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Well, I’ve been keeping this one very quiet for the past couple of months but I’m so happy to share with you all that we are expecting a baby boy due in August! Honestly, my heart is already filled with so much love and we can’t wait to meet our baby boy.

What does this mean for my shops? I’ll be taking a year out to look after a tiny human being (I don’t think I can run them on 0 sleep!). So I’ll be having a sale next month as I need to make space and raise some funds before I go on maternity leave. I’ll be closing my shop at the end of June as I want to take a well-rested break as much as I can before the baby is due. My Society6 shop will still be running though, so if you’re looking for gifts and homeware things have a look here.

I’m sure I’ll be spamming you all with lots of baby photos here and on Instagram.

Until then, keep your eyes out for my sale in my Etsy, Folksy and Urban Makers shops.

Thanks again for reading as always and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

So you may have heard that on Monday 11th April, Etsy have increased their transaction fees from 5% to 6.5%, that’s a rather big increase considering that this will definitely hurst small businesses like myself. I have therefore increased the prices so that I am able to cover myself. Some Etsy sellers have decided to strike this week in protest of the hike in the fees, however, I’m not taking part in it as I fear it will make a dent on my profits.

Dorothy and Belle on Twitter are transparent about their profit and what Etsy takes.

It’s something I didn’t want to do as I want to make my work accessible and affordable which it always has been, whilst at the same time Etsy takes a huge chunk of what I earn hence the rise in prices. Don’t get my wrong, I have enjoyed using Etsy’s platform as it has allowed me to test products out and to get my work out there to a larger audience. I have probably shut myself into a tight position as I no longer offer shipping to international customers- no thanks to Brexit- and, admittedly, it has been rather quiet over the past couple of months. See this post from Kittygorian on Instagram, the post explains clearly what the increase in fees mean for Etsy sellers and customers.

I’m going to be quite frank here but say if I sell a postcard I make no money from it due to the fees. And if I sell a print then Etsy will take £3+ from it- crazy, right? So I can see why sellers are constantly pushing their work out there on social media. In all honesty- and so like many other Etsy Sellers- I will see what happens in the next few months. If it’s not worthwhile then I will simply close it and open up a shop which I can integrate it with my website. It’s not an easy decision to make as I have spent many, many hours writing up product descriptions, editing photos, writing SEO for all the listings… the list goes on and on. I’ve had my shop open for more than 10 years now so it’s not a choice that I can make overnight.

If you’re an Etsy seller then I’d like to hear your thoughts on it. What do you think of the Etsy fees? Are you going to stay or leave?

I have a new print in my Urban Makers shop titled ‘Love is the Answer’ available as an A4 and A3 print. Click on the link here for more information. It’s been a while since I’ve made any new work and I’m really happy with how it’s turned out.

Oh, I will be having a massive sale at the end of June as I’ll be closing my shop for a year- all be revealed very soon.

Wishing you all a happy Sunday and thanks for reading as always.

Hola Folks!

It’s been mighty windy today, hasn’t it? My plan is to stay indoors and revert into a sleep like state for the next 24 hours!

Just a super quick post about this years March Meet The Maker. I am planning on taking part and seeing it through to the end (even if it goes over into April). No pressure to keep up with the daily prompts- it’s more about promoting yourself and sharing your work to other makers. There is a really nice community on Instagram (just look for the hashtag #marchmeetthemaker) and you’ll find loads of ideas and inspiration.

March Meet The Maker is organised by Joanne Hawker and it’s been running for a number of years now. I think it’s such a brilliant way of showcasing your work and being able to plan out what your current and future goals are for your business. 

Today I’ll be planning out what I’ll be posting (there is a free planner you can use) and watching Studio Ghibli films at the same time 🙂

Looking forward to hearing from anyone who is intending on taking on the challenge for next month- please post your comments below as I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading as always and enjoy the start to your weekend 🙂

 

Jo 

Hello folks! How has September treated you? I recently completed some design work for DCLC   and I’m really happy with the way they turned out. Lai asked me to design a roller banner for them to use for an exhibition coming up in October, plus two prints which will also be part of it. The theme for it was belonging and family in relation to care givers; what and how to you see yourself as a carer and how do you effect others around you? I’m sure it is definitely something that we can all relate to in one way or another.

Lai wanted my work to be integral to the design, so I worked with her to create artwork that was related to the theme as well as subtly tying my work into it. Overall, I’m really pleased with how they’ve turned out and I can’t to see some photos of them in situ!

Update: here’s some photos of the opening taken by DCLC.

If you would like some design work please get in touch with me about your project and I’ll get back to you very shortly. Thanks!