Thursday, 21 March 2013

Enviros & this weeks #daisychains had us hopping around like rabbits !

 We began our #daisychains with some of our Barefoot Books favourites and asking for people to let us know what inspired them and which classics did they have fond memories of and we popped the links up showcasing 3 wonderful new stories and one classic the Snow Queen which has been beautifully illustrated . We were surprised to find a lot of crafters loves not only stories they heard as children , the ones they read themselves and now the ones they read to their children or grandchildren evoke such powerful memories and this lead to looking at a few more of the classics and how they were being transformed by some very talented small businesses. The Classic Goldilocks coming alive on Cakes By Nina - still a firm favourite even in my house - who doesn't like all the silly voices of mummy bear and daddy bear when they come home and find someone has been eating their porridge! Then of course there is our other edible friend The Gingerbread man , in fact this one I spotted the button and to my delight was able to ask for a bespoke present for a very special Gingerbread man of my own . We have often joked about the gingerbread man in shrek when he says Oh no not my buttons and this is my alternative easter gift to my husband to remind us that even when we are down to our last button we still have each other and a good story to tell at that !

Then I began to think about what sort of people are currently visiting the envirowealth page and wanted to find something that sort of showcased the diverse nature of this little community page that is slowly growing in number little by little . I stumbled across a lovely page and fell in love with this particular photo of hers - It sums our community page up  - some of us are there to browse and support each others little businesses, we have fashion gurus, health experts, jewellery makers, hairdressers, small shop owners, make up artists and all sorts of other services and information .I hope they feel we are doing the best we can to show our support for all . check out her blog I have been reading the stories to my youngest they are delightful and she really can make you anything you could imagine..check out her new page on facebook for more details .

 Then I spotted this little chap and thought how wonderful a gift he would make - we all know how hard it is to find something bespoke for the men in our lives either for Easter or any special occasion. I think that is why these little facebook shops are so wonderful they offer a personal service , those extra touches that make you feel part of the process . It is the relationship you build with them not the ammount of posts you see that have you going back for more . Something will catch you eye and you will have liked the page to book mark it . Maybe you leave it 3 weeks on your newsfeed to see if anything takes your fancy , then click to either hide all the posts or simply unsubscribe.
 I find the worst thing you could do is like a page just for the sake of it .  A like on a page is simply a book mark - an acknowledgement - an element of I support and like what you are doing . You can choose whether you want it on your newsfeed. Some people come over like wait for you to like back , common courtesy may lead some to do this then unlike you affecting the visibility of your posts and this can be quite upsetting when your posts are already being limited to a small percentage of views .
 On our page we do not sell anything - whilst I founded it based upon my need to be actively doing the best I can I try to cover a variety of topics in the hopes more people would interact and think about how best to use what social media can offer them . For me it offers me the chance to help others. It gives me a pleasurable hobby that I can do even when I am laid up in bed and on a good day inspires me to muck about with the kids and let them get creative .
 Sometimes , when we can we will pop a link up to help you source something, other times we might get a question like the one about sourcing a scarf tie - here we spotted a fairtrade coconut one but we are still on the search for something a little more fun for the Summer .
 We also try and show some of the newcomers who are showing us that they are doing the best they can to keep up with trends and new ideas. This for example was made to order and if you pop over she even has the exciting reveal on a video clip as she turns the bag inside out for the very first time . There is something quite exciting about sharing someone else s triumph .
 The bag made me think of sunshine and summer days which took me back to this link A few years ago my daughter had her own little online shop called Phoebe's Corner it lead to her appearing on TV at the time as the youngest guest designer , one of her very first little pieces pictured below , She was almost 10 at the time and stopped when she had to go to boarding school. One day I am sure she will pick it back up as a hobby but I am afraid books for her have become her passion and writing stories and novels is now her thing .She sourced all natural materials and was already quite the Enviro herself . She insisted on making each one unique and would even give them little names adding to the whole charm of her creations.

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So what is an enviro ...World English Dictionary
enviro  (ɪnˈvaɪrəʊ) [Click for IPA pronunciation guide]
n  , pl enviros

informal  an environmentalist

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So where does that take me round to on my mummy ramblings ahh yes. my last little find , this one for my son for Easter - he too like his sister a firm enviro ( seems I was the last to come aboard) . He loves the natural wood and I wanted to find something that would be personal too him and that he could tuck under his catering uniform as he cannot ear anything metallic for obvious reasons. We talked about a few options and I was shown some ideas and I have to say it is everything I wanted for him and a little bit more.  And for now my #daisychains is going to have a rest - if you want to join in or just stop by and show your support come and find us on facebook and click through the albums to see some of our reviews and recommends. With thanks to all that contributed to the photos in this blog. 

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