Who said it was Pay Day?

and so it starts...

The first of many purchases have been made towards Samuel's room.  Actually this is one i'm really excited about as there were a limited amount released and I managed to buy a pair.  I'm so excited as Tiny Jax haven't even officially launched yet, owned by the awesome @carterandus and available exclusively from Jaxon James, I cannot wait for their official launch.  So please welcome Raven & Snow as the first guests to Sammie's room...

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Aren't they just gorgeous, no two are the same, please follow Tiny Jax IG feed to see more of their amazing products!

Next was another piece that I knew would sit perfectly alongside these little guys, a hand painted name wedge from the adorable Sweet Little Tinkers, this is my second purchase from Louise as I originally purchased a really cute wooden rainbow to use in my product images (you may have seen).  I remembered seeing these name blocks at the time, so as soon as I decided I was doing Sammie's room then I knew I had to purchase.

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A lot of Louise's items are limited runs and specials, so she is definitely worth a follow on IG to make sure you don't miss out on new products, as well as their exclusive blankets and prints.

My last purchase (so far) was an awesome light box from Monty & Moosh, I've been coveting one for a while.  Again not my first purchase from these guys;  I had previously purchased the confetti balloons for Sammie's baptism last month and they were awesome, great table decoration and awesome fun for the kids after.  I must admit I have to control myself on their website as with all the above there are so many beautiful things to choose from, so I have no doubt i'll be visiting again soon...

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With 3 different colours of light box and 3 different choices of lettering including symbols, hand drawnpastel (oh yeah might have ordered them for myself while i was there... can you blame me!).  I can't wait for the holidays so I can get started on his room, so exciting and i hope you'll follow our journey! Lots more to discover, buy and make...

Fay x


How Felicity realises Samuel needs a big boy room...

Considering i'm pretty creative you'd be surprised to hear that my kids rooms aren't that creative!  Some canvases and that's about it, sssshhhh don't tell anyone! However the more and more i delve into the world of interior design and expand my creative offerings then I really feel sorry for my boys as I've been promising them awesome rooms for a long time now.

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So, the OH and I have been discussing swapping the boys rooms about for a month or so now.  Their rooms take up the back of the 1st floor of the house.  They are essentially all the same size with 2 sharing a Jack & Jill and 1 with its own en-suite.  Logic dictated that as H & F are only 14 months apart and Samuel is 5 yrs younger, that H & F share the Jack & Jill and Samuel had his own bathroom.  HOWEVER... turns out that Fred and Samuel are really good together, whilst Hen likes a bit of 'space', so we've decided that in the Summer holidays we'll look at swapping Henry and Samuel's rooms.  This gives me the perfect opportunity to decorate their rooms as we go.

With Samuel starting school in Sept and still in his cot bed, I feel it's only fair that I do his room first and give him that 'big boy' room he will love and he and his friends can happily spend time in.  So over the next few months I'll be collecting inspiration and goodies from all my favourite (and hopefully some new finds) small businesses in the UK and across the world, as well as a few high street purchases in there to create a truly unique room.  Here are a few of my pics so far...

I'd love if you could join me as i design Samuel's room, follow my mood board on Pinterest to see the look I am going for, and subscribe to follow me as i work through each of the boys rooms over the next year.

 

Thanks,

Fay x


How Felicity Rocks Half Term!

It's been a mad week, half term for the kids last week but i still had to work a couple of days at the day job, then it was a case of balancing orders with entertaining the kids.  I managed to get the majority of my orders finished by the end of last week (my best week of orders yet #happydays) just as the weather started to get a little better so it meant we could spend some well earned time playing in the garden, just nice to be out enjoying the fresh air with the boys and family.

BBQ season has officially begun (we will now proceed to BBQ approx 2-3 times a week - the OH is slightly obsessed by it, well that along with Squash and Golf!) and I do love a good BBQ.  Although during my first pregnancy this wasn't a great season, i didn't have any cravings but could not stand the smell of barbecue food, he still insisted on BBQ'ing nearly every week *cue nausea* but anyway that's a distant memory now (that i drag up at opportune moment every now and then to make a point).  It also means the OH spends a lot of the time cutting the lawn with a small person in tow, which i love to watch.


As i said biggest week of orders yet and got them out on Monday, but more about that in my next post!  Because this is all about some pretty fabulous items i'd ordered from fellow Etsy sellers...

 How amazing are these motivational cards from the fabulous Laura @ Ip Dip Design, We share a total love of everything bright and fun and being incredibly insecure and self-doubting then i need something just like these to look at and remind myself it might not be easy, but it's worth it and I am enough. They are perfect for sharing on IG, Twitter and Facebook to motivate others and to brighten up a dull day.  So go on, why not pop over to her Etsy shop and buy some for yourself! Her packaging and little extras are bob on! Samuel says it all #yourock

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My next purchase was from Erica @ Ditsy Dot, I've known Erica for sometime now and absolutely love what she is doing, but having no little ladies of my own I never really considered her awesome hair accessories as something for me, but as soon as I saw the Hero Girls range I knew I had to have! Oh and then the woodland collection, and then... too much choice, needless to say I'm a happy lady.  I quite often plait my hair anyway so couldn't wait to use...

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My last purchase I'd waited sometime to order as I had to save my pennies (everything is going back into the business at the moment), but it was well worth it as we are all absolutely in love with it, and had so many compliments/comments on it.  My friend even liked so much she ordered her own!

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It's from another lovely Laura @ Laura A Fisher Art and is quite possibly the most cutest piece of artwork I've got, but don't let that make you think it's teeny small, quite the opposite.  I'd been looking for something at the top of the stairs in our hall for some time and as soon as I saw Laura's work I knew it would be perfect.

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She was delightful to work with and we had a lot of convo's over the months i saved up, she was extremely patient and I could tell just how much she enjoyed her work, which is such a lovely thing.  I think you'll agree it's damn perfect and I made an awesome choice, i would definitely recommend having a look at her store for ideas for your own home or for some beautiful gift ideas!
Anyway that's my week, now it's back to the grind.  Fingers crossed my Superhero comic fabrics should arrive this week so I can get on with making more fab & fun cushions and super soft blankets for you all!

So what did you guys do for half term? Did you go away and have a beautifully relaxing time in the sun? Did you go on a staycation? Or maybe you were the same as me and you kinda muddled through with days here and there.  Would love to hear what you got up to!

Signing off for the night, well maybe after a glass of bubbles...

Fay x

 

 


How Felicity finds fitting it all in is not that easy!

So it's 10:30 in the evening and i'm just getting to sit down and blog now, there are so many other things i need to do too, but i haven't written for ages and actually that half the reason i am writing, where the hell does all the time go?

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Image by Chick Writes Stuff (you need to read her blog, spooky and much funnier!)

So this is generally how my days go when i'm at the day job:

7-7:30    Wake Up

7:30-8:30  Get myself and the boys ready for work/school.  The two eldest can do it all themselves, they just need a lot of 'motivation' if you know what i mean!

8:30-8:45  Shout at the boys to get ready till I've developed a sore throat and my face is going a lovely shade of purple.

8:45-9:00  School Run

9:00-9:15  Grab breakfast & lunch and drive to work (so lazy, I do need to get the bike out, but i'm so crap on it it's laughable.  I can't even get my leg over -oh er!- as we still have the baby seat on it - used eh... never!- so i generally end up flat on my face or falling into the wall at work, trying not to let everyone see)

9:15-9:30   Arrive at work, eat breakfast and make a cup of HOT tea - woohoo

9:30-5:30   Proceed to sit at a computer for the next 8 hours, intermittently checking social media (when i say intermittently, i mean frequently #ssshhh don't tell anyone).  I rarely take a lunch and if i do it's only half an hour and i use it to do something at my desk - grocery shop, write to inland revenue, scour Etsy for loads of lovely things i want to buy).

5:30-7:30  Arrive home, have quick chat with mum a.k.a Granny Bling before she goes home to lie in a darkened room for the evening, then I proceed with a selection of the following:

Wash dishes, dry dishes, put dishes away, fill dishwasher, empty dishwasher, empty dryer, fold washing, empty washing machine, fill dryer, fill washing machine, fill baskets with clothes, take baskets upstairs, put ironing away, pick up toys, put out recycling, put out bins, discuss what boys want for tea for approx 10 mins,, make boys tea, realise after 2 hours that you haven't had a drink since you got home, pick up school bags, school coats, try and tidy everyone's shoes up in the hall, fail miserably, realise you've done enough not to feel guilty about sitting down and actually getting on with your real work!

It's really up to you what you pick, but generally about half of this list i do daily and i still feel guilty when i sit down to paint or sew, is that normal, is that what other mumpreneurs/dadpreneurs do?

7:30-8:00  Put little man to bed (he's at that stage where quite often he falls asleep very late afternoon so consequently bedtime is a little later and a struggle), persuade older two to get changed for bed and make sure everything is in order for the next day.

8:00-9:00  Sit down to paint and/or sew. Woohoo #happyplace oh and persuade the older two to go to bed with a good book, or just 'a' book, as long as they are reading...

9:00-9:30  Eat tea (which generally I've cooked for us), converse about our day.

9:30-12:00  Work on computer, generally split between updating m,y Etsy shop, writing my blog, trying to watch training webinars (made more difficult when a small person keeps nicking your headphones and 'storing' them for you - 3 sets and counting), designing fabric for soft furnishings collection, social media posts, updating my website and general networking.

Pretty easy day really LMAO. It's not much different when i'm not at the day job.  Friday just means extra house stuff, food shopping, and occasional personal time - you know exciting stuff like dentist and optician, but it does mean an afternoon of peace and quiet to paint and sew, heaven!  Sat & Sun has a no housework rule (unless desperate), but it is replaced with tennis lessons, football matches and swimming lessons, so...

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Image by Ms Tidy Owl

I feel like i am slowly beginning to lose the plot, I've let my organisation slip and it shows.  When you have as little time as I/we do trying to build a business alongside bringing up kids and/or a day job, then you need to be clever with your time, really clever and I have a few peeps who can help you do that:

  1. Devenia Desant - Be Visible, Be Social, Be You!  Devenia completely gets it, as a mother of 3 herself she knows what a hustle and juggle life is most of the time, and it's her mission to ensure we all have the confidence to achieve our goals and just as importantly in ourselves.
  2. Nicola Lawrie - Ms Tidy Owl.  Nicola trains people on how to structure, measure and utilise their business information for profit and growth.  Her best tip ever to me was to time block and it's worked so well for me (need to do again as my priorities have changed which is why my time has gone to pot) In fact pop over to her page for a free planner to help you take control of your week.
  3. Alex Tooby - Instagram Marketer (@menandcoffee, @instawithalex) What this lady doesn't know about Insta probably isn't worth knowing, so if you are looking to grow your account then you really want to sign up to Instagram Marketing Mastermind with Alex, it's FREE and pretty darn awesome!
  4. Good friends - These guys are the ones you know you can turn to anytime, to cry, to rant, to laugh and generally just to support.  I have some amazing friends, some of whom i won't mention as totally personal but also some who I have become friends with through my mumpreneur journey and who's support means an awful lot to me; Ditsy Dot Shop, Carter and Us, Imagine Sew Beautiful, Sweet Little Tinkers, Holistic Health Surrey and Ip Dip Design, you guys rock!  Not only do you all have awesome blogs / businesses, but most of you have a young family/day job too and you still find time to support other small businesses and be a great friend to me and others, so i thank you!

So this week my plan is to sit down and re-organise my time, I need to download my planner from Ms tidy Owl, get myself more visable with Devenia and keep working on my Instagram account as I'm loving Insta at the moment.  I'm gonna catch up with my friends and see what they are all up to, I really think you guys should do the same!

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Let me know what your biggest struggle is and lets see if we can't work it out together,

Fay x


How Felicity finally got to say thanks!

I can't remember if I have shared previously or not but my eldest boy Henry was born premature. At 34 weeks I developed pre-eclampsia and was taken into hospital, I remember feeling just not quite right on the Sunday evening and thought I beat check with the doc on the Monday morning, the next thing I know an ambulance is being blue lighted to the doctors to take me to hospital.

They managed to control my blood pressure well until the Thursday morning when I woke very early with such a headache it was unbearable, the nurses gave me some painkillers but it didn't touch it, when they checked my blood pressure it was off the chart, and rising so the decision was made to emergency section me ASAP. I apologise now if anyone 'lost their slot' because of me x


At 12:31 that lunchtime Henry Douglas Stephenson was brought into this world at 3lb 8oz, I think I got to hold him but I can't really remember much if I'm honest.  I remember before when the anesthetist played 'the first cut is the deepest' as he was prepping me for surgery.  I remember being more worried that my husband would faint when I got my spinal block and I remember him and the anesthetist comically arguing over what to call Henry! But after that I don't remember much...

Normally with pre-eclampsia, once baby is out then your blood pressure drops and you are fine, but that didn't happen with me, I'm still not quite sure what was wrong but I spent two days in labour ward in and out of consciousness with very little memory of that time.  I didn't see Henry, he was perfect and healthy in every way, just small so he had to go to SCBU (special care baby unit) so it was Matthew that did the first nappies, the sitting by the incubator and it wasn't till the end of day two when they actually brought Henry to me, in his incubator.


After day 2 I was well enough to move to the antinatal ward and spent the next two weeks there before I persuaded them I could go home, so I could then spend my days with Henry in SCBU rather than sat in my hospital bed waiting for doctors to come and check me etc.  Henry thrived and despite us having massive issues breastfeeding as he had no sucking reflex he did well an 4 weeks after he was born (1 week before he was due) and just before Christmas we got to bring our tiny little bundle of love home.


It's been a roller coaster since then with 2 more boys (both healthy pregnancies) and Henry is now a very happy and healthy 10 year old.  


I've always wanted to be able to say thanks to SCBU for everything they did for Henry and I.  Not only did they love and care for my boy, but they taught me an awful lot, were there for me at some pretty hard times.  These guys are amazing nurses but more than that they are amazing people, loving and caring beyond the call of duty. So with the support of some friends I contacted York SCBU and asked if there was any chance I would be allowed to make a canvas for the unit and they very kindly said yes...


So here it is, I can't wait to present it to them and say thank you for everything they've done for Henry and I, forever in their debt,

Fay x


How Felicity was helped out of a dark day...

So it's Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK and I've been listening to Radio 2 this week, each afternoon Jeremy Vine has been talking to someone with a different mental health illness each day, it's been very insightful and great to hear it being talked about openly and honestly in the mainstream.


Funnily enough this week hasn't been a great one for me.  It started Tuesday when something small was niggling at me regarding an order, that I couldn't sort and I was annoyed at myself for having to leave open like that.  Without thinking i went about the rest of my day, but it really was one of those days, things got on top of me, things didn't go how i wanted them to and i didn't achieve things i wanted to achieve that day.  I chalked it up to a bad day and went to sleep, but then Wednesday didn't get much better and my mood gradually darkened, and as it did so did my day, again i chalked it up to another bad day and hope today would get better. As i went to bed tired and grumpy i misread something on FB, commented and went to sleep.  I woke to a bit of a telling off, now i was the first to hold up my hand and apologise but one person in particular wanted to make their feelings known and with my mood as it was I just took it completely to heart and it really upset me.  I could feel my mood darkening even more.  As i made my lunch at work i was just wishing the day to end, i took my boiling hot soup to my desk, sat down went to prize off the Tupperware lid sealed by the heat and proceeded to chuck the whole bowl over my lap and the floor.  The pain was unreal, i jumped up realising i needed to get the soup of me and so quickly wiped down my clothes - to proud to make a fuss, whilst my colleague helped me clear up my chair, the carpet and my desk.  Once we'd done i came home to change, i could feel my legs stinging and as i walked in the door i just burst into tears.

I actually starting asking God what had i done, what had i done this week that was so bad that i was being punished with a crap week and finally burning myself stupid...  I felt at a loss.  But i had to get back to work, so i quickly changed my clothes, looking at my bright red legs and went back to work.  By the time i'd got back my legs were stinging quite badly, so I reached out to a FB group i'm in and a particular member who i know is a Homeopath hoping she could advise me of something i could do to help immediately.  Two goods friends Devenia and Kathy immediately reached out with their sympathies and some initial suggestions (unfortunately now the boys are a little older i don't carry Vaseline or Sudacrem in my bag anymore LOL) and then despite Michelle having being in the wars herself last week and still recovering, she replied telling me exactly what to do (and very politely ticking me off for not getting the homeopathic first aid kit she'd told us all about last week, lesson learnt, off to buy tomorrow!)  Interestingly though at this point having read some of my other comments about my week in general she happened to make an observation about how i needed to focus on the positive and that the negativity would just drag me further and further down.  Suddenly a light went off...


Earlier i couldn't imagine why God would have let me burn myself, I couldn't see where the lesson in that could possibly be.  But yet here it was, plain as day.  My negative mood that started from something so small on Tuesday had become a catch 22 (and this is exactly how depression takes control without you noticing) the lower my mood, the more i felt everything was against me, and the more i felt everything was against me the lower my mood got!  I had got myself into such a state by lunchtime today that it took something to make me LITERALLY jump out of it and shake it off to be able to receive advice and look at the situation for what it was.  Michelle really helped me today, i'm not even sure she knows just how much!  But i felt with it being Mental Health Week it was really appropriate to share what had happened to me this week and ask Michelle what suggestions she had for not only dealing with that type of situation, a bad day, a dark mood.

  1. Try and stop the bad days before they happen!  Each morning before you get out of bed or when you are in the shower, be mindful of everything you have, the roof over your head, the bed you had a good nights sleep in, your kids, your husband, hot running water, the breakfast you are about to eat etc. etc.
  2. Sit for 5 minutes and ask yourself 'how do i want to feel today?' Write down your intention and refer to it if you feel your day is not going the way you had asked.
  3. If you are having a bad day, stop, Take yourself off to a quiet spot and ask yourself why you are having a bad day. What's really important is not to lay blame, this is a hard one but it is important to own the emotions you are feeling and the thoughts you are thinking as once you have acknowledged them it is easier to let them go, If you can write down any negative thoughts and feelings. You can even write a letter to the person that has annoyed you and then Michelle takes it outside, burns it and place the ashes on the earth for mother earth to transmute as she sees fit.  I did exactly this to my school bully, but i posted it to myself, the writing of it was so cathartic and by the time i'd received back i was able to rip it up and bin.  I'd said my piece...
  4. If you are able, mediate for 10 - 15 minutes just breathing in new calm energy and breathing out stress, frustration, anger whatever it is that you think is creating your bad day, and remind yourself of your intention for the day.


Look no matter what your beliefs are, you cannot deny that we all have bad days and that it would be a much better place if they didn't happen or we could shrug them off a lot quicker.  Some of you know i have faith, but i'm not a big shouter about it, it's very personal to me and i'm certainly not telling you all you need to, just explaining how my day went.
I really hope this has helped you guys and you'll remember the steps the next time you feel you day going from bad to worse.  It's certainly helped me to put everything in to perspective and even look at my initial issue with an order and come up with a solution.

However first on the list for me is to go and get a homeopathic first aid kit so i can get on with my painting without my legs stinging LOL!

Much love,

Fay x


How Felicity Finds A Love of Colour

So how many of you are scared of colour?

Are you planning on decorating your nursery?

Does the thought of adding any colour fill you with fear?!

What colour do I add?

Can I add more than one?

Should I only paint one wall?

How do I tie in with the rest of the room?

Shouldn't nurseries be calming colours to sooth baby?

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Okay okay let's chill, let’s just take a moment to breathe LOL. Colour in a nursery really isn’t that scary and with so many options available to us we are definitely all being a little bolder nowadays, but do you know what, I absolutely adore bold colour (those who know me understand – I had to go and buy a black suit for my own father’s funeral as literally don’t own anything black) and I really want to push you guys even further with its use in the home.

Bold colours and shapes stimulate babies. So let’s get you thinking just how you can do that. Now the first 3 points are ways that we are fairly comfortable with already, but I wanted to show you how you can push that even further than you have already…

1. Soft Furnishings

2. Feature Wall

3. Art work

The next few points are maybe going to take you a little further than you’ve maybe considered before. But do you know what, it’s your home, it’s your style, so let’s show that off to its full potential in your home.

4. Furniture

5. Pattern/Print

6. Clashing Tones

7. Dark Hues

I hope that’s given you a little inspiration for your nursery!  You can find all these images and links on my Pinterest blog board. If you want to have a chat then please just follow me on FB, Pinterest and/or Insta and drop me a line; only too happy to discuss any ideas you are unsure about trying.

If you are already a colour aficionado in the home then I’d love to see your pics, tag me and I’ll feature some of my favourites!

Stay fun, stay bright!

Fay x

 

P.S As i said you can find all the links for the above images on my pinterst blog board, but a few of my particular favourite companies to help achieve your desires are below:

Somewhere Only We know 

Enchanted Interiors 

Crazy Little Crafts 

Hazel Loves Ivy  (if on holiday then please follow her, she's seriously worth it)

Jo Jones Creative

 

P.P.S And please check out Etsy before anywhere else, as there is so much talent out there x


How Felicity Finds 3 very different uses for Stationery...

It's National Stationery Week and today is World Stationery Day, which reminded me of a previous blog post.  What better way to celebrate than to look at how to use Stationery in some very different ways to decorate your home.

What! I hear you cry. But seriously there are some fab uses from everyday stationery.

  1. Clip Boards

 

These are a great idea as once placed you can easily change up the art displayed if you update your decor or use for your kids art and it means you can swap as often as they draw!

2. Hole Punch

 

You can use an ordinary hole punch to create art with the kids, get them involved using scrap pieces of card from previous projects, or wall paper samples, anything you have lying around, You could take this one step further and use specialist punches, bigger circles, hearts, butterflies, the possibilities are endless...

3. Post It Notes

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And if you ever get bored at work then what about trying to recreate this post it note creation, just awesome!  You could even let the kids try at home, for just a few pounds they could have hours of fun and the best bit... It's temporary!

Let's go and enjoy Stationery week, I'd love to see any of your creations!!!

Fay x