Site News

A couple of recent updates to the site, an exciting shop one and a dull as dishwater but essential one.

The first is the exciting news that we’ve add a “sale” section to our shop where you can pick up a variety of bargains, everything in there is currently 50% cheaper than you’d normally expect to pay!  Check it out before everything’s gone!The second piece of news is some simple site tweaks, nothing you should notice but the changes will mean that the site will run that bit quicker, especially the homepage … happy browsing!

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relaunching the web-store … again

Following the ‘unforeseen consequences‘ we had last week we’re delighted to announce the re-opening of our web-store having banished the stability issues caused by a software update, it’s not entirely restocked as yet and we might carry out further tweaks as we go along but otherwise it’s all good!

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miner minion owls, ready to plumb the depths of the MadeStuff site to sort any problems we have

To get to the new store page you can follow this link, here, or simply click on the button on the menu bar.  This will transport you, as if by magic to our shiny new dedicated sub domain … if it helps you can pretend you’re riding a unicorn to get there.  Please, please, please let us know if you experience any problems while you’re there so that we can send our army of owl minions down into the bowels of our site to rectify the problem!

 

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unforeseen consequences

We’ve been tirelessly working on back office elements of the website following an unexpected software update essentially crippled the MadeStuff Store – thanks for that WooCommerce :-/

 

It has however highlighted a stability issue effecting store availability and as a result we’re moving the store element of the website to a separate sub-domain from the main site.  By the time we’re done everything will be seamless and lovely again but in the meantime it does mean that our webstore will be unavailable, apologies for any inconvenience.

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work in progress – loads of little owls!

It’s been an absolute hive of activity in the MadeStuff workshop today and for your eyes only here’s a wee insight into our workings with a few work in progress shots.  It’s important that the owls organise themselves into a row at the start of the shift so that they can stand and behold the greatness that is the, Pin Cushion Of Pins And Needles, we find it really gets them going for the work ahead … a bit of team-bonding for the common good.

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They can then move on to help their eyeless brothers and sisters become better acquainted with their mother-of-pearl eyes.  See how they shine!

Looking at the shot below it appears that the grey one on the back left has been misbehaving and has been tethered for, we must presume, his own safety; after-all, the workshop can be a dangerous place with all those pointy pins and needles lying about and we wouldn’t want anybody getting hurt.

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Thankfully none were hurt and a whole new batch of workshop owls have been completed and will soon be ready to fly the metaphorical nest and be launched into the big brave world to find new and exciting places to live.

Having completed their labours for the day the whole team take themselves off for a nap . . .

 

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Cute Little Owls

‘O’ if for Owl … Cute Little Owls!

Our cute little owls – or little ‘O’ owls as I insist on calling them – have been with us for what seems like an age!  It’s certainly one of the most popular plushies we make, no doubt because it’s so flaming cute!

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I’ve just realised, looking at that picture, that it looks like those cute little owls contain coins … they don’t!  It’s there for scale and besides it’s an old penny from a long, long, l-oooo-ng time ago; so-o, don’t be picking apart the stitching to get at the innards!  If you are that way inclined, however, I don’t doubt that you could use them as cute little pin-cushions, but that might make us sad 🙁

You see our cute little owls are somewhat labour intensive, I mean, just look at this . . .

Cute Little Owls

. . . and that’s just a small selection of the current work in progress.  And, yes, I know they have no eyes but we had a slight ‘supply-chain issue’; in-so-far as we forgot to order in the right buttons in time and we’ve had to wait for them to arrive.  Excitingly though they did!  Yesterday.  Yay!  And you should see them, they’re gorgeous mother of pearl ones.  A bit different from those above but absolutely lush none-the-less, as soon as we get some decent light (i.e. the sun graces us with its presence) I’ll get some photo’s on here quick-smart so you can see them.

In the meantime, be like an owl.  Be wise.  xxx

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coffee break’s over … BACK TO WORK!

We’re hugely excited to be re-opening our all new website including our ever popular blog and shop.  Of course, we’ve been away on what must be the longest coffee break in history, but all that means is that we’re super-caffeinated and raring to go!

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You’ll no doubt be seeing and hearing an awful lot more from us from here-on-in as we reaffirm our commitment to providing quality content and bringing you all the latest MadeStuff from our own caffeine injected minds and across the web.  In fact we’re going to be bringing you a whole host of new and original content including lots of arts, crafts, and – in-between-times – tasty ideas for treats and snacks; after-all crafting on an empty stomach is as silly a notion as crafting whilst sipping a decaffeinated latte.

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Please please PLEASE!  Join us on our continuing adventures by connecting through Facebook and Twitter.  We’ll be rolling out across other
platforms in the near future, but will update you on our forays into Pinterest and Instagram as they happen.

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It’s so good to back that, well frankly, I think we might just POP! with excitement!

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