On-Demand & Marketplace Weekend Offers

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Most of the other sites I sell on have offers on this weekend, so here they all are.

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There’s different offers every day – today it’s all those above + free worldwide shipping. There will be new offers every day until Wednesday so keep checking their site if there’s something you want.

ZAZZLE
There are new offers every day for the next week with up to 65% off. Keep checking their site to see what the new offers are.

SPOONFLOWER
Fiber Monday is coming with free shipping worldwide on everything! Should be no code required, just check the site on Monday.

LULU
Get 25% off my 5 year diaries and Kawaii Japan book with code KTP4. Can only be used once per customer.

REDBUBBLE
15% off my stickers with the code SAVE15

NOT ON THE HIGH STREET
There’s up to 40% off selected products until midnight tonight.

DAWANDA
12% off all my products today, and then in different categories for the next week.

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And don’t forget there’s free shipping worldwide in my own shop all weekend!

Free Shipping Worldwide All Weekend!

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Obviously I love all my customers, but I have extra appreciation for international buyers who have to pay such extortionate shipping costs. Offering free shipping every Black Friday is becoming a bit of a tradition at Asking For Trouble so I’m doing it again. I can’t promise your package will be delivered by rocket but it will be cute.

Just use the code FREESHIPBF14 at checkout any time before midnight on Monday and you won’t pay a penny for shipping, anywhere in the world! All products are included in the offer, even sale items and heavy things so It’s a great opportunity to pick up some Christmas gifts or a treat for yourself.

However, do note that some large and heavy orders will be sent Second Class or Surface Mail so may not arrive in all countries for Christmas. Then again, I sent something surface mail recently and it only took 2 weeks so you never know!

If you have a customer account make sure to check the cart page for an extra offer on top.

I’ll be back later with a round-up of offers from my on-demand partners. There are some pretty great ones so far!

New Things

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I should really be spending my money restocking my current products but the temptation to order new things is often too strong. In store now is a new updated version of my Cookie Cute badge set which now includes sad bitten cookie alongside the happy boy and girl cookies. At £2 a set, they make fun festive accessories or great little gifts. Don’t want them all? No problem! Just order pick ‘n’ mix style (sad cookie isn’t shown there but you can totally ask for him).

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I’ve been working on Jammie Dodger wooden brooches for a while now and they were intended for Valentine’s Day, but that’s aaaages away so he’s in the shop for Christmas too. I’ve hand-cut tiny felt hearts to make these brooches extra special and they’re only £8 for a limited time. After Christmas, they’ll be £10 each but there will be cheaper painted ones too.

Look who's almost ready for the spotlight :)

And yes, there will be a Black Friday offer happening over the weekend. Sign up for my newsletter if you want to be the first to hear tomorrow! I’m sure there will be amazing offers from my on-demand partners too and I will share those on Friday as they happen.

New Digital EU Tax Laws

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Some of you may have heard that there are new tax laws coming into force in the new year, which will require all non-EU businesses to charge VAT in each country’s local tax rate on all digital products sold in the EU. In order to do so, UK businesses are basically being forced into registering, charging and paying VAT on all digital and physical products and services regardless of whether their income reaches the threshold for VAT (mine currently does not come close). Naturally small businesses like mine are rather worried about this and many are just giving up and removing their digital products.

While I really don’t want the hassle of registering for VAT, I don’t want to stop selling digital books, zines and patterns either. I’ve been doing some reading and have found there are a few ways to legally avoid this headache.

The easiest will be to no longer sell to customers with EU addresses. That’s pretty unfair for those customers, but will likely be the only way to keep your files on sale in online marketplaces and on your own blog/shop. Many sites are coming up with ways to help you refuse orders by address so check with the sites you use.

The other option is to sell via a reseller. My ebooks on Amazon, Apple’s iBookstore and Lulu are sold to the customer by those companies, who then pay the appropriate taxes, including the new ones, take their commission and pay me the rest.

I will likely be doing a mix of both. Prices will likely have to rise so I would advise you buy any of my zines and sewing patterns that you’ve had an eye on before the end of the year.

Even if you don’t live in the EU, or don’t buy or sell digital products, please spread the word and make people aware of how unfair this is to tiny businesses. The hashtag is #VATMOSS. There’s a reasonable chance they will add a threshold if enough fuss is made, and a very big chance that they will extend this tax law in future to cover physical products too. That will affect you as many companies will have to start charging VAT on everything they sell.

Here’s a few links that I’ve found helpful.

This page by Rachel Andrew is collecting useful info and resources.
– She also has a good overview on her own site.
Tips for continuing to sell patterns online by The Giddy Knitter
– #VATMOSS on Twitter will get you lots more links and info

If you sell zines or patterns, I’ll have another post up soon, explaining how to get your files up for sale on Lulu, Amazon and/or the iBookstore so that you don’t have to shut up shop.

Project Window Seat

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You may remember this photo from my last post about hanging pictures. Moving those pictures left my window area really empty and I was thinking of making a window seat to fit there. Well, I asked my dad to help, and it is happening!

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We saw this HOL storage table in IKEA, which was the general idea of what I wanted, but with a foam cushion on top covered in my fabric of course! I could have just got that table, but it was a bit cheap-looking and probably too high as well.

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Instead my dad went away and drew up some ideas, and this is what he’s going to build. Isn’t it amazing? You can see where I get my drawing skills from. It’s got handles on the sides so I can move it around and the lid will be hinged so I can store stuff inside. It will also have a fretwork panel on the front.

Got my Spoonflower swatch of ottoman rib - it has a really cool ribbed texture. Probably going to use this on my actual ottoman/window seat.

Around the same time, I noticed Spoonflower were selling a new limited edition fabric called Ottoman Rib, which obviously sounded ideal, so I ordered a swatch. It’s got a really cool ribbed texture and is designed for upholstery so it would make a good choice. I think I will go with my Sewing Pins design, but possibly not the black, unless it fades less than Spoonflower’s blacks usually do.

Anyway, I will post more progess at it happens, but I would love any ideas and tips on how to make a cushion for the top, or any ideas for making it even more awesome. Covering a thick piece of foam shouldn’t been too difficult, and I can perhaps add some velcro to keep it attached to the lid. Exciting!

Weekend Wrap Up

Dinner's ready!

No, I didn’t run off to Japan for dinner – I made this curry and bunny-shaped rice myself! It’s a kit from Blippo that I’ll be reviewing on Super Cute Kawaii this week. I can’t even remember anything else about this week. What have I been doing? I have no idea. Packing a lot of orders, I guess.

News, Offers and Reminders

  • I’ve put a few 5 Year Diaries in my shop for immediate shipping, if you’re outside the UK and missed out on a Christmas pre-order. There’s a new pre-order batch for UK Christmas (or New Year international) delivery and some ex-display diaries going cheap too.
  • 30% off my spiral-bound diaries and Kawaii Japan book at Lulu through Monday with the code FLASH30 .
  • New offers all the time in my Zazzle store - sign up for their mailing list or check the coupons page.
  • 50% off my stickers at Redbubble, if you buy any 6 designs!
  • I’ve posted my last order dates for Christmas delivery

Cross Stitch Kits In Store

Kawaii Breakfast Cross Stitch

Remember my cute cross stitch collaborations with The Bellwether? The breakfast kits haven’t been available since Claire semi-retired, but she’s helped me to put together a small stack of them to sell myself. Each breakfast kit contains the charts for all four characters, plus fabric and threads for one character of your choice and needle, instructions etc. They’re very easy so great for some stitching in front of the TV or to give as gifts to a new stitcher.

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I’ve also got just a couple of these Christmas pudding ornament kits too, complete with wooden ornament to stitch on. Perfect for your Christmas tree!

All the characters are available as PDF charts too, so if you’ve already got some supplies, you can get stitching straight away!

Tiny Frames

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I bought these tiny 3″ frames in IKEA* a few weeks ago, because CUTE and also £1.50. I had no idea what to put in them, so I had a trawl through my photos and ended up going with these two, from my first and third Japan trips. The frames are a really weird size, so I just printed the images out myself on to photo paper.

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The frames are wide blocks of wood so they stand up by themselves and you can stack them or put little things on top. I’ve been moving them around the place like ornaments so hopefully they will remind me to keep saving to go back to Japan next year!

*The frames are called Tysslinge, but they’re not on the website.

Penny Black Opens Today!

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If you’re anywhere near the West End of Glasgow today, you need to pop into Penny Black, the new Post Office, cafe and gift shop that opens today! I got a preview at the weekend and it looks amazing, and not just because of my branding designs. That signage cost us a lot of sleepless nights but it looks so good.

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Also exciting – seeing a logo you designed on stacks of coffee cups!

CAAAAKE! I got to try the caramel cheesecake- amazing.

It’s worth going just for the cheesecake, which we got to try. On the left is Tunnock’s teacake and the right is tablet, but there are loads of unbelievable flavours that could be there when you visit.

Good luck to @pennyblackgla who open today! You'll find a few of my characters there :)

The gift shop side is equally awesome, with tons of cool cards and indie gifts. You may spot a few familiar characters!

Please do visit if you get the chance, not just because they’ve put in so much hard work, but also because if Penny Black is successful, maybe more Post Offices will think about doing something exciting in future, rather than shoving it in the back of a horrible barely-stocked Costcutter, like where I live. There’s a great feature on STV that’s worth a read and shows off more of the shop and stock.