It’s that time of year again – but this year the Royal Mail have not only upped their prices, they’ve once again changed the way I can send my parcels.
For the past year or two I have been able to send my lightweight international packages at the airmail letter rate as opposed to small packet. This was because the Royal Mail made a slight boo boo in their pricing structure (they hadn’t included a maximum thickness in their letter rate guidelines). To cut a long story short, I was able to send packages that weighed no more than 100g using the letter rate as long as I included a piece of personal correspondence (which helpfully could be a thank you note).
Now that the new prices have been published, the Royal Mail have been able to fix their mistake and all packages that are more than 5mm thick must be sent at the small package rate.
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Yes this makes sense – sending an item of jewellery at the letter rate sounds odd but it was within the old guidelines and I knew that this would be updated when the new prices were released. It’s just so frustrating. A pair of earrings weighing no more than 50g now costs almost half of the item price to send overseas. It just seems unreasonable to expect my customers to pay £3 more for postage than they had to a couple of weeks ago.
So what to do? Unfortunately this is the only reasonable method of posting my items abroad so I just have to hope that my customers will be understanding enough to fork out the extra postage costs.
As a thank you to my lovely customers I am offering a coupon code until the end of April for 15% off everything in my Etsy shop. Simply use coupon code RMSUCK at checkout. Yes it’s an immature code, but use it and enjoy!
My Tartan Cross Stitch Earring giveaway has ended!
Photo by Chuck Rogers on Flickr
Congratulations go to Isobel L. who has been randomly selected as the winner! Isobel will shortly be receiving her own pair of custom handmade cross stitch earrings featuring the Erracht Cameron tartan.
Would you like to receive a pair of custom tartan cross stitch earrings for yourself or as a unique gift for a friend? Then get in touch – I just love custom work!
Avid followers of my blog and/or shop will know that I have started creating tartan cross stitch earrings. These miniature pieces of art are created by cross stitching the tartan pattern and mounting it onto antique silver frames and matching earwires.
I want to expand my collection (I only have three tartans at the moment!) but I’m not sure what the most popular tartans would be.
This is where you come in!
I am offering a free pair of custom tartan cross stitch earrings, stitched in your own family’s tartan. What a unique prize (if I do say so myself!)
Here is what you need to do:
- Click on the giveaway button below to be taken to the giveaway entry page.
- Tell me what your family’s tartan is. This may require a little research on your part and obviously not everyone will have a Scottish name. However even if your own name isn’t Scottish, you may have Scottish ancestors so I am happy for you to enter a substitute name. The point being I just want to find out what the most common tartans will be!
- You can also submit additional entries by following the steps on the Rafflecopter website (e.g. follow my blog, like my Facebook page etc)
This giveaway will be open for entries for one week – ending at midnight (BST) on 21 July. The winner will be announced on Monday 22 July and it will take me one week to create the custom tartan earrings.
In the meantime you can find my current offering of Tartan Cross Stitch Earrings right here. Remember you can use Coupon Code CIJUK10 for 10% off everything in my Etsy shop until the end of July.
Thanks in advance and good luck!
So it’s another week and I’ve been taking things a little easy on the crafting front. However, I’ve got 101 different ideas to try out so I’m ready to jump straight back in!
This week I am planning on finishing off my basket weave scarf (which I’ve been taking a ridiculously long time with) and starting on some new cross stitch ideas. Let’s face it, the weather is finally improving so I should probably put the knitting needles to one side for now. Saying that, I do want to start going to a local knitting night – there are a few pubs in Edinburgh that seem to hold regular knitting nights. I just need to build up the courage to pop along (I’m stupidly shy when it comes to these things!!)
One of my new ideas is to create Cross Stitch Tartan Earrings. Not sure how it’s going to pan out but I’ve ordered the threads to create a Flower of Scotland Pattern so I’ll probably have an update on that next week.
I’ve also just finished some more Heart Cross Stitch Earrings and they’ll be going into the shop in the next day or two.
I recently knitted a pair of baby booties for one of the gals at work and I think they would be a great wee seller so I might try knitting up some more – they’re truly adorable! I might need to take another crack at the matching hat though – this one looks a tad small!!
I think that’s all my news for now. I’m sure I’ll have more of an update once I properly get back into things this week! Enjoy the Bank Holiday Monday if you’re getting the day off. Sadly I’ll no doubt be typing away at work by the time you’re reading this!