That Friday feeling!

Natural Handmade Soap from Butterfly-crafts.comIts been a busy week for me and I wanted to quickly get a blog post up before I head away to Wales for the weekend for a family wedding.

For those of you interested, my Thirty Before Thirty challenge is still taking place, just at a slower pace than before but I have also set up a new set on my Flickr for My Thirtieth Year where I am taking a photo a day of what I am doing for this big year. I am no skilled photographer so don't expect to see the next Mario Testino or Hudson Photographic, but what you will see is an insight in to my life and what I have been getting up to.

There has been quite a bit happening at Butterfly Crafts too:
  • I am in the process of planning out some new Christmas card designs because let's face it, Christmas isn't that far away! 
  • In the next couple of weeks there will be more added to the Clearance Section of the website, these items (mainly cards) are in perfectly good condition, they just really need to go off to recipients who will appreciate them more.
  • Lots of lovely new handmade soap has been added to a fully stocked "shelf" online so if you want to be kind to your skin and your hands then do stop by and check out the soap - the samples bag is a great way to start if you have never tried handmade soap before.
  • The events calendar is up-to-date with Autumn and Winter events so you can see what fairs we will be attending if you are in the area to come along and say hello!
I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday, 17 August 2012 | 1 Comment

Pre-Order Handmade Christmas Decorations and Spread the Cost

Blue Bauble Decoration
Following on from the popularity of our beautiful sequin Christmas decorations last year, I am again opening up my order book for pre-orders which not only helps me to plan out inventory but allows you to spread the cost of having beautiful decorations in time for the holidays.

The "Science Bit"
Purple Parcel Decoration from Butterfly CraftsHead over to the Christmas Decorations department in the online shop and see which decorations you would like to order, then purchase the "pre order" listing making sure you adjust the quantity for as many decorations as you need to have. When you check out you can leave me a note saying which decorations you would like and in which colours.

The pre-order cost for each decoration is £2 and then the balance will be created as a separate listing once they are ready for you, postage will apply to the balance payment.

Decorations to choose from are:
Red and Black Christmas Boot from Butterfly Crafts
  • Boots
  • Stars
  • Parcels
  • Baubles
  • Christmas Puddings
Colours available are (does not apply to Christmas puddings)
    Gold Star Decoration from Butterfly Crafts
  • Blue
  • Green
  • Red
  • Black
  • Brown
  • White
  • Silver
  • Pink
  • Plum / Burgundy
  • Purple
  • Gold
Christmas Pudding Tree Decoration
I will ensure that all decorations are ready for dispatch by the second week in November if not before so it is a great opportunity to purchase beautiful handmade Christmas decorations for your tree and spread the cost to make it more affordable.

Thursday, 9 August 2012 | 0 Comments

Turning Thirty

And so the time has come, I am writing this the night before I turn thirty and I cant help but admit I feel quite reflective and contemplative.

It was in September of 2010 I set myself a Thirty before Thirty challenge and I guess in a way I have "failed" because I have not completed everything, but I decided a couple of months ago that I did not need that pressure when I have been crazy busy trying to establish Butterfly Crafts and so I altered it to "within my thirtieth year" - hey my challenge, my prerogative.

But it is not just that making me think, I asked my parents earlier if I am in the place they envisioned me being in when I turned thirty, they both said they cant say they really had a "vision" but I am clearly happy and that's what matters to them.....and mum added my hair is straighter than she had imagined since I was born with a mop of curls.

Am I where I thought I would be? Am I in the place I dreamt of being in? Yes and No. If I were to talk to my 15 year old self then no, like many youngsters I thought at 30 I would be "old", married, probably with children and in a good job working in something to do with travel.

Fast forward to my 25 year old self and am I where I thought I would be in five years time? Well still not married or with children and still not in that great job with an established career but I also have done something I hadn't expected to do back when I was fifteen, I graduated with a Distinction in my MA from Greenwich and had a career path change to work in heritage and cultural industries. At 25 I also had my first DVT which wasn't the most pleasant of experiences I have to say and that, along with the second one, has made me think a little differently about what is important about my future and things that may or may not happen for me in it.

Move on four more years and we get to me turning 29 last Summer and I will confess last Summer I was not really in a good place. I was feeling pretty down and a bit sorry for myself, here I was single, in a relatively new job I still wasn't sure about not really feeling like I was living up to expectations or anywhere in comparison to my friends who were mostly (but not all) married, with children and good career paths infront and behind them.

But what I realised, and still feel today, is that everyone is different, there is no point looking at your peers or close friends and feeling inadequate (easier said than done I know, and I still feel inadequate in comparison to some of my friends) because you have to make your life out of the chances you have and the opportunities that lay before you. I would like to go back and tell my fifteen year old self to stop focusing on what society and "traditions" say you should be and to really think about what you want to get out of life. I would like to tell my 28 year old self that you will get over heartbreak, just to give it time, and I would like to tell my 29 year old self to keep an open mind because you never know what possibilities and excitement lay around the corner.

Maybe it's something about the turn of a decade, but I do feel at 30-1day, that I know who I am now, I know that I will never be a skinny minny or the fittest of the pack, I will not be the centre of a big social circle and I will not be the high flier in my career because its not what I want to be doing.

What I do know is that I will be the best friend that my abilities allow me to be to those who wish to "let me in", I will eat a dessert and enjoy every last crumb of it and not think about my thighs, I will not get cross at my body for having crappy blood and actually thank it for getting me over my needle phobia and I will experience as much of this tiny world as I am able to, preferably holding the hand of the person I love. I will not feel like I am lagging behind in my "career" because actually what I want to do is open my own craft workshop and want to focus on that no matter if that takes five years to happen or fifteen - I'd like to tell my fifteen year old self that what she actually wants to do is run a business and see the look on her face! And, I will be the best daughter/sister/girlfriend that I am able to be because, like many I want to make my family proud of me, and I know they are because they tell me frequently.

So, what does the thirty year old me look like? Happy, head over heels in love, content and excited with what the next decade will bring and that is something I think the fifteen year old me will be pleased with.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012 | 1 Comment