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Supporting Small.

November 25, 2017

Supporting Small.

Today's #smallbusinesssaturday, the one day of the year we're encouraged to shop small. The large companies and corporations have 364 days in the year to reign you in, along with huge revenues, and we get today. The same large companies and corporations who brought Black Friday to the masses, who turn over profits in excess of millions, if not billions, who steal the ideas of small businesses and sell them for cheaper than we ever could courtesy of economies of scale, and so on... Thanks capitalism!

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Being Non-Binary in a Binary Business World

November 16, 2017

Being Non-Binary in a Binary Business World

I've been contacted on a fairly regular basis since I started the business by those who want to sell my wares in their store or feature me in a magazine's article.  The emails almost always start the same: "we love the feminist angle", as if to warm me up, followed by "we want to curate a selection of female artists", "we want to empower women", "we want to create a space for women", and so on.

Hm.

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DIY Punk Witchery #4: New Moon Fluidity

September 19, 2017

DIY Punk Witchery #4: New Moon Fluidity

The final element in the lunar cycle - or the first, depending on which way you look at it - is the one that I personally crave the most: water.

Of course water isn't something only I thirst for as it is vital to all life. Approximately 80% of our human bodies are made up of water, so any deficit will lead us racing to the shower or tap. It nourishes the planet, offers refreshment to all it's human and non-human inhabitants, and is essential for crop and plant growth, thus the provision of all food.

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DIY Punk Witchery #3: Creating an Earth Talisman

September 13, 2017

DIY Punk Witchery #3: Creating an Earth Talisman

When I think about earth the first thing that springs to mind is literal earth: cold, dark and often damp, gritty, heavy soil.  I think about something that fills our gardens and plant pots, extends for miles upon miles in forests, and that which unfortunately houses the world's waste. It often seems unappealing, whether because I have anxiety about it being traipsed through my house and dirtying the hardwood flooring, the aforementioned landfill sites or because in itself it isn't as dynamic and exciting as the other elements which all feel far more potent in engulfing and empowering us. 

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Bullshit Be Gone

September 04, 2017

Bullshit Be Gone

I know I am not alone here in saying that fall is my absolute FAVOURITE season.  Hands down.  No competition.  But my love for it goes beyond the aesthetic and weather.

Despite leaving education 13 years ago I have never been able to shake the academic year calendar - perhaps I'm just not meant to - and as a result fall is my 'New Year'.  I feel the most alive, energetic and optimistic around this time; and consequently it has (at least post-education) typically been the time of year I make the most life changes.  I have ended relationships, left jobs, and moved city/country/continent.  I haven't always started something new, but I have always shed something old.  For as long as I can remember it has been my season to purge.

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DIY Punk Witchery #2: Full Moon Fire

September 04, 2017

DIY Punk Witchery #2: Full Moon Fire

So here's the thing from A to Z, you want to get with me you got to listen carefully...

I. Am. Full. Of. Fire.

My sun and moon are in Aries, my rising sign is Leo and my chart signature is Sagittarius.  You have been warned!  

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DIY Punk Witchery #1: Creating an Air Talisman

August 29, 2017

DIY Punk Witchery #1: Creating an Air Talisman

When I talk about being a D.I.Y punk witch I have to laugh.  To me the very nature of witchcraft is D.I.Y, so it doesn't necessarily make sense to stress this aspect; but I do know there are some for whom it is far more rigid in structure or who belong to a hegemonic religious faction that is led by someone other than themselves.  As for the punk aspect, I could use the words eclectic and secular, however my general penchant for all things punk means that my lifestyle is clearly reflected in my craft.

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Punks Against Prejudice.

August 14, 2017

Punks Against Prejudice.

When it comes to activism there are two broad groups of individuals: there are those who are directly affected by [insert issue] and there are their comrades (aka. allies). As an animal liberation activist I am a comrade to non-human animals; as an anti-racist activist I am a comrade to all people of colour; but as a non-binary trans activist I am fighting for my life. There is, therefore, a huge difference in the way I can, and do, approach such issues.

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What's In a Name?

August 09, 2017

What's In a Name?

"That which we call a rose. By any other name would smell as sweet."

Unfortunately, what might have been true in 16th century England, at least according to Shakespeare, is most definitely not true in 21st century business.

When I started Curly Sue it was a side project to my full time bakery, and one that I hadn't anticipated growing to the size it is now. As a result, and as hindsight kindly taught me, I rather foolishly didn't put nearly enough time into choosing a name as I should have.

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