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Moroccan leather ottoman poufs down to $95 for wholesale orders!

23 Oct

Moroccan leather ottoman poufs down to $95 for wholesale orders!

I’ve just had an exciting pre Christmas email from my supplier in Morocco with some great news on the Moroccan leather ottoman poufs. They have decided to lower the price and as a result I’m happy to pass that saving onto my stockists and stores. The minimum wholesale amount will now be fifteen with a price of $95 for each pouf (ottomans are shipped flat in a calico cotton drawstring presentation bag). I’ll be updating my ‘Stock my Store’ profile over the next few weeks with this discounted new price but I wanted to let you be one of the first to know. All the wonderful colours you see below are available and if you are an, bricks and mortar or online store (based in Australia) interested in placing an order please feel free to email me: deborahbatchelor@me.com

Moroccan ottoman poufs from Rock Ribbons

All the best in your day,
Deborah

Stone Age Style

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.

Stone Age Style

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!

 

 

Ten tips on how to develop your own creativity in a world of conformity

3 Aug

Creativity is our ability to take elements from our world and arrange them into something completely new and unique. It begins with an idea in our minds and ends with a tangible product that other people can see for themselves and experience. Culture, art, science, and technology are all products of our creativity and imagination. Every progression in society started with an idea, and through work and determination was made into something that had a real impact on our civilization.

Ten tips on how to develop your own creativity in a world of conformity

If individuals always conformed then society would never grow and improve. Therefore, creativity is not only healthy and necessary, but also an act of rebellion. It goes against the norms – by definition – which is why being creative often takes guts. Creativity is therefore not as simple as taking walks through nature or long baths or singing in the shower, it is an arduous and sometimes painful process of self-awareness and self-discovery.

In this world of conformity, it’s not always easy to find your own voice. However, there are fundamental ways we can try to break free from the herd and think for ourselves:

  • Create more than you consume. Creative people create, and they create a lot. They are usually more concerned with their own ideas than trying to mimic what other people are doing around them. Try your best to create more than you consume, and you’ll be much more likely to find your own unique style and craft.
  • Draw inspiration from everything. If you’re a musician, don’t just be inspired by other music. Find books, movies, people, and nature to inspire you as well. The more sources of inspiration you have, the more your ideas will stand out from the same old crowd.
  • Seek new experiences. A creative person lives life to the fullest. They are open to new experiences because they are willing to step outside of their comfort zone to learn new things and gain new perspectives about life. This gives creative people a richer palette of experiences to draw from in their work.
  • Have a way to record your ideas at all times. Creative minds are constantly buzzing with new ideas. It’s important to always have a way to record these ideas in the moment – whether on a notebook or an audio recorder or a cellphone – otherwise many good ideas will pass through our minds and be quickly forgotten.
  • Find an environment that works for you. We are very much influenced by our environment, so we can improve our creativity by keeping our work surroundings fresh and stimulating. If your workplace gets stale, try re-decorating it by putting posters on the wall, adding plants, a fish tank, new gadgets on your desk, or whatever. The key is to make your environment work for you and reflect your personality and creative mission.
  • Encourage feedback and criticism. Creative minds are secure enough with themselves to encourage feedback from others. They don’t do it to look for social approval, but to test the strength of their ideas and change them when they find possible issues and drawbacks. A big part of the creative process is adapting our ideas to the tangible world, so being open to feedback and criticism is a crucial step in making your ideas a real possibility. Listening to feedback isn’t conformity, it’s learning.
  • Spend time alone and reflect. Self-awareness is an important facet to creativity. And spending time alone with your thoughts and feelings is an important part of developing this sense of self-awareness. The more aware you are of your cognitive and emotional processes – how you think and feel about the world – the more you can apply this self-knowledge to your unique creative process. All creative people are comfortable spending time in solitude every now and then.
  • Take an idea to the extreme. We can learn a lot about our craft by trying to take an idea and apply it in an extreme or exaggerated way. John Cage took music to its limit when he wrote 4′33″, a composition made up of complete silence. Ideas like this help us to think outside the box. They inspire us to take a concept and use it in an unconventional, never-before-seen way.
  • Put a limitation on yourself. On the other end of the spectrum, sometimes putting limitations on yourself also forces you to be creative in unconventional ways. For example, give yourself a specific amount of time to write a song, or paint, or make an important decision. This restriction can motivate you to finish a creative product without over-thinking it – and the results can be surprising. Sometimes creative people get trapped in the paradox of choice, where too many choices paralyze the creative process. But putting a limitation on yourself can help overcome this roadblock by forcing you to be creative with what you have.
  •  Don’t take yourself too seriously. Creativity is hard enough when we have to overcome the judgements of other people in society, and the pressures of conformity, so don’t make it worse by being too critical or judgmental of yourself. A lot of creativity is an outcome of playing around, having fun, and not taking yourself too seriously or letting your ego get in the way.

There is no simple formula for creativity. Do what works for you and what fits your personality. No one else in this world can truly tell you how to be creative, because you know yourself and your own ideas better than anyone.

Credit: ‘The Emotion Machine’ by Steven Handel

I saw this article last year on ‘The Emotion Machine’, it inspired me so much that I had to repost it and I hope you enjoyed reading it too? Please feel free to share it with your ‘creative’ friends.

Warm Hugs
Deborah

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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