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Weekend Wrap Up

pet shop boys

It’s been a busy week with lots of fun projects on the go, which has given me a good excuse to avoid going out in the hideous weather (I still do anyway, because new Pokemon!). I also went into Glasgow to see the Pet Shop Boys for the first time since 1991, so that was quite a nostalgia fest. Their stage sets are always amazing and this one had lasers, projections and all sorts of good stuff.

stickers

Limited Time Shopping Offers

  • 50% off stickers, 40% off coasters, 30% off mugs & t-shirts and 15% off everything else in my Zazzle store today with the code STPADDYPARTY.
  • Free shipping worldwide all weekend on everything in my Society6 store.
  • Repeat customers get 15% off the Afternoon Tea collection. Just login and check the cart page for the code. (How do you become one? Just place an order in my shop and you’ll have the option to create a customer account for exclusive monthly offers!)

Ongoing Shopping Offers

  • Get $10 off your first order at my Society6 store with this link.
  • Buy any 6 small vinyl stickers from my Redbubble shop and get 50% off.
  • Get 50% off your first personalised card at Thortful with the code TTSHUVNO.

News and Reminders

  • Pancake Day is on Tuesday so there’s still time to make a cute paper craft card or decorations with my tutorial.
  • I’m working on a new tutorial this weekend so look out for that next week or sign up to my mailing list to have it delivered to your inbox with more news and offers.
Ideas and Inspiration

Happy Customer Photos

I haven’t done one of these for ages because my blog was down over Halloween when there were so many Ghost photos but they’re still adorable so let’s see!

It’s always great to see how my on-demand products look in real life. Caecilia picked up a couple of my spooky designs from Redbubble and they look so cute!

My Happy Apple brooch has been quite popular since I added him from a customer request. He fits right in with all Katie‘s apple themed accessories!

Seeing your photos of my Kawaii Japan surprise box – like this one by Marina – always makes me want to put together a new box. It will happen once I get some time to plan a fun new theme.

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I love seeing my crafty products in use and Attenna has been trying out all the polymer stamps she bought.

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Look at this amazing spread of Halloween enamel pins featuring my Little Ghost! I want pretty much all of these but they belong to smile.live.happy who also carved some of her favourite ghosts into a pumpkin, including mine:

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So cool! I think that’s definitely a winner this time. I send out a little surprise package to whoever took my favourite photo each time I do a post like this so make sure to share yours with me – just tag @marcelinesmith on Instagram.

Creative Work

New Packaging

It’s always hard to decide whether to spend money on things I can do myself, but two of my new packaging improvements were well worth the investment.

brooch packaging

My acrylic brooches have had the same packaging ever since I made my first batch of ghosts, but I happened across some cello bags that fit business cards and suddenly realised I could make much prettier packaging at a reasonable price. The new backing cards make the brooches stand out even more and take up less space – double bonus!

Glow in the Dark Little Ghost Brooch

The Glow in the Dark Ghosts are my favourite – both ghosts really suit the black background and these also give you a little hint of what colour they glow. I immediately repackaged all my stock so if you order now you’ll get a fancy new one.

Magnetic Meal Planner Notepad

My main reason for paying for things is when I start to hate doing them. After peeling what felt like my billionth hand-cut sticker for magnetic notepads, I decided enough was enough and got some printed professionally. My fingers are already thanking me.

Now what can I improve next….

Sales & Offers

Weekend Wrap Up

stickers

It’s been a slightly boring admin week but nice to get a lot of tasks ticked off. I also decided to make my life easier and ordered fancy new versions of packaging that I usually print myself. Now I just need the endless rain to stop so I can take photos for my shops.

cute bathroom

Limited Time Shopping Offers

  • There’s big daily discounts in my Society6 store for the next few days. Today you can get up to 12% off shower curtains, bath mats and towels + free shipping worldwide.
  • 25% off everything in my Zazzle store through Monday with the code PRESDAYSALES.
  • Repeat customers get 15% off the Afternoon Tea collection. Just login and check the cart page for the code. (How do you become one? Just place an order in my shop and you’ll have the option to create a customer account for exclusive monthly offers!)

Ongoing Shopping Offers

  • Get $10 off your first order at my Society6 store with this link.
  • Buy any 6 small vinyl stickers from my Redbubble shop and get 50% off.
  • Get 50% off your first personalised card at Thortful with the code TTSHUVNO.
Shopping

Recent Purchases

I haven’t been spending too much on myself lately since I bought an iPad, but I have picked up a few things.

pusheen scarf

My other biggest recent purchase was the Pusheen Box. I’ve been enviously watching all the unboxing videos over the last year and decided to invest in the winter box, since I could share my experience on Super Cute Kawaii too. It turned out to be totally adorable – I especially love this scarf, but there were also gloves, string lights, gift wrap, a stamp set and more. You can read my review over at SCK along with the eye watering costs involved thanks to shipping and customs. Sadly I think it will be a one off purchase for me.

Lizzy House glow in the dark enamel pin

My pin collection has been neglected a bit too as the current exchange rate makes all the US pins so expensive. I did add another ghost to my gang with this glow in the dark cutie by Lizzy House.

NANA playing cards

While there’s no firm news about whether Ai Yazawa will ever be well enough to finish her long-abandoned manga NANA, there have been a few new bits including this lovely set of playing cards. I had to buy an enormous issue of Japanese magazine Cookie to get these but it was worth as the artwork is so pretty. Making Hachi the Joker is just mean though.

Pikachu Snow Bunny from JapanStuffs

I posted this photo at the weekend but I wanted to give a shout out to JapanStuffs as I had such a good order experience. Their prices are good, you get products directly from the Pokemon Center (complete with cute carrier bag!), shipping is fast and affordable and they even include some freebies. I’m so glad I spotted this Pikachu snow bunny as it’s the most adorable thing.

Knitted stegosaur

Also joining my slightly ludicrous plush display is this little knitted stegosaur. The toy shop near me had a big display of them in the window and after passing it a few times, I had to go in and get one. The whole range is amazing – look at them all!

Boden dress

And it’s always nice to get another Boden voucher in the post, especially when you’ve just been browsing through the catalogue. I have quite a wishlist built up for my birthday money, after realising a lot of my wardrobe contents are way past their best, but just picked up another Miranda dress in the sale for now as the one I already have is so comfy. I love this pattern.