Passion Project

This Sunday, I was featured in The Age and quite a few of the major Fairfax publications. It was (and still is) an absolute honour to be able to share my story. The article was titled – “I followed my Dream”, and retells 3 women’s stories of switching career to pursue a long-held passion. I am still amazed that I am able to do what I am so passionate about and hope this inspires others as well. I love what I do and am able to meet so many other passionate, inspiring women everyday. Have a read and I’d love to hear your thoughts.  

Grow: A Creative Community

For the past 10 months Sarah Munnings and I have been developing an idea. Our idea has turned into reality and is now happening.  We are developing Grow: A Creative Community  in response to feedback from local artists and artisans. Our vision is to create a collaborative community hub, a flexible workspace and learning hub for creative businesses that do not fit the current flexible working arrangements due to the nature of their business and their flexible needs. Being in a community of crafters and makers and knowing this community already exists, we realised there is a lack of meeting/collaborative space of this kind in the SE suburbs of Melbourne. The aim of the hub is to provide connection in a fragmented industry. Makers are Read More

Welcome to Spring

Welcome to Spring… (for those of us in the Southern hemisphere…) I am now 17 days into my #sewlongwinter challenge and enjoying it still. I am enjoying the creativeness and not being tied down to a plan (and after week one I did share these insights). For me this challenge is not about the sales, but sharing my creativeness and learnings along the way. I am trying new designs and fabrics and playing with different shapes and sizes. With two weeks of this challenge still to go, I am looking forward to even more designs and creations. Workshops have been keeping me busy as well. I have been loving my workshops in August. I have met some absolutely amazing women and they have inspired Read More

Sewing Challenge – #sewlongwinter

I have decided to set myself a new sewing challenge. I will be making one new item a day and selling each item online for one month. #sewlongwinter When I started Woven by Society I didn’t really know the direction it would take – and to be honest I still don’t really know all the possibilities and that is OK. I know I did want to push my own boundaries and expand my comfort zone. I have done this (and hopefully inspired some others to do so too). Along the way I have had some really big positives come out of my journey with WBS. I am now selling clothes as well as bags and purses. I never intended to Read More

Me Made May 2017

Today I joined the  Me Made May challenge #MMMAY17. Me Made May is a challenge run in May each year to encourage people who enjoy sewing, knitting, crocheting etc. to wear what they make and be proud of it. There is more information about the founder and the challenge on So, Zo…what do you know? I have pledged to wear something different and me made everyday for the whole month of May. I did this challenge last year and although daunting, it was so wonderful to not only wear my own creations for a whole month, but share them on social media. Last year the biggest positive for me was gaining confidence in my dressmaking. I was able to wear some of my Read More

December thoughts

The last month has been pretty amazing for me. The last Saturday in November we went to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, they are American friends and although I don’t know much about the history and tradition of Thanksgiving in the US, I really do like the idea of being thankful and taking the time to reflect. The next Saturday was my birthday. I have always loved birthdays and think they are a time to feel extra special and should be truly celebrated. I was totally spoiled with a massage, my husband following me around the city to all my favourite haunts and a completely over the top, delicious 12 course degustation dinner. We’ve also attended a good Read More

Radio interview

My 5 minutes of fame. My interview for Richard Stockman’s Big Brunch was on Saturday 22nd October on 1377 3MP. The interview was  part of the Never Walk Alone segment which is all about community. It is very brief but so wonderful to be able to have the opportunity to share the story behind Woven by Society. I was also able to mention the Opening Doors Community Leadership program and some of the work I am doing in collaboration with Our Little Caravan: The collective store. Here is the interview…

Wardrobe Size – how many clothes do we need?

This has always been a tough one for me – need vs. want. This week I took a good look in my own wardrobe. I estimate that I have a 70/30 mix of clothes – about 70% homemade and 30% bought. I am pretty happy with this mix – especially now I am actually wearing more of the clothes that I make! Earlier this year I decided I would not buy any new clothes this year (with the exception of underwear and bathers). To date, I have only broken that commitment twice – both times in Bali. Nine months in and I feel confident I’ll make it to the end of the year without any more purchases. So far it Read More

Support and inspiration

I have been absent lately… Once the WBS website launched, I crashed a bit. I had some host provider issues which caused some delays and I allowed these annoying issues to build into major roadblocks. I started to beat myself up with thoughts like – I should have known about this and this is my doing and I even let the dreaded question what am I doing? sneak into my head. Now that I have some perspective I realise how unfair this kind of thinking is. So, I put this down as another lesson learned and one I got to share with my 10-year-old daughter. She was being incredibly tough on herself yesterday, so I could talk with her about Read More

Mothers Mean Business

In May I had the pleasure of attending the Mothers Mean Business expo at Dandenong market. The Victorian Immigrant & Refugee Women’s Coalition (VIRWC) were showcasing a vibrant selection of businesses started by migrant women. It was an amazing opportunity to meet other women and learn more about the amazing volunteers and people associated with the VIRWC. A Youtube account for the VIRWC has now been established and you can even watch my interview by clicking here…