You guys, big news! As you can probably tell by the title of this post, I’ve opened a brand new Etsy shop. How exciting! Well, I say exciting… I actually mean terrifying and anxiety-inducing. But hey, anything that’s worth doing should scare you a little, right?
(If you want to skip right to it, then you can visit my swanky new Etsy shop HERE – and I’ve put an exclusive offer code at the end of this blog post!).
But first, a trip down memory lane…
Before I give you a tour of the new range, I wanted to tell you a quick story. Waaaay back in 2012, I was at University studying for a Masters in Chemistry. I loved my degree, but I was feeling creatively frustrated. My whole life was academic, with no structured outlet for creativity.
If you’ve ever read my About page, you’ll know that this frustration eventually lead to me starting my blog (negative experiences can open up great opportunities!). However, before starting the blog, I actually dabbled in selling my handmade items online. Specifically, I sold handmade bow ties. I was naïve, and still honing my sewing skills, but my bow ties were pretty good. I’d been making them for myself and friends for a couple of years, so I thought I’d try selling them online.
So, I opened up an Etsy store and also managed to get them listed on ASOS Marketplace. (I even sold a few through eBay… which seems very odd looking back!). I had a bit of success via ASOS and eBay, even landing a few bespoke wedding orders. But Etsy never really took off, and my motivation soon fizzled out to be replaced by my love of blogging.
So why am I going back to Etsy selling, half a decade later? Well, I’ve recently begun to crave new ways to connect with the fellow creative peeps out there. Rather than sitting behind a screen, I want to share my passions and creations with people in the real world! I’ve started on this journey via my workshops and seminars, but I wanted more. I thought that Christmas would be a perfect time to try this out! Zoom forwards a few months and here I am – launching my range of Christmas art prints. Woohoo!
My new range of Lino prints
Did you see the other week that I taught a Lino carving workshop? That was no accident – I’ve been learning and playing around with print making for the past year or so and I LOVE it. So, I joined the dots and decided to create a range of Christmas Lino prints. I hope you love them as much as I do!
Shall we take a look through the designs?
First up is my favourite design, Deck the Halls. It’s available in three colours (red, blue and green), so you can choose one that perfectly matches your Christmas décor. My fave is probably the red bauble – it’s the first one I designed, and I just love the Scandi-inspired pattern!
The next design is North Pole This Way. I had fun coming up with this one! I’m not even embarrassed to admit that I have used a compass to work out where exactly I can hang this in my home, so that the hand points true north. Yep, I’m THAT cool!
I’ve also got a personalised print for sale, called Stocking This Way. If you let me know your name during the checkout process, I’ll hand-stamp it onto the design. I think this one would be great for parents of little kids. Can you imagine their faces as they see a framed picture, with their very own name on it?! That’s Christmas magic right there.
Last up (well, until I release more designs soon!) is my Hanging Baubles print. I like the simplicity of this. Classic Scandi patterns printed in festive red and white; perfect for Christmas decoration. I’m thinking of releasing this in green and blue too, what do you think?
Hand-printed to order
Every single one of my prints is individually hand-printed to order. There are no digital copies and no bulk production. This means that I can make every single one completely unique, with subtle differences in texture and finish. If two people buy the same design, they will each have their own special characteristics. For me, that’s what buying handmade is all about!
I’ve also taken a lot of time to find the very best materials to make my prints with. The inks are high quality oil-based pigment inks, which ensures a deep and lasting colour. The paper is locally made in Britain, from G.F Smith – I’m a bit obsessed with their beautiful paper, and for good reason! I use 280gsm paper, which is nice and sturdy. No flimsy stuff here!
A special offer for blog readers!
As a special offer for you awesome readers, I’m giving you an exclusive 10% off if you order a print before December 1st. Just use code BLOGREADER. Not only that, but the first 10 orders placed will also receive a FREE Christmas card and gift tag set, so you can pass on the festivities to a friend. It’s a double win!
To make sure you get this limited time offer, head on over to my Etsy shop and order your fave design now.
Thank you so much!
Whilst you’re here, I wanted to say a big fat THANK YOU. I probably don’t say this enough, but I really appreciate each and every one of you who reads my blog, or follows me on social media. I hope you like my new prints as much as I do, and that you choose to hang one in your home this Christmas! Honestly, there’s nothing more fulfilling than someone trying one of my DIY projects, or (hopefully!) buying one of my creations.
So, thank you. 🙂
…now go buy one of my prints! 😉