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Long time no post, health not in a great place. Today sharing some soothing, gentle, You Tube channels, for you to explore. There is so much stress and distress inthe world right now. I thought I would share places that are kind and gentle and soothing. A diverse mix of channels, see what you fancy.

For those missing creative content check out


The Unexpected Gypsy https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzk20sJQ2gq_XB9oCgOWrQA/featured Art studio vlogs. Art by Wendy Robinson


Sea Lemon for bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/SeaLemonDIY

Bitter Melon Bindery ASMR bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/bittermelonbindery/featured

DAS Bookbinding https://www.youtube.com/c/DASBookbinding/featured


Din Life sewing fabrics and also books https://www.youtube.com/c/DinLife

Furoshiki, seriously research this, on You Tube! Its amazing. Practice with a bandana if thats all u have. I’m bundling book and kind things together for when things are tough. Self care september soon, so its good to gather stuff u love togther. Its the Japanese art of wrapping with cloth. So sustainable, you can also make a bag in many variations, ditch the plastic and try this

How to turn Linens and shawls into bags https://youtu.be/pnLZOj5V-f8

Kakefuda Kyoto – Famous Furoshiki Store https://youtu.be/NC7MH3EzBWM

If its tempting u to shop there is a store in the UK called Kindly Yarn. Here is their website and they have videos on the basics https://www.kindlyyarn.co.uk

How about getting some fabric and stop with the excessive paper and selotape? There are so many nice fabrics around. You can practice with a table cloth or bandana etc to play along as u watch.

Simplistic living

The Cottage Fairy https://www.youtube.com/c/TheCottageFairy/featured


The Lune INNATE https://www.youtube.com/c/LuneINNATEASMRenergy ❤🙏 Gillian and her Reiki ASMR, sooo soothing. Reiki Master and energy worker. Thanks for helping me groumd and sleep Gillian.

Holistic Mystic Ysania https://www.youtube.com/c/HolisticMysticYsaniaASMR Galactic Reiki. Helping u soothe and settle.

Guided Vibrations https://www.youtube.com/c/GuidedVibrations Sound baths etc if u prefer without the narration their other channel Healing vibrations has no talking https://www.youtube.com/c/HealingVibrationsMedia


These are the books that are holding safe space for me at the moment. Yey for the kindle reading them out to me. Im crashing now, so can’t link them all, copy n paste them into searches in ur fave store.

Depression Recovery Letters James Withey is brilliant from this project I found his other books;

How to Anxiety to sod off

How to tell depression to f off

Thanks for sticking with me, when I post so rarely. I think about the blog, just don’t have the health to allow me to write or create as much as I’d like too.

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Forget about how many …does it take to change a light bulb? The question actually is; ‘What do I need to know to buy a light bulb?’ Try buying a new one! You need a GSCE to work out what u need! Turns out its WAY more complicated than you would think, especially if your bulbs were really long lasting ones and you have had them a long time. I’m going to link to a wonderful site, that walks you through what you need to know, with no prior knowledge needed. Firstly most important, if you read no further than this first paragraph..To save your sanity, if your light bulb dies DO NOT DISPOSE OF IT, until you get a new one! You will need the information on the light bulb and to be able to look at your light bulb to help you choose a new suitable one. Also DO NOT TAKE the ‘What bulb this needs’ stickers off your LAMPS!


Here is where I found really useful information, about what you need to know about your light bulb, to be able to get a new one. Its from Moonlight Design blog and blog post is called; which-light-bulb-should-i-buy-the-ultimate-guide-to-choosing-light-bulbs/ Thank you Moonlight Design, your blog post does just what it says on the title.

Choosing your lightbulb

For those who like the story behind the post, here we go. Firstly, I’m not a totally clueless adult, I did the basics, its just when what I wanted was discontinued, it all got a bit complicated. The makers site wasn’t helpful, I couldn’t even find the fitting type there so the search began for ‘what do I need to know to buy a light bulb?’.

  • I unplugged the lamp from the mains, removed the lightbulb, (if u have been using the lamp at the time, let it go COLD first too coz lit bulbs get very very HOT)
  • I read brand information from the side of the bulb
  • Checked the wattage
  • And did what u do if you’re housebound, I went to Amazon to order another

BUT it had been discontinued, ahh, rats, now what. Well, I tried searching, sticking with the same brand n when I couldn’t find exactly the same I went for larger wattage. I wanted to read by the light so brighter the better right. err NO as it goes. Lovely delivery person delivered the parcel, I opened it, relieved bulb not broken and went to install it, then, saw the sticker on the lamps fitting that said … ‘maximum wattage 60 watts’. *Groan*

I went to the brand’s site to see what the options were. As by now I realised I had no useful language to even ask the right questions. I didn’t understand which eco wattage was for the old school language of watts and was getting more and more confused, and cross and at the point of giving up.

I did a search and found the blog post I link to above and at last, somewhere that was taking me step by step from the beginning, so I could understand the terminology, and work out what words to use and search for based on the light bulb on the desk beside me. *does happy dance*

I remembered that my wonderful late hubby was very forward thinking and had always made sure that as soon as a bulb went and we used the ‘spare’ from the cupboard that a new one was put back as a spare for next time, while u had the box to reference it from. Also since he was doing the whole Kon Marie thing, before that sweet soul was even born, there were spares together in the ‘light bulb cupboard’. Sadly maybe he had bought in haste on this size, as although they were the same in many ways, the two spares for this size, were screw in, not with the two arms out to the side called Bayonett fitting. It means I have a pile of bulbs I don’t know where they go! Well some I do but read on…


So as of right now I am still continuing the learning process, and I’m still trying to figure out what lightbulb I need, more reading needed.

NOT wanting to repeat this very time consuming process each time a bulb goes, I am doing something hubby would do and maybe its on his computer somewhere but I’m doing inventory of all the lightbulbs in the cupboard, going mad doing it so reminded myself to start with what I do know.

Start with the facts, with what you know

  • What do I have now: Writing down all the information from each light bulb box. So I have a point of reference.
  • Write down how many I have of that kind
  • Go round the house and list every light in the house, list where it is, what its maximum wattage is and what bulb it has now
  • Comparing that to the ‘instock list’ I just made.
  • Putting a piece of paper in the light bulb box for which lamp in which room its for. (I could also have taped the list to the back of the door in the cupboard they are in, that would work too)
  • After this I’ll know what I need and where it is without the need for tiptoes and a step ladder!

Over the top you may say.. after an afternoon of chasing my tail and NOT wanting to do this again NO. That way no tiptoeing and trying to guess which one I need from the top cupboard. I will be able to look in the notebook and say, its this room, this lamp, its max wattage is this and this is the bulb it has now. I have this many instock. Yes its a faff, yes it will take some time but then next time I’ll know, not have to guess.

If you forgive the obvious pun, I am having a ‘light bulb moment’ for why hubby had so many inventories, like for everything, though they lived on his computer. I too love a system too and love how there was a place for everything and everything in its place. I see where I have muddled things a bit since he passed, but a lot of the sort by type is already there from how he had things, so it makes it quicker. I am in the process of my own Kon Maire journey, its an emotional process and takes a while, pruning and changing things feels both challenging in good and not so good ways but the afterwards is SO SO worth it. I am starting to see areas I have done and they are softer, safer kinder.

SO short version, Save the box from your light bulb and write which room and which lamp it was for, even if you can’t afford spares, this will help you shop for your replacement bulb with less stress than Im having.

Sharing this tale so that you don’t have to invent the wheel from scratch for yourself, I can’t be the only one going nuts trying to figure out the new systems and terms used for lighting now. BTW they are discontinuing incandesent and halogen bulbs, so get em while you can if they are important to you. They are also selling by LUMENS not the old school watts or the watts LED. Another good reason to keep your old packaging or make a note of it somewhere you can find the information again.

OK rant over, I’m off to put light bulbs that don’t fit, back in the cupboard, and work all this shizell out another day.

I wish you luck and success with your light bulb journey and thanks to the wonderful people at Moonlight design for having a wonderful blog post written in plain english in a way that is easy to follow. THANK YOU xx

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There seem to be a lot of tutorials around at the moment about how to sew masks for Covid 19 protection, for yourself but also to donate to those in need in hsopitals etc. I have done some research, please have a read through n watch a bit, before you sew. We want to help ppl, not give false hope.

How to sew a face mask

First video I watched was by Homemadeonourhomestead

Then their follow up videowith Q&A and lots of helpful links

This article on the materials used on homemade masks and their pros/cons limitations is IMPORTANT to read

Suay Mask pattern,

pdf pattern and instructions https://suayla.com/pages/suay-community-mask-coalition

Please consider adding a donation to his go fund me page, he is working to get testing for the material options for home sew masks but its $40 thousand. https://www.gofundme.com/f/mask-response-at-suay

Allergies and cleanliness

I applaud the thinking behind making masks at home, to help others, but my concern for this is also about the spaces they are being created in, have you sanitised your washing machine before washing these fabrics? Ditto other areas in your house.

Also allergies do you have pets? If your pet has had access to areas where you are creating these masks, that would need to be stated on the final piece. Sewing for yourself is fine, but if others have allergies that could be life threatening for them, then sewing in an area your pet has had access too, even if its not there today, if you have touched your pet then your sewing supplies, again, my heart says everything needs special cleaning down. The same is true of food allergies.

  • Please know I applaud all those wanting to create to help fill a gap, to ‘do their bit’ to help. But medical grade masks are made in sterile surroundings, with people wearing ppe while they create.
  • Please be aware of the limitations of the materials you are using, so you and those you are sharing these masks with can make their own informed decisions.
  • Please be aware that some people have allergies that can also be life threatening if triggered. This can be food related as well as pet related. Even in the smallest amounts allergens can be life threatening. So any food you or your area has been in contact with can be an issue.
  • Please wash your hands, wear gloves and a mask throughout your creation process.
  • This isn’t me being down on anyone trying to help, just that I knew someone who had life threatening allergy reaction, when they were in contact with someone who had been in contact with their trigger substance days ago! THIS STUFF MATTERS.

Sending love light and hope to all those struggling right now.

Thanks for reading, please share this post

Billie x

Update 22 April 2020

I stand by what I have written, and the allergy thing is still very important. As long as everyone keeps that in mind and is also aware of the limitations of such masks its fine. I have since done further research and discovered its possible to get liners for the masks which will improve their safety value to the general public, just for out and about.

Given the news is starting to lean towards possibly asking people to wear masks out and about, in the coming weeks n months, it would be WAY better to make your own, with one of the many many tutorials on You Tube than to deplete the already, dangerously low stocks, that are around and needed for front line staff.

Thanks for reading x

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In this weeks class I’ll show a simple way to turn your favourite acrylic colours metallic with just a few new additions to your palette.

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours

Make your Palette metallic with Winsor & Newton Galeria; Metallic colours


Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 9 Make your Palette Metallic.

Now you know how, what will you create with your new extended palette? Hope you are enjoying this series, do let me know in your comments.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂


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This week I’ll show you how to create a feathered texture for your mixed media projects.

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!

Just the beginning, a few samples made after only an afternoon with texture paste!


Mixed Media Workshop: Lesson 8 Feather Texture.

How are you getting on? Hope you are enjoying this series and have learnt some new techniques to add to your own skills. Do tell your friends about the series on your favourite social media sites. See you next Wednesday for Lesson 9.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂


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Want to add some dimension to your mixed media projects? Today I’ll share how to create a textured stone effect, perfect for book covers and all kinds of projects.

Mixed media Stone effect with lots of texture and dimension.

Mixed media Stone effect with lots of texture and dimension.


Here we are for Lesson 7 in the Mixed Media workshop. This week Embossed Stone. I love this effect and it’s really easy to create with just a few simple steps and not many supplies.

Hope you have fun with this technique, do leave me a comment and show me any projects you create using it, I’d love to see what you are all making. How are you getting on with this series, are you learning lots of new techniques to take in your own directions?

If you are enjoying this series, do tell others about it, the more the merrier. See you next Wednesday for Lesson 8.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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As Part of Seth Apter’s Buried Treasure project, I’d like to share a tutorial from my mixed media workshop:

How to create this dimensional crackled effect.

Great for all kinds of mixed media projects.

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way

Faux Crackle paint effect. The really EASY way


I hope you are enjoying this series and will join me next Wednesday for Lesson 7. I’d love to see your projects that you create using these techniques do share them and any questions you have in the comments below.

If you are enjoying this series do tell others on your favourite social media sites.

Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon

Billie 🙂

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