Made in Geeveston: Majestic Rythmics

My walk to Geeveston to watch the filming gave me the opportunity to take photographs not only of the Rosehaven shooting but also a couple of local businesses operated by people I know. I thought it would be fun to share them here.

Makers on Church Street is one of my favourite shops in Geeveston. It is a cooperative where several creative people rent space to run their businesses. Majestic Rythmics is one of these and is run by my friend Nicola Oliver who moved to Tasmania from Queensland just a few years ago.

Nicola makes training outfits, uniforms and costumes for gymnasts, dancers, skaters and even circus performers assisted by her mum Deirdre who helps with cutting and sewing and her partner Dave who helped fit out the shop and does many of the jobs that need to be done in a small business. Nicola also teaches Rythmic Gymnastics in her spare time and coaches the Tasmanian state team .

Nicola and her partner Dave.
Nicola’s mum Deirdre relaxing at home.

When you visit Nicola’s shop in Geeveston you will see the most beautiful display of costumes. Here you can see some of Nicola’s work which I photographed  in her shop.


Some of Nicola’s work.
Fairy costumes
Fairy costumes for big or little girls

Whenever I drop in to see them Nicola and Deirdre are busy cutting and  sewing.  It must take incredible patience to do the “blinging” with sequins and other shiny bits and pieces which Nicola does  by hand. She will also turn her hand to making a fairy costume for a little girl or a smart outfit for a circus ringmaster.

Imagine putting these on by hand!
Bee themed costume.

Here are a couple more of Nicola’s creations. I love these wings. I am sure fairies would be queuing up for these if they came in miniature.

fairy wings.
An amazing pair of wings.
Another lovely costume.

If you are wondering what Rythmic Gymnastics is exactly here is a quote from the website

Rhythmic Gymnastics is the perfect combination of sport and art, linking expressive dance steps with skilful manipulations of the ball, rope, ribbon, hoop or clubs: throw, spin, spiral, roll and catch.

It is an Olympic event for women last held in Rio in 2016.

I’ve included some links at the end of this post if you would like to learn more.

Nicola sends orders all over Australia and overseas, frequently to New Zealand where her daughter Kez  lives. Keziah Oliver competes in Rythmic Gymnastics and represented New Zealand at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In 2015 she attended the World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria and proud mum Nicola went along as her coach, and supplied the costumes of course. Currently Kez is training for selection for the 2018  Commonwealth Games. I’ve included a clip I found of her on YouTube


9 September 2017. Majestic Rythmics won this award at the Kingborough and Huon Business Awards.

Nicola won this award for her work.


Share Your World 2017 – Week #31

Sharing My World This Week

What was the last URL that you bookmarked or saved?

I think it was probably a crowd-funding website where I made a donation to try to save a diesel locomotive from being sold possibly for scrap.

A 45 day campaign to raise the money required to buy this locomotive.

Do you believe in the afterlife?  Reincarnation?

I am not sure I want it to be true. I used to believe in it because I had trouble with the idea of everything just stopping after I died. However, now I am older, I feel I have had a pretty good “go round” in this life and I don’t think I want another one as to me the world is becoming more and more crazy. So yes, I guess I still believe in reincarnation but I don’t want to come back thanks.

If you were or are a writer do you prefer writing short stories, poems or novels?

If I were a writer I would probably be writing non-fiction. I like to write about people and places and things. I’ve often said I’d enjoy being a travel writer or maybe I’d write something informational but fun about dolls which is kind of what I do on our doll blog.

Travel diary and note book, my sister knows me well.


What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination

I didn’t feel particularly inspired last week. My friend Karen was inspired. She made some fantastic Father’s Day gift baskets for the Op Shop. We celebrate Father’s Day in September. We worked hard tidying the shop and sorting donations but that was not what I would call inspiring. I finished pruning my roses, not because I was inspired but because it had to be done as did painting the laundry. I did feel inpired by my photo shoot on Saturday afternoon and pleased that I have material for several posts. Some weeks are not inspiring but not necessarily bad either.