Well my products have had their close ups (done by my very talented husband colobusyeti – check out his blog here) and the next step is to list them on my Etsy shop!! So that’s my job for this afternoon. It is hard to believe that after all this time, I am about to see my little business venture out into the big wide world – and in time for Christmas too. Wish me luck people!
Non-work wise, we went to our first gig up North yesterday – to see the absolutely amazing Lau. If you like highly creative music, folk music that just builds and lives – I can’t recommend them enough. We had seen them once before at Glastonbury though we had both forgotten how brilliant they are…Phillip had even forgotten ever seeing them! After last night we have no idea how we had managed to forget them, I blame the cider myself…
…..and I have products ready to put up for sale!!!
Having spent a long time reading up on running a small business, designing my logo, preparing business cards and sorting out all the little things needed, I thought it was about time I actually made some products to sell!
It was quite scary to know that I was making these to sell…am sure it took me longer than usual to make them. Now though they are ready for their close-ups so I can put them up for sale. Exciting times!
Whilst I am busy putting the finishing touches to all my business bits and pieces as well as making pieces ready for sale (eek!), I thought it would be nice to share some of the pieces that I have made for myself as well as one of my favourite pieces of button jewellery which helped to provide the spark of inspiration for Mr B’s Button Jamboree.
I have been busy making pieces for myself for the last year or so and will probably wear a pair of my buttons earrings most days…I think it is fair to say that I am obsessed with my button jewellery! These photos show a few of my favourite pieces.
And here is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery that I own and one of my inspirations for making my own button jewellery…the aim one day is to make my own bracelet and hopefully start selling them too!
Tried out my new safety glasses and mask to use with my very scary yet very effective new glue. I feel it makes me look like an alien!
Have been busy this week putting the finishing touches to Mr B’s Button Jamboree. Finally it seems like I am (almost) ready to launch my little business out into the big wide world. It has been a very long time coming – they do say though that good things come to those who wait!
I now have my own little logo and have spent the last few days designing my business card. Although it is fairly simple – I am not known for being a whizz-kid on computers – I really love it. Let me know what you think!
Social media has been a focus for me too this week. I have been getting to grips with Twitter and Facebook…I say getting to grips…more like getting confused! Using Facebook for business purposes is quite odd compared to what I am used to and I have never really bothered with Twitter before. So there may not be much on them at the moment, please though do have a look and watch them grow along with my business hopefully.
After all this time it feels weird to be at the point of ‘opening shop’. I am a big whirly mixture of excitement, nerves, anxiety and happiness. Think I will set a launch date soon…eek!
No sooner had we finished unpacking (well almost finished…there are always those little bits and pieces that take ages to find homes for aren’t there?!), we were off again! We headed into Scotland to the fantastic Clachaig Inn in the truly breath-taking Glencoe for 3 nights to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. It was a very welcome break, giving us the chance to clear our heads after the downs and ups of recent months as well as returning to our favourite pub in Scotland which we stumbled across by chance last year during our travels.
Our trip was closely followed by our first visitors….who were then very closely followed by our next visitors! First up were our friends Zoe and Mike who came many miles to visit us for only 2 nights. They had never been this far North before and really wanted to cross the border into Scotland….so we obliged! We also did a quick visit to parts of Hadrian’s Wall, took in some Cumbrian and Northumberland scenery and spent the afternoon at Kielder Water. Not bad for such a short trip!
Next were my parents who stayed in a local B&B in Brampton for a week. Despite some pretty poor weather during their visit, they were quite taken with Lanercost, Brampton and Carlisle. I don’t think their next visit at Christmas will be their last!