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A new week…

I woke up this morning, disappointed that it was Monday and miserable to hear the rain lashing against the window outside. Weekends seem just to fly by, I know I’m not alone in thinking that. I had a fleeting thought which went something like “this is a week just to get through”.

On my way home from dropping my two sons off at school, I reflected on that thought and realised what an ungrateful and unhelpful thought that was. There will come a time when I will look back to this stage of life and wish I could be back here, living it again. Yes, I have a pretty tough week of work ahead… but everything is happy and settled at home, I have my health, lots to look forward to and so much to be thankful for.

I am going to make a concerted effort to focus on the things I am thankful for.  A couple of years ago I did the #100HappyDays challenge on Instagram (@nameartlimited) and it really changed my outlook on life. This time I thought I’d use my Name Art blog. Some of my posts will be Name Art related, others will just be Charis waffle…apologies for the latter!

When I got home from the school run, I took myself to my beautiful studio (which I’m so lucky to have) and felt chuffed about the business I set up back in 2009. I now run it alongside teaching 3 days a week at a local primary school. The mix is good, a bit of security and a bit of time to scratch my creative itch. It means that 2 days a week I get to take and collect my boys from school which I still love doing – even though they’re both far too grown up for a goodbye kiss these days!

Now that the boys are that bit older, it means that I sometimes get time over the weekend to potter about in my studio…as well as just on Monday and Fridays. This weekend, a new idea came to me – an alphabet range. My husband was busy working out how to re-build our fireplace
fireplace

(bored moment – whoops!)

……and so I got creating and I’m pretty chuffed with the results so far :)

C is for Cheeky picture

COASTER BLANK blog

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They aren’t on the website yet…but if you’re interested – (all letters and any wording!)…drop me an email and I’ll happily oblige!

A4 prints – £15
A3 prints – £20
Mugs – £13
Coasters – £10

Thank you for reading my post. Please comment and let me know what you have noticed today that you are particularly thankful for….

Charis x

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Do you want to make a little profit before Christmas?

Are you after a new stash of cards…or maybe you are looking for a little profit making adventure – perhaps a bit of extra Christmas spending money?

I’ll give you the background…a couple of years ago I had 24,000 cards printed with my designs on them! About a month after I had them printed, the company who were going to sell them for me went into liquidation. This was a bit of a nightmare for a small business like me…however, I have sold them – some in bulk, some to friends and some through the website. All but 1234 of them! These are the remaining designs:

card designs

Some designs have sold out completely and others I have in larger quantity. I am going to sort the remaining 1,234 cards fairly between 10 boxes and sell them. There will be 120 cards in a box and the boxes will cost £30 + £7 p&p each. There will also be a cellophane wallet for each card and there will be some envelopes in the box. The envelope size needed is 16.5 x 16.5 cm and they are readily available on Ebay. There are some currently selling for £3.95 for 25 of them. The cards easily sell for £1.50 each, so the profit you could make is between £1.19 and £1.04 per card (depending upon whether they have an envelope or not)…multiply that by 120 and it’s a nice little profit?!

Below is a list of the content of each box. Interested? Please comment on this post with your name and the box number you would like…this way there’ll be no arguments because future readers will be able to see which boxes are claimed and who claimed first. Then you will need to email me with your email address for Paypal invoices and your postal address for delivery. I will sort your box and get it to you next week. Simple as that :) Then you can get writing cards…or selling them and spending the profit!

Box 1 contents

7 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
7 x Just Married (car) Card
4 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
5 x Princess Crown Card
0 x Pirate Card
5 x Car Card
17 x Party Pint Card
12 x Horse Card
14 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
3 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
14 x Cocktail Party Card
0 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
0 x Thank you Cupcake Card
0 x Baby Girl Card
0 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
16 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 2 contents

7 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
7 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
3 x Tractor Card
5 x Princess Crown Card
0 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
17 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
15 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
13 x Cocktail Party Card
0 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
0 x Thank you Cupcake Card
0 x Baby Girl Card
0 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
17 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 3 contents

7 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
7 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
6 x Princess Crown Card
4 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
17 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
13 x Cocktail Party Card
0 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
0 x Thank you Cupcake Card
0 x Baby Girl Card
0 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
17 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 4 contents

7 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
6 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
6 x Princess Crown Card
5 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
17 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
13 x Cocktail Party Card
0 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
0 x Thank you Cupcake Card
0 x Baby Girl Card
0 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
16 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 5 contents

8 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
6 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
6 x Princess Crown Card
0 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
17 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
14 x Cocktail Party Card
2 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
0 x Thank you Cupcake Card
0 x Baby Girl Card
0 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
17 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 6 contents

8 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
6 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
5 x Princess Crown Card
0 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
17 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
3 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
13 x Cocktail Party Card
2 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
3 x Thank you Cupcake Card
0 x Baby Girl Card
0 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
15 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 7 contents

8 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
6 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
5 x Princess Crown Card
0 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
17 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
13 x Cocktail Party Card
2 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
0 x Thank you Cupcake Card
3 x Baby Girl Card
0 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
16 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 8 contents

8 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
6 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
5 x Princess Crown Card
0 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
17 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
13 x Cocktail Party Card
2 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
3 x Thank you Cupcake Card
4 x Baby Girl Card
0 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
12 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 9 contents

8 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
6 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
5 x Princess Crown Card
0 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
18 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
13 x Cocktail Party Card
2 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
0 x Thank you Cupcake Card
0 x Baby Girl Card
4 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
14 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

Box 10 contents

8 x Champagne Happy Anniversary Card
6 x Just Married (car) Card
0 x Flower Fairy Card (deep purple background)
0 x Tractor Card
5 x Princess Crown Card
0 x Pirate Card
6 x Car Card
18 x Party Pint Card
11 x Horse Card
13 x Thank You Shoe Card
14 x Digger Card
2 x Train Card
4 x Birthday Girl Shoe Card
13 x Cocktail Party Card
2 x Camper ‘Chill’ Card
0 x Thank you Cupcake Card
0 x Baby Girl Card
5 x Love Fairy (light pink background) Card
13 x Ballet Card
120 Cellophane Wallets
Some white envelopes – will try to make sure that over half of them have envelopes.

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This week in the studio…

I’m shocked to see that I haven’t blogged for almost a year…but here I am!

My mum sent me this lovely photograph today…Spring is cominga refreshing reminder that Spring is on it’s way. Have you noticed that the mornings have got lighter? Such a relief!

With the arrival of Spring there’s so much to look forward to.

We’ve been having a bit of a Spring clean of products and are keen to update all of our product pictures. We’re offering 30% off pictures if you email us (Charis@NameArt.co.uk) and are willing to wait a while for your order. Please let us know if there’s something you’re interested in! As ever, our FootPrint range has proved really popular.

Medium-Oak-Frame-6-Footprints

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