I am Greta, a creative, authentic, fun loving, free spirited mum of two very busy “mini-me’s” that crave stimulation. Their brains are overactive 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!
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. While in the head-space of frantic overwhelm that I found myself , I needed to do something positive for my community. TAS ROCKS was the best way for me to deal with the traumatic loss of my dad, in memory of his kind beautiful spirit.
TAS ROCKS created something that was fun, that got kids motivated to be actively outdoors. That brought communities closer together, created new friendships and inspired creativity in kids, families, grandparents, schools, care homes, etc. all over Tasmania. It took off with a boom along with all the other rock painting groups around the world, and now we proudly have 21000 worldwide members.
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 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.
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.
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.
Craft My Life aims to be a creative, unique, dependable and loved identity with a difference.
I also like to be a part of events and any sort of occasion really that lends itself to a craft zone or workshop. To find out more please check out our Workshops and Events. I also offer a custom made service that you can check out, if you are interested.
It didn’t stop at TAS ROCKS, I also founded KNYSNA ROCKS in South Africa. My friend Ashley, approached me to get it up and running, to lift the spirits of the community in Knysna after they had 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, while I am designing new kits.
How did the name “Craft My Life” came about?
In October 2016 I became a single mum. I’m a South African living on the island state of Tasmania, in Australia. I was jobless 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, and in 2017 my life was already under a lot of stress. In that January my father was murdered and his tragic death catapulted me on to the hardest journey of my life.
One disaster after another happened over the next 4 years and my life was sent into total turmoil, but somehow 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. Im ADHD, and after my dads murder I developed my comorbidity disorder Bipolar. I also have CPTSD, 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 and determination to my eccentric brain.
I love my brain even though its hard being me.
I grew up with ADHD and I am still seriously ADHD! I’m passionate about neurodiversity and embracing our strengths. All of this flows into my creative and entrepreneurial spirit. I’m passionate about mental health and creating distractions for us neuro-divergent’s, those of us with ADHD, Autism, ODD, OCD, etc.
Neurodiversity is always in my thoughts when I design my craft kits.
Craft My Life is the beginning of my new life!
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