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Merry Christmas!

It's a bit late in the day, my only excuse that I've been watching a lot of movies with my family XD Also watched Doctor Who, cried a tiny bit, and that's where the spoilers end.

Anyway, to everyone who has followed this blog and my shops this year I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas, and I will see you all for a post in the New Year :)

Don't Quit

There are points when I start to wonder if any of my Etsy shops are right for me, let alone all three. I wonder if I should drop one or two and narrow my focus. Or I start to think that I'm barking up the wrong tree entirely and should choose a "proper" career and focus on that, like becoming curator of the British Museum or training to be a teacher.

But then something will happen, one of my Facebook pages will get a "Like" from someone that isn't a friend I've pestered into it, or I'll get a sale or two, and I'll remember why it is that I'm doing this. This evening was one of those times, I had to work until 7, so after dinner and a shower I finally sat down just after 8pm. I could have loaded up Sims 2 but instead I forced myself to sit down and finish editting the photos and then draft listings for my new Creative History badges.

About halfway through I was re-reading about Adeliza of Louvain and I wondered if I was wasting my time. Views have been down recently, everyone else seems to be having a "Christmas rush" and while I've had a few sales in recent weeks it's no where near as manic as other people have been having. Next year I'd like to start looking at selling wholesale to museums and the like, but then I wonder if there's any point.

But then I remembered the final few lines of a poem I particularly like, so I decided to persevere with the listings, finished reading about dear old Adeliza, thought up a bunch of tags, added the price and then saved the draft. When the page reloaded I noticed something had cropped up in my activity feed. I expected it to be a favourite, but instead it was a sale! Someone decided they were enough of a fan of Richard II to buy his badge.

I spotted the poem on Tumblr early on in the year and reblogged it then. After this evening I've reblogged it again, and I thought I'd post it up here for those of you feeling a bit low about your Etsy shops. I particularly like the last 6 lines.

Don't quit :)

Have a nice evening everyone!

Us British are starting to develop a trend of copying the Americans. However today we're copying something that I actually agree with, Small Business Saturday. It's a chance for small businesses to highlight themselves and encourage shoppers to consider alternatives to large supermarkets and branded stores.

Firstly just to remind everyone (since this is my blog) I have three shops on Etsy, The Bibliophile which sells vintage books, Creative Classics which sells ancient history themed badges and postcards, and Creative History which is more badges but with more medieval themes.

So, shameless self-promotion set aside, I thought I'd highlight some of the UK-based Etsy shops I've been buying from recently.

Pale Aqua Sea Glass Earrings by thestrandline

The first shop is thestrandline which sells the loveliest jewellery. Maureen Gilbertson lives in Northumberland and sources her sea glass from walks along the Northumberland coast. I recently purchased something from her and not only was it dispatched quickly but she also took great care to wrap it in bubblewrap and put it in a padded envelope. It came in a lovely blue giftbox secured with a silver ribbon, and I have no doubt that the person I bought it for will love it. If you're looking for something a little unusual but still pretty and tasteful then I cannot recommend this shop enough.

Washi Tape - Green Selection by JoandFlo

I must admit I think I'm becoming a bit of a washi tape addict at the moment. Maybe it's because it's so much prettier than normal sellotape. Or perhaps it's because JoeandFlo are so awesome to buy from. Don't let the fact that they have 14 listings fool you, each one gives you multiple tape choices. Most of the tapes are £1.60 each (except for some of the more elaborate ones) and the postage charges are very reasonable. You have a very wide variety of tapes to choose from, and at the moment they're also featuring Christmas tapes if you want to give a different style to your Christmas wrapping.

The two above are shops that I've bought things from recently, but there are plenty of other UK shops on Etsy that have some awesome products which would make great Christmas presents. GingerDuckSoap sells handmade soaps and candles, Pouch is a mixture of handsewn goodies and vintage accessories, BreadAndJam has printed mugs and tote bags and OfLifeAndLemons does prints and cards.

Have a lovely Small Business Saturday everyone!

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