About Me

Hello everyone. My name is Marissa and I'm a perpetual student.

Or at least, that's how it feels at the moment! My plan was, and still is, to work as a classroom primary school teacher, but I've been a bit side-tracked by academia and am currently a PhD candidate at Flinders University here in South Australia. I did a double degree for my Undergrad, specialising in education and computer science, so I'm actually a registered teacher but not a practising one :)

My PhD work is very exciting (at least to me!) - I'm developing software for teaching social skills to kids with high functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome. It centres on using a virtual person as a "tutor" - very cool! If you'd like to hear more about it, please do contact me! I'm always excited to share my work and hear about other peoples' experiences!

To stay sane I blog, bead and sew in my free time. I've never claimed to be the best at any of those things, but they are definitely relaxing and I really enjoy making and sharing! Plus, working in a male-dominated area like computer science, it's nice to do something that feels a bit more feminine in my spare time ;) I've been interested in beading and jewellery making since I was in high school (and I'm now starting my 7th year at University ... oh dear!) but sewing is a more recent addiction - I invested in my first sewing machine just last year! I'm completely self taught in all these crafty things, and just LOVE online tutorials!

I'm very lucky to have a loving man and we have big plans for our future - just got to get those finances happening so we can start on the big milestones! I'm a pet-a-holic, and consider myself incredibly fortunate that my long suffering man also enjoys the animals as much as I do ;) We're currently the loving parents of a 10 year old Maltese terrier, 7 rats and two tanks full of fish. Talk pets with me ANY TIME!


Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun said...

I was wondering...I have been trying to add my favorites and linky parties to my blog. Is there an easy way to do this? I have been going to each blog...copy pasting codes and then they do not line up right on the page? Suggestions? You look like you have got it together! :)

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

I'll send you an email :D

Alicia @ littlesprinklesoffun said...


Brycie Jean said...

Hey Rissa. I have a little question for you. On my blog, under each of my gadgets, I have that STUPID little set of "tools" (s screw driver and a wrench) icon that I can't figure how to get rid of! Any idea how you do that? :)



Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Sent you an email too Bry! Let me know if you need a hand with anything :)

Jill said...

Hi Rissa! you have such a cute page...and i love that you say 'i craft and blog to stay sane'. my thoughts exactly! Happy Friday!

Katie said...

Hello Rissa! I wanted to thank you for following my blog :) I really appreciate having you reading about my life! I am excited to say I am following you back!!! Thank you again and I hope you have had a wonderful weekend!

Take care,

Brycie @ Reenie Jae Creations said...

Hey Rissa, I have a question for you. Since you are so blog savvy. How do you add your social buttons ie, Facebook, Twitter Pinterst and Feed button onto your blog? I seriously can NOT figure it out! lol.

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