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New! Gingerbread Man Wooden Brooches

One last product for 2017 as my new Gingerbread Man wooden brooches have arrived just in time for Christmas.

Gingerbread Man Wooden Brooches

My first set of printed wooden brooches have been really popular so I decided to add a couple of new ones when I reordered. The old laser engraved gingerbread men always sold well around Christmas and now they’re even more cute and colourful.

Gingerbread Man Wooden Brooches

They’re also a good bit smaller, which makes them so adorable. I think they look so sweet together – the happy cookie and his sad bitten friend.

Gingerbread Man Wooden Brooches

Buy them individually or as a set in my shop or on Etsy!

On-Demand News, Shopping

Thortful Advent Calendar Review

I buy an advent calendar every year. It’s mostly for the chocolate, but also because December goes past so quickly and it’s great to have a reminder of what the date is. When I saw Thortful were now offering my designs as Advent Cards, with an advent calendar inside, I had to order one and see what it’s like.

Thortful Advent Calendar Review

Thortful are a print-on-demand service in the UK. They started out just printing our designs on cards but now you can buy box cards that contain everything from socks to cake! My advent calendar arrived in a fun box that should fit through most peoples’ letter boxes.

Thortful Advent Calendar Review

The advent calendar itself is packaged inside a festive sleeve so the design doesn’t get scuffed up in the post.

I chose my happy gingerbread man as it’s cute and festive but not overwhelmingly so. The print quality is really good with accurate colours.

Thortful Advent Calendar Review

You can print your own message inside and they let you add loads of text in a variety of fonts. If you’re having it sent directly to the recipient, you can write a whole message. If you prefer to deliver them in person, you could just include a general message and add a note by hand.

Thortful Advent Calendar Review

Don’t worry! The other twelve days are on the reverse. The whole calendar is only A5 size and about an inch thick so it doesn’t take up a lot of room. I’m really impressed that they figured out a design and illustration that is generic enough not to clash with all the possible card designs on site and yet isn’t boring.

Thortful Advent Calendar Review

While I’m quite happy with a piece of Dairy Milk, this calendar is a little more fancy. Each piece of chocolate is 70% dark chocolate and wrapped in two festive designs, a tree and snowman.

Thortful Advent Calendar Review

I tried a bit from the back (since I’ll be away on Christmas Eve) and it’s really good stuff. I look forward to eating all the other pieces next month.

advent calendar cards

How to buy

If you fancy one yourself, advent cards are £12.99 + £1.99 postage from Thortful and you can choose from any of my characters including a few festive designs. It’s a lot more than a supermarket advent calendar but worth it for a fun personalised daily treat throughout December. Plus you can get 30% off your first order – just click here for a voucher.

Delivery is by Royal Mail First Class so you’ll need to order soon for the 1st. Let me know if you try it!

Events

Etsy Made Local in Glasgow Next Sunday!

etsy made local

This is a rare Sunday blog post to remind you that the Glasgow Etsy Made Local market is one week away! If you’re anywhere near Glasgow next weekend, I suggest you make a note in your diary to swing by the Briggait for some excellent shopping from loads of makers.

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I, of course, have made almost zero preparations yet so who knows what exciting ideas I might come up with in a week’s time? I do have a nifty new badge display which means you can pick and mix your favourites without waiting for a turn to rummage in the plastic sweets jar.

I’ll be bringing lots of products from my shop but not everything, so tweet me or leave a comment here if you’re wanting something in particular. I’ll also have a bargain box with huge discounts so I don’t have to carry any of it home.

craft fair zine digital

Most of all it will be nice to meet you in person so make sure to say hello and tell me if you follow me on Instagram or anything. You can even meet my mum. And if you’re not sure how to behave at a craft market – good news! – I wrote a guide to being a good customer in our amazingly informative and amusing zine – pick up a copy now!

Etsy Made Local Glasgow

When and Where?

11am-4:30pm on Sunday 3rd December* 
The Briggait, 141 Bridgegate, Glasgow, G1 5HZ (behind St Enoch Centre)
More information on Facebook >>

It’s also open on the Saturday with different sellers. If you can visit on both days, please do! Otherwise just come and see me :)

Sales & Offers

Black Friday Offers & Discounts

Black Friday is go and there are tons of offers this weekend, both in my shops and on-demand. Here’s the best ones.

black friday

Free UK shipping & £2 flat rate international shipping offers

The first lot of offers are gone, but you can still get free UK shipping/£2 flat rate international shipping on all orders over £10 for the rest of the weekend!

Black Friday lucky boxes

Stationery Lucky Boxes

There’s still a few lucky boxes left with over £20 worth of cute stationery for £10!

black friday sale

 

New and discounted items

Lots of bargains in my shop including Asking For Trouble x Tizzalicious jewellery samples, wonky Mt Fuji pin seconds, cute little acrylic Happy Stars, barely flawed birthday calendars, 25% off discontinued fabric coin purses and more!

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25% off & free shipping worldwide at Society6

Awesome bargains at Society6 with 25% off everything and free shipping worldwide on most items with the code BLACKFRIDAY! Here are my most popular items, if you need some gift inspiration.

Redbubble t-shirts

Up to 25% off at Redbubble

Save 25% on all apparel, 20% on everything else at my Redbubble shop with the code BLACKFRIDAY. They’re able to print a lot of products locally worldwide so you can avoid paying international shipping or customs fees.

zazzle black friday

Up to 70% off at Zazzle

If you’re in the US, Zazzle have huge discounts today with the code ZBLACKFRIDAY. There’s 70% off cards and postcards, 60% off posters, 50% off gift tags and Post-it notes, 40% off blankets, pillows and tree ornaments + lots more!

cut and sew kawaii fabric

10% off at Spoonflower

You can get 10% off all my fabric, gift wrap and wallpaper at Spoonflower through Monday. That includes all these cut and sew fabric patterns and I’ve just made the new Mt Fuji and Planet Earth coin purses available too.

Kawaii 5 Year Diary

30% off 5 Year Diaries at Lulu

If you’re thinking of picking up a 5 Year Diary for the new year, you can get 30% off all weekend at Lulu with the code LULU30. That also applies to my Kawaii Japan paperback book.

There might be more on-demand offers over the weekend and Cyber Monday so check the sites again if you miss out on something.

Sales & Offers

Black Friday Preview

Black Friday seems to be here to stay in the UK, but I’m not really a big fan, particularly since we don’t even get to eat Thanksgiving dinner before. All it means here is that people start their Christmas shopping later and later and expect huge discounts and immediate, free, shipping from even small shops.

This time of year is already make or break for a lot of small businesses so remember to support your favourite artists, makers and local shops, regardless of whether they can afford to offer discounts. Just A Card have started an Indie Friday promotion, so follow the #JACIndieFriday hashtag for great shopping suggestions.

indie friday

This year I won’t be having a big discount as I have ongoing discounts and offers all through the year – there’s even a code inside all my orders! Instead, I’ll have some fun limited time deals, special items and a shipping offer that lasts for the rest of the year. Here’s a preview.

Black Friday lucky boxes

Stationery Lucky Boxes

You asked for more surprises so I’ve put together some boxes with a random selection of my stationery items. They’ll be £10 and contain at least £20 worth of cute stationery! Some items are available in my shop and others are older or discontinued. Only ten available!

Free UK shipping & £2 flat rate international shipping offers

This shipping offer is currently available on all orders over £25. I’ll be lowering it to £5 for the first ten orders, then £10 for the rest of the weekend. After that it will go up to £15 until the end of the year.

Asking For Trouble x Tizzalicious jewellery

Tizzalicious recently closed up shop and found some necklaces and earrings from a collaboration that we never quite finished. These pieces will be on sale at low prices with ALL proceeds going to BookTrust (as we’re both big readers). There are only a couple of each available.

New discounted items

The Sale section will be boosted with brand new additions to the shop including some weird Mt Fuji pins I’ve been hiding in my cupboard, the 5 Year Diaries I ordered for proofs and photographs, a few Happy Stars and some more flawed items.

On-demand Offers

There will also be some great discounts and offers on my designs at Society6, Redbubble & Zazzle. I’ll share the best ones on my blog and on social media.

Get early access

To get in first, make sure you’re signed up to my mailing list. Subscribers will get a few hours head start so lots could be gone before I share all the details here.