Thursday, 19 January 2017

Move on, new things, clear out sale

Last year - a year ago!!! - I started my little online home business.  I have been very lucky to publish several of my crochet patterns - available on Ravelry, link in the sidebar - and I also started a small Etsy shop selling some project bags and other yarn related items.  Thank you so much to everyone who has bought my patterns or my other things.  I really do appreciate your purchases.

For the last six months or so I haven't been able to do any work on my shop(s), write any patterns or list any items for sale.  In order to move on I have decided to have a clearance of the items that I had made for my Etsy shop.  I haven't decided yet whether I will continue this or not yet, but if I do, I want to start with new exciting things rather than the things that I made before our recent life events.

So, I have these lovely things that I made with great love, that I do still love, there is nothing wrong with them, they are great things, but I want to move them on.  That is why I am having this "sale". 

Just for correctness and legality (I hope this will suffice for that!) please note that these items have not recently been listed for purchase, I am not listing these prices as "sale" prices, these are just the low prices that I have decided to offer these items for to encourage you to buy them so that I can move on!  I am sure that all prices are lower than I have previously listed these items for though.  I hope that is clear and will suffice for all needs!  There are some special offers though for multiple purchases.  See below and see below also for terms and conditions of sale, how to purchase and anything else you might need or want to know.

To purchase e-mail me - see below.  Or some are available - without discounts I am afraid - in my etsy shop if you prefer to shop there.


Pastel Easter egg hoop art, hand made by me, beautifully finished on the back, can be hung or is freestanding £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag.  Tell me you want to purchase "PICTURE".


Hand crocheted basket, hand made by me, £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag or picture.  Tell me you want to purchase "RED BASKET".


Hand crocheted basket, hand made by me, £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag or picture.  Tell me you want to purchase "LILAC BASKET".


Hand crocheted basket, hand made by me, £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag or picture.  Tell me you want to purchase "TWO COLOUR BASKET".


Drawstring bag, boxed bottom, fully lined, hand made by me, £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag or picture.  Tell me you want to purchase "BUTTERLFY BAG".


Drawstring bag, boxed bottom, fully lined, hand made by me, £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag or picture.  Tell me you want to purchase "BLUE BAG ONE".


Drawstring bag, boxed bottom, fully lined, hand made by me, £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag or picture.  Tell me you want to purchase "BLUE BAG TWO".


Drawstring bag, boxed bottom, fully lined, hand made by me, £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag or picture.  Tell me you want to purchase "DISTY FLORAL BAG".


Drawstring bag, boxed bottom, fully lined, hand made by me, £8.50 plus postage - 10% off total purchase if also purchased with a basket or bag or picture.  Tell me you want to purchase "BLOWSY FLORAL BAG".  SOLD - NO LONGER AVAILABLE


China/ceramic dolls house miniature tea set turned into stitch markers, fit up to size 3.5 - 4 mm needles, hand made by me, £4 plus postage - not included in stitch marker/progress keeper offer.  Tell me you want to purchase "TEA SET".  Comprises 6 cups, teapot, sugar bowl - covered - and milk jug.  Rings to make into stitch markers could be removed and you could just use these in your dolls house!


Flying fairy progress keeper, handmade by me £0.75 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "FLYING FAIRY".


Pair of butterfly progress keepers, fit up to size 3.5 - 4 mm needles, handmade by me £1.25 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "BUTTERFLY PAIR".


Set of four butterfly stitch markers, fit up to size 3.5 - 4 mm needles, handmade by me £2.00 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "BUTTERFLY FOUR".


Standing fairy progress keeper, handmade by me £0.75 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "STANDING FAIRY".


Ladybug progress keeper, handmade by me £0.75 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "LADYBUG".


Sitting fairy progress keeper, handmade by me £0.75 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "SITTING FAIRY".


Flower progress keeper, handmade by me £0.75 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "TINY FLOWER".


Single butterfly progress keeper, handmade by me £0.75 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "BUTTERFLY SINGLE".


Shell progress keeper, handmade by me £0.75 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "SHELL".


Heart progress keeper, handmade by me £0.75 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "HEART SINGLE".


Set of four heart stitch markers, fit up to size 3.5 - 4 mm needles, handmade by me £2.00 plus postage. Four for the price of three offer on stitch markers and progress keepers, lowest price item free.  Tell me you want to purchase "HEART SET".  There are five sets of these available (I may be able to run to a couple more too if you are very keen!).

Prices DO NOT include postage.  I will calculate this and let you know what the cost is depending on where you live and if you are buying multiple items.

All sales are final, no refunds unless an item is damaged or faulty.

These items are also listed on Instagram.  It is possible they may sell before I can alter this page.  I am sorry if you are disappointed, but don't let this stop you making a purchase.  The first person to e-mail me will get to make the purchase.  My email is "love made my home  at  gmail   dot"   com (no spaces or quotes).

To purchase, e-mail me and I will send you a paypal invoice.  Once I receive your payment I will send the item within 1 working day and will e-mail despatch confirmation.

Parcels sent by Royal Mail, first class, no tracking for UK, air mail, no tracking for overseas.  You are responsible for any charges or taxes that have to be paid in your own country, these are not included in the price.

10% discount on total order for 2 or more baskets, bags or the picture.  Offer does not include stitch markers or progress keepers.

Buy four for the price of three for single stitch markers and single progress keepers - lowest price item free - does not include sets of stitch markers.  Does not include tea set stitch markers.  Does not include purchases of bags, baskets or the picture.

All items are photographed to reflect colours etc as accurately as possible.

If you wish to know the size of an item, please e-mail me.

I hope that covers all of that stuff.  E-mail me if you have any other queries.

Thank you for your support, I hope that you will enjoy your purchases!

Amy

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Reading My Books - Once in a Lifetime

I know, another Danielle book!  I promise though that the more of them I read the more I reduce the pile and eventually I will turn to reading other things.  The next group that I have selected includes another of hers I think, along with two by Maeve Binchy and another Agatha Christy and something rather left field, a book about Siegfried Sassoon.  So it will be a eclectic mix going forward.  I have already started my next book which is a book about Hygge.

You know that I much prefer the older Danielle Steel books, this one, Once in a Lifetime, was published originally in 1982 and it definitely shows that this is one of her early works.  In a good way.


The story is long, has a very short beginning and a very short ending, but the bit in the middle is good and tells a good story.  Of course as these books always are it is about loves hard fought for, lost and then won again.  This time the story of a writer Daphne Fields, her marriage and then other lost loves before finding her true love.  There is a good dose of tragedy - several in fact which wasn't so good when I was reading this as I was in the midst of my own tragedy - but things come good in the end.  In fact, thinking about it, this is basically one tragedy leading to another, unrelated, one!  The book also bears no resemblance to anything in the story.  I don't know what that is all about.

The book is set in New York with visits to Boston and then Los Angeles.  While I have never been to New York I could certainly picture it in my mind from the descriptions and could also easily imagine the small New England town that is described.  Very much, in my mind of course, like one we visited a few years ago when we went on holiday to Boston and New Hampshire.

In a way it is another silly formulaic story, but in another it is a nice gentle and kind read.  No bad language, nothing graphic and nothing awful and right now these sorts of books suit me down to the ground.  I have said before that I don't want my books to challenge me just for the sake of challenging me.  I have enough real life challenges to face.  This wasn't a challenge, it was comfort and that is OK with me.

Would you enjoy this book?  Yes, I think you would.  If you haven't given any of the older books by Steel a chance you should.  They really are different from the more current ones and are, I think, much better written with better stories.

What is happening to my copy.  Well this one is being passed to someone who asked to read it when they saw me reading it.  From there I know they will send it to the charity shop, and if I wasn't passing it to them that is what I would do with it.  Not because it is a bad book, but my usual space issue.  I enjoyed it once, but don't need to read it again.

At this rate I will be reading far more than I did last year, which I just went and checked on and I wrote 17 reviews for books I had read or listened to in 2016 and in 2015 there were 15 so things are increasing.  Perhaps I will get to 19 or even a magic 20 this year!  Overall I am doing more than the one a month that I have been hoping for.

I am two books down so far this year.  What about you?  How is your reading coming along?  Do share and tell us what is on your bedside table, in your bag or travelling along with you.

Amy

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Snowfall 2017

Thankfully - oh so thankfully!!! - snowfall is pretty rare in our part of the country.  I am thankful for this because we are just not set up for it and it causes chaos when it comes.  We are not set up for it because it comes so rarely.  A vicious, but understandable cycle.  When I have lived in places set up for snow it hasn't been a problem.

When we do get snow though, it does mean that I have to run out into the garden and photograph it likety split because it will, I hope!, be gone again very soon.  So on Thursday night when we had snow I hoped that it would stay until the morning so I could photograph it.  It did stay!  There wasn't much of it, but I noticed that the children of one of the neighbours found enough to make a surprisingly large snowman in their garden.

The snow only stayed until Saturday and although it had another go at snowing it didn't come to anything.  Since then it has been raining - a lot! - so it is now all washed away.  I thought you might like to see it though.

Now, those of you who get real snow should prepare yourselves.  To you, this will be nothing!!


I love how the snow settles on the garden ornaments.  Although the dragonfly isn't actually snowy, it just needs painting!  He looks snowy in this weather though doesn't he.


As the snow settles on things and then it warms up and melts this is what is starts to look like.

You can see from the grass that there wasn't really very much snow.

 

It does highlight the fact that time got away from me at the end of last year though and there is lots of tidying up to do in the garden.  Oh well, we will get there.  It isn't going to go anywhere is it!  Too wet to do it now though.



Thankfully yucca's are very hardy plants.  Although I notice this one has some grass growing with it.  Another job!


Too cold and wet to sit and enjoy the snow though.



I have been hoping, since I rescued this conical shaped pot from Man's house that some snow would land on it because I knew it would make a great photo.  Well I think it is great!  I was glad to see just a dusting.  Of course I will be more glad in the summer when it is full of plants and looking pretty!


So just a little snow, but better than no snow.  I am glad it came and glad it has gone again.  This is just enough for me!

Linking with Maggie at Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday.  Thank you for hosting us Maggie!

Amy