Sunday, 30 October 2011

something new, something old...

nope, nothing for weddings, despite the misleading title!

Something old is a coupon code for Zibbet, it expires tomorrow so if you have been thinking about adding a meerkat or two to your shopping cart, use this code to get 15% off at checkout. All my Zibbet stock is "ready to ship", and the code is: IBTE03

Something new - due to be listed in all my shops during next week - a range of Christmas tree hanging decorations (all with meerkats, naturally!)

The first one went into Etsy today, he's hanging on a blue icicle!

I've also been adding bead eyes to my meerkat brooches this weekend:

They're also available as keychains, this one is only in Payvment so far. Don't forget there is an automatic 15% discount from that shop if you've "liked" my facebook business page.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

New facebook shop!


Yay for another place to find meerkatty goodness!

I've been hard at work this last week uploading (or is it downloading? I'm never sure!) meerkats into my new payvment shop on facebook.

Everything there will be ready-to-ship and if you've "liked" my page you get an automatic 15% discount. Prices are in lovely British ££££ and shipping is a standard £2, or £3 overseas.


New - and so far unique to facebook - are my tiny meerkat brooches and keychain! Most of your favourites will be there, but if the one you want is missing please get in touch and I'll stick it on my to-knit list.

Find my new shop by clicking HERE

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Creative descriptions 101

So - having spent all that time last month editing for relevancy on Etsy they've now thrown another spanner in the works. Tara Gentile wrote a guest blog for Etsy which has got me thinking along new tracks - and begging for help!

I had previously thought my pictures dealt with the cute, while my words described the practical issues that a picture can't explain - how big it is, what it's made of, the fact that I wire my meerkats so they're not suitable for children.

Tara said sellers and buyers look at descriptions from different perspectives, and that a buyer wants to know how buying my product will enhance their life.

That's a pretty big ask...but I passed it on to my facebook friends. I'd already seen many Etsy descriptions describing critters who are "up for adoption" or "seeking good homes" and frankly that sort of thing really isn't me.

I challenged Chris, from Pickled Jamjars Creative Writing to write a new description for poor Alice in Wonderland Meerkat. She's been renewed several times but hasn't found a home *sobs glitter tears*

Here's what I'd originally written:

"I wonder if I've been changed in the night? Let me think. Was I a handknitted Meerkat when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different. But if I'm not the same, the next question is 'Who in the world am I?'

Designed & knit in the clean, fresh, country air in Kent, the Garden of England (no cigarette, perfume or pet odors) Alice has been transformed into a Niftyknits original meerkat. She's around 7" tall (18cm) and wears a beautiful blue dress with full lacy petticoat. On her head she wears (of course) an Alice band.

Her outfit is complete with stripy stockings and bright red shoes.

None of Alice's clothes are removable. Like all Niftyknits meerkats she is made to my own pattern. Her back legs and tail have been wired to allow her to stand freely in the typical "tripod" stance.


She is not suitable for small children due to small parts.

More meerkats ;

Meerkat greeting cards ;

Niftyknits Meerkats are wrapped in tissue paper and come with a signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity and a special edition Niftyknits fridge magnet.


So - that was me. Not very interesting, practical and very repetitive if you've read several listings. This is what Chris suggested:


Oh, well hello I'm Alice, isn't my hair divine? I simply MUST tell you about this adventure I just had... You will believe me? Won't you? It simply wasn't a dream, I'm quite sure!

I saw this rabbit you see... Oh? It was white, with a watch! And absolutely had to had to follow him. And I fell. Oh how far and fast. Down and down. Where? A rabbit hole of course! Didn't I say?

And I found my self in a wonderful land... Called Wonderland! And there was a dodo, and twins, and spectacle birds, and a caterpillar, and a mad hatter, and I got big, and then small, and then big, and oh, oh, oh.... What did you say? I'm speaking too fast?

Well there is simply one solution! I will just have to come home and tell you!


Well just look at me! My hair, my little blue dress, and my collars, and petticoats, and tights and shoes, oh my shoes are to die for! Oh I'm doing it again! Aren't I? I'll show you when I arrive, please do have some tea on for me! Assam, milk, two sugar lumps! Oh and I adore shortbread if you have any? See you in a week or two!


and then my original "practical stuff" to finish. What do you think? Funnily enough Alice expired yesterday (no, not the actual Alice, the listing) so I'm about to edit her. Of course if she now sells I'll owe Chris commission ;-)

Here's Alice (edited to add she already had 2113 views, 39 admirers and has been in 9 Treasury lists (from before I made the changes), it'll be interesting to see what difference the changes make)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

'Tis the season!

Yes I know it's early...but a meerkat is for life, not just for Christmas! (pssst - turn your speakers on)

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Saturday, 8 October 2011

the north wind doth blow...

Actually, I don't know which way the wind was blowing, but there was plenty of it on Wednesday at Broomhill Sands. Still no progress on moving home to the coast, so we're making do with lots of days out.

It wasn't exactly warm, but I stand by the Scandinavian proverb: There's no such thing as bad weather, only incorrect clothing.

These two guys were up and away in no time. From our perspective, it sometimes seemed as if the many surfers were bound to crash!

The kite surfers frequently lifted off the sea completely, but never when I was pointing the camera in their direction.

The gulls also seemed to be enjoying the wind, taking off effortlessly (as long as they were facing in the correct direction!) This one was picking up shellfish, flying up,dropping it down to the beach to crack open then retrieving his lunch.

I really liked the patterns the sea made in the sand as it retreated.

This next pattern would make a nice lacy knitted shawl!

Most of all - apart from enjoying watching all those surfers - we enjoyed feeling alone with nature.

A beach is for life, not just for summer!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

New Meerkat Trekkie fan photos!

My friend and meerkat-collector Barry has been to another convention!

Here's Barry introducing Jennifer Lien to meerkats Kes and Neelix

Armin Shimerman meeting meerkat Quark:

Trekkie meerkats are available from my shops on Etsy and Zibbet

and there are even more MeerTrekkie fan photos on my fanpage

Live long, and prosper!

Which reminds me...did you know I bought a Tshirt from the wonderful Leonard Nimoy's Etsy shop? You don't want to see a photo, do you? Really? Ok then...