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Welcome to 2015!

NB:  This week I am following a “blogging101” online course to learn how to blog more effectively.  
Please bear with me while I do my daily assignments, I obviously don’t usually write daily posts and if you are fed up with them – don’t read them – smile!  On the other hand, you might like to comment and let me know how I’m doing!


Today’s assignment is “Introducing Yourself” – so here goes ….

Firstly, you can actually find a fair bit about me by looking at the “About Julz” page, (see the link at the top of this page) which I have written to give my usual customers an idea of who they are buying from.  Today, I thought I’d write something completely different!

Tilly, my 6 month old "kitten" in the garden

Tilly, my 6 month old “kitten” in the garden

So let’s start off with a pretty picture – not its not me!

One of the things I have difficulty with these blogs is how to arrange my pictures to fit in with the text.  I’ve just had to delete that picture and add it again, so it goes in the right place! (I hope)

This is Tilly.  She was a farm kitten who I fell in love with, and asked if I could have her – the family were happy to give her to me because they had too many cats already, but because she was virtually feral, it took ages to catch her, and she jumped out of the box several times!  I was worried that she’d get loose in the car when I drove her home, but luckily she settled down, the drone of the engine and the awful music I was playing probably helped.

She wasn’t used to being handled, and scratched like mad when I tried to pick her up.  Obviously, she was frightened.  As soon as I got her home, I decided I’d have to shut her in,  to make sure she didn’t run away immediately.  I chose the bedroom, and had to keep her in the box while I prepared a food tray, and the other kind of tray for her.  Just as well I did, cos she immediately ran under the bed, where I couldn’t reach her, and didn’t even touch the food until I’d left the room to give her time to settle down and explore in her own time.  And of course, she didn’t know what the litter tray was for, so later on I have to clean up after her!  I was actually feeling guilty for taking her away from her ‘family’, her mother and the rest of the kittens, and thought maybe I’d done the wrong thing.  However, she was 16 weeks old, so she was weaned, and was old enough to leave the farm.

Well three months on, I’m so glad I got her, and I think, so is she – she’s sitting on the bed as I type,  and has happily explored the garden, made friends with the chickens, well not friends, but they all have a healthy disregard for each other. The chickens chase her away if she tries to eat their food!  She even comes in when she’s called – tho she does love to play the game of going out again just to make me open the door and look for her!

I can’t use a cat flap yet cos I’m still not sure she wouldn’t wander too far and get lost, as the garden backs onto the hillside of the valley I live in.  Its an ex-mining area of South Wales, UK, and although the mines are now gone, when I first came here, 30 years ago, it was common to see men looking like they’d put Khol around their eyes – the coal dust was difficult to wash off!  The miners strikes of 1985 and Maggie Thatcher finished all that.  Just for info, these are two of the postcards I published about the miners strike.

1985 miners strike - sign for the food distribution centre - people contributed because by that time the strike had gone in so long that they literally couldn't afford to feed their families.  I thought is was amusing that the bin was just next to it!

1985 miners strike – sign for the food distribution centre – people contributed because by that time the strike had gone in so long that they literally couldn’t afford to feed their families. I thought is was amusing that the bin was just next to it!

The "ALAMO" picket shelter  - so named because it was the miners "last stand"

The “ALAMO” picket shelter – so named because it was the miners “last stand”

That’s all for today, hope you liked it!  Oh, and if you want to see what I sell, just click on any of the “personal links” underneath my photo on the right hand side of this blog.

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All my xmas & general photographic greetings cards are now available to anyone -please see last post


My Flash Sale has now ended, and I will be posting out the orders today – thank you to everyone who participated.

FireHaving got all the boxes down and set up an area where I can put orders together, I thought I might as well keep these on sale – HOWEVER – AS WELL AS ORDERING THE SETS AS SHOWN, YOU CAN ALSO CHOOSE WHICH CARDS YOU WANT FROM EITHER GRID, AND THE QUANTITY YOU WANT.  (Grids are on the previous post)

All cards will be 30p each, when bought direct from me only.  Please email me at julz@julzweaving.plus.com with your order – I haven’t named the cards here (you can see some of the names in the tag list below)  but its probably easier to just give me the positions in each grid – No 1 Grid is the Christmas Card set – No 2 Grid is the General Card Set.  ie: No 1 grid, line 1, card no 3/  No 2 grid line 3, card no 1 – if that makes sense to you!

I will email you back with the total cost, including postage to your country, and if you accept this, I will put together a paypal invoice for you.  Cards will be sent out as soon as possible after you have paid.  (Should anything go wrong your payment will have all the protection of the paypal system.)

Just for info, I have put together the set of 2 fireside greetings cards and the original 8″ x 6″ postcard on etsy – you can see it here

Please feel free to share this post, as this offer is now open to anyone who sees it, now that club members have had first dibs – smile!

(I will let you know when you order if any of the cards become out of stock, or unreachable – smile – reference to my excavations – see last 2 posts)

I loo forward to hearing from you

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


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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