I joined a new site recently so you can send my designs as personalised greetings cards. You’d think the last thing I needed was another on-demand partner, but cards have always been a bit of a problem. Society6 & Redbubble don’t allow me to upload a size specifically for cards and Zazzle’s shipping costs can be a bit crazy outside of the US. Thortful fixes all those, with custom designed cards that can be shipped out the same day with affordable shipping everywhere.
I ordered a card to test the quality and it was all very simple. You just choose your design, add your own message in a choice of fonts and have it sent either to yourself or directly to the recipient. I chose my bee and added a pun-tastic birthday message, but you can add up to nine lines of text so plenty room for a personal message. If you order before 2pm your card is posted the same day and shipping costs are extremely low – just 64p for the UK and £1.30 worldwide.
I ordered after 2pm so my card shipped the next day and arrived the following day. It’s posted in a paper envelope so mine was a tiny bit creased but nothing too noticeable. As you might have guessed from the whimsical name, Thortful are also concerned about the environment and all cards and envelopes are made from FSC certified and 100% recycled papers and card. The card has a nice matt finish and the colours were correct and bright. At a larger A5 size there’s plenty room for family and group greetings and makes it very affordable at £2.99. You can also choose to have a blank envelope included free of charge.
Once you’re signed up you can earn credits for referring friends and add important birthdays and events in your account to be sent a reminder, plus save your favourite card designs to buy later.
Currently I can only have 20 designs available so it’s a mix of new characters and popular favourites and I’ll change them up seasonally. If you fancy ordering something you can get 50% off your first card with the code TTSHUVNO.
Since I was visiting Japan on my own and for three weeks, accommodation was going to be a big expense so I spent a lot of time shopping around. I eventually booked the Dormy Inn Tokyo-Hatchobori, an apart-hotel not far from Tokyo station and situated right on the river. To save me dragging my big suitcase around, I booked it for the whole 3 weeks, even though I’d be spending 6 days traveling around Japan on my Rail Pass. Annoyingly, because I booked my flight at the same time, I can’t tell you how much it cost, but it must have worked out at less than £50 a day.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as the reviews were a little misleading in places but I was very happy with my stay. My room was small but with a queen size bed, desk, table, kitchenette, entryway and tiny bathroom with shower. There was also excellent aircon and a humidifier and the free wifi was pretty fast and available everywhere in the hotel. The hotel itself is a little bit old-fashioned (you still get an actual key) but everything was clean and the staff were all super nice.
I don’t seem to have been doing much this past week – just working away on blog posts and secret projects. My sashiko kit finally arrived and I love it, except that it’s so fast to stitch I have to only do a little bit a day or it would all be finished in an afternoon.
Current Shopping Offers
- 60% off gift wrap, gift tags, cards and ornaments, 40% off ribbon and 20% off everything else in my Zazzle store through Monday with the code JULYXMASDEAL.
- $5 off + free shipping worldwide on all t-shirts at my Society6 store today.
- Get $10 off your first order at my Society6 store with this link.
- I’ve got a few things in the Not on the High Street summer sale, with up to 50% off cards, organisers and stamps.
- Ongoing offer: buy any 6 small vinyl stickers from my Redbubble shop and get 50% off.
- Repeat customer offer: 20% off all Summer Fun products. Just login and check the cart page for the code. (How do you become one? Just buy place an order in my shop and you’ll have the option to create a customer account for exclusive monthly offers!)
News and Reminders
- There are still some bargains in my Summer Sale including 40% off polymer stamps and some slightly flawed seconds.
- Free wallpapers and printable planners for August will be available soon. Join my mailing list to get them emailed straight to you in future + more offers.
- There are two awesome giveaways running at Super Cute Kawaii just now – a YumeTwins subscription box and a Fuzzballs meowgical prize pack!
I haven’t been buying that many zines this year but I picked up some great ones over the last few weeks.
I came across Jonathan Edwards‘ art on Tumblr while I was in Japan and really loved it. He has such an interesting watercolour style and a lot of places are instantly recognisable to me. I picked up his sketchbook zines when I got back and they’re so nice to look through.
You can buy them from his shop along with prints and more.
I first met Emma at my zine workshop so it’s great that she’s still making zines. This is a PDF zine about her first trip to Japan on a guided tour ten years ago. My first trip was pretty similar and a couple of months earlier so it was really fun to read. It’s a total bargain at £1.80 so go download a copy from Emma’s Etsy shop.
Neil also came to my zine workshop and it’s been amazing watching him grow into a local celebrity for Dungeon Fun, Doctor Who and his political cartoons. It’s been a while since he published a personal zine (his travel zines are all great) so I ordered this immediately. It’s a nice little collection of comics about tortoises, dating and games and it’s cool to see him trying out different styles and page layouts. I hope he does more soon. Get it from Etsy.
Bought any good zines lately? I think I need to put aside a zine budget and go shopping soon.
Today is Free Shipping Day at Spoonflower where you can order as much fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap rolls as you like and have it shipped anywhere in the world for free! It started yesterday so you’ve only got 5 hours left to buy.
I’d be delighted if you chose any of my designs and I’ve been adding lots of colourful new patterns lately. All my cut and sew coin purses are available now too.
Don’t forget that Spoonflower now has a German office so EU order shipping only takes a couple of days without any risk of customs charges – hurray! If you order any of my designs, tag me in your photos.