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Hello there, beautiful merpeeps!

I have to say, it's been a very long work in progress, but I finally got my tail into gear and have my very own website! www.imreallyamermaid.com! How rad is that?! Seriously, I'm so chuffed right now...

First and foremost, I would like to start by thanking you for visiting my page. I'm so excited that you are here, and am so greatful for the opportunity to present my mermaid-inspired arts and crafts to the world.

So, a little about myself...

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved mermaids. I remember as a young child I used to sit in awe watching Glynis Johns in the 1948 film "Miranda" and 1954's "Mad About Men". To me, she was perfection. Her stunning ash blonde hair... her beauty... her attitude... oh, and not to mention the fact that she was a mermaid! Ever since I discovered Miranda, I was hooked. I lived and breathed anything and everything mermaid. Every school holidays I would visit my Aunty who lived at the beach where I could walk along the beach, play in the sand and collect seashells. Pretty much the highlight of my childhood! 20 plus years later, things still haven't changed. To be honest I don't think I've ever really grown up. Since my childhood, I've always been that "artsy", creative kid who was a bit "weird" but at the same time flaunted my outrageousnous (and uniqueness) with pride. I took it all on- I drew, I painted, I photographed, I sculpted, I designed. You name it, I tried it. I was also highly influenced by my family, especially my parents, each with their quirks and talents. Mum was always super crafty, sewing, making clothing and creating unique and gorgeous giftware, and dad was always sketching spectacular Norman Lindsay inspired nudes, creating sculptures, or making gorgeous woodburnt Australiana woodwork. It wasn't until a few years ago after quitting smoking cigarettes (Eeek!) that I realised how much time I'd spent smoking and not creating. To keep my mind off things, I started creating and making things for hours on end, keeping myself busy. My busy fingers soon lead me to making jewellery and accessories, and my true happiness, anything and everything "Mermaid"! I live in a small country town, on top of a mountain, in a tropical rainforest, in Queensland, Australia. It's truly magical, really. I have been attending the local craft market on and off for the last few years, and have been asked if I have an online store, to which I can finally say "YES"!

My life motto? Don't fit in. Don't conform. Speak your mind, but tread lightly. Stand up for what you believe in. Respect others. Respect yourself. Love animals. Love the Earth. Grow Plants. Be full of life. Be magnificent. Just Be You Tiful. (Or a mermaid... Actually... Just be a mermaid!)

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