Hi, I’m Tasha – the conservative hippy.
I’m also a Mum.
To 2 wonderful kids – my Beautiful Girl and the Little Man. Which is not bad, considering that once upon a life time I never wanted to have children. Even though there are days when I want to string them up by their toenails, I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
I’m a Wife.
Married 20+ years now. There’s days I love my Husband and there’s day I loathe him. He’s my rock, my chief cheerleader (he just refuses to wear the skirt and shake the pom-poms) and the one who makes my coffee every morning. He’s also another person I couldn’t imagine living without.
I’m a Learning Support Officer.
I work with the kids who need that extra bit of assistance in class. When I trained as a high-school teacher, I never thought that this is where teaching would lead me, but it is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever worked at. Seeing the light bulb come on when that thing that had them stumped comes together never gets old.
I’m a Jewellery Designer.
This passion began in the summer of 2003, as a result of insomnia. Husband was away working and I was having trouble sleeping, so a $2 bag of glass beads became a necklace and bracelet for my Sister for Christmas.
My style has changed from stringing to metal work. I work mainly in copper now, which came about when my Beautiful Girl became ill and was thought to have Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (thankfully she didn’t).
I still get a thrill when I see my jewellery being worn by friends and fans.
Being able to adorn others with pretty things makes me smile.
I’m a Photographer.
I have distinct memories of taking photos throughout my teenage years, and when Husband bought me a camera in 2008, to distract me from my chronic back pain, the joy of making photos came flooding back.
I’d love to be able to say I pick up my camera every day, but I don’t – which is how The Weekend Photo Project came to be. At least now I pick up my camera (most) weekends.
I have an undying love for macro photography. It’s a way of stopping to smell the roses… seeing those details that often go unnoticed in our busy lives.
And I’m a Conservative Hippy.
WTF? I can hear you saying!
For me, conservative hippy-dom means: I’m trying my damnedest to do the best I can for our planet (aren’t we all??!). I use alternative health practitioners (and yes I do have a regular GP) and buy organic foods. I eat raw when possible and don’t do preservatives and numbers in my food. My wardrobe consists of a lot of sustainable fabrics. I have a thing for crystals, but don’t place much faith in the zodiac. And I don’t wear tie-dye (hence the conservative!)
Conservative hippy-dom stands for a lot of other things too, which you can read more about here.
about the blog
I started blogging when we moved to our little town in early 2007. I’d hurt my back and was house-bound, and I needed a way to connect with the world, so that I didn’t go (entirely) mad. This blog began its life as an outlet for me, and it continues to be. It’s also a place where friends can drop by and feel at home.
about the studio
My business – Made by Tasha Chawner – began in the summer of 2003, as a remedy for insomnia. It’s now a remedy for my creative urges.
I release both one-of-a-kind and made-to-order designs twice a year in Spring/Summer (August release) and Autumn/Winter (February release) Collections. These pieces can be found online in the blog shop and at the pharmacy in Strahan, Tasmania.
And finally, 5 fun facts about me (just so you know who you’re dealing with…)
- I love white water rafting. It’s on my bucket list to raft the Zambezi River before I die. I’m just shit-scared that I’ll injure my back again, so I don’t know that I ever will get around to it. Before I injured my back though I rafted the Tully River in North Queensland 7 times and the Nymboida in New South Wales the once. LOVE white water.
- I have really bad bed hair of a morning. On days I work I dunk my head in water so that I’m respectable and don’t scare the kids I work with. On days I don’t work I wear a beanie.
- I label things. Just ask my friend Karen. Or my Husband who says I’m anal-retentive-obsessive-compulsive. My theory is that if everything has a place and is put back in that place then everyone in the house can find it. And yes, I can tell you exactly where everything is in my house. Exactly.
- I love the smell of patchouli. How hippy is it to love patchouli? Really don’t care. I like the smell.
- I have a tendency toward a potty mouth. Been know the let the f-bomb slip in the most inappropriate places. When possible though, I substitute with sayings like “You son of a motherless goat.” or “I really don’t give a rats bottom.” And I will take full responsibility if my kids end up the same.