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Holes, risks, balance and perspective

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Holes, risks, balance and perspective

  I had a bit of a clear out of the workshop last week which was well overdue. I'm great at piling things I might need under my workbench until there is so much I can't actually reach the workbench. So out it all came and non-essential items were relocated elsewhere, making a remarkable difference. In between being distracted by all the interesting things I found (and had forgotten I had tucked away) I found some of my old lampworking fleeces - with an assortment of holes burnt into them. I know these are old as I have been using...

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Snowballs and sparkly bits!

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Snowballs and sparkly bits!

Ah, it's that time of year again.  When you find out just how many of your radiators have decided they quite liked having the summer off and have no intention of cooperating with your need to unfreeze your toes no matter how much you coax them...

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Renewal...

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Renewal...

A bit of a reflective blog today!  Every now and again something happens to each of us which steals the proverbial rug from under our feet and forces us to reassess a part of our lives.  I'm in the midst of one of those phases courtesy of a series of numpties, jobsworths and harpies all managing to find me and make my life unnecessarily difficult within a two week period!  Once I'd finished spitting feathers and batted all the stupidity back to where it came from the whole experience got me thinking about renewal and change - change being something...

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I think I've got "Colouritis..."

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I think I've got "Colouritis..."

  Sometimes I go through phases where I just can't get enough colour into my daily life.  I gravitate towards anything that resembles an explosion in a paint factory - monochrome is my nemesis.  This time I'm sure it's been triggered by too much time spent lurking about in the fabric section at Liberty's... the following week I came across a brightly coloured throw (pictured) and decided not only would it look fab in my house (despite not having this colour scheme anywhere) but that it would also make a rather interesting colour pallete for some jewellery.  So it was...

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Creative hissy-fits...

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Creative hissy-fits...

I came across an article by Elizabeth Gilbert this week which caught my eye because of the following quote: "If you have a creative mind, it’s a little bit like owning a border collie. You have to give it something to do or it will find something to do, and you will not like the thing it finds to do." She is absolutely right.  You can read the full article using the link at the bottom of this blog, but it goes on to rightly dispel some of the common myths about creativity.  This includes the notion that only certain 'special' people...

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