Saturday, 10 November 2012

Where is November going?

A quick update as November seems to be whizzing by!

Folksy news: I am updating my folksy shop today with a small range of gift wrapping essentials for the festive period.  Go and take a look!

Amazon news:  I contributed a pattern for handmade gloves (that's them, in the bottom right hand corner of the image above!) to Alison McNicol's new book, Learn to Knit.  You can browse user photos, read reviews and buy your copy here (this is not an affiliate link, but only because I'm a bit pushed for time to learn how to do them!).  After having received a copy myself, I can confirm that the projects in it are super-straightforward for learners of all ages, and go way beyond your usual scarves and blanket squares learn to knit projects.  Handknit robot, anyone?

Etsy news:  Well, not strictly Etsy news, but my jolly red and white gift tags (which are available to buy here) have been featured on UK Handmade in their Christmas Showcase, and also on Cuteable, so go and have a browse of both and check out the fantastic homemade gifts and needful things for your festive home which are on offer this year.

Zine news:  I've been working on a new zine about my favourite books, which is very very nearly ready.  It was meant to be a wedding gift for two of my friends who also love books (although, doesn't everyone?) and  they got married last week at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, after their Central Park wedding was hurricaned off.  So we are off to see them next week (not in New York, unfortunately) and I am determined to give them their present in person.

More zine news, and it's sad news this time.  Marceline has decided to put Pushpin on hold for the forseeable future.  Hopefully it's a temporary hold, but in the meantime, do please go and have a look at some of the fantastic zines you can buy over there.  She stocks all of the Answers on a Postcard series, of course, but I can also strongly recommend work by Neil Slorance, Sarah Royal and of course, everything by Marceline herself is a great read.  She will continue to blog about her love of zines at Pushpin, and hopefully the shop will be back sooner rather than later.

Shipping news: I'm off on my holidays next week, so won't be able to post anything from Friday 16 to Friday 23 November, but I will keep my shops open and answer all emails, convos, messages etc while I'm away.  Last international shipping dates for Christmas arrivals are as follows, so please order early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday 5 DecemberAsia, Australia, Far East (including Japan), New Zealand
Friday 7 DecemberAfrica, Caribbean, Central America, Middle East and South America
Monday 10 DecemberCanada, Eastern Europe and USA
Wednesday 12 DecemberWestern Europe

If you're in the UK, you have a little bit longer, until 20th December at the absolute latest.  If you want to place an order but aren't fussed about waiting a bit longer, my shops will remain open throughout the Christmas and New Year period, and I'll be making trips to the Post Office on days when it's open.