SOLD OUT in March !

This March is a super-exciting month as not only will we be visiting two of our favourite teaching venues – Denman College and Ardington School of Crafts – we also have two brand new venues  – Watershed Studio and Sticky Prints.

I always feel a little skip of excitement as the calendar ticks over from February to March. It signals the start of Spring – in my mind at least. This March is a super-exciting month as not only will we be visiting two of our favourite teaching venues – Denman College and Ardington School of Crafts – we also have two brand new venues  – Watershed Studio and Sticky Prints.

But, best of all, these amazing venues have filled every single seat on all of my courses. This is a really outstanding result and we’re totally chuffed to be teaching so many new and returning students.

Big thanks to everyone and we can’t wait to meet you in March…!

(If you missed out this month do look ahead as most of these venues have spaces on my courses later in the year)

Happy Spring

Melanie x

The Start of Something New…..!!

Do you make new year resolutions? The idea of resolving to do better next year always feels a bit like not trying hard enough in the past twelve months. I much prefer to reflect on the years achievements and successes and use those good vibes to inspire future actions.

 

The first week in January feels like a good time to start something new. So, I’ve decided to start writing a regular blog. Here we go…..!!

Do you make new year resolutions? The idea of resolving to do better next year always feels a bit like beating myself with a stick for not trying hard enough in the past twelve months. I much prefer to reflect on the years achievements and successes and use those good vibes to inspire future actions.

On New Year’s Eve 2017, I took one of those online personality quizzes. The purpose of which was to define three key words, or ‘character strengths’, to inspire my actions for the coming year. I was surprisingly pleased with the results. My words were very positive traits and really felt like ‘me’. This week, I’ve been thinking about how I’ve used those words to inspire me.

CREATIVITY – After wanting to write a book about teaching creative skills for several years, I decided to self-publish my book ‘Teach What You Do’. It was the most enormous learning curve and I now know more about page number options and margin alignment than I ever thought possible. And, as if writing and publishing  a book wasn’t stressful enough. I set myself a really challenging deadline for launching the book at The Handmade Fair in September. I’ll admit there were many nights when I thought I wouldn’t do it, that I didn’t know how to do it but I just kept going and guess what? I did it. The sense of achievement was enormous. It’s only a little book but for me this was one of the greatest creative projects of my life.  Read More

CURIOSITY – I discovered in 2018 that I love taking photos. Instagram has been a wonderful platform to share my new passion for photography. I now have a reason to notice the little things. the light on a leaf, a fascinating facade and snap endless images to edit, adjust and notice all over again. Keeping curious about the world around me has been a gift I hope will last a lifetime. Like to see more of my photos? Follow me on Instagram

ZEST – (dict. – with great enthusiasm and energy) I LOVE being so busy. I can’t believe how many classes I taught last year and how many amazing new adventures I’ve had. Sure, sometimes I feel quite exhausted but I am so grateful for every opportunity and there’s still so much more I want to do. A couple of times this year I’ve been accused of being too enthusiastic, so clearly this is something I need to watch (is there such a thing as too enthusiastic?)

GRATITUDE – I said there were three words but after Zest, Gratitude came a very close, and very important fourth. It’s wonderful to realise ambitions, meet new people and visit new places but all of this means nothing without acknowledging how immensely fortunate I’ve been and how incredibly grateful I am for everything I have. And I mean everything.

If you’d like to try the quiz and find your own words to inspire you in 2019 pop over to the VIA Institute website and click the free survey link.

I’d love to know your three words if you’d like to share?

Thanks for reading my first blog. Do let me know what you think. I’d love to hear your thoughts….     Email me now

Teach What You Do – New Book Coming Soon!

The definitive handbook for teaching creative and practical skills.

Teach What You Do

The definitive handbook for teaching creative and practical skills. From planning your classes to pricing and promoting your events, this complete guide will soon have you teaching your own successful and profitable classes. If you’ve ever considered teaching but are not sure if or how you could do it, this is the book for you.

Coming soon…