Sunday, 2 January 2022

Life Update & New Year Changes


Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a good Christmas, or break from work/school etc, or had fun celebrating in whatever way you do.  I'm sad to say that I have very much neglected my little corner of the internet this past year and I do hope to write more in the future.  My excuse is that I have had an extremely busy year, working on my business, which I will tell you all about very soon.

I am glad to say, that I've had a very productive year and for the most part I've enjoyed the whole process.  On the down side; if you read my posts all about the counselling I had last year, you will know that I suffer with bad bouts of depression and despite the counselling helping a great deal in many ways and feeling a lot better afterwards - this year I took a massive step backwards and my depression has been very difficult, to the point of being too anxious to leave my house for the past 21 months, yes really!  I may write more about that at some point.  So this is definitely something I want to work on and try and improve this coming year.

However this post, as well as being a mini life-update, is about the whole expectations of a 'new year'.

People say, "new year, new start or "new year, new me"".  New year is the perfect time to start that diet, or start exercising more, start reading or flossing more.  Why not take up a new hobby or learn a new skill.  Be more productive or finally quite a bad habit.

My questions is - !!WHY WAIT!!

Why wait for that clock to strike midnight to change bad habits or be more positive.  Why not start now!  Start when you as an individual feel ready.  You could get up next Wednesday morning or even suddenly in an evening, and decide to start reading books, or cycling, etc!  Whatever you want to do, for YOU.

In 2020 right in the middle of June, I decided to chance two massive life choices, and I am SO glad I did as it paved the way for my fresh start!

Why make these type of changes on this one specific day just because it's traditional and expected!  Be You.  Change if and when YOU want to, whenever YOU want to.

Ok rant over :-)
Until Next Time Stay Happy


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Sunday, 5 December 2021

8th Blog Birthday Giveaway WINNER



Hi everyone, firstly THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who entered the giveaway to win a beautiful one-of-a-kind handmade bracelet from my favourite Etsy shop Crafty Renegade Designs.  

Sadly to to many technical issues many of the entries were lost and it took some time to try and sort out the errors.

But I am now able to announce the winner.  So without further ado, 'drum-roll please' . . .

The winner is -

Renee Mitchell Riley

!!!CONGRATULATIONS!!!  You are the winner of my 8th blog giveaway.  I will contact you via message to discuss your prizes.

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But of course as mentioned in my last post, there are also two runners up, who will receive a discount code to use in my favourite Etsy shop.  Where there are SO many gorgeous handmade items, all of which can be personalised and would all make amazing Christmas gifts too.

So, the two runners up are -

Dawn Giles
Ruth Dickerson

CONGRATULATIONS to you too :-D  I will message you both with your discount codes which you can use whenever you like.

Once again, many thanks for entering the giveaway.  I will be running another giveaway next February which I am Very excited about :-)  So you'll have another chance to win some cool items then too.

Until next time, stay happy


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Friday, 5 November 2021

8th Blog Birthday and Etsy Giveaway


Hi everyone, well it's that time of year again my lovely followers, my blog birthday :-) And if you know what that means, you've been here quite a while, so a massive thank you!
As always on my blog birthday, I love to show my gratitude in the way of a giveaway. 

This year I have chosen one of my absolute favourite Etsy shops Crafty Renegade Design to be part of my giveaway and the best part is, YOU get to pick your prize!*  I have partnered with the shop owner, who by the way hand makes every single item in her shop and there are some absolutely gorgeous items!!  I really had such a hard time trying to choose just one item, in the end I just couldn't decide.

See what I mean!?!

The lovely lady has such a gorgeous range of gift items including handmade greeting cards, enamel pins, beautiful wall-art prints, delicious looking bead kits and now her latest addition, absolutely stunning handmade bracelets!  These are just gorgeous and include not only beautiful glass beads, but fire polished crystals and adorable Tibetan silver charms.  I am obsessed!!

So the prize for my giveaway is - one of the very beautiful bracelets from Crafty Renegade Designs.  If you win, you can choose whichever one you would like from the dozens of lovely designs available.  You will also win a 10% discount off of all other items in the store (not including shipping).  And as a bonus, I am also giving the 10% discount code to 2 more runners up as well.

So if you would like to be in with a chance of winning one of the stunning bracelets or a discount, please see how you can enter my giveaway below.

To enter, use the Rafflecopter widget below.  Please read all the T&Cs underneath and I can't wait to read your answers to my question.  Good luck :-)

Rafflecopter Giveaway

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Rules:

♥ To be in with a chance of winning my 'Blog Birthday Etsy Giveaway', enter via the Rafflecopter widget

 Please make sure you leave your first name and email address or twitter name in the comments, so that I can contact you if you win

 There will be one main winner and two runners up, picked at random

 This giveaway is open internationally

♥ You must complete all 3 mandatory entries before you can access any of the extra entry options

♥ This giveaway will run for 14 days from Friday the 5th of November 2021 until Friday the 19th of November 2021, 12.00am gmt

 Once the giveaway is over, I will contact the winners directly via email or Twitter, once the winners have been contacted they will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected.  I will then send the winners a link to the Etsy shop and their discount codes, the main winner will then be able to choose which bracelet they would like and use their discount for any other items should they so wish.

Until next time, stay happy, thank you for entering and good luck 

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Saturday, 2 January 2021

2020 My Year In Review


Hi everyone, for many people this year has been the worst year of their life and that is trully terrible.  But honestly for me, it's been the first year in my life I've really felt I've achieved something.  For me this year has been a chance to reflect, to focus on what's important, what I want from life and my goals and to actually start working towards my goals, which is something I've been putting off for years!

Being someone with a health condition and living with chronic pain, the most I ever normally went out was once a week.  So apart from desperately missing seeing my 2 best friends, I haven't felt too much of a hardship not going out and the extra time I've spent indoors has made all the difference to the work I've put in on my goals and I've already seen the rewards.

So to explain in more detail; firstly on January the 10th we welcomed our second furbaby.  A rescue teacup poodle (teacup is the smallest size there is) and she is SO tiny!! We named her Lucy and she has been an absolute joy and makes me smile everyday 😍

In June I was FINALLY able to talk to a counsellor after 2 years of being on a waiting list and after suffering with severe depression for many years.  I talked to her on the phone an hour a week for 8 weeks (I did a blog post all about it here) and it was the best thing I did, it helped so so much and I will be forever grateful to her!

I've been journaling and drawing again and trying to learn to do digital drawing.

And in August, after about 4 years of planning and making and designing, I finally opened my Etsy shop Crystal Sparkly Dreams (link in bio) :-D  I have loads more to list on there, including all my handmade jewellery but so far it's going well. *I will talk fully about it soon, probably when I have a few more items listed and I'll be doing giveaways, competitions, discount codes etc for all my readers.  If you want to follow my shops progress, check out when new items will be listed on the shop etc, please follow the IG account Crystal Sparkly Dreams Shop

I also helped my mum open her Etsy shop in October Crafty Renegade Design again I still have LOADS to list because she has been busy making so many amazing and beautiful craft items but at least it's a start.

I have also really seen who my real friends are this year and had a couple of pleasant surprises as well as disappointments on that score!  But the ones that have been there, have been absolutely amazing, so supportive and I don't know how I'd have got through the year without them! ♥♥♥

I still have stuff to sort out, with my work and my depression/anxiety etc but at least I feel I've finally made a massive start for the first time in my life!

This year has been a very mixed bag of emotions, it's still a huge worry and I'm feeling very anxious of what's going to happen this year but all we can do is hope and look after each other and focus on what we CAN still do.

So until next time, Happy New Year and Stay Safe

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Thursday, 5 November 2020

7th Blog Birthday & Positivity Giveaway


"Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday to you, Happy birthday my little blog, Happy birthday to you"  Wahoo, Crystal Sparkly Dreams is now 7 years old today!!

And to celebrate, as always, it's time for a giveaway :-)

I recently stumbled on this great new website Soul Analyse that has the most beautiful selection of jewellery that is all inscribed with positive affirmations!  Such as 'You are enough' and 'You've got this'.  I decided straight away that I wanted the gorgeous silver 'I am strong' ring and I've been wearing it since it arrived several weeks ago.
I was so happy with the look and quality of the ring, that I thought it would make the perfect gift for a birthday giveaway and of course the winner will get to choose what inscription they would like.



As you guys know, mental health is something very important to me and to have an item like this that you can keep with you at all times with a positive, personal message on that you can read to yourself whenever you need a boost; I think is an amazing idea especially at the moment when we all need a little 'pick me up'.  So I hope you'll enjoy entering the giveaway and maybe winning one of these lovely rings for yourself or of course for a family member or friend to help cheer them up.

To enter, use the Rafflecoper widget below.  Please read all the T&Cs underneath and I can't wait to read your answers to my question.  Good luck :-)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Rules:

    ♥    To be in with a chance of winning my 'Blog Birthday Positivity Giveaway', enter via the Rafflecopter widget

    ♥    Please make sure you leave your first name and email address or twitter name in the comments, so that I can contact you if you win

    ♥    There will be only one winner, picked at random

    ♥    This giveaway is open internationally

    ♥    You must complete all 3 mandatory entries before you can access any of the extra entry options

    ♥    This giveaway will run for 14 days from Thursday the 5th of November 2020 until Thursday the 19th of November 2020, 12.00am gmt

    ♥    Once the giveaway is over, I will contact the winner directly via email or Twitter, once the winner has been contacted they will have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be selected.  I will then send the winner all the options and choices of rings available so they can choose which one they would like, then purchase a ring for the winner from soulanalyse.com

Until next time, stay happy, thank you for entering and good luck 


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