Welcome to the world of Acid Drops & Whatnots

Welcome to the world of Acid Drops & Whatnots
A collection of wickedly witty stamps for the world we live in today inspired by the art of yesterday

Monday, 24 December 2012

Happy Christmas

Just a quick post to wish all our customers and friends a very  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It's been a year of contrasts, highs and lows, good and bad, so with the new year rapidly approaching  here's hoping for a nice even ride for all of us in the coming year.

I'd like to thank every one for their support and encouragement since we launched the business and I hope to see you at our shows or in class in the new year. We couldn't have done it with out you.
Thanks and best wishes
Karen & Niki

Monday, 17 December 2012

Coughing Christmas & Craft Shows

I have to apologise for being a little quiet lately, well, quiet online that is, I'm pretty sure the neighbours are getting up a collection to buy me an industrial sized vat of of cough Syrup. I've succumbed to the dreaded bug that's going round and have spent the last 7 days coughing around the clock.  I have found I definitely need more than an hours sleep a night to function. After 7 nights of back to back Dog The bounty Hunter and those fly on the wall police documentaries, I finally nerved up, tissued up and ventured out to Asda today as my fish finger supply had dried up.

I have added the dates of the first 3 craft shows we are exhibiting at on the events page of the website and I have also created an events page on the facebook page, just look for the smaller picture of us on the header and it will list the first of the shows. I had hoped by know to have tidied the devastation I have wrought in the dining room with all my craft tools and papers and projects from classes that never seem to get put away before I add another layer on top but that has gone the way of all good intentions and I've not done any more of my online classes yet, although I did get 100% for my second effort. I've really got to get myself together now and get on with it.

How close are you all to being ready for Christmas, are you super efficient and everything's done or are you like me and hope if you don't think about it, it might all go away?

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

The website has landed

Drum roll please, not to mention a bottle of nail repair, ( not that I have a lot of nails left,) the new website is up and open for business. The address is the same; www.aciddropsandwhatnots.co.uk (you may have to refresh our browser if you have visited lately) but we have a whole new look. You can now purchase and pay for your goods with either PayPal, (account not needed), or by using Actinic payments our secure level 1 PCI DSS payment gateway. Please have a look around, leave a message in the guest book, or email me to let me know your thoughts, could you see the products clearly? Were they easy to find? What would you like to see included on the site, or hopefully, that you like the new look. Be gentle on me and pass the nailoid.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Last class before Christmas

Nothing brings home just how close Christmas is, like writing the title of this post and please don't anyone tell me how many more shopping days there are until Christmas or I just might cry. I haven't got anything done on the present front, or at least I only have 1 present bought and I got that in April.

But back to business, Said last class takes place on Wednesday the 5th of December at 7pm in The Old Fire Station in Hockley, Essex. It is a fully circular 3D Christmas Tree Star Book Ornament that would look great as a table centre piece for your festive table or a great gift for those nearest and dearest. If you would like to come along for an evening of craft, chat and as it's Christmas, food, or would like more details, just drop me an email at karenosborne99@gmail.com.

The switch over of the website has taken place and we're just waiting for it to be recognised on the servers or whatever it is the world wide web uses for it to be fully accessible, it takes about 48 to 72 hours, I'm running out of fingernails.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Wandering Website

Just a quick post to let you know that our website is down at the moment because it's on the move. The name will still be the same but we are changing platforms and design. As soon as everything is configured and bedded in, we will be back on line with a brand new look and will now also be accepting payment with PayPal. As with this blog the website is breaking new ground for me, having wrote / designed it, or whatever you do with websites, so when it's back up, please visit, we have a guest book on it so you can leave some comments, just bear in mind that I'm a delicate little flower, so be gentle. I'll post again when we are up and running. I have now finished lesson 1 of 17 in my online social media course and unbelievably scored 30 out of 30, it can't last.

Just as a side note, nothing to do with Acid drops, we had a little localised flooding earlier in the week, a little stream at the end of our road decided with all the rain and not to mention a high tide on the river Crouch, to impersonate a raging torrent. Luckily, having been woken by my neighbour at about midnight,we managed to wake most of the other neighbours so they could get their cars further up the road and we watched the water creep up the road until it luckily stopped about 3 houses down from us. No one suffered any serious flooding, just some soggy garages I think, but with all the pressure on the drains I noticed a new phenomenon in the downstairs toilet. My Mother is working on being the green pine fresh queen of Essex and had diligently squirted the Asda pine fresh cleaner before going to bed. On hearing an ominous gurgling coming from said downstairs toilet    I investigated. The amount of water running into the street drains had forced air  up through the toilet and I was met with a musical bubble fantasy. Pretty opalescent bubbles climbing up the bowl to it's own accompaniment. Who needs Handel when you've got Asda's pine fresh?

Monday, 26 November 2012

Introducing ...... me......again!

I knew it wouldn't be long before I did something stupid and I was right. I've managed to delete the first blog post and there seems to be no way back, so hear we go again.

My name is Karen and I'm one half of Acid Drops & Whatnots and I'll be writing about all things Acid Drops, life and anything else that springs to mind, which with my mind could be interesting. I should probably take this opportunity to apologise in advance, I am a complete technophobe as anyone who knows me can attest, so if I use the wrong punctuation or say the wrong thing please be gentle with me. I have spent the last month building our new website from scratch, yes I did say, 'I did', and unbelievably the internet is still up and running! Wonders will never cease. There's more about the website in the previous post, (the one I posted half an hour ago just before I wiped out the  first one. I hope you're all following this because there will be a test), but what I will say is a very big thank you to the guys at Actinic, especially Andy, who has metaphorically held my hand through the whole project and has given me the confidence to actually try in the first place. Great service guys  couldn't have done it without you. Now all I have to do is take it live as soon as the payment gateways have been installed. That will definitely be a glass of wine day.

I'm going away to lie down in a darkened room now, I'm too old for all this excitement. If you have any questions about our stamps, our shows, or us in general please get in touch, leave a comment, follow us here at the blog or on face book or Twitter.

Sexy Beast

Thought that might get your attention. Just thought I'd give you a sneak peak at the artwork for one of our new releases, aptly called Sexy Beast. Hopefully they will be up on the website shortly.

 Which brings me neatly on the next item on the agenda, we will be launching our new look website shortly, I am just adding the finishing touches and then it will go live. During the switch over we will be down for a couple of days so please bear with us. The product pages will have much larger images and there will be coloured versions of the sets as well. We will have an events page, a guest book and a gallery along with links to our blog, facebook and twitter pages. We have started booking some shows for next year and as soon as these are confirmed will add them to our sites.

Completely unrelated to Acid Drops, did any one out there do NaNoWriMo this year? is anybody winning? For the uninitiated, NaNoWriMo  ( nanowrimo.org ), is about  writing a novel, (50 000 words) in a month. It takes place in November, it can be on any subject and you win the challenge if you manage to  make the word count in 30 days. I missed it last year, promised myself I would do it this year but again, life and work got in the way. Although between the magazine articles, the web site, the blog site and the press releases, the class project sheets et al I feel as if I should call it a draw. But enough of my hobbies, back to business, I'm joining an on line course in social media today, wish me luck as I feel I am going to need it. My technophobic instincts are really going through it at the moment not to mention my eyesight but needs must when the devil drives.