Wednesday, 20 May 2009

Etsy love...

I have had a bit of a colour obsession with deep greeny blue for a while now, especially when it has a little lime green for contrast... Which kind of made this little wristlet from hollyhawk hard to resist. She has an etsy shop and if you haven't seen it, check it out! It's the perfect size to just hold the basics (phone, keys, cash) if you're travelling light, and I love using it inside a bigger bag to keep the essentials organised. Not to mention that it is beautiful and makes me smile when I use it. And as it's made from leather you can easily wipe off any stray clay/dribble marks... Perfect! Makes me wanna go glaze shopping and make juicy lime green pots...

Monday, 18 May 2009

Free gifts...

are always nice. Especially when they are a surprise! I love it when you get a little more than you were expecting when you order something online, and that is why I often put some little ceramic heart decorations in with orders, sometimes like these ones...


and sometimes little lacy ones. I know that often people buy my ceramics as gifts, and they are a sweet way to decorate a present. Also, it means that the giver of the gift gets a little gift for themselves if they choose not to use them on the present. I have some lacy ones that I hang from deciduous plants in the garden to add a little colour and cheer things up through winter. But I digress...
I was recently approached by British ex-pat Beeb at contest corner and I am running a special promotion with readers of her blog. She offers special giveaways for her readers, and her readers will receive mystery free gifts wth their orders from princedesignuk during May, as she is having a British Invasion celebration month... So, inspired by that, I thought I would experiment with some British-themed little ceramics...
I recently bought a little union jack key ring as a gift for a friend, and I began to think that I could perhaps make some out of ceramic as a free gift to send out with the British Invasion orders, and indeed with other orders from time to time.... PDUK key rings.... I like the idea! The main drawback is that I ordered the metal parts I need for this online, and sadly their shipping seems a little unreliable; I am impatiently awaiting their arrival... However, here are the ceramic parts... what do you think? I have messed around with the colour scheme somewhat, but I think I prefer the pink and cream to red white blue! I think it would be fair to say that I have feminized our flag a little. As always, comments welcome! And it seems a little unfair that readers of contest corner should get a little gift, whereas readers of my blog might not... So if you say you read my blog in the message to seller when placing an order this May, I'll make sure there's a surprise gift in for you too :)

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Wearable pottery



I love to make brooches and jewellery. I have to say that most of them get appropriated by my friends and family, but every now and then I manage to upload a few to my shop before they get their hands on them...


There's definitely something lovely about unique jewellery. I have some beaten silver earrings I bought in Barcelona that were handmade and I absolutely love them. It makes your outfit your own somehow if you know no one else has the same thing. I think that's why these are so popular amongst my friends. And besides, a little bright heart or a cute lovebird on the side of your bag or jacket is guaranteed to brighten your day a little.


The only thing I'm not so keen on about jewellery is the spelling. You see in the UK, we spell it jewellery, and in the States you spell it jewelry. So I am always faced with a little internal turmoil on the subject... Do I accept that most of the people who read this blog and who shop in my etsy shop are American and spell it the way you guys do? Or do I stick with the British spelling and risk you all thinking I can't spell? Decisions decisions... I guess if that's the biggest problem I face today then I should thank my lucky stars :) But seriously, I would appreciate feedback on this subject!! Does it undermine your confidence in my intelligence if you think I have misspelled it? Would you have known that we spell it differently over here? Comments please!
P.S. What do you think of the brooches ;)

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Prince Design UK is one year old today!

It is a year today since I opened my etsy shop! Happy Birthday to me! It has been a great experience and I can't believe how much I have learned, how lovely people have been, and that I have sold so many pots. One of the nicest things about the experience has been the support and friendship I have had from customers, other etsy sellers and bloggers. Thank you everyone for helping to make my first year successful, and such great fun. I know it makes me a soppy girl, but I have actually cried happy tears at some of the sweet messages I have had, and I am very grateful for that and for the experiences and opportunities that have come my way as a result of my shop. So I figured it was time to give a little something back!! To celebrate my anniversary, I'm having a birthday giveaway weekend:) All orders placed between now and Monday will get a special surprise free gift!