Getting away from it all

  Last year I was invited to take part in aa weekend residential for belly dancers.  It was a great weekend run by an experienced hand  and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  by the end of the weekend I found myself involved in the organising of this years’ event!  We are talking steep learning curve, Folks (excel spreadsheets ffs!)! There ‘s …

Trouping the colour

On a Monday morning I like to torture myself by scrolling through Facebook looking at photos of all the events I didn’t go to.  In spite of the green-eyed shadow of ‘hafla envy’ I still enjoy seeing pics showing lovely ladies enthralled with the dance.  Of course, it is the nature of my work and interests to pay particular attention …

Variety is the Spice of Life

Variety is the spice of life…. or do I mean ‘space of life’?  Let me explain. Sometimes life is a long endless round of humdrum events – especially work.  However, every now and then someone comes along with a new idea or a wish list for a wedding dress or a costume that’s interesting and thus exciting. I don’t know …

Making Progress

I thought that I’d share some of my design process with you so that you can see how a costume idea takes shape in the workshop. Idea The original seed of the  design of this outfit was the fabric: a 2m length of printed chiffon with glitter sparkles.  I’ve been hoarding it a while but finally decided to let it …

If Music Be….

W e spent a little time in class the other night, looking at music we’ve danced to in the past.  There were very few dances that we could get through correctly but we remembered bits and pieces.  Some of us knew one bit, others’ another.  All that was good.  One thing we all agreed on was that that if we …

Festivals & Friends

When I scroll through my Facebook feed on a Monday morning I often get depressed at seeing posts from friends who were out having fun at weekend belly dance events and I feel like I hardly ever go to any.  Poor Cinderella Rita.  However, when you hear my husband sigh and say ‘going out again?’ it is apparent that I …

Time for ‘T’?

  I have been told that I don’t do enough self-promotion or ‘bigging up’.  I know that as someone trying to earn a living making things it’s something I should get better at, but I find it really hard.  However, today I’m breaking the mould and am telling you all about one of my favourite creations. I accidently invented a …

When Things go Wrong

I saw a great meme the other day ‘I sew, therefore I swear’. There is a level of truth in that you might not credit. Pixies There is nothing like equipment to crimp your style, spoil your flow or even put a dent in your diadem.  It is usually when a deadline is beginning to look like a rope hanging …

In the Mood

I hate to sound all posey and arty but creativity isn’t like turning on a tap – you can’t always just turn up and do it.  For many things you have to be in the mood. It sounds like a bit of an excuse and all too often the needs of the artistic soul just sound like the whine of …

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The Souk

Ask a belly dancer what she most likes about her dance passion and you’ll get a variety of answers but somewhere in that list there will be ‘buying sparklies’.  Yes, shopping is one of a belly dancer’s favourite things.  At most dance events, from haflas to 3-day weekends, there are great shopping opportunities – the organisers usually try to get …