Holiday order deadlines for 2010

Holiday order deadlines for 2010 are:

Valentines Day 02/14 – Deadline 01/15, Will ship no later than 02/05

Little Whimsy will be closed from 02/09-02/20 for vacation.  Orders placed during this time will begin processing upon return.  Orders placed after 02/01 will not ship until after 02/20.

Mother’s Day 05/09 – Deadline 04/15, Will ship no later than 05/03

Pre Christmas – Arrival by 12/07 – Deadline 11/01, Will ship no later than 12/01
Christmas 12/25 – Deadline 12/01, Will ship no later than 12/17
(any order placed after 11/02 on may ship as late as 12/17)

For an item to be considered in before the deadline it must be paid for AND images submitted. There is no guarantee an item will ship on time if images are submitted AFTER the deadline even if payment was made prior to.

International customers please allow up to 2 weeks for shipping.  Adjust your deadlines accordingly.  Dates reflected are for the United States only.

Orders placed after 12:00:01 AM EST December 2, 2010 will not begin being processed until December 28, 2009.  Orders in before the holiday cut off will be processed and shipped as noted above.


November Savings at Little Whimsy

Sun 8th – Tue 10th FREE Mother of Pearl Holiday Ornament with $150.00** purchase.  Enter coupon code FREEMOP during check out. **$150.00 purchase is merchandise total, not including the free ornament, after all discounts are applied.
Wed 11th – Sat 14th Buy 2 Get 1 Free Balsa or Maple photo ornament. Must purchase from the special offers page.
Sun 15th – Tue 17th 10% off pendants. No coupon needed
Wed 18th – Sat 21st 20% off all gifts. No coupon needed
Sun 22nd – Wed 25th 10% off all couture. No coupon needed
Thu 26th – Fri 27th FREE 20mm pendant with $150.00** purchase. Enter coupon code GOBBLE during check out. **$150.00 purchase is merchandise total, not including the free pendant, after all discounts are applied.
Sat 28th Buy 1 Get 1 FREE Mother of Pearl Holiday Ornament Must purchase from the special offers page.
Sun 29th FREE USPS Priority Mail SHIPPING on all US orders. Enter coupon code HOLSHIP during check out.
Mon 30th 15% off all Sterling Jewelry & Gifts featured on the sterling page. No coupon needed.
Tuesday Dec. 1st is the deadline for ALL holiday orders

Coupons and Promotional offers are only valid on listed dates and are in Eastern Standard Time.  Please plan accordingly as no offers will be extended beyond their promotional period.

All orders placed (must include image submissions) by 11:59:59 PM EST Tuesday December 1st will ship no later than Thursday December 17th (anticipated arrival of Mon 12/21).  Orders placed after December 2nd will not be prioritized and cannot be guaranteed for Christmas delivery.

All orders ship via USPS Priority Mail unless otherwise selected at checkout.  USPS PM typically takes 2-3 within the United States, however can take longer due to the season.  Tracking information is provided through PayPal & posted to your Little Whimsy account when items ship.

Happy Holidays!!

Announcing Uniques!

I have a confession to make, I am a shop-a-holic.  Not only for myself, but for my business.  I am always out sourcing new materials and really funky beads to work with and I can’t not buy something when it screams to be worked with.  The issue at hand is how do you know what I have without me posting thousands of pictures of beads, which for me would be thrilling, but lets face it, I don’t think YOU would really want to look through everything.  After all, how many versions of an 8mm black round bead can one person have (17 if you really want to know).

So without further ado Little Whimsy is thrilled to announce Uniques.  A line of one of a kind pieces made as the mood strikes from my many beads on hand.  Each piece is crafted with the same love and care, selecting each bead one by one for it’s beauty and flow in the final piece.  Uniques can be resized free of charge, plus or minus one inch.

Here are just a few that we’re launching with:

Onyx Crush Bracelet – Stunning black onyx surrounded by Bali sterling accents, a match made in heaven.

Copper Dream Bracelet – Gorgeous antiqued Bali inspired copper paired with rich black onyx.  A stunning combination!

Pretty In Pink Bracelet – Fresh and bright, perfect for Spring!  Frosted pink glass nuggets are brought to life by bright AB fire polished crystals and high polish sterling silver accents.

Chocolate Turquoise Bracelet – What could be more delightful than a blend of creamy chocolate and vibrant turquoise?  Our chocolate turquoise bracelet shows off the beauty of these amazing beads and is chock full of sterling silver accents.

Uniques are ready for immediate shipping as is, or add a photo charm for your own personal twist (additional production time required if adding a photo tile).  Since each piece is a one of a kind creation, pieces are limited to the quantities on hand.

Check our selection of Uniques often to see what’s new!

A peek for Holiday 2009 !!

Yes I know, we’re JUST getting over the wrath of Christmas 2008, but I had to share something I know will be a huge hit for Christmas 2009.  a 40mm Mother of Pearl Christmas ornament.

What a beatuful gift it would make for Christenings, Weddings, Anniversaries, or just capturing those everyday moments we love to look back on year after year.

We haven’t yet posted it on the website, but I will get to that soon.  I just wanted to share a peek because it’s a beauty and I know you will all be as excited about it as I am.

Retail will be $40.00.

Announcing our Jewelry Buying Guide

Little Whimsy is ringing in 2009 with a guide to simplify your jewelry
shopping experience.  Many times we are asked what the difference is in
sizes when compared side by side, or for a better visual on a bail, or a
clearer representation of jeweling styles.  We’ve spelled it all out in an
easy to read at a glance guide.  Our Jewelry Buying Guide can be found at on the left under important links.

A printable version can also be downloaded by clicking here.
*tip*  Print out on standard sized paper (8.5×11) and the tiles will be
representative of their actual size.

Little Whimsy 2009 Policy Updates

In 2009 we experienced tremendous growth, and with that we’re making some changes to continue to move forward at this fantastic rate.  These changes will make order updates easier for you to track on your end and streamline the process on the production side.

Order Status Updates:
Our first exciting change is to the order status updates.  Previously upon payment (unless by e-check) your order status would update to “In Production”.  We’ve now added in new statuses to reflect the actual state of the order.
1.    Payment received – The 1st and default status (unless paid by e-check) once an order is placed.
2.    Images Received/Verified – Previously you received an auto responder message when images were sent, which indicated images (or something) made it to the right server.  Now once we open and verify the images are actually received and line up with your order we will update that they have been received and verified.
3.    In Production – This status indicates that your order is now in the process of being made.
4.    Shipped – Your order has now shipped.  You will also receive an email to the Paypal address used for payment with the tracking information.  International shipments will have tracking information updated with the order status update on the web.
Because option 2 & 3 are a manual process there may be a small delay from the time the action happens to the time it is updated on the web, however most should occur with 24 hours.

Shipping Updates:
UPS – We’ve added the option for you to upgrade to UPS 2nd day air shipping.  The rates charged are the actual UPS rates which are higher than USPS, but in some circumstances this may be a better alternative for those who prefer a private carrier service over USPS.

USPS – Flat Rate ($15.00 expedited/overnight delivery) is still a shipping option along with Priority Mail shipping which is typically 2-3 day service.  This year all packages were shipped by their guaranteed ship date, however some did take longer than the 2-3 days Priority Mail typically takes due to adverse weather across the country.  Everything arrived before Christmas which was great, but if you’re ordering on a tight deadline upgrading shipping is something to consider.

Holiday Deadlines:
Our 2009 Holiday order deadlines have been updated and are maintained on the web.

For 2009 we’ve instituted a dual Christmas deadline.  The first deadline is for items needing to be received in early December and our standard December 1st deadline for items to ship by December 17th.  Please understand that items ordered in late November will most likely ship close to the 12/17 deadline and not follow the standard 2-3 week turn around, so if clients need items for early December you will want to encourage them to order in advance.

Little Whimsy 24 Hour Specials!

For the next seven days before our holiday order cut off, Little Whimsy is running limited time offers on our hot holiday items.  Be sure to mark your calendars to take advantage since each special will only run for 24 hours!

Coupons and offers MUST be redeemed at time of check out.

  • Monday November 24th 10% off couture. No coupon needed
  • Tuesday November 25thFree leather or rubber necklace with pendant purchase. Enter coupon code FreeRL during check out.
  • Wednesday November 26th20% off all gifts. No coupon needed
  • Thursday November 27thFREE 20mm pendant & rubber/leather necklace with $150 purchase. Enter coupon code Turkey during check out.
  • Friday November 28thBuy 2 Get 1 Free Balsa or Maple photo ornament. Must purchase from the special offers page.
  • Saturday November 29th10% off all Sterling Jewelry & Gifts featured on the sterling page. No coupon needed.
  • Sunday November 30thFREE SHIPPING on all US orders. Enter coupon code HolShip during check out.

MONDAY December 1st is the deadline for ALL holiday orders.

Payment and images must be received for production to begin for guaranteed Christmas delivery.

Orders or images sent December 2nd or anytime after will not begin production until December 28th.

Orders placed on or prior to December 1st will ship no later than December 17th via USPS Priority Mail.

Election Day Special – 15% OFF Site Wide!

On Tuesday November 4th we have the pleasure of electing the 44th President of the United States.  To celebrate, Little Whimsy is offering 15% OFF site wide to the first 44 shoppers that day.

To take advantage, enter code Vote08 in the coupon section during check out.

This coupon is valid once per person, and limited to 44 uses.  It CAN be combined with other discounts and coupons, no minimum purchase required.

So get out and vote, then come home and shop!  🙂

Finally, the Photo Magnet!

As I mentioned in an earlier post photo magnets are coming soon.  I’m hoping to get them on the site tonight, but wanted to share what they will look like.  Here’s one I prototyped and included with a recent clients order.

This is shown next to the 3″ balsa ornament so you have a size comparison.  The magnets are 2″ square and feature a full backed magnet for a sleek design and extra stregnth.  They are manufactured the same way the photo ornaments are, except we’ve chosen bass wood for these since it’s a nice light weight hardwood.  This will sure be anyones favorite item to leave front and center in the most visable area of the house!

Coming Soon – Ribbon Necklaces & Photo Magnets!

I’m tickled pink to announce that just in time for the holidays we have 2 new products that will be launching.

First one is a double stranded ribbon necklace with sterling lobster clasp.  We will have these available in black, brown, and pink starting November 1st.

Here it is in pink with a 20mm x 30mm simple couture pendant:

And here it is in black with a 30mm x 20mm funky couture pendant.

The next item (which I’ll have to upload a picture for later) is our photo magnet!  They will each be 2″ x 2″ in size, manufactured on bass wood (a hard wood version of our balsa ornament) and will feature a full bleed magnet backing.  The photo magnets will retail for $20 each and make FANTASTIC client gifts!  A perfect trinket they will leave up year round in the most focal point of thier home.  😉  The magnets will come individually packaged in our tulle silver and white pouch that coordinate with our ornament packaging.