• The Benefits of Colour with Haven House

    Just across the Pentland Firth from Orkney, in the small coastal town of Wick, is an inspiring creative entrepreneur who has combined art, with life coaching. Lisa Weller, an English Graduate who once held a career in IT, now runs successful art business, Haven House Art. A place where she sells her paintings, as well as offering classes incorporating wellbeing and creativity. With a diploma in colour therapy and […]

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  • Yesnaby : the healing power of nature

    At Yesnaby, in Sandwick [on the West Coast of the Orkney mainland]there lived a woman who was said to have had the power to stop bleeding without leaving her house. No matter how far distant the subject might be, once the woman had been called upon for help, the blood would stop”. Of all the powerful landscapes in Orkney, Yesnaby […]

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  • Surfing with dresses

    Ah, dreams do come true. After a long stint away from surfing in favour of sea swimming, October saw me return to it with a board that has one of my designs. Talk about nesting hearts: ocean, design, friendship, fashion, recycling, Orkney. This board captures an essence of me.   Sometimes products get damaged in the manufacturing, but I ask the makers to […]

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  • Colour me happy – paintthetownpastel

    Tucked away in Orkney’s main town is a rather unusual house. Its Victorian exterior might not stand out from the rest of the street, but hidden inside is an interior full of playful design and vibrant colour choices. The home of Jay Jennings of Instagram account paintthetownpastel, the house is an inspiring display of what some paint, perseverance and creativity can achieve. This dream house to anyone who adores […]

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  • Mending with gold: Designing a new life

    2020 has been quite a year, but 2019 was for me, a more traumatic one. And I became brittle. Serendipity provided a home by the beach, room for my dog and horses and a beach on my front garden. On 1 December 2019, I decided to start swimming in the sea. It became a daily habit. […]

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  • Living life in full colour – conversation with a colour therapist

    2020 has been a trying year. Life has been shaken up in ways we could never have imagined. But if there’s a lesson to be learned, it’s that pleasure can sometimes be gained from the smallest of things. Many of us have spent much more time outdoors than we ever have before, and if you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with as much natural […]

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  • September Cake and Dare, with a touch of TV stardom (nearly!)

    Lockdown is still with us. I prefer not to focus on what we can’t do, but what we can do right now. With that in mind, and as September is my birthday month (I like to celebrate all month), I challenged myself to do as many new and different things as I could. It took me further than I ever dreamed. A visit from a TV crew BBC’s ‘Home of […]

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  • Lockdown, Fitness and Wellbeing tips

    Lockdown,  Fitness and wellbeing tips As gleamed with a chat with Steven Logie, Strength 101 Gym One positive of lockdown has been that I am really enjoying getting to know people a little better while social distancing through facetime and zoom coffee breaks.  Recently I spoke to Steven Logie (FYI has just completed his nutrition […]

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  • You wear it so well :)

    We’ve have had a lot of fantastic photos from you all recently and we want to share these.  From Orkney to China, from nipping to the shops, holidays, to being a bride’s dress, our prints are suitable for everyday and all occasions.  So thank you and please keep sharing  – these photos make our day at […]

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  • Who made my clothes?

    Fashion Revolution started as a response to create a fairer, safer and cleaner fashion industry after the The Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh collapsed 5 years ago which killed 1138 people and injured many more in 2013.  Consumers were encourages to ask brands #whomademyclothes to demands a greater transparency in the fashion industry and production […]

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