Hi and welcome to Oh Creative Day! It’s all kinds of awesome to see you round these parts.
I’m Shannon and this is my blog.
I’m a mum. A teacher. An enthusiastic user of pom poms, PVA glue and paint.
Kidspot named me “A Crafty Mum Worth a Follow on Instagram.”
I’m a contributor at Mumtastic Australia where I share random tips like How to Entertain the Kids Until Dinner with Invitations to Create.
Or I’ll show you How to Turn Baby Clothes into Fabric Flowers. (Useful everyday stuff, right?!) You can find all my Mumtastic articles here.
Brit + Co think that my Instagram account is one that Artsy Families Will Love.
I also talk craft and picture books over at Hello, Wonderful.
Have you ever looked back on your life and realised there was one definitive moment that set your life slightly, wonkily off-course?
Oh SNAP! Me too!
For me, that moment was in a Year 8 art class. (For the nitty-gritty on this seemingly inauspicious but ultimately life-altering episode, click here.)
Thanks to that art class, I spent years thinking I wasn’t creative.
Slowly, slowly, I began to realise that this Apparent Truth was, in fact, super un-true.
I’m at my happiest when I am creating… stuff. With my three little sidekicks besides me creating their own mess. Well the youngest is only 6 months-old so she’s not really creating as such just yet. Just gurgling as I create mess with Miss 4 and Mr 2.
Ultimately, this blog isn’t just about creating picture books and pretty stuff*. It’s about creating love-soaked memories and a life I’m proud to be living.
And just surviving until nap time without getting paint on the furniture really.
I’d do a happy dance** if you joined me in celebrating the little bits and bobs of creativity in our everyday.
*Although I cannot ever guarantee that I always make pretty stuff. Let the record show that I have no formal training in any art/craft related field. Although I like to think that with PVA glue and washi tape, anything is possible. (Pinterest has a lot to answer for.)
** By “happy dance” I clearly mean one of the cheesy, arm-flapping variety.
MORE ABOUT ME
I live with: My Man, Miss 4, Mr 2 and Miss 6 months. They are all super-rad and tolerate me when I forget the words to songs.
I am: a teacher; daughter; sister; wife; mother; a speaker of Italian, high-school French and yum-cha Cantonese; a cat AND dog person and a coffee AND tea drinker (some may say I’m hedging my bets. I say variety is the spice of life.)
I believe in: books being as important as breathing; the power of education to transform lives; travel as a form of schooling; going with your gut; leaps of faith; The Universe; collaboration; family; love; laughing; cheesy dancing.
I wish: I had perfect eyesight.
I don’t: like runny egg yolks or that peel/reseal stuff on food packages THAT NEVER RESEALS!
Thanks so much for taking the time to hang out here.
Or you can even email me on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Unless specified, all photos used on this site are taken by moi. I don’t have any fancy equipment/ technical skills. But should you wish to use one of my images, please do me a solid and drop me an email. kthankyoubye.