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Donating time again hoorah!

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Donating time again hoorah!

This is the bit I like best, the reason why I started Sparkly Pretty Things in the first place. After a second month's sales, I'm delighted to say that we have donated a very respectable amount to Lupus UK, the second of my chosen three charities.It all helps me to feel that I'm doing a small something to fight back against the disease, as well as supporting everyone else who arrives at the charity's site uncertain, worried and desperate for guidance.Huge thanks to all our lovely customers who bought jewellery from us and helped us support our charities. I publicise...

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First month donation

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First month donation

This is a very proud day for me.After exactly one month of selling my jewellery online, I have made my first donation from Sparkly Pretty Things sales to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society. The image above is the receipt email.I am extraordinarily chuffed! Big thanks to everyone who has helped and my lovely month 1 customers ❤️❤️❤️

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Countdown to launch - part 2

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Countdown to launch - part 2

The last few weeks have been very exciting for me. They've also been exhausting, fun and frustrating. I know that this sounds like a manic combination of emotions and it is. But let me explain from the beginning.For several years before I got ill I had made jewellery for as a hobby. When I became too ill to work I used it as something to pass the time but secondly and more importantly it made me feel more relaxed, calmer. It had the added bonus of being physiotherapy for my hands and fingers. But over time I realised that there...

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Countdown to launch - part 1

Blog Change Chronic illness Compromise Life changing mental health

Countdown to launch - part 1

Just thinking about creating a website is one of the most daunting things I think I've ever done. You see, I'm a perfectionist. But I also have a few pesky chronic health conditions. Everything has to be successful, world beating, business planned, award winning.....all of which is very hard work......and that is no longer a thing I'm able to do, much to my ongoing sadness.In the early days of my illness, when I was working happily in a job I really enjoyed, I had to make some small adjustments, ask for help, accept help, which is never easy for a...

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