Thursday, 23 June 2011

Online Updates!

Baby Citrus Wreath £8.00

I have spent the last two days working on the website, and finally getting some of our new products online.  It's something that I've been meaning to do for absolutely ages, but just haven't got round to doing. 

This has all come about because this weekend we have Saturday off and only have a one day fair rather than a two or three as we have lately.  We are to be found at the Melton Mowbray Country Fair on Sunday (26th June) for what is promising to be a fun and hopefully sunny day!  There is a Big Bake competition, rural craft demonstrations, a novelty dog show, livestock displays and a 'Fun With Food' marquee where a suspect my other half Chris will spend most of his day ;)

Saturday is going to be a good solid stock day without any distractions or outings, or so I hope, as next weekend we are at the Waddington Air Show, which is incredibly busy.  I have mentioned my love of planes (and pilots!!) before, so I won't go into that now!

 As for this week's work, I have launched our new 'Wooden Love' range online.  We've been selling out at the shows most weekends, and have taken lots of bepoke orders for hearts in colours co-ordinating with people's kitchens, hallways etc  We offer them in the three standard colours of cream, red and green.  Each is a distressed hand cut and finished heart threaded with various fruit combinations. 

Single Wooden Heart Garland £11.50

Available as a Single Heart Garland, a Triple Heart Garland and a Wooden Heart String, there is something to suit everyone and every space.  They are simple, rustic, but yet full of charm and country style.  We are hoping to extend the range over the comong months, so please watch this space.....patiently!

I've also managed to get many more of our dried fruit wreaths onto the website in both the standard and baby sizes.  Once again, their simple, aromatic and stylish character are always popular at the shows, and especially for Christmas.  As anyone who has visited our stall will know, we have many more styles, but it is almost impossible to get everything online.  I wouyld need weeks and weeks, rather than a couple of days.  I am intending to get our fruit strings on there sometime soon, along with our large and small scented hearts, and a larger selection of the ever popular 'Cottage Hearts'.
Cottage Hearts £7.50 each

The list is long and scary, and fitting it all in between wedding orders, website orders, wholesale orders and of course the shows, is getting more and more difficult.  What I really need are a couple of hard working staff who don't mind craziness and cats.....does anyone want to volunteer?

I'll leave it at that for today, but please feel free to post any thoughts and comments about the new products, your views are always appreciated.

Bye for now

Lyndsay xxx

Monday, 6 June 2011

Award Winning!!!

No posts for ages, then two in one week!  We spent our weekend at two different shows.  Saturday was the Kenilworth Show, and Sunday was the Rutland Country Show. 

Chris was just a little pleased with the award!

We had a busy time at both, but Saturday bought a lovely surprise when we were awarded the 'Best in Show' trophy.  We had an absolute nightmare setting up the gazebo in the morning with the wind, so things weren't really looking their best, but that didn't seem to bother the judges.  We didn't even know that we were being judged, but at the end of the day, the panel came along and presented us both with the trophy.  We were surprised to say the least, but absolutely thrilled!  We got to bring the shield home, and then it will go back to be engraved with our details before being returned to us.

As you can see by the photograph, by the time we got the award, the tent was looking very sparse indeed! Chris had spent the afternoon sitting in the back of the van threading garlands before passing them out to me to be sold, so once again the new van proved itself to be very worthwhile indeed.  I don't think we ever intended to use it as a travelling workshop, but there you go!

This coming Sunday we will be at Cosford Air Show, giving us Saturday at home to make a bit more stock.  The following weekend we can be found at the Three Counties Show in Malvern, which is a huge event spread over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Fingers crossed that the weather will be nice and a good weekend will be had by all.  Come down and see us if you can and don't forget that a full list of where we will be can be found on our 'Upcoming Events' page on our website.

By for now
Lyndsay xxx

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Our new family member!

I know, I know, it's been a while since I last blogged, but things have been a little busy!  This year we have completely changed our event plans, and have swapped from the smaller local fairs, to much bigger ones all over the country.  We wanted to see if it made a difference money wise, but also to try something new.  So far so good, but it was getting difficult tyring to pack 3 days worth of stock plus a suitcase into the car, so we made a decision!  We've been talking about it for ages, but it was time to go for it, so we bought our first company car (or van in this case!).

After a lot of cleaning, we took it down to Norfolk for the Bank Holiday weekend for an event at Blickling Hall.  It is a simply stunning place, and we were extremely lucky with the weather as it was absolutely baking hot!  Without the worries of trying to fit everything in the car, we took as much stock as we could possibly make, and promptly came home with a pretty much empty van....apart from the obligatory purchases of course ;)

This weekend we are following the travelling theme, and are the Kenilworth Show on Saturday, and then down to the Rutland County Show on Sunday.  It's looking like the weather might be nice once again, so hopefully it should be another good weekend. 

We've been busy booking shows all over the UK, and you can see the extent of out planned travels on the Upcoming Events page on our website.  From Cambridge to Anglesey, to Hull and Holkham in Norfolk, we really are getting to see the country and it's really enjoyable too!!!

Speak to you all soon
Linz and our new van :) xxx