A little bit of this and that ... part 2 !

Following up on last weekend's post about some of the stuff that I got up (that wasn't work related), I thought you might like to see what I've been up to this week !

My children's school will be having a Jubilee Street Party (in the playground) this Friday and all of the children need to dress up as either Kings or Queens or in red, white & blue (as you do !)  The smaller children have been asked to make a crown to wear on the day, and there will be prizes for the best crowns.  Here's our entry ...

How handy that I happen to run a craft supplies business !

I'm thinking that maybe it looks more like a Pope type of hat - but hey, it's the taking part that counts !!

Now - I'm afraid that I can't let this blog post be published with at least some news of what's new on the website !

This week we took delivery of a FAB new range of buttons !  We've got ...

JUMBO buttons - measuring a whopping 83mm 

Cute Scottie Dog buttons

Fun Flower buttons

Beautiful Bow buttons !

Also, we've managed to restock the bucket bags that we trialled a little while ago.  Now available in 8 different colours (the same as our purses), they're perfect for embellishing with needle-felted designs, buttons, ribbons, felt flowers and loads of other stuff.

Keep enjoying the sunshine peeps !

A little bit of this and that !

Today I thought I'd do a blog post about what I've been up to, rather than boring you all with what's new on the website.  

Don't get me wrong, I love telling you about everything that's going on with Blooming Felt (and I do have some VERY exciting news that I need to tell you about soon), but sometimes it's nice to read about what people get up to outside of the "day job" !

So, this weekend I needed to drop a couple of orders off to local customers (service with a smile and all that!) and on the way back home, decided to pop into a Craft & Antiques Centre in Battlesbridge.  It turned out they had a Vintage & Makers Market on at the same time

 Lots of classic cars were parked up at the back, along with the most fantastic 50's music blaring out of loud speakers - I felt like I'd stepped into the Grease film set !

Whilst in the marquee I spied one of my very lovely customers, Claire of Beautiful Things by Claire Mackaness (that's Claire at the back - Grace is doing her modelling thang at the front!)

So, after having a chat with her and treating ourselves to a couple of her lovely goodies, Grace and I took ourselves off and had a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake .... as you do !

Mr Postman also delivered these 2 books this morning (is it wrong to get totally over-excited about books ?)

Image of Homespun Style

Image of Bazaar Style

If you're a regular reader of this blog you'll know that I'm looking to do up our sitting room this summer, so these books will provide lots of inspiration.  They're what Ally Pally Ali calls "coffee table" books !  Well, seeing as how I don't have a coffee table, they'll be my "bedside table" books instead !!  

So, that was my Saturday.  Sunday news tomorrow !!

Welcome to the Farmyard !

This little piggy went to market ... but got lost along the way.  
He somehow managed to find himself in a little box in Blooming Felt's Shedquarters and is now looking for a new home !

Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken ... lay a little egg for me !  
This pair have also found their way into our Shedquarters and they too are looking for new homes !!

Come see our little farmyard animals - available to buy in our Craft Kits section (NB.  You'll be buying the kit ... not the finished articles - it's up to you to make them all your own !!)


Postage increases - BOO, HISS !!

Yes folks - it has happened.  Royal  Mail have, as promised, increased their postage costs which does of course, unfortunately mean that online retailers such as me have to also increase our postage costs because if you don't, you lose money (not that I make any money on postage at all), but if you do ... you risk losing customers.

So, after a lot of umming and ahhing I had to take the decision to increase our postage costs in line with Royal Mail's increases.

There is good news though !  We now have a 2-tier band of postage costs.  If your order value is up to £9.99, then you'll still get our low FIRST CLASS postage rate of £2.25.  If your order value comes in between £10 and £49.99, then you'll pay a flat rate of £3.50 for First Class delivery.  And if your order value is £50 and over, you'll get FREE delivery !  And of course, EVERYONE is eligible to get Loyalty Points on all orders placed with us (you just need to make sure you've set up a little account thingy with us).

So maybe it's not so bad after all ?

Right - that's the boring stuff out of the way !  Today at Shedquarters (on top of despatching all of your lovely goodies), we've been thinking about that word that begins with C.

I know, I know, I can hear you shouting now.  But really ... in the crafty world of buttons, ribbons and all things felty, you really do have to start thinking about these things now !!  The other reason we've been thinking about this particular event is because once again, we'll be exhibiting at the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London in October and all of those lovely customers LOVE to see our  ideas and stuff to make for Christmas !!  (more about Ally Pally in another blog post though)

We think we've pretty much got our ideas sorted out - now we just need to make up some samples and check they're going to actually work, before placing orders with our suppliers for all of the components needed to put into the kits !

Oooh - one other thing I wanted to tell you about .....  Alongside our Facebook and Twitter pages, we have also signed up to "Pinterest".

 If you're unaware of this particular website, it's a sort of giant pinboard where you can "pin" photos of all of your favourite stuff !  It's really good !!  Why not pop along to our page and see what's inspiring us right now ?  www.pinterest.com/bloomingfelt . You can also "pin" any of our products to your own boards direct from our website - just click on the "pin it" button beneath the product descriptions !  This is a great little tool if you want to share your own likes, inspirations, remind yourself of where you've seen stuff.  Go and try out it ... but be warned, it's a bit addictive !!


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