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Eco gifts on sale, home wares, candles and jewellery

17 Feb

I’m having a big sale to make room for new ideas and products. There are lots of bargains to be had but get in quick, stocks are limited with only one or two left in each colour!

Cotton turkish towels – on sale now – down to just $25 (from $45) each with lots of wonderful colours to choose from.

Large Agate Coasters – on sale now – down to $125 (from $155), black, pink, purple and natural stone available.

Small Agate Coasters – on sale now – down to $45 (from $65), black, pink, purple and natural stone available.

Stone Geode Bookends – on sale now – down to $150 (from $195), rose quartz, purple agate, pink agate, grey agate and natural stone available.

Stone Platters – on sale now – down to $250 (from $295), pink rose quartz and blue soldalite available.

Moroccan Blankets – on sale now – down to $195 (from $295) only blue / cream and red / cream now available.

Tumbled Stone Necklaces – on sale now – down to $55 (from $75), rose quartz, green aventurine, purple amethyst and yellow citrine available.

Druzy crystal gold stud earrings – on sale now – down to $45 (from $65).

Pure beeswax tea light candles – on sale now – down to $15 (from $35).

 Rock Ribbons on sale now with great bargains

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

 

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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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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Ten tips to packing light for your summer holiday!

11 Feb

In 1940s films, glamorous characters board steam ships with an army of porters to lug their many bulky suitcases (all beautifully matching of course). But in today’s age of airline travel, that kind of thing would never happen (not for us normal folks anyway). Nowadays you are charged up $100 for checked bags on a domestic flight, gone are the days of packing every item of clothing that you might conceivably wear on your European vacation.

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I’ve had many a holiday (pre kiddie) with just carry on luggage. It saves on costs, time and makes things a lot easier. Here are my top ten tips for packing light for your summer holiday!

1. Make a list, and check it twice.
As you organise what you absolutely need, you’ll realize what you don’t need.

2. Pack a little detergent and a cheap camping clothesline.
If you can spare 10 minutes a night to wash your unmentionables and what you wore that day, you can save a lot of space in your suitcase. Washing your stuff in the shower, rolling it into a towel, squeeze out the excess water, hang it up to dry and in the morning, clean and fresh.

3. Start liking the layered look
Wear multiple layers of lightweight attire, which will trap air and conserve body heat. Large lightweight cotton wraps are are really great to travel with, cool in summer and warm in winter.

4. Make ‘repurposing’ your new buzzword.
You won’t have to pack as much stuff if you pick items that can serve double or triple duty.

5. Pack wrinkle-resistant items.
Certain fabrics simply hold up better on the road, and the latest generation of wrinkle-resistant synthetic blends are one example.

6. Go with a consistent colour scheme.
When everything in your travel wardrobe matches everything else, you increase the number of mix-and-match options. To change up a look include a few of your favourite coloured scarves, they don’t take up any space and are are great accessory.

7. Get over your shoe obsession.
Limit yourself to packing no more than two to three pairs.

8. Pack tight
The tighter and flatter you can get your stuff inside your bag, the more space you’ll have for more stuff. Rolling or bundle-wrapping your clothes, in which you wrap garments tightly around a central core object.

9. Think miniature
When in doubt, smaller is better. Don’t waste precious space in your toiletries bag with full-size containers of deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste and lotions (and they are likely to be confiscated when going through security). Instead, pick up some sample sizes at your local chemist or decant them into travel-sized mini bottles

10. Pack a lightweight turkish towel
These make the perfect beach towel, bath towel, sarong and pareo. It is specially blended from fast drying cotton, does not mildew, doesn’t hold the sand like heavy wet terry towelling and easily rolls small to fit in your suitcase. Designed to be a multi-functional lightweight bath towel that seconds as a tablecloth, table runner and picnic blanket.

The point is: Be smart and pack light. You’ll save the extra costs on paying for checked luggage, you’ll save time having to wait for your luggage to come through on the airport carousel, you’ll save your back having to lug all the luggage around and you’ll minimize the chances of leaving something behind at a hotel.

P.S. But unfortunately I’ve found out, there is no such thing as packing light when you have children because there are an endless lists of favourites that need to come along with them when they go anywhere . . .

Fashion Friday :: Monochrome Magic!

1 Feb
the-night-circusTodays post has been inspired in part by an interesting novel that I have just started reading called ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern.
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.
Is there anything easier and more classic than monochrome with a dash of red? It always looks timeless, crisp and translates into everything from fashion accessories to home wares.

A perennial classic, monochrome remains so eminently wearable in that it is both striking yet conservative, the ultimate in juxtaposition. This is a timeless trend which will never go out of style due to the elegance and simplicity exuded by the colours.

Some in the crowd smile knowingly, while others frown and look questioningly at their neighbours. A child near you tugs on her mother’s sleeve, begging to know what it says. “The Circus of Dreams”, comes the reply. The girl smiles delightedly. The iron gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own violation.

They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.

Now the circus is open.

Now you may enter.

Rock Ribbons – Meaningful gifts for thoughtful people.

Rock Ribbons Moroccan Grey Leather PoufBLACK AND WHITE AGATE LARGE COCKTAIL RING WITH ADJUSTABLE SILVER BANDOmbre lightweight summer scarfResin cameo brooch with glass cabochonRed and black infinity scarfRed knitted clutch purseAgate cocktail ringBlack and white infinity scarf