Well – that didn’t work did it!

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My previous post  

An Experiment – Buy this Moroccan style Lantern from this page …..

has had no reaction!  No one has asked me about the payment scheme, thro a paypal button on the actual blog post, nor have any of the team working on it got in touch with me to help out/answer my questions……

I suppose I was a bit too ambitious – I should have started with an item of small value of which I have plenty, and which is so light that it can be posted for about the same cost to anyone anywhere!

Am having a think about that!  Any suggestions?

LANT52_002In the meantime, the lantern remains unsold, and if you are in the UK and would like to buy it – you can still try out the paypal button.  I will refund you if there are any problems with the system.

In the meantime, I  have put up listings for two different lanterns – I only bought one of each

on etsy – click here to see it

and on ebay – click here to see it

I also have a couple that I haven’t listed yet – smile

An Experiment – Buy this Moroccan style Lantern from this page …..

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LANT52_001Ever since WordPress announced that they had added a Payment Button to allow people to buy direct from a blog post, or allow Charities to take donations on a fixed page – I have been intending to try this idea out.  Having tested it in a draft page, it seems that they have a long way to go to make it a totally useful service.

Has anyone had any experience with using it?  I’ve tried contacting the team that were working on this project, but I haven’t had much luck in finding them.  It probably works within very specific parameters, but I would like to find a way of selling some of my craft supplies directly, to any of my readers, whatever country they come from.

And there lies the problem – there is no facility for listing different postage rates for various countries.

SO – This listing will show the price, inclusive of postage, for UK readers only.  You will need a Paypal Account to buy, as when you click on the payment button, it will take you straight thro to Paypal – altho you may of course use any credit or debit card.

Moroccan Style Lantern : height 32 cm, width 16 cm, depth 17 cm

A very pretty Brushed Metal and Glass Table Lantern – each side has a different colour glass which should give you some nice effects. Use a tea light candle inside the lantern.

£27.95

I only have one of these for sale, so as soon as someone decides to take the plunge – I will try and make sure that the system doesn’t stay active!

I do have various other versions of these Lanterns, and some lovely gift items I’ve just got in, and will see how this works before I try selling any more items here – but you can find most of my stock for sale at my shop – julzcraftsupplies on etsy.

Christmas Fabrics are back!

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You may remember that I said that some of my stock was in storage after the landslip.

I finally managed to do a day trip to Ystalyfera to check the house last week – I’m not allowed to stay overnight – health & safety – and for once I agree with this measure!

I also managed to collect my stock.  Thanks to everyone who gave me a hand, my local councillor included, who is keeping an eye on the house for me, Gabe, Lara & John, and Bruce who provided cups of tea – smile – and especially my cousin whose help was above and beyond!

It was still very tiring tho’ –  I could hardly walk the next day – and I have just about surfaced with enough energy to list the fabrics on etsy!   More stuff to come, but this is just a quick post to show you what is now available!

 

I also have a few more, that somehow didn’t end up in this collage.  As you can see not all of them are specifically festive – prices vary – all are 100% cotton.

For the moment I am listing more stock on etsy than ebay  simply because I was able to retrieve the information on my old listings, and could just renew them!  I appreciate that a large proportion of my customers usually use ebay, but at the moment, it would cost too much to list nearly 100 items there too, as I have had quite a long break from online selling.

However, if you don’t want to register with etsy, you can still have a look at the listings there – and are welcome to buy direct – all transactions go thro’ paypal, which will give you the same protection.

For my Readers, all over the World – a re-blog of “Winding Yarns into balls by hand”….

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nostepinne woundI’ve been checking my stats recently to see how many people have been visiting the blog and where they come from and what posts they are reading – yes I can tell all that with one click!  (But be reassured, I can’t tell WHO it was, so you’re secrets are safe – smile)

I can honestly say that my readership is WORLD WIDE!  I think I have had readers from almost every country in the world – lots of you are, of course, from the UK, but almost as many are from the USA, and all over Europe, and recently quite a lot from Australia, China and India.

I’ve noticed that, apart from my post about the Ystalyfera  Landslip,  which someone else must have publicised on social media, without telling me – (over 100 hits in one day!) smile – the most searched for post is this one: Winding Yarns into balls by hand – with or without a nostepinne which is also listed under the i/sheets tab (an archive of my ‘information  sheets’ or free tutorials – which I haven’t kept up to date lately, by the way!)  And by now,  you must have realised what that picture on the right is doing on this page.

Anyway, to save you the trouble of looking for it,  I thought I’d just repeat it here for those of you that are interested – and as I have only just sold the last nostepinne I had, and wasn’t actually going to buy any more in at the moment – this is NOT a sales ploy! (But do have a scroll down to the previous post – smile!)

Originally posted in August of 2015 – 

HuH – I can’t find a way to copy the whole thing after all, but this is the most important stuff – especially the video!

This is a very useful tutorial I found via Sheila Dixon’s Hand Spinning News, which has a video that takes the mystique out of how to use a Nostepinne, or any useful stick, to allow you to wind hand spun yarn, or just oddments of wool into tidy balls, manually.

It is copied directly from Roving Crafters – she calls them “cakes” – and she says on her blog that it can be freely copied – so I have!

How to Hand Wind Yarn Into a Cake

Winding warn cakes Confession #1:

I like to wind yarn. Its fun. Its an excuse to play with my yarn and when I wind up other knitters’ and crocheters’ yarn (I’ve been known to do that) I get to play with their yarn too. But its more than just play time. A nicely wound yarn cake will save you headache and frustration and make for a more pleasant knitting and crocheting experience.

A yarn cake sits flat on the table. It has a nice easy end to draw out of the center. If its done right, the yarn won’t tangle up and the cake won’t flop or bounce around. A yarn cake as a great and wonderful thing and nearly every yarn shop in the world will wind up your yarn into a cake with their ball winder.

But you don’t need a ball winder to make a yarn cake. You just need a stick. A dowel will work. So will a broom handle, a fat knitting needle, or the empty tube from your next roll of toilet paper. If you want to be fancy-pants about hand winding yarn, you can get a nostepinne. But only really hopeless yarn-geeks bother with those.

Confession #2: I own three nostepinnes.

I also own a ball winder but sometimes I make yarn cakes by hand and not just for fun. If I only have a small amount of yarn, say 50 yards or less, I wind it into a little cake using a small nostepinne thin stick. That works out much better.

 

 

 

 

Wooden Christmas Tree Decorations – new stock on etsy

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I love these new Christmas Tree Decorations – machine made but hand finished – and you can also use them as gift tags for your presents.  You can leave them as they are, or paint the ‘unpainted’ ones, glue on some glitter, weave ribbons thro’ them – or anything else you can think of.

 

They are also value for money – unpainted ones come in a pack of three, painted ones come in a pack of two – all packs are just £2.50 each.  Listed only on etsy – you can find them by clicking on these links:    unpainted              painted

Also, new in, a mix of small animal and others shapes – as blackboards to use at home, in your workplace, or as signs for items if you are selling at the xmas markets or school fairs and charity functions.  You can find them HERE.

 

 

And back in stock are the popular soap cutters – find them HERE

 

 

If you don’t want to register with etsy to buy anything you see there, you are welcome to send me a message thro the contact me page – see also the buying direct page – and I will send you a paypal invoice.

A great tutorial for making a wooden coat hook rack

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Read or guide on The Knowledge

Isn’t this a beautiful piece of yew!  I found this tutorial on the site of a firm that supplies equipment to serious woodworkers, as I subscribe to their newsletter.  (At one time I got really interested in wood turning and was hoping to make my own drop spindles and other spinning and weaving tools.)

This not an advert for them, but it is a great tutorial – made a little more complicated than it needs to be because they are showcasing the tools they sell, but if you are a lover of wood, just take a little gander at the intricate way this useful coat hook is made!

Or should I just say – “and now for something completely different”!

Here's how

Full Details HERE