“Inspiring Creativity Everyday!”
I am Greta, creative founder of Craft My Life. I’m an imaginative, authentic, fun loving, free spirited mum of two very busy “mini-me’s” that crave stimulation. Their brains are ever active and their spirits run wild! ……. but like most kids they love technology and well quiet frankly we all struggle with keeping our kids off it at times!
My generation grew up playing 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.
“I am passionate about keeping our kids real!”
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.
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.
“Neurodiversity is always in my thoughts when I design my craft kits.“
Events are another service I like to offer, or any sort of occasion that lends itself to a craft zone or workshop. To find out more please check out our Workshops and Events. Occasionally I get approach to male custom made gifts which I can be contacted for via email or Facebook.
“Craft My Life aims to be creative, unique, dependable and a loved identity with a difference.”
In June 2017 I founded TAS ROCKS, Tasmania’s original and largest rock painting group. It provided something that was fun, free and got kids motivated to be active and outdoors all year round. Best of all it teaches children to do something nice for someone without expecting a return. It brought communities all over Tasmania closer together, created new friendships and inspired creativity in kids, families, grandparents, schools, care homes, etc. It took off with a boom along with other rock painting groups around the world, and now we proudly have over 21000 worldwide members.
“I founded TAS ROCKS in memory of my father who I lost in early 2017.”
It was important to me to add value to my community in honor of him. I was painting rocks with my kids on his birthday that May. While in the head-space of severe overwhelm that I found myself, I had been trying to find something positive to do for my community. Founding TAS ROCKS was the best way for me to deal with the traumatic loss of my dad, in memory of his beautiful, kind spirit. It’s been lovely to see the creativity and interconnections it created in our state.
How did Craft My Life begin?
It became apparent to me that members needed access to the right products and they needed help to get up and running. 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, inner entrepreneur waiting to be enabled and this was a perfect way for me to craft my life over. I began to provide workshops for all sorts of events, I also designed my Rock Painting Kit for members.
After TAS ROCKS I co-founded KNYSNA ROCKS in South Africa. A friend approached me to get it up and running. She wanted to lift the spirits of the community in Knysna after a devastating fire in 2017. Australian Art Rocks and South African Art Rocks were founded for rock painters to interact and showcase their creations. Crafting My Community 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 from them, while I am designing new kits.
Why “Craft My Life”?
In October 2016 I became a single mum. I’m a South African living in the island state of Tasmania, in Australia. I had to young kids and had not worked for years, as I had been a FIFO wife for 8 years, which meant I reared my 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 showcasing Tasmanian handmade.
My family all live in South Africa, my life was already under a lot of stress. 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 Ive said before 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.
Craft My Life is the beginning of my authentic life!
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