Saturday, 27 November 2010

Etsy sale

Just thought I'd write a post to let you know that I am having a 10% off sale in my etsy shop . The sale will end at midnight EST Monday (5am Tues GMT) so you have three whole days to work out what you would like. Just enter the word 'SNOWMEN' when checking out : )

You will also receive 12 felt butterflies as a free gift with every order...happy browsing!

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Taunton Christmas Lights

Just popping in to show you a video I recorded after seeing a brilliant peformance at my local town christmas light switch on. The sound isn't perfect but enjoy...

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Deliveries & Packaging

I've been busy unpacking numerous packages in the last two weeks. This week my huge delivery of felting wool arrived in beautiful colours. I couldn't believe how soft the merino wool heart leapt when I felt it and my hand glided over the surface. It was just like stroking the softest cat...

Once my heart stopped leaping and I calmed down I managed to start felting with my new sharp needles. I have been surprised at how many balls I have made this week. I am getting into a rhythm. I have been designing some packaging for them too to make them look professionally finished off : )

Monday, 15 November 2010

A big decision

Just popping in to let you know that you still have about 36 hours left to enter my giveaway here. If you have entered before do remember to leave your comment underneath the blog post otherwise I cannot enter you for the prize. Thanks very much to those who have completed my survey. It's great to get some data to guide me as I can't hear what you say when you look at my shop or read my blog and I love any feedback!

I thought I would update you with how I'm getting on with my Prince's Trust offline venture....I've decided to wait until I am a more experienced maker to sell at a craft fair as it takes a lot of confidence which is something that has taken a severe knock since losing my job. What I do have is lots of determination, so I am looking at a 'consignment' option which means I am looking for somewhere to place my best products at no cost in someone else's shop who will then earn commission on my work if or when I sell...a lot like etsy really. I've decided this is a gentler way to come offline and won't involve any risk as I don't lose anything if I don't sell.

Do you have any experience of consignment? Did you sell a lot through another shop?

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Christmas on Etsy

Here are a few of my finds on etsy this week. This weekend marks the beginning of the six week shopping period for christmas. Don't forget that if you live outside the UK you will need to get thinking now as the postal deadline from the UK to outside is generally 6th December to guarantee delivery for the holidays. If you live in the UK it's 21st December...

"Decorative Christmas Snowflake Pillow Single Crochet" by 'KETCHIE'

"Holly Red Pearl Cluster Bracelet" by 'AMIdesigns'

"Little Angel stained glass Christmas tree ornament" by 'Rainbow Stained Glass'

"Dot-to-dot Letterpress Christmas cards, set of six" by 'wildinkpress'

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Rainbow felt

Just dropping in to excitedly tell you I now have 150 felt squares paid for with my business grant! The entire rainbow from titchables! What a certainly was a needed rainbow on such a dull day : )

Monday, 8 November 2010

The Italian Artist

I created a treasury today for the Treasury League Team on etsy. It features work from other members of the team and I think you'll agree when I say they are very talented indeed. I'm a huge fan of photography so always put two or three photos in. Heaven!

Friday, 5 November 2010

My first year on Etsy: Giveaway

I'm celebrating my first year on etsy this week with a giveaway. I've had a nice first year settling into the large world of etsy and have just started to sell. I'm looking forward to what the second year will bring!

I've recently started reading 'Sew Hip' Magazine as it features a wide range of independent crafters and sellers. December's edition features designs by Laura Howard amongst many others. You can win this issue of 'Sew Hip', along with 12 felt butterflies and hearts, which I'm giving away free with every item in my shop, by taking my survey below:

Click here to take survey

Please be assured the survey is anonymous and your details will be completely separated from the survey. If you are concerned about this you could always take the survey then leave a comment a few days later.

The survey is mandatory if you are to be entered. Please take the survey then leave a comment saying you have taken it in the comments section with either your blogger address, email address or somewhere else to contact you such as twitter or facebook. Also mandatory is to tweet the words: "I've just entered the giveaway on Sewing is for girls to win the latest copy of Sew Hip Magazine:!"

The winner will be picked in a random draw.

You can gain extra entries to this competition by doing one or more of the following, although you must remember to notify me of your actions in the comments section.

1. Become my fan on facebook

2. Become friends with me on facebook

3. Follow this blog either on networked blogs or on google reader - you will find the links on the right hand side of this blog

4. Follow me on twitter

This is available to anyone entering in the world. The giveaway closes at midday GMT on Wednesday 17th November 2010.

UPDATED: Thanks to everyone who took my survey and read this post. There was only one entrant so that person automatically wins! : )
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