Creative Stays & Floating Crafts

A-Z of Handcrafted Xmas Gifts Links

Posted by Creative Stays & Floating Crafts Wed, November 08, 2017 20:58:04

This year more people than ever are pledging to #shoplocalfirst, #buysocial, #buyethicalinstead, #supportsmallbusiness and #buyhandmade

Conscious Crafties is an online marketplace and support community for creative people living with Chronic Illness, Disability or Caring for loved ones affected.
Conscious Crafties enables community members to sell their handmade crafts and promote their skills whilst gaining new friends who understand their struggles.
Together we’re empowering people living with Chronic Illness and Disabilities whilst showing the world our untapped talent and sharing our gratitude to family members who have given up a piece of their lives to care for us.

Below is an A-Z list of lovely handcrafted Xmas gift items all made by Conscious Crafties

A: Acrylic miniature cow painting
B: Believe in fairies keyring bag charm
C: Concrete tealight holder
D: Date with a vintage book
E: Elf slippers
F: Fudge (luxury Xmas flavour)
G: Glittery T-shirt
H: Hairy Viking bottle topper
I: Indian agate dragonfly necklace
J: Jester hat
K: Knitted Xmas tree tea cosy
L: Lovey snuggle blanket
M: Memory candle
N: Notebook
O: Onyx earrings
P: Peacock painting
Q: Quartz necklace
R: Rat/Mouse pendant
S: Sloth painting
T: T-shirts
U: Unicorn makeup bag
V: Vintage brass bead necklace
W: Wild hare decorated notebook
X: X (kiss) earrings
Y: Yellow vintage style trinket box
Z: Zebra striped angelfish jewellery set

6 People who help you succeedWellbeing

Posted by Creative Stays Tue, July 18, 2017 22:59:28

1. The Believer - this is the person who encourages you, when things get difficult they are the one who reminds you of your abilities and skills and your past successes. They will help you to see you can overcome the obstacles in your path or help you to find a way around them.

2. The Neutral - this person doesn't get carried away by your enthusiasm or just tell you what you want to hear. They patiently wait to hear all the details and then provide you with impartial feedback.

3. The Adviser - this is the person you call on when making a big decision, their advice may often challenge your existing thoughts or ideas, they tell you what you need to hear.

4. The Opposite - this person follows a different path to yours yet still understands what you are about and what you are trying to achieve, they are able to offer a different point of view and have strengths to complement your areas of need.

5. The Explorer - this person will help you explore your ideas, they will listen, acting as a sounding board and judging your ideas with you.

6. The Challenger - this person's actions and words serve to keep you motivated, perhaps they've questioned your abilities or intentions, doubted you or made you feel you weren't good enough. The end result is they have spurred you on to even greater effort and achievement.

Trentham Gardens June 2017Events

Posted by Creative Stays Mon, June 26, 2017 01:25:28

Our first Creative Stay at Trentham Gardens and the verdict is in, we will be returning, everyone really enjoyed this location and the few light showers didn't deter us.
Blog imagePlenty of photos were taken, drawings drawn, paintings painted, copious amounts of tea and coffee drunk and just the right amount of cake eaten.
Blog imageNew friends made, everyone well and truly unwound, relaxed and enjoying their creative time.
Our new attendees now join our online members community so they can keep in touch and continue to share their creations.
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10 Key Messages - Arts v LonelinessWellbeing

Posted by Creative Stays Sun, June 18, 2017 01:48:00

1. Loneliness is a pressing issue among older people because of changes that occur in our older lives that puts us at risk of loneliness.

2. Over 1 million people over 65 are lonely.

3.Loneliness correlates strongly with other problems and is associated with poor physical and mental health.

4. Older people need a broad range of opportunities and activities to help tackle loneliness. These can include care and befriending support, but just as important are opportunities that connect them to their communities, such as faith, learning, fitness, leisure and cultural activities.

5. The arts are an effective way to tackle loneliness but can be overlooked by older people’s services.

6. There are many good examples of arts work with older people including those living with dementia and in care homes.

7. The arts exemplify the ‘five ways to wellbeing’: connect; be active; keep learning, take notice and give.

8. Feeling valued, creative expression, using skills and engaging with other older people all build friendships and enhance feelings of well being which strengthens resilience in tough times.

9. Commissioners and organisations serving older people should support the arts as part of a spectrum of activities to tackle loneliness and poor quality of life in older age.

10. Artists and arts organisations should be alive to the social dimension of their practice in working with older people.

Creative Stays are a supporter of Campaign to End Loneliness

What is a Social Enterprise?Wellbeing

Posted by Creative Stays Mon, June 05, 2017 00:20:05

Whilst the general principle of a social enterprise is a company that operates in the commercial marketplace utilising business strategies to maximise social impact rather than profit; at present there is no one overall agreed definition.

Some of the current definitions in use are:

Social Enterprise UK
*Has a clear social or environmental mission that is set out in its governing documents
*An independent business earning more than half of its income through trading (or working towards this)
*Controlled or owned in the interests of its social mission
*Reinvests or gives away at least half its profits or surpluses towards its social purpose
*Transparent about how it operates and the impact it has

Social Enterprise Scotland
*A trading business – selling goods and services – but whose primary objective is to achieve social and/or environmental benefit
*Profits are reinvested in the business or in the beneficiary community – and not distributed to private owners, shareholders or investors
*On dissolution, the assets are reinvested in another organisation with similar aims and objectives
*Constituted and managed in an accountable and transparent way – particularly with regard to the community they serve
*Distinct from the public sector and cannot be the subsidiary of a public body

Social Enterprise Ireland
*Social Enterprises are organisations or businesses set up to tackle social, economic or environmental issues
*Driven primarily by social and/or environmental motives, they engage in trading or commercial activities to pursue these objectives and produce social and community gain
*Profits or surpluses generated by the enterprise are reinvested to further their social objectives
*Ownership of the enterprise is within a community, or amongst people with a shared interest
*Social enterprises have a strong job creation focus to help local people and communities
*Social Enterprises are committed to social justice and social inclusion

Social Enterprise Europe
*Business ventures that prioritize their social purpose(s), operate ethically and promote democratic ownership and governance by primary stakeholders

*A social enterprise is a business with social objectives
*Their left-over profits are reinvested for that purpose in the business or the community, instead of raising profit for shareholders and owners
*Social enterprises tackle a wide range of social and environmental issues
*They compete in the marketplace like other businesses, using their business skills to achieve social aims
*Like other businesses, social enterprises aim to sustain their business and make profits
*The difference is what they do with the profits

UK Government
*A business with primarily social objectives whose surpluses are principally reinvested for that purpose in the business or in the community, rather than being driven by the need to maximise profit for shareholders and owners

European Commission
*Those for who the social or societal objective of the common good is the reason for the commercial activity, often in the form of a high level of social innovation
*Those where profits are mainly reinvested with a view to achieving this social objective
*Those where the method of organisation or ownership system reflects the enterprise's mission, using democratic or participatory principles or focusing on social justice

European Social Enterprise Law Association
*The organisation must engage in economic activity
*It must pursue an explicit and primary social aim that benefits society
*It must have limits on distribution of profits or assets to prioritise the social aim
*It must be independent from the State or other for-profit organisations
*It must have inclusive governance i.e. characterised by participatory and/or democratic decision-making processes

School for Social Entrepreneurs
*A social enterprise is a business driven by a social or environmental purpose
*As with all businesses, social enterprises compete to deliver goods and services
*The difference is that social purpose is at the very heart of what they do, and the profits they make are reinvested towards achieving that purpose

Business Dictionary
*A type of non-profit business that employs people and earns income in order to help address perceived social or environmental issues

*For example, a social enterprise might provide valuable services to a population in need, or they might perform volunteer or even paid consulting work on environmental cleanup projects.

Collins Online Dictionary
*A business whose main purpose is to improve society-increase sustainability-etc.- rather than making a profit

4 facts about Social Enterprise UKWellbeing

Posted by Creative Stays Sun, June 04, 2017 01:09:04

Creative Stays is a certified social enterprise and a member of the national trade body, Social Enterprise UK.

We are one of more than 70,000 social enterprises across Britain tackling social and environmental problems. Free of shareholders, social enterprises choose to plough their profits back into the business to deliver on their social or environmental mission, which might be getting homeless people off the streets and into work, or reducing the amount of waste that goes into landfill.

UK Social Enterprise facts

1. Britain’s social enterprise sector contributes 24 billion to the economy and employs one million people.

2. Social enterprises are much more likely to be led by women than mainstream businesses: 40% per cent of social enterprises have a female chief executive, compared with 7% of FTSE 100 companies.

3. The majority of social enterprises (59%) actively employ people who are disadvantaged in the labour market, including ex-offenders, people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed.

4. Three quarters (74%) of social enterprises pay the Living Wage as accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

7 top gifts for creative peopleCreativity

Posted by Creative Stays Thu, May 18, 2017 00:02:09

This is our very unscientific list of the 7 best gifts we believe you can buy for the creative person in your life and why - based on suggestions put forward by our members.

1. Wireless headphones
Who doesn't love a bit of inspirational music while they're creating, even better when there are no wires to get tangled up in

2. Fidget jewellery (e.g. a spinner ring)
Creative types tend to get restless when cooped up so something to fidget with can be a great tension reliever

3. Guided tour of their own town
Inspiration lurks in the most unlikely places and we often don't notice what is right under our noses

4. Clip on lamp
There never seems to be the right amount of light when you're creating so a small adjustable lamp you can clip to wherever you're creating comes in very handy

5. Day trip
Even if it's just the next town over, a change of scenery can be just what's needed to get the ideas flowing

6. Memory Foam
The creative person in your life probably spends a lot of time in the same position whilst creating, give them a little extra comfort with memory foam, e.g. shoe insoles, wrist rest, cushion, back rest etc

7. Gift vouchers for their favourite arts and crafts supplier

You'll notice there are no actual art/craft supplies in this list, that's because way over half of our members said they prefer to choose their own supplies.

And if none of these are quite what you're looking for you could always get them a gift voucher from

Tiny TutorialCreativity

Posted by Creative Stays Wed, May 17, 2017 00:22:44 sponsored this video for Mental Health Awareness Week #MHAW17

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