Sunday, 25 January 2015

Stallholders Wanted! St Neots Craft Fair



The St Neots Rugby Club holds an annual Charity Festival with a great family focused Sunday ending the weekend of sporting and family activities.

Last year I helped to organise a Craft Fair with a handful of fabulous local sellers setting up stalls. This year I am organising again with plans to make it bigger, better and busier - all to raise funds for good causes.

If you'd be interested in setting up a pitch please get in touch by leaving a comment over on Facebook and I will email you an application form and more details. It'd be great to get a wide selection of handmade loveliness to make the Craft Fair the best possible!

xx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Blossom + Bees: Family Trees


You might have spotted these new prints on my Instagram or Facebook pages this week. I've been working on some floral, Spring inspired artwork and these Family Trees are the first product to go live.

Each print can be personalised with baby's name (or multiple sibling names if preferred) along with parents. grandparents and great grandparents.

There are two colour options, Blue + Yellow or Peach + Grey and both can be printed in A4 or A3 size. I think they'd make a great new baby or Christening gift!

If you'd like to purchase one they are now online in the STACIE SWIFT Not On The High Street shop and also the Etsy shop too.

Hope you like them!

xx


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

21 Weeks / Ten Things I've Learnt About Being Pregnant



 

Time is flying by, I can't quite believe I'm 21weeks pregnant already, over half way through! The horrendous sickness has finally waned and I am feeling so much more human and motivated again. Am now just awaiting the mysterious 'pregnancy glow' that I don't quite seem to have gained yet ;)

There have been so many things I never thought about or realised about being pregnant so I thought I'd write this (slightly personal!) post to mark the halfway point in this exciting new stage of life!



Here are ten things I've learnt in the last few months:

  1. It's hard to actually believe you are pregnant even when the test reads positive. Three Five tests later it all seems a little bit more real but ClearBlue must be making a fortune from people like me who aren't convinced the good news is real first time round!
  2. The first 12 weeks are super worrying. And while it sometimes is the sign of bad news, bleeding and spotting can be completely harmless and both are actually quite common in the first stages of growing a baby (always get checked out by a doctor or midwife of course, better to be safe than sorry).
  3. Morning sickness - especially when you get a severe case like I have had - is truly, ridiculously, horrible. It should be renamed Feels-Like-You're-Dying-Sickness.
    The shame of vomiting in public soon fades though, I think I've christened every Tesco carpark within a 10 mile radius!
  4. I felt like a zombie for weeks, it's so tiring growing a human!! Who knew?!
  5. The weeks between the 12 week and 20 week scans feels like a lifetime. I convinced myself that the baby could just evaporate in that time frame - if nobody was checking, how did they know it was still in there!? Irrational worrying seems to be a theme for me!
  6. Scans are the most amazing thing in the whole wide world. Seeing a little peanut grow into a miniature human, and then a proper little baby is magical. I knew I'd love that part but I can't put into words how overwhelmed I've been every time we've seen our baby on the screen. And don't get me started on the time we heard her heart beat... Makes all the sickness worth it.
  7. Feeling the baby start fluttering and jumping is much more exciting than I thought it might be (and I had pretty high expectations!). Only I can feel her moving at the moment, it's going to be great when Jon can feel her jumping around too.
  8. Maternity clothes were needed sooner than I expected. By 16 weeks things were getting a bit tight. Now at halfway through, comfy, stretchy, elasticated clothes that fit over bump and boobs are a godsend. ASOS seem to have a good selection if you're looking!
  9. You realise how many names (and people!) you dislike when you start to choose a baby name. It's so hard picking the perfect one - and even harder agreeing on a decision. So far it seems highly likely our daughter will just be called Baby Cherry forever more!
  10. Buying baby clothes is the most fun ever. Dinky dresses? Tiny tights? Cute cardigans? LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Are you expecting? Point me to your blog posts if you're sharing your pregnancy journey!


xx

Monday, 19 January 2015

Logo Design: Little Pip Designs

At the end of last year (in between being sick and panicking over Christmas orders!) I managed to finish up a a couple of lovely logo commissions.
As I've mentioned in the past, branding and design briefs are some of my favourite projects to work on, I really enjoy working with other small business owners.

One of the designs I completed was for Sarah, owner of Little Pip Designs. Sarah was a dream to work with - she had really clear ideas, a super helpful Pinterest inspiration board and lots of colour inspiration to direct me.

Here's a peek at the logo in use on the Little Pip Designs Twitter page, you can also find Little Pip Designs on Facebook too - there's lots of lovely textile art to tempt you!





















Logo commissions are available in the STACIE SWIFT shop or you can contact me at mail@stacieswift.com for quotes and enquiries. 

xx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Original Artwork For A Fiver!


While I was clearing out my studio I found some original artwork and sketches that seemed a shame to throw away. It can be expensive buying original drawings and artwork so I thought it might be nice to try and find them new homes and sell them for a few quid each. Most are £4 or £5 each and have all been hand drawn and coloured. This is a small selection, there are plenty more on Instagram and a few I've yet to list - so keep your eyes peeled if you're looking for a little something to add to your walls!

All are only available on the STACIE SWIFT Instagram page. To purchase you just need to leave a comment under the photo with your PayPal email address so I can invoice :)

xx

Monday, 12 January 2015

2015 Resolution : Throw Kindess Around Like Confetti






I thought I'd share my New Year's Resolution with you this year, it's going to be a busy one with Baby Cherry making an appearance in a few months and juggling work and house things too so I've taken a slightly different approach to making my resolution this year...

I'd consider myself quite a kind person but I know there is more I could do to benefit others. There's a lot to be thankful for in my life, and there have been times when things have not been quite so easy, so I'm really keen to make more of an effort to be kind throughout 2015. It will also be nice to lead by example and bring up Baby to appreciate the importance of helping other people.
 
So, my resolution is:
To undertake an act of kindness each month of the year

My plan for January is to take some donations to our local food bank (I do actually plan to help out whenever I can on this one). It'd be great if you can help me think of some other places I can spread a bit of kindness, particularly things I can do that will be achievable with a new baby.

Please leave some ideas in the comments! Or tweet me @stacie_swift.

xx

Monday, 5 January 2015

Back to Work // 40% Off Sale


I'm finally back to work after an extended Christmas break...

I had hoped to be back in the swing of things sooner but with lots of Christmas visits, a naughty Baby Cherry still making me sick and the addition of a chest infection I had to take a few extra days to try and get back on my feet.

To get the year off to a bit of a better start now I'm feeling a bit more human again, there is a special offer in my Etsy shop - get a humongous 40% off using code NEWYEAR40 at the checkout. This code can be used on anything in the shop except custom design listings.

Happy New Year!

xx