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Saturday, 11 December 2010

being 'politically incorrect' and loving it!!!

Currently working with a material that is 'politically incorrect' but....then again why not? Moved on from leather which by the way, is amazing to work with to (not saying yet!)

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

leather....

Totally forgotten how much I loooooovvvveeee leather!!!
Making some leather books and absolutely enjoying it. Leather is simply gorgeous to work with!!!
Need a leather book for me!

Monday, 22 November 2010

GAME ON!!!

GAME ON!!! BACK TO BACK EXHIBITIONS!!! NIIIICE!!

Definitely getting there....hard work sure pays!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

grabbing opportunities...

Sometimes...there are so many doors of opportunity open that is a nerve-racking guessing game which one to go through!! Can only juggle so many pies at once! I'm one for grabbing opportunity with both hands...but what happens when you are overwhelmed with opportunity? Burn the candle at both ends and be left with wax...but then again..it's what you do with the leftover wax that really matters. I'd rather crash and burn than not try at all! Bring on opportunities!!! I'll take them on...adrenalin pumping, breathless with anticipation! Cos then I could say I put my best foot forward and there is ALWAYS something to learn from 'having a go'

exhibition on.......!

Been really hectic lately....prepping for exhibition. Least it's on now! Bit of a slow start but the feedback is awesome!!! Loving it! Definitely on a roll!! Taking the ups with the downs! Absolute fun!!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

ready at last....!

it's that time again....! exhibitions! rushed off my feet, more excited than apprehensive....really loving this journey....sometimes so hard, others times swimming with the tide...

Looking forward to exhibition, trading at Spitalfields has definitely finetuned my 'people' skills. Communicating is truly the bee's knees.

Will keep you posted as I prep for exhibition on the 16th of this month. It's actually a 4 man show and I really looking forward to it. Especially as I have only met one of the designers participating, yet to meet the other two....hmmmmmmm....fun!

take care and have a fantastic day!

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Make it special!

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There are plenty of times when a simple token of appreciation or thanks is all that`s needed and there`s a seemingly endless choice available. Often the usual favourites fit the bill perfectly and, with a bit of effort, we can easily track down the best offers to send cheap flowers, chocolates or champagne as an expression of appreciation. Yet there are many other special occasions or people that demand greater ingenuity and imagination when choosing a gift. This is when a handmade or original gift demonstrates that we have taken the trouble to consider the recipient and give them something special that matches their lifestyle and personality. A handmade or original object for the home will endure long after the flowers have wilted and the chocolates have been eaten and become part of the recipient`s life.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

learning the ropes.....at last

Learning to walk! Definitely riding the tide! Learning every single day how much business is about consistency...Actually beginning to work set hours for 'myself'. It's amazing how the mindset changes when you work for yourself as though you were paid to work set hours.

Rather than working through the night...I'm beginning to utilise the day..set myself a number of hours to work and simply get to it! Beginning to achieve so much! Obviously, I occasionally work overtime...but I'm totally learning to not burn the candle at both ends!!

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

On the ball.....

Definitely on the roll (God's Grace). Getting there.....eye on the ball and loving it!!!

Watch this space!!!!

xxxx

Sunday, 11 April 2010

the beauty of the hotseat!

Truly learning so very much! Running a business is exhilirating, frustrating, tiring, fascinating, intriguing, eye opening and WHAT A BUZZ!!!
I'm loving it!!! At least I'm out of nappies now!!! I'm a toddler...learning to walk! It's so easy to listen to a business advisor....go to seminars...read books...etc. The bottom line is you have to run a business to know a business....and thick skin is a necessity! I love a good challenge! and I have definitely found one in business! what a BUZZ!!! definitely not for the fainthearted! There is nothing more exhilarating that getting up when you've been knocked down!! You get up with drive and way more ambition than before! Now is the time to read some books...go to some seminars...to compare notes(mainly) and get a few tidbits! But my days...you have to be a people person...engage with people...learn from your customers. As well as absolutely, unreservedly love your product!! Sell something you would invest in!
Running a business is the bees' knees!!! It's all about the honey!!!

stay blessed and have a fantastic day!!!

xxx

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Beautiful day!!

Truly learning.....and loving it!! Competition is the BEST thing EVER!! Old Spitalfields Market is the PLACE to be!!! Love the vibe!!! The camaradie is something! We're like a band of brothers!!! So unified!!!

I had a great day! Feel so blessed!!

xx

Saturday, 6 March 2010

learning on the job!

Totally dismal sales today!!! and to make it worse...I mislaid some money!!!!
really low earlier...but chin up!
got lots of interest though...
it's a learning curve...taken away some valuable lessons! looking forward to April!

It's great when things don't go to plan...keeps you on your toes all the while teaching you to up your game and think outside the box!

so I really must say..had a great day learning on the job!!!

xx

Monday, 1 March 2010

Celebrating mothers!




Looking for something unique for the lady in your life?

On the 6th March 2010, come visit our stand at Of Cabbages and Kings! Abney Hall, 73A Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0AS

We are launching amazing new products to celebrate mothers!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Learning the ropes

Actually beginning to learn the ropes.....never again will I assume running a business is a walk in the park!

It's so easy to expect the world to come find a great product. I now realise a great product should go find the world!!!

I'm learning......lots of hard graft eventually pays off cos a business will not run itself!!!

Suddenly, make hay whilst the sun shines takes on a whole new meaning!!

Loving this newly awakened clarity of thought and purpose!!!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Loving this year already!!!

I am having an absolute BLAST!!! Off to a fantastic start to 2010!! BEAUTIFUL!!!