Try #Selling Your Item

Ok, you have put together some gorgeous original work and taken attractive photos of it. You work out the cost of materials used for each item plus your labour time. Now you know what to charge. That’s your selling price, plus postage. Research prices for similar items to ensure you’re not overpricing or under-pricing.

Make sure you read guides on setting up an Etsy store. It’s constant trial and error so you watch statistics to see what works, for example, good tags.

Once you’re confident, then complete the nitty gritty finance section and you can complete your shop site. Then GO!

Good luck! I’m setting up EveTactileArt so wish me luck too!


My Etsy shop banner


Use Your #Creativity

Do you like to make things with your hands? Perhaps you like a finished product as a result of your effort.  Producing an item seems to give us a feeling of fulfillment, satisfaction. Perhaps we can go even further and make our work available.

I hope you will like my selection of paintings on Etsy. I will be opening my shop soon at EveTactileArt

Sunpetals-Be drawn into the giant, welcoming, bold ochre petals of the sunflower.


My vibrant acrylic work is three dimensional so rub your fingers over the surface. Each painting you order is your one and only original!

Children And A #Social Life

We love our children but maybe we can miss out on going out. Try to find pubs and bars where there are facilities for children and adults to be together happily. UK National Trust attractions can include child-friendly cafes and outdoor eating and drinking areas. Find other places with high chairs along with necessary good nappy changing and toilet facilities. Some museums have excellent child-friendly facilities as well as displays involving children to keep them interested.

Bar, child friendly 2

Sundown at a beachside bar

Keep the contact details of all these various entertainment areas you have searched out so you can invite friends to join you with ease.


#Sea Fever

If you live on an island, the sea may never be far away. No matter, give yourself a break and find the sea. Feel the soothing breeze or a battering  gale. Hear the rhythmical lap or destructive  crashing waves. Smell the sharp salt or the fusty ripe seaweed. Hear the screeching seagulls or the grunting cormorants. Feel the warm rays or the wet mist. Walk unsteadily on the smooth pebbles or be enveloped by endless fine sand.

Sea Fever
I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by;
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a grey mist on the sea’s face, and a grey dawn breaking.
I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.
I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
To the gull’s way and the whale’s way where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.
Sea You beach bar

Sea You beach bar

Easy #Fancy Dress

Does your heart sink when you have to wear fancy dress? Some people love it. They may have an assortment of outfits, have the ability to throw some pieces together and end up with a convincing outfit or even make an outfit themselves. The last resort is to hire an outfit.

A quick, cheap and simple  way is to buy or make a mask. Just an eye mask will do. If possible, find a suitable outfit from your wardrobe to match the colour of the mask. Depending on the invitation, choose formal or informal, smart or casual, daytime or evening clothes or conform to a theme.

Fancy dress-mask and scarf

Fancy dress mask and scarf

The finishing touch is an optional scarf: toning, contrasting or matching. This makes the mask more stylish. For a woman, this could be long, flowing and wrapped around the elastic of the mask. The two ends of the scarf can fall beside your face. On a man this may look pirate like if the scarf is short at the sides. When you try on the outfit it will evolve. Give yourself time to look in the mirror and make adjustments. You might change the scarf for another, change your footwear or add an item of clothing such as a waistcoat. Eventually, you will have your outfit, based only on a simple mask.

You will be admired for your ingenuity. Call yourself whatever you like!

Tribute To A #Mother

An Entire Month 

For all the nappies
that you changed,
For all the play dates
you arranged.

For all the trips
back and forth to school,
For cleaning all the spit up
and the drool.

Why is there only
one Mother’s Day?
You could have at least got
one ENTIRE month.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Breast feeding - Copy



Share The #Cooking

Sometimes cooking with others is more speedy and less work. Different tastes can be included without one type of food predominating.

Perhaps you eat almost any cuisine and prefer to try new dishes from recipes online. Others may be more traditional. I like to make a spicy cauliflower recipe with added plain steamed pak choi and roasted sweet potato chips. Preparation is simple and the dishes are colourful and nutritious. Someone else likes to make a traditional meat casserole using favourite recipe books.

Shared cooking-meat casserole, spicy cauliflower with pak choi and sweet potato wedges

So this way we both assemble and cook the dishes, serving them together.

The vegetables can be served alone as can the casserole, making two meals instead of one. So one meal can be frozen for another day. Time problems? Cooking can be shortened with the use of a microwave or pressure cooker for the casserole. Good food without one person doing all the work!