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Autumn / Winter 2013

We have been holding this newsletter back as we hoped to have news about some different eyes one of our suppliers has been promising us since November. Unfortunately they still do not have them in stock and quite a few of the existing colours are also out of stock :-) 

Please keep an eye on the Forum for when we do get some details - we can't wait :-)

NEW ITEMS

As usual - the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

Iron On Motifs

27 new ones in various prices and sizes

Just a few are shown here (not to scale)

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Floral Alphabet Iron On Motifs

Approx 3.5cm high

 

Mixed Packs of Iron On Motifs

8 Motifs per pack worth over 11 for just 4.00 per pack

We always put a good mix of designs in these packs and only one of each motif per pack. Most designs are exclusive to these packs

COMING SOON

We have a few items which are waiting to be put online. These include Sequin Packs, more colours in Flat Leather Thonging, Round Leather Thonging and Cotton Cord, new colours in Pony Bead Shapes, Skull Beads, Charms, Keyrings, Zip Pulls, Mini Motifs and lots of other beads. We really hope these will be put online very soon - please let us know if anything sounds interesting and keep an eye on the Forum for more info. We have also been looking at supplying jewellery making tools and more findings - what do you think?

If you want to comment on anything about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

LAST POSTING DATE FOR XMAS & HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

The Royal Mail last posting dates for delivery before Xmas have been posted on the Craft Bits Forum Message Section for quite a while now. You can also get to the information on the home page or on the following link - http://www.craftbits.co.uk/open.htm.

Any UK order placed before 6pm on Thursday 19th December 2013 will be sent on Friday 20th December by First Class Post.

As regular customers will know, we have our Annual (only) Holiday just after Xmas as that is the quietest time for our sort of business. This does mean we are not able to send out any orders until we get back, but the Shopping Basket will be open so you can still order at any time. We may have a backlog but hope to get the majority of orders placed over the holidays out on the day we re-open (8th January). With how Christmas day falls this year it does mean we are closed for almost 3 weeks.

We should have some Internet access while we are away and will try to answer emails, but it may take a few days if we are having fun, so please be patient :-) 

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE

The following new kits have been put on our Craft Kits site in the last few months.

Printed Christmas Cards Cross Stitch Kit - Santa Printed Christmas Cards Cross Stitch Kit - Candle Printed Christmas Cards Cross Stitch Kit - Cottage Printed Christmas Cards Cross Stitch Kits

Pack of 3 - One card of each design included

  
  
Mouseloft Christmas Stitchlet Kits

4 new kits

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk also has lots of other Stocking Filler Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits. Order before 6pm on Thursday 19th December for sending out on Friday by First Class Post (UK only). Orders which only contain Mouseloft Kits can be placed up to 1pm on Friday 20th December.

We also have a 15% Discount Voucher Offer for some of the other kits on the Craft Kits website - check out the Sale Page for more information - ends Thursday 19th December.

There is a Fun and Games Section on the CK website which is just for fun, but you can add your high score to the list on some game to see if you can beat other CPU Customers.

We look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Finally, everyone at Craft Bits, Craft Kits, Dianne's Knitting Yarns and CPU would like to wish you all good health and prosperity over this holiday time and in 2014.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

16.12.13


Summer 2013 - Newsletter

With the school holidays fast approaching, now is the time to stock up on things for the kids to do just in case this lovely weather does not last Sad

We have found kits are one of the best ways to get children into crafting, which is why we started the Craft Kits website. More info on a special offer voucher further down this newsletter.

We are in the process of getting some new items in stock, hopefully in the next month. These should include some of the items mentioned in our last Newsletter - more sizes in coloured Jingle Bells, Alphabet Beads, Wooden Beads, different Pony Beads, Skull Beads and some new Stitch Cards (probably on the Craft-Kits site).

We hope to visit the Autumn Fair in Birmingham in September, quite a lot of it is dedicated to gifts and household, but one Hall is for crafts. We have not been before so hope to find some new suppliers - if you have any suggestions for what we could stock then please let us know.

Our Iron On Motif selection has grown so much we have had to add more pages. We have also added a new page which shows all the Iron On Motifs (except alphabet and numbers) on one page. They are grouped into sections like Baby, Dogs, Vehicles, Flowers, Sport, Flags etc.

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

NEW ITEMS

As usual - the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

Black Star Numbers Iron On Motif Iron On Number Motifs

0.75 per number

Similar design to the Alphabet Motifs

Iron On Motifs - Page 1

3 new designs

0.95 each

Not to scale


Iron On Motifs - Page 2

18 new designs (only a couple shown)

From 1.15 to 1.40 each

Not to scale

Iron On Motifs - Page 3

18 new designs (only a couple shown)

From 1.50 to 1.90 each

Not to scale

Iron On Motifs - Page 4

11 new designs (only a couple shown)

From 2.10 to 3.50 each

Not to scale

Could be anything, including ones we have never put online - there is a good mix per pack. Mixed Motifs - limited supply

8 Motifs worth at least 11

4.00 per pack

Jingle Bells - 12mm only

Different Style to our normal Jingle Bells.

Gold and Silver colours.

Pompom Mixed Packs

Approx 100 mixed sizes and colours

OPENING HOURS

In April we amended our Card Payment Opening hours - this was noted in the Shopping Basket and in our Customer Forum.

The Secure Shopping Basket is open 24/7 so you can order at any time. If you chose the 'phone your card details' option the Card Payment Line is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am to 3pm and Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.

Parcels are picked up by Royal Mail on Tuesdays and Fridays, so any UK order placed before 6pm on the day before those days should be sent on those days.

If you need any more info about this, or anything else, your quickest option is to send us an email - we aim to answer emails same day and often within the hour.

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE

We currently have a Sale Discount Code for the following kits - ends 31st July 2013

After shopping put the code KITS0713 into the Voucher Box at the bottom of the Shopping Basket and hit the RECALCULATE button.


See It Picture/Mirror Kits - 3 Designs


Popcorn Counted Cross Stitch Kits - 9 Designs


Pompom Kits - 9 Designs


Window Dressing Kits - 4 Designs


KSG Colour & Rub Kits - 4 Designs


Windsock Garden Ornament Kits - 3 Designs


Scrapbooking Kits - 2 Designs


Foam Scrapbooking Kit - 2 designs


Cool Foam Art Kits - 8 Designs

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk also has lots of other Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits.

There is a Fun and Games Section on the CK website which is just for fun, but you can add your high score to the list and see if you can beat other CPU Customers Big Grin

We look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

21.07.13


Spring 2013 - Newsletter

20th March was the Spring Equinox, but there are very few signs of Spring out in the garden as it is all covered in snow. We have been very lucky in this area - our thoughts go out to all those who are dealing with vast quantities of snow and water. We hope you all come through this Spring without too many problems.

In February we visited the Stitches Trade Show in Birmingham to see if we could find anything new for all three of the CPU Enterprises Websites. We are still evaluating the things we saw, but thought we would share some of them with you to see what you think.

Does anyone remember doing Shrinkies when they were kids? You colour them in, cut them out and then bake them. They shrink right down and get thicker, you can then use them for fridge magnets, keyrings etc. We didn't realise they were still going and were pleasantly surprised by how good they look now. They have really been updated and even have Inkjet sheets you can put your family photos on before shrinking down. Do you think we should get them in?

Another supplier we have been looking at has a few things we might be interested in. We currently sell silver and gold 6mm Jingle Bells but this new supplier has them in different colours in 6mm and 8mm diameter. We have been asked for Alphabet beads a few times lately and this supplier does have some, plus some wooden beads we liked. They also have some really nice stitch cards - not cross stitch - you actually stitch through the cards. These would be put on our Craft Kits Website initially. What do you think?

Talking of Kits - the new Mouseloft range - Little Dog - is now available on the Craft Kits Website, along with some new Tiddlers and Stitchlets. Full details below.

Our Iron On Motifs selection has grown so much over the last year we have had to put them onto more pages. We thought long and hard on how to split them, type or size or price, and finally went with the latter. We may have to split them again if we get many more. Can you think of anything more we can do on these pages to make it easier for you to find what you want?

When we ordered the Teddy Alphabet Iron On Motifs from our supplier we assumed they would be one colour per letter - like the other ranges. However they came in all different colours which we though would be too difficult to show online. We had a couple of customers ask for specific colours, so we have now bit the bullet and put all the colours online. It took a few 'Webmaster days' but we think it is worth it - however they are now "while stocks last" as the supplier has now stopped selling them - probably had too many requests for certain colours Annoyed

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

NEW ITEMS

As usual - the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

 

Iron On Motifs

0.95 each 

not to scale

 
   

Iron On Motifs

1.40 each

not to scale

Iron On Motifs

1.50 each - 6 Owls, 6 pairs of Cup Cakes and 5 Vehicles

Just one of each shown here - not to scale


Iron On Motifs

1.65 each - Farm

not to scale


Iron On Motifs

1.65 each - Polar

not to scale

Paste On Joggle Eyes Mixed Pack

Over 250 Eyes in sizes 4mm to 16mm (not for toys)

Aida

White only in 14TPI, 16TPI and 18TPI - Pack sizes 150cm x 100cm - If you need smaller packs then let us know and we will see what we can do.

EASTER & SCHOOL HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

As many of you know, for various reasons (detailed on the CPU Blog), we only send out parcels on three days a week -Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

At certain times of the year we are only able to send out parcels on two days a week - these include around Bank Holidays and, because we are a family run business, it also includes some School Holidays. We like to give everyone plenty of time with the kids Laugh

We also have to do a stock take every year at the end of March. It takes quite a long time and no orders can be sent out while we are counting. This year it coincides with Easter so has been delayed until 2nd April. Therefore we will be closed an extra day after the Easter Bank Holidays. The last order time for posting out before Easter is 6pm on Wednesday 27th March (UK only).

A full list of the Card Payment phone line opening hours are shown in the Customer Forum Messages Section and will be at the top of the shopping basket during holiday times. Quick Tip - The phone lines are usually open on the same days that we send parcels out - except Saturdays when we open the phone line while we are doing paperwork Sad

Remember - the quickest way to get an answer is by email - the phone line staff do not always know everything about the stock on the Craft Bits site.

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE

The following new kits have been put on our Craft Kits site in the last few months.

  New Range

Mouseloft Little Dog Cross Stitch Kits

8 different kits (only 2 shown)

  Mouseloft Tiddlers

4 new kits (only 2 shown)

  Mouseloft Stitchlets

6 new kits (only 2 shown)

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk also has lots of other Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits.

There is a Fun and Games Section on the CK website which is just for fun, but you can add your high score to the list and see if you can beat other CPU Customers Big Grin

We look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

24.03.13


Autumn / Winter 2012 - Newsletter

We hope you are all ready for the madness that descends upon us at this time of year, but don't forget to give yourselves space to continue to create. We know many customers are making more presents and decorations themselves this year as a way of saving money. Hopefully this will also encourage the younger generation to re-discover crafts as a wonderfully relaxing way to spend their time.

Craft Kits are one of the easiest ways to try a craft without spending too much on lots of bits and bobs. Our Craft-Kits website has some great kits for kids and some wonderful 'handbag' kits for when you just have a few moments free.

If you are more than a beginner then Craft Bits has lots of those bits and bobs to help you along. We have always specialised in small packs and will continue to do so. So if you just want one Jingle Bell or Magnetic Square, then Craft Bits can help.

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

NEW ITEMS

As usual - the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

 

Iron On Motifs Iron On Motifs  Iron On Motifs
Iron On Motifs Iron On Motifs Iron On Motifs Iron On Motifs

Iron On Motifs

Lots of new ones in various prices and sizes

Just a few are shown here (not to scale)

Plastic Shaped Novelty Pony Beads    Black Toy Joints Plastic Shaped Novelty Pony Beads

30mm Toy Joints in Black

Black Snowflake Glitter Felt White Snowflake Glitter Felt Red Snowflake Glitter Felt Green Snowflake Glitter Felt

Snowflake Glitter Felt

4 colours - 30cm x 23cm (12" x 9")

Black Polka Dot Felt White Polka Dot Felt Red Polka Dot Felt Pink Polka Dot Felt

Polka Dot Felt

4 colours - 30cm x 23cm (12" x 9")

Letter C - Teddy Alphabet Iron On Motif Letter R - Teddy Alphabet Iron On Motif Letter A - Teddy Alphabet Iron On Motif Letter F - Teddy Alphabet Iron On Motif Letter T - Teddy Alphabet Iron On Motif

Iron On Motif Teddy Alphabet

A to Z available singly

Letter B - Metallic Alphabet Iron On Motif   Letter I - Metallic Alphabet Iron On Motif   Letter T - Metallic Alphabet Iron On Motif   Letter S - Metallic Alphabet Iron On Motif

Iron On Motif Metallic Alphabet

A to Z available singly

LAST POSTING DATES FOR XMAS & HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS

The Royal Mail last posting dates for delivery before Xmas have been posted on the Craft Bits Forum Message Section. You can also get to the information on the home page or on the following link - http://www.craftbits.co.uk/open.htm. We have put a note of our opening hours over the holidays in the forum and the Shopping Basket will have full details nearer the time.

As regular customers will know, we have our Annual (only) Holiday just after Xmas as that is the quietest time for our sort of business. This does mean we are not able to send out any orders until we get back, but the Shopping Basket will be open so you can still order at any time. We may have a backlog but hope to get the majority of orders placed over the holidays out on the day we re-open (9th January). With how Christmas day is falling this year it does mean we are closed for almost 3 weeks.

We should have some Internet access while we are away and will try to answer emails, but it may take a few days if we are having fun, so please be patient :-)

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE

The following new kits have been put on our Craft Kits site in the last few months.

Stitch Garden Counted Cross Stitch Kits  Stitch Garden Counted Cross Stitch Kits

Stitch Garden Counted Cross Stitch Kits

6 different kits (only 2 shown)

Each kit contains 2 designs with 2 plastic hoop frames for displaying the finished designs

Mouseloft Images of Britain Mouseloft Images of Britain

Mouseloft Images of Britain

2 new kits

Mouseloft Tiddlers Mouseloft Tiddlers

Mouseloft Tiddlers

4 new kits (only 2 shown)

Mouseloft Stitchlets Mouseloft Stitchlets

Mouseloft Stitchlets

8 new kits (only 2 shown)

Mouseloft Christmas Stitchlets Mouseloft Christmas Stitchlets

Mouseloft Christmas Stitchlets

5 new kits (only 2 shown)

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk also has lots of other Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits.

There is a Fun and Games Section on the CK website which is just for fun, but you can add your high score to the list and see if you can beat other CPU Customers.

We look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Finally, everyone at Craft Bits, Craft Kits, Dianne's Knitting Yarns and CPU would like to wish you all good health and prosperity over this holiday time and in 2013.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

02.12.12


Summer 2012 - Newsletter

With the summer holidays just around the corner, and the weather not looking too good, finding things to do indoors is a must. Crafts are one of the best ways to fill your time and that of your children - much better than watching TV or playing 'Video Games', which can be quite isolating.

Craft Kits is one of the easiest way to try a craft without spending too much on lots of bits and bobs. Our Craft-Kits website has some great kits for kids and some wonderful 'handbag' kits for when you just have a few moments free.

If you are more than a beginner then Craft Bits has lots of bits and bobs to help you along. We have always specialised in small packs and will continue to do so. So if you just want one pair of Teddy Eyes or one Brooch Back, then Craft Bits can help.

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

NEW ITEMS
As usual - the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

Trimits Creative Beads

Each pack contains 7 compartments of beads

10 types to chose from


Leather Thronging

2 new colours - Gold and Silver

1mm and 2mm thick cord



Flat Leather Thronging

5 new colours

Lilac, Natural, Slate, Plum, Green


Waxed Cotton Cord

2 new colours - Lilac and Pink

1mm and 2mm thick cord

SUMMER OPENING HOURS
During the summer months, especially during school holidays, our Card Payment Opening Hours do change. We also occasionally have staffing issues which means we have to change the days we send out parcels etc. Full details of the Card Payment Opening Hours are stated in the Customer Forum Messages section. They are also noted in the Shopping Basket for each week ahead.

If you need an answer to any question quickly then email is always the best option. Even when our office is closed we do check emails regularly and answer as soon as we can.

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE
The following new kits have been put on our Craft Kits site in the last few weeks - some are limited availability so buy while you can.

Counted Cross Stitch Door Plaque Kits

4 designs

Counted Cross Stitch Kits

Baby Popcorn and Popcorn Duvet Day

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk also has lots of other Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits.

There is a Fun and Games Section on the CK website which is just for fun, but you can add your high score to the list and see if you can beat other CPU Customers.

We look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

21.06.12

 

Winter / Spring 2012 - Newsletter

As many of you know, we have been low on stock of quite a few items because one of our suppliers went 'under'. We now have the following (mainly) back in stock - Liberty Bells, Ceramic Magnets, Stems and Metallic Elastic Beading Cord. However the following will no longer be available when they have sold out - Trimits Pearls, Wooden Beads, Sequins and Feathers.

Prices are rising everywhere and we are trying desperately to keep ours down. A couple of our suppliers have recently hiked their prices by unacceptable amounts, so we are looking for a new supplier for Key Rings and Whisker Noses. If we can't find better prices elsewhere we will buy some at the higher price, but the price online will have to go up

NEW ITEMS
As usual - the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

ROYAL MAIL PRICE INCREASES
Royal Mail have told us that their prices are increasing in April and, more worryingly, they are changing the Packets price bands. They are making all parcels up to 750g the same price instead of 4 price bands. This means sending one pair of 30mm eyes will cost us the same to send as a pack of 50 pairs. Unfortunately they will not be telling us the new prices until the week before they go up. We may have to look at putting the P+P prices up, which we have not done for 3 years. A post about this will be put on our Customer Forum shortly - please feel free to comment.

OPENING HOURS
The CB warehouse and the CPU Office are both closed on Bank Holidays. However we usually open the phone lines on the day before, or after, to compensate. We also have to do a stock take at the end of March which does take a very long time and no orders can be sent out while we are doing that.

Full details of the Card Payment Opening Hours are stated in the Customer Forum Messages section. They will also be noted in the Shopping Basket for each week ahead.

Because of the stock take we will not be ordering from our suppliers now until April. If something does go out of stock we will note it on the website. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE
The following new kits have been put on our Craft Kits site in the last few months.

Details went on the DKY Forum and Craft Bits Forum when these kits went online.

We have been asked by customers to be able to combine orders from Craft Bits and Craft Kits. This is not possible at the moment but we will be putting some of the kits on the Craft Bits site shortly. Please let us know which ones you are most interested in.

There is a Fun and Games Section on the CK website and the new games we added a couple of months ago are proving really popular - more coming soon. They are just for fun but you can add your high score to the list and see if you can beat other CPU Customers.

We look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

11.03.12


Autumn 2011 - Newsletter

We have been putting off sending this newsletter for a couple of weeks. As some of you will know, one of our main suppliers has gone into liquidation which has caused us some stock problems. We were hoping to have news on new suppliers by now, but are still struggling to find all the items we want. We didn't want to put off sending this email much longer so please keep an eye on our forum for more news over the next few weeks. year.

We do now have most of the Felt Squares, Teddy Eyes and Cats Eyes back in stock. However we are low on the following and may not be able to get them back in stock at all, so for now they are all 'while stocks last' - Trimits Pearls, Wooden Beads, Liberty Bells, Metallic Elastic Beading Cord, Ceramic Magnets, Sequins, Stems and Feathers. Exact numbers left will be shown online when they get low.

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

NEW ITEMS
As usual - the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

XMAS/NEW YEAR HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS
The next newsletter will be in the new year so, even though it feels too early to think of Xmas, we thought we should give you the holiday closing dates.

The Craft Bits Warehouse will be closed from 21st December to 6th January, last posting dates will be noted in the Forum Messages section as soon as they have been finalised.

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE
There is a Fun and Games Section on the CK website and we have just added a couple of new games. They are just for fun but you can add your high score to the list and see if you can beat other CPU Customers.

All Mouseloft Kits are now back in stock - Perfect Stocking Fillers

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk also has lots of other Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits.

We look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

30.10.11


Spring / Summer 2011 - Newsletter

We have been having problems with the programme we use to send out newsletters, so we have decided to combine the Spring and Summer updates.

There has not been much new on the Craft Bits website since the Update in February. We have been concentrating on getting new items onto the Craft Kits website - full details at the end of this update.

There are a great deal of different Iron On Motifs available from our suppliers and we hope we have a good selection online. We have just added 9 new ones, including a very large frog, if there are any subjects or types you would like us to get then please let us know.

NEW ITEMS
As usual - the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

SUMMER HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS
The Craft Bits Warehouse will be closed for a week in June, this has been noted in the Forum Messages section for a while.

UK Orders placed before 6pm on Thursday 16th June 2011 should be sent on Friday 17th June. Orders placed after that time may not be sent until Monday 27th June 2011. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

The shopping basket will still be active and the CPU Card Payment Phone Line will also be open as normal. However they will not be able to answer any questions about Craft Bits orders or stock. We will be answering emails while the CB Warehouse is closed, so if you have any questions please email us as normal.

EXIT PAGE SURVEY
If you have ordered in the last 2 years you will have noticed a Survey link on the Exit Page of the Shopping Basket. We have now finally collated the results up to April 2011 and put them online for everyone to see. You can get to the results via the Info Link on the website and they should be updated every couple of months.

There were a lot of questions and comments asked by customers on the survey, so we have answered as many as we can on the result pages. We will also be creating a Frequently Asked Questions page shortly, so if there is any info you think should be included in that FAQ page please let us know by email.

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE
Quite a few new kits went online in the last couple of months, plus we are fully restocked with Daisy Designs too. We really like the DIY Fashion Jewellery Kits and have put some extra pictures online so you can see exactly what you get - but pictures still do not do the quality of the beads and findings justice.

Details went on the DKY Forum and Craft Bits Forum when these kits went online.

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk already has lots of Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits.

We look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

12.06.11

 

Winter 2011 - Newsletter

Welcome to our first Newsletter of the year.

We would like to thank all our customers for bearing with us over the long holiday closure after Xmas. As many of you know, this is when we take our main holiday - tacked onto the end of the Xmas Bank Holidays. Next year we will not be closed as long, but we may be closed for a week in June - a warm weather holiday will be most welcome :-)

NEW ITEMS
The only new item this quarter is a new addition to our Iron On Letter Motifs. The new Sequin designs are bright and sparkly with each letter in one of six different colours. We think they would look best as perhaps the Initial letter of a name mixed with the pink or black letters we already have in stock. They are slightly more expensive but they really do stand out.

This month we have also changed the pack size available in the Pearl Elastic Cords. Previously the Pearl colour was only available in full reels, all sizes (0.5mm, 0.7mm and 1mm) are now available in packs of 3m too.

STITCHES TRADE SHOW
The main reason for sending out this email today is to let you know we will be visiting the Stitches Trade Show in Birmingham on Tuesday 22nd February. We will be searching for new items for all three CPU Enterprise websites - Craft Bits, Dianne's Knitting Yarns and Craft Kits. If there is anything specific you would like us to look out for then please let us know asap. You can email us, leave a note on the CB Forum or, if it is knitting related, post on the DKY Forum.

We always pick up lots of catalogues, so even if you think of something after Tuesday we may be able to check those for you. It is a very long day with lots of walking and talking (and heavy catalogues to carry) but we think it is worth while. Two years ago we found a supplier of Pony Bead lacing which has been one of our most popular lines. We also see all the new Mouseloft Kit Designs (on Craft Kits Website) in the 'flesh' and decide which ones to stock in the following year. Not many of our suppliers have Reps any more so it is the only time we actually meet the people on the other end of the phone.

CONTACT DETAILS PAGE
We have upgraded the Contact Details page to give you more info on all the different ways you can contact us or give us feedback on how we are doing. That page includes some of the following.

CB Forum - We update this every time a new item goes online so it is the quickest way of finding out what is going on. Plus you can post your questions to us or other forum members. We also post important announcements about opening hours etc.

CB Guestbook - On our Guestbook you can leave us feedback on the delivery of your order, including how quickly it arrived. If you are new to CB please take a look at the testimonials on there.

CB Newsletters - If you have missed a past newsletter you can find them online.

CPU Enterprises Blog - News and views from the staff behind Dianne's Knitting Yarns, Craft Bits and Craft Kits, including the story behind CPU Enterprises.

CPU Enterprises on Facebook - Basic info on all the CPU websites - we hope to start a page just for CB soon.

CB Exit Survey - if you have ordered from us recently then you probably know all about this - it is a basic survey which you can take after you order to let us know how the website performed for you. The results will be available from time to time on the Forum and the Info page.

We hope you are happy with the direction we are going in and really do look forward to hearing from you all by email or any of the means above :-)

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

20.02.11

 

Autumn 2010 - Newsletter

Sorry this update is quite a bit later than usual. We have been so busy we just haven't had time to do much except get the orders out. But as usual at this time of year with just a couple of weeks till Xmas, trade has dropped enough to give us time to write this update. Incidentally we have just had our best few months ever and would like to thank everyone for their custom - we must be doing something right :-)

We have not had many new items since the last update, but have made a few observations on the direction Craft Bits seems to be going and therefore some decisions on stocks. We sell as many of our items in small packs as we can and will continue to do so as that seems to be what many customers require. We are also selling quite a few larger packs now so will always try to stock those where space allows.

To that end we will stop selling some items when the current stocks have gone to allow room for more packs of the most popular items. Those popular items include Eyes, Noses, Bells, Pony Beads, Beading Cords, Magnets, Iron On Motifs, Felt, plus a few other bits and bobs. The items that are 'while stocks last' include Foam Stickers, Transfers, Jewellery Findings (except a few things like Keyrings and Brooch Backs), Aperture Cards & Envelopes, Sequins, Kits and a few others. Most have been noted on the website already.

NEW ITEMS

As usual - all the following items were noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

HOLIDAY OPENING HOURS & LAST POSTING DATES

We have put a link on the Home Page to a list of the last posting dates for Xmas, that info is also on the Forum in the Messages section.

We have also put details of our opening hours for over Xmas / New Year Holidays on the Forum and a link to them will be put on the main page shortly. Basically we will be closing at 6pm on Tuesday 21st December 2010 and will fully re-open on Wednesday 12th January 2011 - we will not be open at all between those dates. Opening Hours will be noted in the Shopping Basket during those weeks.

As regular customers will know, we have our Annual Holidays just after Xmas as that is the quietest time for our sort of business. This does mean we are not able to send out any orders until we get back, but the Shopping Basket will be open so you can still order at any time. We may have a backlog but hope to get the majority of orders placed over the holidays out on the day we re-open.

Last year we got stuck in the snow and did have to extend the holiday slightly, but we do have internet access there so will try and keep you up to date on any changes. We will try to answer emails while we are closed, but it may take a few days if we are having fun, so please be patient :-)

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk has lots of Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits. We have put 41 new kits from the Mouseloft Stitchlets Range online since the last Update. There are a good variety of subjects from Wizards to Steam Trains and Meerkats to Pandas.

We hope you are happy with the new direction we are going in and really do look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Finally, everyone at Craft Bits, Craft Kits and CPU would like to wish you all good health and prosperity over this holiday time and in the new year.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

11.12.10

 

Summer 2010 - Newsletter

Welcome to our Summer Newsletter.

We have just had some of our busiest months ever with Teddy Eyes, Jingle Bells and Iron On Motifs being the most popular items at the moment. We are also pleased that the new Felt Suppliers colours seem to be selling quite well. Pony Beads continue to be popular but we have had a problem with our supplier not being able to keep up with demand. We have managed to get some elsewhere to tide us over and hope to be fully stocked shortly. One downside of being busy is that we sell out of some things quickly but don't have time to order more - we will just have to get more organised :-).

NEW ITEMS

Not many new items have been added over the last few months as we have been so busy - plus most of the suppliers bring out new stuff earlier in the year. Some have just brought out their Xmas Lines so we will be checking those out very shortly.

We were asked to get a couple more colours in the 3mm Nylon Cord which we duly did - Purple and Wine - available in packs of 3m and on 25m reels. There is a link to a picture of other colours we could get in stock on the Nylon Page, so please take a look and let us know if we don't stock the one you want yet.

Iron-on Motifs are getting more and more popular so we have expanded the range again with another 20 going online in the last 2 months. All the new ones were shown on the Customer Forum at the time and there are some nice Adult ones including some lovely dogs & 'green' logos. Unfortunately, some of the ones we didn't think would sell that well (so only brought a couple) were the first to go. We are ordering again very shortly so if there is a design type you think we should include please let us know and we will see if we can get some.

COMING SOON

We have quite a few other items which we just have not had time to do - regular readers of the newsletters will recognise most of them . Because the website is done in-house it does take time to hand code the pages and get the pictures right. The following items will be online as soon as we can.

  • Metallic Colour Aperture Cards
  • Cards with different shaped Apertures including Xmas shapes
  • 1.5mm Cotton Thong in Black, White, Natural, Deep Purple, Sea Green, Pacific, Dusty Pink, Wine
  • 1.5mm Leather Thonging in Gold
  • 1mm Leather Thonging in Red, Royal and Silver
  • 1mm Waxed Cotton Cord in Violet, Turquoise, Pale Pink, Lilac, Sky Blue
  • Winnie the Pooh Zip Pulls

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk has lots of Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits. The following new items have been put on since the last newsletter.

We will be starting a Facebook Page shortly but you can get some general info about Craft Bits from the CPU Enterprises Facebook Page. In the meantime you can leave feedback on our service on our Guestbook page. If you have feedback or requests for us other than about our service then please use our Customer Forum or email us.

Best Regards

Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

04.08.10

 

Spring 2010 - Newsletter

Well I hope you are all enjoying our unpredictable Spring weather, it seems to be getting colder rather than warmer

We would like to thank all our customers for bearing with us over the Easter weekend. There were a few technical problems which took most of that 'holiday' weekend to sort out. There is more info on exactly what the problem was on the Forum under Messages.

NEW ITEMS

We have managed to get back in stock a couple of items that we thought we could not get again. One of the most popular items during the last year was the Pony Bead Lacing. These had been initially brought as a 'Stitches Show' special offer last year and we had assumed the supplier would have sold out by now. But at this years show we asked anyway and they said 'yes we have some left', so we brought some more - we didn't quite get the same deal on all the items but we have left the price the same online.

The other big news this Quarter is that we have eventually got the new Felt Supplier sorted and all the new colours are now online. As we have a few different types of Felt now (Plain, Glitter, Self Adhesive, Mixed Packs) it will shortly have its own section on the website rather than being under the 'other items' banner.

We also have a few more new Iron On Motifs and Foam Sticker packs in stock plus some new sizes and colours in Jingle Bells.

As usual - all these items were noted on the Customer Forum - full list below.

If you want to comment on this or anything else about our Newsletter / website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum.

OPENING HOURS

At this time of year there are a lot of Bank Holidays and we try to keep the opening hours up to date in the Shopping Basket. We also note opening hours in the forum as early as we can.

Occasionally we do also have unforeseen circumstances when we have to alter opening hours, so do please check the Basket link on the website for the most up to date info before phoning. Remember - the quickest way to get an answer is to email us - we check emails all the time and answer them as quickly as we can.

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE

The following new items have been put on the CPU Craft Kits website (www.craft-kits.co.uk ) since the last newsletter.

There are a few more kits to come so please keep an eye on the site.

We hope you are happy with the direction we are going in and really do look forward to hearing from you all - by email, Guestbook or on the Customer Forum.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

13.05.10

 

Winter 2010 - Newsletter

Welcome to our Winter Newsletter - and it certainly feels like winter as I write this. It has been snowing all day and we have a thick covering over everything now. Yes it looks wonderful ..... but we just got our Gas Bill :-(

On the up side - it seems to have prompted people to stay in and craft, which has given us our best January ever despite being closed for the first week due to our Annual Holiday.

Some of you may know that we got snowed in while we were on holiday in January which caused a bit of a back log - we thank everyone for their patience.

NEW ITEMS

The Iron-on Motifs page we put online a while ago have had new designs added quite often - these are always great for jazzing up old clothes. We also now have some Letters online too. They come in Pink or Black and you can buy whichever colour or letters you like to make up your own designs. At 2.8cm (just over one inch) they are the perfect size for adding to tee-shirts etc.

One of our biggest sellers are Teddy Eyes - we have as many sizes and colours as we can get our hands on. When we saw a new size (6mm) in black we thought "they have to be too small to be popular" but we brought a couple of packs anyway. Wow!! We were amazed when they flew out the door and sold out very quickly. We ordered 10 times as many but the supplier only sent half and they soon sold out too. Next time we trebled our order but still only got a few packs from the supplier - they just can't keep up with demand. There are some in stock at the moment and we are ordering again soon - if we can get other colours too we will.

Most of the 'while stocks last' felt we have is almost gone but we have a new supplier we hope to order from next week. In the meantime we brought some mixed packs but they soon sold out, and again our supplier couldn't re-stock us. However we do have some Glitter Felt in 6 colours which are quite nice.

Swivel Clips are now back in stock - sorry for the delay. We have also got some in a larger size too. Plus all colours of Mobile Phone Cords are back in stock.

We have some new Easter Foam Sticker packs now online - Bunnies and Ducks with various other objects.

A full list of all the new items are below, they were all noted on the Customer Forum when they went online.

COMING SOON

We have quite a few other items which we just have not had time to do. Because the website is done in-house it does take time to hand code the pages and get the pictures right. The following items will be online as soon as we can.

  • Metallic Colour Aperture Cards
  • Cards with different shaped Apertures including Xmas shapes
  • 1.5mm Cotton Thong in Black, White, Natural, Deep Purple, Sea Green, Pacific, Dusty Pink, Wine
  • 1.5mm Leather Thonging in Gold
  • 1mm Leather Thonging in Red, Royal and Silver
  • 1mm Waxed Cotton Cord in Violet, Turquoise, Pale Pink, Lilac, Sky Blue
  • More Motifs including Winnie the Pooh, Tigger, flowers, Leopard, Tiger and Xmas
  • Winnie the Pooh Zip Pulls
  • Foam Stickers - Glitter Heart Mini, Bee, Teacher, Glitter Words & Hearts, Star Snowmen, Glitter ABC, Bright Heart
  • Bracelet and Necklace Sets

CRAFT BITS GUESTBOOK

We had been asked in the Exit Page Survey for a Guestbook so you can give us feedback about our service and let us know you received your parcel. We set one up a little while ago and it seems to be working well. It can be found HERE, plus there is a link in the 'parcel sent' email we send out, on the Info Page on our website and there is also a link when you click the Forum link. You do not need to add your email address, or even your full name, but please state your order number so we know which parcel you received.

If you have feedback or requests for us other than about our service then please use our Customer Forum or email us.

CRAFT KITS WEBSITE

Don't forget that www.craft-kits.co.uk has lots of Pocket Money Kits for kids of all ages plus some great beginner kits. We have a long list of items which we received 2 days before Xmas but just haven't had time to put online. If you are interested in any of the following please let us know and we will move it to the top of the 'to do' list.

  • Craft Factory First Knitting Kit & First Sewing Kit
  • KSG Sequin Jewellery Kit & Ceramic Jewellery Kit
  • KSG Latch Hook Kits - Dolphin, Butterfly, Duck, Panda, Kitten, Angel Fish, Parrot, Penguin, Rainbow, Teddy
  • KSG Bead to Bead Kits - Dolphin, Butterfly, Ballerina, Friends Forever
  • KSG Stitch to Stitch Kits - Dolphins, Horses, Puppy, Kitten
  • Caron Latch Hook Kits - Butterfly, Dolphins, Shaggy Good Boy, Shaggy Kool Kat
  • Cuddletime Emerald Teddy (furry soft toy)

If you want to comment on anything in this Newsletter or anything else about our website / stock please email us at or add a message on the Customer Forum - we really do look forward to hearing from you all.

Webmaster
Craft Bits
CPU Enterprises

18.02.10


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