Tuesday, 20 March 2012

On to a winner...

So I knew I was going to be terrible at remembering/ making time to blog but i am delighted to find that I won a spring giveaway on Oooh Betty's blog and it has prompted me to try this again. Before moving on to my own musings can I just point any readers toward Oooh Betty's blog. She's lovely & is a committed blogger, unlike me! I am really excited about getting my prize and already have big plans for it. When I've made something lovely with certain bits of it I will write a little post and add the pictures - if I can work out how to even do that!! In the last 24 hours I've gone from self doubt to throwing sewing projects across the room to quitting this business before its really begun, to waking up this morning renewed and refreshed, ready to make this into something I can be proud of. I'm sure my husband is going as crazy as I am, just listening to me! But as I'm only at the beginning of this process I don't think it's too unusual to be filled with worry and excitement in equal amounts. This is why I'm glad that two exciting things came today, when I needed a little boost to put me back on track. The Springy giveaway win is the first, and the second is as follows: A good friend who bought my little stuffed elephant a few months ago was in a nice homeware shop last week, she happens to work in marketing and is clearly very good at her job because she managed to get the owner interested in my products! Having swapped details on my behalf she passed on the news to me. Obviously it would be amazing to have even just one of my items in a proper shop, but I delayed emailing the lady because of self doubt! Suddenly faced with a real prospect made me seriously look at my range and consider if anyone really really wants to buy my things? What if all my sales so far have been out of pity? Yes I know, my prices are far too high for that to be the case! So Ive realised I was just being stupid and have emailed the lady. She emailed back very promptly- I like people who check their emails out of office times! Anyway I am going to send her some pictures of my things, and I'll pop down to the shop sometime soon to see if my things would fit in with her range. I am really excited about it, and I feel determined to make something of this opportunity, so I'm going to put together some photos which best portray what I do, I'll post them on here & would welcome any feedback, then We'll have to wait and see what happens. Gets me thinking about my brand image... But that's for another night now. Thanks for reading Good night Henny x

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

A short but sweet first post!

Inspired by other crafty bloggers today I have decided to start my own blog! I realise it will take commitment, an interesting life and (something I do well actually!) good grammar, wit and an uplifting writing style! I can't promise to write here each day, I am hoping my sewing business will start to take off a bit therefore I need to spend all my free time at my machine, however I will keep updating With anything mildly interesting that happens to me. So with this in mind, today's biggest success was that I ran a little children's sewing class. I set it up because my eldest daughter's friend from school is leaving and thought it would be lovely for each of the little friends to make something for her. I couldn't host unfortunately because we live too far from the others so we gate crashed someone else's kitchen for an hour. It went surprisingly well, some of them struggled doing the stitches round the edge of the hearts but with a bit of help they managed. They stuffed the hearts & stuck their own initial on the front. They seemed to massively enjoy themselves, and the final products were very good for inexperienced 7year olds! The hosting parent commented that the session and what we created had 'exceeded all expectations'. Other parents suggested a weekly sewing club! I would love to run something like that I must admit, but Im just so busy I really don't think I can fit that in too. Maybe an occasional little workshop like today's. Nice compliments though! Well that's it for my first post. The only way is up! Keep reading... HbH