So you know Mr B’s Button Jamboree is a small business that makes button jewellery…where does the name come from though?! I thought I would explain the thoughts behind the name.
Being a business all about buttons, the word buttons needed to go into the title – you never know how people might come to your business, any search for buttons may well lead someone to my door.
Quite simply I love this word. It is so full of exuberance, life and celebration. The jamboree part of the name reflects how the bright and colourful buttons that I tend to use make me feel.
This is perhaps the most important part of the name. I once had the remarkable good fortune to have in my life one of the best cats I have ever encountered…Arnold aka Mr B. Okay I may be a little biased as he was my cat, everyone that encountered him though said what a special cat he was. I knew before I even saw him that he was meant to be mine. We went to the cat shelter to get a new cat, a cat for me as Phillip had got his cat on our last visit. On our first walk round, Arnold was nowhere to be seen in his enclosure. After walking round and seeing many fine cats, something in me said I needed to go back and make sure I saw him. So I did and this time, his little face was peeking round the corner at me and that was it, he was mine. We always shared a special bond and he would pine when I wasn’t around. It is impossible to put into words why he was so special – funny, tolerant, fluffy tummy, noisy, protective, fond of ginger cats and no others… all words that describe him yet are not him. When he died 4 years ago, he left a huge gap in my life and I still miss him heaps. So as a nod to my wonderful cat I named my business after him…now you know the reason for the cat logo too 🙂
A snapshot of the wonder that was Mr B
After all the whirl involved in launching my little business Mr B’s Button Jamboree, it has been nice to focus on other things…in particular Christmas! I absolutely love Christmas – the food, the presents, the music, everything. My favourite part though is the decorations. Sitting there with just the Christmas lights on is one of my favourite times of the whole year. So I thought I would share some of our Christmas decorations with you. Happy Christmas!
….and I have received my first ‘wages’!! I know it is not a life changing amount yet I cannot explain how proud and excited I was when this email popped into my inbox. I have had 5 orders in total in just over a week and must admit to being pretty chuffed with that.
I have made a whole heap of new products and listed them on my Etsy shop. Here is a group shot of them all before they went on sale.
My focus now is to investigate some ideas for some different products and continue to get my head round this social media business. Am not a natural seller or good at drawing attention to myself so some work is needed there. Oh and there is a little thing called Christmas to be enjoying too!
Yep my Etsy shop is finally open! And even better than that, I have made my first sale! Okay it was from a friend (huge thank you to him!), still it is my very first sale…hopefully the first of many.
It was quite a nerve wracking experience listing my products and opening my shop – though nothing compared to how scared I was actually letting my friends know! Being an incredibly anxious person, I am seriously proud of myself for actually managing to put myself in this situation…even if I am finding it a little hard. Seeing my products online and available to sell was such an amazing feeling and actually seeing one parcel ready to go off to a buyer…wow!
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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…