Well what a fabulous year 2011 has been for dots and spots. I still have to stand back and sometimes take in, all that has been achieved - when it was never my original intention to do it at all. dots and spots has naturally evolved from a set of 8 designs and has grown in response to each event, happening, saying yes, instinct, I'm not sure how to otherwise describe it, rather than any big business plan. Possibly not the best way to tell people how to start and build a business but it is the honest story behind dots and spots.
Our first trade exhibition at Top Drawer
a design led show at Earls Court London
We moved into new, bigger premises
having outgrown our previous unit within 6 months
This little blog celebrated 500 fabulous followers
I left teaching for good!
A big step but one that needed taking!
Our first set of gift wrap was designed
Something I have ALWAYS wanted to do!
Holly and Nicola came to style and photograph our little house for a major glossy magazine
(It's out in the next couple of days!)
We exhibited at Harrogate and produced more wonderful products
I hid away all summer to produce, pick and pack our biggest order to date.
Over 90 BIG boxes were sent out
August also saw me receive an retweet on twitter from no other than
Theo Paphitis - one of TV's Dragons
Our Big order made it out into the store's
30+ Dobbies Garden Centers around the UK
We also produced a set of Christmas Gift Wrap
I treated myself to an i-pad - a little treat for the business and
to make life a little easier!
I also had some design time working on new products
to be launched in the next few weeks
Our Advent Calender was launched onto you all and sold really well
Another product I've ALWAYS wanted to do!
I also worked closely with Owen, photographing our new products
for our new catalogue which is currently sat in boxes
And finally we are here today, on the last day of December.
I spent last night folding order forms ready to send out with our new catalogues in the next few days. I never seem to stop but I wouldn't have it any other way.
I wonder what 2012 will have in store!