Friday 14 June 2019

Hebden Bridge Open Studios 2019

It's nearly time for the Hebden Bridge Open Studio trail. We will be opening the studio on 5th, 6th and 7th July and I'll be having my SECOND SALE where you can find 'imperfect' (or are they?) lamps at half the usual price.

We are only doing the seconds sale in person this time (online in February) but there will be 20% off  wallpaper, fabric, cushions and 'perfect' lamps on these dates online with the code 'SUMMERSALE19'.

My open studio is part of a huge trail of studios around town and will make a marvelous day out (or weekend visit) for the creative and curious! Find out more on the website.

Really hope to see you. x

Wednesday 12 June 2019

Featured in Period Living

I am very lucky to have a feature in the July issue of Period Living magazine. It's a really lovely article across five pages and it tells the story of how I developed my business and where I find my inspiration.

Back in April Heather Dixon came to style the shoot and interview me and her husband Dave Burton took all the beautiful photographs. We had a lot of fun that day and we are all pleased with the results.

We went for a walk up the hill just when this marvellous Pussy Willow tree was in full catkin heaven. I like this shot a lot. It's me in my happy place!

I'm delighted to be featured and be able to share my work and my story on a national scale. If you fancy a read it's the July issue and it's on the newsagent shelves right now.

Monday 10 June 2019

The Yoga and Creativity Space

Every morning for the last sixteen years or so I have got up before everyone else in my house and headed to my yoga mat for practice. Through thick and thin, through good times and bad times my practice has been my passion and my anchor and it has looked after me. It's not something I have talked about that much on this blog over the years but I can tell you that my practice has been the power and enthusiasm behind all the creativity that I have shared here over the years. It's been my driving force.

I never wanted to teach before, really because I had a lot of fear about it (what do I know about it? I should just stick to what I'm good at blah blah) but I decided to face my fears and do my teacher training course with Yoga Campus, so for the last 18 months I have been studying hard and re-writing those stories about not being good enough in the process!

And I have been growing a vision about the kind of space I'd like to teach in. A beautiful, inviting space full of colour and light. Warm and comfy props for deep relaxation and restoration. Somewhere peaceful for meditation and for listening to ideas. And also chairs and tables for for when inspiration strikes and you need to journal and mind map and plan big ideas and dreams. Ultimately the creative process is what fascinates me the most and I'd love to help people manifest their creative dreams through yoga.

Last month a space right across the hall from my design studio came up for rent and I JUMPED on it.
I could have a space to teach but also rent it out to other teachers for classes and workshops in yoga, meditation, group-work, well being, art, writing....whatever! It was the perfect place for my vision and being right next to my workshop was absolutely perfect. There was lost to be done. We have fitted a new floor, had the ceiling tiles replaced, painted everything and I have had lots of fun choosing colourful mats, cushions and yoga props.

So here is the Yoga and Creativity Space!

I am so very in love with it. 

There is space for eleven mats and each mat has a bolster, two blocks, two bricks, a pillow, an eye pillow, a cotton blanket and the softest 'sheepskin' you ever stroked (from Ikea made from recycled plastic water bottles) so everyone will be comfortable and well supported.

I bought some old stacking school chairs and me and Oonagh have painted them all in these lovely colours. 

There are twelve chairs altogether so there is room to run a workshop for eleven people (plus seating for the teacher).

And there are six tables too which can be configured in all sorts of ways....

How's about a very important meeting here?...about something fun of course!

There is a cloakroom to store bags and coats and to change into yoga gear.

And the space has a kitchen too equipped with twelve plates, bowls, mugs, glasses and cutlery and although it's not equipped for full blown cooking I have provided a portable electric two ringed hob so you can heat up a big pot of soup for your workshop lunch!

I'll make a website soon with more details of what is going on and news of my workshops and classes as and when I develop them. For now if you are interested in renting space then please email me on and tell me your plans and your dreams and maybe we can work together :)

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