Monday, 15 June 2015


It has been quite some time since I last blogged about my journey, the road has taken a nasty turn and knocked me sideways. I am currently dealing with separation from my husband of 14 years and he has decided to go his separate ways and leave me and my daughters. To say I am ok I would be lying, I am far from ok and my daughters are devastated. This left me in quite a dark place and I have had to go to the job centre as since having my daughters and being married my husband didn't want people to look after my daughters except myself so I was a stay at home mum for 12 years. The  job centre was a scary place in my home town so I was able to move to the nearest town a place where my parents go shopping as I don't drive and it would be easier for me to attend appointments on the day my parents went. The assistant was ever so helpful she was understanding to my situation. I started applying for jobs locally like school dinners but I was unsuccessful. Then she went through my cv and I sold my self as unable to do anything, but out of the cv she said you have a multitude of skills going to waste here Sarah, I can see you have an artistic flair and you have customer service experience, jewellery security, repairs, fully qualified hairdresser and you design hair flowers as a hobby. Have you thought  because you don't drive and you need to be local for your daughters how about the NEA new employment allowance, which is you set up as self employed we help you with a  business mentor and you will get a small weekly payment to help you out. You are able to start earning straight away, what about using your hairdressing skills. I can see you have cosmetic make up and manicure city and guilds too and it says you have worked before doing wedding hair and make up would you consider this as a career. You would choose your hours to weekends to work around the children make the hair flowers and do the hair and make up, this idea seemed ok I  decided to look further into a pop up salon and as I was weighing up the pros and cons I said I think I would need something else to make up the money through the week I would rather go down the road of designing the wedding hair flowers as I also paint jute bags so I can have seasonal products to work on. I set up Fascinating flair to sell my designs all year round as most of the products I make are seasonal inspired like, Christmas jute bags, Christmas sacks and PE bags. Then came valentines,  mothers day and Easter so I was busy creating and selling my art. At Christmas time I was told my drawing were good why not try a digital tablet join adobe and illustrate. My husband though he had left decided he would buy me the tablet to draw with and that's how I started to illustrate and put it onto products, on paper it looks like I have my fingers in too many pots and I've got too much going on when really I am just skimming on  the top of the water trying to find the right product to sell. So for now I am designing beautiful hair flowers for weddings, drawing and putting my art onto products. At the bottom are some products I have designed through out the year of 2015 so far. If you want to take a look at more of my products you can find me on Facebook and twitter at  fascinating flair. I have merchandise stores associated with my profile is Designsbysazyb and also on

Monday, 25 November 2013

Vintage home swap

I decided to set up another craft swap among the crafting community on instagram called Vintage home swap people with different Crafts was paired up with a partner and made and bought  things for their partner with a vintage home theme we had lots of fun shared our makes on the #vintagehomeswap on instagram   here are the  photos of everyones swaps who joined the group. Im hoping to host more swaps this one is my third one ive hosted tho i have taken part in many more hosted by others  and made new friends across the world it really is nice to take part maybe you want to have ago come join us on instagram im @Sazybsarah. :).  thank you for reading xx

Wednesday, 21 August 2013


I just love setting up craft swaps  its so nice to send people your special makes for them along with gifts and a card , when i set up  crafts swaps i ask for only token gifts to be bought because of posting and also of cost there are some lovely places to buy great gifts from all over the uk  and each person taking part thinks carefully and sends beautiful items for the swaps , this one is called afewofmyfavouritethingscraftswap  and how it worked was i paired people up with totally different interest so that they could all  send each other  things  they liked for example i asked for a list of themed items that my partner said was her favourite things from animals to colours to hobbies and you was to make them an item from the list , my partners was russian dolls , so i painted russian dolls onto a medium jute bag  , i also decoupatched   a heart trinket box with russian doll paper and filled with buttons as russian dolls was one of my partner christinas  favourite things she also had a thing for houses and owls so i bought a yellow  house shape candle holder and popped in a tea light and a owl purse  and i even put a 50p inside the purse for good fortune  in return  i got some lovely things as my favourite things are campervans cupcake art and i love hedgehogs and penquins i was blown away with my gifts  christina had made me a campervan shopper bag  it was soo big and very well made she also made me a  a cute cupcake fabric basket that keeps my washing up liquid and spondge in on the windowsill in my kitchen  there was a cupcake matching zip case , and she bought me a plant pot hedgehog orniment that sits in my money plant , some cool campervan stickers that im using in my filofax and a lovely campervan writing journal i love it ! and a cute penquin post card what  a great swap i got , all the other ladies in the group had also some very pretty  makes and fave gifts this was a great swap for them xx

i asked the group to wrap the gifts in brown paper tide up with string as in the song :)

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Craft swap pretty flowers all in a row , the whole groups pictures xx

Prettyflowersallinarow craft swap

A year ago i was awarded an ipod for great sales , i am an avon rep , and a designer , the ipod  was engraved with avon believe on the back it arrived 4 days before christmas in the post i was looking at this parcel thinking i havent bought anything what could this be , my children always stand at the side of me shouting open it mum i want to see , when i did open the package my children was jumping up and down  , mums got an ipod omg that is awesome , it eventually.sunk in it was mine and like my children i was jumping for joy  so funny and exciting , well i joined twitter  and started to make friends with crafting  people we would share our designs , they was tweeting about a craft swap hearts i asked what it was and they said you should take part , yoy email the craft magazine your name address and twitter name tell them your likes your dislikes  and your craft depending on what the theme is your paired up with a swap partner and you make them a gift  out of your craft and include a bought gift , so i did this , i have done  6 in total , i then was introduced to instagram by my now twitter crafting family , everyone was sharing pictures and i was interested to download the app and have ago , afew of the twitter family  joined me and i was hooked on it , by then the ipod was now in the hands of my daughter and i had a new phone to use , on instagram i was seeing people i followed sharing pictures of craft and gift swaps i eventually  joined and have taken part in three with the lovely jackie @hunnypoyhouse  she organises circle swaps you are paired up with a partner but recieve your swap from another partner hence the circle  , i also did a birthday swap with my twitter friend nicola we sent each other birthday themed gifts , i love doing swaps so much and sending craft gifts that i decided to set my own up  they are sazybcraftswaps , the first one  was pretty flowers all in a row , there was 12 including me who signed up  and i paired people up with different craft talents to make it more fun , what i asked was out of the craft that they specialised  in  they make somthing to do with flowers , then buy two token gifts in flower themes and make a greeting card , it was lovely to see the different things people made xx i was paired up with karen shes a proffessional quilter made me a beautiful cushion and sent with it a pretty cup.and saucer with flower detail and a heart floral hook , and i hand painted a large jute bag and a little picture , bought a floral mug and flower candle , it was a great swap  thank you all who took part .