Creativity and Perfectionism- How to conquer creative perfectionism and just get on with creating.

Creativity and Perfectionism- How to conquer creative perfectionism and just get on with creating.

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Hands up who has wanted to learn something new, only to be struck with “the fear” that you will be absolutely rubbish at it, so you never quite get around to it? Yeah, me too. Logically, we know that trying our hand at a new thing means learning and that our first attempts might not be perfect. But them there is also that part of us that expects immediate results, that we will be a natural and it will turn out splendidly on our first go. Only it doesn’t, so we have a tantrum and never try again. Sound familiar? Read more

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Visit to Framework Knitters Museum, Nottingham

Visit to Framework Knitters Museum, Nottingham

Its funny how you can live somewhere for years , yet still find new places to explore. So, given a slightly showery July day, I headed to somewhere I had never explored: the Framework Knitters Museum in Ruddington. I’ll admit, I didn’t know what Framework Knitters even meant. Maybe that was the reason I hadn’t got round to going. Read more

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Finding my Creative Tribe at Blogtacular 2017

Finding my Creative Tribe at Blogtacular 2017

Words like ‘tribe’ and ‘squad’ used to conjure up images of Taylor Swift parading about in a catsuit. That was until I found my own creative tribe. Last year I went to Blogtacular and I realised I had found my people! It was liberating to find myself in among 300+ other (mainly) women who just seemed to be on the same wavelength as me. So it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I have just been again this year. Read more

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Hardwick Hall: Its all in the details.

Hardwick Hall: Its all in the details.

It’s no secret that I love visiting National Trust properties. The combination of beautiful locations, gorgeous gardens and houses with their paintings and textiles always makes a for lovely day out, throw in an excellent tea room and I’m totally sold. But they are also a great example of how museums and historical sites are presenting information through creative displays that really bring the past to life. Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, is often overlooked by neighbouring Chatsworth, but is really worth a visit.  Read more

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A Creatives Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour

A Creatives Guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour

As part of my Birthday loveliness last month, I went on an adventure to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! For me, creative inspiration comes in many forms: writing, designing, graphics, and performance are all just as valid as painting and drawing. The perfect example of this is the Harry Potter franchise. Pretty much everything from JK Rowling writing the books, to the actors in the films, via all the prop makers, costume designers and visuals effects team is one giant mass of creative energy. I have also been a massive fan ever since picking up the books as a student, so getting to wander about the actual sets where the films were made, was something that was long overdue. So consider this a sort of creatives guide to the Harry Potter Studio Tour! Read more

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Getting out of my Creative Comfort Zone

Getting out of my Creative Comfort Zone

My knowledge of dance consists of watching several series worth of Strictly Come Dancing, one trip to the ballet and learning the moves to Whigfields ‘Saturday Night’ at school (if you have no idea what this is, YouTube it, it will give you a laugh if nothing else). So when my friend April suggested watching a contemporary dance performance of Scattered by Motionhouse at the Nottingham Playhouse, I had nothing to base any expectations on, but I said yes anyway. Read more

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Being Creative : How to fail at craft and carry on

Being Creative : How to fail at craft and carry on

I can’t not be creative, its such a large part of who I am that choosing to study fine art at university seemed the obvious option for me. But I understand that being creative doesn’t come as naturally to everybody. And that is partly why I blog, not just as a place to document my creativity, but to share it with others. I want to encourage, to nurture peoples creativity, especially when they don’t believe they have any in the first place. I hear so many people say that they aren’t creative. And that makes me a bit sad, because for me, creating is vitally important to my quality of life and I feel people are missing out.  To create is life affirming, it gives your imagination somewhere to go and distracts you from the mundane of everyday life. I truly believe that everybody is creative. Yes, being creative is something you can get better at it, learn more about, will suit some crafts more than others, but I believe the creativity is always there somewhere.  Read more

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Lustre 16 and Handmade Nottingham Winter Market Craft Fairs

Lustre 16 and Handmade Nottingham Winter Market Craft Fairs

I had a lovely Sunday with my friend April last weekend, visiting Lustre and Handmade Nottingham, two excellent craft fairs in Nottingham. The world of craft fairs is varied, from small fairs held at church halls and community centres, through markets by local craft makers and artists to high end events featuring nationally recognised makers.  I love the variation of work on display but most or all, I love the people. I really enjoy talking to other makers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their products and genuinely want to meet the people who buy them. As a maker myself, I love seeing people being drawn to my jewellery and asking me about it. Read more

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