Monday, 13 July 2009

Burton Constable Country Fair

I thought I would tell you about our lovely day yesterday at Burton Constable Hall, just outside of Hull. It's only a small country fair, but its in a beautiful setting and is a popular visitor attraction.

It was a very early start, leaving home at 6.30am (especially after a late night making stock!) but the long journey gave me the chance to catch up on a bit of sleep. Once we were set up, in came the visitors, and the sun came out.

It was busy all day, but the most popular products by far yesterday were the baby chilli hearts. As soon as we put another one out for sale, it sold again! Wreaths as ever were popular, as were the scented hearts. With the school year coming to an end, the hearts were a favourite as thank you gifts for hard working teachers.

Just for once, this fair went without any 'adventures' (probably because my Mom wasn't there!) and was a really nice day. I even managed to start my Christmas present buying! You can always get really nice gifts at the fairs, something original and of good quality.

Anyway, I'm off to start my mountain of sewing ready for next weekend's fairs at West Bridgford in Nottingham, and the Ashbourne Highland Games in Derbyshire. If you want to see where we are for the rest of the year, have a quick look at our Upcoming Events page for a complete list.

Bye for now
Lyndsay x

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Hand crafted retirement cards

Thought I would post something about one of our new bespoke cards. The thought of making this filled me with dread, but actually I'm pretty pleased with the outcome!

Retirement cards are generally quite a difficult category to fill, but when I was contacted about making a caravan card, my heart really did sink! I have tried to keep it fresh and contemporary, yet still suitable for the occasion using a muted colour palette and simple text. Let's just hope that Geoff agrees!

For more of our bespoke cards, please just visit our website, and contact us for details.

Bye for now

Lyndsay x

Friday, 3 July 2009

All New to This!

I run my own business called Pretty Beautiful, and everyone has been telling me for ages that I should start up a blog to run alongside it. Well, it looks as if I've finally managed it, and now I just need to learn exactly how to work it!

There are two main elements to the business, the first are really simple, fresh and contemporary hand crafted cards including birthday cards, wedding cards, and pretty much any other occasion that you ever need. We also offer a bespoke service allowing you to contact us with your requirements, and we'll create a one off design just for you.

The second element of the business is the gift side. We are constantly developing this at the moment, but as every item is completely hand made, it can sometimes be difficult to get the new products finalised and available for sale. I'm keep trying, and we are slowly getting there! Some of the products include hand blended pot pourri, dried fruit wreaths, and scented hearts.

My aim is to try and update the blog every week (lets see how we go!) and then talk about the different products, the fairs that we are exhibiting at and anything else that we get up to. My Mom helps out a lot with the business, and you can guarantee that there is always some silly thing that we've done or embarrassed ourselves with. I'll try and keep you up to date about all of that too!

Anyway for now at least I've made a start, and I'd really love it if anyone out there would have a look at what we do and leave some comments. It would be good to know what you all think!
Bye for now
Lyndsay x