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  1. competiton

    It's been a while since we've opened up the Blog, so to welcome ourselves, and you back, we're running a new prize draw to win yourself £15 to spend here on our website, www.magpies-miniatures.net

    Pop over to our COMPETITIONS link to get your entries in.

    Prize draw closes next Saturday, the 30th of March 2013. You have to be in it to win it! GOOD LUCK!!

  2. Hello Again...

    Christmas is fast approaching, and although it's a time to celebrate and be merry, it's also a time to remember those who can't be with us. The past 18 months has seen some tough times in our family, having lost two very dear family members. As a family business, this has been a pretty sad time for us here at Magpies-Miniatures. When times are hard, it really is lovely to recieve the feedback from our customers across the globe praising us and telling us how well were doing. We're human too, and it's the little things sometimes that get you through the harder days. So thank you, really- from the bottom of our hearts we thank you.

    This applies to our Website users who are leaving us lovely comments on our Guestbook, and also our eBay customers. Just look at this feedback score- we're really pleased!

    ebayfeedback

    So again, thank you.
    I'd really like to take this opportunity too, to invite you over to our Facebook page. If you'd like a little conversation with us, we love to have a chat on there! It's nice to get to kow the people behind the order names, and similarly- you can get to know us behind the Webstore. Come on over and have a laugh with us, we appreciate the company.

    < Just Click Like :)

     

    Merry Christmas to all of you, your families, and your loved ones who can't be with you today and over the festive season.

    Best Wishes,

    Niccy and Mandy @ Magpies-Miniatures


  3. We all know it's coming, that time of year when your belly feels fuller than your wallet, kids are wanting everything off every advert they see, shops are busy, roads are more dangerous than normal as people can't seem to concentrate on driving and on what they're going to buy Aunt Maude for Cristmas....

    woaaah... just slow yourself down. Make a cup  of tea, relax, and have a little look below at a cute little list of "12 days" inspired mini's I've found on the site for you.

    Just something a little light-hearted, and a tiny bit festive too :)

    Fancy some music to accompany your browsing?... (something really light hearted!)

    12 Days of Christmas...

    On the ____ day of Christmas, My True love sent to me...

    First Second Third
    Pears in a Crate Pair Of Ceramic Turtle Doves - White only Set of Assorted Chickens

    A Partridge in a pear tree

    Two Turtle Doves 3 French Hens
    Fourth Fifth Sixth
    Four Calling Birds 5 Gold Rings 6 Geese a-laying
    Seventh Eighth Ninth
    7 Swans a-swimming Maids a-milking Ladies Dancing
    Tenth Eleventh Twelfth
    Sheet Music
    Lords a-leaping 11 Pipers Piping 12 Drummers Drumming

     

    remember, just a little fun! All items are clickable, and will take you to the product in the shop! ;) Didn't have a partridge in a pear tree unfortunately!

    Have a GREAT Christmas. Don't forget Ideas Boards and Christmas Postage information are all available on the Top Menu Bar.

    See you soon!

    Niccy @ Magpies-Miniatures.

    www.facebook.com/MagpiesMinis

  4. screen grab

    If you're a regular to the website, you may notice a slight change on the Menu bar. Today (24/11/12) I've added a 'Design Ideas' page, where you'll find some inspirtation based on certain themes.

    I have currently completed 3 collections: Christmas, New Year, and Pubs and Bars, to coincide with the pending Festive Season. The collections I will be working on next are listed at the bottom, but I am open to suggestions if there's something in particular you'd like me to have a look at compiling for you.

    These are simply 'Ideas Boards' to help you with specific themes. It seems some people stuggle to search and navigate the website properly, and are overlooking items they are looking for.

     

    If you have any queries at all with the website search feature, please get in touch. It is sometimes easier to simply 'Browse' categories. For instructions on how to do this, please see below:

     

     

    Using our Search Feature

    Shop OnlineThis is something we are working on, and at present it isn't fool-proof, so for easier location of items, plese simply click 'Shop Online' on the top menu bar, which is accessible from any page.

    This DOES bring up a drop-down menu, but you don't have to use this if you don't wish (can be difficult to hold and hover on some browsers), so by simply clicking this, it'll take you to the categories page.

    The categories are split according to rooms, with special collections grouped on their own, so all Jaiyi (high-end heirloom quality furniture) being grouped together, McQueenies kits (Gypsy caravans and smaller kits) similarly grouped, and so on.

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    So let's say we're looking for a certain item. For example, a pair of high heel shoes for the lady of the house to dance the night away.

    Think of your own house, where is it likely to find shoes- Kitchen? Bathroom?... Most likely the bedroom. So by clicking the Bedroom category...

    you'll be greeted with seperate sub-categories, again grouping different types of objects.

    As we're looking for shoes, we'll be heading to Clothing and Footwear, highlighted here.

    clothing and footwear

    Clicking on this sub-category will then list all the products available in that area, so you can browse through and choose what you'd like.

    Now, alternatively, there is the search box feature.

    search boxes there are two boxes on the site, both function the same. We are looking for High Heeled Shoes, but if we type this into seach, it is going to be looking for 3 different keywords-

    1. High
    2. Heel
    3. Shoes

    so if any product uses these words, they will show in search results. We're not looking for High bars, high chairs or anything similar, so it is better to leave this word out. Single word searches work better, so in this instance, the word SHOE is the keyword to search for. The seatch feature works in such a way, they it will only pick out words from how we have titled them, so SHOES and SHOE are seen as two different things, silly isn't it?! Please try both single and plural words in your searches. (We ARE actively working on this to work better, but with over 3000 products on the site, it is a VERY long and time consuming business. We appreciate your patience while we work to improve the site for you)

    Also, for those who's first language isn't English, plese be aware that searching in your home language won't pull up any results.

    If you have any trouble, please get in Contact using the link above, and we can help point you in the right direction.

    Hope this helps!

    Best Wishes, and thanks for stopping by-

    Niccy @ Magpies-Miniatures.net