Another tiny post from me - Lucy doesn't start school until 18th September so expect short blogs till then. I did manage to catch up on everyone's blogs this week and its great to hear what everyone is up to.
As promised here's the rather shortened blog post before the links. I didn't get round to reading anyone's blogs last week. I will endeavour to catch up this week whenever I get a chance. Happy Blogging!
Another week has zoomed by so quickly. I hope you are all enjoying the summer sunshine (apart from the terrible rain a few days ago). I have been so busy keeping Lucy entertained that I have so very little time for crafting. This leaves me with a blogging/crafting quandry and I have two options for you to consider and comment on.
Option 1 - give Handmade Monday a 2 week break (a little summer holiday) and start back at the beginning of September.
Option 2 - Have a very miniature post from me but still have the link up open. I am able to schedule blog posts to publish at certain days/times which means I can pre-prepare it when I have time.
I am quite happy with either option, as my problem is simply no crafting time, which means I have little to share with you. Please do let me know what you would prefer and I'll go with the majority option. (today's post is almost an option 2 one)
Welcome to another Handmade Monday. My apologies for the lack of link last week but technical problems combined with little free time made it almost impossible.
Whether you are a new or experienced blogger, whether you are young or old let me offer the warmest welcome on the internet. If you need a quick reminder or introduction why not pop over for more information about Handmade Monday here.
So what have I been up to? Well I am making the most of Lucy's last summer before she starts big school and we've been incredibly busy at parks, the beach, the farm - you name it and I've probably done it in the last 3 weeks! She doesn't start big school for another 6 weeks (2 weeks later than most UK kids) so I still have quite a lot of occupying to do!
I haven't had much chance for crafting, although I have had one or two present projects completed that I can't show you till I have given them to their new owners.
I had another fair to attend which was quite local to me. Unfortunately the person who was meant to be next to me didn't turn up but I was very lucky in being able to spread out over both table surfaces.
Although the attendance at the fair (at least the inside section) was very limited I was absolutely delighted in being very successful and selling lots and lots of products. I also managed to re-package my paired snap clips into my new, slightly smaller packaging which I really like. I've also sold some more items on Etsy, which I was very pleased with.
I need to make a start on my Christmas products, but I'm not sure when I should start listing them, are you making anything for the Christmas market? When are you going to start listing them?
Over to you, have a fabulous week and let me know what you've all been up to
Wow, where has this week gone? I've been so busy with Lucy that I've totally forgotten to blog this week! I promise I'll be back to normal next week. I hope you are all enjoying the summer sunshine too.
Unfortunately the link up software is refusing to work for me today so there won't be a link till next week. Sorry
Welcome to another Handmade Monday, if you are an experienced member of our community then I'm glad to see you back again, and if you are new to us, then I am extra glad to see you, pull up a comfy chair and your favourite beverage and you'll soon be lost in our whirl of fabulous blogs and bloggers.
Thank you so much for all your thoughts and comments about creating a Handmade Monday pinterest board, I'm delighted to tell you that it can be found here. If you would like to be able to pin to the board, all you need to do is to send me an email with your email address and your blog/user name (in case I can't work out who you are) and I can hop over to the board and send you an invite. The 'rule' for the board is simple and is entirely summed up by this description I've written for the board...
A board of crafty products, tips, ideas and tutorials created by members of the Handmade Monday link up (www.lucyblossomcrafts.co.uk/blog)
In a nutshell if it is crafty related you can pin it. It doesn't have to be something that you've personally done. The one restriction on pinning membership for the board is that you must be a Handmade Monday-er, but anyone can follow the board.
I'm really excited about the prospect of this board and can't wait to see what you all add to it.
I hope everyone has a fabulously crafty week and I look forward to seeing you all on the pinterest board soon.
Time really has flown fast, hasn't it? It seems like only yesterday I was offering to take over hosting and now, well look where we are!
If this is your first time then Welcome, we are a friendly bunch and pride ourselves on our community ethos and making new linkers feel as much a part of the community as the 'older' hands.
The rules are few and simple (and can be read here) in a nutshell it meana share your blog on the link that appears at the bottom of the post and, if you have time, please pop over and read a few of the blogs from fellow linkers too.
I've been thinking about creating a pinterest board for Handmade Monday, I've got several ideas and I'd love you to have a think and let me know what you think/how you feel. The ideas are..
1) Create a Handmade Monday board and each week choose two or three blog posts to add to it. People would then be able to follow it and hopefully gain more traffic to their sites.
2) Create a Handmade Monday board and then invite you all to pin on it too, so that you can show some of your favourite things.
3) ummm something else? *awaits the input of creative people*
I've not been terribly crafty this week, because it was Lucy's last week at Nursery school. I can't quite believe that my baby is all grown up and ready to start big school! I have, however, had a few tweaks to the website (thanks for your feedback a couple of Monday's ago, it really helped). I would love it if you could pop over to my landing page and my shop front. I think there's still a lot of work to do on the shop page but not quite sure how I'm going to tinker with things, I like the idea of the sidebar showing but I might re-jig the categories a little.
Have a great week everyone
Vicky x x
Happy Handmade Monday everyone. I hope you've all had a lovely week, and have lots to share with everyone today. If this is your first time visiting then Welcome, pull up a chair, grab a cup of your favourite brew and a nice biccie or two and be transported to crafty heaven for a little while.
Now I know you're all wondering.."what finally happened?" and I'm still so excited that I'm prone to leaping around the house with glee. I was at a craft fair yesterday and..........
I MADE BACK MY STALL FEE! In fact I made more than my stall fee! Those of you that are regular readers will know that in the two and a half years I've been running my business and the dozen or so fairs I've attended I've not ever come even close to it before. I've learned so much along the way, and am not expecting all fairs to be successful, but its been a lovely reassurance that I'm moving along the right lines and people are interested in my products and don't think my prices are too high (that constant nagging doubt I have).
As you might be able to see from the picture, the table is smaller than I'm used to, but that meant I was much more careful about what I put out and where. I also forgot the centre pole that my ribbons usually hang from (the fair before I forgot a fork for my lunch and before that a pen - heaven knows what I'll forget next) but I like how it worked out without them.
My new packaging was great for the sparkly bows, but, in general, people seemed to prefer to be able to pick up the individual bows and check out the back of them. I already knew that the packaging for my snap clips is too big, but I also discovered that if all my bows were bagged then I could't put out a lot of my stock, so I have a lot to think through.
Happy Handmade Monday folks. Thank you so much for your kind words last week, I'm finally feeling a lot better, and I'm planning to get round to reading all of last week's blogs this week as well as reading all of this week's news. Today I want to share with you how your comments really help me plan and improve my products.
My second THANK YOU goes to Julie at Sum of Their Stories. A few weeks ago she gave me loads of great advice after yet another disappointing fair. She also, very kindly, linked me to a couple of pins on Pinterest and suggested I try making some cards to display my bows on that have a link to my site etc. A great suggestion and I've been playing around ever since.
First I tried cutting up some card I had, but couldn't print onto it and I didn't like how the stickers looked. Then I had a lightbulb moment and created a box and then added my logo, website etc. I tried it on coloured paper...didn't like it, so switched to white and repositioned the logo.
Then there was the problem of attaching the bows to the cards. I tried glue dots, slitting with a knife and finally a hole punch (thanks Mum, that was her idea). I could, of course, just purchase some, but from past experience I know that I need to be very certain about what I want because I'm likely to change my mind!
I'm already planning ahead to Christmas and how I can create bows and packaging for stocking fillers, and I've just ordered some additional shapes to make more hair bow holders. This year will be the first time I've actively promoted and designed products for Christmas, and it will be interesting to see how the sales go.
Finally I'm planning more changes to the website and adding an FAQ page. I will be keeping the colours of grey and aqua, but I've been thinking for a long time that all you see if you land on any page of my site is my banner unless you scroll further down. This has been quietly pestering me for a while, and its time for another refinement. If there's anything you love/hate/want to see on my site that isn't there, I'd love to hear from you (and if you don't want to say it publicly you can send me a message). As I hope you can see from above, I really do value your opinions and suggestions.
Looking forward to catching up with all of your news.
Another really short post from me this week as I've been very poorly with a nasty stomach bug :( Lots to tell you but it'll have to wait a week. Make me smile by telling what you've been up to.
Hello, my name is Victoria, and Lucy Blossom Crafts is my business which has grown out of hobbies. I will be writing about all sorts of things, so check back regularly for more.