I would like to announce the launch of a new website, Freedom Recipes. It collects recipes for people with special dietary needs from all over the internet so you can find them all in one location. You can currently find recipes for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs.
Since my life has been turned upside down I’ve started to look at a lot of things in a different light. It’s been enlightening, unsettling and really quite great.
I’ve spent most of my life thinking that good things happen to other people, and that I’ll always be stuck or trapped or held back in some way. I’m not sure why I felt this way, sometimes it seemed like I didn’t deserve any better, other times it seemed like I just didn’t have the resources to get any further. Either way, it wasn’t a very useful or fulfilling mindset to live with.
Until recently, I was a stay at home mum. I spent most of my time taking care of the house, picking the kids up from school, cooking, and doing the odd bits of knitting and sewing. I was getting a bit restless and was bored with being in the house all day. I don’t drive, and there’s nowhere very exciting to go near to my house by yourself, so I felt a bit stuck in the same old pattern. This year, that all changed.
My other half, also known as his lordship, decided to leave his job and become self employed. He is a talented web developer and has always wanted to work for himself. He was also feeling stuck in a pattern in his job. A window of opportunity opened to him and we thought it was worth taking.
The UK has been hit with a blast of freezing weather and the ever threatening forecast of snow. To celebrate (for those who like snow) or commiserate (for those who hate it) the occasion, Strawberry Moonbeam is having a sale on hats, scarves, gloves and cowls. Wrap up warm with 10% off winter woolys using the discount code COLD2013, valid until the end of January.
My very talented fiance has just released a new eCommerce platform called Egg Basket and I’d like to tell you about it.
Egg Basket began a couple of years ago as I struggled to find an eCommerce platform that I could use to run Strawberry Moonbeam. I tried a few existing platforms but I wasn’t happy with any of them. A wordpress plugin I used broke when I tried to update it. Magento and a few others I looked into had such complicated admin panels that it was difficult to add new products.
Inspired by the bag I made for my mum, I got my sewing machine out again this week and stitched up another bag. This time, I went for a messenger style book bag with a gusset and flap.
The bag is very roomy, big enough to fit an A4 lever arch folder inside. It has a wide strap for comfort and I think the two colour design makes it rather eye catching.
The bag is available for sale at strawberrymoonbeam.com.
Since it’s getting close enough to christmas that even I’m starting to think about getting ready, I thought it would be nice to share some of the holiday spirit in the form of a sale in my online store Strawberry Moonbeam. There’s 20% off everything until Monday December 3rd, including free shipping worldwide.
Please note that December 3rd is the last date for international orders if you want them to arrive in time for christmas. UK customers can continue to place their christmas orders until December 18th.
I have been knitting, crocheting and sewing for years, and in the past I have ventured into selling my creations with some success. Since we moved back to the UK two years ago I have intended to start up again, but for one reason or another it has been put on the back burner. Last spring I decided I really wanted to give it another go, but the store engine I tried to use kept having problems so I lost heart once again. My wonderful other half, Ric, came to my rescue, and slowly (oh so slowly) started to build me a custom store.