After a lovely day out last week, I have a few images that I think might make striking greeting cards to add to the range, but I’d love some input from you.
I’ve added the images to an album on my facebook page, and to a gallery on this website too. All you have to do is either like the images you would like to see included, or comment on the gallery – links to both are below.
At the end of each month I’ll check the likes and comments and add up the votes and then decide how many new cards to add.
Thank you all so much for helping test the new shop. There were a few wrinkles to iron out, as I suspected, and as is the purpose of such testing. But I think we have them sorted now. Should you come across any issues please let me know and we can try to solve them as quickly as possible.
There has been extensive work behind the scenes, and repeated testing and edits, but there comes a time when you have to just take the plunge and declare, “It’s as ready as it can be.” So, with no fanfare, no blowing of trumpets, no rolls on drums, no applause…. I can declare the Sarah Barnard Webshop, Open!
Feel free to come on in, have a browse, and use the code open25 at checkout to get 25% off your order as an opening offer.
This offer is not valid in conjunction with any other coupon or offer, and can only be used once per customer. This coupon is only valid until Friday 26th May 2017.
Right then folks, I need to test my shop. I’ve tested it with paypal sandbox and I think it looks all ok and good to go. It look like it’s all working as it should and transactions seem to be going through properly, but I want to test it with real people and real sales.
So, if you want to help out, and give it a whirl for me, put the code “50testmay” into the checkout and that will give you a whopping 50% off any greeting cards or ebooks you purchase. Your purchase is real, and you will receive whatever you order. The code is only valid until midnight on Friday and I’ll be posting any orders out on Thursday, and again on Saturday morning.
Any feedback on how it all works, or anything that doesn’t work as it should, would be fabulous.
This past week has seen a new idea begin to take shape. It all started last Christmas, when I was given a camera, my first DSLR – Thanks Dad! The beauty of digital is that you can take literally thousands of pictures, and then delete them all when they’re completely rubbish. But now and then, once in a while, there’s an image that sings, that stands out, and you fall in love with it.
First I set out to take a picture of a gull, in flight. They are magnificent hanging in the wind, wings outstretched. They’re almost boring sitting on the ground, hunched against the weather. I managed to capture some lovely images, and friends and acquaintances commented that one or two could be good enough to be commercial. Further opportunities came about, and I found myself planning trips out to capture particular images – usually wildlife, or nature in some form.
I printed a handful, made them into cards and sent them to friends or family as birthday cards. The response was good.
Then, as part of the digital media course I am studying, we had to create an online shop. So, I thought, I have my books, and I’ve added some of Mum’s hand crafted items, why not have some of the pictures as cards as well?
The first few arrived a few days ago and I’ve been adding them a few at a time. There aren’t many of each print, and I think I’ll keep it that way for now. If you’re interested, check out the “Greeting cards” link on the left side of the page.
My Mum was diagnosed with emphysema about 12 years ago, and she was determined she would not let it affect her or slow her down. Of course, it did eventually, conditions like that do in the end. but she didn’t stop, and in many ways she inspired others to get up and make the most of every day as well.
This time last year, Dad and I were in a state of stunned shock, reeling after her sudden decline and death, having to plan her funeral. So many people asked if there was anything they could do. In previous years, around Easter, she and Dad had organised a mass abseil down a local rock, to raise funds for the British Lung Foundation, and specifically for the British Lung Foundation in Wales. Up to 2015, they’d raised a total of £44,350. Last year the abseil had to be cancelled because Mum was so ill. So, last year we opened a Justgiving page for those who wanted to do something instead of sending flowers, or those who couldn’t come to the funeral. We added £1,896 to the total, making it £46,246.
It’s now a year on, and we’re doing ok. Life is a very different shape now, and we think of her every day. It’s Easter again, and we decided to gather a few people and do one last abseil, in her memory. So far the Justgiving total is £466, and there are more donations promised. If you want to pop a donation on the page, please rest assured it all goes straight to BLF, the link is below. Every donation is appreciated, and we hope you will give generously.
After completing a study module on website creation, and achieving a distinction, I am now awaiting the mark for the latest project – the podcast and video created before Easter. I’m reasonably happy with both end results, although there is plenty of room to improve if I want to go and make more of them. Is that something you’d like to see?
That’s 2 of 3 modules to be completed this academic year. Number 3 is ecommerce, and I’m enjoying this one!
You may have noticed shop menus appearing on the left side, and there are products slowly trickling in. In theory the shop will work, and all products shown as available can be bought. I am still working on behind the scenes details, and if you want to buy something, and it doesn’t work as it should, please let me know and I’ll sort out your order, and then fix the problem if I can. If you spot a problem, then please let me know so I can address it. I’d rather know and be able to fix whatever isn’t quite working.
As the next few weeks go on, there will be more items listed, and more functionality added, graphic elements and design will be tweaked, and the shop will evolve. So, if there’s something you’d like to see, please get in touch and I’ll see what I can do, within reason.
At the moment, for various reasons, I am only able to ship to postal addresses within the UK mainland, and I only accept payment through paypal.
I am honoured, and so proud, to have been asked to once again act as a judge for the Magic Oxygen Literary Prize. I love this – the people, the concept, the process, the whole thing. They plant trees, lots of trees, and they are creating a forest with every word submitted. Seventy-one acres so far, a forest of words, a new lung for the Earth. These contests are also helping to educate the generation who will become custodians of our beautiful world in their turn.
Over the past 3 years, MOLP has helped reforest 71 acres of deforested land in the Coastal Province of Kenya and it has just put a roof on the second, much needed classroom at Kundeni Primary School too.
So, I am working my way through round 1 of the judging process, and eagerly awaiting round 2.
After several weeks of work, in between parenting, working, housework, and life… The Sarah Barnard website is back, fully functional and open for you to explore.
Feel free to have a look around, and let me know if anything isn’t as it should be, or if there is anything you’d like to be added.
This rebuild is part of a study assignment for a course I am doing, and the next module is online broadcasting. Look out for a podcast and a video in the next few months – requests for the content of these will be given due consideration.
Posts are likely to be intermittent, sporadic at best, while I try to fit this around all the other demands on my time.
The site is undergoing a complete rework, please bear with me, all will be back soon!