Thank you so much for all your orders this weekend. This was the scene on Monday afternoon – it took me almost six hours to pack and ship everything, definitely the busiest day ever at Asking For Trouble! It was especially nice seeing all those not quite perfect brooches and things going off to new homes.
A few notes on stock
- Busy Bee Organisers are almost sold out. I will have more in about a week, but that’ll be too late for Christmas delivery outside the UK so grab one now if you need one.
- Seasonal Fruit & Veg magnets are totally sold out. I’ll be ordering more, but probably not in time for Christmas. You can still buy the postcard versions though, or sign up to be notified when the magnets are back in stock.
- Anyone waiting for a 5 Year Diary – it will ship on Thursday! If you’re outside the UK, order a diary by December 8th and I will ship it out on the 9th, while stocks last (email me if you want to check first). UK pre-orders will ship on the 19th as stated in the listing.
And finally, one last offer before Christmas – free gift wrapping on any product! If you’re buying gifts, I can save you some time and even send your gift direct to the recipient. Or if you’re treating yourself, you can make it extra special, all for free. Just choose from four of my gift wrap designs and leave the rest to me.
Happy December! I made it through a whole year of free desktop wallpapers. I did have my doubts but I managed fine. Here’s a snowy calendar for the last month of the year. I hope we get some snow!
As always, it’s available in two sizes for desktops, and also in a non-calendar version, if you want to use it other times of the year. As an end of year bonus, you’ll also find a snowman wallpaper for iPhones included! You can download the whole lot right here.
I will probably come up with a different monthly challenge for next year but you can find all the previous wallpapers and lots more freebies on my Free Things page.
I know shipping costs are getting super pricey for my international customers so this weekend I want to say thank you and cover the costs myself. Yes, that’s free shipping worldwide all weekend on orders over £10. Get shopping now!
If you’re outside Europe/USA/Canada, make sure you order by Sunday evening so I can get your order posted on Monday as that’s the last date for Christmas delivery.
The Sample Sale has been very popular in the last 24 hours but there’s still some great bargains – grab them quick as they’ll be gone after Monday whether they sell or not!
Plus, keep an eye on my Week of Sales post as I’m updating it with new offers as I see them, including 50% off at DENY Designs!
Zazzle have been sending out tons of offer emails recently and I have been amazed to discover new products I hadn’t heard about yet. The most exciting was definitely lamps! I’ve started adding designs and you can buy most of them on both table lamps and pendants. You can even pick your own trim and base colours, plus the shades are available in a few types of material.
The lamps have US plugs and shipping is probably a killer internationally, but I still really want one! Prices start at $42.95 for a table lamp and $89.95 for a pendant, but keep an eye out for deals.
The so-called biggest shopping weekend of the year is coming up so here’s a quick hitlist if you want to plan for some bargains.
Over at my own shop, I’m doing free worldwide shipping all weekend, plus a pretty exciting Sample Sale full of prototypes, ex-display stuff and slightly flawed things. I’ve got some really good bargains and one of a kind cuteness lined up. Both these offers will officially start on Friday, but my mailing list subscribers will get early access a whole day in advance so sign up now if you want to get the first look!
My on-demand and marketplace shops are all doing offers and some have started already!
From right now until the 8th of December, you can get 12% off items in my DaWanda shop. It’ll be different categories every day so check daily if you’re after something specific.
Zazzle started their Black Friday sale last week, which is particularly confusing. I guarantee they’ll be doing some absolutely mental deals by the end of this weekend so sign up for their newsletter or follow them on social media to get the latest offers.
There’s free worldwide shipping through Monday at my Society6 shop and they’ve just added kids t-shirts and onesies to the range in a variety of colours.
DENY Designs have 50% OFF at the moment, ending at 2pm UK time. After that you get 40% off and so on. Check the site for the current code.
I may not be the most organised person when it comes to buying Christmas gifts, but I am very organised when it comes to making my own wishlist! Mostly because it’s a useful thing to have available all the year round for barter and birthdays and surprise post. Here’s a few things I’m wishing for this year.
Above: Gola x Tado Fuji bag | Dandelyne DIY miniature hoop necklace | Paperchase bunny USB keychain | Muji touchscreen gloves | Merry Happy Studios BuBear Plush
And a few things for my home: James Brown Beaufort Scale print (all his prints at Renegade were amazing) | Wyatt Design Rocket City Cushion | Camila Prada storage jar | adorable bunny ceramics by the ever-talented Jen.
If you’re planning on buying me a gift for Christmas, check out My Wish List!
This week has been CRAZY. Thank you all so much for your orders! I finally had a chance to properly unpack my new arrivals yesterday and get them in the shop. Meet Mr Banana, who you may remember from the seasonal fruit charts. I can’t deny I had these brooches made purely for my own amusement, but hopefully you like them too!
Also new, 2014 calendar magnets. I only really make these to give to my family and friends at Christmas so there’s only a few available. I also had the calendar printed on postcards, which you can buy in packs of 5. I’ll be putting a free postcard in most orders too ‘cos I’m nice like that.
And finally, Cookie Cute ornaments, hand-sewn by yours truly, and ready to cute up your Christmas tree. I only have a few of these as I’ve not had the time to sew up more.
I’m currently planning a Seconds & Samples Sale, since I have a small box of not quite perfect things. If you want to hear about that, and my Black Friday weekend offers, before everyone else, make sure you’ve signed up for my newsletter. I only send them out every couple of months and you can unsubscribe at any time if you get sick of me.
(Also a small reminder that if you live outside the UK and want a 5 Year Diary for Christmas, you need to get your order in by THIS SUNDAY).
Being a web designer who specialises in Shopify stores, I’m pretty lucky in that I can make changes to my own shop whenever inspiration strikes. I thought I’d share some of the places I’ve found good ideas that can help you get your own shop primed for the holiday shopping season – there’s still time!
Shopify provide a free online Store Grader tool that anyone can use, whatever ecommerce solution you prefer. It grades you on things like SEO, social networking and usability.
What did I change?
- Added 3 smaller ad boxes underneath the main slider to highlight things like free shipping and Renegade.
- Fixed a few missing alt tags.
Google Analytics / Shopify Reports
Shopify have a simple report on the dashboard with visitor info, sales breakdowns etc. which is great for seeing which products are popular and which sites/social networks are worth my time. I’m also happy knowing all my work writing blog posts is worthwhile since it pulls in the main proportion of my sales! Recently, I’ve been checking Google Analytics more often, to get more specific details on referrers – this guide was really helpful.
What did I change?
- Started to add ’featured on X’ links to my product pages.
- Expanded my online advertising since it gets good results.
- Changed the footer to show best selling products.
- Made a search-engine friendly page of all my licensed products.
- Plus, made a note to get into Pinterest a bit more since it brings in the visitors.
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If you’re a fan of my cute cookies then you should check out the giveaway over at Twinkie Chan’s blog as one of the prizes is a cookie brooch and polymer stamp. There are tons of prizes to win so it’s definitely worth a few moments of your time.
Some other random bits of news:
1. All the polymer stamps are back in stock, as are ghost brooches and Bread Slice brooches.
2. The ghosts brought some hilarious new pals with them and I am dying to share.
3. Cookie Cute wrapping paper is ALL SOLD OUT. I still have a few gift wrap sets, but once they’re gone that’s it until I redesign it sometime next year.
4. If you live outside Europe, Canada and the USA, then last shipping dates for Christmas are scarily close. Don’t leave your shopping too late!
Also, Black Friday is coming very soon. Last year I did a free worldwide shipping offer and I am probably going to do that again, unless there’s something else you would prefer. Let me know what would tempt you to make an order – free gifts, big discounts, something else?