Exciting Times and Small Offer

To say I have a lot on at the moment is a bit of an understatement. Between life, love, cats and Coffee, I barely have time for crafting right now!

I’m preparing to move house, which is why my social media presence has been a bit spotty lately. My living room at the moment is a mess of boxes, bags, drawers sitting on top of their houses, papers, books and all kinds of other bits and pieces! Still, no reason to let that disrupt business as usual, right?!

In more exciting news, Etsy has a new look coming! If you’re already on Etsy, you’ll probably have heard about this. (And if you haven’t, are you not reading your emails??) There will be a new store front, and pictures will be more important than ever. Including a cover image, which will span the top third of your computer screen when you view your shop, all the way across, and will be the first thing customers see!

Daunting, no?

I have a small, secret offer on, though. (All my offers seem to be secret lately, hmm…) I figure with so many Etsy sellers who have trouble making stuff in PhotoShop (or GIMP, or Canva, or…), I should offer my amateur services to the community. πŸ˜€

So, with every order of Β£25 or above (before postage, after discounts), you can request a full sizeΒ cover image through a convo (with the same account you used for the purchase). By full size, I mean the full 3360×840 in 72dpi, i.e. screen resolution at full size.

If you want more than one cover image, or one that can change with the seasons, send me a convo and we’ll discuss the fee (order size).

Note that a logo is not included in this offer, so if you don’t already have one you want to use, I’ll put your shop name in one of the premade fonts I have available.

This is a great way to get both a new look for your shop and a gift for yourself or others at the same time!

Members of the Craft Britannia or Brighton Etsy teams get first dibs, so if you’re in one of those, make note of that in the convo. πŸ™‚

What Do You Think You’re Doing, Victoria?!

So I desperately need rings. DESPERATELY. Rings, rings, rings. I need to buy them right now.

Ok, so secretly I’m (shh!) planning on going to one of my best friends’ wedding. She’s across the Pond (no, not Amy, don’t be silly. The Big Pond, the… fine. The Atlantic Ocean), and I have procured a barge and everything!

I wasn’t originally going to go, airfare is really expensive after all, but then I heard there will be tacos at the reception! Who can resist tacos, am I right??

However, now I’m thinking… what if someone sees me? I’m not supposed to be on another continent! Even for a wedding! So I need hush money, and quick.

This is where you come in.

I have shared this with you, yeah, just you, so that you can help me out. I don’t need much, most people are falling for my “I need rings” excuse, but you know the truth. You know that a wedding featuring a battle and a TARDIS cannot be ignored. (And the tacos. Don’t forget the tacos!)

Just for you, I have set up a massive discount code in my shop. So I’m not even asking for free money, see? I’m giving back to the community!!!

You can use the code SHHHH (that’s fourΒ Hs) at checkout in my Etsy shop to get 20% off! And you only have to spend Β£15 to qualify!

Quick! I can feel them coming… they might see this blog post… hurry!!!


Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the whole weekend too!

Yeah, ok, so this is a bit of a promo post. But still!

I’m offering 20% off all orders over Β£10 on my Etsy shop this weekend, and if you’re nice to me I might extend it to custom orders too. πŸ˜‰

“Your Etsy shop,” you ask. “Where do I find that?”

Well, my dears, you can just go to www.victoriaxsol.etsy.com and voila! You’re there! πŸ˜€ All you need to do is input the code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout and you’ll get your 20% off until the end of Cyber Monday (the 30th). (Actually, knowing me, I probably won’t turn the code off until Tuesday morning, so do try your luck then as well. πŸ˜› )

Have fun shopping, and do check out the rest of Craft Britannia’s deals as well! πŸ™‚

Monday Morning and discount offer

You’re probably generally better off checking this blog on Mondays, to be honest. If I do update when I’m supposed to – Sundays – it will be there, and if I do my procrastinate-until-Monday-morning thing then you’ll catch that as well. πŸ™‚

I’ll try to do better, but no guarantees!

I had a very restless night last night so even after one cup and a bit of Coffee, I’m still not quite there to regular humanity. I suppose this is how most people feel on Monday mornings, and what’s meant when people say they have a case of “the Mondays”. I’ll count myself lucky that it doesn’t happen more often, even though I have in fact arrived at the point where I don’t feel “right” until I’ve had Coffee.

Who’d’a thunk that I’d end up a slave to the Coffee god, eh?

Anyway. This week I’ve been making Pride keyrings. What do I mean by that? Well, one is a rainbow one, to go with the rainbow flag used for LGBT Pride, another is based on the Bisexual Pride flag, and the third is a Transgender Pride one.

Keyrings in pride colours

For all your Pride needs.

You can find them in my Shop.

I had a lot of fun making these. I love working with colours and I love making chainmaille, so using coloured jump rings is perfect. Next will be rainbow bracelets, when I can get my hands on big enough quantities of rings! πŸ™‚

A little while ago I ordered some jewellery displays – one bust for necklaces and one fake hand. Yup, I got a severed hand. Mannequin hand, but it looks quite realistic if you don’t look too closely.

Mannequin hand on top of a jewellery bust

It's gonna get ya!

You know it’s going to strangle me in the night. Hmm, maybe that’s why I had such restless sleep last night…

The bust is beautiful though, and I’m looking forward to using it for photos. +10 professional straight away.

And now the part that people who only read the title and skimmed the rest have been waiting for – the discount code. 10% off purchases of Β£15 or more. Use the code BLOGOFFER at checkout. I haven’t set an expiration date for this, so use it as much as you want. πŸ™‚

And with that I shall sign off for another few days. Who knows, maybe this will be the week I finally get around to posting the Byzantine tutorial! Check back on Thursday. πŸ™‚