Small Business Spotlight: Little Dragon Jewellery

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Hey Everyone.

Well I have a bit of a change to my schedule. Every Tuesday I will now be posting what is referred to as Small Business Spotlight. In this post I will feature Etsy shops and other small businesses. It will highlight what they sell and introduce you to the face behind the wonderful stores.

This week we have the beautiful Fiona Littlewood from Little Dragon Jewellery.

I’m Fiona!
I’ve been married for 10 years, have two kids (a boy and a girl) and am moving house in the next few weeks!
I trained as a florist and worked in the trade for over 15 years, one of my favourite things to do were the bespoke funeral tributes I made a Harley Davidson from flowers for a bikers funeral once. I also really enjoyed doing small-scale wire work for weddings.
I started the business after I had the kids and was on maternity leave as we moved 100 miles, leaving me with no job to go back to!

I make jewellery, planner goods and crochet/knitting notions. Mainly from polymer clay and wire. Every item is made by hand, by me. I love making creatures. I think my unicorns have probably been the best sellers in the last two years, but my ultimate favourite are the dragons. Any size, any colour, any item can have a dragon.


My shop is named after the year I was born! It was the chinese year of the dragon, but several family members had also been born in previous dragon years making me the Little Dragon.
My shop logo was designed by a lovely graphic artist who used a dragon necklace I had made as the basis for it, I still have the necklace as I never listed it for sale after the initial drawings!
I currently use a Websters pages in caramel for my daily planner this has everybody’s work/school schedule (shifts, trips, clubs etc) on the monthly pages and the week to view has checklists for daily reminders and to do notes. The inserts were made by Kirsty at Just so and they are wonderful! I think I may have planning peace in this one!

My business planner is a Pear Saffino. It was my second ever Filofax and it is sooooo beautiful! I use a diary in this one to block out my work week into times for making, networking and so on. I also have sections for ‘want to make’ ideas which seems to have become an endless list, business developement ideas, current orders, notions and creature club (two pre-order ‘clubs that I run through my Etsy shop, I name a theme and people purchase the items before I make them. I can offer a discount on these items as making more at the same time makes it more time efficient) and a running stock list. Its my business brain!

I have found since having the kids that I’ve usually got so much going on that if I don’t write it down, I will probably forget about it. The act of writing it sets it in my memory, which is why having a planner works so much better than the electronic equivalent for me.

I don’t really have a unicorn planner, I’m really happy with the planners I have. I would love to try a TN of some description Uglydori’s are amazing, and a couple of the other leather makers I’ve seen have been beautiful. I currently also use a Lyradori for all things ‘house’ (we’re moving soon, so it’s got packing lists and new colour schemes in, amongst other things) and I have a purple Filofax Flex that I’ve modified with elastic that I use for tracking crochet projects and my yarn stash.
You can find me all over social media now. I started out on twitter and gradually added others. Now I tend to use twitter the least, and Facebook and Instagram the most,

www.littledragonjewellery.com

www.littledragonjeweller.etsy.com

www.fb.com/littledragonjewellery

www.twitter.com/dragonjewellery

www.instagram.com/littledragonjewellery

Thanks for reading and tune in next week for the next Small Business Spotlight.

The Stationer Geekette x

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Planner Girls Collective: My Current Planner Set-Up

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Hey Everyone. For today’s Planner Girls Collective post we are all showing our current planner set-up. Now for me this is a temporary set-up.

I am waiting for some inserts and dividers to set up my Sandringham planner. I have been struggling with my planner set up lately. Everything seems to work for a month or two but inevitably it stops been effective and I have finally found the reason why.

I use inserts that are supplied in planners and they are not working, as a result I end up with 3 planners to track everything I need to track and then I never use any one of them effectively so I have had some custom inserts set up that allow me to track all parts of my business, blog and home life effectively.

Along with the Sandringham I will be using my Uglydori as a note taking, on the go, bit of everything planner and my Filofax notebook to draft blog posts.

However, until that is set up how I need I am using; My Domino soft for blog planning, my Sandringham for course info and notes, my Filofax notebook as my blog notebook and my Uglydori for everything else.

I am sure the other girls are probably far more organised than I am at the moment 🙂

For a look at their set up please visit the links below.

Joanna’s Planner

Ugly Bug Plans

A Life Lived In Words

The Vintage Planner

Planner Montannah

Ska Lovin’ Geek

My Chaotically Eclectic Life

The Scrapbook Girl

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

Planner Girls Collective: My Desert Island Essentials…

 

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Hey Everyone and welcome back to the Planner Girls Collective. I had to take a couple of weeks off posting due to a very poorly toddler and a lack of prior prep from me (oppsie).

Anyway I am going to approach today’s post in a slightly different manner and base it upon this question. If I was stranded on an Island what 10 things would I have to have with me. I don’t mean practical items either such as a lighter, water etc. I mean purely luxury items.

  1. Books – For me it would be a book series. Ideally more than one but in the spirit of the game I would pick a longer series like Throne of Glass.
  2. My watercolour paints – I would still want to use a creative journal.
  3. My creative journaling TN – With fresh, new inserts (6 of them)
  4. A pack of pencils – They will last longer than a pen
  5. A photo album – Full of photos of family and friends.
  6. Washi tape – Just to make everything look pretty and then I can hang my paintings in my tree house.
  7. Gingerbread t-bags – Well..why not? this is my fav type of green tea. I love how warming it is.
  8. My Book Journal – If I cannot take all the books with me I can at least take reminders of those books.
  9. My foxy blanket – I love the feel of this blanket and it’s extremely coforting to have.
  10. My wax melter and melts – Because I would miss my gingerbread and summerscoop scents lol

I would love to hear from you on your top 10 luxury items, what would you wish for if you were stuck on a deserted island?

Please don’t forget toheck out this amazing bunch and what their items are.

Planner Montannah

My Chaotically Eclectic Life 

An Ocean Glimmer 

A Life Lived In Words 

Pennygate Crafts 

Ugly Bug Plans

The Scrapbook Girl

The Vintage Planner 

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

Vintage Rose Studios New Releases and Valentine’s Discount Code 

Hey Everyone and Happy Valentine’s Day.

Let’s not waste time and hurry to jump in love with these beautiful new kits from Vintage Rose Studios. 

May kit in Vertical and Horizontal 

Rose Gold Notes page

Isabelle kit in Horizontal and Vertical and decor

Heather kit in Horizontal and Vertical 

Coco kit in Horizontal and Vertical 

Rose kit in Horizontal and Vertical 

The Carnival range

Currently there is also a special Valentine’s Day discount. However if you miss out the code Emma15 will get you 15% off ÂŁ10.

Thanks for reading and happy spending:)

The Stationery Geekette x

Vintage Rose Studios New Releases #2

Hey Everyone, 

The lovely Melissa from Vintage Rose Studios has new releases on a Sunday and every Tuesday I will be posting them all here.

This week’s are some of my absolute favourites.

There are also new designs made especially for note pages.

Secret Garden Notespage Decor Kit

Scarlett Notepage Decor Kit

Secret Garden Vertical Kit and  Horizontal Kit

April Kit

Secret Garden Personal Kit

Alice In Wonderland Personal Kit

Cinderella Personal Kit 

Snow White Personal Kit

Remember to use code emma15 for a 15% Discount on ÂŁ10 or more.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Life Update August + 5 Year Plan

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It’s that time of the month again where I discuss my successions and failures of the last month. In all honesty I can’t say there has been much going on in the way of successes. I managed to read 9 books this month which was a success I guess. I also am writing reviews for two more sites, one of which I now get paid for..yay!

The kids having summer holidays and my hospital trip have pretty much meant that I haven’t got half as much done that I would have liked. I did however have a nice summer with the children which is the most important thing.

My business launched at the beginning on August and is doing well, people have been incredibly generous in their reviews.

The blog fell a little by the wayside due to everything going on and I admittedly have struggled with content, however I have renewed vigour now and determination to get things back on top and better. I will be creating a blog topic schedule which will make things easier as I have been posting a little randomly with content.

I have felt like I have been stuck in a bit of a rut, I mentioned in a previous post my planners don’t seem to be helping much lately, I am not using them as I was which means they are sitting redundantly on my shelf while I figure things out. Once the Ballerina comes though that will easily pick back up. I start college next week which I am really excited about too.

So my new blog schedule will be:

Monday (fortnightly): Confessions of …

Tuesday: Planner / Stationery related

Wednesday: Book Review and TSG Website post

Thursday: Draft, Edit and Admin work

Friday:  TSG Website post

Saturday: Life Update Posts and Book Review

Sunday: My Week/Plan with Me and Picks of the Month

I have also been thinking long and hard about my career and where I want it to go. Thanks to Michelle over at UglyBugDoes I have been inspired to create a 5-year plan.

Where Were You 5 Years Ago?

5 years ago I was living in Guisborough, unemployed and working for Victim Support as a volunteer hoping to gain entry to paid employment within the same sector.

Where Will You Be Living in 5 Years?

In an ideal world I would be living in Canada in a log cabin. Somewhere the kids would love to be. I love the idea of living close to the wilderness, somewhere cold and full of culture. I have wanted to live in Canada for as long as I can remember and for me this would be the ultimate place. However, I know realistically speaking that won’t happen for at least 10 years.

In 5 years I would like to think that I have purchased my own home and am at least part way saving to immigrate. Staying in my local town of Guisborough.

What Job Will You Be Doing?

By then I would have liked to have completed education in Business, Accounting and Copyediting and Proofreading. I would like to hope that my brand is still going and is really strong. I would also like to hope that I am reviewing books for a living, preferably copyediting and proofreading for an income.

What 5 Things are most important to you right now?

  • Family – Getting Alexis sorted into a better routine and getting her settled.
  • Finances – Find employment and to get my business generating an income
  • Career – To complete the Business course I am due to start
  • Finances – To clear debts as soon as possible
  • Health – To lose weight and get fitter

Top 5 Business and Career Goals?

  • Promote TSG Bookclub and increase revenue
  • Learn about analytics and SEO for the blogs
  • Learn How to Proofread and Copyedit
  • Work for a successful publisher reviewing, proof-reading and editing
  • Own my own successful brand and business.

Top 5 Family Goals?

  • Get Alexis settled into a sleep routine again
  • Spend more quality time with Adam and Chloe individually
  • Get a larger house
  • Get a Pet
  • Have a happy household

Top 5 Personal Goals?

  • To be happy in what I do
  • To have more free time
  • To lose at least 3 stone
  • To start running
  • To eat better

Now that it’s all written down I have no excuse not to see things through. I shall as always drop in with updates and if you are interested in following Michelle’s progress then please pop along to www.uglybugdoes.me .

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Planner Discontent…

I seem to have hit a bit of a planner funk lately.

There seems to be a combination of different reasons. The first being that there has been many changes in my life over the last 6 weeks and as a result I’ve found the purpose for my planners has changed. What they contain is different. 

Secondly I’ve also found that I lack the time I was spending decorating and such therefore the plainer pages didn’t inspire me.

Thirdly I am waiting for a new planner to arrive which keepa getting delayed by the manufacturer. It was suppose to be here late July, then early August,  then late August and now probably September. I had only set up my planner until August due to this. As a result of not knowing I floated about for the first week or so of the month.

I hate feeling that I am not together,  in control and a huge part of that is the planners. They contain everything about my life so I always know what’s going on when and where.

I have managed to find some temporary resolution by resorting my planner to adjust for the next couple of months.

I will post my new set-up in a post next week. 

My question to you is how do you cope with life changes and planner discontent? Have you found a way around it and if so what tips and tricks would you offer?

Thank you for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Half-Year Planner Set-Up Review

I know I am a little late with this post but they do say it’s better late than never!

When I started the year I had the lovely Leuchtturm 1917 in action along with a Ban.do and personal planner among others.

6 Months later I have to admit my set-up has completely changed.

It’s a constant ‘working’ progress to see what fits with my lifestyle, especially as it changes and evolves.

So let’s have a look at what I am using now. 

Wellness Planner by Kikki-K. This is my everyday planner,  tracks everything from cleaning, orders, appointments and expenses. This is by far my most used planner. The biggest change is that I have gone from personal to A5. I find this much better especially since I don’t take it out with me, it allows therefore for more use and purpose. 

Walnut Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook. This is my blog planner and my most recent change. Prior to this I was using the Wellness for blog planning and a Carpe for everyday. I like having the seperate books which I can take out as and when necessary plus it’s easier to carry about if I need to take it out of the house. Plus how nice does it look with the Harry Potter Deathly Hallows charm from AlyMarinaCraft

Mint Webster’s Pages Traveler’s Notebook. This is a completely new addition with a completely new purpose. This is my creative ‘journal’. In here I have a journal, book journal, doodles book, quotes book and Projects. I use paints, pens and lots of ephemera in this and it is my favourite by far. It’s nice to have somewhere to just scribble, write, doodle and let go.

Nordic Personal Planner by Paperchase. I got this in the sale recently simply because I’d lusted after it since it was released in 2015. I wasn’t using this until yesterday however due to a new business venture I have now decided to use it to write down all the business specific things to keep them seperate and in one place. 

Adelphi pocket size by Filofax. I have so much love for this little gem. This is my handbag planner. It has details I meed to carry about for my job, volunteering job and everything I need to buy while out and errands to run. It’s not neat, decorated or anything. It’s just there to perform a function. If I am out and need to note something I will in this then transfer it to the right planner when I am home.

I also have two clipbooks for studying but they are literally only for that purpose and not decorated or anything. 

I think I have covered them all now. I have the new Reset Girl Carpe Diem in Ballerina coming in August as I preordered it. I will in all likelihood swap my everyday planner to that but I’m not sure yet as I don’t want the Wellness planner to not have a function.

Stay tuned for more info on my business venture as I am sure you book lovers will enjoy this:)

Thank you for reading 🙂

The Stationery Geekette x 

Picks Of The Week #11

​Welcome to another edition of Picks Of  The Week. 

If you would like to be monitored for this please send an email to Thestationerygeekette@yahoo.com 
Or alternatively leave a comment with a link to your blog below:)

1) A Beautiful Plan – Carpe Diem planner Setup

2) Distinguished Diva – Who Is A Feminist

3) Modern Day Girl Blog – What Is Social Anxiety And Do You Suffer From It?

4) Strange & Charmed – Entrepreneurial. Half Way There

5) How To GYST – Left Brain vs Right Brain

6) Geraldine Jayne – Breakthroughs Are Coming

 7) Ginger-Fox – My Heart Is At Home

8) Saturday On Wednesday – You’re A Quizard Harry

9) Our Rach Blogs – Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself

10) Frying The Nest – Potato Butter Curry

YouTube: Katy Evans Plans – Christmas Planner Set-Up

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x