Blogmas 2020 10 Small Businesses My Followers Want You To Know About

Blogmas 2020 – 10 Small Businesses My Followers Want You To Know About

This year has been all about supporting businesses and helping them get through the tough times, as we approach Christmas I wanted to share the love with some small businesses!

I already had a few businesses I wanted to mention, but I also wanted to see what my followers thought. What I didn’t expect was over 50 responses (you can see the full thread here)! Picking 5 of them was tough but I’ve put some of my favourites below, all of which are UK based.

There are so many amazing businesses out there but I know due to funds it’s not always possible so if you can’t shop small right now I hope these are some that you can bookmark and keep in mind for later!

I want to note that I have not been given anything in exchange for posting about these companies. All of these have either been recommended by my Twitter followers or I have purchased from myself.

Liberty Things

If you’re looking for some adorable and quirky earrings then check out Liberty Things on Etsy. Gingerbread, Jammy Dodgers and some of my personal favourites – the Powerpuff Girls! One of my friends absolutely raves about this business and I can see why! You can pick yours up here.

Pencil Pencil

I’m a sucker for stationary and these are great! There are a whole variety of different quotes from films and TV shows, I really like the Back To The Future pencils. Others include Batman, Clueless and Drag Race – I wasn’t kidding when I said there is variety. You can shop here.

Izabela Nair

After 2020 I think we could all use some positivity and a bit of a boost, Izabela shared these great cards with me that give you a little bit of a pep talk or your own inspiration. I’m planning on getting some of these for myself when I can! You can buy your own box here.

Book Besties

I’ve had Book Besties on my radar for a while now but there are so many amazing fabrics to choose from I haven’t been able to decide which ones I want! Can we take a moment to just melt at Baby Yoda? He’s so cute! I will warn you book lovers you’ll want them all! Pick up bookish goodies here.

Twin Moon Supply

My regular followers know that I am a big Disney fan and these patches are ADORABLE look at them! I’m definitely adding the Neverland one to my wish list and Big Thunder Mountain because you can’t really go wrong with those two classics. You can shop some Disney goodness here.

The Clovelly Soap Co

Clovelly Soap Co is all about smelling divine with a range of soaps, candles and bath products. I’ve definitely got my eye on the set of candles above with Christmassy scents, mm mm mmm! For lovely smelly goodness, click here.

The Naughty Shrew

For those who are trying to do more for the environment you’re going to want to take a look at The Naughty Shrew. I was blown away by the sheer amount of eco friendly products available! You can find more of their products (including a great vegan range) here.

Annie Sews

Annie responded and put her shop forward and it is SO cute. A mix of sewn products and jewellery I absolutely adore this little rainbow! You can see Annie’s creations here.

Bubble Trouble UK

I’m all for finding good quality cruelty free bath bombs and fizzers and Bubble Trouble ticks both the boxes. They have some really cute Christmas creations too! If you’re in the mood for a fun bath take a look here.

Pink Alligator

I’ve actually known the owner of Pink Alligator since I was at primary school and it goes without saying Ciara has always been excellent with creating. After her normal job in theatre was shut during the pandemic she took to creating and I adore what she’s created. My favourite is definitely the eye mask above! Once I can I’ll be getting myself a few treats. There’s lots of different goodies here.

And some favourites from me

As well as my followers there were a few small businesses I’ve bought from recently that I wanted to share with you too!

Alyesa’s World

I now own 3 of Alyesa’s wonderful pins, these are a must have for V.E Schwab fans in particular (there are 2 different pins for one of my favourite books of the year The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue). There are also pins from other popular books and series such as Crescent City. You can see all the beautiful pins here.

TreatBox

I came across TreatBox through work and I LOVE these boxes! Whether you want to send a gift for a reason such as a new baby, Christmas gift or a birthday these are perfect. You can choose how many gifts and create a box that’s unique or pick one of the lovely created ones. Also they fit through the letter box! You can pick a box or build your own here.

Disclaimer: I have worked with TreatBox in a professional capacity in the past, however, all boxes I’ve received I have purchased myself.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Candle

My Mum bought me one of these candles this year as we were meant to be going to Disneyland, I’ve also bought one for my best friend and I have to say these are gorgeous. The smells are delicious and not too overwhelming. They’ve also started doing other non-Disney scents including Elf on a Shelf. Fill up your home with the beautiful smells here.

Cotton Moon Embroidery

I’ve got to know Zoe this year and I have absolutely loved seeing her grow her business and I absolutely love the two designs above – there’s also one of a highland cow that I’m particularly fond of. You can take a look at all of the available designs here.

Are there any other small businesses I should know about? Drop me a link below!

Taking The Plunge – I’m a Freelancer

I’m so excited to share tonight’s blog with you with a big life update. A few weeks ago I lost my job due to contracts, yep, that happened. So I did what I’d done before I applied for a load of jobs, but I also toyed with the idea of becoming a freelancer.

Working for myself is something I’ve thought about for a while, but there were already so many obstacles, or so I thought. I didn’t have enough of a push to make it happen. Leave a job and jump into the unknown? That’s crazy! Then I didn’t have a job, I had a little bit of money and a whole lot of time between interviews. Why not give it a shot?

I got in contact with people I’d known in the past, I started actively using my Linkedin every day to chat, comment and post. At most, I thought ok I’ll do this as a side hustle. I still needed something full time because you know rent and bills. Then I managed to get in contact with some local businesses, I picked up work with them and another, then some more bits and pieces. Was I a Freelancer now? Apparently so.

Do I know if this is going to be forever? Nope. Does that slightly terrify me? Yep. The thing is I needed to give this a go. I need to try because otherwise, it will bother me for the rest of my life. I know in my heart I want to make a success for myself and slowly, over the past few years I’ve built up confidence little by little in what I can do

I’m really excited that I’m now the founder of Ladybird Social my own Social Media and Digital Content business! It’s going to be a while ride and I’m so excited to see it grow.

So what is it that I actually do?

I work with businesses on Social Media content (actually writing it), management (being the person behind a feed, monitoring them etc), training. The other side of it is writing digital content, whether that be for website pages, regular blogs, whitepapers etc.

I’m writing this with a huge smile my face and you can bet I’m going to work my arse off on this. Wish me luck!

Blogmas Day 4: Last Minute Gifts for the Feminist in your Life

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Now, I know, some of you out there have had your present shopping done since September, I salute you, but some of us still need ideas. So, how about some ideas for the kick-ass feminist in your life? I’m really excited to be working with House of Wonderland for this post and thank you so much for sending the above goodies for me to enjoy! So, let’s get on with those ideas.

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Stronger Than You Think Enamel Pin

How great is this pin? With a Rosie the Riveter style to it, it would look great popped on a denim jacket or bag. A fab stocking filler or little something extra.

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You Can Change The World Print

Feminism is all about making change happen so how about this print just to remind your favourite feminist that they can and will change the world.

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Survivor enamel pin

I’m so pleased that I was given one of these pins for myself. I 100% identify as a survivor of various things and I love this as reminding someone that you love and believe in them.

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Girls Supporting Girls Mug

Because what is being a feminist about after all?

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Stronger Than You Think Tote Bag 

You know the age-old ‘oh just get a girl a bag’ how about one that reminds her how strong she is? Sign me up.

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Girl Gang Candy Yellow Banner Necklace  

I love these necklaces, who wouldn’t want to be a part of a Girl Gang, these would be great for your own group of gals as a cute matching gift.

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Enamel Feminist Candy Bar Necklace 

I was also sent this and I’m in LOVE with it, it’s feminine but also makes the statement of I’m a feminist and proud. This is perfect for your loud and proud feminist friends.

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What Would Freida Do Print  

Another great print for those who love art and the wonderful Freida Kahlo, absolutely beautiful and a great tribute to the woman himself.

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Feminist with a Femilist notebook

‘Cause us feminists have a lot to do.

Thank you once again to the amazing House of Wonderland for the opportunity to work with them on this post! For even more of their wonderful products and to support a small business visit http://www.how-store.com/ . Also make sure to give them a follow on Twitter & Instagram.

 

Sunday Seven: The businesses you don’t know about, but should

Today I attended Dolly’s Easter Fair in Old Basing, Hampshire.  During the fair I met some wonderful small business owners and wanted to share them with you all, each include a link to find out more about their products and where to buy them. I wasn’t asked by any of these to host on the blog, however, I feel they deserve it!

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Whiskey and Ginger Candles 

These are gorgeous smelling soy candles. Each candle comes in a brilliant size that is sure to burn for hours, they have also got rave reviews online.

My New Fave

I am in LOVE with the jewellery from My New Fave. Necklaces, Rings, Cufflinks and more are all here. They are beautifully crafted and at a good price.

Dolly’s Beauty Parlour 

Not only am I impressed by the wonderful style, Dolly’s Parlour creates the 50s look of your dreams! She uses cruelty-free beauty products and a lip stain with some of the best colour I’ve seen, available from Le Keux Cosmetics. Worth a look for weddings, parties or just for fun!

 

Juliet Andrews Candles

Now, these WERE a treat! I picked up a chocolate orange smelling candle today but could have easily bought one in every scent. Just some that I remember were Popcorn, Strawberries and Cream, Gingerbread, Baby Powder the list goes on!

Bunny Hop Crochet 

These were absolutely adorable and looked brilliant. There was even one about Unicorn Farts, on the cuter side there was also family portraits and other adorable creatures.

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Siobhan Louise Textiles 

This is an absolutely stunning hand painted box from Siobhan Louise, the detail on this is incredible. She also makes cushions, mugs & more.

 

 

Buttercups & Beautiful Butterflies 

And finally my wonderful Mumma’s business. Papercrafts, wedding decorations, flower wands, cards and earrings. There is no limit to what my Mum can make with card, pop along to her Facebook page!

 

To find out more click on the links below each picture! What are some of your favourite small businesses? Let me know in the comments below!