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A Big Cheer for Small Businesses

This post is dedicated to all you individuals slavishly hand writing prices on stickers, and loading cars with grid walls and EZ Up tents, or whatever it is you do to keep the dream alive. I’m here for you.   The great rush is on to get things ready for the Spring fairs, and things …

2013, art and design, crafter, creativity, design, education, family, inspiration, kids, letting go, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, spontaneity, textile design, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

My New Workmate

You might have noticed that I have not been blogging much lately, (I’m not sure whom I’m referring to when I write ‘you’ – in all probability, my regular followers have dropped like flies by now!). Anyway, my circumstances have changed a bit recently. I now have an almost-three-year old sharing my workspace with me all …

2013, art and design, British Indian, crafter, creativity, design, family, inspiration, kids, lists, motivation, multitasking, obstacles, operate by interruption, parenting, planning, schedule, small business, textile design, Uncategorized, work ethic, working from home

Toast, Monkeys and Neon Shirts

It has been a week for toasting monkeys (see the definition for ‘monkey-toasting’ here). In between all the chores, administrative work, and carting kids around to various appointments, I did actually manage to get a large chunk of printing done (giving myself a virtual pat on the back as I type this). I have started …

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Montessori, and the Art of Loosening Up

I’ll be honest with you, I was a tiny bit scared yesterday. On my way to the Boyd Montessori I kept up a stream of thoughts that went a little bit like this – “Yes, I’m a teacher by profession, but Montessori? That’s a whole new ball game. I wonder what the class will be …

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The School Bus or the Monkey?

My son left for preschool this morning clutching two model school buses and a stuffed monkey. We asked him to leave two toys behind and choose just one to take with him in the car, but he would not do this, because he loves them all equally. Never mind the fact that he could not …

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Bibliomania

I have just finished spending a most fulfilling couple of hours making books, and I wanted to share the fun with you. These are really simple instant books made out of one sheet of paper,  no gluing, taping or sewing required. In fact for most of them, I didn’t even use scissors to make the …

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Happy New Yarn/ Letting go

Well I had really hoped to send out a blog on New Year’s day. You know the kind: full to the brim with good intentions, motivational, packed with resolutions, and maybe with a snappy pep talk included for the year ahead. It never happened. Why? Well, New Year’s day turned out to be a little …

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‘Little Spotty Jug’ or ‘Happy Holidays’

  This is me signing off until after Christmas. Just wanted to wish any readers out there a very happy holiday season. The picture above is of a very lovely little, spotty jug that was given to me at my last holiday fair. I struck up a friendship with a potter, who had the booth behind …

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Coloring in the gaps

Okay, okay, I admit it. I have been coloring in my six year old’s coloring book. I couldn’t help it. The unfilled outlines just looked too inviting. I was clearing them away, and then they started whispering to me “you need a break, why don’t you sit down and fill us in? Use those new …

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Saving the world one shirt at a time!

After my last fair of the year, I decided to take stock of the mess that I had made during my frenzied season of printing, embroidering, ironing and champion- tea drinking. It was pretty considerable, so I decided to get cleaning straight away. Here’s the thing about mammoth cleaning  projects, they tend to start off …