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Here you’ll find shop news, special offers, home decor inspiration, crafts projects, and information about art and creativity.

The blog is run by No. 57 Boutique, an online shop where you can buy custom ceramics for your home. Our products are all handmade to order, and include:

  • house number tiles;
  • house nameplates & address signs;
  • bedroom door name plates;
  • custom message and monogrammed plaques;
  • wedding signs;
  • welcome signs;
  • turning your photos into glass art.

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a weekend poem

i wonder lonely and loud
tromping cross fields of brown and red
i sigh, i wrestle with my dog
and she licks my face as though it’s a game
it’s a game
but i don’t like the playing of it
i don’t even know the rules, really
she just bounds over and pounces on me and
i tumble and turn her and we roll
we’re all at sea in the mud and the brown
the roots cladding our coats
my dog wears a coat too
over her fur one
it’s green and waterproof and sturdy
like me
in some ways

Wine poem

Me: Shucks. I hate my wine.

Why did I brew you this way?

You’re frothy!

You’re like a rabid animal.

I think you’ve got a yeast infection, too,

if I’m being candid.

I don’t want to dip my tongue in you

and you’re sure as hell

not gonna approach me.

Wine: “Whine, whine, whine, moan.

If you cheered up you’d be sure

to cheer up some more.”

The end.




Thanks for reading. Always love to know what you think!

“Dust Bowl” poem – feedback appreciated :)

Dust bowl sitting on the hottest spot

I wonder why you’re so dry

and red

Are you burnt by some anger

that boiled in your guts?

Are you sick with a fever

Under a spell through all of time?

I’ll traverse you

Scarf over mouth, head, and nose

I bring water, not to heal you,

I’m sorry, but to treat me

before I catch your red disease

and dry

Like an apricot, or less plump

like a slice of dried banana

I’d be a crunchy husk

Who’d want that?

Is that what you want, dust bowl?

Poem 2. Feedback appreciated

Drinking, dreaming of a better thing.

I sing the song I wrote before

When I was more, when I could sit

without agenda, when nothing chased me.

Where I was a solid solitary being filled

with love and my brain buzzed

and hummed to me the one song.

I’ve never heard it to the end.

The time foes not lend itself to

such an infinite task.

And so, I ask, where did that

setting go? The place was safe

and every day I watched my brainchild grow?

I sing the song I know from before,

I sing believing there will be more again.

The time will release me to listen

to its absence, that I might stumble

on those intuitive, essential truths.

The humming, gentle humming in my ears resumes.

Poem 1. I love feedback!

It’s rained out today

There are thin and vaporous clouds

Like sponged-on paint

And the sky is that

Bright white blue

I see sun on your face

Its joy touches you

Where is your smile?

I dream I’m soaking up its rays

I dream I’m impermeable to rain

I lie on my back in the water

And dream the sun will never fade

Its light forever soaking through my lids

Develop Your Creativity | Part 8: Suspending Judgment

This 9 part series explores creativity in a practical, approachable way so that it becomes a skill we can practise more simply, more of the time. Our whole lives can be a creative process.

This chapter looks at judgment. It is often said that we are our own biggest critics. It’s very easy to judge yourself and your own creations, as well as accepting the judgment of others. But what alternative is there that doesn’t just involve ignoring feedback? Read on…

Creating from the heart

When we create, we are making something that is unique to us, even if it has been created before by someone else. This is our creation, and therefore reflects certain aspects of our personality, the things we have chosen to express.

As such, it is likely that we will judge our results, as we perceive them to be a measure of our own success; when we are emotionally involved with our work, the outcome can seem to be directed as a judgment of ourselves.

In order to excel in creativity, there are several things that a person can do to help themselves. To suspend judgment is one of the most crucial things to practice in order to achieve greater success and freedom to create.

Feedback vs. judgment

Panel Of Judges - Suspending Judgment | Discover Your Creativity | No. 57 Boutique

It can be nerve wracking being judged – not ideal grounds for creative freedom

Most people do not enjoy receiving criticism, even if they can see the value of it. It seems preferable to receive positive feedback.

Certainly, both are valuable in evaluating progress and keeping a project in tune with the target audience.

However, adopting a position of non-judgment surpasses this, and it should be noted that it is quite a different process to simply ignoring feedback.

At first, many of the judgments we make can be beneath our notice. We simply don’t realize we are making them, or we accept them unconsciously, and far too readily.

Since judging something is a subjective process, this does not mean that it is true, or that someone else would think the same. We are merely attaching an opinion to something we have done, and believing it to be solid fact.

Forming attachments

Stuck In The Mud - Suspending Judgment | Discover Your Creativity | No. 57 Boutique

Don’t get stuck in the mud (Source) Used under a CC license

As we create, we might form attachments to certain parts of our idea, based on how we have judged them and what we know so far.

Forming attachments to what we already know means that we can get stuck in the past; ideas become stale and do not evolve, and we do not expect anything different once our judgment has been made.

It is an inflexible viewpoint, and can result in feeling helpless, being concerned with trivial things, and seriousness. When we are judgmental of our progress or ideas, we become rigid in our views, and shut out many possibilities.

The wisdom of uncertainty

(Source) Used under a CC license

(Source) Used under a CC license

Imagine now a complete absence of judgment.

Each idea can run its course, as we are not holding back by attaching ourselves to an idea that something is ‘bad’. The same goes if we detach from the judgment of something as ‘good’, which we might otherwise decide must be implemented, whatever the cost.

By suspending judgment, we become open to all points of view, and less defensive of our ideas.

This way of thinking leads to uncertainty. Rather than leaving us lost, it is the most fertile ground for creativity, because the unknown contains all possibilities.

The path is unclear, but anything is possible, as we are not forcing our opinions on its direction.

This opens us to fresh, new ideas, and we may be surprised at how much more fun this feels, how free-spirited we become, and how the reach of our creativity becomes close to infinite as we can perceive how all possibilities are open to us.

The ability to experience this is one of the most useful things for anyone wishing to increase their creativity.

<<< Go back to Part 7: Perseverance

Part 9: Suspending Judgment will be published soon.

Written by Becky for No. 57 Boutique