Thursday, 31 July 2014

simple pleasures: July

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✿ Reviving the £1.55 'going rotten' sunflowers I brought from the supermarket by using the wonderful trick... stick some lemonade in with it. It works with plants and now flowers in water too! Red Bull, aspirin and tea are other great alternatives too!
✿ Spending a day at the river, & finding a ridiculous amount of blackberry bushes to go berry picking from!
✿ & also discovering holly, which got me a bit excited for Christmas … in July! Oh well!
✿ The last day of the school year; being given way to many boxes of chocolates (as per usual!), lovely gifts from students & staff, as well as the most heart warming, handmade card from my favourite student (don't judge... all teachers have a favourite at some point in their teaching career!)
✿ Getting a new laptop from work... hello fast internet that doesn't sound like it's taking off!
✿ An afternoon spent in Green Park with the lovely Tori from Tori's Tales.
✿ Attending the Blogcademy Mixer Event with some amazing ladies, and getting advice from the wonderful headmistresses.
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✿ Learning how to do Victory Rolls at Rockalily London.
✿ My Pet Parade Box from The Lucky Dip Club.
✿ Realising a whole new direction for Dear Wildflower, alongside new, exciting plans.
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✿ Receiving my first postcard swap! 
✿ Apples on the apple tree in my garden. 
✿ An evening spent watching Graduoke, Marryoake and Partyoake videos. I promise it is really fun! 

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✿ Random flowers appearing in the garden. 
✿ Finally having an office space to call my own. 
✿ Reading the I Quit Sugar Cookbook, and buying loads of lovely, quite yummy healthy sugar alternatives. 
✿ Having £120 worth of wine being delivered as part of a competition prize. 
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✿ My new yellow vase from Wilkinsons that was £8 … steal!
✿ Seeing Book Benches up London. I am now researching as I kind of want to see them all!
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Today I'm spending the day at Thorpe Park, which I'm sure will top off the month of July. If I'm being honest, it has been a rocky month, but as I'm sure is the same with everybody in the world, you get ups and downs all the time, but it sure is nice to look at this post & realise all the good little things.
I hope you've all had a lovely month! Thank you for sticking around, all your lovely comments and support this month! August is sure to be an amazing blogging month, and I can't wait to share all my posts with you!
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'Smile & Be Happy'  My Vase.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

let's be spontaneous!

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It has been about a week now since the start of my much needed, six week summer holiday. It's given me a lot of time to reflect on the past year, as well as make plans and goals for the following working year. 

It's crazy that a year ago, I had finished my law degree, my head set on being a secondary school teacher, to then going and volunteering in a primary school and literally falling in love with the school I was working in. That probably sounds ridiculous, but I think until you find a job you love, and one which you feel you have a purpose, you will never feel that way. 
I had worked in primary schools prior to this school, and had been completely put off of primary teaching. It wasn't that primary was easier than secondary (as many might easily think!) 
According to my mother, I was always going to be a primary school teacher. I never got told this until I actually turned around & said 'I'm changing my training to primary' … It's funny how things work out like that! 

After five days volunteering, I leapt out of my comfort zone, and went straight to the head and said 'I want to do my teacher training here if that is possible'. 
I didn't give myself time to think it was probably too soon to say 'Can I have a full time job' or whatever, I just went for it, which is so unlike me. 

I went through a gruelling interview, where I ended up being probably way too honest, got myself through the practise lesson, and got offered a place for this September. & while I waited for that place, I was going to be paid to be an assistant for the year. 

In this past year, I've learnt a lot about myself, and changed a hell of a lot more than I ever would have expected. There have been so many highs and lows. But it has all been worth it, and I literally cannot wait to start my training. Hello being a student again! Probably goodbye social life! 

What spontaneous acts have become major changes in your life? 

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Kate Spade & Sunflowers

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Tonight I'm off to the Blogcademy Mixer Event in London. I'm currently in the middle of getting ready and rushing about getting bits done!
I'm bringing my trusty Kate Spade bag to carry all my essentials... business cards, camera, phone, ipad, notebook, make up!
 Below is a sneak preview of the mini bags I'll be handing out on the night.
I'll be posting a full post at the weekend!
Have a lovely Thursday folks!
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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

#bloggerswanted

 photo Photo05-04-2014140852_zps3c7c53d1.jpgHello lovely people! Okay so today's post is a bit of a different one! I'm on the lookout to collaborate with a wide range of wonderful people from bloggers to business owners, fashion lovers to pet owners! Instead of clogging up your (&mine) twitter/social media feeds, I thought I'd put it all into one post, with some explanations of what I'm looking for.
When I say drop me an e-mail... dearwildflower@Hotmail.co.uk is the details you need!
 
First up, the Dear Wildflower Etsy Shop is looking for models! I'm on the lookout for hair models, for headbands & scrunchies, as well as models for vintage clothing. Any sizes are welcome to send me details along. If you are local to London & are interested in a shoot, that is fantastic. Those not so close to me, still drop me a line & we can discuss collaborating & try to work something out!  
 
In September, the Dear Wildflower stationary line will be up and running. Any stationary lovers out there, or those who love to plan (like me! I have a Filofax, 2 calendars & numerous to do lists), get in touch too! I'll be looking for bloggers to review my creations from the 1st September!
 
Letter Love...
When I was researching marketing/ business ideas, the idea of a newsletter came up tons of times!
I'm going to be writing a newsletter, which you can subscribe to by e-mail.
Lovers of snail mail, get in contact too. I'm thinking of setting up a letter swap, after being a part of postcard swaps this summer! And let's face it, who doesn't love packages full of goodness through their door!
 
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Vintage enthusiasts... I'm starting a segment over on this space, which is basically a vintage Q&A. Photographs of your vintage treasures, with your best finds & top tips will hopefully be the ingredients for a successful, interesting interview!
If you would like me to send you the questions, then let me know!
 
Behind the Scenes
Another new series... business owners, bloggers, creatives... anybody awesome... I'm looking to see the behind the scenes of what you do! If you're a blogger, a peek into your work space, if you're a business owners the workspace which makes your business flow or an artist, your studio... I want to hear from you! I would absolutely love to be sent, or come to photograph your space, and have a good old natter about what you do!
 
 
I would love to hear from you guys about any of the above, or if you have any other idea, come at me with it! I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Thank you all for your wonderful support so far, it has been lovely reading all your comments & tweets!
You can contact me at dearwildflower@Hotmail.co.uk or @dear_wildflower
 
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