Posted in Indie Business

Deal Of The Day


Today, I’m offering Shawlands lovers a treat – this hand-stitched banner is down to just £5. There’s only one, so you can snap it up here.

Oh, yeah, one thing I am excited about currently is that I am going to be closing The Bellwether (lolz, again) for good this time at the end of the month. I am actually super happy about it – no agonising this time, it’s just going. I’m still ruminating about the future, but The Bellwether will be put so sleep in just a couple of weeks. YAY! It dead.

If you’re a newsletter subscriber, your details will be deleted after closure. The Facebook page will likely close at some point. Instagram and Twitter remain though, as they’ve always been more personal accounts, anyway. Etsy will continue to carry my instant download charts for the foreseeable future (though this is subject to change in future, of course). There may even be some new charts added (there may not be) as there are still folders full of them in my laptop that remain unpublished.

Send no flowers, toll no bells – this is happy news for me! Meantime, things will remain cheap as chips until it’s all gone. So please make it all gone by getting your shop on here.

Posted in Indie Business, Random Utterings

Clearing Out

We’ve been doing a load of clearing out at home, rejigging our house in anticipation of some visitors in March. It’s a good excuse to get organised, paint the hall and all sorts of other things we hadn’t gotten round to in the nearly three years we’ve lived here (I know, THREE years – some sort of record for us!).

The next major project I have to sort out is my office space/studio/shithole. Once you get started rationalising possessions, streamlining and such, I find it very easy to carry on and apply those principles to everything and that means business, too.

So, you’ll have noticed a much sprucer and slimmer catalogue of products, which will be honed further still and you’ll also see that over 80% of products are now HALF PRICE. That means that when current stocks are gone, they’ll be gone and won’t be coming back for the foreseeable future.

For example :

Zines, banners and keychains remain full price currently, but have all had a price review to keep things current. I suggest you take advantage of my rationalisation and bag yourself some bargains before they’re gone!

Posted in Indie Business

The Other Side Of The Table

Remember me? Been a while, eh? Well, I’m baaaaaaaaaack! If you are a friend of mine on social media (and really, why aren’t you?), you can probably sense that something is brewing on The Bellwether front and your patience will be rewarded soon, stay tuned!

Meanwhile, I’m here to tell you about a project that recently came to fruition after several years in the works. Me and my good pal Marceline of Asking For Trouble finally launched our zine, The Other Side Of The Table – we’ve been plotting it for literally years and it’s donnnnne!


The idea for the zine came about after nearly 25 combined years of rubbish craft fairs, both attending as sellers and buyers. It’s 20 pages crammed with anecdotes, horror stories, anonymous rants and a pull-out fun section.

Hard copies are £4 and are available right here.

If you prefer an e-book, formatted for Kindles and iBooks, click here to purchase on Amazon.

And for an instant-download PDF version, click on over to Etsy to buy it there.

Both the PDF and e-book versions have bonus content! So that’s fun. Early reviews are that it’s “hilarious” and that it “made my day”, so snap up your copy today!

Posted in Indie Business

Today Is £1 Card Day!


Today is £1 card day! You can buy as many as you like – one card or 20, for £1 each and one low flat rate of shipping, regardless of how many you buy. You don’t even need a code or anything – they’re discounted and waiting for you already, so have at it!

Or if you’d like a pack of 6 cards, one of each design, you can get that for just £4 – that’s a bargain, whatever way you slice it. Find that offer here.

Check out the full collection of cards here.

Posted in Indie Business

Discounted Kits



Yay! Free badge day was fun and lots of badges are now being packaged up and winging their way all over the world soon. Please allow up to a couple of weeks for delivery, though it’s likely to be a lot sooner.

The next step in the grand festival of fun that is The Bellwether’s closing month is…

..discounted kits! They’ve all had a wedge knocked off them – up to 40% in some cases. Kits now start at just £6.

Here they all are here. On you go.

Posted in Indie Business

A New Dawn


A huddled heap of damp misery – that’s basically been business me until I reached my decision about closing The Bellwether. It was also poor Max last week at the dog launderette. Cute but fearful.And now, yay, joyful (and in the case of Max, not stinking like a stagnant pond).

I feel 1000% better about everything since unveiling my radical business closure plans. I’m feeling good about having time to do something else (after I finish the cushion I’m making for my cousin).


I’m also most amused by lots of people saying “Oh, I’m so gutted that you’re closing,” and so far restraining myself from replying “If you were that gutted, you’d have been buying stuff from me and we wouldn’t even be having this fucking conversation, pal”. When it comes to micro-businesses, like mine, the key for customers is very much use it or lose it. Even if that use is only sharing with friends, retweeting a link, etc – every little bit helps. So don’t bleat to me now that you’re sad when you haven’t shown any interest in it for the last 12 years, mofo. Make sure you cherish and support those businesses that you love. If my experience has taught me anything, it’s that even myself as a massive cheerleader for indie businesses needs to work much harder at that.

That was liberating to say out loud. So, tomorrow is the first day of the closing down festivities right here on the blog, so you’ll want to tune back in if you like free stuff. And if you’re an instagram user, you’ll want to make sure you are following me @tinyotterpaws. That’s all the clue you’re getting for now!