Creative Q&A: Joanna Payne / Adventures & Tea Parties

Creative Q&A: Joanna Payne / Adventures & Tea Parties

I'm delighted today to introduce another new series to the blog where I get to have a chat with some of my favourite creative people about what they do, what creativity means to them, and to pick their brains for tips and advice to help inspire your creative life too.

I've got several people already lined up for you to meet, but I'm starting today with one of my Instagram buddies, Joanna.

Crafting with the Senses: A Mindful Approach to Creativity

Crafting with the Senses: A Mindful Approach to Creativity

I recently wrote an article for Knitting magazine as part of their 'feel good' issue about a mindful approach to knitting encompassing all the senses, and afterwards it struck me that what I'd talked about and suggested could very easily apply to all kinds of other crafts and creative activities. So here is a slightly adapted version of that article which I hope you'll enjoy and take some ideas from. If you'd like to read the original, you can order the magazine here.

Desired Feelings and Guiding Words for 2018

Desired Feelings and Guiding Words for 2018

Is anyone else finding it tough to get into the swing of 2018? It's already the end of January and I don't really feel like I've got to grips with this year yet. I haven't made any resolutions, set any firm intentions, made definite plans, nor have I got my eye on specific goals that I want to achieve.

But I think that's OK sometimes, to go with the flow for a while before we find the pace and route that feels good to follow. That's not to say that I've not been doing anything at all over the last few weeks, on the contrary, it's been good for me to rest more and recharge, and I've been doing plenty of thinking, questioning, and pondering - not much of which has yet yielded answers.

Creative Guidance: A Case Study

Creative Guidance: A Case Study

A few weeks ago I launched my creative guidance and mentoring services, and I know it can take a little while for something new to settle in, and it can be tricky to understand or know whether it’s something that could maybe help you. So today I want to share with you a case study of one of my first clients – with her permission, of course – to give you an idea of the kind of things I’m here to work on with you.

Should I or Shouldn't I?

Should I or Shouldn't I?

I’ve been thinking a lot about should recently.

It seems to be a recurring theme of the movement around authenticity, embracing our true selves, and casting off the patterns of the old ways. Calls to let go of the expectations and pressures of our elders and wider society, to listen instead to what our heart and soul is telling us about the right path for us as individuals, and to release the need to conform to ways that don’t serve us.

Instagram Challenge: #everydaycreativeAtoZ

Instagram Challenge: #everydaycreativeAtoZ

I've been wanting to host another Instagram photo challenge since we did the Creative Focus challenge back in September, but to make it something that is purely fun and without any pressure to follow very specific prompts, or more work for me to create daily email content.

This time of year is really busy for all of us, but I know many of you love having the guidance of a prompt or two to inspire your Instagram posts, so I've come up with  what I hope will be four weeks of creative play with no stress.

How I learned to build my own website

How I learned to build my own website

I always thought designing my own website would be far too complicated to tackle myself, and would require a team of developers and a large budget to get something that looked professional and worked properly. I even worked for a web design company briefly so had a bit of an idea of the work and technical details and money involved.