Sunday, 30 January 2011
Thank you to all of you who are old and new to the blog.
Have a lovely, relaxing Sunday evening.
Saturday, 29 January 2011
1 each, of all my 12 new card designs.
The response I got from Top Drawer was excellent, so I thought it was time to share.
I am so close to 400 followers, so will choose a random winner when we get to 400 followers or on Saturday the 12th of February - whichever we get to first!
All you have to do is be a follower!
Valentine's is fast approaching and I was thinking about doing a blog post about the hearts around my home - 100's of photograph's later, I decided to do a few blog posts about the hearts around my home!
I have 100's of them so over the next 2 weeks, I will randomly do posts from different rooms in my home, as there are so many!
So today it's the turn of the hallway!
My hallway is incredibly small so it's a lot of hearts in a very small space - but I do like them all!
Thursday, 27 January 2011
Armed with a piece of chalk, tape measure and a copy of the Ikea catalogue, I took an hour out of my day to measure up and consider where everything should go.
I now have 5 months experience of the way I seem to work - what I need better access to - what needs more/different space. Thankfully the Ikea units my husband built for me in late August, are all easy enough to use in various ways and arrangements. Of course, I will be needing more!!
More table space is an absolute must and I am on the look out for some metal, industrial style shelving in preparation for the arrival of my gift wrap which will be very heavy - I'll also position it by the door so there isn't as far to move it.
I'd love to find an old sofa and bits of old furniture to mix things up a bit but know I wouldn't get the chance to sit on it given how busy my days are. It would look nice though!
Off to the carpet fitters tomorrow to get some quotes - dread to think how much that will cost!
Monday, 24 January 2011
It's for her new home - a very good choice - very 'Spring'
But I have really enjoyed the last couple of days working on a commission for a new product. I met the customer at Top Drawer - he had his own stand and wanted me to come up with some new designs for his product. Ideally he wanted all the design work ASAP so that he could get it ready to exhibit at Spring Fair - the next BIG event on the Trade Show Calendar, in early February.
I did at the time think to myself, he hasn't a chance - I'll be way too busy to do that! BUT... my daughter has been poorly since Thursday and I have been forced to stay at home rather than work away over at the premises.
Home is where I design - so with time enforced here at home, I have sneaked off to my studio and got busy - loving every minute.
Designing is sooooo the best bit!
In the hall is a pile of orders ready to be weighed and dispatched in the morning. Tomorrow morning is back over to the premises, with daughter in tow to get cracking!
Might even get her to hold the end of a tape measure if she's up to it and measure out the new premises!!
Friday, 21 January 2011
Recent Top Drawer preparations, orders and stock production have made me realise that our current premises, which we only moved into at the beginning of September, are feeling on the small side.
Our move into premises has been a very positive one. We reclaimed our house and the business is a lot more productive and organised. We had such a successful show and the possibilities that could come from it and future product development, means we will soon be requiring additional space!
Look what has become available literally next door.
I currently have an L shaped space and next door has the missing chunk of space which would allow dots and spots to grow.
Of course it will take a little time, a little more Ikea furniture building (I can already hear my husband groaning at the thought!) but it would mean we could add 2 more tables for product packaging and I can plan in a designated space for the new gift wrap and tags that are in production at the moment!
So exciting times on the horizon - I just need to get the next month over with before I can move onto this new project - although I'm so impatient, a move might be sooner .
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
It's been a wonderful experience to share a platform with so many talented people and designers. I was lucky to have such wonderful neighbours - makes all the difference when you are with them for 8 and a half hours every day!
The standard of display and exhibits were truly inspiring.
Someone even brought in their own Double Decker Bus!
I've been on the phone to see if my 'help' is available all next week as there is a huge amount to get prepped and sent out. So it's good bye London until this time next year (Yes! We have already booked our stand!) and hello Harrogate in 6 months time.
Sunday, 16 January 2011
Day one of Top Drawer.
What a fantastic display to welcome you!
It's extremely hard to put across just how vast the show is.
But here we are Stand F31
Everything was as I had left it - phew! Nothing had fallen down.
We had a fabulous day - lots of genuine interest, orders and some very interesting conversations. Wonderful developments for dots and spots if it all comes to fruition.
I'm going to be kept extremely busy in the coming weeks - a very productive day but equally very tired and weary feet after being on them for 8 and a half hours!