It’s been a while!

We lost two very special family members unexpectedly in 2013, one on my husband’s side and one on mine, so it felt that everyone we saw was impacted by the shock. My Phoenix business came into its own, as I stopped what I was doing and was able to be available for our children, and somehow we all began to get through the grief.

A year on, I have just received my Christmas stock, and feel ready to get back to my routine. I am chuffed, and somewhat amazed, to tell you that I have just achieved Senior Trader with Phoenix Trading! The fact that my business could tick along, with brochures, baskets and bags going out to the world, without me having to brave a ‘work’ environment, saved my sanity at the time and I am so thankful for the flexibility of this wonderful company. Thanks also go to my wonderful and loyal customers and my lovely local Team of Traders who make it all worthwhile – thank you!

I am also thrilled to share that Phoenix International Charity (the charity aspect of the Phoenix company) has made a substantial donation to the charity which supports my friend’s daughter, Hope4Mae. All of Phoenix Trading’s Christmas cards support Phoenix International Charity, as well as 3 major national charities each year. As Phoenix Traders we can nominate local causes to have a share of the charity pot, and my nomination of Hope4Mae was successful!

Mae and 'Betsy' - her walker, Sept 2014

Mae and ‘Betsy’ – her walker, Sept 2014

The donation will support Mae’s after-care and rehabilitation, following a pioneering operation to release spasticity in her spine, caused by cerebral palsy. Mae is beginning to stand and walk since her operation, and is beginning to achieve her dream of walking independently. You can read Mae’s story and donate on her website.

So, in the coming weeks I will be bringing you news of great new Phoenix items, the new business opportunity, plus that other word that starts with Chr… and ends with Mum frazzled in a chair after feeding the masses! 😉 In the meantime you can see daily news on my facebook page. Please pop along and say hello!

It’s great to be back! 🙂



In memory of my delightful Nan, much-cherished ‘Ninny’ and general bloomin’ lovely woman, and our wonderful and brave niece. Always remembered xx





October release of 76 new products!

The new October release of Phoenix greeting cards and stationery is now available, with something for everyone! There are some lovely new card designs, plus NEW stationery items which would make fabulous gift ideas for Christmas.

New Autumn/Winter supplement out now!

New Autumn/Winter supplement out now!

So, what’s new? How about the leopard and zebra gift boxes – ideal for those little gifts at Christmas. The eagle-eyed among you will recognise that these match with the very successful animal print tissue papers!

leopard tissue sarahcards Phoenix

We are also pleased to introduce a NEW selection of note cards, sticky notes and notepads. These have been some time in the making, as Phoenix were keen to keep production in the UK and bring the items to you at a great price. I think they have succeeded – what do you think?

little kittens jotter and sticky notes

Don’t forget, you can order online at, with max UK P&P of £3.70, or request a brochure if you are local to DN4 and take advantage of free personal delivery!

You can also find all of your favourites on the website, and a great range of suitable Christmas cards and items for the upcoming season. I am also taking bookings for Coffee & Cards, so you can shop in the comfort of your own home, AND receive a discount from your own order – ask me if you would be interested.

If you are out and about and fancy some gift shopping for the big day, why not pop along to my next event, at Bawtry New Hall on 3rd November. Free admission, all welcome and some fabulous gift ideas all under one roof – oh, and Phoenix cards!

Bawtry 2013