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My First Week on Etsy

Well, this week has certainly been a learning curve…

I spent quite a lot of time prior to signing up with Etsy, planning and preparing my site…  And it seems like the work has not been in vain…

Within my first 24 hours on Etsy I had my first sale – one of my scarves (see below!).  I so enjoyed packaging it up prettily and sending it off within a day, that I didn’t give a thought to photographing my packaging.

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However, I had a few issues with sending the scarf out via the Post Office (confirming my belief that the Post Office and Royal Mail should never have been privatised) when they delivered my package back to me as the sender.  Normally a very calm person, I was spitting feathers!  I assumed that they would rectify the situation for me, but apparently now the Post Office and Royal Mail are two separate companies, who barely talk to each other, despite working in close proximity.

I had a vague apology from the Royal Mail (whose fault it was) but I must admit I am not impressed and am going to look into the alternatives.  In the UK we have a lot of couriers but the Post Office/Royal Mail are our main delivery route so my options may be limited.

This did not dampen my good spirits for long, as I had a lovely email from my customer saying that she was thrilled with her scarf and the little extra treat which I had put in there.  Thankfully when ‘reposted’ it arrived the next day, so no harm done, but not the best way to start…

I have signed up for an Etsy email class on making the best of my shop and have some work to do on my Halloween and Christmas items, so I had better cracking…

Happy weekend everyone!

 

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Bad cats!

I have not quite had time to deliberate over my lovely day at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia on Sunday, so thought I would fill in with a quick post of the most naughty cat moments from the cats in my family.

We’ve always owned cats and are quite used to their weird and wonderful behaviours, but this lot take the (cat) biscuit!

First up are Mum’s rescue cats Mischa and Timor.  They are Balinese – he looks like a Siamese and she looks more like a Burmese to me.  He is extremely laid back and will let you do pretty what you want.  This Christmas he was adorned with a festive ribbon for most of the day but in this picture is sporting a rather fetching ruff a la Shakespeare, fashioned from a Christmas hat.

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Mischa is a fussy little madam but with a very sweet nature.  She has a penchant for washing – I’m sure in a previous life she was a washer woman.  If she’s not sitting on the freshly laundered clothes, she’s directing my parents in the garden from the washing basket.

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These two have their cheeky foibles, but in terms of sheer naughtiness they are lagging behind my cat Ella.  She is also a rescue cat and is very affectionate, but a complete attention-seeker.  Not just cardboard boxes for my Ella, oh no, she will get into any receptacle!

 

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This is one of my reusable shopping bags – it’s nice and sturdy and rustles.  It also happens to be cat-sized!  Maybe Ella has a secret shopping habit, as I later found her amongst my recycling bags!

 

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Last spring / summer was very warm in Wiltshire so I decided to plan to grow so fruit and veg – I didn’t however reckon on growing Catatoes as these sacks have now been dubbed.

 

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Finally I have many demands on my time but still enjoy finding the time to crochet.  When I get this sort of face it makes me feel guilty, but not guilty enough to stop!

 

 

 

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Happy crafting!

Lou x

 

 

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Quick Crafty Update

What a manic weekend!

Had a wonderful time with Mum and we did well at the Christmas Craft Fair in Marlborough…

Apologies for the poor quality photos, am still getting used to my new phone!

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Mum was on top form – she spied very quickly that the table next to us was empty and we only had an hour until opening.  She quietly collared the organiser and asked if we could use the table if the person didn’t turn up.

Ten minutes later he came back and the table was ours, so we could really spread out.  We did pretty well despite the fact that it was fairly quiet…

I have two more Christmas Craft Fairs next week – one at work, just a small one, and another on Saturday AND Sunday which scares me a little bit at the moment!

Hopefully another update this weekend…

Happy crafting!

 

Lou x

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Wonderful weekend ahead!

Afternoon all!

My plans for the Devon Fair were sadly scuppered by the weather – there was a massive storm and unfortunately people were not brave enough to venture out.  Huge thanks to my friend Anna’s Mum for trying on our behalf…

There are two seismic events happening this week – I’m surprised the lay lines found across Wiltshire have not caused a massive conduction of energy through me as yet (I’m very sleepy, so I’m pretty sure they haven’t)…

Firstly I have the first ‘big’ Craft / Christmas Fair this weekend – in the beautiful town of Marlborough – it is quite a drive from home but I hope it will be worth it!  I haven’t booked with this particular company before, so I’m not sure what to expect (hopefully brilliance!)

Secondly my Mum is coming to visit (da da daaaaah!) – partly to help me at the Craft Fair but also to help with some DIY / Spring cleaning (can we call it Spring cleaning in Autumn?) – and she has made some lovely new products for me to sell, so I will post an update as soon as I can with some piccies!

I’ve been working hard on my best-selling (and favourite) Christmas puds – they are just the right size to pop over a Ferrero Rocher (other chocolate brands are available) – and every year I sell out of them.

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Following the dreaded lurgy I have been suffering with recently, I have not had enough time to make a huge supply of these, but hopefully I can make some more ready for Saturday.  I then have two other sales to come so have plenty more things to make up and finish, I do wish I could work full-time and spend more time crafting!!

Right, I’m off to frantically tidy up prior to my visit from Mum!

Happy crafting

 

Lou x

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Planning Ahead – Christmas is a’coming!

Evening all!

It seems strange to be thinking of Christmas already, but with a holiday coming up and working full-time – I need to get going with my ideas for Craft Fairs this Christmas!

As well as soft, scrumptious warming gifts of scarves, gloves, and these lovely hot water bottle covers made from Merino Wool, I have some new ideas for this year…

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This year I would love to make more decorations – so have been thinking of what I can do.  As a child I loved nothing more than opening my stocking on Christmas Day, so here are some cute mini stockings.  Big enough for a few little treats!

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Christmas Stockings ahoy!

My next idea was Christmas stars – done in varying yarn weights and colours.  I do love the standard Christmas colours, but sometimes it’s nice to go outside of your comfort zone.  

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As Moby says – we are all made of stars!

More decorative ideas to come – probably Christmas Trees, Robins and perhaps some felt Gift Tags.  And of course my Christmas Puddings which are so sweet (all puns intended!)

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Christmas Pud Choccie Toppers – for your table or tree!

Happy crafting!

 

Lou x

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