Life with a baby and toddler is hectic to say the least, and it has just dawned on me that Christmas is fast approaching. With this realisation has come the frantic ordering of new fabric (not that I need an excuse,) cutting and sewing of new winter and Christmas items for my Accidental Vix Etsy shop which will be photographed and added over the course of this week as I panic that December is almost upon us and I’ve left it too late to re-stock.

As we arrive at the fourth Thursday in November the celebrations begin across the pond with Thanksgiving and although I am not American my hubby did spend much of his childhood there so I’m sure we will be participating by eating some corn bread, yummy! In recent years we may not have inherited the Thanksgiving traditions but we do seem to have adopted the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales that seem to be expected now. Don’t get me wrong I have bought things in the Black Friday Sales, in fact I bought a Cover Stitch machine which I have been eyeing up for over a year to enhance my children’s clothes which was too good to pass with 25% off, but it is almost impossible for small and independent businesses/designers/makers to compete with the big discounts that are being offered by well known retailers.

I would like to thank all my followers, customers and supporters by offering 10% off my Etsy shop all week, until Monday 27th November 2017, with no code needed as they’re already discounted. As a small business every sale is important to me, and I hope that in return I offer good quality products with a lot of love and attention, as well as good customer service. But, shouldn’t this time of year also be about consideration and care for others, in particular those less fortunate than ourselves? I often find myself helpless and upset with the current refugee crisis and how many seem to see these people as numbers rather than human beings who have been through terrible hardships and treacherous journeys in search of a better life for themselves and their families. I can’t grant asylum to everyone who deserves it, but I will¬†be donating 50% of all sales this week to Yorkshire AID through¬†Refugees START, so not only will you be saving yourself some money in my Etsy shop this week while supporting an independent business, but you will be helping others in need.

Written by Vicky Morse

The designer behind Accidental Vix and mum of gorgeous and boisterous baby boy and wife to fab and supportive hubby with an aim to just be creative.