Final Christmas pudding coins!

The final Christmas pudding coins I’m planning to make this season are now available in the shop!

Best of all you can nab a set at a special end of year discount!

Handmade Christmas pudding coins in fine silver.

The coins have been hugely popular again this year, so get in quick!

Quick and easy Christmas pudding

In case you’re worried that you haven’t made your pudding yet – or if you feel daunted about making one at all – the coin sets each include my family’s recipe for Christmas pudding. The recipe is very easy to make and is best made on the day.

It’s also a Depression-era recipe which is accidentally vegan – and delicious!

There’s also a recipe for my Nana’s very indulgent (and very non-vegan!) brandy sauce, which is best made the day before Christmas.

Christmas deliveries

The best advice when shopping online for Christmas is to not leave it until the last minute!

That way you can be sure that the handmade jewellery designs you want are available and your order will arrive in plenty of time.

Bearing that in mind, here are my suggested Christmas order cut off dates:

  • International post: 10 December 2013
  • Australian standard post: 15 December 2013
  • Australian Express Post*: 21 December 2013

Last minute orders should be placed by 5pm AEST on these dates.

After these dates we’ll continue to post orders as quickly as possible, but the later you order the less chance you have of your delivery arriving prior to Christmas.

* Express Post is only guaranteed next business day delivery to Adelaide and surrounds. Other locations may still receive Express Post deliveries the next business day, but it’s not guaranteed – to be safe order earlier.

After Christmas:

Orders will be sent as usual after Christmas Day, but allow a little more time than usual for delivery given the number of public holidays at that time of year.

Festive season bestsellers

Here are my best selling pieces of handmade jewellery (and more!) so far this festive season:

Christmas pudding coins - pure silver.   Victorian leaves open locket with ruby.

Left: Christmas pudding coins – pure silver
Right: Victorian leaves open locket – sterling silver and ruby gemstone

Handmade chain in sterling silver.   Sterling silver stacking rings.

Handmade chain – sterling silver
Stacking rings – set of 3 – sterling silver

Rose pendant with ruby gemstone.   Rose post earrings in sterling silver.

Shapely rose pendant – sterling silver and ruby gemstone
Rose post earrings – sterling silver.

Blossom earrings in sterling silver.   Japanese etched pendant on silk necklace.

Blossom earrings – sterling silver
Japanese etched pendant – sterling silver and natural silk thread.

Tulip earrings in sterling silver and copper.   Tulip pendant in sterling silver and copper.

Double tulip earrings – sterling silver and copper
Double tulip pendant – sterling silver and copper.

Be a Christmas earlybird!

Christmas for me always gets increasingly hectic as we get closer to the big day, especially as a lot of customers leave their Christmas shopping until the last possible moment.

So to encourage you to shop early this year here’s a super special 15% discount code: earlybird13.

But be quick – the code expires this Sunday, 17 November!

Visit the handmade jewellery shop.

Handmade jewellery designs by Simone Walsh.

Christmas is coming!

I seem to get in a panic about Christmas earlier every year! But the reality is for many indie designers, the festive season is generally insanely busy and difficult to keep on top of. Early preparation is a must … but it can be hard to find the time to do it earlier in the year too when you’re running a micro business.

Photograph of handmade jewellery findings.

Yesterday I had my first ‘OMG it’s almost Christmas!’ moment of panic. This year part of the issue for me is having just taken on a major web project which will tie me up for much of the next six to eight weeks … and then suddenly it will be October and handmade jewellery sales are likely to already be picking up considerably and things probably won’t really slow down again until around March.

To try to ward off the panic I decided to make findings! I handmake most of the findings I use and always see making them as being a bit of a chore. It’s a major pain to run out of them – even more so during the busy season when there is so much else to worry about. Also making them in very small quantities is really inefficient so a chunk of time needs to be set aside to make a pile of the things.

And above is the outcome of my labour – fresh out of the tumbler this morning. It’s of course nowhere near enough to see me through to the end of the busy season, but it’s a start. I think I need to set a bit of time aside regularly to keep adding to my findings stash from here on in.

Season’s greetings

Christmas pudding.
I’m a day late, but I would like to wish all of my friends, customers and anyone who happens across this a happy festive season, whatever it is that you may or may not observe.

I’m spending the season with my family in rural South Australia. Above is a photograph of my family’s traditional Christmas pudding, as devoured after a long roast turkey lunch on Christmas Day. The pudding is a bit different to the regular ones as it’s quick and easy to cook, can be made on the day and – being a recipe from clearly poverty-stricken times – it has no eggs, no suet and cold tea for flavouring rather than alcohol. And, oddly enough, it’s delicious – especially when smothered in brandy sauce!

As the new year looms I hope all of you have a wonderful 2009. I’m certainly hoping for some major improvements on 2008, which has been a very difficult year for me personally.

Succulents and a bird tap in my parents’ garden.
Some succulents in my parents’ garden and their lovely bird tap – taken on Christmas Day.

Earlybird holiday discount

Handwritten text pendant by Simone Walsh.The festive season is heading our way faster than a speeding bullet!

This year I’m hoping to encourage people to shop early to avoid too much of a last minute rush.

So if blog readers would like to purchase any of my handmade jewelry for Christmas, place your order by Monday 1 December 2008 and use the code early to receive a 10% discount.

Visit my handmade jewelry shop to use the discount code. The code is also valid in my Australian handmade jewellery shop for Australian and New Zealand customers.

Those of you in the US can think of this as a Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale, of course!

Festive season deliveries

The earlier you place orders for Christmas gifts, the more certain you can be of the items arriving in time. However, I suggest customers keep in mind the following dates:

  • Australian customers: order by 17 December for regular post and by 21 December for Express Post
  • New Zealand customers: order by 17 December
  • Other customers: order by 14 December

Orders placed after these dates may still arrive in time, but they may not.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just a quick note to wish all of my US readers who celebrate it a very happy Thanksgiving!