Thursday, 7 May 2015

Welcome To The World, Baby Cherry!

A little earlier than expected, we have some very small but perfectly formed news!

Baby Cherry was in a rush to meet us and arrived a month premature (36 weeks) on Tuesday 5th May 2015, weighing a dinky little 5lb 11oz. We are just completely head over heels in love with our tiny little person.

Welcome to the world, Matilda Valerie Valentine Cherry!


Please note: Business wise I will be closing my shops for a little bit while we get sorted, any outstanding Etsy orders will be sent asap and wholesale customers I will email you directly! Thank you for understanding x

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

National Stationery Week: 40% SALE

It's National Stationery Week this week so to celebrate (and as a thank you for keeping with me while I've been ill!) I'm offering 40% off all items in the STACIE SWIFT shop until Saturday.

Just enter code NSW2015 at the checkout when making your purchase.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Act of Kindness 3/12

It's been a while since I blogged what with being in hospital and generally feeling poorly (more on that another time!) but I am just about getting back into the swing of things :)

It does mean that I missed out on an Act of Kindness during March but I will squeeze an extra one in along the way to make up for it!

April's Act of Kindness was quite a big undertaking in the end... The St Neots Rugby Club's annual Charity Festival is a great family event that raises money for deserving charities and also helps fund raise for the club itself. This year money was being raised for Beating Bowel Cancer and England Deaf Rugby.

I decided last year to organise a fund raising Craft Fair as part of the event and was able to put together a handful of stalls... this year I really got stuck in and booked over 20 stalls for the event. It's no mean feat organising an event like this, and definitely a tiring undertaking when you're 8 months pregnant, but it was really worth it!

All the stalls looked great and the Club were really pleased with the addition to the event. The stalls raised over £300 and contributed to the success of the weekend raffles so it was worth all the organising :)

Here's a few photos from the day:

Stacie Swift


Amberspell Candles

Kate Aldridge Art
That's Sew Lilly

The Shop At Forty

Friday, 20 March 2015

STACIE SWIFT - Clearance Sale

Fancy a bargain? I've got a lot of lovely clearance items that need new homes! They're all slight seconds or end of line items and all of them will be reduced by 50% or more :)

The Clearance Sale will be over on the STACIE SWIFT facebook page from 7pm tonight and will last all weekend, don't miss out!


Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Renegade Craft Fair London: Creative Inspiration

If you've not been to the Renegade Craft Fair in London then it's definitely something you should add to your to-do list.

Whilst my blossoming bump stopped me from applying for a stall this Spring I am definitely going to pop along for a spot of shopping. The good news is that the Fair takes place on 11th + 12th April in Brick Lane - the same weekend as mine and Emma Block's new talks and just around the corner too (so if you fancy a super inspirational creative weekend you could totally do both!)

I thought I would share some of the sellers who will be having stalls at Renegade to tempt you along...

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You can see a full listing of all the sellers taking part on the Renegade website. And if you are free on the Sunday 12th April and want to join me and Emma for our Illustration Insights or Creative Business Boost talks there are discounted early bird tickets still available!

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

28 Weeks / Six More Things + A Big Bump!

It doesn't seem that long ago that I was writing about being 21 weeks pregnant - where has the time gone?!

Baby Cherry has been growing and kicking a lot in the last seven weeks (and making sure I've had plenty of backache and trips to the loo!). My body is now at least 70% bump and a good 20% boob ;)

Months six and seven have been a lot more relaxed than the ones before, here are six more things Baby has taught me lately...

1. There are a lot of important decisions to make - vaccination options, parenting style, where to have the baby, what pain relief to choose... Luckily Jon and I agree on most things but it's a bit crazy that we are at the point where we really have to start making these choices.

2. After the big gap between scans there are loads of midwife appointments to look forward to all of a sudden. Every few weeks it's nice to go back to hear baby's heartbeat and know that she is growing ok. These appointments are a big relief when you're a bit of a nervous wreck like I am!

3. I believed I would spend at least a few months eating cake and stuffing my face every five minutes. Turns out it's not actually possible to fit that much food in when your insides are already full of baby. This could be a blessing in disguise though...

4. Leaky boobs, sore ribs, lots of backache and super tight stomach are all part of the fun of these few weeks. But feeling lots of kicks and wiggles definitely makes up for all of those things!! It's great now Jon has been able to feel - and see! - some of her somersaults too.

5. Turns out it is just not possible to work all the hours I used to! I'm learning the hard way that growing a human is a job in itself and is a teeny bit exhausting... I'm considering scheduling a few naps into my working days ;)

6. As she gets bigger and closer to being born it just gets more and more exciting. I overheard someone the other day saying how they didn't feel a proper bond with their baby until the birth but I think I've felt that attachment from day one - and even more so when we found out the sex of our baby and we could name her. I already feel like she's the most amazing little mini person in the world.


Thursday, 5 March 2015

Studio Sessions: NEW Business Talks

In between growing a huge bump and herding cats I have been working hard with Emma Block to organise some new creative talks.

Our first Creative Business talk at The Shop At Forty was a huge success at the weekend (here's a fab review by Butterfly Crafts) so we're really excited to announce that our seminars now have their own home on the internet, and a new name too!

Through Studio Sessions we will offer creative talks - including our popular Illustration seminars - and we hope to add more events and topics later in the year.

You can have a look at the Studio Sessions website for a proper nose at what we are up to. And if you fancy joining us for a talk we have two events lined up for Sunday 12th April at The Rag Factory in Brick Lane.

Both the Illustrator Insights talk and the Creative Business Boost talk have a limited number of early bird tickets available - so if you want to join us, book quickly for a discount!

Hope to see you there!