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  1. eternal magpie blog: William Morris Envy

    I've seen quite a few adverts around the place for the new H&M William Morris collection, and I have to admit that I was extremely tempted. I mean, who doesn't love a fancy blouse with a William Morris print? 

    I had a little look online and picked out a couple of cotton tops that I thought would look good with jeans, and that I'd wear a lot. Then I tried to buy them and discovered that all of the larger sizes were already sold out, which was very disappointing. 

    At the weekend I was actually in H&M for the first time in about a year (buying a pair of sparkly tights because, with the best will in the world, I can't make those!) and I completely forgot to even look at the William Morris range while I was in there. Oops.

    When I realised, I thought "I don't need H&M! I can buy some Willam Morris fabric and make my own!", so off I went to Ebay to have a look for some curtains or duvet covers or anything that I could turn into a dress or a top. Because it's so popular it turns out that, even second hand, William Morris products are rather pricey. I ended up being outbid on a pair of torn and mildewed curtains (the only thing I could afford!) by 50p, which was anoying, but just as well because... 

    ...when I looked in my wardrobe I realised that I HAVE A WILLIAM MORRIS TOP ALREADY! 

    There it is, on the right. A beautiful Strawberry Thief print, on Liberty tana lawn, in a gorgeous purple and mustard colourway. 

    In all my excitement of "I MUST HAVE A WILLIAM MORRIS BLOUSE", I'd completely forgotten that I already have one. And it't not even something that's been hidden away in the back of my wardrobe for ages - I wear it all the time! 

    Oops. 

    I was going to set up a search on Ebay so that if they do turn up second-hand in a few months, I'd be ready and waiting.

    And then I thought, you know what? How many William Morris tops does one woman need? Is it more than one? For me, right now, perhaps it's not. 

    (I still want one though. Because apparently I am definitely not immune to marketing, no matter how hard I try!)

  2. eternal magpie - Spellbound dress

    Don't forget that if you'd like to send me your own fabric to make a Hallowe'en themed dress, I need to receive your fabric by October 19th - that's this Friday

    If you've seen some fabric online that you like, but you're not sure whether it's suitable, just drop me an email with a link to the fabric, and I can double check it for you. 

    I'll let you know how much fabric you need to buy, and how to send it to me. 

    Then all you need to do is pop over to the shop and buy a "Send Me Your Fabric!" dress, in women's sizes or for children

    eternal magpie: Spellbound dress 

    If you're buying a dress from stock, the deadline is the 26th
    (Earlier than that if you need it for a party on the weekend of the 27/28th!) 

    I have two subtly Hallowe'en-themed dresses in stock at the moment, one in a size 6-8 with a "Spellbound" potion bottles print, and one in the sample sale in a size 14 with ghostly dresses floating through the woods. 

    Excellent if you're accompanying a child to a Hallowe'en party but don't want to dress up yourself... or for anyone who just likes slightly spooky things. As you can see, I wear my own "Spellbound" dress quite happily at any time of year! 

    eternal magpie brooch: eye of newt

    Or if a dress isn't what you need, how about this? 

    I have just the one "Eye of Newt" brooch in a miniature embroidery hoop, waiting for you in the Brooches & Pins department. Perfect for popping onto your coat collar or cardigan!

  3. eternal magpie - Spellbound dress

    Don't forget that if you'd like to send me your own fabric to make a Hallowe'en themed dress, I need to receive your fabric by October 19th

    If you've seen some fabric online that you like, but you're not sure whether it's suitable, just drop me an email with a link to the fabric, and I can double check it for you. 

    I'll let you know how much fabric you need to buy, and how to send it to me. 

    Then all you need to do is pop over to the shop and buy a "Send Me Your Fabric!" dress, in women's sizes or for children

    eternal magpie: Spellbound dress 

    If you're buying a dress from stock, the deadline is the 26th
    (Earlier than that if you need it for a party on the weekend of the 27/28th!) 

    I have two subtly Hallowe'en-themed dresses in stock at the moment, one in a size 6-8 with a "Spellbound" potion bottles print, and one in the sample sale in a size 14 with ghostly dresses floating through the woods. 

    Excellent if you're accompanying a child to a Hallowe'en party but don't want to dress up yourself... or for anyone who just likes slightly spooky things. As you can see, I wear my own "Spellbound" dress quite happily at any time of year! 

    eternal magpie brooch: eye of newt

    Or if a dress isn't what you need, how about this? 

    I have just the one "Eye of Newt" brooch in a miniature embroidery hoop, waiting for you in the Brooches & Pins department. Perfect for popping onto your coat collar or cardigan!

  4. eternal magpie My Busy Week children's planner

    I was just going to post a little reminder about only having one planner left in the shop... only to read back through the blog and realise that apparently I hadn't written about them in the first place! Oops...

    So, this is "My Busy Week", a planner designed for pre-school or just-starting-school children who like to understand the routine of their week. 

    eternal magpie My Busy Week children's planner

    The first page explains some basic ways to add information. Write in the month at the top, and number the days of the week so you can see what's happening when. The daily columns are colour coded, so your little one might be able to understand which day is yellow before they can recognise a W for Wednesday. 

    Draw a shopping bag for supermarket day, stick a sticker when it's time for football or ballet class, or colour in the days when you go to Nursery. The planner is blank, and designed so that you can fill it in however you like! 

    At the moment the planner is only available as an A4 spiral bound book. 

    I take pre-orders for the books, to make sure that I can cover the printing costs, but this can mean that they're not always available. Currently I have one last planner in the shop, and once that's gone I'll start a pre-order for a batch to be printed in plenty of time for Christmas. 

    So, I was wondering... is this the sort of thing you'd like me to make available as a digital download? 

    It would be a little bit cheaper than the printed book, and you could download it whenever you liked... but you would have to print it out yourself. 

    What do you think? I know that digital downloads are a very popular thing when it comes to planner pages... so would you like to see this go digital too?

  5. eternal magpie and Miss Mouse writing at their desk

    You might have noticed a new pop-up thingybob appear when you came back to the website - that's because I've just added a brand new mailing list option! 

    If you're fed up with social media algorithms only showing you what they think you ought to see, but you also don't want to be manually keeping track of every website you'd like to follow, this is a handy way for you to keep up with me. 

    I'll send out an email once or twice a month (usually once - twice if there's something exciting happening like this week's sale) with updates about new products in the shop, new fabrics for custom dresses, new blog posts that you might have missed... so it should be a good way to get all of the eternal magpie gossip in one place! 

    If you haven't already signed up via the handy pop-up, you can find the form in the right hand side bar... or scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page if you're viewing this on your phone. 

    Come and join me - please don't make me type out newsletters to myself each month!

     

    (PS - if you keep on getting the pop-up whenever you visit the site, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I hate that with a fiery passion, and I'll do my best to make sure that you only see it once!)