Off the Shelf?!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … every where you go!

Recycled ribbon collection

I love a good browse in dressed-up shops and their new decoration designs. I also say ‘ooo’ and ‘aww’ whilst picking up cute tree decorations. But, these last few years I’ve noticed that I don’t quite feel the excitement as I used to. I now leave the shops feeling deflated. Why? Because trying to earn a living from the gift of creativity, I simply cannot compete with the pricing structure of conveyor belt stock.

I spend hours carefully creating the most unique craft items. Every item made has recycled materials which I’ve often had to source from bags of donatations. This takes up most of my time and can be daunting, especially when time is precious and I only have my own pair of hands to organise and make.

I then spend a chunk of time preparing a handful of items, if I’m lucky enough to have enough materials to do a repeat design. Yes, I do buy new papers, fabrics and supplies like glue, tapes and blank cards but these are the canvas to my business. Without them I wouldn’t be able to do what I enjoy. I’m a womble who loves to collect beautiful things, even if they are broken or in need of repair.

Broken Christmas decorations

With time restraints of home, family and business, I’m lucky if I can make 3 cards a day, let alone the 25+ required for each outlet or event.

There are easier ways to earn money I’m certain; however, if you’re a creative like me, you know what I’m about to say. It’s what I do. It’s my life. Its my soul.

I’m comforted and contented that I bring old, unwanted things to my studio and uplift their worth into something that will hopefully be cherished again for another lifetime.

Christmas time in the studio

And more importantly, I’ve done my bit by helping to prevent them going to landfill.

So, my message is this … When you pick up those cute decorations, cards and gifts whilst doing your Christmas shopping – think about whether or not you’d like an item you’ll fall out of love with day after day, year after year or whether you’d prefer that special something that will last your lifetime. A precious something that sparkles your heart every time you see it.

Buy handmade. Support small business.


Where is your Paradise?

With the chaos of life, I often sit down and wonder what if we could find the pause button of life and transport ourselves to our very own special paradise.

Mixed media collage art by Fina

This piece of mixed media collage art is my interpretation of what I believe my paradise to be. It depicts a sanctuary of calm and peace. Of course, in a warm, sunny place – filled with all the beauty that Mother Earth created herself.

Paradise sold during North Somerset Arts Week 2017. This event gave me the opportunity to showcase my mixed media collage art a new collection inspired by my travels to Western Australia and numerous artisan pieces.

Paradise now has pride of place in a new home. A gift for a very special Birthday and I’m sure she will aid in the transportation to Paradise whenever there is a need to escape this crazy life we live. ☺