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An interview with Louise Allen of Rhythm of Beauty

Rhythm of Beauty, Louise Allen
I met Louise during my first Priestess initiation workshop. Being a Priestess or becoming one ultimately means living in rhythm with nature, following the seasons, moon cycles, understanding the symbolism of flowers, the stories of ancient deities and nature spirits, of dream work and meditation which in turn encourages a fledgling Priestess to look inside herself, to heal and learn to guide others on visual and meditative journeys, create ceremonies, sacred feminine workshops and moon blessings. It’s all very deliciously magical stuff that is teaching me to be true to myself for I have always been this way: I’ve always been wild, a free spirited gypsy, a wise woman who sees beyond the veil and because I already live this way and visualize belly dance as a form of devotion to the goddess and nature, it seemed only fitting to bring belly dance and my priestess training together so that I can create beautiful healing workshops for women. Louise was one of the first women to befriend me and she’s been a wonderfully encouraging and inspirational individual at this moment in my life.

Louise reminds me of a lighthouse or the characters in my favourite film “Practical Magic” who are ‘wise women’ or ‘herbalists’ that live in a house that looks like a lighthouse. She is a lighthouse because she has been one of the few people I’ve met who are honest, has integrity and are unafraid to shine. She is also a wildflower- sturdy yet gentle and playful as she dances through life with so much grace. I adore her loving nature, I adore how proud she is of being a full time mother and I love the devotion she has put into her Rhythm of Beauty business, which is truly a unique small business.
Have a read of her interview over a cup of silky, chamomile tea to truly enjoy Louise’s warm personality and beautiful way of life.

Describe who you are and what you do in three sentences or less.
I am a mother of 3 beautiful boys, and wife to my partner Tom. Through my life experience and holistic practice over the last 20 years or so I have blended this into my certified coaching ‘Rhythm of Beauty’, which is a 3 fold business and includes: Crafting & selling Beauty products such as natural skin care moisturizers, flower essences and botanical body lotions. I also facilitate workshops & retreats centered around the  seasons & moon cycles and I also offer training to those who wish become a Rhythm of Beauty coach.

Tell us your life journey, when did you first start becoming interested in holistic healing and the benefits of plants and ultimately creating your own business “Rhythm of Beauty” plus your retreats that branch out from that?

Firstly I’ll talk about Rhythm Of Beauty
With over 20 years of experience I have been able to combine the elements of beauty, aromatherapy, herbalism, nutrition, anthropology and psychology into a holistic focus on becoming whole again, I encourage individuals to live a life aligned to their true identity, to navigate a deep exploration within oneself and bring their true self to the surface for all to see, LIVING in-tune, with nature and their own unique purpose.

My seasonal range of products are gifted from nature, sourced with care and offered with sincerity. My Skincare products are infused with living botanicals, oils, and tinctures that truly feed the soul. I Work closely with the seasons and moon cycle to fully capture the essences of the flowers to feed the body’s cells with pure minerals, antioxidants and skin omegas to optimally balance all skin types. The beauty of my products has a harmonious relationship with nature and with our bodies – not only do they work wonders on the skin, they are created so purely that they reach much deeper, working on an emotional and spiritual level – infusions of nature that literally touch the heart and the soul.

I love to spend as much time as possible in my garden, this is my sacred and creative space… is quite normal to see me running outside in all weathers, to retrieve an essence bottle or flower that has called out to me from the beauty of the flower and herb, surrounded by the woodlands and the purity of the stream, running through the gardens.

In regards to invoking the power of the moon cycle, my experience has discovered that the power of purification is heightened at a new moon, whereas it is at the full moon, that the potential for the body’s innate wellness, receptivity and nourishment is magnified. Working in harmony with the moon in this way, truly aligns the mind, body and spirit which brings about a powerful wellbeing and healing.

I also facilitate Sacred Spaces and retreats
I focus on empowering individuals to lead  healthy lives and I do this by utilizing the abundance and  blessings of nature. I blend my experiences, learning and intuition , with bespoke products, one-to-one retreat days and teaching programs – all with the aim of nurturing beauty, lifestyle and soul.

Working with me, I guide you to see that it becomes possible to reconnect to the ‘sacred space’ within ourselves. My grounding presence offers a trusting and safe space to begin to explore deep transformation within yourself and to reach the power and gifts of the divine feminine, so easily buried, in a world where masculine is often seen to lead. This ‘unlocking’ is the re-connection to the true feminine principles within us all – receptivity, gentleness and stillness.

Accessing this internal power, with the gentleness that it is, strikes the AWAKENING of our soul – This is TRUE beauty from within, confidently projected outwards, the wisdom of knowing who you are, fearlessly shining your own light for all to see and being alive in the loving energy of owning your truth…

‘There is nothing if you cannot be yourself… when you are completely yourself, you are simply the most attractive’.

What are your other passions and interests and do they work in conjunction to Rhythm of Beauty?
I love flowers!  My house and garden are always filled with flowers and herbs, and I also like to run and practice yoga, these help with my grounding into my body. I love to cook and celebrate life with friends and family- I love simple pleasures and cherishing the beauty of nature.

Why are the seasons and following the moon cycle important to the creation of your products and of your teachings?
The seasons are cyclical just like us as women- they lead us to follow their journey through letting go and harvesting-Autumn, Retreat into stillness-Winter- Rebirth and New Beginnings Spring and Transformation –summer. I like to incorporate this into my products and retreats to teach women-or remind them of their innate connection to nature.

The moon cycle is an ancient practice that has been lost over the years, it is something that helped me overcome feelings of being overwhelmed and exhausted by aligning to its cycle and this is what I use now to coach women to live a balanced life.

Can you give us a glimpse into the Beauty Therapy Training you offer and why does it differ from other Beauty Therapy courses?
Rhythm of Beauty Training is a unique experience it is more like a Retreat- Temple experience for therapist, yogis and practitioners to be nourished and nurtured and taught the power of living in rhythm with mother earth in a practical and grounding way, that then gives them a business tool to integrate into their own practice, with a range of seasonal products to complement their practice which nourishes the practitioner as they work. Once the year is complete they become a certified Rhythm of Beauty Coach, which enables them to align their clients to each season through seasonal nutritional therapy, flower essence therapy, and energy medicine.

What is the biggest struggle you face with your profession? How did you overcome it?
My biggest struggle has been time and keeping the balance with family and work, as my first job is a full time mother to 3 growing boys. I overcome it by taking it one day at a time, enjoying each moment as it comes and taking time out for myself when I feel exhausted. It is so important to pause, even for just a moment, take a bath and just breathe.

How has this holistic path changed your life, what is your personal measure of success and what makes you happy?
I have been on this path for a good 20 years – it is a way of life, that brings me so much joy –as I watch women and men unfurl to their true nature by living in rhythm with mother earth and reconnecting to these gifts. My idea of success is about finding what makes you truly happy and become that passion every single day, live it, explore it, grow from it. I am my most happiest as a full time mother, watching my boys grow is a blessing and being my own boss is also a very rewarding and a fulfilling experience also because I am a free spirit, I am at my best when I have the freedom to forge my own path which also enables me to support my family as a working mum.

What is currently your favorite concoction or flower essence and why?
Magnolia is a very special flower essence for me; it gave me so much wisdom as I was integrating Rhythm of Beauty. Magnolia is the archetype of the queen energy and her essence is something you ‘earn’ just like wearing a crown.

I also have an ancient Dog Rose that rambles up 2 huge beautiful pine trees’ and across our stream, this is such a majestic essence which embodies the 5 pointed star of the goddess- this essence is included in my Guardian Angel of Breast Oil and my Summer Collection to capture the secret language of the rose, for divine healing and to work with the fire element of summer, as rose is the quintessential medicine for the heart, which is the organ in power in the summer.

What advice would you give to those wanting to pursue your profession or any path/lifestyle perhaps considered unconventional to societal ideals?
Follow your heart, live your passion –this uplifts your soul and all you meet, as you will be living your soul’s purpose.

Current books you might be reading or books you have read that you recommend for anyone wanting to pursue a similar path to yours?
Silver Wheel by Elen Tompkins is what I’m currently reading. I have so many books on flowers, herbalism, health, aromatherapy; the list is too long to write here. However it can’t come from books, it all comes from walking the path and learning from nature.

What’s next for you and what are your life goals? Give us a glimpse into your hopes and dreams?
I have just had my courses all certified with CMA Complimentary Medical Association, and my Spa Well Retreat is due to open in a few weeks, which is the flagship of Rhythm of Beauty, where all the products are made, retreats, mentoring and training will take place. I’m also launching a Rhythm of Beauty Flower Essence Diploma the end of this year, alongside writing a seasonal nutritional book. My next goal is to collaborate with a retreat overseas.

I find Louise to be a remarkable and interesting woman. Her energy is both gentle yet refreshing like a soft summers breeze and her products are just divine. I also intend on attending one of her training courses once I have completed all my yoga certifications and my priestess initiation, it feels right to offer more than just the yoga poses or belly dance moves in my classes, I don’t see myself as just a ‘fitness teacher’. I want to offer sacred and magical spaces for women, to incorporate ceremonies and flower essences into my teachings, that would be a dream come true and I believe working with Louise will bring that out of me.

To learn more about Louise, attend one of her retreats or trainings or maybe purchase some of her seasonal products, visit her website here: Rhythm of Beauty
You can also like her on her facebook page: Rhythm of Beauty:Skin-Soul

Rhythm of Beauty logo
Want to read other interviews? Click on the links below.
An Interview with Rebecca Liggett an artist & trainee primary school teacher
An Interview with Sarah-Yoga Teacher & Psychology graduate
An Interview with Nicole of Pure Soul Holistics
An Interview with Jenny of Alligator Smiles glass artistry
An Interview with Violeta a Jewellery designer from Surray

An interview with Artist Rebecca Liggett

Describe who you are and what you do in three sentences or less.
I’m Rebecca, I’m 27, living in the heart of the countryside in Cumbria. I’m a self taught crocheter and I make toys and blankets.

Tell is your life journey and how it lead you to Art and becoming a Primary school teacher?
Art was my favourite subject at school. When I was at college and getting ready to go to university, I was unsure what I wanted to do career-wise so I chose art as it was something I was good at and I got enjoyment out of. I had a wonderful 4 years at university, surrounded by creativity and like-minded people. Since university, I have moved more towards crafts than fine art. I bought some wool and crochet hooks, and taught myself to crochet by watching tutorials on YouTube, and I’ve been creating since. I have worked in retail for over 5 years, whilst crafting in my spare time. I’m ready for a change that is rewarding and will bring challenges, which is why I’m hopefully embarking on a PGCE this September to teach primary school children.

What are your other passions and interests?
I have an obsession with wool, it comes with crocheting I think! Part of the fun is picking out wool, choosing the right colours and textures for a new project. I have so many bags of balls of wool that I’m ‘saving for something special’ but I just love the different textures and colours. I also do a lot of cross stitching, which I find really therapeutic. My mum always wonders how I
have so much patience for it! I love to read, I’m currently reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams which is brilliant. I also enjoy being outdoors, walking and being at one with nature. I play the violin, too, which I don’t practice nearly as often as I should!

From your perspective why is art a beneficial activity in a school curriculum and in our daily lives?
Without getting too political, it angers me that arts and funding for these are being slashed right across the country. The message being given is that the arts are not important. Art should absolutely be just as important as core subjects in the school curriculum. Not every child is academically wired up to be good at maths, english and science. Children in their early years learn through creativity, play, and express themselves through drawings and paintings. Art has the ability to stretch the imagination, encouraging visual thinking and observation. As they develop, a piece of art that a child has created is a representation of their ideas, emotions, beliefs and values. Being able to represent yourself is really important.

Who or what inspires you?
I find a lot of inspiration in nature. Certain colours in flowers inspire projects, particularly as I make a lot of flower granny squares to join into blankets. There are so many artists and craftspeople that I find inspirational, too many for me to list here!

In your career and life, what’s been your greatest asset? And, if you care to share, your greatest hindrance? How did you overcome it?
I’d say my greatest asset is my determination. If I’m knocked down then I pick myself up, dust myself off and carry on, even if it means taking a different path. I don’t celebrate my achievements nearly enough. Every so often I’ll look back at finished crochet projects and my heart will swell with pride that I taught myself how to do that. I’ve struggled with lack of confidence too, but I’m slowly learning that each stepping stone is a leap to being more confident. Rather than looking at these as hindrances, I try to see them as a work in progress, something that I can be better at.

What is your personal measure of success and what makes you happy?
For me, it’s the small things in life that make me happy. Losing myself in a good book; crafting; being outdoors; spending time with loved ones; music; tending to my ever growing (can also be read as over growing!) collection of plants; feeling the warmth of the sun; a good brew and the smell of rain; all contribute to my happy-o-meter!

Measuring success can sound like an ending, almost as if you have reached the top and can go no further. We all have the ability to grow and even if something has been a success, you can still keep working on it. I’m trying to be better at celebrating my achievements and success. I don’t believe that success should ever be measured by comparing your own life to someone else’s, though!

What is your best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Step outside your comfort zone. I think I’d still be teetering tentatively on the edge of many decisions now if I hadn’t been told by several people to ‘just give it a go, what’s the worst that can happen?’

What’s next for you and what are your life goals? Give us a glimpse into your bucket list?
Well, hopefully I’ll be starting a PGCE in September which will take up quite a lot of my time. I’ll still make time to do the things I love though! I’d love to run an after school club teaching children to crochet! One thing on my bucket list is to travel around Europe. I really want to get out and see some wonderful places and experience different cultures! Budapest, Rome, Prague and Reykjavik are at the top of my list.

Do you have any tips and advice for those wishing to pursue their dreams? Do you have an inspirational quote or mantra you live by that you’d like to share?
Go for something you dream of, even if it’s completely out of your comfort zone. Some of the best things I’ve done have come from stepping out of my comfort zone. I know this is cliche, but you only get one shot at life. Do what you want to do, for you. It’s your life to live, no one else’s. Above all, be happy!

Follow Rebecca on Instagram to keep up to date of all the wonderful things she crafts: Woolly Bee Crochet
Want to read other interviews? Click on the links below.
An Interview with Sarah-Yoga Teacher & Psychology graduate
An Interview with Nicole of Pure Soul Holistics
An Interview with Jenny of Alligator Smiles glass artistry
An Interview with Violeta a Jewellery designer from Surray

An interview with Sarah the Yogi

yoga in worthing
I have known Sarah now for over a year. We became friends instantly and she allowed me to stay with her whilst I did my Kids yoga teacher training in Brighton, back then we were discussing our dreams and our eventual path towards becoming certified yoga teachers and possibly running retreats together. We also got tattoos together to celebrate our budding friendship. Fast forward to this present moment and I’m about to train as a Teen yoga teacher and Sarah has just completed her 200hr yoga teacher training! Sarah is a beautiful fusion between gentleness and sass. Her soothing, husky voice has the capability of calming even the most anxious person and she has the sweetest disposition. She is spirited, gracious, and generous with a big heart and I really wanted to give readers a glimpse into her thoughts and of her current adventures in life.

Describe who you are and what you do in three sentences or less.
I’m Sarah, psychology graduate and newly qualified yoga teacher! I am an Aries (with the fiery hair to match!) and I currently live in Worthing, which is just down the coast from Brighton.

Tell is your life journey and how it lead you to Yoga?
Yoga has always fascinated me. I remember taking books on Yoga out of the library as a teenager and trying to hold the pages open with one foot whilst attempting to contort myself into the poses. Needless to say, it wasn’t too successful! During my late teens and early 20s I struggled with a huge lack of confidence, depression, and turbulent relationships. I felt incredibly lost in life and was experiencing a feeling of disconnection from everything. I can’t remember the specific moment I decided to explore Yoga again, but I do remember sweating like crazy in Downward Facing Dog and feeling this huge wave of peace wash over me in Savasana. I had never experienced anything like it before, and every fibre of my being was calling me to repeat the practice. So I did. Again and again. Yoga has been instrumental in shaping my growth and development as a person, and I honestly don’t know where I would be without it.

What are your other passions and interests?
I am an avid reader, although I buy far more books than I will ever read! Living by the sea I also love going for walks along the beach. I have recently begun writing for the Bad Yogi blog, and am currently learning to play the ukulele… although with limited success so far!
yoga in Brighton

From your perspective how does psychology and yoga overlap?
Yoga, like psychology, is a science. It is the science of careful self enquiry in order to gain knowledge and wisdom about ourselves. As BKS Iyengar so succinctly puts it “Yoga, an ancient but perfect science, deals with the evolution of humanity. This evolution includes all aspects of one’s being, from bodily health to self realization”. One of the roles of psychology is to understand more about (and how to treat) mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and chronic stress. The role that yoga can play as an adjunct treatment for these issues is of huge significance.

Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by people who speak and live their truth, it just shines out from them. As I have studied more Yoga Philosophy, I have also become inspired by the Bhagavad Gita and the Hindu gods/goddesses.
yoga outside

In your career and life, what’s been your greatest asset? And, if you care to share, your greatest hindrance? How did you overcome it?
Hmmm…I don’t know if I could define it as an asset, it’s probably more of a work in progress at the moment! But I would have to say trust. The trust I have to listen to my gut feelings about situations and decisions in my life, about when is the time to stay, to go, to make a change. And as I develop my connection to that inner intuition it feels like more things in my life are slotting into place. My greatest hindrance would have to be my tendency to compare myself with others and feel ‘less than’. I think this is hard given the ‘highlights reel’ of other people’s lives that we are exposed to on social media. But at the end of the day, we choose what information we feed ourselves, and I find that consciously selecting what I read and watch, and focusing on cultivating my own happiness has helped me to overcome these feelings.

What is your personal measure of success and what makes you happy?
I try not to strive for ‘success’ as such, of course I have goals and ambitions, but they are not end points. I can’t imagine getting to a point in my life where I think ‘great – I’ve made it now’, because we are always growing and evolving.
What makes me happy? Sorry to be such a huge cliché, but it really is all of the mundane little pleasures that make up life; lazy morning cuddles in bed, a chilled glass of rose, walking barefoot through grass, laughing, sharing.
yoga in nature

What is your best advice you’ve ever gotten?
‘Do the right thing, and the right thing will happen’ – Trust that you are doing all that you can and the opportunities and synchronicity will arise.

What’s next for you and what are your life goals? Give us a glimpse into your bucket list?
As a newly qualified yoga teacher I am really excited to get teaching and start to embody all of the knowledge that I have gained over the course of my training. I am very much open to seeing where it takes me without really having much of a plan (why change the habit of a lifetime eh?). In terms of my other life goals, I am very keen to travel and see more of the world. I would also like to dedicate more time to being creative. I used to love to read, write, paint and draw, but I never make the time to do this anymore, so I would love to rediscover my artistic side! I never want to stop learning and there are so many areas that I would love to pursue in the future; massage, aromatherapy, ayurveda…The list goes on!
wheel pose chakrasana

Do you have any tips and advice for those wishing to pursue their dreams? Do you have an inspirational quote or mantra you live by that you’d like to share?
Dream – dream big, dream small, but mean it. Trust in the process, and trust in your inner voice or gut feeling that is guiding you. Try not to be disheartened or distracted by the opinions of others, it is your life and your happiness, so why should anyone else govern it? I believe that the practice of setting a Sankalpa can be very helpful. A Sankalpa is a short positive affirmation that you repeat three times at the start of a yoga or meditation practice, such as ‘I am enough’ or ‘I trust in my wisdom’, which blooms and blossoms in your unconscious mind.
lotus pose with prayer mudra
To get to know Sarah a little more, follow her on instagram or read her articles on the Bad Yogi Blog.

Want to read other interviews on Sunflowerteeth blog? Click on the links below!
An Interview with Rebecca, an artist and trainee primary school teacher
An Interview with Nicole of Pure Soul Holistics
An Interview with Jenny of Alligator Smiles glass artistry
An Interview with Violeta a Jewellery designer from Surray

An Interview with Pure Soul Holistics

I can’t quite remember how I discovered Nicole and her exquisite creations but I knew it had a profound effect on my being as did her warm and free spirited personality. Her handmade leather cuffs choose you, you are instantly drawn to the cuff that speaks to your spirit. In the New Year of 2015, I felt like I needed something tangible that represented who I truly am and how I was going to work through my intentions for that year and by chance I saw one of her cuffs with text engraved in the metal “be who you were created to be and you will set the world on fire.” and I was drawn to it since as a Libra with a Leo Moon I knew in order to be my creative self I need to activate the fire within me. The moment I contacted Nicole, there was an instant connection which I find magical considering we are an ocean apart. You can really feel the love and wonderment as she crafts her Art. Nicole of PureSoulHolistics is a woman of many talents she also makes custom blend essential oils for aromatherapy, leather earrings and metallic rings & bangles with hand-stamped words of your choice. PureSoulHolistics products radiate with an earthy yet hazy summer vibe which is a perfect match to go with a willowy bohemian dress on the beach or perhaps a retro T-shirt and skinny jeans for a more urban and edgier look? On a sleepy Sunday afternoon I interviewed Nicole, asking her to tell us a bit more about herself, her lifestyle & her business PureSoulHolistics.

Pure Soul Holistics
How did you get into your craft?
Words have always been very important to me. I wanted to share a way for women to be able to look down and see a positive daily affirmation that spoke to them. A way to share their story, and be reminded of what’s important to them as they go through their day.

Tell me the story behind Pure Soul Holistics?
Pure Soul to me means being happy and healthy from the inside out. Being true to who you are and what brings you joy. I have always been an advocate of natural health and holistic healing. My passion has been sharing with woman (and men) the magic of essential oils and aromatherapy and how they can be used as tools to promote our deepest wellness. Physically and spiritually. I love to share what I have learned through my own journey. Art has always been my outlet. In many different forms it has been what has brought balance to my life when things get mucky and hard. My cuffs and jewelry are a combination of my love for funky and free bohemian style, my love for words, and my passion to spread the importance of LOVE. in all its forms. Plus the leather cuffs act as an amazing diffuser for your favorite essential oils!

What is it about your craft that appeals to you?
My customers! I love nothing more then getting the honor of creating a custom essential oil blend or a custom cuff with a quote or word that speaks to their heart. I have been connected with some of the most amazing people through my work and it has only deepened my belief that we all need each other. Connection is so important. We all have struggles, need support, and have a desire for LOVE.

Your cuffs are lovely and very inspiring. How did you come up with the concept, look and style of your designs? Thank you! I am truly inspired by the perfectly imperfect. Anything that tells a story, shows the life we live. I use mostly all up cycled materials and I use what speaks to me. I find a lot of my supplies while thrifting or rummaging through the scrap yard. I am blessed to have a best friend who enjoys this with me. With a coffee in hand, it makes for a perfect day and is always inspiring!
hand made leather cuff with inspirational quote

What does a typical day look like for you?
I wake up pretty early, enjoy my coffee while having quiet time and then catch up on emails, orders etc. …so I know what I need to focus on that day. I head to the gym, then back home and out to my little shop. Working from home has been both a blessing and a challenge. I tend to be a bit “scattered” and my shop can show that! just ask my husband 🙂 I am trying to be better about making lists and having routine. Not an easy task for my aquarian free spirit!

Tell us about your background before you became an artist and decided to sell what you are creating?
My family has always come first. Being a mom has been my greatest joy and my children are my greatest creation! I was blessed to work at a chiropractic and wellness center while raising my children. It fit well with my family schedule and supported my passion for holistic health. I learned so much about who I am during those years. My children were my greatest teachers. The transition into being “empty nesters” was a bit of a challenge. I have been a mommy since the age of 19. It took some time to TRULY find me again. It was worth all the hard work!

What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy and need to spend time outdoors. In the PNW winters can be a bit of a challenge for me. I truly live for summers…time spent hiking, kayaking, and camping. I love a good campfire with family and friends. Working out keeps me happy. I enjoy running, cycling and yoga, and have recently added in weights and a bit of boxing. I need to change it up often so I don’t get bored!
Pure Soul Holistics

Do you have any new projects that might be coming up in the near future?
I am currently working with someone in designing some woman tees and sweatshirts with some of my favorite words of love. I am also working on my sewing skills and have some plans for new designs in the future.

Who or what inspires you and why?
My children always. They ARE unconditional LOVE. My husband, who is a true blue good guy and the hardest working person I know. Nature. The ocean is my heart and soul and time in the forest always brings me back to peace.
Pure Soul Holistics Essential Oils, Perfumes and Homeopathic remedies

Have there been difficult moments? How did you stay positive?
Yes! even when you know you are doing what you are suppose to be doing there are days when the self doubts. ..the I’m not good enoughs or the what I do really doesn’t matter creep in. I have learned that for me that means I need take it slow and recharge. That can mean different things.. .but for me I just try to really listen to what my body is telling me.

What advice do you have for budding artists who want to work in the creative industry?
Follow your heart. Make it happen.. .even when it seems hard. Start small if you need to. Maybe by making a list and doing just a couple things on it. Small steps really are huge and the first few are always the hardest. Good things will flow.. .sometimes we just need to get them moving!

How important is it, in your opinion to follow your dreams regardless of what others might say?
The MOST important! Others will always have an opinion. Sometimes its hard to hear especially if its someone we trust. But the truth is, no one really knows what is best for you except you. That wont always make sense to some people but thats okay. You are the only one created to live your life. To look in the mirror and know who you TRULY are and to see happiness and feel at peace is the greatest blessing. Even on the hard days 🙂
hand made leather cuffs with inspirational words designed by Nicole Knavel
Nicole of PureSoulHolistics is giving this beautiful handmade cuff called “Gypsy Soul” away, free to one lucky person! All you have to do is become a new follower of her instagram and leave a comment telling us why the cuff should be yours! Nicole will announce the winner on Friday 24th April. *This applies to USA readers only.
If you’d like to see more of of Nicole’s gorgeous creations visit her beautiful website here: PureSoulHolistics

An Interview with Jenny Thames of Alligator Smiles

Jenny Thames of Alligator Smiles is a Glass Artist from Florida, USA. She has had a passion for glass work since she was 17 years old. She is regularly commissioned to make panels, windows, cabinet doors and even the common sun-catcher. A few years ago she was commissioned to create a glass pyramid and since then she has been hooked. Some pyramids are hinged, these are useful for jewellery boxes, keepsake boxes, lottery tickets, even small terrariums. Others are beachscapes which include an assortment of organic objects such as sand, sharks teeth, shells, stones, limpets, coral and much more. Each pyramid is handmade using high quality bevel glass. The seams are tightly sealed and the finish is smooth and shiny. At an extra cost you can ask for engraving, which is done by hand. For a gift, an engraved message gives the pyramid an extra special meaning.
How did you get into working with glass?
I took a class when I was 21 and working for an electrical contractor. I loved it and knew that I found my niche.
Patina Alligator smile glass work

Tell me the story behind your business Alligator Smiles and how you came to make bespoke glass pyramids?

I used to paint alligators at play, swinging, sliding, flying a kite, etc. When I started doing glass, the name stuck, it makes me smile. The pyramids came many years later.

What is it about your craft that appeals to you?
It’s like building a house. You start with a simple black and white design and finish with a sparkling, shimmering, dazzling finished product.

How did you come up with the concept, look and style of your designs?
I started making the pyramid boxes because people wanted to put their own treasures in them. I do a lot of custom pyramids with personal treasures. A lot of the style and design depends on the customer.
hand made glass prism

Tell us about your background, before glass making?
I mostly painted murals before I learned stained glass. I still paint some, mostly for friends and family.

What do you do outside of your business?
Outside of my business, my best time is spent with my 8 year old daughter.

Do you have any new projects that might be coming up this year?
I am working on a stained glass guitar design. I am imagining something three dimensional, with real guitar strings and everything.
bespoke pyramid glass jewellery trinket box

Could you tell us the process of creating your glass pieces?
The pyramids are made with prefabricated bevels. I position them by temporary means until I can foil and solder it into a super solid structure.

What are your future ambitions for yourself & your business?
I hope to do more larger projects, windows, doors, etc.

who or what inspires you and why?
It varies. A lot of my ideas are instigated from other people’s ideas. I am positively fascinated by nature, animals, trees, the sky, all of it.
hand made glass trinket pyramid

Have there been difficult moments? if so what was it that made you stay positive?
From time to time I will have a piece of glass that doesn’t want to work with me. It is easy to recognize when I’m not going to overcome it so I put it aside for a while. Without fail, when I come back to it, it is ready to make art.

What advice would you give to budding artists who want to work in the creative industry?
Stay positive and healthy. Keep your mind and heart open to everything and everyone and expect to be very, very happy.

How important is it, in your opinion to follow your dreams regardless of what others might say?
Following your hearts desire and dreams is the most important thing in life. Unfortunately, nay-sayers don’t and won’t understand. I’ve discovered that the people who are discouraging are desperate for personal peace and happiness. Be nice to them and show them how to live free and happy through your own success.
beautiful hand crafted glass box, wedding presents, occasions, home décor
Pyramid boxes are the perfect display case for your special treasures and the beachscapes within the glass prisms are a beautiful ornament to add as a feature to a book case, window display or shelf for the home. The glass pyramids catch the light and make a lovely rainbow effect on a sunny day and can be used as a practical entity to store small pieces of jewellery or for decorative means to add a touch of magic and nostalgia to a living space. I adore the Beachscapes within the glass pyramid, they make me think of holidays past and of children’s story books involving messages in glass bottles, pirates & mermaids. The beachscapes are like tiny little worlds encased in glass, in the near future I will be ordering one as I think it will look so beautiful on our book case with the oil burner, Ganesh statue, national geographic magazines, novels & art books, plants and Jon’s vintage camera. These glass pyramids are very elegant & stylish yet welcoming & unusual.

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If you would like to read the first crafters & makers interview from the previous week, click: Voileta Markovic of Viomar Jewellery.