FrancescaBurke

Alternative stationery, accessories & art

Southend-on-Sea, England · 250 Sales

FrancescaBurke

Alternative stationery, accessories & art

Southend-on-Sea, England 250 Sales On Etsy since 2013

5 out of 5 stars
(77)

Shop owner

Francesca

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Announcement   🌟 Gift cards accepted + free UK postage! 🌟Welcome to Francesca's Words. I specialise in weird, sarcastic and quirky stationery, accessories and art in small print runs. Products are listed by theme, e.g. feminist pocket mirrors in 'Civil Writes' and mythology Valentine's in 'Mythology Mayhem'. Please ask if you have any questions!

Head to my About page to learn more about me, and just message me if you're interested in a custom order! Please be aware that processing times change depending on what's in stock; 1-2 week processing times usually mean something has to be ordered; learn more on my Policies page. For more info just start a conversation.

Announcement

Last updated on 09 Apr, 2018

🌟 Gift cards accepted + free UK postage! 🌟Welcome to Francesca's Words. I specialise in weird, sarcastic and quirky stationery, accessories and art in small print runs. Products are listed by theme, e.g. feminist pocket mirrors in 'Civil Writes' and mythology Valentine's in 'Mythology Mayhem'. Please ask if you have any questions!

Head to my About page to learn more about me, and just message me if you're interested in a custom order! Please be aware that processing times change depending on what's in stock; 1-2 week processing times usually mean something has to be ordered; learn more on my Policies page. For more info just start a conversation.

Francesca

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(77)
kyantos

kyantos on 30 Apr, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

I bought this Card for my sister, who is going through a divorce and just moved out on her own again. It's in a postcard-like Format, where you write in your message on the back. It's a great size, and high Quality! I live in NYC, but received this probably within 5 days of it shipping from the UK, which beats other foreign shipping I have experienced. She really loved the Card and how unique it was! I'd highly recommend this vendor.

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About

Welcome to Francesca's Words.

I'm Francesca. Hi. You might have seen me on Twitter, Tumblr or on the Women's March Instagram page. There is a small possibility we've *actually met in real life.*

~SOME HISTORY~

I started my Etsy when I was supposed to be doing homework, partly because I hated homework and partly because I like making things and putting them on the Internet (I've been blogging at IndifferentIgnorance.com since 2009 and writing stories for various places since around then too). I fell into making stationery and accessories by accident after years of going to buy someone a card or gift and either loving the design (pretty flowers! A sweet dog! A cute cartoon!) and hating the wording (my darling friend! To my soul mate! The Lord is watching over you!) or vice versa. Is it really too much to want a well-designed birthday card or tote bag with a message that isn't patronising, sexist or boring?

Apparently.

So now I make my own.

~THE ARTISTIC PROCESS~

I use Photoshop to design everything (I don't have any actual qualifications, I kind of just click on things until they look nice) and aim to offer products of the standard I expect from ‘real’ shops. I use UK-based professional printers and manufacturers which are listed on each product. (Please message me if you'd like more info about them.)

~WERE DOES YOUR MONEY GO?~

After boring business stuff like Etsy fees and product costs and all that, I plunge all my turnover back into Etsy or events in Southend – I have BIG PLANS, including cards, more accessories and more stationery items. I’d like to draw a wage eventually and fund things like my epic travel plans (every EU country before Brexit! Australasia! North America if Trump doesn’t kill it!), my higher education plans (graphic design classes! Business management classes! Classical studies classes!) and treats for my dogs.

~WHERE TO FIND ME~

You can keep up with me on social media to get the latest gossip/grumbling - just click the links on this page. You can also find me on DeviantART at tobequitefrank.deviantart.com, and on Tumblr at francescaswords.tumblr.com. My email is info [!at] francescaburke.com.

If you’d like to support my blog or writing, you can become a patron on Patreon at http://patreon.com/FrancescaBurke.

~THANK YOU FOR READING THIS FAR. WE BOTH KNOW YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO.~

Your feedback is incredibly helpful, so please leave a review if you buy something, or start a conversation if you have any ideas, suggestions or questions. Sometimes processing times change for each product depending on what is in stock; 1-plus week processing times usually mean something has to be ordered from the printer. If you'd like more info just start a conversation!

xo Francesca

PS I’m not explaining the shop name...

Shop members

  • Francesca

    Owner, Creator, Designer

    Writer/stationery enthusiast/semi-pro MCR fan

  • Ruby

    Proofreader

    Ruby likes making cute things out of felt. She also proofs virtually every piece of art in the shop, which is very helpful, although not as fun for her as felting.

  • Fred

    Assistant

    Fred very helpfully listens to my shop ideas and occasionally falls asleep on packaging materials.

  • Adonis

    Assistant

    Adonis is less helpful than Fred - as seen here, his favourite activity is napping - but he likes to appear wherever Fred is and muscle in on the action, so.

Production partners

  • Custom Works

    Bo'ness, Scotland

    Custom Works print my A5 notebooks.

  • Moo.com

    London, England

    Moo prints my A5 prints, A6 postcard prints, stickers and the business cards that come with your order.

  • SixPrint

    Helston, England

    SixPrint are my card printers, based in Helston, Cornwall. They print my 100% recycled cards!

  • The Clever Baggers

    Welshpool, Wales

    The Clever Baggers are my tote bag supplier; printing my designs onto 100% natural cotton tote bags. The cotton is sourced ethically from China and you can see The Clever Baggers' ethical policy here: https://thecleverbaggers.co.uk/ethical-information/

Local

Find FrancescaBurke at the following upcoming market!

  • Youth Market
    Leigh On Sea Community Centre
    Elm Rd
    ESSEX, ESSEX

    14 Jul.

    'This is the first youth market Leigh-on-Sea Town Council have organised, but have done so due to the demand and requests from the local people to provide something for the younger generation. The market will be set-up in the lower hall, with a variety of other activities going on throughout the centre. The set-up of the day will be as below: Lower Hall: up to 25 stalls in the hall. Selling a variety of items, which will all be youth lead. Room 1: Stalls promoting activities for young people to join. Eg. St Johns, Sea Scouts/Guides, Youth Club, Fitness Classes & Essex Wildlife or similar. Room 4 & 7: A variety of taster sessions. Sessions hopefully to include some of the following yoga, krav maga, dance, mindfulness/relaxation course, confidence & speech class, karate, crafting/textile project & a drama session. Café: Young musicians/bands playing throughout.'

Shop policies

More information

Last updated on 16 May, 2018
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalised orders

I'm happy to do custom orders. Please start a conversation or request a custom order if you're interested and I will see what I can do. Please note that starting a conversation is not the same as placing an order!

Wholesale availability

If you're interested in placing a large order, please get in touch via a conversation and I'll see what I can do!

Postage & packaging costs and processing times

All items automatically ship as 'standard' items, ie not tracked. Tracked & Signed upgrades are available.

If an order's a gift I can send it directly to your giftee, just put their address in at the checkout. Please note the giftee may have to pay customs charges.

Standard postage to the UK is FREE! Unfortunately I can't afford to offer free international P&P, but I estimate costs based on weight and envelope size according to Royal Mail, and tweak prices regularly to keep them as low as possible.

An item marked as being ready to ship in 1-3 business days is in stock. Anything marked 1-2 weeks means I have to order at least one component from my suppliers; I will always keep you updated with progress.

Do you accept exchanges, returns and refunds? What will you refund?

I do accept returns and refunds.

If you wish to cancel an order, please do so before it has shipped or been downloaded and I will refund you immediately. If you wish to return or refund an order after it has shipped, please notify me within 14 days of taking delivery, and return the order within 21 days of delivery. I can exchange the item for one of equal value, or refund the entire order (including the original shipping cost). I just ask that you pay to return the order to me (my address will be on the envelope). I cannot accept returns or refunds on downloaded digital items.

If something arrives damaged, please contact me with photographs. I always package orders with great care and cannot take responsibility for the postal service.

Gift wrapping and packaging

I package all my orders with great care. The items themselves are shipped in cellophane and/or bubble wrap to keep them clean and dry, and I always mark outer packaging as fragile. The size and type of envelope depends on the order: I usually use bubble or board-backed envelopes.

Seller details
Francesca Burke
SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Essex United Kingdom