Raquel English

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How To Stay Propeller Focused

I’d like to tackle the subject of staying focused since Ive always struggled with this.

I’m a Pisces (maybe that has nothing to do with it), but Pisces seem to have a dreamy, flighty imaginative imagination and staying focused is a toughie for me.

Do you struggle with this? You spend an hour scheduling your weekly events, compiling a “to do” list, and then realize “oh crap” I didn’t get half of these things done!

What we focus on propels everything.

vicki in wings

When we have too many choices or decisions that have to be made, Science has proven we will opt for none.

Water has a significant different refractive index to air, and this affects the focusing of the eyes. Animals eyes are adapted to either underwater or air vision and do not focus properly when in the other environment. There is a lens of the fishes eye’s called the crystalline lens. They’re extremely convex and their refractive indices are the highest of all animals.

vintage underwater ballet


As a Mermaid, I had to have laser focus on only three things which was my air, eyesight, and performance.

If I had tried to focus on my mersisters, costumes, a gator swimming up behind me, etc. I would have missed my cues, messed up the show, and most likely drown.

Here are 3 things that will help you keep focused:

1. Stop Skimming

If I were to have exerted my energy by looking around at the animal life in the river, worried about the gator behind me, watching my mersisters perform, etc. I would have exhausted my energy and caused my body anxiety. When you swim and perform and are holding your breath, the more movement will exhaust your lungs at a much more rapid pace and you will become dizzy. That’s what happens when we start looking around at what other people are doing, looking at social media incessantly, surfing the internet, consuming, or multi-tasking. We lose focus and that in the end will create a lower self-worth for us individually. When we focus on others, it creates self-doubt and self-love dissipates gradually; like air loss.

2. Define Your Mermaid Manifesto

It’s vital that you have created your mission, and set your intentions for what you’d like your life to look like. What kind of life do you see for yourself? How do you want to live every day?

Everything else gets a NO!

3. Say YES to the Silence of the Deep

Think of the ocean and at the top of the ocean there are waves and tides and lots of movement. That’s all the distractions in your life. But when you sink to the depths of the ocean there is nothing but silence. That’s where the resolve and calmness come in. You can focus on the important things in your life. The things that deserve your attention. Say NO to everything else for awhile. This will help you to check it against your mission. Ask yourself, “Should I invest in this?’

Most people don’t prioritize deeply enough. They stay afloat on the surface of the ocean and their internal compass guides them away from their focus; their mission.

Do not be a person that is a product of your environment and moods. It only takes 20 percent of your activities to produce 80 percent of the results you’re after.

I hope this has been helpful, and as always I’m yours til my next swim…

Mermaid Cutting Board De *Tail*

Hello merfolk,

I love cutting boards & I have found many uses for them. I was cutting some onions a few weeks back & as I was looking @ the handle of the (below) cutting board, I saw a mermaid fin. I’ll admit sometimes boards can be pricey. I happen to find most of mine @ the local Goodwill for less than 4 dollars. I think the one painted below cost a $1.50. 
cutting board edit


This is a fairly easy DIY project, so I used a collage for the steps. If you feel uneasy about free hand drawing, you can always go to google & search for free download templates. I chose a mermaid tail, but you can change your image to anything you fancy. 🙂

PicMonkey Collage mermaid tail cutting board

I drew my image & then hand painted the details. Waited til the paint dried & then put several layers of varnish.

I used varnish to seal my paint. I’m not quite sure if it’s food safe, but my image is on the handle & therefore, I don’t use that part of the cutting board anyway. So, I think I’m okay. If you’d like, you can research for yourself to find a food safe sealer. Let me know what you find. I’d love to know what’s out there.

Do you collect anything? Where do you find your treasures & what inspires you as an artist/crafter?

Have a *fin* tastic day!

The Current: Mermaid Tops

Hello lovely merfolk,

I’m going to be @ an event for the 4th of July weekend. So I’ve been working hard on some more mermaid tops. I’m a mermaid that likes choices. I love making fun & different tops to go with my tail. The top {below} took quite a bit of time. Sewing shells on individually is quite time consuming, but worth it.


Here’s some simple pasties. I used bra liners for the form & stitched sequins on in an iridescent color. These aren’t my favorite, but @ least I have the option.

opalescent pasties

This is the top {below} in the beginning. It clearly needed more netting on one side & I wasn’t feeling the medallion. I changed it as you can see from the top picture, but I’m still not sold on that one either. hmmm…

photo 3Here’s some more pasties in bronze & gold. They match the sequins on my tail & I think they turned out pretty.

photo 4

photo 5

 Have a swimingly *fin*tastic weekend!


Here Are A Few Of My Favorite Things…

It’s that time of year again. Here’s a few of my favorite things.

I love the smell of  Fresh Balsam @ Christmas time.  So I indulge in all the items Bath & Body Works has to offer.

I don’t allow shoes to be worn in the house so I live in footies. I have a basket next to the front door full of socks {I got this from Martha Stewart, except I don’t require you to wear  Cashmere @ a whopping $70.00 a pop}. How cute are these with the cut out toes? I like these in the summer, especially because I live in Florida.

Walmart has these for most of the year @ about $3.00 a pair. @ the holidays they have themed ones too.

And last but not least, my camouflage military caps, that I have in every color under the sun. Is that a clear indication that I hate doing my hair? The answer is YES!  Ask the gent. Haha

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Love, Raquel

It’s The Little Things

Do you ever have those days where you don’t feel like getting all dolled up? Well, today wasn’t one of those days for me.

I remember talking with a friend of mine several years ago about what she was gonna change once she had children. She insisted that as far as her getting all dressed up and prancing around cute would not be one of them.

I thought to myself, “wait until she has kids and there’s throw up, and diapers to be changed, etc. She’ll see things change”.  Nope they didn’t. She’s still as cute as ever.

I think one big drawback for me is that I basically live doing artsy projects, keeping one project going after another. Livin’ in my overalls.:)

But I have figured out how to still feel cute and acomplish my projects.

I get dolled up regardless, of whether I’m gonna do a project. At least then I feel like I’m not the “homely housewife”.

It’s the little things in life that I think about, such as this idiotic post. 🙂

I do like my cute head band though. I made it, Isn’t it cute?