Do you want to change the world?

I Do!!!!

In 2014 I gave up buying new clothes – I’ve never gone back to it.
Next week our #ChallengeKayleigh completes her 12 month clothing sabbatical too. I know at least 2 other people who have also tried. Its brilliant, its catching on. The fast fashion industry is unsustainable.

2017 my plan was to try and give up plastic. Plastic doesn’t biodegrade and often end up in land fills or the Ocean killing sealife.
I was putting preparations in pace, organised a milk man, been to lush and bought shampoo bars ( it quickly stripped the colour out of my hair)
Although there was some problems – Toilet roll comes in plastic bags, unless you buy a 2 pack!! I drink lots of fizzy water, it ALWAYS comes in a plastic bottle!!!! do I buy a soda stream???

This changing the world business was all becoming too stressful.
Dolly’s is my business – I always think this makes me sound big headed. Its not. It means I take the classes, do the books, do the accounts, arrange the bin collection, the cleaner …………..
the list goes on!

I’m waking up every morning unrested with my head FULL – so much so i couldn’t remember simple words. It can be quite scary.

I’ve started to do bit of research into mental health and how the brain works, and basicaly we are not designed for modern life. We are bombarded with information, Social media, advertising, technology and STUFF/possessions. Rather than relationships, connecting with other people, experiences and travel.
For along time I’ve thought how great it is we are more aware of Mental Health Issues. We are more aware, because more people are suffering. Thats really sad indeed.
The budget for Mental Health care is bigger than the whole of the NHS budget. WOW!!

A couple of books I have read during my short Journey
Ruby Waxx – Sane New World
Johann Hari – Chasing the Scream

Russel Brands – Trews is really good, I think he speaks a lot of sense and is pleasing on the eye 😉

Try and make an hour for yourself and watch MINIMALISM on Netflix. an amazing documentary about streamlining your life, so the trappings of modern living don’t get you down.

So 2017 is going to be about improving the ole grey matter and that of people around me! I probably won’t change the world, but this year I’m committed to improving mine.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2017. Lets look after ourselves and each other ( ewwww that was very Jerry Springer)
Maybe New year New Skill………

Is it sexist to comment on womens clothes

Is it sexist to comment on Women’s clothes?
I recently read a post on social media, It was a newspaper cutting commenting on Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom outfits.
People (mostly women) were outraged and angry that the paper had done so and obviously their outfits had nothing to do with there work.

This got me thinking, Is it actually sexist to comment on Women’s clothes, It has nothing to do with how they conduct themselves or their work within the work place……. Or has it?

I recently went to a meeting a Warrington Town Hall. It was a Business meeting – as a sole trader I don’t often attend such meetings. I put an awful lot of thought into my outfit. I wanted to still dress like me, but kind of felt the need to “fit it”. I NEVER want to fit in normally, but I felt like such a fish out of water attending this meeting. I figured it was the best thing for it.

As I was sat in my car watching everyone go in my “fit in” outfit clearly didn’t!!!! Everyone was in suits, Black Grey or Navy. With only a handful of women in attendance (also in the same “uniform”)

I had an important question to ask and needed certain information, so I was determined I wasn’t backing out.
As I went in all eyes were on me, firstly I have A LOT of visible tattoos ( I don’t really see them anymore – but its obvious others do) My “fit in” outfit consisted of a hot pink pussy bow blouse, Leopard print coat and matching handbag.

When it came to the Q&A session I was the first to be picked, you see I stood out in the crowd of Black, Blue and Grey. My questions was (partly) answered and I got the information I needed.

The thing is, If i hadn’t of dressed “like me” I wouldn’t have had the confidence to go in and to ask the question. Clothes help make me who I am. After all, being individual and not following the crowd is what my business is all about.

Our clothes tell a story of where we are from and who our “tribe” is.

Years ago Wayne Hemmingway (quite a cool cat IMHO) made a comment that we all had a tribe except Goths because they had no style. My Sister was outraged, you see he was insulting her tribe.

I don’t think its sexist to comment on women clothes at all, Just lets do it to men too after all Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t dress like David Cameron!!!

Thanks for reading my ramblings. FYI I have a week off with my Family between 15th July to 22nd July I’ll again be having a technology free week and well reply to any enquiries on my return.

TTFN LInsey @ Dollys xx

ps if you are interested…… this is my fit in outfit lol

Me, Myself & I

Me, Myself & I
Now I know the “professional way” of referring to your business is “we”. I’m not sure if this is the Royal we or to give the impression of a great big corporation, but, Dolly’s is neither.

It just Me behind the scenes doing all the “stuff”, this is by no means a complaint. I like being in charge – OK some might say I’m a control freak, I’ll reluctantly take that!!

Dolly’s is my Business, I sold the coolest car in the world to finance it, our VW camper van was next to go, because I know Dolly’s really is something special.
Cycling to work on a rainy day I question my own Mental Health when making this decision, but it was worth it 😉

I appreciate every single penny spent at Dolly’s, All the parents who trust me to introduce their children to the wonderful world of sewing, The regulars who book on EVERY class and use it as a social life. The Hen party’s, Girls nights out, and the people who come from all over the country just to take a class at Dolly’s.
I truly appreciate it.

I keep classes to a maximum of 6/7 so every person gets the time and support they need. After all they have spent their hard earned cash, I want everyone to get the best experience possible.

The last thing I want to do is make a mistake with other peoples money, therefore classes are only secure once a payment is received.
Just making an enquiry does not reserve your place. Unfortunately I have worked on good will in the past. Things happen, life gets in the way, and people don’t turn up. Leaving me sat for the 3 hours assigned for a class after preparing for an hour the day before. It doesn’t work for me and Dolly’s.

I have done a quick tally, this last week I have given payment details to 26 people, only 8 have paid. I simply don’t have the time or resources to chase the outstanding ( quick maths) 18 people, and thats fine, they may have changed there mind.

Classes need a minimum of 2 participents to run, if a class is under subscribed it may be cancelled.
If a class is cancelled, you will receive an alternative – maybe a shorter 1:1 session, an alternative class or a full refund.
You will however be given enough notice so you are not inconvenienced too much.
If there is a class you really fancy, book it. It may not be on for another 3/4 months.

We have a new class added after the amazing success of Friday evenings Free Motion Embroidery class.
On Friday 12th August 6-9pm you can can come along to learn sewing – but not as you know it.
Look – Its amazing.

Have a look at our class list. You might fancy trying something new.

TTFN Linsey @ Dolly’s xx