Monthly Archives: November 2012

FELTED SOAP – A CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA FOR YOU TO MAKE

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It’s even nearer Christmas, and Xmas Trees are now going up – a brief reference to my last post, the special offer about adding some sparkle is still on, so have a look.

If you’d like to try your hand at creating a few really individual gifts that don’t take too long to make, and don’t break the bank, why not have a go at felted soap?

         

Its really easy, and you can use any soap you like – whether scented or not, commercially made and bought from the supermarket, or handmade – or even a combination of small ends of bars!  You can also get the kids to help and turn it into a play workshop.

Felting soap is also a very practical way to use soap – the felt cover will shrink to fit the soap as it is used, and keeps the soap clean as it absorbs all those sticky bits left after use – as well as adding a soft but slightly exfoliating surface.

You don’t need much wool fibre for each bar, and quite a few of you will have odds and ends that you have been looking to find a use for – all kinds of wool will felt, and you can mix them for this project.

However, if you do want to buy some merino tops to use – please do have a look at my listings on ebay – I  currently have a few auction lots starting at 99p that will end on sunday, (I may add a few more during the next few weeks) as well as plenty of reasonably priced cream merino top     that  you can find here.

As a club member I can offer you a pot luck 50p mix of coloured merino tops to use to decorate your felted soap with.  To claim this special offer, with any purchase you make from my ebay listings, please ask for the ‘pot luck 50p mix‘  before you pay, and I will send you an amended invoice.  All combined purchases you make on ebay are charged at a fixed rate of £2.50 (2nd class) & £3.50 (1st class) for packages that weigh up to 750 gm for UK customers, and I will also keep postage to a mimimum for overseas customers.

I was going to write my own instructions, but a quick search on the web came up with two really excellent links.

The first is a fully illustrated web page with step by step instructions for felting bars of soap, and gives you plenty of ideas – click here to have a look.

The second gives you instructions on how to make decorative felted pebbles of soap – click here for more ideas.

Talking of unusual soaps I also sell picture soaps and solid shampoo on ebay and am about to list a few more – like this frankincence scented dove slice.  2dove soap frank

I also have some very nicely packaged selections of silk and merino fibres that are suitable as gifts that are available on both ebay and my etsy shop.   Click on the names to get to them – you will find different selections of stock on each site.

If you want to put together an order that includes items from both sites, you are welcome to order them direct and I will even give you a discount if you do!  Just email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com.

So happy felting, and don’t get too frazzled before christmas!

All the best

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IT’S COMING ON CHRISTMAS, THEY’RE CUTTING DOWN TREES….

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That’s a quote from an old Joni Mitchell song, which has been running thro’ my head in the last couple of days – and you really can’t miss the signs of  preparations for the festive period at the moment – not least the bombardment of pre-xmas emails encouraging you to buy … and I’ve just sent one out too ….. and hopefully you’ll find something among my craft stock that will catch your eye!

Please click on these links to see the full ranges – ebaymy etsy shop 

I don’t list everything on both sites, there is some overlap, but there is a different range on each site.   If you want to put together an order that includes items from both sites, you are welcome to order them direct and I will even give you a discount if you do!  Just email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com.

I’ve bought in a job lot of mixed coloured merino tops – suitable for felting and spinning – these are just a couple of them   which I have put on as auction listings on ebay (85solway) – so go and have a look – they’re all starting at 99p – and if you win a few lots,  don’t worry about postage, because I always cap the postage at £2.50 for all packages that weigh up to 750 gms (2nd class UK only), so buy as many items as you want, from any of my listings, and make sure to ask me for a revised invoice so you don’t pay any more.

I also have some fixed price listings for merino & silk fibres.

HAVE  SOME SPARKLE ON ME!

As a special offer for Club members, anyone buying unpackaged fibres – there are also some lovely mixed selections packaged nicely enough to give as gifts–  will get a bit of sparkle to add to the mix – have a look at the listing for trilobal fibre which is a transparent nylon fibre that reflects back the light and gives a sparkle to any  yarn you spin, and can also be added to your felt or incorporated in paper making.  I will add a small amount into you package FREE!  (It goes a very long way!) Please ASK for this by quoting the title of this blog!

I have also put new items up on my etsy shop – if you’re getting into baking for xmas, there’s a range of silicone bakeware, including really great oven gloves and silicone baking mats, chocolate moulds etc.  The cake moulds can also be used for making soap. 

I’ve also added a new “About Julz” page so you know who you are buying from, and the Club Notice Board is available for any notices you want to put up, including adverts for xmas  fayres, or things you want to sell.

LAST POSTING DATES FOR XMAS – please keep in mind these are the dates that Royal Mail say they can guarantee that items will arrive before Xmas – there’s usually a bit of lee-way in them, and if you do order late, I will do my best to get stuff out quickly, as long as you pay 1st class postage.  If you are sending items on as Xmas presents, then please allow the corresponding extra time.

UK DATES:

2nd class & Recorded Delivery – Tues 18 December

1st class & Recorded Delivery – Thurs 20 December

Last Date for Special Delivery – Sat 22 December

Parcels – Thurs  13 December

INTERNATIONAL DATES:

Airmail to Asia, Australia, Far East & New Zealand – Wed 5 December

Airmail to Africa, Carribbean, Central & S America, Middle East – Fri 7 December

Eastern Europe, Canada, USA – Mon 10 December

Western Europe – Wed 12 December

I can also offer overseas customers a special service.  If you are buying a present for someone in the UK I will happily send it direct to their UK address, giving you the added advantage of only paying UK postage, and knowing it will get there more quickly than if you have to send it yourself.  I will also add a note in the package to say who its from and of course will not enclose the invoice!

I look forward to taking your orders – smile!

Don’t get too frazzled or overspend this year – just enjoy yourself!

all the best