Saturday, 20 October 2012

Back again!

I'm back here again....I did say that I would really try, and here I am and very pleased with myself too ;)

Anyway,  I've been doing a bit of work on the website in the last few days, adding in new teacup candles...we sold out.....adding the new wooden houses, more new wreaths and so on.  Regular customers will also notice that we are starting to scale down the card side of the business.  As time goes by we've found that most of our business is in the gifts and home accessories.  We sell those items at the shows, supply them to retail outlets, and online.  It seems sensible to aim the website more at that market than the smaller handmade card sector. 

After Christmas, we're hoping that the website will have a facelift, and at that point the cards will all but disappear, just leaving the bespoke option and few others.  We have a few ideas on how we want it to look, but for now it's all in the ".....get Christmas out of the way, and in the New Year" stage, just like cleaning the house, sorting the garden, finishing the bathroom...............

The teacup candles have been going really well online recently, with a lot of enquiries coming through for other designs and sets.  Most of what we sell comes from current stock photos being emailed to the customer so that they can make a choice.  Our stock changes almost daily, so we normally have something that is just right.  If you do want to have a look at others, please don't hesitate to ask, we send out photographs every day, so another request won't be a problem :)  We have a few really, really nice trio sets avaialbale online at the moment, my favourites being the ones in these pictures. 

I've managed to get a picture of our 'Wooden Houses' online, although this is only one of the colours that we offer.  The other two are a pale cream and a darker, richer caramel/cream colour.  The fabrics available for the windows and doors are endless, so all we ask is for your chosen colour scheme, and we'll do the rest.  We can send over pictures of the proposed fabric combinations so that we can get it just right for you.  They are one of my favourite items to make along with the Pomegranate Hearts, as I get to play with fabric, and the simple combination of the wood and fabric is really appealing and 'homey'.

Today I am working on the final elements of my sister's wedding stationary.  the wedding is next weekend, and I still have the table plan to make, the table numbers, and make alterations to her dress and mine, and that's not even taking into account our normal day to day work and orders......time to stop chatting away on here I think!

I'm off, and I'll try to get back after the wedding next weekend!
Lyndsay x

Friday, 12 October 2012

Long Time No Speak!

I don't know why it is that I find it so hard to keep this blog thing up to date, but obviously I do.....I putting it down to being busy. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it!!!

Anyway, whilst I'm here and making a concerted effort, I thought I'd post a picture of one of our new wreath designs.   We're calling it the Baby Green Fruit Mix...catchy I know, but it describes exactly what it is.  Whole Limes, chillies and green orange slices...a mix of green fruits!  It's big brother should be available online in the next few weeks, but many of you who have visited us at shows will already have big brother in your home...he has proved to pretty popular :)

This years chillies arrived almost twice the size of previous years, so it's forced us to rethink old designs and come up with new ones.  The new photos aren't all online yet, I'm slowly making my way through them, but at least the new pictures that I have uploaded give an idea of what to expect.  We're hoping to have our fruit and home products professionally photographed next month, so things will be all change once again.

The fruit isn't the only change this year.  Chris (my other half, or better half as he is fond of saying!) has quit his full time job in printing, and we now both work full time on the business together.  It's already made a huge difference with us being able to take on much larger trade accounts, get orders out quicker, and travel further afield for longer I have someone around to make to tea all day every day ;)  Our plans for the next few years are changing rapidly, but the overall aim is still the same....the beautiful cottage in Cornwall with the sea views.......

Less of the daydreaming and back to reality, our shows for the rest of this year can be found on our Upcoming Events page.  This is still being added to even at this late stage, but we don't seem to be able to help ourselves!  Don't forget that if we are going to at an event in your area, you can always order beforehand, and either collect at the show, or we'll deliver free of charge...why pay postage when you don't need to?

It's time for dinner now, my stomach has been rumbling away for hours, and I'm about to give into it....chilli, rice and french stick.  Just what you need on a cold and windy autumn evening.

Goodnight, and I'll try and be back here soon!
Lyndsay (and Chris) xxx