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International Women’s Day + Carrie Green

Today is International Women’s Day. Today is also the day I received my copy of Carrie Green’s book “She Means Business”. It’s not just any business book. It’s a business book geared specifically towards women entrepreneurs. It’s Motivational, Inspirational and dare I say it, Fun. 

If you’re in the USA, use this link to to purchase your own copy of She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur:

If you’re in the UK or Europe, use this link to

The fact that my copy of this book, a book geared towards Female entrepreneurs, arrived today, of all days, on International Women’s Day, hasn’t escaped my notice. I’m of the view that there are no coincidences in Life, things happen for a reason and at just the right time. 

So I’m taking this as a sign that I NEED to read Carrie Green’s book very carefully, and pay close attention to the information, advice and exercises within it, and just BE DARING to put myself out there, to start my intented Crafts Business NOW instead of procrastinating. 

Go take a look at Carrie’s site for Female Entrepreneur Association, of which she is the founder, there’s a plethora of juicy extras and bonuses that can be had there. If you’re already in receipt of the book, don’t forget to leave a review on Amazon for a chance to win freebies. Here’s the link with information on how to claim your freebies:

To all my Sisters in The Universe, if you’ve been waiting for a Sign to help you kickstart your life, this is it! We are Women, hear us roar!

My “Kantha” Scarves – Part 1

Following on from my previous posts about Indian Kantha, I bit the bullet and tried my hand at creating my own type of Kantha. 

I bought a packet of embroidery floss, 36 skeins in all in various colours, from my local Spotlight haberdashery store. I also found a large, long needle…it may be a needle for darning carpets or rugs…perfect for getting those thousands of stitches sewn faster than a tiny needle.

The 1st Kantha scarf I made turned out to be more of a shawl, made using some black velvet fabric I’d gotten at a thrift store. This scarf measures 16 wide x 72 inches long. That’s a lotta sewing!

I layered some fabric remnant pieces over the cut velvet, played around with various configurations, and when I was happy with the arrangement, just pinned the whole thing in place and then started handsewing. I tied the ends of the embroidery threads to the black velvet side for this project. It meant the velvet side showed a riot of coloured running stitches and also the tied and snipped off ends of thread. 

Here’s that 1st scarf/shawl, hanging from my orange tree.

The front part 1.

The front part 2. 

The back panel in velvet.

Close-up of the running stitches at the back.

Yes, of course I could’ve pre-marked the lines on the velvet with tailor’s chalk, to get perfectly evenly spaced and straight lines. But the whole point of the exercise is to try and sew in a straight line, and if you find yourself going off-piste, to simply correct yourself by stopping the line, tying it off and starting a brand new one. I had to do this a number of times with this scarf, but you’d never guess at first glance, right. 

A bit like real life, really. Fall off the bandwagon, get back on again. Or, alternatively, make your own tracks and head off into the sunset on your own.

For my 2nd attempt at making a Kantha scarf I’m going to make the knots appear on the side with the fabric arrangement…see tomorrow’s post!

Obsessions : Kantha (Part 3)

I hope I’ve whetted your appetite for more Kantha, after writing about it in my 2 previous posts. 

Online searches through Google and Pinterest will produce thousands of visual examples of this beguiling artform. But where can I buy my own Kantha quilt, I hear you say.

EBay and Etsy are good places to start. But if it’s ethical or collaborative businesses you’re looking for, where you know the company is paying a fair wage to the Indian women who sew these beautiful cloths, and that the money is being used to help preserve the tradition and make the lives of those women better, or better the lives of the entire village, then your search should include words such as “faif trade”, “ethical”, “artisans”, “sustainable”, “collaborative”, “collective”. 

Exploitation of anyone, for their skills and expertise, in the name of profit and greed, is to be avoided at all costs. 

Here are just a handful of online businesses I’ve found, that appear to meet the criteria. I am in no way affiliated with them, nor am I endorsing them, and I cannot vouch for their ethical claims. They are simply what I’ve found on the Internet. There are many others out there like these, if you care to search for yourself.


Connected Goods

Kantha Collection

Shop Dignify

Hand & Cloth

When thinking about my next Adventure in Sewing, I love the idea of restricting myself to using only the running stitch. And also the idea of upcycling vintage or preloved bedlinen/tablecloths/pillowcases/etc into scarves or wraps, thereby giving them a new lease of life.

Before I go, just a few more examples of beautiful Kantha embroidery, (from Pinterest, of course).

Madam Bukeshla – Part 3

The quirky Madam Bukeshla boutique in Fremantle, Western Australia, is not only home to Trish Bygott’s sewing skills, it also houses the wonderfully quirky naรฏve sewn dolls of Danielle (d_for_daniowl on Instagram) and the floristry skills of Sandy (clippings.freo on Instagram). These 2 lovely ladies were very charming, welcoming and curious about me when I visited. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here are some photos of the glorious garden behind the shopfront of Madam Bukeshla, where florist Sandy works. I can’t imagine a more tranquil, peaceful and conducive environment to work in.

Madam Bukeshla – Part 2

Yesterday, I introduced you to a dinky little fashion store in Fremantle, Western Australia. Now, step inside for photos of the fascinating boutique Madam Bukeshla

Wait, there’s more! And it’s coming up next…

Madam Bukeshla – Part 1

I first came across the name “Madam Bukeshla” while trawling Pinterest for Lagenlook (layered look) fashion. I was enchanted by the photoblog of Design Files, with the many beautiful photos of the interior and exterior of Madam Bukeshla’s home and boutique, as well as the fascinating and colourful story of owners Trish Bygott and Nathan Crotty. You can read the Design Files article here.

I contacted the owner of Madam Bukeshla, Trish Bygott, about visiting her and taking photos of her shop for my blog. Trish very graciously agreed, but warned me that she was about to leave in a few weeks’ time for a long trip to India. 

I’d only begun my new job walking dogs and pet sitting, and last Friday I only had the one home to petsit, so I found myself with some free time afterwards and decided to drive to Fremantle, to satisfy my curiousity about the enigmatic Madam Bukeshla. As it were, that was the very day Trish had set off for her Indian adventure.

For the uninitiated, Madam Bukeshla is a fictitious name with an enchanting story attached, concocted by owner Trish Bygott:

(The following is taken from the website of Madam Bukeshla):

The Story of Madam Bukeshla

This is the fictional story written by Fremantle artist and writer Jennifer Kornberger for the launch night of the Madam Bukeshla store…
Trish has named her design studio after the famous historical figure Madam Bukeshla, and I think it would be fitting at this opening fo the Studio to tel a little of the story of this enigmatic woman who lived at the turn of the century. She was an artistic and sensitive daughter of the Russian Tsarist and adventurer Anton Bukeshla and the Zulu princess Ata Bukeshla. She grew up in both Africa and Europe, and studied art at the French academy, becoming fascinated with the elements of good design. One of the stories that has come through tells of her visiting the William Morris Studios in England and peering with great longing through the window in the pouring rain at the wallpapers and furnishings. The head designer, who was at that momentslightly tipsy from drinking French red, spied her and invigted her in to share a glass. Hearing that she was an artist, he flung out a challenge: ‘Find me a palette of fabrics that matches exactly the flavours of this wine.’ Madam Bukeshla took up the challenge. She entered the workroom and turned it upside down: colours, patterns, braids, bibs, bobs, buttons… Out of the creative chaos she emerged triumphant with a stunning combination that took England by storm. She was given a trunk of fabrics, which she took with her as she continued in her travels, visiting all the dress houses on the continent, collecting as she went more and more trunks of fabric. Then a great longing arose in her to connect with her motherโ€™s heritage. She booked a passage to Africa and lived in the rhythm of song, into colours so boldly put together, beads, sun and women singing as they worked with cloths wrapped around their bellies. She returned to Europe with more boxes of fabric. With all these experiences behind her, Madam Bukeshla went into a textile mill in Brittany and climbed the stairs to the very top of the mill and in the last rrom she found an old woman with a spindle. And then for the second time in recorded medical history, a woman (this time Madam Bukeshla) pricked her finger on a spindle and fell into a deep sleep, which lasted 100 years. When she woke up she found that her name was Trish Bygott. And all the boxes of fabric had survived and here they are in this room, under the table. I must tell you that when Madam Bukeshla went to sleep the whole world went to sleep and had a textile nightmare โ€“ millions of soulless garments churned out of factories, ugly things with inane prints, some had never been touched by a human hand. But Madam Bukeshla dreamt of divine cloths, of stitching with strips of silk ad she dreamt of garments so individual that each one had a name. So, now she has her own design studio and others come to the window and peer in to see Trish Bygott ‘living that which she loves’.

And now let us venture within:

More in Part 2 tomorrow! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Flowers for Kess

Kess InHouse Designs are the US company that license some of my mobile photography art designs. They make my designs into homewares, kitchenware, bedlinen, yoga mats, clocks, shower curtains, rugs, mugs, etc etc. Some of my work can even be found on duvet covers on!

I haven’t updated my Artist portfolio or submitted works for more than 6 months, as I was employed then. But now that I’m free again, I’ve created some new works. Here then are just a few of them.

(All Copyright by AlyZen Moonshadow).

Copyright Law: Photographs and Intellectual Property

A. Let’s say you’re a freelance photographer hired to do a wedding photoshoot. Do your photos then belong to the happy couple? Or do you retain Copyright ownership over the photos? 

B. Or, you Volunteer at an Animal Shelter and for your own enjoyment take photos of the animals there. You then publish your photos to your own Social Media platforms. The Shelter taps you on the shoulder and claims that as the animals are owned by them, so do your photos. The Shelter says that they have the right to take and publish your photos or use them in any way they like. Who is the correct Copyright owner of those photos?

C. Or, you are employed by said Shelter and as part of your job you take photographs of the animals there. Then you leave, and months later you see the photos that you took whilst employed by the Shelter being used on their social media without crediting you. Can you sue the Shelter for infringement of copyright?

Here are the answers:

A. The person who presses the camera shutter, i.e the Photographer, owns the copyright to the photos, not the wedding couple. The photographer does not sell the photos to his clients, he merely “licenses” them to keep or distribute to their friends and family. The photographer retains the right to copy, distribute, make derivative works of the photos. An exception would be where the photographer and the client have drawn up a separate contract which specifically states that the photographer is relinquishing all rights to the client, for a sum, and this document is legally binding in a court of law should there be a dispute.

B. Animals are classed as objects, possessions or chattel, and have no rights to privacy or publicity. The Volunteer who took photos of the Shelter’s animals therefore is the original Copyright owner, NOT the Shelter. Just because the animals are owned by the Shelter, does NOT follow that photographs of the animals, taken by Volunteers or members of the public, also belong to the Shelter. Imagine the legal nightmare if a Zoo tried to restrict or claim copyright of photos of its animals taken by its visitors! Copyright remains with the photographer. The only exception to this is if the photos were taken for the Shelter as part of a written contract of employment a.k.a “Work made for hire”. Or, if the photographer, as the Copyright owner, specifically and explicitly signs away his rights to the Shelter. 

3. In this case, the photographer’s photos taken for the Shelter as part of his employment fall under the “Work made for hire” remit. The Shelter therefore, as the Employer, owns the copyright to the photos and reserves the right to copy, distribute or make derivative works from them. 

I’ve researched this topic under US, UK and Australian law, and for the most part, the majority of it is essentially the same. Certainly, the 3 scenarios outlined above concur across all three jurisdictions.

My advice to anyone faced with questions such as the above, would be to first do your research. You may wish to contact various organisations in your own country, for further clarification. Depending on your own case and circumstances, it may be prudent to contact a lawyer who specialises in Copyright or Intellectual Property. 

Do not be afraid to be right, even if you’re up against a well-known or popular establishment, and do not allow yourself to be browbeaten or strongarmed into submitting to unfair or even illegal practices! Know your rights, and stand up for them!

This post and the articles and screenshots below, sourced from the internet, do not in any way constitute legal advice. They are merely pointers in the right direction. I strongly recommend that you please seek your own legal advice first, before taking any formal action to deal with your own case.

Arts Law Centre Australia

News Media Works

Photo Secrets (US)

And this interesting article by Alpine Internet. (Click on the link to get to the site).

(The image above was taken from Google Images and is part of an interesting infographic by Clifton Cameras. The infographic itself talks about whether an animal can own copyright to selfie photographs, as a crested black macaque did to nature photographer David Slater). 

My Brain Right Now

I feel like my brain has woken up again after a hiatus. It’s abuzz with all sorts of creative ideas, like there’s a swarm of busy bees inside that were humming away quietly for months and months, then suddenly the buzz has become louder and incessant and more demanding.

And now, after months of being repressed and just simmering under the surface the hive has exploded into a flurry of activity.

I have so many ideas that I can’t wait to try out. So many innovative, creative thoughts, visions of the future. Never mind the logistics of it, never mind that I’m presently unemployed and haven’t got two pennies to rub together. I have a Dream, and I’m excited to begin working on making it come true!













What am I on about? Watch this space, all will be revealed shortly. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Recommended Reading: Canine Behaviour & Psychology Books

I thoroughly enjoyed studying for my Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Psychology Course with the ISCP. For more information about the ISCP and the various courses it offers, click on this link.

There was a lot of reading to do for the course, but I’m an avid reader and devourer of books, so I was in doggy heaven. For the Diploma which I did, you need to not only read the book (by ISCP Principal extraordinaire Lisa Tenzin-Dolma) that comes with the course, you need to also be reading and digesting information from other books by other authors too. That way, you’ll have a wellrounded wealth of information to draw upon when answering the Coursework Assessments, which are at the end of each chapter of the ISCP book. The questions are essay-based, so you’ll need more than just scant information to be able to write 1000-3000 words on any area.

A couple of weeks ago, I promised my readers a list of books to read. If you are interested in learning more about how your dog thinks or why it behaves so, these are the books that I would recommend you reading.

You won’t find anything by Cesar Millan on this list. The principles discussed in these books relate to Positive Reinforcement techniques. There is no place for “Dominance Theory” or “Alpha Dog” or “Pack Leader”, or of treating dogs as wolves.

Here is that reading list, taken from Amazon (UK), in no particular order:

Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition by Adam Miklosi

Same book, different edition (I will come back to that at the end of the list)
Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition (Oxford Biology)

Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones by Debra F. Horwitz et al

It’s Me or the Dog: How to have the Perfect Pet by Victoria Stilwell

Train Your Dog Positively: Understand Your Dog and Solve Common Behavior Problems Including Separation Anxiety, Excessive Barking, Aggression by Victoria Stilwell

In Defence of Dogs: Why Dogs Need Our Understanding by John Bradshaw

The Other End of the Leash by Patricia B. McConnell

Clever Dog: Understand What Your Dog is Telling You by Sarah Whitehead

Dog Speak – recognising and understanding behaviour by Chtistiane Blenski

Getting in Touch with Your Dog: A Gentle Approach to Influencing Behaviour, Health and Performance by Linda Tellington-Jones

If Dogs Could Talk: Exploring the Canine Mind by Vilmos Csanyi

The Intelligence of Dogs: A Guide to the Thoughts, Emotions, and Inner Lives of Our Canine Companions by Stanley Coren

The Dog Encyclopedia (Dk)

The Complete Dog Breed Guide

Charlie: The dog who came in from the wild by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma

Dog Training – The Essential Guide by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma

The Heartbeat at Your Feet: A Practical, Compassionate New Way to Train Your Dog by Lisa Tenzin-Dolma

Behavior Adjustment Training: BAT for Fear, Frustration, and Aggression in Dogs by Grisha Stewart

The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving and Manners by Grisha Stewart

Scaredy Dog: Understanding and Rehabilitating Your Reactive Dog by Ali Brown

Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training the Crazy Dog from Over the Top to Under Control by Laura Van Arendonk Baugh

Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship Between Humans and Domestic Dogs by Jean Donaldson

Genius of Dogs: Discovering The Unique Intelligence Of Man’s Best Friend by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods

Difficult Dogs: An Everyday Guide to Solving Behavioural Problems by Vanessa Stead

For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend by Patricia B McConnell

EMRAA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behavior problems in dogs by Robert Falconer-Taylor et al

On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals of Rugaas, Turid 2nd (second) Edition on 01 March 2009

Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution by Raymond Coppinger

Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships with Dogs by Suzanne Clothier

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz

Stress, Anxiety and Aggression in Dogs by Anders Hallgren

Now, going back to that book I mentioned earlier, Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition by Adam Miklosi…I was eager to lay my hands on a copy, but it seemed terribly expensive on Amazon, eBay or on any other online bookstore. And then I stumbled upon this site, which offered Free downloads of quite a lot of books of a scientific/technical nature. Could it be true?

Did that Download button give me the entire book, not just a limited preview?

Yes! You’re welcome! ๐Ÿ˜‰