Tuesday

Clariti - Unique Gift Ideas










Searching for that different, unique gift for a special occasion can prove to be a hard, time-consuming, eye-tiring search of the internet for us each time a birthday, anniversary or Christmas comes along!


Do you need some help to pick out something different for the people you want to encourage and show your love?







I like to support smaller businesses within the UK who give thought and care to their individual products so today I want to introduce you to 



Clariti


This is a small business only started this year by a young girl and I was very impressed by her unique  ideas which will make lovely gifts with Christmas in view.


Disclaimer:  I have not received any products or money from Amy  or Clariti - this is simply a review of her business because I wished to support her.



Let's meet the seller herself - Amy 





Hi, I'm Amy Owen, owner of Clariti.

 I’m based in Llanelli in South Wales (not too far from Swansea).  I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and when I was 11 my family made the move to Wales. I met my husband James in 2018 and we got married in July 2020 (I thank God every day that our wedding could go ahead).

By day I am a Teaching Assistant in a lovely primary school , and in the evenings I run a small business called Clariti which started in the first lockdown in March. There was so much uncertainty going on ,we had no idea if our wedding was going to go ahead, and this caused me a lot of anxiety. James suggested I find a hobby to take my mind off things and so I started thinking about what I could do. I became intrigued with watching resin videos on YouTube and felt that it was something I could have a go at. I bought a little starter kit and my first product was letter keyrings. The rest is history!





Amy Louise tells us about her fun and quaint items and business here:

At first I just sold to friends and family but then I set up an Instagram account, followed by a Facebook page and then finally I had an Etsy shop. Clariti primarily sells on Etsy and although currently I only sell within the UK, I am hoping to expand in the future, including setting up a website (hopefully in 2021).




Lego Themed Items for Keyrings


I get my inspiration from a variety of different places; Pinterest, Instagram, Etsy and Google being just a few. I tend to look for moulds on Etsy and think about what I can do. Very often I’ll Pinterest an idea that I have , and google for different materials that would be needed. I often talk to James about an idea and I won’t be satisfied until I have perfected what I have in mind.




Disney themed Earrings



My most recent product was Poppy Pins for Remembrance Day where I donated £1 to the Royal British Legion for every poppy sold. I was blown away with the response. In the first 3 hours I had sold 100 and since then I have sold many more. 






To know that I have customers who are wanting to make a change and contribute to charities makes me so thankful that I started this little business. Now the poppies will be an annual occurrence, with more charity-donating products in the future, to make a difference in the world.




Clariti has a wide range in stock at the moment:

keyrings,





baubles,






bookmarks,





and coasters





I am always open to doing custom and bespoke orders; just send a message through our Etsy shop to discuss any ideas!




Specially for Christmas there are:













Our turnaround at the moment is 3-5 days (obviously delivery will take longer if there’s a sizeable order but I aim to dispatch as soon as possible).


Our final postal date for Christmas deliveries will be Friday 18th December 2020 to ensure you receive your order before Christmas Day.





You can view all of Amy's products and order at her Etsy shop.

CLARITI DESIGN on ETSY


Follow Amy on Facebook & Instagram to see more photos of the products and behind the scenes of the making process.

CLARITI DESIGN on Instagram

and

CLARITI on Facebook

Feel free to send Amy a message as she will be happy to answer any questions.









Monday

10 Little Things I am Thankful for at Home - Coffee & Conversation




The weather may be something we tend to talk about a lot in Northern Ireland because it can be so changeable but we shouldn't let that have any sway on our feelings.

We should be happy and contented inside or outside, fair weather or wet weather.  

Those types of things may have some bearing on our actions but should not have any control of our feelings.  

We can be determined to find things to enjoy no matter where we are or how much we can manage to do.

So today I'm thinking about some of the small things indoors that make me happy, that put a smile on my face.






10 little Things that I am thankful for  -  not big things  -  but little things that should not always go unnoticed or unappreciated.


Maybe these will remind you to be thankful for the little things too.




1.  These coasters sit on my desk and always bring a smile to my face no matter what I'm working at.






You see I practically always have a mug of coffee with me as I work at the computer and because my desk is white wood I need to be careful not to stain it hence the need for a coaster.





2.  I love to hear Fred enjoying himself on the keyboard or guitar making up some tunes or playing some songs we know, it is very relaxing for both of us.


Pity you don't get the sounds as well.




Fred playing another of his musical "toys" a Cajon.




Thankful for his musical abilities and the joy they bring him.

Thankful for the input these abilities have been in our worship life both at home and in church



3.  These negatives are just an example of the many we have of old photos which may not be in great condition these days.
But we can still enjoy and be thankful for the memories they bring back.





Having old photos and especially the negatives of them today mean that we can get them transferred to digital and store with the more recent ones too.

Now I just have to get enough time to actually do that!




4. This little plaque that is very old ( from sometime before we got married ) still makes me smile. 





Still thanking God for giving him to me.




5.  This picture reminds me of the ordinary everyday laugh out loud fun I can have with family.





Thankful for all the silly, giggling moments with Fred, our kids, grandkids and friends.




6.  If I didn't include my coffee break with one of my various mugs many people would be surprised.

Nowadays most of my coffee breaks are enjoyed along with Fred as he is home more often since he took early retirement. Only thing is he's a tea drinker!

Oh the happiness of anticipating a lovely coffee in this mug I got on our first trip to South Korea and sometimes I even get to enjoy some Korean Coffee when my daughter can bring it over for me from her friend's Cafe.



Oh you thought I was going to forget the mug!



and maybe
A little treat too









7.  Every month I get a notification about this pic I have on Pinterest from a previous post on this blog.  They say it is one of my best performing pins.

  

Really?  

It was such a simple pic to make and is rather a personal pic so why would it be of any interest to others?

But it does make me happy to have this little reminder of the good marriage I am blessed with.







8.  This little gif from last Christmas is always a little reminder for me to be thankful for my family and the happiness and faith we all share.





Thankful for a loving marriage (not taking it for granted)
Thankful for our grown-up children (and spouses) and their love for us and each other
Thankful for our grandchildren and the love shared between them and all of the rest of us.

So I am thankful to be a wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother.



9.  A lot of things I do or think about seem to feature my husband in some way. Of course with us living on our own and him having taken early retirement then I suppose a lot of the things that make me happy will involve him.


There are little things like:

 He is not normally one for going to the shop just because I want something but he is the one that mostly goes to the shop because I hate supermarkets and prefer to do online grocery shopping.

 He is wide awake once he gets up but he knows that I am the opposite and like to enjoy my coffee quietly before I'm ready for the decisions of the day.

etc. etc. etc.

So 

It is great that we can be happy together after all these years even in the little things and we are thankful that we have a 43 year marriage. 









10.  How lovely to look out from our home to this view of the sunset over our town.







Here is something to remind me of the assurance we have that the sun will rise and set each new day.


Thankful that we know our God is in control of everything.
















Friday

Little Reminders - Unique Gift Ideas








Searching for that different, unique gift for a special occasion can prove to be a hard, time-consuming, eye-tiring search of the internet for us each time a birthday, anniversary or Christmas comes along!


Do you need some help to pick out something different for the people you want to encourage and show your love?







I like to support smaller businesses who give thought and care to their individual products so today I want to introduce you to 



Little Reminders


This is a small business venture by a young woman and I was very impressed by her designs and ideas which will make lovely gifts.





I noticed that a friend had liked this business on Facebook so I asked my friend about it and got a good recommendation for it.

Later I discovered that my oldest son knew Chloe and her husband so I was delighted to be able to support her.


Let's meet the seller herself - her full name is Chloe Thomas and I asked her a few questions:







Sandra  -  We know your name is Chloe but what is the name of your business?

Chloe  - My Business is called Little Reminders



Sandra  -  I know from your name and from our mutual friend that you are Welsh is that where you are based now for your business?

Chloe  - I'm a welsh - Italian girl, currently living in Hereford as of August this year due to my husband and I taking on a new venture. In January I start bible college for one year (Thanks to your son Jonathan who interviewed me and gave me a place) & my husband became assistant pastor for the second time but this time at a different location which is Life church Hereford. Even though I miss the beach like crazy, I am beginning to fall in love with the natural beauty of the countryside.








Sandra  -  Obviously you will sell to anyone located in the UK but do you also sell internationally?

Chloe  - I don't sell internationally right now but hope to in the near future.




Sandra  -  Where can we go to have a look at your products - Facebook or Etsy or do you have a separate website?

Chloe  - I began with Facebook flash sales originally to see how my products would sell and they did brilliantly. Often when I release a product with limited prints I will sell on Facebook but since the summer I took the plunge and began selling all my products on Esty.
Thankfully after working with a friend for many years who is a professional and local illustrator that runs her own business, I was able to learn many skills/ tips/ tricks from her of running Etsy (of which I am so grateful for). I don't have a website 'yet'. Right now as I am a small business starting out I want to take things one step at a time. The process & the journey is so important and often we feel the need to rush it. I want to enjoy it as much as possible after all "I can do anything, but not everything". Maybe in the future as my little business grows I might take the plunge again and create a website. Stay tuned!










Sandra  -  What gave you the idea for your business?

Chloe  - I finished university 5 years ago after graduating with a illustration degree. Previous to that I had studied for 6 years in art doing various courses. When you get to the end of your degree you are asked to produce a final project and it can be of your choice. I wanted my art to have purpose and meaning. I wanted it not to just be a pretty picture that you could hang on the wall but something that would have depth and be a piece that would encourage others. I wanted it to be for EVERYONE not just those who have a Christian faith. I believe there are no outsiders to the love of Christ.
So I began creating pieces of work and products that would do exactly this, encourage others. Be what it is on the tin 'Little Reminders'. Every day isn't always good, but there is something good in every day and so little reminders was birthed from this very thought. To help remind people of the good things in life that we so often miss because of the negative things that go on in the world.










Sandra  -  Where do you get the inspiration for all your different products?

Chloe  - Some of my products especially the Christmas ones have been based on the countryside since our move.


New Christmas Card Pack


However I literally could get inspired by anything, so its hard pointing out one thing that inspires me. It could be another artist, photography, being out and about and noticing the details of life that often get missed, being with people, something that someone said, a colour could inspire me, buildings, music, reading books, reading the beautiful truths and letters within God's love story, films - I could keep going! Every day is different at what could inspire me and I guess everything around us is inspiration, you just have to choose to stop and notice it and don't forget it (so I have a little note book that I write literally anything and everything down in).




Sandra  -  I was delighted to see this card because of the encouragement it could be especially because this is a blog all about encouragement.







Sandra  -  Are you willing to do bespoke orders?

Chloe  - I have done some bespoke orders in the past and they have been very well received.
Bespoke orders take some time and I want to be able to do them justice. As little reminders is a part time venture and not a full time job currently the time isn't always there and so I mainly concentrate on producing a wide stock range for now.






You can view all of Chloe's products and order at her Etsy shop.

Little Reminders on Etsy





Follow Chloe on Facebook & Instagram to see more photos of her products and behind the scenes of the making process.

Little Reminders on Instagram

and

Little Reminders on Facebook

Feel free to send her a message too as I'm sure she will be happy to answer any questions.