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Holiday Sale

bead embroidered necklace with laura mears owl cabochon
angel owl beaded necklace

Hello, and happy holidays! We’re on our way home from our annual Thanksgiving celebration, which we were fortunate enough to spend with family. I hope that you were also able to share the holiday with people that you love.

I’ve just added several new jewelry pieces, as well as a hand full of leather hair accessories. I’ve also added a SALE section, with many items marked down by 15%! This sale will only last through Monday November 28th, so you’ll want to take advantage of it while you can.

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And a Solstice Sale…

winter oak ornamentsWell I fully intended to be a curmudgeon this holiday season, but I guess it’s just not in my nature. I spent a good bit of time in my studio this weekend, thinking about which ideas I’d like to build on in 2016, and what I’m ready to let go of. In the interest of clearing out space – in my studio and in my mind –  I’ve marked down many items throughout my store. Check out my SALE section for a wide selection of items marked down by 25% or more, through the end of 2015.

These discounts can be combined with my existing winter specials, enabling you to get 35% (or more) off my usual prices! Info and coupon codes for those offers are copied below:

* All US domestic orders of $40+ are eligible for free first class shipping.
On my website, you’ll automatically see the free shipping option when your cart reaches $40
On Etsy, you’ll need to enter the coupon code “shippingfree” at checkout

* All orders of $75+ are eligible for a 10% discount. 
To receive this discount, use the coupon code “happyholidays” at checkout. That coupon code is the same for my website as it is for Etsy. Please note that this offer applies to ready made items only, not custom work.

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2015 Holiday Curmudgeon Sale

At the risk of sounding curmudgeonly, I’m extremely annoyed by holiday marketing this year. That is not to say that I’m anti Christmas (or against any of the winter holiday traditions) – it’s just the marketing that sickens me. I’ve been getting “Black Friday” emails since before Halloween, which seriously freaks me out! Personally, that doesn’t inspire me to shop; it just stresses me out.

As a retailer, this is doubly challenging. The various selling platforms and marketing blogs that I subscribe to are just as urgent in letting me know that I’m supposed to be sharing my story! And making! and slashing prices! And holding giveaways! And tweeting and gramming and facebookering and worrrying about blackfriday, smallbizsaturday, cybermonday or selloutsunday …and OMG, now I just want to hide under the covers until the New Year.

I’ve been thinking a lot about this, and the bottom line is – I really don’t want to do all that stuff. I don’t want to participate in the hypermarketing, super commercial, over the top holiday blitz that is designed to promote consumption; it stresses people out, shifts the focus away from peace and goodwill, and really just benefits the big box stores. Because seriously? Independent artists don’t have the profit margin to give you HALF OFF OF EVERYTHING IN YOUR FACE the way that giant retailers do. More importantly, I hate the way it makes me feel and I don’t want to do that to my customers or myself; I respect us too much for that.

Instead, I will offer the following specials for the remainder of 2015. These offers are good for the rest of the year, so please relax, focus on the ones you love, and shop when you’re ready:

* All US domestic orders of $40+ are eligible for free first class shipping.
On my website, you’ll automatically see the free shipping option when your cart reaches $40
On Etsy, you’ll need to enter the coupon code “shippingfree” at checkout

* All orders of $75+ are eligible for a 10% discount. 
To receive this discount, use the coupon code “happyholidays” at checkout. That coupon code is the same for my website as it is for Etsy. Please note that this offer applies to ready made items only, not custom work.

(pro tip: on Etsy, you can only choose one of these offers; on my website, you’ll be able to combine the two offers to receive 10% off AND free domestic shipping!)

* In the interest of generating more peace and goodwill, I’ll add a little something extra to at least one order, every week through the end of the year. The recipient will be chosen at random, and so will the gift. You don’t need to fill out any forms or share things on social media – it’s just a little bonus giveaway for my customers, because I really do love and appreciate you all <3

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2015 Winter Shipping Dates

Here are the USPS’ suggested shipping dates for expected delivery by December 24th*: 
(please keep in mind that you should place your order at least a day or two before the suggested mailing date, so that I have time to pack your order!)

US Domestic Orders:
1st class mail – ship by December 19th
Priority mail – ship by December 21st
Priority mail express service – ship by December 23rd

International Orders:
1st class international – ship by December 1st
Priority mail international – ship by December 1st
Priority mail express international – ship by December 8th
Global express guaranteed – ship by December 21

* please be aware that these suggested dates should be seen as guidelines. The only USPS services that provide a guaranteed delivery date are Priority Mail Express and Global Express.

If you would feel more confident using another carrier, please contact me.

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Winter Giveaway

Winter Giveaway

 

My handcrafted leather hair accessories are as practical as they are beautiful, and they make great holiday gifts…  in fact, I’m giving one away at midnight on December 24th 2014! A lucky winner will be randomly selected to win one of my leather oak leaf hair slides in the color of their choice 🙂

If you already own one of my hair accessories, I encourage you to fill out this survey and share a photo of how you wear your hair toy. By doing so, you’ll get 10% off your next purchase at my website or Etsy shop AND you’ll earn 2 additional entries for this giveaway!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the Giveaway before 11:59 pm PST on December 23rd. Be sure to leave the mandatory comment on the blog post with the same name you use to fill out the Rafflecopter – all entries by winner must be easily verified or a new winner will be chosen. Not including usernames when asked will also get you disqualified.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Holiday Shipping Deadlines

I received this info from the USPS the other day, and thought I’d pass it along:

Holiday Mailing Guidelines within the U.S.
Letters
and Cards
Priority Mail® Priority Mail Express® Parcel Select®
Anywhere in
the U.S.
December 20 December 20 December 23 December 15

 

Holiday Mailing Guidelines for International Mail
Destination Letters
and Cards
Priority Mail Priority Mail Express Global Express
Gtd®
Canada December 9 December 12 December 16 December 19
Mexico December 9 December 9 December 14 December 19
Europe and Caribbean December 9 December 12 December 14 December 18
Asia, Pacific Rim, Australia, New Zealand December 9 December 9 December 14 December 17
Central and South America December 2 December 2 December 12 December 18
Africa December 2 December 2 December 10 December 18
Middle East December 9 December 12 December 14 December 17

 

Holiday Mailing Guidelines for Military APO/FPO Addresses
Addresses to the
following APO/FPO zips:
Letters and Cards Priority Mail Priority Mail Express Military Service
AE ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, AA ZIP 340, AP ZIPs 962-966 December 10 December 10 December 17
AE ZIP 093 December 3 December 3 N/A

 

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Holiday Sale!

In addition to free US shipping, I’m offering 10% off all orders of $25 or more from now through Monday December 1st — just use the coupon code “Thankful” at checkout.

Please avoid the malls and the madness this weekend — instead, support independent artists, small businesses and local shops. The gifts you purchase will be more unique, and the money that you spend will make a difference in the lives of real people.

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Time Flies

I’ve been busy lately, so time seems to be flying at warp speed! So much so, that I haven’t had time to blog. For a quick recap, here are some of the projects that have been keeping me busy of late:

leather-feather-barretteshair accessories galore

larger-hair-slides
and a few new and unusual jewelry designs

Skull & Rose Leather pendant
Skull & Rose Leather pendant
sculpted leather octopus necklace with lapis & kyanite
sculpted leather octopus necklace with lapis & kyanite

I’m working to get it all photographed and added to the site … wish me good luck!

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Handmade Holiday Gifts Part Four

 © Andrea Adams 2010

This series about handmade holiday gifts has been a lot of fun to write. I really like being able to promote other independent artists, and it’s been so nice to hear from others with similar ideals. I actually have three more posts drafted for this series, but I think I am going to stop early. Not because anyone offended me, or anything silly like that. It’s just that between holiday planning and orders and year end business tasks, I’m very pressed for time.

I’m also starting to feel a bit bombarded by commercials and the pervasive pressure to shop, shop, SHOP! That intensely commercial aspect of our culture can be really overwhelming for me (and judging by the other shoppers that I encountered today, I’m not the only one feeling that way). So rather than contribute to all of the commercialism and holiday pressure, I’m going to slow down and shift my focus.

Again, it has been my pleasure to promote my fellow artisans; and I do hope that my posts inspired you to buy handmade, buy local, or make your own special gifts this year. There are so many more talented artists that I could showcase (and I am brainstorming on ways to do this all year long) but for today, I’d like to share a very different kind of gift guide:

“To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.”

~ Oren  Arnold

Many thanks to my friend Talia for sharing this with me at the exact moment that I needed to hear it <3