I don't know what sort of party Miss Mouse went to last night, but it looks as though it was a good one!
I did say that things would be changing around here in the New Year, so... what's different? Well, as of right this second, absolutely nothing. That's because the eternal magpie website in its current format is paid for until the middle of February, so I'm going to let it run its course before I switch over to being a blog again, rather than a shop.
So, I've decided to allow the 75% Off Nearly Everything Sale to run until the end of January. At that point anything that isn't sold will be making its way to a charity shop, so if there's anything you've had your eye on, BUY IT NOW. If you've signed up to the mailing list or you've bought from me before, you'll also have a discount code that you can use on top of the sale prices.
(If you're not on the mailing list, check out the form in the right sidebar, or scroll to the bottom of the page if you're on mobile.)
From February onwards, the site will be switching over to a Wordpress blog, which is how it originally started way back in the mists of 2009. I've managed to import the majority of the old content back in, so I should hopefully be able to restore access to some of the sewing and felting tutorials that people are still looking for.
If I'm not going to be running a shop, what am I going to blog about? Well, the same things that I blogged about before, I think. Sustainable fashion, ethical shopping, how to make stuff, that kind of thing. I'll also go back to blogging about my personal sewing and knitting projects, which I haven't felt able to do while I've been running the shop as a focussed brand. And of course there's always Miss Mouse, and I'm also working on a writing project which I need to get back on track in the New Year. So there will be links out to those two Patreon blogs as well.
The mailing list will continue to run, with updates at the beginning of each month. They'll be a round-up of what's been happening on the blog, for anyone who doesn't use a feed reader and doesn't want to keep checking the website. The Facebook and Instagram pages will also be kept updated whenever a blog post goes up, so that's another easy way to keep in touch.
If you're waiting for me to make something for you (I know that Rebecca has some curtains which are heading in my direction!), or you see the perfect fabric that you definitely need to have transformed into one of my dresses, please just ask! I'm not giving up sewing for other people entirely, I'm just not going to be running it as a little branded shop for a while.
(If I can figure out the logistics, I might be able to pop some easy payment buttons onto the new blog, but I haven't got that far into the process yet.)
So... check out the sale before I clear out my workshop... sign up to the mailing list if you'd like to be kept up to date... or follow me on Facebook or Instagram if that's where you hang out. The promised changes are happening very soon!