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…)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. I love the smell of patchouli.  How hippy is it to love patchouli?  Really don’t care.  I like the smell.
  5. 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.