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In this post, I'm going to share with you some of the thoughts that have gone into this event - from the 'Let's make use of this fantastic venue!' to the 'OK there's some planning to do...'
The spectacular venue we'll have is courtesy of the Natwest Entrepreneur Accelerator in One Central Square, Cardiff. This is a great place where I've had support starting my business and also a great vantage point for wonderful views out West over Cardiff.
The theme for our event, 'Creative with a Cause' came from my belief that we're all inherently creative and that we can use our ideas to challenge and improve the world in which we live today.
From being told once by an interviewer that I am 'not creative' to seeing people lose the confidence to draw or even sing over their time at school, creativity in our society is definitely due a rethink.
And here's the definition:
Creativity - the ability to transcend traditional ideas and to create meaningful new ideas.
If we as individuals can't do this, then how can we ever build on the way we live and work to do things better?
I believe everybody has a creative project be it in work, at home or anywhere else. The question is simply thinking about how we might put that creativity to use for a social or environmental good - how we might leave the world better than we found it.
In the spirit of this, I'll be sharing my honest creative journey at our launch event - the wends and ways of taking and developing different ideas, turning back sometimes, then moving on - always though with the vision of making it easier for people to live sustainably.
I'll be joined here by two very successful entrepreneurs who will tell you more about how they use their creativity for a cause - Debbie Rees of Tabitha Eve Co and Lisa Valentine of Lisa Valentine Home.
When Debbie Rees started to become mindful about the amount of throwaway plastic she was sending to landfill - plastic bags, artificial sponges, makeup wipes, etc. - she decided to do something about it. Her new business Tabitha Eve Co has taken off wildly since September as people have supported and purchased over a 1,000 of her handmade, biodegradable alternatives.
Lisa Valentine, on the other hand, began her creative journey as a child with a love of interiors and decorating. After experimenting with styles and buying far too much, she realised the secret to a better home might just be buying less, but better. Lisa Valentine Home reinvents our everyday home items, from a dustpan and brush to a carrier bag, and turns them into beautiful, simple items that we can buy once and love.
So that's just a taster of the event we have ahead. I am both nervous and elated at the prospect, but am looking forward to relaxing with a cupcake and talking to you all once the speaking is done and the bubbly cracked open.
On the subject of launches, here was a very special one:
Launch of Eartha at the Duke Street Arcade
I met Stephen back when our businesses were just an idea and we were attending an enterprise course at the Prince's Trust. At the time, Stephen was set on creating a community shop that sold house plants with a twist - better, more special plants, with the added ability to survive!
And that vision has come true. It was wonderful seeing Stephen's new pop-up shop Eartha at the Ruin Cafe in the Duke Street Arcade. Plants bedecked the walls and the ceilings, while I and all the guests realised that plant envy is definitely a thing!
I ended by choosing the last of the beautiful hoya plants on sale, which was hooked down with great dexterity from the ceiling. I've never seen anything like this plant before, but if you imagine a cross between an octopus and a paper chain, painted green, you wouldn't go far off.
Eartha is running at the Ruin Cafe from Tuesday - Sunday next week so pop along to discover the plants you never had, but are sure you'll need now!
And more foliage at the...
National Botanic Garden
I hadn't been here since I was a child, but fuelled with the prospect of my upcoming Landscape Architecture masters, I made the journey West with my family.
Every garden designer I've interviewed for the directory has said one thing - a garden takes time to settle into itself. That couldn't be more true in the case of the National Botanic Garden.
From a Japanese garden shaped as a miniature Asian landscape to a greenhouse full of butterflies, a dome with a green wall of undulating grass and a hook and needle sculpture perfectly framing the view of a faraway castle, the place has come into itself.
Have a lovely weekend!