Best wishes, Sarah
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Best wishes, Sarah
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
These spoof blue heritage plaques are designed to look just like the iconic blue plaques placed on the houses of the famous and historical. Now you can get your own version, with these quality acrylic plaques created with your own wording.
Make your neighbours curious, and give a loved one the recognition and honour their achievments (and reputation) deserve!
Only £16, which includes free UK delivery.
You must know someone who'd like one of these for Christmas!
Monday, 18 October 2010
The following five websites all have pages on Facebook, and next week (from October 25th) they are going to be announcing some fabulous exclusive discount codes and freebies to their fans. If you don't follow them already, do get following them now and suggest the pages to your Facebook friends too so that they can find out about these amazing offers.
Remember, if you're not following you won't find out about these offers:
Best Baby Shower
Got a baby shower to host or a baby gift to buy? Join us on Facebook where we will be making an exclusive £5 discount offer to all UK fans on 25th October.
Menus 4 Mums
To show our appreciation to our Facebook fans we'd like to offer you 4 free easy recipe cards for cakes children love. Look for the update we'll be sending to our fans with details of how to claim your cards.
Whether you are organising a childs party next week or next year, win ALL your party essentials in our competition - exclusive only to our UK Facebook fans. Join our page now to be included in the prize draw starting 25th October.
We're going to be announcing details about a special sale with a chance to buy some uber-cool baby and toddler stuff - and even postage will be free!
An exclusive offer will be announced to all our Facebook fans next week: 15% off and free delivery! Join our Facebook page now to find out further details next week...
Get following PhotoFairytales on Facebook now because next week all fans will be offered a fabulous Buy One Get One Free discount code. Plus, once the page reaches 500 fans there will a prize giveaway worth £15, plus runner up prizes!
So just click on the links to these pages and make sure you're following them all!
Friday, 1 October 2010
Like many of you I'm sure, I've seen these kind of lists before and frankly they all tend to state the bleeding obvious. But this is a list of 101 practical ideas and thoughts that I hope you will find useful for your own website.
The idea behind the list is how to convert site visitors into buyers - that old conundrum! I hope you get something from it - make a cuppa, grab a biscuit, and have a read...
(Do please leave a comment and let me know what you think.)
Thursday, 23 September 2010
So, in just over a month I guess we'll be having a party then....now, how on earth do I entertain a group of 6/7/8 year olds with the right level of scariness? What games could they play I wonder? (I've thought of apple bobbing, but got a bit stuck after that!). Are they old enough for a torchlit scary story session or will they just end up too scared to sleep that night?!
I've got some great ideas for designing a Halloween Party invitation, I know I can do some fun food and decorations but it seems getting the pitch right for the entertainment part is going to be trickier than I thought! Any ideas would be gratefully appreciated, so do please leave a comment for me...
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
So why is it that people who run small businesses and/or work from home don't get taken seriously? It is quite odd, especially when you consider most of us work much longer than the average full-time 40 hour working week. And that many of those hours are either at the crack of dawn, or late at night when other workers are either tucked up asleep or watching telly.
A huge number of women decide to run their own business as a route back to work after babies. I know that's one of the reasons why I set up PhotoFairytales. It means we can juggle work and homelife in a way that probably wouldn't happen if we were employees. Society is always discussing how to best allow parents the flexibility to hold down a career and look after children - and in the meantime while these discussions are taking place, many women are just getting on with it: setting up their business, making it a success, looking after their home and family. But just because those hours of work are from home and are split up over the day, it seems there is a blur between "working from home" and just "being at home all day".
So, lets get one thing straight: people who work from home and run their own business often work longer and harder hours than the standard employee. We are totally committed to the business we run - not only do we want it to be a commercial success, we want it to be a personal success too. We are creative people who take on many, many roles: book keeper, marketing manager, website developer, customer service officer, administrator, technical support, purchaser, business developer, office cleaner, tea trolley operator... I could go on!
If you're one of those who works from home too and gets frustrated from time to time, head on over to the "Business, Not Hobby" page on Facebook and have your say. You'll feel so much better afterwards and you'll be in good company!
Now, get back to work slacker!
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Featuring your photo and choice of up to around 14 key words and dates, these are a truly personal gift or keepsake for your loved one. They are available in a choice of sizes: 8"x8" slimline canvas, and 10"x10" deeper canvas. Prices start at just £18 and that includes free UK delivery.
The prints come complete with a wire hanger on the back, and delivery is approximately 6 working days.
Hope you like them!
Tuesday, 14 September 2010
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Friday, 13 August 2010
I'm a member of a great networking site for women who run their own businesses (www.mumsclub.co.uk). Since joining, I've made some great contacts and got to know loads of lovely ladies who, like me, run their own business: some online, some on the high street. The members represent a huge range: from the one-woman business, to the multi-staffed long established company.
Earlier this year myself and a small group of other members got together and produced a little leaflet offering discounts and special offer codes. It was such a success, that we decided to do it again - but this time even bigger! We have produced a glossy brochure which is going to be distributed up and down the country this Autumn at major Mother, Baby & Toddler events.
The brochure is packed with a big range of discounts on items that every new mum or mum-to-be could possibly want: from pushchairs to nappies, from gifts to nursery furniture, from christening gowns and keepsakes to maternity bras!
Even if you're not going to be attending any of the Baby Events later this year, you can still get a look at the brochure (and of course use the discounts too!). Just click on the image above or here for more details. And if you know anyone with a new baby (or one on the way), do let them know about this great book of money off deals.
Best wishes, Sarah
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
No, I think it's just that I love what I do. I read once that if you can find a job you love you need never work again. And it's true - I don't think I have ever started a working day not wanting to. True, sometimes it can be hard to juggle life as a mum with home life and work life, but that's all about the number of hours in a day not about work frustration!
Anyway, I'm going to take a couple of weeks off, and I'm going to try very hard not to think about work - although I'll probably come back fired up with new ideas for new products and thinking about what will be coming up for Christmas (not that long now!!).
I can take orders up until August 12th and will be back to normal on August 31st. You are welcome to submit orders during this time, but please be aware that you won’t get acknowledgement of them (and work won’t begin on them) until my return. Please note that there will also be a longer delivery time during that first week while I get on top of the backlog. I will be able to give you an idea of time when I return and have an idea of how many orders I need to deal with, but I would estimate that delivery times will probably be extended by at least 3-4 days. Or of course, you could get your orders in quickly now and get them done before I go!!
Now, time to start thinking about where we'll actually be going.....!!!
Monday, 12 July 2010
Thursday, 8 July 2010
Friday, 25 June 2010
Well, I think it's about time a little sense was shown on this so-called "blog" - there's been far too much about dogs and hair, and I'm here to stand up for all the cats in the world to say: "We need more cats on the internet!".
Honestly, you'd think a dog had never had a hair cut before - on and on he goes, "have you noticed my hair?", "does my hair look nice?", "do you think I still look like me?", blah blah blah. Well, I've had it up to here (pointing to collar) - so you've had your hair cut, now get over it!!
Everyone's out to get us cats - even the fish. So you think harping on about dogs is interesting. Well it's not - now, I've made my point, time for a little lay down.... enjoy the video (I didn't).
Love Bella Cat ....zzzzzzz
PS: Yes I am sticking out my tongue, yes it is rude, and no I'm not sorry so there
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Thursday, 29 April 2010
This is for all mums: mums-to-be, new mums, experienced mums, old mums, working mums, stay-at-home mums, yummy mums and stressed mums...
- For always being the one who eats the broken biscuits at the bottom of the tin that nobody else will touch;
- For being able to wake up from a deep sleep in the middle of the night to attend to nappies/wet beds/trips to the loo/nightmares/projectile vomiting when everyone else seems unable to;
- For always having food in the cupboard, loo roll in the bathroom, and the knowledge to cook a dinner out of nothing;
- For carrying on when you sometimes REALLY don't want to;
- For teaching your child how to walk, talk, use the potty/toilet, eat with a knife and fork, hold a pen and write, count, learn colours and a million other things;
- For sorting out the bills (because you probably do, don't you?);
- For remembering X's birthday/anniversary, etc and sending a card - on time;
- For feeding the pets every day - and changing their water too;
- For doing the school run every day, rain or shine;
- For having that magic touch that rubs away pain and kisses tears dry;
- For not being too shy to sing and dance in public when it means you can avoid tantrums;
- For putting on all the voices when you read the bedtime story;
- For checking for nits (and dealing with them if you find them);
- For sitting in the park when you really want to be sitting by a pool with a glass of wine;
- For being the secret Sock Fairy who can wash, match and put away endless not-quite-identical black or white socks without breaking down;
- For making sure the family get their 5 portions a day;
- For having an answer at the ready when you are asked where babies come from;
- For being the only one who cleans the bathroom properly and knows where dirty washing belongs;
- For saying "no" to those high heeled shoes/freakishly expensive trainers even if "all their friends have them";
- For having the best cuddles, end of story;
I just want to say "thank you" - because I don't think mums are thanked anywhere near enough. What we do may not necessarily have a £60k salary or a swanky office, but we do an amazing job shaping and nurturing these human beings under our care (even before they are born). It may seem like a grind (and worse some days), but all those big and little things we all do every day keep the world turning and life flowing. Without mums in the world it would be a grim place (not to mention an untidy one with everyone wearing odd socks and never getting anywhere on time!).
I salute you/me!
PS: and if I've missed anything off, please feel free to add it below!
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
It seems totally acceptable now to use this word in mainstream situations: tv, magazines, etc. Now, I'm not talking about this from the point of view of an adult - I'm talking about it from the point of view of a mum to a 7 year old. Should I be getting upset when she puts on a new top, looks at herself in the mirror, strikes a silly pose and asks "d'ya think I'm seeexy?!". Now, she's doing it in a fun, jokey way - but, it makes me feel so uncomfortable. This word gets bantered around even on children's telly - and don't even get me started on pop videos/singers...
My daughter is clever, smart, funny, beautiful and a fabulous little character - she is NOT sexy.
So, when she asked if I thought she was "seeexy", I just smiled and said, "no sweetheart, you're not, you're my little girl and I love you." But she still wasn't sure if I was being mean or not. And what to say when she turns round (like she did the other day) and asks me what the word means? Well poppet, it means you're sexually attractive to other people...I think not!!!
I don't remember this word being in use when I was a kid. I might sound like a total old prude, but I'm not sure I'm getting upset for no reason am I? I don't even feel comfortable letting her watch pop videos - I'm so sick of seeing women with their bums on show grinding like a lap dancer. And then there's the Playboy range in Argos - Amy loves looking at those pages in the catalogue: they're all PINK! Oh, and it seems that once your child gets past the age 5/6 years clothing sizes, she's suddenly expected to dress like a psuedo teenager in black t-shirts with words like "Bitch" picked out in glitter. You're kidding me right...?
Tell me what you think...
Monday, 8 March 2010
When it comes to drawing, creating and painting, Amy is very, very, very prolific! I am treated daily to fabulous creations. Only this weekend she transformed a toilet roll and an empty tissue box into an airplane and hangar. The outer wrapper from the peperami she was munching while cutting and sticking, became the escape shute for the passengers when the plane crashed. (That's "when", not "if"..!)
But she also loves to curl up on the sofa with a tray and her ENORMOUS pencil case (yes, the 7 year old inside me is insanely jealous!), and draw a wonderful picture. Like most mums my fridge is plastered with all this artwork. And it is virtually impossible to throw any of it away of course. So in the seven short years of her life I have managed to fill two memory boxes and a huge folder with her drawings! I adore everything she does, of course, but every now and then she will create something really amazing. Usually a picture with a story - and half the joy is listening to her explaining what is going on in the image.
So - this set me a thinking..... wouldn't it be great to do something with these special pictures? Those hand or foot prints, those pictures of the family at the beach, the self portraits, or the drawing of the house she wants to live in when she's grown up? Having just introduced a range of box canvases, it suddenly struck me how fantastic to be able to create a canvas from a child's masterpiece! It could be a straightforward print of the original picture, or it could have a little message added like the one shown here (if the design allows!).
So if you have a precious painting or drawing why not get it created into a fabulous and totally unique piece of permanent wall art? The printing quality is superb, so it will capture every detail and pencil or paintbrush stroke. You can get it printed as an 8" square slimline canvas for only £12 or a deeper framed 10" square canvas for £25 - and that includes UK delivery.
What a fabulous keepsake or present - parents, grandparents, aunties & uncles would surely love to receive one? Just take a look at http://photofairytales.co.uk/canvasforher.aspx - a great idea for a Father's Day present too perhaps?!
Best wishes, Sarah
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Well, I might not have hit the nail on the head for everyone, but hopefully I've managed to come up with some ideas that might help. Take a look at my personalised Valentine's Day gift ideas and hopefully you'll find something that will fit the bill. Oh, and prices start at around £10, so no silly Tiffany-type prices either!
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
"Are you sure - because it looks as if you might have been...?"
"No, no, not eating snow, no, not me."
"Did you eat any yellow snow?"
"I don't think so, erm...... let's run!!"
Monday, 18 January 2010
Christmas in our household was snowy and perfect - by Christmas Eve I had so much food (and a worktop covered, it seemed, in cakes of all variations: Yule Log, Mince Pies, Christmas Cake, Stollen, etc) that I wondered whether we would get through it all. But - er, well - we did! Then just four days later we added another cake to the dwindling collection - a birthday cake for Amy to celebrate her 7th birthday. My little girl is seven!!!! Now that really does leave me wondering where time goes, and how it moves so quickly. It seems like only a year or two ago that we were taking her to playgroup and asking her to say the word "flower" ("ferwah") just because she sounded so cute!
Towards the end of last year I started work on a new item for PhotoFairytales - once again inspired by Amy Rose. After she lost her first tooth, I wrote a special little letter from the Tooth Fairy for her - just a little thing, hastily put together. But it's something that Amy has always treasured, and when she lost yet another tooth last Autumn it gave me the idea of perhaps adding a Tooth Fairy item to the website.
With such great feedback and lovely responses to my personalised letters from Santa, I decided to work along the same lines - offering a letter packed with details about the child, and with extra gifts and surprises too. And so I am now pleased to announce that the Tooth Fairy letters are now available and on sale - plus, as an introductory offer, if you quote the order code "10BLOG" you can claim a 10% discount on your letter! For more details just click here.
I'm still working on even more new items - so watch this space for more news and offers!
Happy New Year and very best wishes,
(PS: There are versions of the letter available for both boys and girls!)