Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Thank you Theo

Thank you to Theo Paphitis of Dragons Den for picking me this week as one of the winners of #SBS (small business sunday) on twitter.

Every week between 5 - 7.30 you can tweet @TheoPaphitis and include #sbs with a link to your business and he picks his fav 6 and retweets them. If you have not done it yet, have a go this sunday.  It gets you lots of new followers and new people to look at your blog/shop/facebook etc.

Sunday, 31 July 2011

And the winner is ....

The winner of my Giveaway, as drawn out of the hat by my daughter, is Rosa Lily.  I am just off to contact her.

Thank you to everyone that entered and for all the lovely comments.

Pants xxx

Friday, 22 July 2011


So its July, where has the sun gone?.  Not that I seem to have much time lately to escape outdoors.  I am busy sewing away ready for Christmas.  I have been lucky enough to gain 2 new stockists this month and it is always an exciting time getting stock ready to send to galleries.

I thought, as you do in the middle of summer, that it was time for a Christmas Giveaway.

This year I have made some Shabby Chic style Christmas decorations and you can get in early before I list them in the shops by entering this giveaway and winning a pair.  They are hand stamped and finished with vintage Mother of Pearl Buttons and have a twine hanger.

To be in with a chance of winning go take a look at my Folksy Shop and leave a comment below telling me what your favourite item is.  For an extra chance tweet this giveaway.  I shall put all the names in the hat and draw out the winner on Sunday 31st July 2011.  Good luck.

Pants x

Friday, 24 June 2011

Bring on the Views

A lot of sellers on Folksy have talked about viewings lately, what time is best to list, how to get more views etc.  I have been lucky enough to be one of the top most viewed shops on Folksy for the past few months so I thought I would try and share some of what I do to get those views.

I am not the worlds most technical person and getting to grips with social networking has been a struggle for me, but Im getting there.

For me my first challenge was Twitter.  So I signed up and started following a few people and having a chat.  Soon I got some followers and then some more.  I have over 2000 at present. Now not everyone is going to click your links, but lots do.  I have had quite a few sales from there.   And if only 1 of each of the followers friends then follows me I would be up to over 4000.

Try and be sociable, dont just tweet links and do help other people out by re-tweeting their links too, soon people will be retweeting yours and thats going to all their followers too.

I signed up to Tweetdeck as it is much easier to see what is going on as you can have lots of columns open for different things.  I have the timeline, my mentions, my followers, a search for #folksy, #junebugs (the folksy listing club this month) and I do sometimes open a column and  search for people mentioning things that are relevant to my shop ie. #purses.   If someone mentions they are looking for a new purse I tweet them a link to mine.

Once I felt I had got to grips with twitter it was time to concentrate on Facebook.

I already had a personal profile, but had seen that some people had a business page too.  So that seemed like a great idea.  I created my Pantsandpaper page.  Each time I list I pop a link on facebook, again this has brought in lots of views and sales.  I enjoy looking through peoples pages and like those that appeal to me. The more pages you like, the more that will probably like you back and then their followers like you too, again its rolling.    Now I have over 1000 'likes' and more followers each day.

I also use Craftjuice.  You sign up, and submit an item.  It then can be seen by others who click if they like it, when it has had so many clicks Craftjuice then tweets it.  You can also re-tweet it and other peoples.  Craftjuice also has a facebook page, so your item will also appear on there.  Dont forget to click on other people items and that will build some followers and people who will then click on yours.  Dont forget each of these sites are about networking, so make sure you help other people out too.

The latest site I use is Pinterest.  You can have a number of boards which you fill with whatever takes your fancy.  I have a board for Folksy Shops and add things that I have seen that I like.  I have another which is things from my shop.  I have one for things I see that are gorgeous etc etc.  Again, dont just pin your own items, pin other peoples and not just other Folksy shops, but try looking through Etsy etc.  If you pin something from etsy and people like it, they look at your boards and they follow you maybe and then you have perhaps some international followers.

This is also true on other sites.  Dont just think GB think global.  I have just stocked a shop in Portugal, which I believe found me on Facebook.  You have the whole world to socialise with.

I also use Stumbleupon I am just getting to grips with this site and am not quite sure what to do, but there is some advice and info about it to be found on the Folksy Blog.

Advcrtising.  I do also advertise.  To do this I use Project Wonderful.  This is a great site where you can place ads on other peoples blogs, websites etc.  It can cost very little.  You can also arrange advertising space on your own blog, which people pay for, it then gives you money to spend on your own advertising.  You dont need to be a wizz kid to set up an advert.  Mine is simply a photo which links to my folksy shop.  I only advertise in a couple of places at weekends, when I think most people have got time on their hands to sit and browse some blogs.  This usually brings in around 100 views.

There are lots of handmade directories.  Have a search around and add yourselves to the lists.  There is sometimes a very small charge for this.  Try this one Shop Handmade UK.

Of course there is also blogging, which I am particularly bad at doing.  So cant give much advice in that direction but today there is a great bit on the Folksy Blog all about getting more comments and followers to your blog.

When you are doing all of the above think about timing.  Dont just charge in stumbling, tweeting etc.  It is no point tweeting early morning if your followers are all asleep.  Again there are very quiet times throughout the day, like school run and tea time.  Think about when people are likely to be looking.  I use craftjuice around lunchtime on the basis that by the time it is tweeted it will be evening and busier on twitter.

Also, if you are looking at USA viewings on your shop, then dont tweet when they will all be asleep, remember time zones.

The best thing to remember is have fun,enjoy chatting and meeting people.  Dont try and do it all at once if like me you struggle with working out how to do it all.  Concentrate on one thing at a time and build it up.

Join in, there are plenty of giveaways, chat forums etc to meet like minded people.

If you want to see how your doing check out this site Social Mention.  Pop in the name of your shop and see where you have been mentioned.  It is great fun. I have found out that I was on The Altoid Mint Website for a while.  I am listed in Ben & Jerry's top fav twitter names and one of my silly conversations I had on twitter was even mentioned in the Seattle Times.  

I wont offer any advice on how to use all these sites, but there is plenty of help out there. 

Have fun, enjoy chatting, and see those views go up and hopefully more sales as well.

Sam x

Friday, 17 June 2011

Friday Thoughts

Its Hubbies Birthday today, so we have had a much needed and rare day together.  Happy Birthday Jay xxx

This photo was taken in New Engand, one of my fav places in the world.

Sometimes, we are just so busy, both working for ourselves.  Two children to run to numerous clubs, sports matches, etc and piles of paperwork every evening. 

We had a whirlwind romance.  Having met fleetingly only three times before he came round for a cuppa and never went home.  9 weeks later he proposed and within the same year we were married with a beautiful sunset behind us on the beach in Barbados.

I suppose we still learn about each other every day.  He is still learning that I hate tomatoes and that I cant stand the smell of sausages.  I have to get used to the fact he does not understand my sarcastic sense of humour and it can cause many an argument, whilst my son and I snigger away at something he does not really get. 

We are very different, he likes to blast me out with loud rock music, whilst I love peace and quiet. I like to watch films at a level where it does not hurt my ears, where as he likes to make the windows vibrate with volume full on.  He loves sensible Volvo's, I love big huge american convertibles.  He drives so slow we get overtaken by the milk float.  I always wanted to be a rally driver.  He loves to keep fit and I have never seen the inside of a gym.  But it works and lifes a blast.  I am very lucky and I am thankful for every second we have together.

So Happy Birthday to my bestest friend ever from Pants x

Sunday, 5 June 2011

And the winner is......

I have just popped all the names in a hat and the winner has been drawn.  It is ........ (drum roll).

The Little Floating Craft Co.  Yay.

I shall be in touch to get your details.

Thanks for all the entries and lovely comments.

Pants x

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Giveaway, again .....

I am celebrating reaching over 1000 likers for my facebook page.  Pants Page Here.

To say thank you I shall be giving away a set of my Lavender Beach Huts, which are exclusive to my Noths Shop.  Take a look.  You will receive a set of all three.

To enter please leave a comment below and I will pick the winner On Sunday 5th June.

Good luck

Pants x

Sunday, 15 May 2011

And The Winner is.......

The winner as picked at random by my daughter, who is still in her PJ's, is ..........

Moody Cow.  Well done Trish.  Im off to Contact you now x x x x

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Playing with my stash .... GIVEAWAY.

So, Friday night I found myself with an hour or two in peace and quiet.  Normally I spend the time tidying away from the days sewing.  But, the more I tidied, the more I found myself surrounded by gorgeous colours and textures.

 Now a crafters hands are always busy and before I could stop myself I started playing, sewing, cutting.

Before I knew it a couple of hours had shot by, the dog needed a wee and I had not had my tea.  But, this is what I had made.

So, now Im left with much tidying up to do today, in fact, much more than I started with.  And what am I to do with my creation.  Well, do a GIVEAWAY.
So if you would like to win my late night creation.  Just leave a comment on this thread and I will put all the names in a hat on the 14th May and the winner will be announced on this blog.  Anyone who tweets or shares this giveaway on facebook will have an extra entry popped into the hat.

Good luck 
Sam xxx

Thursday, 14 April 2011


Dont know if anyone can help me with this, but my followers appears to be blank.  Not sure where its gone or how to get it back. 

Friday, 8 April 2011

A Poem

My lovely 12yr old wrote me this lovely poem on Mother's Day.  I thought I would share it with you.

The Tree of Hearts

After wisdom, the creation of life
All was lost and love was gone
Hearts had fallen and hope was low
No man had given all they had
So what happened to life?

A seed of love had fallen down
A soul of life blinded with wisdom
No other thing could truly be
But then again, why would they be
So what happened to love?

After this seed has blossomed
A creation began to grow
Nothing had ever happened
A ebony soul was banished
It was to be, a Tree of Hearts
A Daughter of Nature, Mother Nature.

By Bayley Sargeant

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Folksy Friday

Here are some lovely items available on Folksy today.

This one is from me.

Pants and Paper



The Little Bead Box

Dottery Pottery

Uniquely Yours

Happy Friday to you all and enjoy your shopping.

Monday, 21 February 2011

ATC Swap

I have taken part in an ATC swap on Folksy.  I am so lucky to have received this ATC today.

Its gorgeous.  You can find more of this lovely work here

Friday, 4 February 2011


ACEO's stands for Art Cards Editions and Originals.

These are tiny cards 3.5cm x 2.5 cm, the size of a trading card.  Originally this started as an ATC, or Artists Trading Card and Artists would trade cards and collect them. But members of the public could not join in as they did not have any cards to trade and a number of artists started making the cards to sell so that people could join in with the collecting of these little works of art.

I have enjoyed making these for some years.  I would cut out card to the right size, pop a sheet in the garden, arm my children with glue and a large box of scrapbook papers.  They would spend hours creating tiny cards, of which I now have a box full.

Recently, they have caught on over at Folksy and there are some amazing cards being posted every day in all sorts of different media.

This is one that I listed recently.

Here are some of the wonderful ACEO's also found over on Folksy.

There are many more amazing cards to see over at Folksy so pop over and take a look.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

And the winner is .........

Thank you to all those that entered and left such lovely comments.

My daughter has now picked a name from the hat and the winner is .....

The lovely Natalie of NOfkantsCurios

Well done x x x

Friday, 21 January 2011


I decided, as you do on a Friday morning, whilst getting the kids ready for school, that today was a good day for a giveaway.

The prize will be this little brooch.

To win this brooch all you have to do is visit my Folksy shop Pants Place this way and pop back and tell me what your favourite item is in the shop.  I shall pick the name of the winner out of the hat on Sunday 30 January at 8.00pm.

Good Luck.

Sam x