Just What I Always Wanted!

“Perfect – it’s just what I’ve always wanted!”

It’s great to hear that after giving someone a present, but it takes some work. I’m not someone who can buy a present in a hurry – it’s got to be just right, and if it’s been uniquely hand made just for one person, even better!

Online market places are great to shop and seek out those specially made products. I have shops on a few selling my wares and it’s a selling point to be able to say everything is hand crafted for each individual customer.

A new venture in this field is a fantastic new website ‘What I Always Wanted’. It all started with two friends Ann Ellison and Deborah Bancroft, who started a mission to showcase ‘…the work of creative and innovative British gift and homeware designers…’

I first spoke to Deborah a few months ago when I received an email from her telling me about a new website to sell hand made products. I’m always intrigued when it comes to new selling platforms and the enthusiasm of these two was infectious! They have created a clean and fresh backdrop for the most gorgeous products (including mine!) All the individual designers are introduced  so customers know who they’re buying from. Shopping online can be a very ‘robotic’ process, so I love this personal touch. You can browse products by category or by designer if you like the work of someone specific.

With Facebook and Twitter accounts and a blog which regularly features the sites sellers, What I Always Wanted is constantly promoting themselves and with that, us.

If you haven’t already found them, I would really recommend paying them a visit especially if you love browsing through carefully designed and lovingly created products. You’re sure to be spoilt for choice!

www.whatialwayswanted.com

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Happy New Year

The festive season is over for another year, and what a season it was!

I really got stuck into Bumbleblue, both online in my Folksy shop and out and about at craft fairs. Lots of sales, positive feedback and new contacts can only be good news for the future and I intend to make the most of it!

I’ve never really been one to make new years resolutions. Probably because I’ve never decided on anything to stick to or give up! This year it seems a little different, and I’ve got a spark of enthusiasm for getting Bumbleblue very organised (I’ve even bought some file dividers, oh yes)

It’s funny that most of my new ideas come to me when I’m busy making orders up, or getting ready for a craft fair. New projects and products flood into my head and of course, there’s no time to do anything about them there and then and usually, I end up forgetting them.

Towards the end of last year, I made an effort to make a note of those random ideas and keep them for when I had some extra time. Well, I’ve got a week and a half to let some of these ‘forgotten’ ideas come out and shine.

As is always the case, I’ve planned to do so much in my time off, I don’t think ‘having a rest’ will feature much! The excitement is keeping me spurred on, and I can’t wait to see my new website up and running! I’m not at all very adventurous when it comes to technology so I’m completely surprising myself and dare I say it learning something new was quite satisfying.

I know we’re well into January now, but Happy New Year and I hope all your plans for 2012 get off to a good start!

New Goodies for my Website

I’m so guilty…….of neglecting my website!

Especially since setting up my little shop on Folksy. I need just a few more hours in a day to keep on top of everything (isn’t it always the way?)

I do get more sales through Folksy, but then is this because I don’t promote my website enough? I’m sure people are reading this with a little grin of aggreement. There’s only so much you can do with a single pair of hands, so mine have been busy this morning trying to load my neglected little website with more lovely products, pictures and descriptions.

As well as keeping my admin side of things up to date, I’ve just ordered a few more bits that will soon make their way onto the Bumbleblue desk. I’m so excited to get the paint pots out and really get stuck into something new, so watch this space for even more new goodies and treats….and of course, they will be on my website soon after.

Another grey day…

Well, I think the sun has well and truly given up! It’s another grey day and although I’m nearly over my cold (the last little bit is still clinging on) it’s a bit chilly to be outside.

So inside I am, and to be productive I’m trying to update the admin side of things. It’s so easy to get carried away with actually making products and to completely forget about advertising them. But on a miserable day like today, updating websites and business listings with a cup of tea actually sounds like bliss!
I’ve spent most of the morning on Freeindex, a free business listing website. I’ve been listed on here for a while, but after a fresh look, everything looked a bit tired and needed a bit of tlc!

New logo added…

Looking much better already! If you fancy popping on, visit;

http://www.freeindex.co.uk/profile(bumbleblue)_91921.htm

Hopefully this will encourage a few more visits to my website.