Unlearning “I can’t” – a parable

As you may know, when I started this business, I had a silent business partner of a cat. Unfortunately he died at the end of 2015.  This February I took a new cat into my home, with the hope of him becoming a new silent business partner.  I was persuaded and given the opportunity for

Aquamarine – March’s birthstone

This is the birthstone for March and a beautiful pale blue, from a soft milky colour through to a clear icy blue or almost ice blue/white.   It is also a gift to be given for those celebrating a 19th wedding anniversary.  Who says people have to miss out between their 15th and 20th anniversaries? The

Amethyst, not just a gemstone of love

Amethyst is the birthstone for February and one of the most well known stones around, so here are some interesting facts about this beautiful stone.  It is actually as purple quartz and so very closley related to garnet, the birthstone of last month.  This means it is also relatively tough, at 7-7.5 on the MOHS,

Garnet – January’s birthstone

The birthstone of January and a red quartz.  This stone was named in middle English from the word, “gernet”, which was the fruit of the pomegranate.  This gives a great hint to its known nature, that is, the depth of the redness of the stone.  It is known as blood red, claret and deep red,

Happy New Year! Planning and Doing

Hello and welcome to 2017!  After a time of quiet, due to lack of technology, I am back here on the website!  How are you all?  Although I was quiet here (and in real life, due to my voice going), I was really busy with Christmas fairs and commissions for Christmas presents and birthday presents. 

Teaching and technology

Well, here is something.  I am considered by many to be good at technology, though I feel I am able to use it with teaching, but not that great with it otherwise.  Yesterday proved this.  I teach every fortnight at my local Hobbycraft and am becoming known there and that people are able to find

Tuesday Tourmaline

So, how has your week been?  I have had a really up and down time, a bit like the temperatures around here.  The sunshine days have been wonderful and I have really enjoyed the light and being able to dry my clothes outside.  They say its the little things in life!  The darker evenings are

Colourful October

Hello and welcome to the crisp (and colder) mornings of October.  Ok, I will admit it, some of that actually started last week, but it is really becoming more noticeable this week, especially as my bedroom reflooring is still happening and so all my nice warm autumnal clothes are hidden inside my drawers, which then