Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Making orders...losing memory?

I think the Christmas rush has begun. Both myself and Squarepear furniture (my husband) have noticed a massive increase in sales over the past two weeks. This is obviously great and exactly what we had hoped for our handmade businesses, but it means that I haven't been able to develop any new products. I know I ought to be thinking about Valentine's and Mother's Day right now but I just haven't had the time.

I have also been neglecting my blog a bit but my brain is struggling to remember what I have done. I realised this today when filling in the contact book for the child minder... each week I write in the book to let her know what Eva has been up to during the previous week and any special information. So this morning I sat down to write up and I really couldn't remember what we had done! I knew that we had done lots of things but I couldn't piece any of it together, so I had to have a cup of tea and tried again. I did manage to cobble something together for the second attempt!

Here are some of my items that have been selling well, not all are available in my shop so if you are interested in anything drop me an email.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

New shop, new makes, new crafty folk

I haven't blogged all week as I have had a lot of catching up to do and orders to make, I think people seem to now be ordering for Christmas as I have noticed sales and orders have increased dramatically in the last week, which more than makes up for the dismal craft fair I did in Oakham last Saturday.

This week amongst all the sewing and designing (my proper job) I did manage to take a bit of time out to meet with a super talented lady who is also in Northants. Her business is called Shabby Polka Dots and she has a lovely blog. We haven't known each other for very long but share a love for all things handmade and vintagey. We visited a brilliant shop that is completely new to me, it is called Cranberry Cottage in Higham Ferrers, They have a gorgeous range of gifts, including Emma Bridgwater and Yankee Candles.

But the real joy was upstairs, as they have just fitted out their first floor as a craft shop and have an excellent range of materials from felt making to decoupage. They also have some lovely Moda and Tilda fabrics and lots of buttons and trims, these are just some of the things I was interested in but there is a huge range and I would thoroughly recommend a visit if you are in the area :)

I would also like to thanks Sharon of Shabby Polka Dots for introducing me to the Malteser Milkshake from Beans Café!! Yum.