This year I’m trying to make it a little easier for visitors to visualize my range of seasonal ornaments, by creating separate details for as many of the variations as possible.
I love being a small part of so many people’s celebrations! Here are my current last ordering dates for Christmas delivery 2016.
If you order by the date given below for your country/region, I will guarantee to have your item(s) in the post by the Royal Mail’s last recommended posting date for Christmas. (more…)
When you run your business in snippets of time snatched here and there, a lot of projects take a very long time from first idea to fruition (my Crochet Dreams Colouring Book was definitely one of those). So it’s rather lovely when occasionally something sparks and takes light very quickly.
This week I’ve had one of these surprise turnarounds which has been great fun.
What’s been most viewed in my Etsy store this week?
People are obviously feeling very creative in May as they are all crochet patterns and kits!
|Top of the pops is my robin crochet kit.|
|Closely followed by the digital download of the same robin crochet pattern.|
|Next up is my vintage bag pattern, adapted from an elegant 1930s pattern I inherited from my Great Aunt.|
|My apple and pear crochet kit. I expect lots of people have teacher gifts in mind at this time of year.|
|And also in the top five is my very limited-edition oak leaf brooch crochet kit.|
In my list of goals this year was getting myself on to Pinterest, and understanding how it all works. I know, I know, I’m very slow to take it up, but I was reluctant to do so before I thought I’d be able to make a proper fist of it.
But I’m on there now! (more…)
I know a lot of you are also small business owners, and I thought you might be interested in some of the websites that enable me to keep my sanity.
In this case, I’m not talking about the obvious sites that we all use as the foundations of our businesses – Hootsuite, Facebook, Pinterest, and so on – but some more obscure pages I’ve found that address particular needs and that you might not have come across. (more…)
I can’t quite believe it, but I’m about to hit 1000 sales on Etsy!
So as a thank you to all my wonderful customers, the person who places the order which includes the 1000th sale will receive a little something extra.
Hello lovely month of May!
(I think May is my second favourite month, after September, but who’s counting).
The month comes with two powerful scent memories for me, from two sides of my life.
First is the powerfully evocative scent of may blossom (hawthorn) and cow parsley together in the sunshine.
(photo by sixxsix)
For me it evokes my childhood, the British countryside and the coming of summer, but perhaps the same species bloom together elsewhere around the world and it means just as much in other places.
The other scent of May for me is strongly associated with France. Muguet (lily of the valley) is traditionally associated with the 1st of May, when it is given as a good luck token. I love that that this tradition hasn’t become globalised, and has stayed a very French symbol of spring.
(photo from www.dieupentale.com)
Of course our woods here are full of bluebells instead, but I might start planting muguet on the sly…
I had to include this link to a lovely free pattern for crochet lily of the valley!
Of course they don’t have the wonderful scent, but this would make a lovely brooch – I must make some in time for next year!
(photo and pattern from Lionbrand)
Meanwhile, once I stop daydreaming, the new month brings with it the more tangible pleasure of fresh new planner sheets…
So, come on May! My Tax Return is done, my stock-take is done, and I have lots of ideas!