For those not yet informed, we are now closed for business. After almost a decade of glorious corsetry, I decided to return to some of my other interests. Everything has its time, and I am grateful for the interest, support, and enthusiasm that our clients and fans gave to us during the Sparklewren years. Perhaps … Continue reading PINNED POST – main blog topics
So the year off hasn't been "off" enough! I want to finish current orders and perhaps one or two more of my favourites, then done. A proper rest from it. Which isn't to say that I wouldn't still be doing bits here and there, but that I want to take all pressure out of … Continue reading The final three for 2017?
Someone shared this video on Facebook today and, since it describes a large part of the sentiment behind Where Angels Fear to Tread (our curated corsetry project from 2016) I thought you might enjoy it. I've spoken about this topic many times before. I meet dozens and dozens of would-be corsetmakers who, even if they … Continue reading Foolishness, curiosity, and books.
Ah, so close! As I said the other day, my mum has a proof printed copy of the winged horse colouring book and I'd like to see a copy myself before hitting "publish". But, my mother is hard work to get hold of. Never answers the landline (which, to be fair, isn't in her half of … Continue reading Impatience!
Aw, the sun is shining, I'm cosy on my little boat, and I'm having a leisurely study day, perfect... Well, half leisurely, what I'm really meant to be doing today is tidying up. I've made a start, it's fine. Hoping to pop North to see mama and Ben next weekend, why are trains so expensive … Continue reading Clarity – something to work towards
Really lovely couple of days back at the stables. And I'm feeling so good for it. It's easy to forget how much you can miss the work, the company, the fresh air, and the beasties, when you've been away or busy for a while. One of my friends there has just bought her first pony! Well, … Continue reading Stables, public speaking, and flow
In today's shock discovery, sitting on your backside working all day makes you really tired. It's a thing we all already know, but when you have an active week of doing whatever you like, then go back to an ordinary work day involving admin and emails and sewing and sitting, you realise how much of … Continue reading Work-induced lethargy
I realised a rather obvious thing today... My Butterflies (of which there are twelve) were always intended as my "for sale" items during 2017. Pieces that I would embellish to within an inch of their lives, aiming to manage one per month, and then find good homes for. My Moths are just for fun. A self-contained … Continue reading A bit slow on the uptake
Today has mostly been about adding more silk organza petals to the Moonchild corset. I always think this is a quick technique and then remember that it takes more time than you realise. It's looking beautiful though, so soft and fragile. Then once Holly had gone, I began work updating the website. I hope you approve … Continue reading New website in progress
So often, things that you might think would be outside of my comfort zone actually aren't outside of it at all. There are plenty of things that I'm uncertain of, things that I might try that might not work, things that I've no prior experience with... but none of this necessarily makes the thing uncomfortable. Through … Continue reading Butterflies (of the shy variety)