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::: an irresistible new direction

February 8th, 2013

We embrace change and we love a challenge – who doesn’t in early childhood? As you may know, we stopped teaching together at our beautiful kindergarten in the outer suburbs of Melbourne at the end of 2010 to concentrate on other aspects of our business such as teacher PD. We have thoroughly enjoyed this fun side of our business and thank you so much to everyone who has supported us.

We have decided this year that we will once again head in another direction. We have a dream of writing a book together with our friend Marc Armitage. A book about children and how through PLAY they are all universally connected. A photographic exploration of children doing what children do best P-L-A-Y.  We’ve nicknamed it ‘Project Dreamer’ but we want it to be much more than a dream. Our intention is to work really hard this year in order to make this dream come true! Before that can happen however, Donna has a full year tour managing Marc Armitage who is coming to Australia at least three times in 2013 to run workshops and attend conference circuits and Sherry, who has recently completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, will become much more involved in tertiary training.

Marc Armitage – UK PLAY expert … https://www.facebook.com/marc.armitage.at.play

We are also interested in helping to organise other fabulous early childhood experts to bring the latest and greatest information to our preschool, long day care, OSHC, family day and primary school educators.

IIFPBL Facebook Page … https://www.facebook.com/SherryandDonna.at.irresistibleideas

Our blog will remain, all of the great ideas for teaching in early education are still there, so please explore. From time to time we will put up a new post, but it won’t be as regular as it has been in the past. It is very difficult when we are not teaching and planning together to have new posts about activities/ideas etc… Our Facebook page will also remain and continue to be the fabulous resource that it has become.

2013 has started off very well for us as we hope it has for all of you!

 Cheers … Sherry and Donna


::: thank you for another irresistible year!

December 21st, 2012

To our Irresistible friends. As 2012 draws to a close, we want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support of ‘Irresistible Ideas’.

This year has seen many changes for us both as Sherry took on a maternity leave position teaching a pre-kinder aged group, Donna threw herself into organizing the Marc Armitage – Australia Downunder tour in August and we both took up the opportunity to take on some relief work in both long day care and kindergarten. Not to mention of course our conference and workshop training as well as launching ‘Another Irresistible Idea’ our latest passion; creating inviting play opportunities for children by up-cycling furniture and ‘bits and bobs’ sourced from local road side pickups and Op’ shops.

Without your support this year could not have ended as strongly as it did. It’s been a pleasure to assist you all in our PLEASE HELP! forum on our IIFPBL Facebook page too. The help, advice and assistance our followers out there offer to each other is really amazing! … We think we’ve created something pretty special over there and are really pleased that people are so willing to share their passion, ideas, inspiration and advice. We’ve now answered around 1,000 requests for HELP, recorded in 9 albums, so please take some time over the holidays to kick back with a coffee or a long cool drink and take a look through them all. There is some quite invaluable advice in there for everyone, regardless of where you live in the world!

Christmas in Australia can be a very different experience from that of our northern hemisphere neighbours. While for some, Christmas may not be an important religious celebration, like all good things in life some traditions never alter. Like spending time with family and friends, early mornings, hot afternoons, picnics in the park, BBQ’s in the back yard, visits to the beach, family cricket matches, sharing delicious food and a bundle of laughs and just ‘being’ together for that once a year get together … usually followed by a snooze in the shade after lunch!

Yes … we’ll both go away for a while, but we won’t ever be too far away. Facebook will continue to flourish and we’ll continue to share some of our favourite blog posts which you may have missed and of course with three more tours to organize for UK PLAY guru Marc Armitage in May, July and August next year… HEY? … Did we say we were taking a holiday!?!? Okay we deserve a little bit of a break but don’t worry we will be back just as soon as Sherry gets back from her adventures in Italy and London and Donna returns from spending time in the Victorian High Country at her Lake House and Vineyard she loves so much!

We hope however you choose to spend the holiday season, for all of you it is a safe and happy time – no matter how you choose (or not) to celebrate Christmas.

See you for a Happy New Year in 2013~ Cheers from Shez and Don ☺ ☺

::: baby ‘chino anyone?

November 26th, 2012

Last week we posted on the sorting boxes we are now making and selling using old drawers, recycled timber and an assortment of natural and found objects.

Unlike some people we girls thrive on change. In fact we seem to reinvent ourselves every twelve months or so, so no-one should be too surprised that we are traveling down a new path at this time of the year. We have been having fun heading out ‘picking’ and gathering up our eclectic mix of ‘finds’ to upcyle into fun imaginative play resources for children. It is so much fun and it means we get to work together more often, something we haven’t done too much of this past year AND we are having the time of our lives out the back in our Irresistible courtyard churning out our wares!

To be cranking up our power tools and doing some solid hard work with our hands instead of with our mouths for a change is something we are enjoying immensely!

Upcycled drawers are our furniture of choice and apart from creating the sorting boxes we are also designing and building these really irresistible children’s cafe bars.  They are a terrific addition to any home corner play space inside or out, as well as being a lovely addition to anyones kitchen. Sherry’s grandchildren LOVE their ‘Children’s Cafe’ set up and always look forward to sitting down with a baby ‘chino and a snack when they drop into visit at morning tea time.

Made from old drawers and recycled timber, and accompanied by Op’ shop finds, each set up is unique. Some times we might find a couple of drawers the same while sometimes we find an entire chest of 6 or 8 drawers which we reinvent but we never create the shelving inserts to look the same (THAT would be way to boring). We just never know from day to day what we’ll come across.

While we lovingly clean, sand, repair, cut, measure, glue and screw the units into shape, we are very careful not to remove the entire history of the drawers. We always make sure to leave it’s ‘heart ‘n’ soul’ in place.

We LOVE that the timber we use comes from places like Resource Rescue or is cut down from old pieces of furniture. Don’t be surprised to see old nail and screw holes in the timber we use. We don’t fill them in as we feel this is part of the units appeal …  what we like to call “perfectly-imperfect”!

Just-like-us!

Sorting Boxes are $55 + $25 delivery in Australia

Children’s Cafe bars are $65 + $25 delivery in Australia

Sizes and contents will vary slightly depending on what drawers, materials and contents we  have in stock.

We will always be sure to send you a photo of your finished order before we ship it off.

Orders can be placed via fun@playbasedlearning.com.au