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Shop News | Pink Friday, Notepads & Hertfordshire Etsy Team Market

Sian Shrimpton Christmas Desk

There is so much going on at Sian Shrimp HQ at the moment with Christmas less than a month away, and I didn’t want you to miss out, so I’ve put together a little update for you. Read on for updates on new notepad designs, including a new option for a magnetic backing, an amazing Pink Friday sale, new pin designs now available and more information about where you can find me selling in person this winter.

New Notepads

I released a selection of new notepad designs recently. If you missed them, there are still plenty of them in my shops and they will make perfect little stocking fillers for the list-maker in your life.

I collaborated on two of the designs with Joy of Pink Coat Club to create a sewing themed list notepad. These are for when you have “sew much to do, sew little time,” with a cute illustration of penguin sitting at a sewing machine, working on some sewing projects and tick boxes made out of buttons. This cute list pad can be used to keep your sewing projects organised or just to cheer up your list of chores and errands. It is available in pink and blue, in my shop, on my Etsy shop and on the Pink Coat Club website. Keep an eye out below for a special “Pink Friday” offer involving these notepads.

Collaboration with Pink Coat Club - Penguin Sewing Notepad (Pink)

I’ve also created a Rockhopper Shopping List and Macaroni Meal Planner, both of which are of course, penguin themed! These would be perfect for the organised Penguin fan in your life…or to keep for yourself! By popular request, I’ve added the option of adding a magnetic strip to these notepads and to the “Do all the cool stuff” notepads too, just select the “magnetic backing” option before adding these to your basket.

Now that all of the Kickstarter rewards are sent and hopefully being received all across the world as I write this, there were a few pins left over and I’ve added those to both my shop and Etsy. There were also a limited number of matching stickers left over from the Kickstarter rewards and they are also available in my shop and on Etsy.

Just a card week

All this week (25th – 29th November) small creative businesses around the country/world are getting involved with Just a Card Indie week and I’ve been shouting about why you should shop of small indie businesses this Christmas time. I wrote this on Instagram yesterday:

“I fly the Just a Card flag because there are so many independent businesses out there working their socks off to bring you lovely creative gift ideas. They don’t always get the recognition they deserve and cannot compete with the online giants and supermarkets, where everything is mass produced and sold for next to nothing. I can’t imagine Mr Amazon doing a little dance for every order they get!

Buying from indie businesses doesn’t have to be an expensive affair either, hence “Just a Card,” it doesn’t have to be a huge expensive item, just a card, just a pin, just a coaster, just a keyring will support a local small business AND make a gorgeous gift for a loved one. Some have likened it to a gift that gives twice.”

When I shout about the importance of buying from small independent businesses, I realise I’m preaching to the converted here because you’re already here reading my blog and paying an interest in my work, if not already purchasing from this small business at least (Thank you!). So please remember to spread the word about shopping from small businesses this festive season, and follow the #JustACardWeek hashtag and the @JustACard account on social media to find new artists/designers/makers that you’ll love and hear more about the Just a Card Campaign. 

Black Friday / Indie Friday / Pink Friday

I’ve thought long and hard about whether to do a “Black Friday/Indie Friday/Pink Friday Sale” or not and it is quite a controversial subject in the indie business community. First of all, I work really hard on all of my products, a lot of time and effort goes into designing them all for my shops. Secondly, I can only produce small quantities of products because I’m limited on space and resources, this will bring costs up and thirdly, I work hard to keep all of these costs down for you, whilst not compromising on quality and making sure I can pay my bills too, all of my prices are meticulously thought about and worked out. I’m sure a lot of other small businesses feel the same and we just cannot compete with the bigger guys with their huge sales!

However, as a special thank you for all your support over the last year, I will be offering 10% off when you spend over £15, AND a Free Sewing Notepad when you spend over £25. The 10% off will be added to your basket automatically after you spend £15 and just add your preferred sewing notepad to the basket for the discount to be applied. This is valid from 00:01am Wednesday 27th November – 11:59pm Sunday 1st December (UK Time). 

The same offers are available in my Etsy Shop. However, please write PINKNOTEPAD or BLUENOTEPAD in the “message to seller” and I’ll pop your freebie in with your order.

Hertfordshire Etsy Team Christmas Market Poster

Hertfordshire Etsy Team Artisan Market

As part of a collection of Etsy Made Local events happening all over the country on the weekend of 30th November, I will be joining the Hertfordshire Etsy Team for the third year running for their event at:
Christmas Barns, Lannock Farm, Weston, Hitchin SG4 7EE
Saturday 30th November 5pm-10pm
Sunday 1st December 12pm-4pm (I will be there only on Sunday)

Please do come along and say if you’re local. There are more details, including a full list of other sellers on the Facebook event page. If you’re not local to Hertfordshire, there is a full list of events happening this winter on Etsy, make sure you find the one happening near you.

Three Years of Sian Shrimpton Design & Illustration

Shop News | Stickers, Postcards & Christmas!

There has been a lot going on in the shop since the last time I posted, so I thought it was a good time to update you on the exciting goings-on around here.

Three Years of Sian Shrimpton Design & Illustration

Third Business Birthday

First of all, on October 3rd, I celebrated three years as a freelancer and three years since I opened my Etsy shop. It doesn’t feel as long as 3 years at all. When I first started this little venture, I had no idea what direction I’d be taking it in. I had a few ideas, some of them I haven’t even had the chance to work on yet but there is still time. Some of the things I have worked on, however, have surprised me. I never thought I’d create enamel pins, for example, I never thought I’d run TWO successful Kickstarter Campaigns (more on that later!) If you’ve supported my business at all over the last 3 years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Every like, comment, share, cheerleading message and purchase means the absolute world to me.

Sian Shrimpton Design - Keep Going Postcard

Postcards & Stickers

I have a few new products in the shop, one of those is a collection of new postcards and the option to buy the hand-lettered postcards individually rather than as part of a set. There are plenty of cute colourful Penguin postcards, perfect to send a little note to a friend or to pop on your noticeboard to cheer you up in the end.

I also now have stickers! If you had told ten-year-old me that I’d be making stickers, notepads and postcards as part of my job, I’m not sure I would have coped. 30-something me is also finding it hard to comprehend that this is my job sometimes.

There are Penguin stickers and my favourite of the hand-lettered pieces, “keep going” all available now, with a few more to come once I have sent out the Kickstarter rewards.

Kickstarter update

On the subject of Kickstarter, the campaign was a success! It ended at 151% funded which was fantastic. I had my doubts as the campaign went on because a few pledgers cancelled or changed their pledge to a smaller amount. I understand why you would cancel or change a pledge, however, I feared the campaign wouldn’t get to fully funded, let alone to the stretch goals! Everyone surprised me though, and I shouldn’t have doubted it! I did reach the first stretch goal, albeit after reducing it slightly and there are two lovely Penguin pin designs in production as I type this!

Christmas!

Sorry if it really is too early to be talking about the c-word but the organised among you have already been asking me about Christmas so…I’m sorry!

As you can possibly tell, there is a lot going on in the shop at the moment and I have a lot of new products, with more to come soon! This does mean that there have been no brand new Christmas themed designs, for this year. I did create two brand new designs for Christmas wrapping paper last year and looking back at my Instagram and blog, I didn’t even promote said wrapping paper! Doh! These are back in the shop for this Christmas and there are plenty of my older designs for Christmas cards and tags in the shop too.

Keep a lookout for a few new and exciting products coming to the shop in the next couple of weeks. If you missed out on the Kickstarter pins, if there any leftovers, they’ll be added to both my website and Etsy Shops. They’ll make the perfect for little gifts or a treat for yourself and I also have a few super-secret products to add soon, including a very exciting collaboration.

Penguin Desk Calendar 2020

Shop News | Kickstarter Campaign, Penguin Calendar 2020 and Surprise Boxes

Hello Hello! Long time no blog! How have you been? I’ve wanted to update the blog for a while now but other things have always jumped in the way. Life is busy, work has been busy and then I became out of practice and didn’t know where to pick up again after a long hiatus. So here we are, I plan on starting with monthly shop updates, because although I try to promote everything on social media, you might miss something and I don’t want that happening! Then I’ll try to punctuate those updates with useful little updates about my work, my process or some of your frequently asked questions. If you have any questions or things you’d like to know about, please comment below or pop me a message and I’ll add it to the list. So what have I been up to…?

Up & Away Penguin Enamel Pin Kickstarter Campaign – Only 6 days left! 

Right at the end of August, I launched a Kickstarter Campaign to raise funds to create a new collection of penguin enamel pins. The initial goal is for a design based on one of the my favourite penguin drawings, Penguin floating away on a bunch of colourful balloons. I have planned a couple of stretch goals, including one that is slightly festive, some stickers and a cartwheeling and dancing penguin pin.

The campaign has been a bit slower than I thought it might be and after 2 weeks, I decided to change around the stretch goals. I didn’t do this lightly, however I feared that we wouldn’t reach the first stretch goal as it was a big leap, so I made the slightly festive, penguin with all the gifts pin, the first stretch goal and felt a lot more positive that I’d get to that first stretch goal. 

Penguin Enamel Pin Kickstarter Campaign

After a couple of slow weeks, the campaign is doing so well. At the time of posting, it is at 138% funded with only 6 days left. This means that (all being well) the up & away pins will be produced and I only need £51 of pledges to get to that first stretch goal! 

If you haven’t seen the campaign yet, you can read more about it and pledge for a copy of the final designs here. 

Penguin Desk Calendar 2020 – available for pre-order now!

The best-selling* Penguin desk calendars are back for 2020! I’m so excited about these!

This is the fourth year in a row that I’ve designed a little penguin desk calendar to cheer up your desk all year long and after a shaky start with a bit of creative block, I’m so pleased with how these calendars look this time. They remain the same A7 size that they have always been and the little wooden stands are back for the 2nd year running. The actual calendar is 13 pages (one month per page with a front cover) and sits comfortably in the wooden stand. You can opt to buy the calendar with or without a wooden stand if you already have one or if you’d like to pop the pages in your diary, scrapbook or on your notice board each month. The options and uses are endless!

The calendars are now available for pre-order, and they will be printed in time for dispatch at the beginning of October, so you won’t have to wait long.

*best-selling: these have been my best selling product for the last three years

Penguin Desk Calendar 2020I have also updated the Academic wall planners for 2019-20, there is a Penguin version and a minimal version. I’ve added the option to print it on my studio printer for you, this time after a few you requested that option. As always, there’s the downloadable version too. The updated 2020 versions will be available at the beginning of October.

Surprise Boxes

This is something that I’ve wanted to arrange for a while. I love the thought of a little surprise in the mail, and as my product range grows and as we approach that lovely festive time at the end of the year (it is coming, I’m sorry! I won’t mention the C word in September though!) it seems like the perfect time to start offering these surprise boxes.

There are a few options:
Small surprise box – You pay £5 and receive a surprise selection of notecards, stickers, postcards to the value of about £7.
Large surprise box – You pay £10 and receive a surprise selection of enamel pins, stickers, postcards, notepad, notecards and/or calendar to the value of about £15.
Greeting card surprise box – You receive 5 greeting cards for the price of 4. You’ll receive at least 3 birthday cards and 2 other notecards for any occasion.

These can be customised slightly if you have a favourite colour, design or if you have a special occasion coming up, you simply need to write me a comment at check out and I’ll see what I can add to your surprise box. If you need a wedding card for example, as part of your greeting card surprise box, I have a couple of options that I could add. I want these to be a surprise but I also want you to love what you receive. Christmas themed products will only be included as a special request, they won’t be automatically included around Christmas time.

So there we have it, my first update in a while and I’ve been busy! There is a lot more to come, I have a few more plans to work on before this year is up. Next month, I celebrate 3 years of self employment, and I hope to have a lot of those plans ready to reveal then.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, if you have any questions or suggestions for blog posts, I’d love to hear them. Let’s hope this is the start of more regular blogging from here on out. 

Cute Penguin Rainbow note card - Illustrated Card

Shop news | New Penguin Cards, 2019 Calendars, sneak peeks and 10% off

Good Morning, how is your week going so far? For a while now, I’ve been trying to make a plan for this blog. I’ve read many an article saying “you must have a blog for your business,” “if you want to succeed on the internet, you must write a blog” and “blogging is back” (in my book, it never really went away!) and I’ve written for my own blog for a little under ten years now, with a few breaks here or there. I’ve written about my research at University whilst I studied for my Graphic Design degree, then later about working in London, my life as a graduate and creativity, with a little phase where I loved creating scrapbooks.

Recently however, I’ve been trying to figure out how I want this space to work and considered all different types of blog. I want it to be a useful, helpful space for you, whether you are a regular customer of my Etsy shop, a potential client or an engaged couple, considering asking me to design your wedding stationery. It took me a while longer to figure out what that looks like and so I think I have a little plan.

I plan on posting three times a month (roughly!) with a mixture of posts, featuring:

  • a freebie post at the beginning of the month, like a free desktop wallpaper,
  • a shop update around the middle of the month, with all the new things in my shop and any new goings on, which may or may not let you know about offers or sale events in my shop (that’s what this one is,)
  • a useful post towards the end of the month, some ideas I’ve had so far for this are about my process and what I’m doing to help the environment. I think of this as an extended version of an FAQ section, so if there’s anything you want to know, just give me a shout in the contact form.

Enough chatting about it and more getting on with it!

New super cute card designs in the shop

I have been dreaming up a few new card designs for a while now and finally got round to getting them printed. There are now three new Penguin note cards available to send to a friend to cheer them up, to say hello or just-because. I’ve also added a few colour variations of my floral birthday cards.Cute Penguin Rainbow note card - Illustrated Card

Back to School wall planners and an offer!

If you’ve gone back-to-school or back-to-college/university this month, or just want to get organised for the academic year, I have added two new wall planners to the shop. There is a minimal version and a version with cute penguins on it, if that’s your thing! These are instant download wall planners and available in A3, A4 and US Letter sizes. To celebrate back-to-school, I’ve created a little offer in my Etsy Shop until the end of September, you can get 10% off those new wall planners, penguin stickers and notepad & pencil sets when you use the code BACKTOSCHOOL (or click on the code to add the code to your basket straight away).

Penguin academic wall planner

 

2019 Calendars (a little sneak peek!)

Now for the exciting bit, I have had quite a few messages asking if and when the Penguin Calendars will be back for 2019 and the good news is that I have been working hard on some new designs for the 2019 Calendars. I have expanded from just a Penguin version this time. There will be two other versions and I have exciting new stands that they’ll sit on this time as well. I hope that these will be available next month ready for my 2nd business birthday!

On the subject of calendars, the 2018 version is now available at the ridiculous price of 50p (+postage) and these won’t be available from October 1st to avoid confusion, so if you’d like one make sure you order one before the end of the month. I made the mistake of printing a few too many and so I’m pretty much giving these away. A few people have said that they’re cutting off the calendar part and using them as bookmarks, as postcards, sticking them on the wall or even as gift tags. I’m sure there are endless possibilities!

2019 Calendars sneak peek

 

No. 7 Cherry Tree Lane

On a non-related note, I have set up a new Instagram account for my dollhouse. I had considered documenting the progress here as I had started to write about it on the blog, or setting up a new blog for it, but I struggle to keep up with this one. So, I thought an Instagram account would be perfect. Updates are slow, and I’m still catching up with posting the progress so far but I’m excited to post more about it in the future.

7 Cherry Tree Lane, Dollhouse Instagram Account

 

So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed the first of my shop updates. There might be some months with more to update and others where there isn’t much at all. Let me know what you think, and just give me a shout if there’s anything you want me to write about that might make ordering from the shop or working with me easier.

New website – SianShrimpton.co.uk

New website, new url, sianshrimpton.co.uk

 

I’ve wanted to change my URL for a while now. Sian Louise will always be my name but it was a URL that I chose back in 2010 when I was 22 and working on my final project at University. Since then, I’ve graduated, worked in London at a design agency for 6 years, moved house twice, got married, started working for myself and have learned a whole lot. So I thought it was time for a more professional URL to go with my new fancy website, so www.sianshrimpton.co.uk it is.

If you’ve been redirected from my old website, Hello! Thank you so much for continuing to follow what I do, make sure you update your blog reader of choice to the new URL.

If you’re new here, Hello and Welcome! Make sure you add this new URL to your blog reader of choice so that you don’t miss a thing.

I have been working hard on new things to add to the shop and blog lately, so watch this space. In the meantime, check out the lovely new note cards and Wedding Stationery that I have in my Etsy store right now. You can also keep up to date with what I’m up to on Instagram, twitter and facebook.