Zero to Hero – Day 22 Join a Blogging Event

So after looking through many of the artistic blogging events I have decided to take part in ‘time out for art‘ by Zeebra Designs and Destinations.  This event occurs every Thursday and asks us to…

“Take a timeout; turn off your telephone, turn off your television and tune into yourself!  Pick up a leaf and sketch it;  go outside and draw a tree trunk!  Stay inside and scribble, cross hatch, draw tornadoes or triangles.  After ten minutes, you’ll find a shift in attention.  Don’t stop, keep drawing, and your creative side will awaken.  Consider this an exercise!   Your lines will get softer, more expressive, and your pulse slows!”

I must admit, I have got out of the habit of drawing regularly, I tend to go through phases and although at the moment I keep thinking about putting pen/pencil to paper I just have not got round to committing myself recently so I am hoping that by joining this even it will kick start me back into drawing again.

Whether I can sustain every week, is another thing, therefore I am going to aim for every fortnight and if I can manage every week then it can only be a bonus!  I will be posting the results here on this blog.  Hopefully I will eventually need to create a page for the work I create for the event!

In the meantime here is a fairly recent rockabilly inspired skull drawing I created using felt tips.

Rockabilly skull

Zero to Hero Day 20 – New Page

So I’ve been falling a little bit behind with some of the challenges.  For yesterday’s challenge I have now added an “Artwork” page which showcases some of the original drawings by Steve or myself.

I have only had time to add four drawings, all of which have been inspired by Rockabilly Day of the Dead.

Love Day of the Dead? Then check out my treasury …

I plan to slowly update this page with more examples of our artwork so watch this space.

Zero to Hero Day 21 – Reflect on Day 19


On day 19 I tried out the photo post format to post this photo of an example of one our handmade jewellery pieces.  This was to primarily to promote it as a valentines gift idea.

This post details how we make them.


In todays throw away society we love the idea of reusing existing or redundant items and transforming them into something new.  We are not always able to reuse materials, but fortunately for these necklaces we were.

Each necklace has been made out of hand cut and painted wooden canvas stretchers.  To add colour we have used either left over emulsion or acrylic paint using two different colours that have been layered up and the top coat sanded down slightly to achieve a deliberately weathered and distressed effect.

The copper wire is also reclaimed and has been transformed into the copper links holding the wooden pieces together.  The decorative coils have been shaped by hand adding further detail and a purposefully made clasp.

Other Materials

To complete the necklace we used pre-bought  leather cord and wooden beads.  In future I would like to source a reclaimed equivalent so that these necklaces be made from one hundred percent up-cycled materials.



The handmade clasp allows the length of the chord to be easily adjusted to the desired length.  The wooden bead acts as  stopper to prevent the cord passing through the clasp.


Each necklace is first wrapped in tissue paper and comes packaged in one of our custom-made Vaudeville Hippie jewellery boxes.

Please visit our Etsy store to see the full range.

Zero to Hero Day 16 – Reputations

Writing prompts can be a blogger’s best friend: on days when inspiration levels are low. Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalised take on today’s Daily Prompt.

What is a reputation?

For me the word reputation is the impression others form about a person, company, product etc in response to what they do, act or behave.

Why are reputations important?

They are important because depending on the situation a reputation could have either a positive or negative impact.  I am considering this question because whilst developing our Etsy shop, it is important that we build a good reputation with our customers in order for the business to become well known and successful.

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The reputation I would like to build for Vaudeville Hippie:

  • Unique products
  • Quality products
  • Diverse product range
  • Excellent customer service

We are still at the beginning of our journey and therefore have a lot to learn and develop as regards to our reputation, but I hope that by maintaining a regular blog and becoming a part of the blogging community we will be able to grow our reputation within the online handmade market.

Treasury Time – For His Eyes Only

With the lead up to Valentines Day we will be bringing you weekly valentines inspired treasuries with our unique Vaudeville Hippie perspective!

This treasury titled ‘For His Eyes Only‘ is inspired by  Burlesque and the art of concealing and revealing using a range of sumptuous fabrics and colours.

If you are looking for a unique valentines gift we are offering our customers 10% discount.  Simply enter the coupon code VALENTINES2014.


So today I am going to focus on a page I read today from Dennis Cardiff’s blog ‘Gotta Find a Home’ titled ‘How it all Began‘.  This is not really related to the overall theme of my blog, but it struck such a chord, I chose to write a post about it for this task.

Dennis describes how on a very cold, uninspiring walk to work one morning he noticed a homeless woman sitting in the cold and snow.  Despite the cold, he was struck by her smile and drew upon a time in his own life where money was tight and prospect were bad.  At this point Dennis did something different.  Rather than walking past with the stereotypical mindset that homeless people spend any begging money on alcohol he offered to buy her breakfast.  Naturally the woman took Dennis up on his offer.

The story does not end here and this is what I particularly liked.  Dennis repeated this every day, so that a couple of years down the line he is still offering the lady breakfast and a friendship how grown out of what is otherwise less than fortunate circumstance.

By reading this post it has reminded me of the times I have walked past a homeless person, but not really sure what to do to help.  I have sometimes thought about offering food, but have not had the courage to see it through, which sounds so silly because if it was me in that situation I would appreciate being noticed.  This act of kindness has inspired me to think again about how we view homelessness.

Without wanting to sound too cliched we get so caught up in our own day to day circumstances that we forget that other people deserve a bit of kindness in their lives, if anything to give a little bit of hope.  I am sure there are other people out there like Dennis supporting people through difficult times, it just got me thinking the effect it could have if more of us took a moment out of our busy day to help someone out.

Dennis says ‘I can’t do much for these people except to show them love, compassion, an ear to listen, perhaps a breakfast sandwich and a coffee. I would like to do more. To know them is to love them. What has been seen cannot be unseen. I have started to write an account of their daily lives. I intend to turn this into a book and have it published. That is my goal.’  I think he is doing a great job.  If you get a moment to check out the rest of his blog please do and help spread the word.


I wanted to add some comments to explain why I have chosen to follow each of these blogs for this task, unfortunately I am short of time today so I will just leave you the links and you can check them out for yourselves!

The five blogs I have chosen to follow are:

What I will mention quickly is that all five blogs had stunning photography, which caught my attention and made me want to read the content.  Something I definitely want to explore with my own blog.  This was my attempt back in the summer…