If you love handmade stuff for your kids and are looking for a fab little outfit for Christmas, check Hope for Ollie. You’ll get some gorgeous quality clothing and the extra feel good factor of knowing you are supporting a very worthy cause and a fellow hard working mama. I just got a fab pair of shorts for one of my boys and I am desperately trying to think of an excuse to buy one of those cuuuu-uuute little girly skirts!
Meet Patricia … we think she’s a bit of a star.
Tell us a bit about you, fabulous you!
My name is Patricia and I live in Sydney. I’m married to my soul mate Tim, and have two children, Emily aged 5 and Ollie aged 2. We also have a dog named Humphrey who spends most of his time sleeping in the sun (half his luck)!
Who inspires you?
My children are my inspiration. I want to be a good role model for them and teach them to the look at the positives in every situation or challenge they face.
What can’t you live without?
Coffee and chocolate.
Do you have a favourite blog/s?
There are so many to choose from. If I had to narrow it down I think bubcentral, kidspot and practical parenting would be my favourite blogs as they always have useful tips and information for us busy mums. I also enjoy blogs from sewjournal and mummycrafts as they are full of creative ideas.
How do you like to spend your spare time?
In my spare time I run HopeforOllie – I sew children’s clothing and accessories to raise money for The Institute of Neuroscience and Muscle Research at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
My little man Ollie was diagnosed with DMD at 10 weeks. It is a genetic condition which causes muscles to become weak and breakdown. It means Ollie’s life expectancy will be cut short as his heart function and breathing will deteriorate over time. He will need full time care and a wheel chair to get around unless a cure is found.
Best time saving or sanity saving idea/tip for mamas?
Load the washing machine the night before and then hit the start button as soon as you wake up (or better yet put it on a timer). Hopefully you’ll get a load on the line before school drop off!
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Currently HopeforOllie has donated approximately $10,000 in 2 years. I think in 5 years time there will be more volunteers on board to help with fundraising as I spend more time caring and looking after Ollie’s needs.
What is your favourite quote?
If you snooze you lose.
Where can we find you?
At a fabric store or chained to the sewing machine!