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Five great questions :: Moroccan Ottoman Poufs

20 Feb

Why are your poufs shipped flat?

Rock Ribbons Moroccan Ottoman Poufs are shipped flat and posted in padded envelopes with free shipping.

Where are they made?

Our Moroccan Ottoman Poufs are handmade in Morocco using thirty five pieces of leather, sabre silk and skills passed down from generation to generation.

What do I fill them with?

There are so many things that you can fill your Rock Ribbons Moroccan Ottoman Pouf with, the traditional filling (which is quite heavy) is coconut coir which is very cheap and can be bought from most garden centres. Personally I found this filling a little too substantial and like to fill my own poufs and recommend to customers, a filling which is a combination of cushion inners or pillows in first (for some softness under your feet). Then either old duvet inners, wool blankets, towels or a mixture of all three.

Will my Moroccan ottoman pouf look like the colours in store?

In store I have one of the most extensive colour selections around with twenty two leather shades and three faux leather metallic options. I’ve spent quite a bit of time colour matching each of the poufs to the images online, to get the most accurate colour representation. As each pouf is handmade and unique the colour can vary slightly with each dye run that my supplier in Morocco produces. I recommend to my customers if you are thinking of getting two poufs in the same colour, then to buy both together.

Do you offer a wholesale price, drop shipping or a designer/blogger price?

If you have a brick and mortar or an online store, I offer wholesale prices on the Moroccan Ottoman Pouf with a small minimum order of ten. I’m also happy to drop ship and can supply text and images for you to use on your site. Also available is a special price for for lifestyle bloggers and designers. Please feel free to email me for more details regarding any of these options.

Five great questions - Moroccan Ottoman Poufs

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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

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

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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

 

A little bit of colour therapy to brighten your day!

19 Apr

After a bit of a break away from my beloved ‘Rock Ribbons’ blog, I think it’s time to get back into it and what better way than with a little bit of colour therapy from Pantone to brighten you day!

Check out these lovely shades below which you will see the influence of in store over the next few months. With the changing season, the greens from spring evolve and develop yellow-toned Linden Green brings a lightness and brightness to the deeper shades of fall. Try pairing both with Mykonos Blue, a bold, meditative blue, for a classic and relaxed fall look.

Exotic Acai adds mystery and richness to the palette, and can be incorporated with the other colors to create a number of powerful fall combinations. Pair the elegant shade of purple with Emerald for a regal disposition, or spirited Samba red for an expressive and dramatic look. Koi, a decorative orange with dazzling and shimmering qualities, is a statement color that serves as a pick-me-up for your wardrobe. Vivacious, an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia, adds an ebullient sensuality to the palette.

Pair Vivacious with anchoring Deep Lichen Green, a naturally lush shade of green, for a dynamic juxtaposition that captures both ends of the seasonal spectrum. Rounding out this season’s cornerstone colors, Turbulence, a dark mercurial gray, and Carafe, a rich, glamorous brown, provide more interesting and sophisticated alternatives to the black basics usually worn in colder months. Both staple neutrals pair gracefully with more expressive colors within the palette, such as Samba, Koi and Vivacious.

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Ten ways to be happier in your own home!

22 Jan

I found this original list on a website that I love called ‘Apartment Therapy – Saving the world one room at a time’ and have adapted it slightly to fit my own life. This simple list inspired me and hopefully it will inspire you t00!

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1. Make your bed.

The book ‘The Happiness Project’, explains that this three minute task is one of the simplest habits you can adopt to positively impact your happiness.

2. Bring every room back to ‘ready’.

I learned this trick from Marilyn Paul’s clever book, ‘It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys’. It’s a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from it. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to ‘ready’ before you depart it, the room doesn’t have to be spotless just tidy. (Unless you have a toddler, or a partner who likes to simulate earthquakes, three minutes should be sufficient.)

3. Display sentimental items around your home.

One reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material things is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Make your home a gallery of positive memories.

4. Start a one-line-a-day gratitude journal.

Before bed, simply jot down one happy memory from that day. One line is enough cause I know you’re tired! (If you have kids, you can ask them, “What did you like best today?”) Reflection is an important part of happiness, and pausing to reflect on a positive event from each day cultivates gratitude (an added bonus).

5. If you can’t get out of it, get into it.

This tip comes from ‘The Happiness Project’. I love the message: The dishes are not going to clean themselves, so you will do it, and you will like it! (Unless, of course, you can outsource this job, in which case I say: Nice work!) Otherwise, get into doing the dishes. Feel the soothing warm water on your hands. Enjoy the tickle of the tiny bubbles. Crank your favorite album at an unusually loud volume and get into it.

6. Before you get up each morning, set an intent for the day.

In ‘The Art of Happiness’, the Dali Lama says “Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.” Wow. What a wise man. I tend to wake up with a strong visceral reaction that says, “Attention human beings: Be afraid of me before my Hot Chocolate. Be very afraid!” Setting a daily intent makes a huge difference. Your daily intent could be something like “be productive” or “enjoy today’s delicious moments” or it could be something more specific like “say thank you to my loved ones today.” But it should not be another “to do” item on your list.

7. Do small favors for the people you live with, expecting nothing in return (not even a thank you!).

(That’s right, I said it: nothing!) Mow the lawn for your husband, but don’t expect him to pat you on the back. Make the bed for your wife, but don’t try to get bonus points for it. Take the rubbish out for your flatmate, just because. The ability to cultivate strong, healthy relationships is one of the biggest contributors to health and happiness, but when you start to keep score, the benefit is lost. (No! It’s YOUR turn to clean up the dog poop!) It’s a well-known fact: When you do good, you feel good.

8. Call at least one friend or family member a day.

You can do this while you clean, while you make the bed, or while you walk the dog. Texts and emails do not count! Make an actual phone call to a loved one, just to chat and catch up. We humans are social beings and studies show that even when we don’t feel like it, even if we are naturally introverted, socializing with our loved ones makes us feel better.

9. Spend money on things that cultivate experiences at home.

Save money for a new BBQ for parties or a new DVD for family movie night – something that will encourage you to have people over and entertain. Plan a summer BBQ, invite your closest friends, kick back and relax. (And don’t forget to print out the pictures to remember the good times.)

10. Spend a few minutes each day connecting with something greater than yourself.

Whatever your spiritual beliefs — or non-beliefs — may be, studies show that connecting to a high power is correlated with happiness. Just stepping back to realize that we are part of an enormous universe can put some perspective on those sometimes annoying encounters that happen during the day. Take a walk in nature. Write in a journal. Create a sacred space in your home. (Or if spirituality is really not your thing, create a home spa: light some candles, soak in a hot bath, delve into a good book on your couch filled with your favourite cushions. Before bed, spend just a few minutes contemplating something larger than yourself.  . . . are you feeling better yet?)