{the introduction}

  

Good morning from Linslade, where this tiny little nest caught my eye…

Studying Ecology and Conservation was amazing. It opened my eyes to all sorts of environmental issues that I wasn’t aware even existed. It made me realise what a messed up world we live in and continue to selfishly abuse. It taught me what monsters we truly are as a species, and ultimately I became cynical and disheartened. I held on to the negatives and the overwhelming feeling of insignificance. 

It became apparent that I was focussing on the big picture. Of course that’s depressing. Of course it’s impossible to solve. 

And then I decided that it was up to you. It’s up to me, all of us. Each ‘one’ can make a difference as a whole. I keep hearing whispers and ideas, and hope throughout the negativity. It’s enough to make me soldier on. That, and I’m incredibly stubborn!

Most of the time it is ignorance on the part of the consumer, but more often than not the producers of chemicals, food, toiletries, cosmetics… Industry as a whole? It’s rich enough and greedy enough to continue to exploit and pollute and pay off. There are many others treading the path that I am, and my belief is that if one person can change the way they consume and pollute, then we all can. And we CAN make a difference. Failing that? At least I know that I am doing the best I can under my circumstances, and even if I highlight some of the issues we’ve been blinded to as consumers and citizens of our ‘developed’ countries and encourage one other person, that is something.

So, I started to change the little things. I’m not perfect by any means, so please allow me a little leeway, but I will get there. 

We are consumers.

We are a big part of the problem. 

We have to change if industry won’t, and then maybe they’ll listen. 

Start small.

{life changing}

Round Hill Street Party, Sunday 12 June 2011

Are you in Brighton this Weekend?!

http://www.roundhill.org.uk/main.php?sec=main&p=welcome

Because the Round Hill Society have organised a Street Party on D’Aubigny Road on Sunday 12 June from 2pm. It’s all VERY exciting, and I’m lucky enough to have a stall there, with some of the proceeds going to the Round Hill Society.

Please do come on down, it’d be lovely to see you!!!

Open Studio May 2011

The lovely artist Sam Toft is hosting an Open Studio & Puppet Show again this weekend, THE LAST CHANCE BEFORE CHRISTMAS! 28th & 29th May.

She has very kindly offered a space for me to display and sell my eco-friendly leather goods, and I’ll also have a corset there for you to peruse… here’s a sneak peek at my bits and bobs there {ssssh!!! don’t tell anyone!}

So PLEASE come on down, it’ll be great!

Brown Dog Studio, 12 Chapel Mews (off Waterloo Street) Hove, BN3 1AR

Check out Sam’s website for pictures and details of her brilliant puppet show {www.samtoft.co.uk}

x

P.S. Don’t forget you can look at more photos of my pieces in my Etsy shop (Click the link at the top right corner of my homepage to be taken there)

Window Boxes

I’ve just found a photo of our window boxes from the spring, freshly planted primroses… Lovely!

All the colours of the rainbow really! English grown too… that’s what we like. They’ve all finished now… what should I replace them with?

Eco-Friendly iPad 2 Covers & Cases

I’ve been busy making bits & bobs for the open house… going to set up tomorrow – really hope I have enough variety! I wanted to share with you my favourite piece at the moment, this Eco-Friendly iPad 2 sleeve. It’s one of a kind with a unique vine detail on it. It’s for sale in my Etsy shop (Click the photo on top right of page to navigate to my shop)… I hope you like it!

I’ve also made some plain leather sleeves & can create a custom one in a colour & style of your choosing, just comment here, email me or contact me through Etsy.

Make Your Own…

Amazing  :} http://mandaflewaway.tumblr.com/post/2057242738#notes

Take a look and compose your mini symphony!

Open Studio May 2011

I have some VERY exciting news!

The lovely artist Sam Toft is hosting an Open Studio & Puppet Show on the 21st & 22nd and 28th & 29th May.

She has very kindly offered a space for me to display and sell my eco-friendly leather goods, and I’ll also have a corset there for you to peruse

Photo Courtesy of Jon Harmer, of my table at the Lewes Craft ShowSo PLEASE come on down, it’ll be great!

Brown Dog Studio, 12 Chapel Mews (off Waterloo Street) Hove, BN3 1AR

http://www.samtoft.co.uk

x

P.S. I’d like to thank Jon Harmer for the beautiful photo of my table at the Lewes Craft Fair