Samples, samples, more samples…

I have FREE promos for you!  This month, I’ve been swapping bits & pieces with some other crafty types, and now have some great little tasters so that you can sample their wares.  How?  Simply place an order of £5 or more (excluding p&p) in the TangleStore, and I will throw in a free (randomly chosen) promo sampler with your order, while stocks last.  Spend over £10 and I’ll include one of each!  I only have a few, though, so it’s first come, first served…

Here’s a preview of the samples I have for you… Continue reading Samples, samples, more samples…

Postage increases…

Cover of the latest TangleCrafted First Class notebook
Cover of the latest TangleCrafted First Class notebook

Just a quick word of warning that the Royal Mail are raising their prices on March 31st, so my own shipping costs will have to increase accordingly.  Prices within the UK should not see any dramatic changes, but the changes for airmail may be more noticeable (depending on overall weight of package).  In almost all cases, you will get a better deal on postage by ordering 2 or more items together (& I’m not just saying that!).

As a little sweetener for you, I’m offering a 15% discount until the end of March, when you spend £5 or more (excluding P&P) in the TangleStore.  Just enter coupon code MADMARCH at Etsy checkout, and the discount will be calculated for you automatically. 🙂

TangleCrafts re-opened!

Well, the house-move ran mercifully smoothly.  🙂  Still various bits & bobs to get straightened out and a couple of orders from the ‘transition period’ to catch up with, but all is feeling settled enough so I have re-opened the TangleStore today.  There are a few ETPrintworks items currently listed in the TangleStore which won’t be available after E.T.Printworks re-launches next month, so now is the time to catch them!  More items will gradually be added as life returns to ‘normal’, so watch this space for updates…

TangleCrafts pre-opening

Thankfully, the house-move is running smoothly, so I have re-opened the TangleStore with limited stock and am taking pre-orders for these items.  Items will be sent out in order of purchase date from the end of next week onwards and additional stock will be added over the following weeks.  ETPrintworks will remain closed until March, but is currently on schedule for the anniversary re-launch – yay! 🙂

I’m currently very bored of packing and transporting boxes and am very much looking forward to being back in business as soon possible!

February & re-location

Yes, the time has come & keys to the new house have been acquired.  Over the next few weeks, we will be trundling boxes (& boxes & boxes) of our stuff from one house to the other – such fun!  We should be fully installed by the end of the month, but I have put both TangleCrafts & E.T.Printworks in holiday mode while everything is sorted & settled.  Re-launch is planned for March but due to some family concerns, I can’t be more specific until more is known about the current situation.  Please bear with me – I will update when everything is a little clearer!

shop of interest logoIn the meantime, if you are desperate for a little fairy tale frivolity, please take a look at The Shop of Interest (which is very interesting indeed!).  The Shop of Interest is stocking a select range of E.T.Printworks items, including Truth-Be-Told Mirrors, and some shop-exclusive samplers and gift sets.  They stock a wide range of unusual, quirky, arty and narrative products so be warned, if you browse around, you may find far more hops into your shopping basket than you anticipate…have fun! 🙂

How did that happen?

Going PostalI suddenly realised I only have 7 copies left of my Going Postal zine!  It might have had a few more views thanks to this fantastic review by Jennie Hinchcliff (co-author of Good Mail Day) on her RedLetter Day Blog (thanks Jennie!).

But once the current copies are gone, I have no plans to reprint, so just thought I would mention in case you want to pop along to the Etsy or Folksy store before they run out! 😉 (Don’t forget you can get 25% discount on your order until end January – see this post for full details.) 

Or if you just want to join me in a bit of a postal celebration, I recently created a new treasury along similar lines – lots of lovely browsables for you! 🙂


pic below shows Pastel Postage Stamp Stationery Rainbow Set by Edelweiss Post

Wow – that was tedious! (But kind of interesting, too.)

Folksy (that’s the Etsy of the UK) has very recently undergone something of a makeover.  Now I’ve got over the initial surprise at the change in appearance, I think I’m decided it’s quite a clean and funky new look.  What’s tedious about that? Nothing!  The tedious part is that alongside the makeover there have been all kinds of tweaks to product listings – so there I was earlier today, wondering what I would do with my evening – and now here it is, gone!  I have been into each of my listings to add minor extra details such as materials used, colours (not especially relevant to most of my stuff), my location (um, could that be made a fixed field, please?) etc.  Yes, those were the tedious bits, and it took forever going into each listing to change everything.  But the interesting addition they have made is a huge space for each listing headed ‘inspiration’ .  This sits just next to the product description beneath the photo on the item page, so there is the appearance of columns (yes, like a newspaper; yes, that’s one reason why I like it).  Hmm.  Yes, it was probably this which took up my evening…

I found it interesting that when I was pinpointing the inspiration for a particular project, I found that in some cases I was providing information that I wouldn’t have included under the product description.  I doubt anything I’ve written will be the deciding factor for somebody browsing the store (sarcasm alert: “oh, I must buy this now – she says it was based on a project she took part in!  Wow!”); but on a personal level, I’m always interested in the ideas behind projects, and an item with a story is always more interesting to me than one without.  And also on a personal level, it was a bit of a trip down memory lane figuring out what was my jumping off point or starting brief for some of the older projects.  I’d totally forgotten some things until I set my mind to it.

So anyway, if you’re like me & curious about where an idea began, take a browse around the Folksy TangleStore*, and while you might not learn anything earth-shattering, you might learn a few ir/relevant and/or random extra details that you otherwise might never have known.

I apologise for the overuse of the word ‘interesting’ (& its derivatives) in this post…

P.S.  If you are not in the UK & feeling excluded by all this Folksy talk, don’t!  I’ve decided to go through & add the international shipping option to all the Folksy listings, so they will soon be available to you, too.  Give me another couple of days, though, because I don’t think I can face all that editing again tonight… :S

Makeovers all round

As you may have already noticed 😉 I decided to go for another blog re-design to match the new Etsy header.  I liked the green of the old blog but I love that I could totally kraftify the background of this one – I feel much more at home here!  Still a few minor tweaks needed to finish off, but I’m definitely liking the new look.

I have also revised all the Etsy pricing into £ sterling so that I can stay on the right side of fluctuating exchange rates.  Previously, all prices in the TangleStore were in US$ even though I am in the UK – which obviously, now I come to think about it, did not really make a lot of sense!  The prices you see on Etsy from now on will be a conversion from £ sterling into whatever currency is local to you (according to your own Etsy settings), based on current exchange rates.  You may notice minor variance in price on one or two items, but I have kept things as close as possible to previous pricing, so differences should be minimal.

Ordering update

Please excuse my poor planning!  I failed to realise when I extended the deadline on the International Zine Month Offer that in fact I would be away from home for the extension period.  Usually I would put the Etsy Store in vacation mode while I’m away, but so as not to backtrack on the previous offer, I am going to leave the store open – which of course means that if you do place an order that there will be a delay of up to 2 weeks before I can begin processing your order.

I will be back in action week commencing August 8th, so will select prize winners & start fulfilling orders from that point on.  I will also be including a free mini-zine for EVERYONE who places an order while I am away, regardless of whether or not you enter/win the Zine Month competition.  Hopefully, that is an acceptable compromise! 🙂