. I’m a South African living in the island state of Tasmania, in Australia. I had two young kids and had not worked for years, as I had been a FIFO‘s wife for 6 years, which meant I reared our kids mostly alone, while my husband worked interstate.
My career as an Animal Keeper at London Zoo and Adelaide Zoo were in my distant past and I had lost touch with the workforce. I had a small handmade business called Little Finch, that I started while I was raising my kids. I also co-founded “&Co” Pop Up Shops that showcased Tasmanian handmade.
My family live in South Africa, my life was already difficult. In that January 2017 my father was murdered and his tragic death catapulted me on to the next hardest journey of my life.
I love my brain even though its hard being me!
One disaster after another happened over the next 4 years and my life was sent into total turmoil, but somehow amongst the carnage I managed to set all of this up. I suppose a lot of that comes down to the fact that my brain is very neurodivergent. I never stop thinking or creating in my head. As I’ve mentioned I have ADHD, my dads murder added extra stress to my already overwhelmed state of mind.
This then triggered and developed my Bipolar. I also have Complex-PTSD, along with a few other Dysphoria from the traumas in my life, but I’ve worked very hard on overcoming them. I credit my successes, failures, creativity, eccentricity, authenticity and determination to my neurodiverse brain, and while its made my life very hard, I also see it as a gift as its also given me creativity, determination and guts.
Craft My Life is the beginning of my authentic life!
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