Monthly Archives: August 2014

That’s All Folks…

OK, that’s it, I’m packing away my metaphorical office and heading to my new place of work.  In my head, my new place of work is an old, dusty, gothic library where I can sit and type and read old love letters from sailors to their sweethearts and bury myself away in a dreamy fiction world.  In reality it’s currently my dining table looking out over a miserable day and basking a teeny bit of baby-free silence for a couple of hours.

Thanks for the ride guys, I look forward to catching up with you all over on Twitter etc and I look forward to finally catching up with a bit of blog-reading too!  Lord knows it’s been long enough since I did that!  I guess the door is always open, but for now, let me just thank you again for all your support and blog love and I hope to regale you with my creative written word sometime,  in the near future, very soon.  Like.

Stay Peachy! x

Speedy Stamps: Superquick Business Cards!

IMG_20140826_210134A while back, you know, before all the big life changing decisions, I was contacted by Speedy Stamps about reviewing their personalised stamp service on the blog.  As with all craft-related reviews, I jumped at the chance but also wondered how I would review such a thing?

Speedy stamps offer a huge range of stamping paraphernalia – from the self-inking to the eco-friendly, just check out their website for more information.  After choosing to have my stamp logo and an ink pad, the lovely people set about making up a proof of my stamp, before sending to me for approval.  Once approved, the stamp was sent to me within a couple of working days – a great turnaround for something bespoke.  The question was…how was I going to use it?

I had this dilemma with business cards a while back, there are some fabulous business card manufacturers out there and, whilst you can get some fantastic deals on the market these days, I felt I needed to put together some business cards with as little budget as possible.  I pulled my resources together and made these!  The prices of the stamp itself starts from £15.00 with an inkpad setting you back around £5.  The beauty of owning something like this for your blog or brand is that, aside from replacing the pad, you only pay once for something personal and you can get a whole lot of stamped products out of it.

So, without further ado, let’s run through this simple tutorial for your very own personalised business card…

IMG_20140826_205219You Will Need:

A Specialised Speedy Stamp and Ink Pad

Brown Luggage Labels

White Stickers

Black Ink Pen (plus your prettiest, tidiest writing)

Coloured Ribbon (your choice)

Now Do This..

Remove the string from your luggage labels and stick a white label on either side, try to keep your stickers straight and central as much as you can.

On one side of the luggage label, and keeping as central on the white sticker as you can, stamp your logo into place.  I chose a red ink pad to keep with the ‘peachy’-ish theme

IMG_20140826_205245On the second side of the luggage label, with your pen write any info you need to go on your business card – it’s probably worth pencilling your info in first, to make sure your spacing is even.

Finish off by threading your coloured ribbon through the hole in the luggage label.

Et Voila! A personalised and simple business card that stands out from the Vistaprint crowd!

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Disclaimer: I was sent the Speedy Stamps personalised stamp and inkpad for review purposes and was not paid for this post, though did receive the stamp for free.

Stay Peachy x

I Am Super Capes: Crafting for A Cause….

 

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Having run #CraftBlogClub over on Twitter for NEARLY A YEAR – I’ve been lucky enough to interact with some wonderful charities that use crafting for good causes.  I stumbled across Claudia who runs I AM SUPER CAPES a little while ago and, as her charity was so new, I wanted to feature her wonderful work and spread the word for her.  And the best thing?  If you’re a crafty sew and sew (ha) – you can get involved!

1619516_735088179870717_7445558403150310978_nThe idea for I Am Super Capes was born when its founder Claudia, worked along side Mercy For Action, a fantastic charity that works with children on the island of Cebu in the Philippines.  As she had worked with them when we did our amazing collection, in the aftermath of the devastating typhoon Haiyan, she found she wanted to do more.

        “I really wanted to do more after the non-stop 3 weeks of collection for the Philippines.  I came across a website about a lady that make superhero capes for children fighting illnesses in the USA.  I love the idea as I have 3 boys and I know how putting a cape on a child transforms them into little Superheroes, ‘flying’ around and having fun.  As I had worked with Mercy In Action for our Philippine collection I decided to work with them again and make them my first mission.”

I Am Super Capes-25Having been inspired by the lady behind Tiny Superheroes, who makes and sends capes to ill children in hospital, Claudia set about making and sending 21 capes to the children in The Phillipines and they were given to a group of 1st graders on their first day at school.  It was amazing to get the pictures and see their happy smiling faces.

Claudia started with a sewing machine, a basic sewing lesson from a local mum and some donated fabric.  After setting up business pages on Facebook and Twitter, she started spreading the word about I Am Supercapes.  What followed was a wonderful donation from a lady in Buckinghamshire of 21 capes and the start of something beautiful, fun and very much from the heart.  Claudia is also in the process of registering as a charity, which will enable Claudia to attract funding to aid in purchasing fabric for her little heroes!

After completing her first mission alongside Mercy for Action, Claudia turned her ideas to helping children who are ill or in hospital.  Having already started to make capes, her first Little Hero was a little boy called Lewis, who has been in hospital for 6 months.  Having come across his story on Twitter, Claudia got in touch with Lewis’ Mother and made a Toy Story and Chuggington themed cape for him.  Whilst she knows that her donation of a personalised cape doesn’t take away their illness, she believes that it helps to put a smile on their face and forget their hardships, even if just for a little bit.

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Although still in the early stages of development – having officially launched in January 2014, I Am Supercapes, has already been nominated for a Community Organisation Award at the National Diversity Awards.  They are also holding two huge events later in the year, the first being a Super Skydive.  On the 13th September 2014 Claudia and her team are jumping from an aeroplane 10 000 feet up to raise money for I Am Super Capes.  A terrifying yet exhilarating experience.  Our other event is a Swishing Event.  In October 2014 they are holding a fantastic Ladies evening swapping good quality used clothing.  Fun, fizz, canapes and clothes.  Claudia is also hoping to confirm a pop-up weekend sewing shop in Winchester, be sure to check out the website as there will be more details to follow.

So, all that remains to be said is just how YOU can get involved with I Am Super Capes,

              ”  There are basically four ways you can get involved:
1 – Source fabric and send it to us. This could be fabric from a store, duvets, curtains, sheets etc. As these are going to childrenthe brighter & happier the better.
2 – Make capes for us (we can send you a paper template if you require),our only ask is that you use velcro on the neck straps.
3 – Organise a sewing day/morning/evening. We can help you spead the word of your event and we can help you source fabric.
4 – Donate money to us to be able to purchase fabric when needed.”

So many ways to get involved with such a fantastic idea, why not give Claudia’s charity a follow on Twitter and Facebook, she’s already doing such wonderful work, I’m excited to see where her idea takes her in the future.  She has pure enthusiasm for giving something fun to children who cannot live life to the full and I for one, can’t wait to get involved where I can.

“Every child deserves to be a Superhero, no matter who they are,where they live, whatever they are going through. Every child deserves the right to be a child, to have some time to be able to get away from the hardships and stress of the situation/environment they are in.
That is why I Am Superhero capes was born. We are wanting to send capes to these children. To help light up their imaginations, to give them a moment of respite from what is around them.
To give them the POWER to be children!”

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The 7 Month Itch….

about meSo, it’s been nearly a month and I would like to, firstly, thank my lovely guest posters for all their hard work and wonderful posts that have kept this place going whilst I’ve been silently squirreling away on my first love, my novel.  If you haven’t read them, take a moment to have a look through and read some of their great pieces – some wonderful tutorials, blog help and a whole lot more!

Well, I say I’ve been off writing, I’ve done a lot less than I wanted in favour of a bit of, yes you guessed it, soul-searching!  I spent a week in Somerset with my parents, reconnected with old friends and tried to get to grips with how to move forward.  I’m a wistful old soul at heart and life has been tearing by at such a rapid and unexpected speed, that I have felt anxious and uneasy for the past few weeks and in need of some big life decisions making!

For quite some time now, I’ve been feeling at a crossroads with what to do with life and I think I might have reached my conclusion.  The big thing is, I’m too capable of taking on tasks and projects and exciting endeavours without thinking about how I’m going to devote my time to each and every one and get them finished.  It’s something I come back to time and time again and if you are a regular reader, then you’ll know how topsy turvy life has become in recent months.  So perhaps it’s not a surprise to you that I’m struggling to fit everything around my family’s needs and, heaven forbid, a little bit of time for me too!

When I say I love writing, I really mean it, I love writing and I write because I can’t not!  I write because it feels as natural to me as breathing, it always has done and somewhere, tucked underneath months of to-ing and fro-ing, are seven story ideas and a whole bundle of paragraphs that are dying to get out there.  When I say I love writing, I love fiction, I love immersing myself in story-telling and, to be frank, it feels like the thing I was put on this earth to do.  Which is why, after allowing myself to get back into it for a little bit and start looking at my future plans and goals, I think I need to start devoting more time to that, to those stories and characters which lay so heavy on my heart at the moment.  Which, you guessed it, can only mean one thing, over the next couple of weeks I’m going to wind down blogging.

I guess you could say I’ve become a little jaded with the blogging world.  There are some truly amazing bloggers out there, many of whom I have been lucky enough to talk to and meet.  But it ain’t easy to keep on keeping on when I don’t really feel as if I have anything to say.  Behind the scenes, I’ve worked hard to adjust to my life as a single mama, have kept to my ethos of spending a year without high street shopping and I’ve tried my best to keep up with everything as best I can.  But, the truth is, when it comes to blogging, my heart just isn’t in it anymore.  In a world of sponsored posts and social media etiquette, not to mention the pressure that you feel under, I don’t think there is any fun in what I do, anymore.  And without the fun, there isn’t much point, considering the time it takes to run this site.  I think I’ve reached a point where I want to devote my time to my true passions and ambitions, where I want to go out and LIVE my life, without feeling pressured to write about it.  I have so much admiration for people who blog endless inspiration, day in day out, but I’ve realised that I’m not cut out for this, that my ‘old soul’ belongs in books and poetry and writing that will hopefully, one day, knock the likes of EL James off the chart!

So what next?  I have a few posts to finish up – including my post for White Tree Fabrics, so I’ll be popping them up over the coming weeks.  I’m going to continue to administrate #CraftBlogClub with my lovely co-hosts and, hopefully will have some exciting updates coming in the next couple of months.  I’m still going to be active over on Instagram and Twitter, still plugging away on some DIY creativity and projects, so please do give me a follow (@LivePeachy) and stay in touch with what I’m up to – please note that I tend to Elvis-spam quite a bit on Instagram, I need some sort of therapy I think.

As for me, I’m going to keep on with the writing and see where it takes me, I’m considering lots of options for the future at the moment but I’m almost certain I’m going to book on to a dressmaking course locally, which starts in October, to try and hone my very poor sewing skills!  D is growing so quickly, my house is taking shape and I’m generally feeling pretty cool – even if I’m little stressed, but just writing this post has eased it all a bit.  Last night’s downpour was so refreshing, for the first time I felt pretty solid about what I wanted to do.

I wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for your comments, likes, follows and for keeping me going with blogging for as long as I have.  Even though I’m a little jaded about the ‘industry’, I have met some amazing people through my blog and various social media sites and I hope to continue talking to you all.  But I’m really grateful for all the blog love and I hope you all understand – it’s not you, it’s me!

Keep your eyes peeled for my last couple of posts and, as ever, stay forever peachy!! x