Sunday, 26 February 2012

And the winners are...

Firstly, thank you to everyone who entered my little competition, it was great to see your tweets, re-tweets and blog comments coming in.

Last night, I cut up my list of entries and put all the pieces of paper into my trilby-style hat, which I never have the courage to wear. It is useful for these giveaway draws, at least. I have drawn the names for the winners of the first and second prize...

The winner of the mountain brooch is...

The winner of the discount code is...

If you didn't win this time, thank you very much for entering anyway and for all the nice comments.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Win a mountain...kinda...

JumpUp Competition/Giveaway!

First Prize (one winner): a specially made Mountain brooch similar to one of these:
Click the image to see the listing page which gives details on the brooches. The prize will be a brooch similar to the ones available in the listing, which I will make specially for the winner.

 Second Prize (one winner): code for 25% off your next order from JumpUp on

To enter on Twitter: tweet a link to something you like in my shop with either of these hashtags: #loveupcycled OR #winamountain
OR retweet one of my promo tweets - look out for the tag #winamountain (click here for my twitter page)
To enter via the blog: post a comment on this blog post mentioning your favourite thing about JumpUp (it could be your fave item or just something about the shop)
Each tweet you make that fits these requirements will get you one entry into my draw on the 25th - the more you tweet, the better your chances! Every blog comment that meets the requirements gets you one entry into the draw too. You can enter in more than one way if you like.
I will be drawing names of winners out of a hat with the help of an assistant. 
I can't track private tweets, sorry!
I will need to contact the winners for their address/giving discount code details.
I will announce the '@' names or blogger names of the winners on this blog and on Twitter after winners have confirmed their details for me.
The first name out of the hat will win the mountain brooch, the second name will win the 25% off code.
The discount code will be valid to use on one order from the JumpUp shop on (can be used for more than one item, excludes postage) - after use, it will be deactivated.
Open to entrants from anywhere in the world (please note, you need to be an adult with a Paypal account to buy from me on You will need a Twitter account for this competition (if you don't have one, it's quite easy to sign up or you might have a kind friend who will enter for you?)
(I've now decided to also allow entries via the blog as well, for those of you who aren't on Twitter.)
 Closing date for entries: noon UK time, 25th February 2012

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

The Sensible Thing To Do

*Sensible Public Announcement*

In these times of economic doom and gloom, it seems only right for a small business such as mine to sell things which can only enrich lives, enliven spirits and generally en-Sensible (why yes of course it's a word...) the day-to-day goings about that we all do. But I do think there is a difference between being Sensible and being serious. It is very Sensible, for instance, to have a zip-up pouch to contain your spools of thread, your pencils or biscuits or what-have-you. But that doesn't mean the pouch has to have a serious design, does it?

And so I give you...the Sensible Survival Kit...

And we also have the coin purse dedicated to your very sensible and restrained spending (there's a recession on, don't-you-know), in prussian blue...

I'm also pleased to announce the return of Mr Squirrel. He was quite a popular fellow back in 2009, having appeared on 4 (very) limited edition wristlets/pouches.

Those were applique design ones (in other words, I cut out the pieces to my own pattern in felt and stitched them onto a cotton base) but applique takes quite a lot of time, and I knew I wanted to offer something similar but at a lower price point. And at last, here it is! It's a screenprinted version, without the acorn, minus the wrist strap and the dimensions are a little different. But it's still a good size for all your squirrelling needs!

The new 'Sensible' range is a collaboration with my good friend Debbie Greenaway, who has done the screenprinting of these designs for me. They went from my brain, to my pen and paper, to the scanner, to Debbie's computer, to her magic screenprinting apparatus, and back to me printed on lovely calico sent by the good old Royal Mail. I did the sewing, but Debbie deserves a lot of credit for getting the printing so nice and the colours just as I wanted (with only my descriptions via messenger to guide her) Please do check out her blog here

The new Sensible range things are popping up in my Etsy shop Scatterbox Originals as and when I have them ready for watch that space! :)