I’m Building A New Website

September 19, 2014


Over the past five months,
I have been training myself on how to build a website.

You see, I am not exactly flushed with cash and it is a pretty expensive endeavour to start a new business. So many little (& some large) costs that are incurred . . . . branding, postage, online shop, advertising, a website, marketing, stationery, photography, product/service production, social media updates, and so much more!

Hence, I have been scouting out free tutorials anywhere on the Interweb, to try to learn the basics and grow my knowledge base so that the website for my business [Purple Paper House] is totes-awesome!

website pdf


And I’m almost there!

So very, very close.

And I wanted to share some of the wonderful tutorials and websites that have brought me so close to creating my own, real and professional website.
I hope you find them as useful as I did.


This FREE Udemy by Erine Flynn course was a brilliant way in which to improve my website . . . .


Katrina from 77webstudio is very generous with her knowledge and her videos are brilliant!


And what can I say about Marie Forleo?
She is fun, funny, generous and dare I say it – wise.


Pinning Well – Is Difficult

March 21, 2014

I know that this title sounds grammatically spastic – but it’s not.

You see I am referring to ‘pinning’ on Pinterest.
and I am also trying to convey, how difficult it is to ‘pin’ succinctly
to make my business grow (and make $$$).

It’s all such a juggling act.

So what am I doing to try to make things betterer?!?

This . . .

  1. I did a webinar with Melanie Duncan – it was fantastic.
    Melanie is insightful and knowledgable. I was impressed with her data and links.
    And it was FREE!
    `M Duncan
  2. I have converted my Perfect DIY Wedding Pinterest page to the ‘Business‘ setting.
    This will entitle me to statistics and other ‘goodies’ that a regular Pinterest user does not have access to.
    `Bus Covt
  3. I have been researching different methods to include the ‘Pin It’ button onto my blogs
  4. I have created and been using watermarks on my uploaded photos/images – check out my cool tutorial here.
    PDIYW Watermark - Medium

So, it’s all part of the journey to
give myself
a business and life that I love.

How is your journey going?

Have you started making your dreams come true?
I’d love to know :D







Colouring In For the Holidays

December 30, 2013

A few parents here and there,
find school holidays a real survival challenge.

Especially the six week long, Christmas/Summer holidays
we have down here in Oz.

But I remember my Mum loved having us home for the holidays.

We were on the opposite end of ‘wealthy’ on the economic scale,
however we always had SO much fun.

I have such fond memories of
* playing with paper dolls (hours and hours)
* playing schools, shops and Mums & Dads
* mucking around outside
* and colouring in.

I really loved colouring in.
Still do – big time!

I decided that I wanted to make a poster for my 2014 ‘Word’,
which is actually two words . . .
“Dream BIG”.

After quite a few drafts,
I finally made a copy that I would be happy to colour in.

And here it is
for you to print off
and perhaps colour in yourself,
or share it with some ‘short people’ that you know would enjoy it.

And if you do,
please, PLEASE
send me a photo,
via the comments section,
of your completed awesomeness.



As a courtesy, please DO NOT use this artwork
in a commercial sense (profit from it).
It is for private or community use only!


Dream BIG

Clock on the link (above) to get an A4 size, printable copy :)

Click on the link (above – in aqua)
to get an A4 size, printable copy :)






Creativity Takes Time

May 23, 2013

Sometimes it takes a child to remind you of the important things.

Creativity is ESSENTIAL to our existence.

Be creative!
Allow yourself the TIME !!

Please please read . . .

May 28, 2012

. . . my post at pialosophy about the LEARN autistic centre and their desperate bid to stay open.

Or you can read about it here at the Snowball Effect.
Thanks guys.

Back in a mo, with some creative output!

Maybe loving THE VOICE is the key . . .

January 28, 2012

. . . this article had a quiet resonance within me.

Loving the Inner Critic

et tu?

Print by violetbellaphoto via etsy

I’m not the only survivor

January 24, 2012

When I wrote my post on January 18th, I was in a real place. A place  most others, especially my family, are terrified to admit exists.

But it does exist, and every now and then I am transported there. Against my will . . . and it it is my responsibility to get back from that place – on my own.

I want you to know, that I am stronger than that which takes me there. I am stronger than anyone who watches me go and come back.

and . . .

I’m not the only one who is dragged to this miserable, desolate and lonely place. I am not the only one! We can’t help each other when we’re there, but we know that we’re not the only ones who knows where it is.

There are others.

And this knowledge, helps.

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