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Wheelchairs make me invisible....and what I decided to do about it

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Wheelchairs make me invisible....and what I decided to do about it

One of the best things about life at the moment is the joy and pleasure I'm getting from not just designing and working on my handmade jewellery but being able to support my three chosen charities as well.  But there are also the corresponding bad bits, and today I want to tell you about my unwanted superpower, one I never knew I had. Let me give you some background. Whenever I go out somewhere with my husband or friends, I have to use either my scooter or a wheelchair to get around more than a few feet. This is because...

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First Quarterly Donation 2017

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First Quarterly Donation 2017

I realised this morning that, as I made my donation to the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, I hadn't actually mentioned anywhere that I was no donating quarterly.  Oops!  I blame the lupus brain fog 😊. So yes, I am proud to tell you that the first quarterly donation of this year goes to the very wonderful NRAS who do so much in support of and help to RA patients like me.  I set aside a chunk of profit from every sale that Sparkly Pretty Things makes and then donate the proceeds to one of my three chosen charities. This is...

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Change Needed, Reboot Please

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Change Needed, Reboot Please

Since I started Sparkly Pretty Things back in August last year to sell my handmade jewellery, I've learned so much not just about websites, social media and networking but also about myself, what's important in life and how much more I have to learn. This last couple of months have been the biggest challenge of all.....After we returned from holiday in early October I had a panic session when I realised how far my reach had dropped on Facebook in my absence. For those who don't know Facebook for businesses, reach is an indicator of how many people have seen...

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The award winning Sparkly Pretty Things!

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The award winning Sparkly Pretty Things!

Last weekend something rather wonderful happened.  I entered Sparkly Pretty into a Twitter competition without much hope, we've only been going since late August. However the award was for Business of the Week, and we had had a rather good week, including reaching 300 likes on Facebook and winning a bulk order from a business customer. And we only went and won it!  Bright Pig, an SEO and search marketing company who themselves had been picked by Theo Paphitis for his SBS award, had given us the nod. I can't tell you how much this meant to me.  Here's why....

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Crafting is good for your health, official

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Crafting is good for your health, official

I've found a number of interesting articles online, which explain why hobbies and crafting are so important for your mental, and physical, health. Enjoy.http://www.davidwolfe.com/why-crafting-is-great-for-mental-health/http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/blogs/why-crafting-is-good-for-mental-healthhttp://www.countryliving.co.uk/wellbeing/news/a309/why-crafting-is-good-for-you/http://www.the-open-mind.com/why-crafting-is-good-for-mental-health/

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