Monday 13 March 2023

Why have one shop when you can have two?

I'm not a huge fan of Etsy. Its fees are too high and I have issues with some of their policies and biases. However, I'm at a point where I'm selling very little and I need to get my work seen. Instagram algorithms don't help with this unless you're willing to become a videographer who spends seventeen hours a day creating Instagram content and I refuse to do that. Also, PayPal seems to be playing silly buggers with my website checkout for some of my customers, and Etsy has many alternative payment options, so I've reluctantly reopened my Etsy shop. However, I'm keeping it to just UK sales at the moment. I'm keeping my website shop open too so right now I'm Laura Twoshops.

I'll add new items to both platforms for the foreseeable and I shall just see how it goes for the next few months.

Newly added items include this 'Sweetness' bracelet:

Handmade lampwork glass and solid copper bracelet by Laura Sparling

Handmade lampwork glass and solid copper bracelet by Laura Sparling

I made some matching earrings for it. I have two pairs of these.

Handmade lampwork glass and solid copper earrings by Laura Sparling

There's also this very groovy 'Retro' tassel necklace.

Handmade lampwork glass and solid copper necklace by Laura Sparling

Handmade lampwork glass and solid copper necklace by Laura Sparling

All of these can be found in my web shop and my Etsy shop.

In crochet news...

In the previous post I mentioned that I was crocheting a shawl as a pattern test for another crocheter. The shawl is all done and is currently blocking.  I'll post a photo of the finished item when the pattern is released, which I think will be towards the end of the month. In the meantime, here's an in-progress shot of the shawl.

Crochet shawl in progress

The yarn is Scheepjes Stone Washed in the shade Coral. The yarn reminds me of when I stir salad cream into Heinz spaghetti hoops. (Yes, I do actually do that and I've done it since I was a child and yes it sounds vile but no, in actual fact it's a taste sensation.)

I'm currently working on the border of another blanket which is made up of fifty-four of these mosaic crochet squares.

Mosaic crochet squares

The pattern is the Terrazzo Afghan by
Tinna Thórudóttir Thorvaldsdóttir. I bloody love Tinna's work. She's an absolute genius.

I'll post a photo of the blanket when it's done.

See you later!


  1. Tilly Twoshops ❤️

  2. Carissima Laura, non solo le commissioni di Etsy sono alte, devi aggiungere le tasse di dogana : su 28 euro di luminosebeads che ho comperato, ho pagato 15,20 euro di dogana! Va bene pagare le spese di spedizione, ma anche quella tassa che ora , grazie alla Brexit, mi sembra esagerata. Capisci perché le vendite sono calate tanto? Ciao. Ros

    1. Ciao Ros

      Mi dispiace davvero per la dogana, ma non posso farci niente. Dichiara chiaramente sul mio sito Web - nella parte superiore di ogni descrizione dell'articolo - e nei termini e anche nelle e-mail di conferma dell'ordine che se sei fuori dal Regno Unito dovrai pagare la dogana. Non è colpa mia.

      Grazie e auguri,


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