Introducing a Stories Blog and a Patreon Campaign!

Hi everyone,

I’ve started a new blog, FrancescasWords.wordpress.com, to share my short stories. I really needed a space to upload and share bits and pieces I’ve had lying around, and now seemed a good time (I did a slightly longer blog about that on  Indifferent Ignorance). I’ve also updated my Patreon campaign so patrons can now see posts early, as well as have a character named after them and suggest a story prompt, amongst a bunch of other things. 

I’m really excited to get stuck in and show you what I’ve been working on! In the mean time, I’m still poking about on here to improve layout and whatnot. Let me know if any links are broken or if you’re having trouble reading anything!

Francesca 

Maintenance Occuring: Apologies for Delays

Hi everyone,

I’m poking around on this site at the moment because I’d like to bring you bigger, better things… hopefully in a pretty and readable format. If you click a page and it takes you somewhere odd, or if a link doesn’t work – or if you arrive on the site and it looks like something from 1997 – don’t panic. It’ll be back to normal soon, promise!

You can always reach me on info@francescaburke.com if you have questions.

Thank you for understanding,

Francesca

News: Free UK postage on everything! EVERYTHINGGG.

Hi everyone,

Happy August! I am most definitely doing that thing where old people say ‘where has the year gone?’ but seriously I was writing you all from Cambodia about two weeks ago?! Anyway, I bring good tidings to those of you in the UK: whenever I’ve asked people how I can improve the shop, they’ve asked for free postage. If it’s between a percentage discount and free postage, they want free postage. If it’s between the second coming of Christ and free postage, they want free postage. So, because I am a benevolent soul with the loveliest customers on the Internet, I’ve put free UK postage onto everything on my Etsy for the foreseeable future. You don’t have to enter a coupon or anything, it’s all automatic. It’s just a trial for the moment (maybe three months) but if you guys are into it, I’ll make it a permanent thing.

You’re welcome, I guess.

I have to go and do accounts now so I will leave this here. Don’t forget there’s still a contest on Tumblr to win one of my tote bags (ends 13th August!) and keep an eye out because I’m actually writing some stuff that might make it past the draft stage and onto the Internet.

Have a great week,

Francesca

News: Tote Giveaway With Cardiac Stvdies on Tumblr

Hi everyone,

If you follow my blog you might have noticed that I’ve been taking a bit of time off to refocus and reorganise myself (so far, so much less Instagram at bedtime). I’m still active with everything on my Etsy and I’m definitely going to come back to blogging on Indifferent Ignorance; I’m trying to get some perspective and head space before I have an actual meltdown. In the mean time, I’m doing a joint giveaway with the lovely Bianca over at Tumblr’s Cardiac Stvdies. She’s celebrating reaching 10,000 followers by offering a giveaway of one of my tote bags. To enter, just do the following:

  • Follow Bianca!
  • Reblog her post (there’s more detail on there too)
  • Submit an ask to her blog, answering the question “What is the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever had to take to school?”

Cardiac Stvdies 10k Giveaway #csgiveaway

It’s open internationally until 13th August and I can’t wait to read all the answers you’ll come up with. My most ridiculous thing was a bean plant called Sprout, but there will be more on that later – follow Bianca and myself on Tumblr for some extra features in the next couple of weeks!

Have a lovely week,

Francesca

Village Green Festival Photos

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to Village Green on Saturday. I hadn’t been to the festival before and I had a blast hanging out with other traders, meeting customers in person and wandering the green every time I had to visit a portaloo. The tan I’ve got isn’t bad either! Extra special shout outs to: both my parents, Maxim, Ruby and Ellen for helping me set up/pack away, hanging out and watching my stuff while I went to an aforementioned portaloo; the girls who took a photo with my MCR flag #MCRmyRepresent and the Village Green volunteers and crew. If the Art Car Boot Rally is on next year, I’ll be there! I might be there anyway, come to that, the music was excellent.

Anyone who signed up to my mailing list was entered to win a notebook; I’ll be in touch with the winner this week. In the mean time, my normal stomping ground is on Etsy, although I’m hoping to do a few more events in and around Southend this year.

Have a great week!

Francesca

Francesca’s Words at Village Green Festival in Chalkwell Park, 8th July

Hi everyone,

I’m excited to announce that I will be at the Village Green Festival in Southend’s Chalkwell Park on 8th July, along with everything from my shop that I can fit into my car plus a lot of snacks. Come and say hello to me and a tonne of other local artists and crafty people at the Art Car Boot Rally from 11am to 9pm. I’m reliably informed that the festival includes live music, community art events, theatre, dance and a great deal of food trucks so it’ll be a good day out (as long as you bring both Factor 50 and an umbrella). You can buy tickets in advance here – otherwise they’re available on the door on the day – and RSVP on my Facebook page here.

Metal Culture Village Green Festival 2017 Art Car Boot Rally Francesca's Words

Hope to see you there!

Francesca

Forget the Gym, Carry Textbooks: Introducing Tote Bags to Francesca’s Words

It’s been a long and horrible week, and it’s not even over yet. I needed something to cheer me up – and distract me from the worst rolling news I can remember seeing for a long time – so I’ve set up pre-orders for a product I’ve been looking forward to for ages: tote bags.

100% unbleached cotton, very sturdy and digitally screen printed, they fit two or three big textbooks plus notebooks, pens and – most importantly – snacks. They’re pre-order only at the moment because I need to clear some space before I can buy them (there’s free UK postage on marked items until 5th June if you fancy helping me out)! I’ve put a 4-6 week estimated shipping time because I’m working with a new supplier and I’m not familiar with their processes, so I don’t want to make any promises about turnaround times, but they’ll be with you as soon as they’re with me.

If you have any questions just give me a shout.

Enjoy the bank holiday weekend… maybe turn off the news for a bit. I will be.

Francesca

Free UK Postage on Selected Items Until 5th June

Hi guys,

I really need to clear some space in my storage cabinet for new stuff (I also need to clear space, generally, now I think about it) so until 5th June, UK customers can get free postage on marked items. The products are in various categories, but they’re pretty obviously marked with ‘Free UK postage’ and I’ve added them to the top of the first page so go and have a browse.

#FreeMyCabinet, etc.

Have a great weekend!

Francesca