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Creativity

When Inspiration Dries Up
When your creativity seems to have disappeared, what do you like to do to find that inspiration again? When your creativity has become stagnant, when your mind is overloaded with "stuff". For me creativity seems to wax and wane, and when it's waned I need to get away from the studio and the house. I know that I need to take action. I don’t always need to go far, but I do usually need to get outside. Sometimes an afternoon walk in the sunshine can spark a little something. That'll do. That'l..
National Thinking of You Week has been launched by the Greeting Card Association to highlight the emotional power of sending and receiving greeting cards. The aim is to create a wave of love, caring and happiness across the nation by getting everyone to send a card a day during the last week in September. We're so happy with this initiative as it's just exactly what our cards and our philosophy is about. We've never been about birthday cards; we've always been about special cards for spec..
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="320"] For inexpensive quirky bunting have a go at making this, by recycling some unwanted greeting cards. We show you how[/caption]   I had a pile of greeting cards that we had discontinued, and since I hate waste of any sort, I thought I'd recycle them into a colourful length of bunting. Here's what I did: I roughly tore the cards into triangle shapes aiming to get a rough edge along the torn edges   The rough edges will soak up w..
I recently broke a very special cup. It's not really a special cup and the saucer has long since been mislaid. But it's the cup I remember my dad using for tomato soup when I was quite a young girl. My parents divorced early on so I never spent as much time as I would have liked with him, but my memories of moments in time from that period are special; hence this tomato soup cup is special. So I've made an attempt at mending it, inspired by Kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pots - ..
Hi, it’s Emma from Taiwan again!   Today, I thought I’d look back at what I was expecting when I came to Taiwan, and what I’ve actually experienced. When you say the word Taiwan, maybe you think mass production, electronics and plastic toys – I did! But I’ve been so surprised in what I’ve found on my little explores and adventures around the island.   When mum and my sister Nicola visited a few weeks ago, we took a trip to Yingge, a small but renowned ceramic township. Here there was an ar..
As you may know, Penny has just returned from a very busy, but equally fun, two weeks in London doing the Christmas shows. Not only does she enjoy meeting some of our lovely customers, she also loves taking a look around the shows and meeting some other brilliant exhibitors.  First up was The Country Living Magazine's Christmas Fair, where she sought out Jenny Burt, who hand makes gorgeous little wooden decorations and signs and has also launched her first book on woodworking. A very talented l..
There's not much opportunity to see much of the shows I attend when I'm on my own, but here are just a few bits that caught my eye while walking in in the mornings: These alpines greeted me as I walked along to the Country Living Magazine's marquee each day   There were some fantastic gardens designed and created by various schools, all themed around children's books. These hedgehogs amused me And some beautiful plantings designed with such creativity - I feel some new card designs c..
  I had a nostalgic moment yesterday while undergoing a deep clean and expansion of the studio. I came across these sheets of permatrace with some of my original designs on, from when I started playing around with my woolly sheep – around 1994/5. Sue, my trusty studio manager, was intrigued by them and the story behind the start of the business: While my younger daughter (aged about 3) was being bathed by Dad, the elder one Emma (aged about 4) would have time to paint with Mum (an..
Let me take you around a part of our village, where I love to take the dogs for a gentle stroll.  Let's start with the village sign:        And then over the main road to the church: Up a few steps and then along a footpath   and across to the style and along one of my favourite parts of the village along past these beautiful beech trees and this lovely fat tree. We then turned left to go along this shaded footpath (where I'm expecting to see snowdrops quite s..
With so little time away from sending out orders, here are just a few of my favourite things from the recent Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair Hilarious tea towels from Poppy Treffry - way too lovely to use One of our favourites at many shows, these potato print pictures from Red Hen Originals For perfection to detail in wood, check out Jenny Burt's work And I love this amazing reindeer from Pollyfields This cute little dog caught my fancy, from Angel Bill. I like the wooden ..

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