Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday is my day: 2SmartCats

Hello all! Today we are traveling to Belgium to meet Stephanie from '2SmartCats'! Enjoy the ride :)

Hello, my name is Stephanie.  I am from Australia, but have been living and working in Belgium for the past few years. I am a web developer by day, and I do my crafts in the evenings, the weekends, or whenever I have time really. My day begins when the alarm goes off at 6.30.  I usually stay in bed for another 10 minutes before getting out of bed together with my two darling fur babies. I am definitely not a morning person.

I spend the next hour getting ready for the day, but most importantly getting my cats set up for the day as well, which includes feeding them, cleaning after them and play with them for a little while as they will be alone in the house while I am at work. At this stage, I do not have enough time to have a proper cup of tea, so I just have a glass of warm water.  I’ve read somewhere that a glass of warm water in the morning is very healthy.  It helps to detox your body. Then at 7.30, I take a short walk to the local train station to catch the train to work in Brussels. 

9 AM
I usually get to the office just before 9 o’clock. I begin to go through my emails and reply to any urgent or important business. Then I would make myself a cup of strong black tea with honey and maybe a fruit yogurt. Sometimes I cannot wait this long to get my tea, so I get myself a cup as soon as I get in to the office; especially during the awful and cold winter days.

1-2 PM
I usually go for a walk in the neighbourhood with another colleague to get our lunches. It is a very enjoyable walk when the sun is out. Unfortunately, this is not very often in Belgium. I try to eat healthily as often as I can.  I am a tea junky, and drink many cups of tea each day. I switch from black tea in the mornings to different types of green teas or Pu’er tea in the afternoons.

Hmm, macarons…my favourite.  I bought a packet for desert this evening. Office work finishes at 6PM, and I start my journey home on the metro and another train ride. Very often it is on the train home that I drum up ideas in my head, sketch and note a little.

After arriving home in the evenings, if I feel there is still some energy left, I will continue to work on my designs after dinner. But I do not do this on a Friday evening, as my partner and I usually go out to dinner on Friday evenings. These are some of the items I have made throughout the odd hours.  So far, I have enjoyed every minute of learning and crafting.  The encouragement from friends and family and the support from customers have been just wonderful. I plan to dedicate more time crafting.

I might watch a film before heading off to bed.
Thank you for reading.  I hope you’ve enjoyed sharing my day.

Thank you Stephanie! As for all of you lovely readers stay tunned for our next week's guest!
Until then, have a great weekend and be creative :)


  1. Very pretty cat pendants! Those fox pins looks cute as well.

  2. You clearly love your cats so much Stephanie :) And your work is very cool! Definitely make yourself more time for crafting, I say ;) Naomi xx