Category Archives: Create

Is Calmness next to Catliness

Keep Calm, Grasshopper, and Jump On

In keeping with the international interest in the Keep Calm and Carry On poster and assorted accessories mania, I, too, have succumbed.

To remind you, here’s an extremely cute short, short film about the history of Keep Calm. And I have to say that if more book shops looked like Barter Books, we’d all be a lot calmer and have many more paper books on our shelves instead of Kindles, Nooks, Kobos, and lawnmowers. A Few More Blinks

A History of Typography – in 5 minutes

I’ve added a You Tube video to my Creativity page – it’s A History of Typography – a short animated film well worth 5 minutes of your most valuable resource.


If you’re interested in changing or experimenting with the fonts on your (self-hosted) web site, have a look at Google Fonts – a treasure trove of fonty goodness to play with there.

And if you want to load them into your Word Press theme, have a look at this plugin, WP Google Fonts – I’ve used it for a while and it works perfectly.  Plus, you don’t have to know anything about coding to install and use it.

How to Feel Good by Opening a Single Drawer–Declutter, Discover, and Create in One Small Space


Feel overwhelmed?  No time for anything?  Cursing those apparently perfect people (let us call them PPs) who smile a lot and seem to have everything in order?  Guess what?  They don’t (and the smile is a grimace, grasshoppers).  It’s the illusion of the margarine commercial, the enticement of the biscuit ad.

They, too, have their secret stashes of smouldering stuff.

Yes, you heard me, stuff.  Smouldering stuff.

Smouldering PP stuff.

When the little director in their heads yells, “Cut,” and the studio lights strobe down, when the guests go home, and the dishwasher begins its mesmeric hum, that’s when the smiley grimaces disappear and they, too, the PPs, have to deal with their stories of stuff, their stuffy PP stories.

Stuff in drawers.

Innocent looking enough on the outside, the drawer has come to symbolise the epitome of the bland but lethal cover story for stuff.  But it doesn’t have to be so.  You, grasshopper, and you, PP, can turn the drawer into your friend.

You can declutter, discover and create in your drawer space, and you can do it now. A Few More Blinks