Thursday, 25 August 2011

Riot Raffle

I've not been away so long this time and I'm back to blog for a good reason!

Following the recent riots and unable to help with the clean-up, Zoe Grant of Zoe and Drew came up with the idea of a raffle to help raise funds for those who had been affected. She wrote a blog post and tweeted the link and within 18 hours 30 independent business's had offered support along with some fantastic prizes! Over the next few days this number rose and there are currently over 100 artists, designers, photographers and independent businesses involved. We at Spotty N Stripy are delighted to be included in that number and have donated a selection of our cards as a prize.

Ours is a fairly modest prize alongside some of the other offerings we have seen and some prizes are worth in excess of £100 so it is well worth popping over to the Riot Raffle pages to purchase at least one, or hopefully more, tickets! You can read more about it here and make a donation to purchase tickets here

The Charity Zoe chose is The Retail Trust. After speaking with them she was assured that 100% of the donation would be used to help small shopkeepers who had lost their businesses or had their shops looted and damaged in the riots.

Below is a small selection of our favourite prizes

Visit the prize page here to see what else you could win.

Please, please, please go buy a ticket now .........

...... thank you! :)

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Weddings, Weddings Weddings!

I'm back! Things have been hectic as ever and I'm surrounded by all things weddingy with card orders flying in for my  two hearts card an order for my bright heart stationery and my own wedding plans in full swing (my invites are going out tomorrow) I'm just taking a few minutes breather to write this!

Had a fairly urgent order come in at the weekend which I've just finished and am about to parcel up to send tomorrow - hoping the couple really like them here they are in progress.

Printed ready to fold  

1st one Folded
Done - ready to pack

And a little sneak preview of my own

Not giving too much away as I don't want to spoil the surprise for those that will be receiving them! :)

I have my penultimate dress fitting on Saturday morning at which I will see the actual dress for the first time and I am pretty excited about it - hoping the coffee and cakes I keep being invited out for  recently have not made too much difference to the hips!

Had better get back to writing the invites or there will be no guests to see the dress!


Monday, 3 January 2011

Happy New Year

A very Happy New Year to everyone! Hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas.

We had the usual manic but delightful few days with plenty of food, drink, family visiting and loads of presents! :) My 2 year old thoroughly enjoyed himself this year. It was his 3rd Christmas but the first that he has been aware of what was going on. He enjoyed all the attention but mostly loved all the presents - obviously takes after me!

The noths sale preview started on boxing day and continues into the new year. There are a few Spotty N Stripy christmas bargains to be had, so pop along for a look
This week also see's the beginnings of our Valentine range so why not take a look at those whilst you're there?

Thank you to all of our customer's throughout 2010, the last 2 months of the year were just crazy and totally exceeded all expectations, it was hard work but completely worth it and I hope all the recipients of the cards were as pleased with them as I was with the orders!

I hope to welcome you all back during 2011 for whatever celebration cards you require.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Christmas Celebrations!

It has been ages since I was on here again!  I seem to be saying that at the beginning of each post recently! I shouldn't complain as the only reason I don't get to do regular updates is because I am too busy making cards and gift frames that have sold!

It has been a week of celebrations for Spotty N Stripy! Today I have found out that one of the card designs I submitted to Dreamaid, (to be sent out from them and their sponsers this year) has been selected! Hooray ... that's an unexpected order of 50 to be getting on with this week once I receive all their info! This is the design they chose.

I also had my first international order for one of my heart gift frames to be sent to Italy!

My Christmas Cards have been very popular over the last few weeks, in particular my Rudolf red button nose design (I have been frantically sewing buttons on as fast as I can go!). All the designs are now available in my shops at Folksy and notonthehighstreet

and I have also sold my first personalised Christmas tree frame. I'm hoping, the first of many for the festive season .....

Back soon!

Friday, 27 August 2010

Welcome Emma's Planet!

I just wanted to introduce a fab new seller to Folksy - Emma's Planet!

She makes really funky monsters and gorgeous button jewellery which are a must for anyone with a button obsession - like me!

She's just getting started, but I'm certain it won't be long before the monster's will be finding fantastic new homes to live in. Here's a couple of her little helpers below, but head on over to her shop to see them all!

Emma's Planet Emma's Planet

Click on the images above to be taken straight to the Folksy shop.

To find out more about her and the fantastic greyhound charity she supports visit

All the best with the new shop Em! :)

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Time for a catch-up!

It has been weeks since I last managed a blog post so here I am ready to try and give you a bit of a catch up with what I've been up to! One very positive reason for my lack of time to update on here has been the amazing sales I have been getting on my new store. The orders have been rolling in and I have been trotting off the the post box regularly to keep up to date with them. It is reassuring to be getting such a steady flow of orders and I am pleased I decided to take the plunge and join the site. I have also been working on new designs and now have a few 'exclusive to the site' items and also my first range of wedding stationery.

Folksy has been ticking over too but I am unfortunately not getting enough time on there to keep an eye on the forums and see what everyone else is up to!

I have visited my first supplier to see my recent order from them in situ'. So exciting to see them alongside the other designs. I have also now produced a trade brochure to send out to interested suppliers - I have had some interest, so hopefully there will be more news to follow soon! :)

The Grange , Asfordby Hill, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3QU

I've also managed a week away on the sunny south coast in Devon - sleeping under canvas and paddling in the sea, it doesn't get much better!!

It would seem however, from the recent weather, that summer is over ... so time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS - new items in my shops coming soon, I may well be busy for a couple more weeks!

Back soon ....