Archive for March, 2015

Not everyone is smart, but everyone can be S.M.A.R.T.

Over the weekend I was talking about a problem with someone and trying to work out how best to approach it. ‘Approach it the S.M.A.R.T way’ they said and proceeded to explain what S.M.A.R.T. was. I’d never heard of it before and the more it was explained the more I felt like the clouds were parting.

In a nutshell, S.M.A.R.T. is a mnemonic acronym, giving criteria to guide in the setting of objectives.

Specific – being specific – who, what, where, when. 

Measurable – making it measurable – how will I know when it’s been accomplished?

Attainable –  how and what can I do to make this start to happen?

Realistic – setting small goals create an objective with which you are willing and able to work at the same time each goal should mark substantial progress

Timescale – by grounding everything within a time frame you set your subconscious into motion.  

It helped me immediately realise my method of trying to deal with most things was by attempting to get it all done in one go and that maybe it was time to try things the S.M.A.R.T. way. So I thought of a fun thing to apply it to which in turn can help address a small problem I have at the same time. 


A part of my massive but lovely notebook problem.


As easy as ABC!



It has been so much fun developing this range of brush pots. Of course it hasn’t been without it’s challenges, but I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. I even had a good time writing the copy for them, they’ve been popular from the very get go and I’m really looking forward to seeing some pictures of them in their newfound homes.


A happy and thankful week in pictures

Going through my the photo library on my phone makes me realise how lucky I am given what I do in my day to day life, well it hasn’t been without a ton of hard work. I’ve been doing a lot of styling in the shop recently and having some sets of beautiful antique prints framed ready for hanging. It’s looking so beautiful. I thought I’d share the last week in pictures. I’m particularly pleased with how the Alphabet Brush Pots have come out, the latest addition to the Bridie Hall at Home range and due for sale online within the next day or so… watch this space!  I’ve even found time to squeeze in getting a (successful) passport photo, very rarely do I do a selfie.



Give me a museum and I’ll fill it – Pablo Picasso

As a child, I was actively encouraged by my grandmother to collect salt and pepper shakers and keep a scrapbook, mainly with pictures of Princess Diana. Unquestioning, it just became something that I did. Decades later I look at my life and my work and I am literally surrounded by collections. I have become a collector of collections. Ebay is the source of the nile when it comes to laying ones hands on a ready made collection these days, all the hard work was done sometime last century. It makes me sad to think of them being sold in such a way but also happy they can be united with the kindred spirits of their creators from another time.

There is no doubt they provide an important and bottomless source of ideas and inspiration to me and are also a touch stone to the not to distant past I feel I have to have a physical link with. Undoubtedly the days of building a collection as a hobby are all but gone, time is too precious to flounder about along coastlines searching for shells or fossils and stones and the resources are no longer so abundant. Early C20th collectors could be seen to have ruined the party for others, egg collectors went a little of the rails for example. I treasure the rocks and minerals, the shells, the eggs and the corals I have. I know I won’t hold onto them forever but while they are with me they will be loved, and looked at and wondered over again and again.

It’s not only the victorian hobbyist who’s collections I admire, these daffodils displayed (of course collections and displays go hand on hand – two of my favourite things) at the Chelsea Flower Show a couple of years ago still make my heart sing. The Wedgwood bowls help.