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 …

coin belts

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 …

leggings

New ideas

New ideas – we all have them! One of my most successful ideas of late has been leggings!  Since I struggle to find a good fitting pair of leggings I assumed that making them would be a trial too – but no, they were a snap and I loved doing them.  Moreover, other people (customers!) liked them too! It began …

Thank you cards

Good Customers

We all demand good (or even excellent) customer service – we expect it every day and in every theatre of life from barista to bank manager.  But ask yourself, do service-providers deserve good customers?  I’m sure they do but I asked myself: What makes a good Customer? I am sure everyone has their own list – and to prove that …

I *heart* Valentines

We’re all tired of the ‘Keep Calm’ poster, bed linen, mugs etc. etc., that flooded the market a couple of years back.  We’re probably also tired of the I *heart* messages that adorn t-shorts and every product known to man.  But love it or hate it, the heart is a fabulous shorthand for those things we like or love. We …

Having a Belly Dance Ball

There is nothing belly dancers like more than getting together and having a good time.  Good friends, food, drink and laughter and the chance to dance – preferably a dance where you can get your sparkle on and perform.  They might tell you chocolate, wine and shoes are top of their list but performing, strutting one’s stuff trumps most everything else …

Seasons Changes

What inspires you?  On this late autumn day with its leaden-sky and damp air, I am reminded that anyone who is creative is affected by their surroundings and their mood.  It can’t be helped – grey skies and murky puddles just bring us ‘down’, and unless you’re into post-apocalyptic artwork there’s not a lot to inspire.  Sometimes, however, the urge …