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ASIDE: JAPANESE KNOTWEED IS IN THE NEWS ……

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spring time and the japanese knotweed is looking very healthy!

spring time and the japanese knotweed is looking very healthy!

Just been watching the BBC morning news, and was amazed that they were featuring the problems of Japanese Knotweed – it is a rampant weed round here – and some lenders are refusing mortgages to properties that have it in their garden.  There is also talk of a fine being levied on householders who don’t make efforts to eradicate it ………

I have it in my garden!  It has spread from the hillside below – altho’ I have been uprooting it steadily for years, its well known that only a tiny bit of root can sprout and its back again.  Botanically its actually an amazingly resilient plant, and was originally intentionally introduced into this country over 100 years ago to stabilise railway embankments.  The roots go down and down and down!  (Up to 3 m according to the man on the tv.)

Until recently, no one ever expected to be able to get rid of it,  the only thing you could do was pull up the sprouts as soon as they pushed thro the earth.   But all of a sudden there are companies making good money spraying it and promising that it won’t reappear.  Actually, I don’t believe it.  I have built bonfires over it and it still comes back.

They are now recommending getting a digger into your garden – disrupting all your plants – I can still grow veg and flowers in my garden, altho’ as I’ve been ill this year, the garden is looking pretty rough.  I’d better go out and pull out as much of the knotweed as possible – I don’t intend paying for a digger!

I wonder how much its going to cost the council to try and get rid of it – are they going to try?  There are hillsides full of it.

Oddly enough, I did read something somewhere that said you could cook the young leaves and eat them – like nettles and spinach.  Does anyone know anything about this?

Coincidentally, honestly, a couple of days ago, having been selling my photographic greetings cards last week (see previous post),  I was playing around with the idea of uploading digital files of some of my photographs onto etsy.  They have a service for people to buy them as digital downloads, for a fraction of the price of a print.

Most people sell landscapes or “pretty” pictures, but because I had been looking at a set of digital photos I had taken up the hill last spring and wondering if they would be worth printing up, the first digital download I chose was the one above – of japanese knotweed.  If you click on the picture above, it will take you to my etsy listing – its only £3!

PS:  Updated on 6 July 2015:  Because of the VAT MOSS mess – see my post on this – I decided I’d better take down all my digital photos on Etsy – so this is the only place you will find this photo for now!

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The cards I found after my excavations – see previous post!

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set of 4 xmas cards

After more excavations in the stock room, I had to give up, because it would have entailed pulling out so much stuff to get to the other boxes, that I just didn’t have the energy!  However, I did find a box of mixed cards that I used to take with me to craft fairs etc – so this is the set I chose to sell as Xmas Cards.

They are not obvious Xmas cards, but I used to use them to send out to people at xmas, and people really liked an alternative to the usual Merry Christmas emblazoned type cards, and, besides which they often framed them afterwards – smile.

My best seller was the log fire card – bottom right, and as I don’t have quite as many of those as I do the others, I thought I’d offer them as a set, but not promise 5 of each card.

You may notice that ‘fireside’ is similar to the red teapot card – that’s because they are two crops taken from one large format negative – they were taken old style, on film.  I took a whole roll of the still life set up I created around my living room fireplace – and for some reason, on some of them, the film slipped slightly, and I got double exposures – which I liked better than the original sharp photograph – so I chose that one to print!

I originally printed the whole image as an 8 x 6″ postcard – which is also still available – and only later, when I was choosing images to print as greetings cards did it occur to me to split the image.

I am selling the 4 cards above as a set of 20 for £6 – that’s 30p a card, and is definately less than it cost me to produce them!

While I was at it, I decided to offer a set of 10 randomly selected cards from the rest of the range for £3 – also 30p each. These are some of the cards available in that set – the only reason I haven’t included all of them is that I couldn’t find a grid template big enuf to take the rest of them! 9 of my other cards

All the cards are 5″ square, blank inside and printed on really good card, with nice, good quality coloured envelopes.

The reason I have put them up here is that the cards do not show up large enough in the email I sent out to my customers on Saturday, so I thought I’d direct them here so they could see them properly.

However, having done so – if anyone else would like to buy any – please get in touch  – julz@julzweaving.plus.com

You can pay with paypal, which makes things easier.

“Enuf Already” of the sales pitch!  I would be interested in any comments, positive OR negative about the cards – feedback is always useful.

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CALENDAR COMPETITION

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Before I write anything else

I have just spent some time trying to work out how to increase the  font size of this blog, because its too small to read easily.  However the editing panel seems to allow me to do anything BUT increase the font size – EXCEPT BY USING PARAGRAPH STYLES AS ABOVE –  so I suggest you use the view drop down list on your browser to ZOOM IN.  (Is anyone knowledgeable enuf to tell me how to do it?)

Calendar Competition INFO

I had a few thoughts about the Calendar Competition I mentioned in the previous blog – the first one is that,  if you don’t read thro’  the whole blog, you wouldn’t notice it!  And secondly, whilst you might be happy to copy this blog to your friends, its probably easier to ask you for direct referrals on the form below.

So briefly, as I have lost all the email addresses of my previous customers, that I used to send you newsletters, telling you about new stock, special offers and to direct you to more information on this blog.

Ironically, I’m going to have to use the blog to tell people about the competition, but I will be able to compile a partial mailing list of recent customers, as well as going thro my ebay & etsy sales records that are still current enuf to be on the sites, but it will take a few days to do that, so for anyone who reads this blog ………

I need your help!

Could you please fill in the form below if you know anyone who would be interested in receiving my newsletters, and the craft equipment & supplies – for spinners, weavers, felters, knitters, quilters, dressmakers, soap makers, bakers, and other crafts that I cater for.  Current stock is listed on ebay and  etsy,   clicking on the names will take you to the sites.

I thought I’d offer prizes for

the 3 people who refer the most email addresses – but please don’t flood me with junk emails etc – I will check with each of the addressees you give me to make sure they want to be on my mailing list.  As I am trying to rebuild my mailing list, could all past customers who would like to be on it, fill in the form anyway, whether you want to refer your friends or not, and if several people give me the same names, that’s fine – I will still count the number of referrals you give me for the competition!

My customers are worldwide, so please fill in the form wherever you live, and you can refer anyone in any country.

You have my PROMISE, that this mailing list is only for my own use and will never be shared or sold to anyone else.  You can ask to be deleted from the list at any time.

The 3 Prizes

I have two calendars left of a short run I had printed of my own photographs – taken mostly of the Brecon Beacons area in South Wales – sample scans of a few of the pages shown below.

(NB: scans of printed material are always awful!)  You can click on the pictures to enlarge them, and there is a third picture on the previous blog…..I can’t work out how to put the pictures side by side, so I won’t put that one in………you’ll recognise it anyway!

I also have a t-shirt printed with the january snow image – so there are 3 prizes – the first winner can have a choice.  The competition will run until Sunday 10 February, but you can still use the form any time after that to make referrals.  

In addition, when you next order, please remind me you filled in the form and I will add a small gift to your order.

january

january

april
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referral form

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!……please also have a look at the updated ABOUT JULZ page, which gives you information about how to get combined postage rates over both sites etc etc……

All the best for 2013

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