HaHaHandmade #HoHoHolidayFundRAiser

After work this morning, I spent all afternoon getting the handmade ducks in a row. Metaphorically speaking. Disclosure: There will be no fowl in the fundraiser. 🦆 But plenty of other fantastic items. So teaser #2: our fixed-price sale on Etsy/Pattern.

This time the numbering works, and you can deduce that we will have 16 different listings on offer. Most of the offerings will come in multiples. Some may only have an exclusively small number; but there are also a couple of amazing listings with a large number of multiples. In total, we will have a massive 250+ individual items for sale, which will hopefully mean that anyone who wants to support the fundraiser sale, will be able to snap something up. Prices will range from €5 to €20 iirc, making it an affordable option for a donation with an item in return.

Last time round there were a few disappointed voices, saying that the items in the fixed-price sale were sold out so quickly, some people did not have a chance to buy. So in order to avoid disappointment, I have come up with a cunning plan. Most listings will be split in half and go online in two separate batches. That way I can hopefully offer a fair chance to those who aren’t online at the start of the fixed-price sale. This strategy is not possible for *all* listings (due to limited numbers) but where multiples are available, I have split the listings for a second, later restock/new launch.

If this is your first fundRAiser, this is what happens for the fixed-price sale: The items can be bought for a fixed-price *duh* on my Etsy-powered shop called ScissorsandSmiles on Pattern by Etsy. The fundraiser items will be clearly labelled so you know that you are buying an item whose proceeds go into our donations pot. The listing thumbnails have the red Christmas bauble (see right) on the thumbnail image and mention the hashtag #HoHoHolidayFundRAiser in the title. Also, each listing descriptions starts with the note “THIS IS A #HoHoHolidayFundRAiser ITEM!!!!!”. Note: As this is my own Etsy shop, there will be other items visible that are *not* part of the fundraiser. So look out for the #HoHoHolidayFundRAiser hashtag for the fundraiser items!

The items in the sale are fan-made, some commercially made but designed by fans, and many of them hand-made and therefore vary in details. You can buy multiples of the same item (via the “quantity” button in the individual listing) – or put several different items into your shopping basket before you pay. That will make the shopping process easier and faster for both you and me 🙂. (However, I do understand that demand can be so high that it is safer to buy fast and individually rather than paying for all chosen items at once. I won’t hold it against you 😉.) You don’t have to register for an account there in order to buy on Etsy!

Most of the fixed-price items will be sent by me – some will be sent by the kind makers/donors from their own country, so don’t be surprised if you receive separate shipments at different times. I have been collecting packaging material for the last three months to ensure safe wrapping and packing. In fact, this is the state of my craft room right now:

😬 Yep. Ok, disclaimer – there are also some private items among this chaos. But by and large… Hehe, that gif also counts as a teaser… You may be able to identify some fundRAiser items.

Right, enough of the teasing. I’ll close here with big thanks to the contributors to the fixed-price sale: Ani, Anne, Esther, Armidreamer, Kate, Rachel, and Young. The sale would not be possible without their donated handiwork! And tip: If you are still curious about what will be on sale, check out one of the previous Etsy sales and search for the names of the contributors… They all have trademark styles and media 🤐… Or wait until tomorrow when I will disclose a bit more 😋

ETA: The Etsy sale will go live some time on November 30th. I will give you an indication of the exact time closer to launch!


11 thoughts on “HaHaHandmade #HoHoHolidayFundRAiser

    • 🤐😂 The screenshot is really good at obscuring what you have in store for our buyers…
      And go ahead and blog whenever you want, Rachel. Now is fine, any time is fine! am sure our fellow fans will be delighted to see what you have created! It’ll whet everybody’s appetite!

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    • I heard from quite a few people last time round that they missed out on a chance for buying one of the items available in fewer numbers. So I thought I’d level the playing field a little bit this way…
      More appetisers coming your way today 😉

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  1. Wow, 250+ individual items. Good for us….and not so good for you.
    Oh, you have already seen the photo of RA with a TLR camera. Is a TLR not heavy?


    • Ah well, I am hoping that some people will buy multiple items 😉. Let’s just hope that my packaging will be enough 😂
      As for TLR picture – yep, saw it. Camera porn 🤤. And I immediately had certain reservations about the realism of that scene. A TLR doesn’t have a flash, yet Ray is shooting not only indoors, but inside a low-lit bar!!!! Ahem. Not really ideal, unless you go for the fashionably shaky, grainy look. But on second glimpse I noticed that Ray is balancing his right elbow on the bar, and he is steadying the camera by holding it tight against his body, just as you have to when you are shooting with such a camera. In terms of weight, the Mamiyaflex is definitely lighter than than a modern SLR, like the one Ray has been shooting with in the earlier pictures from the set. Especially with a long lens = very heavy glass. That works in favour of the TLR in this respect – can be held steady easier. But nonetheless – I don’t really think that a TLR is really a camera for shooting hand-held indoors. It would need a large aperture and a slow shutter speed in order to expose correctly, and the latter really makes it near impossible to hold the camera steady. The rule of thumb is that you can hand-hold up to 1/60th of a second. Anything longer than that and the image will be fuzzy. And shooting indoors with ambient light (=only the light sources available in the venue without extra light sources added by photographer) would definitely need a slower shutter speed… But hey, we know that Ray was a promising art photographer, proven now by his use of an old-fashioned TLR. And those artsy-fartsy types loooove grainy, fuzzy shots. 😁 I bet he photographed in B/W only 😂


      • Thanks for the explanation, Guylty. The long lens must be very heavy indeed. I have never held them in my hand. You’re right, Ray takes definitely grainy, fuzzy shots with such light. But he looks good as artsy-fartsy photographer type 😂 Though however the picture of Lucas North you found today 😍


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