6 Tips On Finding Your Muse

In this blog I am celebrating British Flower week and I’m going to give you some tips on how to find your muse!

I adore flowers in their natural settings i.e growing in the ground or on bushes like my roses. I always ask people to buy me pot plants rather than flowers as once cut they don’t last that long. Flowers are alive just like me and you and hence why I  chose to make artificial ones out of vegan silk clay (named because of the feel of the texture of the clay) like the ones I have made below.

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Pale Green Hand Sculptured Rose

White Sculptured Rose – inspired by a rose in my garden

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Pink Sculptured Rose.

This week is British flower week so I thought I would celebrate it by showing you some of the flowers in my garden. These often surround me when I am getting creative. There is something magical about sitting next to a rose tree and having its fragrance tantalize my nostrils. Plus I am always studying other flowers so I can learn how to make them artificially. My flowers and garden are my muse.

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This is part of my garden where I happily create surrounded by my muse: flowers, fresh air and wild life.

Here are 6 tips to get your muse.

  • Look around your environment for things that inspire you. It could be a garden, flowers even someone else’s creative projects.
  • Try doodling or drawing.
  • Write, let the words flow. Just writing can help generate creative thoughts.
  • Read lots of different stories for example of people getting married and look at the pictures of their themes. This can really ignite your imagination.
  • Go out in nature. She is one big muse.
  • Visit shops that sell all of your items you need for your wedding day or other special occasion etc. With all of those vibrant colors, beautiful designs, and  interesting contrasts you will soon emerge full of ideas.

What is your muse?

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4 Tips To Go Forward In Life

In this blog I’m going to share with you my amazing weekend at the laughter festival in Lincolnshire. Three days of laughter, playfulness, fun and learning which has helped me find myself and really go forward in many aspects of my life.  I’m also going to share some tips to help you move out of your comfort zone so you can expand your consciousness and go fourth and happily create the life of your dreams.

I’m always asked where I get my inspiration from for my jewellery and I normally reply – the flowers, countryside and some times the internet. This year has been about pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying new experiences one of them being camping. I have done it as child and more recently last year camping by the beach and mountains in Wales . There is something wonderful about waking up with views of mountains and the beach that fuels our creative spirit and reconnects you to your own energy supply. This time there was no beach or hills in sight just miles of flat countryside that was a welcome sight when I unzipped my tent.

But most importantly I was getting to do it with my best friend. A friend who had never camped in her life and loves all of her luxuries. I knew it was going to be either a case of ‘I’m never doing it again’ or ‘I love it when are we going again?’ I was hoping it would be the latter. Bare in mind I’m no camping expert either. I used to go as a child and once as an adult but I brought my inner child out and decided to go out to play. And that meant trying something different.

I was booked all ready to go with the intention of going on my own however my friend Jas suddenly decided to come with me. The more the merrier as they say. It was an early start. The taxi arrived at 5.15 am and with only an hours sleep between both of us we were still brimming with excitement. Even the hour wait for the train didn’t dull our enthusiasm.

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Chirk station in Wales

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Jas & myself at the train station bright and early at 5.45

We were heading to Lincolnshire and it was our first time there. The journey was smooth. It was perfect in every way. Once we got off one train we got straight onto another one.  The miles of lush countryside and lakes through our windows  kept me awake and alert and the hours seemed to fly by.   I think our enthusiasm to go on this lovely adventure kept the energy nice and positive so the journey was nice and smooth.

Five hours later we finally arrived in Market Rason. It was our first visit and we were greeted by cloudy skies and a down pour. However the energy from the rain seem to add to our excitement. We were just so grateful to be going on this amazing spiritual journey that the weather didn’t affect our smiles and we almost skipped in the taxi like a pair of children. We still had our playfulness head on.

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The camp site was about 18 minutes from the station in the heart of rural Lincolnshire. It was a beautiful drive through miles of picturesque countryside and the chirpy taxi driver added to the experience. It was very different to where I live as it was very flat but equally as beautiful.

By the time we arrived the wind and rain had gone off and there was a glimmer of sunshine peeping through the clouds. It certainly made it easier to put up my new tent. A red pop up which was much easier to put up than take down may I add.

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We arrived at the laughter conference and listened to the speakers. Each one added value to my life and facilitated my thought processes so there was plenty of aha moments. One of my favorite speakers was a Scottish lady- a scientist by the name of Christine Mcgrory – an entrepreneur with the most beautiful laugh ever.  I was handed a million pound note with the logo – happiness millionaire. In fact I received three million which made me smile as I was thinking I’d love another two so I can give them to my daughter and her partner. Her talk on how to align so you can manifest the life you want was illuminating and it was delivered in a fun way without all of the jargon that can often have people scratching their heads.

Afterwards we headed to the free vegan buffet which had been created with lots of love. There was an array of beautiful colours on my plate, sensational flavors and textures that had me returning for seconds. I am a vegetarian just about to make the transformation to a vegan so I knew a way was being made for me. And I must say it was filling, delicious and I had heaps of energy afterwards considering I was running on virtually no sleep.

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A delicious vegan buffet

Some of the gorgeous views from my table as I ate lunch out in the open

Next was to explore all the free workshops provided by wonderful people all with their own life changing businesses.  There was wide choice of classes from music, modelling with polymer clays, laughter classes, yoga, meditation, dance and singing bowls and drums. Some were provided at an extra fee and included Indian head massage, bars, soul readings etc. There was something for everyone. I knew there was too many to go to whilst I was there and I didn’t want to cram too much in but I intended to try as many as possible. It was an excuse to come back next year and do the ones I didn’t do – not that I needed an excuse.

The first class I attended was called dance from the heart – a free style dance class where we laughed smiled, played and connected with others in the group. The energy was huge and I left feeling exhilarated. One of the exercises we did was to pass the love energy from our hearts to others whilst staring in the other persons eyes. This was a real confidence boost. Holding another persons’ gaze whilst cupping the energy in our hands which were held close to our hearts before exchanging it to another felt a little uncomfortable to start with. However that feeling soon passed and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Other funny playful games we did was dancing and then the teacher would name a body part such as elbow or nose and we would have to stop dancing and run to the nearest group and touch elbows etc and that had us all chuckling. It felt amazing to laugh so much and really gave me an energy boost.

Later I attended a beautiful singing bowl class. You could either lay on the floor or sit on the sofas. I chose to sit on the sofa. The idea is that our bodies are like finely tuned instruments. If in harmony life works smoothly for us but if out of tune then we become out of balance. The sounds of the singing bowls resonate with our cells and put the body back into alignment or in tune again as it is sometime referred to. I walked out of that class feeling transformed, relaxed but also very energized and ready to play some more.

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Singing bowls to bring body back into tune

Other classes I attended was the singing class and the music class both equally as wonderful. There was something magical about sitting in a woods with 50 other people playing wooden drums and various other musical instruments. I’m not a musician but it’s surprising what one can do when you really start to listen to the beat and let yourself go with the music. What resulted was a very beautiful sound from all of us, a fantastic work out for my arms and heaps of smiles as we sat like children drumming to our hearts content.

In addition to this I had a bar session. No, no drinks here. This was a treatment that involved laying in a reclining seat whilst a healer laid her hands on various parts of my head with no pressure  which helps remove any blockages so  that the energy can move freely around the body creating flow again. My friend felt tingles in her feet and I could feel beautiful warmth in my head. The healer was very accurate and said I had no major things going on in my life but just that I doubted myself sometimes which is true. But I’m working on that.

Next I had a beautiful soul reading that was very illuminating. According to Nirena she told me I had been a crystal keeper in another life time. That explained my passion for quartz crystals and after this life time I would return to that dimension and become a crystal. This information she informed me was gained from the Akashic records. A library where information is contained in books about our past, present and future lives. She said that I was here to remember who I am and now I have I will return to that dimension in my next life. I am known as a last life timer which means it’s my last time on this learning plane – earth.

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I am a very open and receptive person and it gave me food for thought. However I’m not too sure how I felt about that.  I also felt strangely emotional after that experience. But surrounded by an entire camp site of laughing, playing people I was soon giggling again. It’s hard not too when you walk into the toilets or even every room there and you can hear people laughing. It is very infectious.

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Everyone had wrote a message on the tags and tied them to the trees

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Of an evening there was entertainment in the forms of singers and bands and we all danced the night away. I loved that the person I was dancing with held his hands to his heart and passed the energy onto me with his hands and I did the same to him. We then started to share the energy in our hands with others on the dance floor and so we created a ripple effect which was beautiful to behold.  It was lovely to see we were practicing what we had been taught in the class. It’s not about just attending something like this and forgetting it as soon as you get home. It’s about using what you have been taught in your own life and that’s something I’m determined to do.

 

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My friend & heading out to the evening entertainment.

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Me in the faerie village there

The last day was quite emotional as I’d made lovely connections so it was hugs and exchanging our insights and what we had learned. The winds had picked up so my pop up tent had taken flight and had turned into a kite. I had to use all of my strength to stop myself being either pulled in the air or dragged across the field.  A lovely man ran down the field to help me and I was reminded how much goodness there is in this world as I’d lived with it for three whole days. There had been so many thoughtful generous loving people there. From a new Italian friend Eva Provedel who helped to run and coordinate the festival and who gave me some sleeping attire and another friend the owner of laughter festival Wes Floyd providing me with a sleeping bed as I’d forgotten my own and for organizing this little gem of happiness.   Not to forget all of the  wonderful teachers who gave up their time to help me move forwards in my own life.

After attending the closing ceremony I made my way to my new friends sculpture. A very talented artist by the name of Peter Boyd who had the pleasure of meeting. He had been working on the Buddha since his arrival and would return next year to finish it.

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Myself with Peter Boyd who sculptured this delightful Buddha!

And did my friend Jas enjoy it? Yes she did. I think, like myself she learned a lot more about herself too.  One of the biggest things I learned was to shut up and listen, laugh more, smile more and pay it forward more.   And we are already planning some more adventures so watch this space.

Pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones into a new zone expands consciousness. It gives us different perspectives and can open up an entirely new route i.e careers, new friends, adventures but also gives you those aha moments that sees you coming unstuck so you can go forward and achieve your highest potential.

Heres 4 tips to help you do that:

  • Make small changes to your routine:  It could be reading a different book, trying a different food, even walking a different route. Changing routine is the biggest way to change our life.
  • Learn from others: read about others who are making changes, going on adventures, getting rid of habits that no longer serve them, or people who are living the life and life style you want. Read their blog, join forums. Hang out with these people online.
  • Positive language Use affirmations to help you go forward. Here are some to help you. I am in the process of positive changes. I go forward with ease and with joy. I live in a loving rich playful and kind universe that provides me with everything I need. I can do this! I am doing this. I am worthy. All is well in my world.  Others are doing it so I can too!
  • An attitude of gratitude Keep a gratitude diary so you can monitor your progress. As each task, step or experience comes true for you it will build a more positive belief that your moving forward, your getting there and you can do it.

And you will!

Much love

Melanie

The Earth Faeries

 

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5 tips To Gain Inspiration For Your Wedding Theme Or Creative Projects

In today’s blog I’m going to show you some tips for gaining inspiration. Feeling inspired is not just necessary for creating inventory but also for designing your wedding themes or building your business to name but a few.  In fact everything that you can see around you from the chairs you sit on, to the house you live in, the food you cook, the forms of transport you choose and the architecture you admire started off from someone being inspired.

People often ask me where I get my inspiration from and I often reply nature but there are so many different places and things that you can spark your imagination from. So I decided to do something different and go out with a friend to UK’s largest craft and haberdashery in North Wales called Abakhan. Crafters, dress makers, brides sit up and take notice as this is like an Aladdin’s cave that is well worth a visit.

My friend is a crafter so she was like a child in a doll shop, mesmerized with the different colours and different types of textures. I must admit I was impressed and we both loved being surrounded by such a vast array of gorgeous colours.  If you are a tactile person then you will love this place.

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Whilst my friend was looking at the materials I gravitated towards the end of the shop where I spotted beautiful tiaras, head dresses and even a bridal gown. You can guess who was trying them on can’t you.

A sparkly tiara that would make any bride feel like a princess

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Beautiful hats for special occasions.

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A good selection of veils

Next was the home interior section that offered a made to measure service. My friend went straight in but I was finding inspiration everywhere. Even from the doors so I stopped outside to take a picture.  I was imagining it much smaller and on one of my trees in my garden. And faerie doors are going to be some of my future project’s so I was paying attention to detail.

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The grand entrance to the home interior section

Inside was a welcoming sight with beautiful furniture, fixture and fittings. The colours blended seamlessly together and I admired the person who had put in so many hours of creative thought into making it so appealing.

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Inside there was a room full of sewing machines, all modern apart from the old singer in the corner of the room. A beautiful dress adorned in butterflies stood proudly in the other corner. I wondered how long it took the creator to make something like this.

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A beautiful work of art – a dress adorned in butterflies.

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And in between visiting all of the craft shops that were all several feet apart from each other I was being inspired by the water features and even the plaque that told of the history of the place.

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It also has a beautiful section for craft lovers too with ink pads, embossing tools, paper, polymer clays, jewellery findings and everything you need to get lost in hours of creative fun. This section was housed in a beautiful log cabin surrounded by trees making it look very picturesque and inviting. Needless to say this was the section I spent most of the time time in.

It also has a restaurant there with a good selection of vegetarian meals and a beautiful gift shop next door.  After an abundance of food – food portions were very generous – we continued on our shopping day out for a couple more hours.

I left there feeling truly inspired and with a huge smile on my face and so did my friend with her huge bags of materials. It’s a place I will be definitely returning again soon to.

I thought that I would give you some tips on how to find your inspiration:

  1. Do something different. If you normally look on the internet for pictures look in another place i.e the countryside, a craft stall or shop.
  2. Carry a camera with you. I only use my Samsung camera phone and I take pictures everywhere I go to save having to rely on memory.
  3. Take a walk in nature. All of the fresh air delivers more oxygen to the brain cells meaning more thinking power and thus more ideas.
  4. Try to be more tactile and feel your environment, objects etc. Feeling them helps to create vivid images in mind and create strong associations which will help you recall memories easier and spark ideas.
  5. See through the eyes of a child. Go out with your fun head on as I call it.
  6. Ask yourself questions when you see things that inspire you. For example what can I make from this. What color would contrast well with it? What can I do differently? How can I make it better? These type of questions facilitate your thought processes and before you know it you’ll have an idea for a great project or theme.

I’m always interested in learning how my readers find their inspiration so please let me know in the comments box where you get yours.

Lots of love

Melanie

(The Earth Faeries)

 

 

10 tips to re-branding

Change & Transformation

In today’s blog I am going to give you a look  behind the scenes of how I am re-branding my business plus give you 10 useful tips to help you do the same with your own business. Plus I’m going to be sharing a new product release.

I’m almost ready to celebrate the anniversary of The Earth Faeries jewellery business. In June it will be a whole year since I set up my little baby. Time certainly flies when you are having fun.

In the past year I have made my products and packaging greener. My business cards are 100% recylced paper from sustainable forests.

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No bubble wrap here. I’m using shredded and upcycled cardboard to protect products in transit and which you can use to package your own goods.

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I have stopped using fimo modelling clay due to it being a type of plastic and have converted to cold porcelain. The brand I use is 70% natural ingredients and gives a more porcelain like finish. It is also not tested on animals and has no animal ingredients in so is vegan. It’s fairly strong so wont break if dropped it but still needs to be treated with tender loving care.

No plastic bags here. I have invested in jute bags which is made from the jute plant and one of the most eco friendly materials available. You can use these to store things in or use to put your own gifts in for others.

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I sourced out eco friendly bio degradable and compostable glitters in a range of lovely colours so you can still have glitzy without compromising the planet. Each year … plastic ends up in our land fills and works its way into the sea having a major effect on our wild life. I decided that I didn’t want to be a part of the problem but wanted to be a part of the solution. You also get two products in one. They are cosmetic grade so you can utilize the glitter found in the faerie jars that are keepsakes or used as ornaments and can also add them to your eye shadows or nail varnishes to glitter like a faerie. I also offer gold glitter which is not featured here.

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My new logo which I just recently designed is staying as I feel she will still represent my new brand.

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Big Positive Changes coming

One the biggest changes I have recently made and I mean very recently – last night in fact was to seise using real authentic pearls in my wedding jewellery. The change was brought about by a friend showing me how they collect the pearls and what they do to the mollusks to retrieve them. Being a vegetarian it didn’t fit in with my ethics or my brand. I understand there will always be people who love and wear authentic pearls and I appreciate that. However I have decided to go vegan friendly and make faux pearls i.e glass pearl jewellery for brides looking for an eco friendly alternative without compromising on the quality or look of the items. I am going to be using faux pearls that are made of glass.   They are high luster, sweat proof so you don’t have to clean them like authentic pearls and are more durable so they last longer. Plus they come in an even greater selection of colours.

The events that have transpired over the past day has really made me rethink my branding so my products appeal to the audience I want to reach.  There was a lot of effort that went into getting the pictures and videos of my pearl jewellery on my part and on the part of the people who collaborated with me to do the wedding shoots. And I am very grateful for all of their help! For now I will keep some of the pictures featured in my wedding jewellery shop until I can get some new ones featuring the faux pearls. The designs are still the same and the items will still look the same but they will be faux pearls which are great for vegans.

How my re-branding is affecting me?

Re-branding is serious business but when your brand no longer reflects the message you want it to its time to consider having a re-brand.  When making changes to our branding it obviously has a knock on effect in other areas too. One of them being my earth faeries characters which are featured in my faerie stories on my website. Pearl luster who also has a pet pearl called Loomie and which I’m currently having drawn up at the moment by an artist. I’m deep in thought at the moment as to how to get round this and as soon as I know you will be the first to know as I’ll write a blog on it. But it is better to get it right at this stage rather than another year down the line.  If anyone has any ideas on how I could resolve this I would really appreciate it.

My New Product Announcement

When I first started my business I was making little customized faerie charms that I made into necklaces. Each one was hand painted and made of fimo polymer clay which I am no longer using as it is technically a plastic and has animal by products in which I was unaware of.  I have been on the search for a more eco friendly product so I can start making them again.  Enter cold porcelain. After ordering a batch which crumbled and cracked I was dubious. But I had read great reviews from other professional artists that were using it with great success. Obviously I hadn’t found the right brand but I kept looking. And finally I found a fantastic brand that does what it says on the box. It’s mostly made of flour and 70% of the ingredients is natural and it gives you a good quality product with a beautiful porcelain like finish and is not tested on animals. Whilst not 100% natural it is a step in the right direction.

Here is a look at the faerie charm made out of cold clay that I have made. She isn’t finished yet it has to be sanded, hand painted and a gem put in her hand. I will put the finished item up for you to see when I have finished her. She takes 24 hours to dry and about two hours to paint. I have to build the colour up in stages and wait for each coat to dry.

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Now to start sanding her and painting her. She will put on a cord necklace with 925 silver claps. She will be available in my shop on here to buy.

6 Tips For Re-branding

So if you are thinking of re-branding your own business here some useful tips that are helping me at the moment:

  • Look at who your customers are and ask yourself do my items appeal to them.
  • Ask yourself does my brand fit in with my and my customers ethics? You have to be comfortable with what your selling and if it doesn’t feel right then ask yourself how can I make my products more sustainable & ethical. Some times you may have to have a whole new re-brand like me which means going back to basics. But it’s better to get it right than having a business where no-one is buying anything because your not providing items that your audience are interested in. Or you are making money from it but your not happy with the effect your products are having on the environment. I identify with the latter.
  • Give serious thought as to why your re-branding. It is a lot more than just getting your logo redesigned so strategies and strong vision are needed.
  • Think about hiring an expert or read as many articles that have created by branding experts.
  • Develop a strategy for announcing it to the world and explain how its going to positively effect their experience with your business. I have tried to do this in this article by showing you the benefits you will receive from choosing my products.
“With so much weight on the actual rebrand, it’s easy to forget about the strategy for announcing it to the world. When developing the strategy, it’s crucial to remember people don’t care about names or logos — they care about how the re-brand is going to positively change their experience with your company. At the same time, most people fight change. Make sure you’re not leaving behind the things people love about your company. You must articulate why this is better — explain they’ll still get the parts they already love plus new, exciting benefits.” – Shannon Fitzgerald, brand strategist
So with that quote in mind you will still get the parts you love such as custom made products, great service and good quality products plus a greater range of colours to choose from. But the items you’ll use in your home or wear will be making the planet & animals smile too.
Do you have any re-branding tips that have worked for you? Please share as I would love to hear.

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5 Tips To Gain Energy & Momentum To Achieve Your Goals.

In this blog I thought I’d give you an inside look at my new product line and how I’m getting the balance between business and life. I’m also going to give you some tips that have worked for me to energize me so I have the motivation and momentum to achieve all of my other goals.

Sunny Wales!

The sun is shining here in Wales and I’ve been in my garden taking some pictures of some hand crafted rose hair slides that I have made. Each petal is hand crafted to form the rose and I have had many happy hours making them. They are a new product line. I’m not a professional photographer but its a skill I have had to learn and am learning which I’m enjoying thoroughly. Getting the lighting right can be quite tricky as my garden is mostly full of sunshine but I was up early today and found a lovely shaded spot that didn’t reflect any shadows.

My new product line. Hand made sculptured roses on hair slides.

 

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Classic white hand made rose hair slide

Finding That Business/Life Balance

It’s easy as a business owner to focus on just one part of my life which is my business and forget about other parts. But this year has been all about getting more of that biz life balance which is crucial for a happy life. I have been making more time for things that are important to me for example spending more time with loved ones , my friends, and walking in the countryside with our dog.

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Our dog just being!

I’ve also been learning how to be. As the Italians would say ‘l’arte di non fare nulle.’ which translates into the art of doing nothing.

Here is me just being or as some would say doing nothing.

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It is moments like this just sat on my swing in my garden with the stunning views of the rockery, roses and panoramic views of countryside that I reconnect to my own inner power source and gain powerful insights to move me forward. It also helps me feel more creative and energizes me.

One of the things I have noticed since starting my business is that apart from writing my blog I haven’t been writing any poetry which is my other passion. My excuse is I have no time or no energy. So I made a conscious decision to make more time and make more energy! And that was done through going out in my garden.

As I sat in my garden today just admiring the new rose buds on the bushes, the poppies and the lilacs in full bloom in all of their glory I had an urge to write my poetry. Nature certainly is great at inspiring me and she aligns me and gets me back in flow.

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Yellow poppy

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Lilacs

It really uplifted me to be sat next to the flowers, watching the bees collect their pollen and hear the sounds of the cows and sheep in neighboring fields. I finally created a poem that I feel captures the beauty of my favorite flower..the rose. I thought that I would share it with you to brighten your day too or if your day is already bright to make it brighter.

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White rose

The gift

Beautiful beautiful roses
In abundance everywhere
So delicate & strong
They are indeed lovely to share

Satin soft petals perfectly formed
Jagged strong green leaves
Such delightful fragrances
It’s magic it weaves

It engages our senses
It’s such a beautiful sight
A gift from the universe
That’s sure to delight.

By Melanie J Molloy

My poetry is important to me so its surprising to see that this is the first poem that I’ve created in the last six months. Finding the time for things that are important to me is crucial not only for a more successful life but also a happier and more fulfilling one. If we focus on just one aspect which sometimes I do and it’s normally my business then I find it impacts on other areas. Too many hours on your business affects well being and relationships. Alternatively if I spend too many hours on relationships and not enough on my business then it would effect my income an so on.  It really is about getting the balance. And I’ve discovered it’s a continuous process. But to get that balance we have to replenish and fill our own cup up to the brim otherwise it’s a catch 22. I much prefer to go forward rather than in circles.

If you are a bride to be who needs your energy to organize your wedding or you are a business owner striving for the energy to get that biz life balance then here are 4 tips to help you do this that have worked for me:

  • Keep a diary of days of events for the week – from getting up to going to bed. Note everything you do even down to the TV programs you watch. Omit three unnecessary things your doing (it could be TV programs) and either replace with actions to achieve important goals or replace with time just doing nothing. The latter will give you the energy and momentum to get you started on your goals.
  • Go out in nature and find your favorite flower or one that attracts you and just focus on it for a couple of moments. Observe its beauty, its colour, it’s fragrance and maybe even gently touch it so you can feel its texture. Engaging all of your senses to experience nature is exhilarating and raises energy levels immediately. Breath deeply, close your eyes and then open them again continuing to be mindful (observant)  on the flower whilst breathing deeply. You will find that there is a mutual transference of energy between you and the plant. You will find yourself energized, connected and feeling more creative. It is such a wonderful way to feel.
  • Sit in a beautiful place for at least ten minutes. It could be in the countryside or in your garden but make sure it’s somewhere quiet. Just sit there or lay down and practice the art of doing nothing. Your focus should be totally on your breathing. You’ll feel that beautiful brain muscle breath a sigh of relief as it gets a much needed rest. You’ll be surprised how much clarity you will have after doing this.
  • Recite these words as many times as you can every day ‘I always have extra time, extra freedom and motivation for my goals, for the people and other things that are important to me.’  Your brain is listening to every word you say and your body responds accordingly to the messages you give it. This is what is meant by that mind body connection. Saying this on consistent basis every day will deliver amazing results.
  • Stick the above mantra on sticky notes and put it on your bathroom mirror and on your computer. In fact any where and everywhere you are most likely to spend a lot of time in so it imprints on your subconscious. This will help you manifest your ideal reality.

It’s still a beautiful sunny day today. It’s time to take a rest from my computer and go out in the garden. I’m off to practice the art of ‘doing nothing’. Have a magical Tuesday 🙂

What tips do you have to replenish and motivate yourself?

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10 Interesting Facts About Roses

In today’s blog I am going to show you where I get my inspiration from and also share ten facts about about my favorite flower that often creeps into my jewellery. I am also going to tell you where my obsession with them came from.

For those who know me you’ll know I’m obsessed with roses which often reflects in the type of jewellery I make. It started when I was about 10 and my nana bought me a rose for my garden which was named after me and called Melanie. It was a yellow rose with the edges all flecked with red. The fact someone had bought me a rose and it was named after me made 10 year old me feel really special. And I think that was were the bond was formed and hence why they have always been my favorite flower.

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This picture was taken of the roses in my garden. Photograph by Chelsea Louise Haden Loving Life In Wellies Blog

I was in love with the smell, the silky texture and in awe of its beauty and how delicate it was yet strong at the same time. And so it started my love affair with them. And that rose is still in my mum’s garden today flourishing and thriving and looking as beautiful as ever. It obviously knows the secret to eternal youth!

My mum has always had a garden full of them and I remember making perfume out of the leaves when I was a teenager. Over the years I have met others who have magnificent rose gardens and have made rose jam out of the petals which I have yet to try. Rose petals are very versatile and last year I made a rose face tonic from my own petals that worked wonders for my skin and made me smell beautiful as well.

In my early twenties my passion for them led me to learn how to start crafting roses out of polymer clays. I used to have a hand full of them around the house as ornaments. And now more than twenty years later I have decided to start making them again. What started as a hobby and putting them up on face book to show my friends what I’d made and the interest in them has led to me to add them to my shop. I normally make roses out of silicone moulds but since taking up the craft of sculpturing them again I’ve put my silicone moulds away and am now enjoying crafting each individual petal. Here are some I have made:

 

 

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Classic white hand made rose hair slide

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I often get asked where I get my inspiration from and its often the garden, garden magazines or even the statuses that my face book friends post. I’ll study a rose and think to myself ‘I’d love to recreate you’ and off I go to my workshop. But it’s not just roses I love it’s all flowers and have been studying blue bells wondering if I could turn my hand at them too. That will be a future project.

Although I have always appreciated roses for their beauty I have to admit I have never known a lot about them. It is only since I got my house last year which has a huge garden that’s got quite its ample share of roses in it that I started to get really interested in how to look after them and find out more about them. I’d like to share with you some of the tips to looking after them that I have learned over the past year and some interesting facts about them.

Ten Interesting facts About Roses

  • Roses are woody perennials
  • They came from china
  • They thrive in sunny well drained soil
  • Plant them between November and February. If growing them in a pot you can plant them any time
  • It is estimated there is 100-150 species
  • Roses come from the Rosaceae family and bear the Latin name Rosa.
  • The prickles on stems are there to deter predators
  • The first hybrid rose was introduced in 1867 by Jean-Baptiste Guillot. All roses before that date are known as old garden roses. The roses that come after that date are called modern garden roses.
  • If you want your roses to grow big and strong pruning is necessary. You can do this mid February and mid March.
  • Many varieties are cultivated but there are still varieties that grow in the wild.

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This is another picture of another rose in my garden. Photograph taken by Chelsea Louise Haden Loving Life In Wellies Blog

Where do you get your inspiration from and do you have any favorite flowers? Have any of you been inspired to make jewellery out them?

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9 Interesting Facts About Jute

Here at the Earth Faeries in beautiful sunny Wales I am always working to make my products and packaging more eco friendly. I always say it is great wearing jewellery as it creates beautiful feelings and memories but we still have to have a planet to live on to be able to wear it. That’s why I’m always striving to use the most Eco friendly materials. I thought that I would use this blog to show you some of the new materials I have been working with and how they are good for the environment. Plus give you some interesting facts about Jute.

My New Packaging

I use acid free tissue paper, recycled and up cycled boxes and recycled business cards too.

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More recently I have been looking at eco friendly bags too. I finally decided to go with Jute bags as they seemed the most eco friendly option.

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Here are some interesting facts about Jute:

  • Jute is made from natural fibre from the outer stem of the jute plant
  • It has a wide range of applications and is used in cosmetics, paint and fabrics
  • Its entirely biodegradable
  • Jute fibre is recyclable
  • The bags are hard wearing and the large bags can replace carrier bags thus cutting down on plastic
  • It can be grown without pesticide and if grown with it it requires the minimum to flourish
  • Jute crops grow really quickly and reach adult hood in under six months which means it offers a greater crop yield. This means less land is used and therefore reduces the need to encroach upon wilderness and natural habitats
  • It absorbs large amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere keeping our air nice and fresh
  • The woody core of jute plant has the potential to meet the majority of wood needs thus helping towards reduction of deforestation

I use glitter in my little faerie jars which not many people realize is made of plastics which didn’t sit right with me as they say. I have been on the hunt for some biodegradable ones and glitters that are compostable and have finally found them. These gorgeous glitters are 100% biodegradable. The colours are limited but the company said they will be adding to them. They have them in gold, silver, violet and pink so I bought all of the colours. They are cosmetic grade so they can also be used as nail glitter and eye shadow too.

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I also sent off for some cold porcelain which is more eco friendly than the polymer clay I currently work with however I am not happy with the brand I bought. It tends to crack so the search is still on. I will keep you posted when I find it!

If anyone has ever worked with cold porcelain before and have a great brand that you are using then I’d be grateful if you could point me in the right direction.

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14 Reasons To Buy Hand Made

I started making hand made items about twenty years ago for my friends but in the past year have turned my passion into a new venture. Apart from loving making things there are many other reasons why I make hand made and also buy others hand made stuff rather than buy mass produced. In this blog I’m going to look at the many benefits of  buying hand made goods.

  • You know you are supporting a small businesses live their dreams and be able to support themselves and their families from doing something they love.
  • Personal customer service. You create a direct relationship with the designer or artist and become part of their extended family.
  • Feel good factor. When someone makes something personally for you apart of them..their love..their essence goes into the item they make and that essence is passed onto you when you receive it. It is like a sprinkling of magic faerie dust that stays with you. You can feel that energy.
  • Great quality product. The love for what they do means they normally pay more attention to detail so you can assured of a great quality product.
  • Stand out from a crowd. Having something custom made means your not a slave to fashion. If the shops are full of a certain colour then you can guarantee you’ll get to be unique by having the colour or style you’d like to wear made up for you.
  • Helping others to flourish. 10% of all my profits go to charity so you know your purchase is helping a good cause.
  • Helping to abolish sweat shops. Hand made products are made by a real artisan and not by children in sweat shops nor adults who are paid pennies a day. You may pay a bit more for the hand made item but you know you are helping to abolish that trade, and support a small business with good ethics who are dedicated to sustainability and ethically sourced materials. You are also paying the artisan for their quality, experience and talent.
  • Hand made products help communities. Studies have shown that many business owners who make hand made products are more likely to spend their profits in local community based businesses in their area.
  • Hand made products can serve your needs better. Because your dealing with the artisan direct they may be open to tweaking the item of the product to specifically fit your needs.
  • Hand crafted products are unique. There are fewer of those products than the ones mass produced so you get to stand out and express your personality more.
  • Hand crafted products are good for the environment. They take less energy to make them than mass produced items made by machines and on a production line. They use less electricity, no machinery, less waste so it makes them more environmentally sustainable.
  • Smaller scale – higher quality. Hand makers take enormous pride in their work and you can be assured that if there is a defect in their work they will want to fix it for you.
  • It keeps the age old skills alive so we can pass them on to future generations.

Can you think of any other reasons why you buy handmade? Please share.

 

 

7 Top Jewellery Quotes

In today’s blog I am going to look at the quotes that most inspire me. I have hundreds of quotes on sticky notes all put in various places in my house. They often give me ideas for jewellery, encourage me to keep doing what I am doing  and also make me smile. Words can center you, allow you to fly high and even help you get your focus back.  It’s surprising how a couple of words can really uplift my day.  Often just like a piece of jewellery that has been created a lot of thought has gone into a quote. And one could say a quote is piece of art! Here are seven jewellery quotes that I love.

 7 Top Jewellery Quotes That Inspire Me

“When you buy something made from a person, there is something special there, and you do feel it. The consciousness with which a thing is made is often more important than the thing itself.”

         J Donald Walters

     “Each day is a gem, different in kind, size, and color and yours to polish!
Carolanne Reynolds

      “I have enough jewellery.” said no one.

          Anonymous

   .  “Jewellery is a personal thing..it should tell a story about the person who is    wearing it.”

Gavance Dane

“Every piece of jewellery tells a story.”

Gem Hunt

“I’ve never thought of my jewellery as trophies. I’m here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty.”
Elizabeth Taylor

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I love collecting jewellery quotes so please feel free to share your favorite quote in the comment section.

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