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12 January 2016 - Quote

"The difference between genius and stupidity is; genius has its limits." - Albert Einstein

6 January 2016 - Fancy Buttons and How To Use them

New in for 2016 are fancy buttons. Elaborate and sparkling, these buttons are one-offs that can be used as focal embellishments in many projects.

Great for bridal/wedding wear, they can be incorporated into necklaces and bracelets for the bride or bridesmaids. They can also be used attached to hairpins, brooches, headbands etc.

My favourite is using them as a focal at the front of a textile cuff, or try using them with lace or pretty vintage material to make the centre of a flower.

I've added a few photographs below, to show you some, and how to use them.

Can you think of any different ways? Let me know if you can, by using the 'contact' button at the top of the page. I'd also love to see any of your work.

A Surefire Prediction List For 2016 by Seth Godin....

Surefire predictions

I'm betting on the following happening in 2016:

An event will happen that will surprise, confound and ultimately bore the pundits.

Out of the corner of your eye, you'll notice something new that will delight you.

You'll be criticized for work you shipped, even though it wasn't made for the person who didn't like it.

Something obvious will become obvious.

A pop culture emergency will become the thing that everyone is talking about, distracting us from the actually important work at hand.

You'll gain new leverage and the ability to make even more of a difference.

We'll waste more than a billion hours staring at screens. (That's in total, but for some people, it might feel like an individual number).

That thing that everyone was afraid of won't come to pass.

Some people will gain (temporary) power by ostracizing the other, amplifying our fears and racing to the bottom.

And the long-term trend toward connection, dignity and possibility will continue. Slowly.

Opportunities will be missed. Lessons will be learned.

You'll say or write something that will shine a light, open a door and make a connection.

Nothing will be as perfect as we imagined it. Many things will be better than that, though.

Leaps will be taken.

You will exceed expectations.

The project you've been working on will begin to pay off in unexpected ways, if you're open to seeing them.

You will start something. And quit something.

That expensive habit that you don't even enjoy that much will continue to be expensive.

We'll forget some hard lessons but we'll also learn some new ones.

A pretty safe list, because, of course, this always happens.

{Level up}