Firstly, can I wish you all a very Happy New Year. Be honest now, have you all taken down your decorations like good boys and girls? You don't want to start the year with bad luck by leaving them up for too long, do you!! I hate this part of the festive season as I really love all the lights and sparkly stuff! So (reluctantly) I boxed everything up yesterday and have the cuts on my hands from the Christmas tree fighting back to prove it... (OK, I admit it - I still haven't actually put them away properly back in the loft for the rest of the year but they are safely stored and ready to be put into hibernation when hubby is able to be home to help).
sale on my website right now! It only lasts for three weeks and some of the designs may be discontinued to allow room for new ones so head on over to see what is on offer. There are no 'seconds' or 'shop soiled' items, if the ones ordered aren't in stock, they will be made fresh as usual but I like to use January to go through and have a stock 'Spring Clean'.
I am also really excited to have just published my first proper Newsletter. You can sign up for free via the website (there is even a QR code provided for you to sign-up via your iPhone or smartphone if you wish - Ooh, check me out - I'm embracing the 21st Century!!) or you can sign up here
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I received a number of orders last year for larger, modified versions of standard designs which makes me think that it makes sense to develop this side of things. Some were simply for larger versions of standard designs whilst some requests called for specifically adapted decorations to work in awkward or large spaces such as the customer who ordered this large sailing ship which needed to be made in a specific size and framed to fit a round porthole-style window:
|Specially Created Larger Circular Version|
I really love being able to help a customer solve a decorating dilemma, especially as the solution to the problem has sometimes been eluding them for years!! I just need to work out how I can display these at fairs - we struggle displaying enough of the smaller ones!
I would love to hear what designs you would like to see in the future in my shop - I make designs that I really like but it is so important to get feedback and ideas which can often take me in other directions.
I feel sure that 2012 is going to be a good year - not without its own challenges, but I am looking forward to getting stuck in!
At the moment I have three fairs sorted out for the year... No, I haven't suddenly made the decision not to attend them - I will still be booked in nearly every weekend eventually - it is just taking me a while to get my head into booking (and paying for) stalls mode and out of pass the wine and sweeties mode!!
Now, where's that bottle of Rosé??!!!