Helen Skidzevicius ~ Mrs Claus

Hello, long time no see! 

I would just like to say to all the Wednesday’s Woman followers and supporters, thanks for your fantastic feedback and encouragement throughout the year even though there has been a drop off in the last half of the year!

The drop off occurred for a couple of reasons, mainly I have been lucky enough to teach photography on Wednesdays at Uni SA since July and with teaching comes learning and I’ve discovered, I love teaching!!  I’ve also done some private teaching sessions and mentoring this year as well.

“Let us be up and doing” exhibition has been on the road travelling too, we went to Renmark, Quorn and Mt Gambier country shows and enjoyed some great feedback.

Please accept my apologies for the irregular blogs and know there are so many new women to feature in the future.

If anyone has any suggestions of people, companies, business etc that would like to sponsor the Wednesday’s Woman blog through selected advertising then please let me know.  It will help to keep the page more regular (eg. I would be made accountable!!).

Meanwhile, please enjoy your Christmas and New Year with some inspiration from Mrs Claus…



Photography by Jennie Groom © 2016

Helen Skidzevicius loves Christmas!  Her partner and her dress up every year, decorate the house, the car and spread the magic of Christmas around their community.

Helen is also known as The Pudd’n Lady because she hand makes chocolate Christmas puddings with liquor, cherries and the recent addition of her secret spiced gingerbread flavoured puddings.

With one child living away from Australia and no grandchildren, Helen buys gifts for people in need and donates them to the wishing tree.

Helen has a lot going on in her life; full time carer for her partner, scorer for softball on Saturdays, sewing, painting and all things craft plus the Christmas puddings!  She will be thankful for a quite one on Christmas Day and will be enjoying a traditional lunch, time with her partner and sparkling wine!

Daniella Metti – Ms Manufacturing

Photo by Jennie Groom © 2016

If you are from Adelaide and are of a certain vintage, you may remember the kiddy ride-on ducks usually out the front of  supermarkets.  In the background of this photo you can see the moulding for one of the ducks, made by the late Luciano Metti from his business, Loumet (‘Lou’ being his first name and ‘met’ from his last name).  He originally started ‘The House Of Metti’ is 1963, mainly manufacturing dolls.

Jump forward to now and his daughter Daniella Metti is running the family business now manufacturing toy balls, and a range of fitness products here in Adelaide.

After her parents separated, Daniella and her twin sister were brought up by their father which meant they spent a lot of time at the office, often helping with labelling of orders and other little tasks. Daniella fondly remembers going to the Toy Fairs from a young age and seeing the latest toys before all her school mates.  Luciano was a dedicated father and hoping to groom his daughters into working at the business once they had finished high school.  Instead, Daniella decided to study International Business at Flinders University which gave her a good grounding to eventually run the business when she returned to Adelaide in 2002 after working in Sydney for a few years.

Daniella’s business philosophy is to diversify and keep products fresh with the highest of quality, this keeps her manufacturing business running in a tough market.  Loumet is the only ball manufacturer in Australia.