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6 May

Decorating and style trends with semi-precious minerals and agate stone

I love the fact that agate has been surfacing as a trend in home decor, its natural beauty, texture and interest is a lovely addition to almost any style in your home. Agate is a beautiful stone known for its vivid colours and forms when silica-laden groundwater passes through air pockets in cooling lava deep within the earth. It’s a unique mineral that was once thought to protect its owners from danger and even give wonderful dreams.

Since crystals and minerals emit vibrations that affect the flow of energy, they are a perfect choice for decorating. Feng Shui and Vastu are just two approaches to balancing the energies of our indoor environments, while trying to maintain a balance with the natural worlds. An stylish and simple way to incorporate this lovely trend is with agate drink coasters, they make a wonderful housewarming or hostess gift and are an elegant addition to any coffee table.

Available in store in Pink, Blue, Turquoise, Brown, Purple and Natural.

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Quick run girlfriend . . .

27 Aug

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Only four days left on my crowd funding campaign! So far (thanks lovely contributors) we’ve raised nearly $250 towards a $1000 target. For those of you unfamiliar with my campaign here’s a quick run down, for the last two months I have been trying to raise a small amount of capital via crowd funding to produce a range of beautiful natural organic baby blankets. It’s been a very hard decision to settle on just four organic cotton fabric designs and I’ve changed my mind a few times when my choice was out of stock. I think now I’ve finally made up my mind with the four below!

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There’s only four days to till the deadline on the 31st August and lots of lovely rewards left for you to choose from. There is a new reward starting at only $1 which will get you a warm virtual hug from me. If you would like to choose another eco friendly reward, I have seven others to choose from.

I HEART YOU!
I’d like to celebrate and embrace you – my wonderful future customers – by thanking you in advance for being part of the growth of ‘Rock Ribbons’.

I have a wonderful collection of amazing rewards, stuff you can’t get just ANYWHERE else. Gorgeous handmade eco friendly items like natural glycerine soaps with essential oilshoneycomb and beeswax candleshandprinted linen tea towelscotton turkish bath towels and of course the lovely organic cotton and natural bamboo fleece blankets.

Warm hugs to you all
Deborah

Beautiful Bamboo Blankets Babé – By Deborah Batchelor

New products in store :: Eco Friendly Retro Wooden Sunglasses

9 Aug

I have a fabulous new product in the ‘Eco Fashion Accessories’ section in store which I love wearing myself and I hope you will too? Introducing beautiful eco friendly natural grain wood and bamboo frame sunglasses for women with high quality spring hinges, round and smooth edges and comfortable nose pad.

All of the sunglasses in store utilise 100% UVA/UVB Polarized lenses. The difference between a standard lens and a polarised lens can be seen in the polarised lens’ ability to almost eliminate the glare that is created by the sun’s reflection on flat, reflective surfaces like glass and water. The polarised lens produces a more clear image, accurate image.

My handmade retro eyewear has been inspired by vintage styles of days gone by and the Australian outdoor life, long hot summers and enjoying life by the ocean.

There are three retro wood shades to choose from in store, Rich Rosewood, Dark Walnut and Black Bamboo. All of ‘Rock Ribbons’ sunglasses are handcrafted and use high quality materials, natural wood or bamboo, polarised lenses and stainless steel spring hinges.

I hope you enjoy wearing your ‘Rock Ribbons’ retro wood frame sunglasses this summer!

 

 

I’m making it ‘Pozible’!

10 Jul

What is ‘Pozible’, I hear you asking?

Pozible is a crowdfunding platform and community-building tool for creative projects and ideas. It was developed to help people raise funds, realise their aspirations and make great things possible.Crowdfunding with Pozible is a way for motivated makers to access funding beyond ‘official’ channels by talking directly to switched-on consumers, fans, peers and like-minded strangers.

How does it work?

Pozible provides the platform for project creators to present their ideas to a connected audience, worldwide. If people love what you’re creating, they can support it by pledging money.In return, project creators offer rewards matched to the level of funding commitment.Pozible can also be a gateway for discovering and supporting inspirational projects and thinkers directly. By becoming actively involved in bringing more attention to bold new ideas, art, products and the talented people who conceive them, project supporters become a vital part of a true creative community.

I’ve created a ‘Pozible’ campaign and I need your help.

BEAUTIFUL BAMBOO BLANKETS FOR BABY!

When it comes to gifts and essentials for those tiny bundles of joy, you need something really special. It has to be beautiful, colourful, unique, natural, durable, washable and above all super soft. And I have an idea for a lovely product that will meet all those requirements! I would love (with your help) to produce a range of organic cotton and natural bamboo bassinete blankets and cot blankets for retail and wholesale. These beautiful blankets will be double sided for warmth and comfort, with snuggly thick bamboo fleece on one side and certified soft organic cotton on the other.

To produce and purchase materials wholesale to make my cuddly, eco friendly and organic blankets I need to raise funds of about $1000 and that’s where you and ‘Pozible’ come in. 

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– Easier on sensitive skin
– Naturally deodorizing
– Antibacterial
– Anti-pilling
– Provides thermal regulation
– Warm and Lightweight
– Superior washing and durability
There will be four retro and whimsical patterns to choose from suitable for both boys and girls, Chevron Blossom, Chevron Mint, Salutations and Story Book.

 

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I need you!

I have BIG plans for my small eco gifts and home wares boutique but I know I must take one small step at a time to succeed. And I’m sure with your help, I can do just that!

I heart you!

I’d like to celebrate and embrace you – my wonderful future customers – by thanking you in advance for being part of the growth of ‘Rock Ribbons’.

I have a wonderful collection of amazing rewards, stuff you can’t get just ANYWHERE else. Gorgeous handmade eco friendly items like natural glycerine soaps with essential oilshoneycomb and beeswax candles, handprinted linen tea towelscotton turkish bath towels and of course the lovely organic cotton and natural bamboo fleece blankets.

Warm hugs to you all
Deborah

My ‘Pozible’ crowd funding campaign
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Now taking wholesale orders of our beautiful handcrafted moroccan poufs.

21 Jun

‘Rock Ribbons’ is very pleased to announce that we are now taking applications for wholesale orders (for Australian based customers) of our beautiful handcrafted moroccan poufs. There are twenty two leather colours to choose from and three fabulous faux metallics, gold, silver and bronze. These traditional artisan moroccan fine leather footstools are a must-have for any room of the house. So many uses around your home, they can be a footstool or used as extra seating, from the living room to the playroom. Each one of these leather poufs are individually hand crafted by artisans in Morocco using thirty five individual pieces of leather. They are all wonderfully unique, with subtle variations in the colour of the leather and will look beautiful and last for many years.

If you share our love of eco friendly handmade home wares and would like more info about stocking these super popular poufs in your own store. Please feel free to contact me more details.

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Make every day ‘Earth Day’ with an eco friendly gift

22 Apr

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Meaningful gifts for thoughtful people from ‘Rock Ribbons’ the handmade eco friendly unique gift and home wares boutique.

Featuring:

Natural Handmade Organic Cotton Turkish Hammam Towels

Cinnamon, Lime and Coconut Glycerine Soap

Pure beeswax honey comb candle

Square green toned satin ribbon cushion with eco friendly fibre filling

Moroccan leather ottoman pouf in Pistachio Green

Angora wool ball acorn lapel pins

Large organic apple green cotton scarf with Pom Pom trim

Unbleached calico eco friendly short handle shopping bag

Cotton forest toned ombre lightweight summer scarf

 

Are we all, just a little bit {creatively} mad?!

22 Feb

I originally saw this wonderful article on a website I love called ‘The School of Life’ and it touched such a creative nerve, that I just had to share it with you all!

Why is creativity often linked to ‘madness’ and why do creative people cause so much frustration to everyone around them?

Why do they keep going to extremes?

Why can’t they just be like normal people?

Highly creative people have unique vulnerabilities and sensitivities – ways of thinking and temperament that need to be understood and managed – for them to not only stay creative and productive but also stay healthy.

The creative mind is wired with the ability to feel with great depth and passion.  Creative people often experience the world in a way we call skinless – as if they lack the protective shield and instinctive filtering that we normally use to cope with the barrage of sensory information that comes at us all.  Without good strategies for managing this hypersensitivity, instead of creativity – the result can be a plunge into the emotional depths.

Along with skinlessness and rapid fluid thinking, creative people often have natural highs and lows, of mood and energy.

Rather than trying to live a normal or balanced life creative people can learn to embrace the highs and lows – and begin to see their lives as being like the tides. The challenge for the creative is to learn how  to navigate the tides not struggle against them or get stuck.

5 Principles For Living With A Creative Mind

1. Affirmation

Creative people need a lot of encouragement. As confident as they may seem, they are also full of doubt. Affirmation helps to buffer the skinlessness of the creative person. It needs to be at the forefront but it also needs to be real. No fake compliments please.

2. Permission To Fail

Unless you are willing to fail you will never be creative. Much of the creative process involves exploration, discovery and a willingness to “go where no one has gone before” – so although failure does not equal creativity – failure and learning from failure is a part of navigating the tidal creative life.

3. Fear Kills Creativity

Creating an environment of anxiety does not promote creativity. Fear automatically inhibits the fluid nature of creative thinking – to make us focus on a threat. While you might think fear is a great motivator, it only motivates certain kinds of responses. Originality is not one of them.

4. Room to Explore

Creative people need room to explore. An essential part of the creative (fluid) thinking process involves the search for new ways of seeing things, or new connections between old things. This often comes from what seems like ‘random’ activity like going out to new places, and seeking out new experiences. Don’t discourage curiosity.

5. They Need To Belong

Creative people need a community of like-minded types because they can often feel like they don’t belong. Creative people tend to be quite tribal . . . musicians like to work with other musicians, dancers with other dancers and so on. Find a tribe. 

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