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 …

What’s in a Name?

Names are important to me.  Not just because I get really pissy if people I don’t know call me ‘Reet’ (you have to be a friend or family to have that privilege), but because names have power.  Names define things.  Have you noticed how your name or your children’s name changes with time?  I waited soooooo long to get married …

Exotic print chiffonteamed with bright lime and pink

Colour me….

I’m in the pink, green with envy, mellow yellow…  Colour plays a big part in our everyday life and becomes doubly important in our creative life.  I can still remember the joy at Christmas or birthday times when I received a new paint box.  Oh, those lovely, perfect, clean blocks of colour were like jewels! As a  dressmaker  colour is …

Romance is back!

Like every field, belly dance costuming has it’s fashions.  Styles, trims and colours all come and go.  Some trends are just fashion blips brought on by a popular dance video or the headline-grabbing costume of a top-of-the-trees dancer (think Dina’s Gladiator costume).  Other trends have more staying power. When I stated dancing back in the mists of time, there was …

A drop to drink….

Those who know me will read that title and think: “oh she’s on the gin again”…. and often they would be right!  But I’m not talking about mothers’ ruin, I’m thinking about water:  Life-giving, cleansing, fabulous water.  Why?  Well, we’ve been looking at the elements as spurs to creativity and whilst Earth and Air got me blogging, I have fallen …

Clouds

Well, here is day two of a 5-day blog-along with Jani Franck’s ‘Everyday Enchantment’ mini e-course. Day two was all about ‘Air’ and whilst I did light some joss sticks in the workshop (now it smells fire damaged) I did not get on to the breathing exercises.  I’m not an ‘air’ person… so I got on with work, nose to …

Groundhog Day

I’m doing a little e-course (http://janifranck.co.uk/category/everyday-enchantment/) and it’s been making me think about grounding and what grounds me.  I think I can sum it up in two words: real life. Whenever I get creative I feel it do it in non-real time.  I go both physically and mentally to a separate place and I don’t welcome intrusion.  I learned quite …

Being Busy

Some long, long time ago when I ‘worked for the man’, I used to say “I’d hate to have a boring job, I like to be busy”.  That was a total fabrication of course – I enjoyed being not busy and made tremendous use of me free time in the photographic darkrooms and labs I called ‘work’.  I wrote short …