Meet Me For Just A Card Campaign

It is Just A Card week this week and I have decided to join in because it really hammers home the fact to me that I may have been able to keep my shop open if everyone who had come in and had a look would have purchased just a card I may have been more inclined to push through all of the other issues. Selling online is also a struggle for me and so many others that would really love to make a real go at our businesses, you can help, by purchasing from independent shops YOU really can make a difference.

So the task for day one is to tell you 10 things about me! Here they are, 10 things you may or may not know about me, Samantha Webb.

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1. I always have an emergency Sherbet Fountain in my home somewhere. I don’t know what emergency would call for a Sherbet Fountain really but it makes me happy to know that I am never too far away from the sherbety goodness. If only I could think of a way to reuse the plastic containers; I do wish they would bring back the paper packaging.

 

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2. Tea! Ask my three year old nephew Toby what his Aunty Sammy says and he will tell you ‘I want a cup of tea!’ It is true, there is always time for tea no matter the occasion. I am addicted to tea, milk and no sugar, thank you very much!

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3. I have on more than one occasion been accused of being a North Pole Elf, now this could be because my diet is 90% sugar, or it could be because I can wrap any gift with three pieces of tape, THREE! But I like to think that it is because I am sort of a toy maker. I make artist teddy bears for my small business Moby and Puddle.  I do have Santa on speed dial though, just ask the Webblings.

 

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4. I am a born again Herbivore, at the age of 28 I decided that my favourite dinosaur, Brachiosaurus, pretty much had the right idea and I became a vegetarian. I no longer eat any meat at all. I am not overly keen on eating raw twigs like the dinos but it is hard to resist Mr Webb’s veggie chilli. And NO I do not miss bacon!!!

 

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5. I am not ashamed to tell the world that I am a massive AFOL, and if you are unsure of what that means, it stands for Adult Fan Of Lego. I find Lego to be calming when I am feeling particularly anxious and it is fun for all the family. Even a rainy day can’t ruin the fun of Lego and my favourite sets are the Lego elves.

 

 

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6. I have two children, they are my Webblings, Lilly and Harrison. My Webblings have helped me to realise that what I want most in this world is to make as many children happy as possible. I want to share my stories and my illustrations, to make my Webblings smile and to spread a little happiness throughout the world. (OK I am starting to think the Elf accusation may be justified!

 

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7. I am a bunny slave! We have a house rabbit named Lady Peter. We never intended to have a rabbit but she came to us when we all needed a little comfort. We believed that Peter was a boy and we were very surprised to find that she was in fact a girl so we have altered her name to Lady Peter and she seems to like it. If you have never seen a bunny do a binky then please get on YouTube and watch some videos, they are guaranteed to make you smile!

 

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8. I LOVE Christmas, I know, I know, everyone loves Christmas! BUT I REALLY LOVE CHRISTMAS! I love the magic of Christmas all year round. I draw Christmas pictures in February, write Christmas stories in June and watch Christmas movies all year round. I have a dinosaur Christmas globe that sits on my desk and I am probably wearing Christmas socks as you read this. (Maybe I have a little Elf in my ancestry.)

9. Cornlings and Glub, as of today I have self published three magical Cornlings books and have had Glub published by Little Goblins’ Books. You can read more about all of them on this website. I am hopeful that my latest book about the adventures of a young bee named Blake will be available early 2019.

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10. I am hopelessly devoted to my husband, Jamie, who I has been by my side, encouraging me all the way for more than 17 years now. He is my bear and my rock and I don’t mind if that is corny. I love how he takes care of us, I really couldn’t do any of this without his help! But I do wish that he wouldn’t insist on leaving his wooly hats at friends and families houses, he is always loosing that thing!

 

So that is me, I hope you feel like you know me a bit more but always feel free to ask if you want to know more! Remember to shop independent, make someones day just a little bit brighter!

love Samantha x

 

P.S. do you think I am a North Pole Elf? x

 

Create Gifts, Buy Handmade, Support Local This Christmas

 

It is time to start thinking about those little packages wrapped up in ribbons and finished with a bow, the ones that will go under the tree or given out over the entire Christmas season.They must look beautiful of course but what is inside really is what counts. Will you choose to create your own gifts (which often end up far more expensive than you originally intend), buy online or go into town to choose gifts for your friends and loved ones?

If you do go to town please remember that you have the power and the choice of where to spend your money. I know that you know that already but have you really thought about it before? You can go into the big shops and you will need to for some of the specific items you wish to purchase. But please don’t forget those little shops, the markets and the independent shops which will sell things that you hadn’t even thought of! Shop local and support the real people in the community, it really makes a huge difference.

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Sprytewood available on Etsy

If you are shopping online you have so much available to you and you can find gifts for every budget but as well as getting the perfect gift you could make a real person do a happy dance! Yes, this is an actual thing amongst us crazy small businesses, when we make a sale we do a happy dance! Sites like Conscious Crafties  which sell handmade gifts created by people who are gaining independence from a multitude of life’s setbacks or Etsy which is full of people just like you and me who are supporting their families from home offices or earning a little extra to put gifts under their own trees. Shopping from small businesses and directly from artists is a wonderful way to show your support to people who are carving out a career for themselves.

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Muttz available on Conscious Crafties

Money is power and no matter how much or how little you have, you have spending power, even I have a little too. So use your power wisely create something with your own two hands, buy handmade and support local this Christmas and all of 2019.

Love Samantha x

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Bunny and the mice are exchanging gifts, woollen mittens and a wooly hat perfect for winter! By Me, Samantha Webb.