Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Monday, 27 August 2012
My daughter spent a lot of the Summer sitting at the kitchen table surrounded by pencils and paper, drawing. She is very creative and really loves anything arty. I want to share this lovely picture she drew me among many others.
I love it - she has such a fantastic imagination and this got me thinking! I have decided to run an Enhance-Me COMPETITION....
All you need to do is get your child/children to create a picture of themselves in a 'magical scene' - where would they most like to be?...Would they like to be in a fairy garden surrounded by butterflies and fairies? Perhaps they would like to go on a bug safari and ride on a dragonfly! Or do they love dinosaurs? Perhaps they would love to be on stage with thier favourite pop star! They can use anything they want, pens, pencils, paint, collage!
The Prize: A magical portrait created in the same theme as your childs creation and a 16"x12" poster print.
How To Enter: There are two ways you can enter - you can either photograph or scan the picture your child has created and:
A) Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
B) Upload it to my FaceBook page: http://www.facebook.com/EnhanceMe
Please remember to include your childs name, age and description of what they have created!
Closing date for entries is Monday the 17th Of September 2012 12 midnight (GMT)
I am really looking forward to seeing all the fab creations!
1) Children up to 14 years of age can enter
2) Closing date for entries is Monday the 17th Of September 2012 12 midnight (GMT)
3) Up to a maximum of two entries per child
Please Note: This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook
Saturday, 2 June 2012
Friday, 6 April 2012
Happy Good Friday everyone!
I decided to then mix things up a little to make it fairer and do a draw between all those who did guess correctly and it returned the same winner so it was meant to be!!
So a HUGE well done to the winner, who correctly guessed 47 eggs 'Emma Sealey' You have won a portrait in a theme of your choice and an 8x10 print of your portrait. I am looking forward to creating something for you.
Thank you everyone for your entries and keep your eyes open for more competitions and special offers in the future. Hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend!
Friday, 30 March 2012
Today is the last day of term before the school breaks up for the Easter Holidays and what better way to start the Easter break than with a competition!?
It's simple really - all you need to do is visit my facebook page and post a comment here in reply to this post to let me know how many Easter Eggs there are hidden in my Timeline cover photo? The closest guess will win a portrait in a theme of thier choice and 8x10 print.
Closing date is April the 6th at midday (12pm GMT) (a week from today!) so start guessing and good luck.
Terms & Conditions:
- One guess per person
- This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook
- The winner will be announced on this blog on April the 6th
- The prize is a personalised Magical portrait from www.enhance-me.com and an 8x10 print of that portrait
Friday, 4 November 2011
Christmas (dare I say it!!) is a special time of the year and as we all know it can be difficult finding something that is unique to give to friends and family. Enhance-Me are launching a few new services in the approach to this Christmas that may just help add that extra sparkle to your greetings! So have a look here at what Enhance-Me can offer you!
- Imagine your Christmas portrait moving, dancing with snowflakes.... the new personalised E card is a great way to add something extra magic to your Christmas portrait this year!
- Cards with Verses…. A chosen Christmas verse can be printed on the outside or inside of your card
- Give your house or workplace a Winter makeover! Brilliant for Christmas cards with a unique twist
- You can have your personalised Christmas portrait created and printed onto cards – imagine your child as the star!
- A huge collection of themes available and bespoke themes created at your request
Magical portrait & delivered digitally (via email) - Sunday 18th December
Greeting cards – Designs must be approved & ready to post by Wednesday 14th December
Gift Vouchers – As they are delivered digitally these can be purchased up until Thursday 22nd of December
Last minute panic?
I might be able to accommodate digital orders beyond these dates. Please contact me, telling me what it is you need, and I will let you know if I will be able to process an order for you.
Monday, 10 October 2011
How do you keep motivated when you work for yourself? This is a question that Joanne Dewberry recently brought up on her blog and it has really got me thinking!
It has been a funny old year for me as I feel that I was far more motivated last year having been shortlisted for a number of awards and won a special achievement award in the Mumsclub Awards 2010. But this year, for a number of reasons I have been somewhat lacking my usual burst of energy.
I think one of the most important things about finding motivation is doing what you know or love to a certain extent. If you are confident and enjoy what you do then you will have more enthusiasm for it.
I feel lucky to be in a position where I can work from home – I am not saying that it is easy but it certainly allows me the flexibility that rarely comes with a full time job.
Now looking back across the years that I have been self employed and thinking about what has kept me motivated – even through those more difficult times I came up with this!
Motherhood – without a doubt my main motivation was being able to spend more time with my children. I wanted to be able to cherish every moment of their early days – their first steps, tastes, words etc. I felt torn between this and going back to a steady income but I knew in my heart what was right for us as a family and I have never regretted that decision.
Orders – The more orders that come in the more motivated I am, I seem to work better under pressure! It is so encouraging to receive positive feedback from a customer who is happy with what I have created for them and even more encouraging when customers return and order more!
Time – most importantly with my children. Time to work flexibly too but time is a difficult thing for someone who runs thier own business because it's very difficult finding a good balance - where you are not devoting every waking hour to your work or feeling it is actually having the opposite affect and taking you away from your family. Lack of time is a serious factor for a Mum who chooses to run her own business and is something that we all learn to work around. It always amazes me how much you can adapt to suit your visions!
Incentive – my main incentive is my children. I don’t work to make a living (not yet anyway!) At the moment I work to supplement our household income and in doing so I am able to remain at home with my children while they are young. I don’t have to worry about not being home if my children are poorly.
Vigor – I want to share one of my favourite quotes here: "They who lack talent expect things to happen without effort. They ascribe failure to a lack of inspiration or ability, or to misfortune, rather than to insufficient application. At the core of every true talent there is an awareness of the difficulties inherent in any achievement, and the confidence that by persistence and patience something worthwhile will be realized. Thus talent is a species of vigor.” Eric Hoffer
Talent – I have never been great at accepting praise but it is something I am working (really & truly!) I have such wonderful feedback from my customers who say I am very talented in what I do. I know that I have improved greatly from when I set up my business initially and it is the nurturing of this talent, learning new skills and techniques that will benefit my business that keep me motivated during any quieter times.
Income – at the moment I work to supplement our household income but in time I have far larger plans (I want to conquer the world…..Ahem, ok perhaps not!) BUT I do have huge aspirations and a mind that is bursting with ideas of where I want to take my business and how I want to do this. I know that the time to prove I can do this and put my plan into action is when my son starts school fulltime – I will then have the daytime between 9:30am and 3:30pm to make my business work the way I envision it can (and will!)
Occupation – this is who I am, this is what I do – I like being my own boss, I like having the freedom to make the decisions.
New Ideas – no business can develop or grow without new ideas and this is a constant factor in mine! I am always developing new ideas and on the lookout for inspiration! It's just having the confidence to develop those ideas, the motivation to put them into action that can lead you to take those first steps towards success!!
I run http://www.enhance-me.com/ a service that specialises in Magical Photo Portraits, I can turn your ordinary photograph into anything!