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Some ‘British’ Gift Items, and Garden Ornaments

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It’s been lovely weather this last week, and I’m afraid I have been spending all my time in the garden, and haven’t been thinking about posting anything particularly craft based.

And, of course, I watched the Royal Wedding on TV on Saturday!

There are loads of ‘souvenirs’ on sale for the event, and it reminded me that I hadn’t got around to listing some of my new stock on julzcraftstore.com, where I also sell an eclectic mix of gift items.

Some of these are just for fun – and altho’ none of them specifically relate to ‘The Wedding’, I have a few ‘Union Jack’ bits and pieces that fly the ‘British flag’ and are often bought by my international customers.

You can find them listed in the ‘British Category’ of Julz Craft Store – HERE

I also sell a few garden related items, and have recently re-ordered some of these rather lovely small garden ornaments.

Prices range from £12.99 – £17.99 – and you can see the full information HERE

Where did the lanterns go?

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LANT52_001You may remember my original attempts to sell this lantern direct on this blog – see these posts!  My first attempt –   and the result!   Well – it didn’t work!  For a time I did list this one on etsy, and sold a couple of them before someone reported me to the administrators, who took the listings down.  It was a fair cop – smile – because I sell craft supplies in my etsy shop, and whilst they allow some of my gift items to be listed, they are really there to promote people who make craft items – and these are obviously not made by me!

It was another reason for me to create my own site – which by now many of you will know is JULZ CRAFT STORE.  The link is actually to the search results for lantern (it doesn’t work if you put ‘lanterns’ in the search box, because I didn’t use that word as a tag), and if you go there, you will find all the details you need, including the prices.  They range from £19.99 to £44.99.

These are the one’s I’ve listed, and I hope you might like to have a look and maybe even buy one!  They can be used indoors and outdoors!

 

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5%offOPENINGcelebration – your coupon expires on 28 March – use it now!

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blackshopcardJust a reminder that I am offering a 5% discount for ANYONE who places an order on my new retail website

JULZ CRAFT STORE

An Eclectic Mix of Craft Supplies, Gifts and ……

please click on the link above to if there’s anything that you might like!

Your coupon – 5%offOPENINGcelebration – can be redeemed at the shopping cart.

I SELL WORLDWIDE!

 

Garment Labels for your Handmade Craft items

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I have just spent a couple of hours putting the 9 designs of these machine embroidered iron-on labels into one listing  here on etsy and I thought I might as well put them up here so that you know they are available!  They are also listed on my new retail website here on JULZ CRAFT STORE .

You can use them for dressmaking, knitted garments and any other handmade item – if adding a name or writing to them, please remember to use a permanent marker pen, as ordinary pens will smudge in the wash.  If you don’t want to iron them on your carefully made item, you can sew them on – or even tack them onto a wooden object!

There are four labels in each pack – which sells for £3.99 – and available to buyers in the UK and Worldwide.

If you are buying them from JULZ CRAFT STORE – do remember to use the coupon code – which is on the right hand information area on this blog, so that you get your 5% discount.  Yes I know its not much, but if you are on my mailing list, I have sent you a coupon for 10% off, and once you have put in a order to my new website, you will get a coupon code for 10% off your next order!

Have Fun!

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julzcraftstore.com is now live! Go see!

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This website, with it’s accompanying blog, is NOW LIVE!

This post is a copy of the one I wrote on the new website.  It looks prettier there!

So, it’s only fitting that I write this post from julzcraftstore.com, and copy it over to my other blog – julzcrafts.com.

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This is your first order Coupon Code

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Please copy and paste it into your order on the Shopping Cart Page – if you don’t add the code exactly as it is, it won’t work!

It really has been an experience, setting up a new website, without knowing what I was doing – both technically, and with the constant question – will anyone actually buy from it!  I’ll find out the answer to the question very soon – smile.

The Good Stuff!

There are over 100 items for you to choose from, and lots of GIFT IDEAS.  I hope you will be able to find something useful that you like.  Go See at JULZ CRAFT STORE.

There are also a few oddities:-

please read this as it will save you some confusion!

When you come to fill in your address, either on the Shopping Cart page, or in the ‘My Account’ Page – for some reason it doesn’t give you a scroll down list of Countries to pick from.  Please start typing the country, and it should autofill – if it doesn’t, just enter the full wording.

Please note that for the UK, Great Britain or whatever you would normally use, you have to start typing United Kingdom, as it won’t accept any of the other names.

The same goes for USA – start typing United States of America – it should autofill before you get all the way thro’!

There is nothing I can do about it, and as the Shopping Cart Page is a standard fixed page, I can’t edit it to tell you to ‘Start Typing’!  I had trouble with this feature myself, and so have the friends I have asked to test the site! 

Also, there is no “Continue Shopping” prompt – but don’t worry, you can add as many items to your order without visiting the shopping cart each time!

 

Trying to help you find what you are looking for –

Because there are so many listings, it’s difficult to know how to make it easy for you to find them,  especially when you don’t know what I stock!  I have sorted them into a growing number of  CATEGORIES. 

In fact, many of the listings fit into several categories, and so they may seem to have got duplicated.  I have given you suggestions on how to find what you are looking for on THE STORE page.  If in doubt – you can always get in touch with me by clicking on the TALK TO ME page.

Trying to give you the best postage rates –

As I wrote in my previous blog post – copied here from julzcrafts.com – I have racked my brains to find a simple AND fair  way to charge for postage/shipping.

I have settled on Flat Rates for all 4 shipping zones – UK – Europe – and Royal Mail’s International Zones 1 & 2.

I have had to set them to cover postage on small parcels, so in some cases, the postage will be more than you should pay, and in others it will be less – and I will make a loss!

I don’t want to be unfair – so if you reckon that your order could fit into a large envelope, please contact me BEFORE you pay for your order.

I should be able to reduce your final total on the order, as long as you tell me your name, and country, before the order is confirmed.  If not, and you have already paid, if you let me know, I will refund you the over postage through Paypal.

Similarly, I’m sorry to say, that if your order happens to be very bulky or very heavy, and be far more expensive to post that the Flat Rate, I may contact you and ask if you are prepared to pay a little extra for the postage.

However, most of the time, you will probably find that the Flat Rate is near enough to the actual cost of the postage, or even less than it should be, and I won’t bother contacting you about it!

If you have any problems using the Site

please TALK TO ME!   

I EXPECT I HAVE MADE SOME SPELLING MISTAKES OR LEFT SOMETHING OUT OF A PRODUCT DESCRIPTION – JUST LET ME KNOW IF YOU COME ACROSS SOMETHING THAT DOESN’T LOOK RIGHT SO I CAN FIX IT!

 

 

I look forward to hearing from you!

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julzcraftstore.com will be live on 28 February

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This is a copy of the email – newz from julz – that I sent out yesterday to the several hundred people on my mailing list.

If you’d like to register for the

10% off all orders coupon

and email updates on my mailing list, please see the instructions below

 

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After a really long build up – it’s taken me ages to put it together – my new website
 
will be up & running by 28 February – a year after the landslip!
 
as you are already on my mailing list, I will be sending you a coupon code for
 
10% off all orders to celebrate!
 
Anyone who isn’t already on my mailing list will get a chance to register before 28 February.
So if you know anyone who’d like to get the 10% off offer – let them know!
 
They can register thro my blog – julzcrafts.com
 
by filling in the questionnaire HERE
OR
 
If they keep an eye on the blog (julzcrafts.com) they will find a coupon code for

5% off all orders

 
when I finally take julzcraftstore.com live.
 
I look forward to seeing you there!
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Hmm – some of the spacing I put into this post hasn’t worked – sorry about that – it makes it more difficult to read!