Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Etsy Venture - If you want it NOW, you shall get it NOW!

Etsy made this gal a very happy camper with its newest feature. Until now selling digital image files meant that the buyer had to wait for the seller to get up (think different time zones), check their e-mails and finally send out the file they purchased. Of course some sellers are using third-party applications which also offer immediate downloads, but after looking into this I figured I'd rather save some money and do it the old-fashioned way. Then, one fine morning, an Etsy newsletter sat in my inbox and lo and behold ... there's a new delivery process for digital files available now!

Basically this means that while setting up listings I pick the digital file option and upload up to five files. The purchased listing will be immediately available for download once payment was successful. Needless to say, I'm beyond thrilled about this! Not only is this a great time-safer, it will equally make buyers happy that they won't have to wait for their order to arrive in their inbox!

Plus, as another positive side-effect ... it's not unheard of that some people think that despite several warnings all over the shop and in each listing, that they will receive an actual print. Apparently some folks read the title, skim the text in the listing, and jump straight to the box at the bottom of the page informing them that shipping is free. Let's just say, things could get pretty ugly from then on (not as though it ever happened to me, but I read some not-so-funny stuff in the forums). Now there's written "download immediately" all over the listings page and the shipping info box is gone as well. Can't get much safer than that! Hopefully I didn't jinx it by making that last statement *cough*.

To find out more about the new feature, also check out the FAQ on Etsy!

The Lucky Dip Giveaway (Europe only)

With my apparent love for grab bags I thought why not make one of you happy with your very own surprise? Thus, I decided to pack a geeky themed mystery pack to give away. Most of the content has already been presented in one of my reviews in The Lucky Dip feature and everything in the grab bag is, of course, brand-new and ready for a lucky new owner!

Please note that this giveaway is not sponsored by the Etsy shops whose grab bag contents I'm sharing. It's just my way of spreading the love by giving away some awesome goodies and at the same time it's also a shout-out for equally amazing Etsy sellers!

Up for grabs is a Geeky Girl Grab Bag with a "Love Meter" Brass Necklace and "Lie Detector" Brass Earrings from Chrys Designs Jewelry, a Brooch and Sticker from Modern Girl Blitz, Greeting Cards from Nicola Rowlands, and maybe I'll throw in one or two additional surprises too.

Based on the original shop prices, this grab bag has a € 45 value!

Last but not least - as I'm sending the grab bag out myself this giveaway is open to Europe only!

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Lucky Dip - Chrys Designs Jewelry

One of the first shops I came across in my ongoing search for grab bags proved to have quite a potential for addictive behavior. Or maybe it's just my curiosity plus the happiness factor when I received my first order? Either way, a third purchase is basically around the corner!

Where to go? Chrys Designs Jewelry

What to buy? Mystery Jewelry Bag

What does it cost? $15 plus shipping

What's it all about? According to the listing each mystery jewelry grab bag contains at least 3 items (sometimes more) valued at a minimum of $40 and it may contain a selection of antiqued brass jewelry, golden brass jewelry, gold plated charm necklaces, semi precious stones with gold plated chain, plastic stud earrings, adjustable brass ring with plastic flowers, glass rhinestone jewelry... 

Content? Being (a bit) customizable, I asked that no rings be included as I don't wear those that often. So necklaces and earrings it was. Aplenty. I swear, when I unpacked my little box I nearly fainted. "At least 3 items" meant "at least 6" as I ordered two grab bags. I received ... let me take a deep breath ... 14 pieces of jewelry!

Seven Necklaces (various styles) ...

... and seven Pairs of Earrings (various styles)

Most favorite items? Let's split this decision in half - I adore the necklace with the gold plated branch and the blue stone, plus the cute aqua-colored earrings which, I think, might be Amazonite!

Least favorite items? You see, I really haven't got a thing for birds, so I nominate the birdie necklace. The windmill earrings make a close second (despite being wingless, ha).

Value? Are you freaking kidding me? To call this a bargain would be the understatement of the year!

Verdict? This hasn't been my first purchase in this shop and trust me, it won't be my last either. Amazing variety and lovely designs, what more could a girl want?

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Lucky Dip - Modern Girl Blitz

They say it's a man's world. I beg to differ. Not sayin' I'm a bit of a rebel, but ... a feminist? Sure thing. And feminists sure love to shop. Imagine that!

Where to go? Modern Girl Blitz

What to buy? Medium Mystery Blitz Bag

What does it cost? $20 plus shipping

What's it all about? Midge fills the mystery bags (available in different sizes: small, medium, large and extra-large) with a bundle of items from my shop that I'm really into at the moment, as well as a little signed drawing! Every bag contains an assortment of items from my shop like zines, buttons, felt brooches, patches and tote bags. Please note that each bag is different and will not contain all of these types of items, what you get will be a total surprise!

Content? Buttons galore and other goodies too. Sadly no tote bag inside, but that's my own fault, 'cause I might have been luckier, if I had gone for a bigger sized one, duh. And, as I want to note, everything is from current collections!

"Riot" and "Feminism is Cool" Stickers / "Red Sunglasses" Pocket Mirror / "Little Mouth" Brooch
"Little Mouth" Drawing / Button Set

Most favorite item? That's actually not just one piece, but the whole button set which is just plain cute and cool!

Least favorite item? Despite the fact that I never shut up (especially while driving the car) it may be strange to say this, but I'm not overly fond of the mouthy brooch and drawing! 

Value? Pretty good!

Verdict? Girl power is all I'm sayin'! If you are one feisty gal then this is the shop that'll make your heart beat faster!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Snap Happy - And another lil' sneak peek!

With the gorgeous weather we had the past week I couldn't resist to hop on the train and go to Vienna for the day. While I skipped the more obvious sites aka city center I ventured into the fun world of the Prater!

Now, feast your eyes on a few of the images that will soon make it into the shop!