What’s in a year?

Friends, A whole year has passed – one whole lap around the sun – since I last wrote. In 14 years since I began writing and publishing my blog, the only other time that so long elapsed between blogs was after the birth of my children – but I guess the process of learning at […] Read more...

Returning to study…what about you?

August is in full swing and soon… …the new academic term will be with us. This threshold was always one I savoured as a child and I relished getting my new stationary and books together, their clean pages a symbol of the possibility that a fresh school year held. Right now I find myself rather […] Read more...

News…on mosaics, art, mindfulness and neuroscience…(phew!)

Hi folks Excuse the little blog silence – half-term holidays kicked in and those quiet moments for blog writing have been filled with the sound of squeaky recorders, giggling (yes, a little fighting), singing, funny shows (yesterday was Spoon Man meets Rolling Pin Man!) and some trips into the center of London. We even managed […] Read more...

What is our work about?

(Some re-posts of my favourite past posts for new readers…life is busy – good, mosaic, creative busy – and the pics will come soon…) I am trying to understand why making  is so transformative. I am sitting in my studio, cutting and laying tiles, placing them, moving them a millimetre this way and that until […] Read more...

Happiness and sadness…

Teaching children about emotions is such a big part of being a parent. So easy to get it wrong – to send messages that cause a denial or surpression of feelings (‘don’t cry, cheer up, don’t be silly’…) or to be shy in setting boundaries of what behaviour is OK/ not OK in response to […] Read more...

Living from your heart? A gift for you…

  Look what landed in my inbox this morning!     This free e-book, put together by the lovely Louise Gale as part of the heART movement, it pulls together the wisdom of many creative souls (including yours truly), reflecting on how we can live from our hearts. Appropriate for this day of hearts don’t you […] Read more...

For those who need to know they are not alone…

Apologies for those outside the UK who may not be aware that our country is currently engulfed in an enormous scandal and exposure of unchecked power, child abuse, alleged collusion from institutions such as the BBC, NHS and Social Services (read the story here and here) affecting so many people both directly and indirectly. As […] Read more...

After the Olympics – lessons for my children (and me)

How fortunate we have been the last two weeks, living in the glowing Olympic zeitgeist that has bathed our city of London. It made me smile today as I observed my children doing pretend play in the garden – all  their teddies competing and being awarded medals! The strap line for London 2012 was ‘Inspire […] Read more...

Time for broken hearts…

At last, some time to make my mosaic hearts. I love these mosaic heart brooches and pendants, don’t tire of making them. They are high bling when worn (always a good thing in my book) and hold much meaning… Here’s how they look when done… …and here is my meaning behind making them. My heart […] Read more...