It's been a year since we closed our doors for the first time. I don't think any of us were expecting things to go the way they did and I for one wasn't expecting to have been closed for 6 of the last 12 months!
Over the last year, I've been focusing on parts of the business I ordinarily wouldn't have time to work on. I've been able to redesign the website, added more than 400 new items to our online shop and redecorate in store. It was nice to be able to decorate and reorganise the shop without it looking like a scene from 60 minute makeover!
I want to focus on the positives from the last year - I'm a little shocked about how many I could think of!
Here are the main highlights:
I was chosen to be a Judge for the 2021 Gift of the Year Awards! The Gift of the Year Awards have been running for over 40 years and have grown dramatically over this time. It was such an honour to be a Judge alongside industry leaders and influencers.
I stopped making when I took over Handmade Design back in 2018 so it felt really good to be creating again! I have now developed a range of products including Greeting Cards, Wall Art Prints, Cushions, Tote Bags and Christmas Baubles.
In September 2020, I was filmed as part of BBC's Money for Nothing series. As part of the show, I purchased a Candle Sconce and a Hanging Candle Light. Both pieces were created by the program presenter, Sarah Moore using vintage plant hanging baskets and then beautifully decorated with brass.
The episode has not yet aired on TV but should be showing over the next few months. I will give you the heads up on our social media pages as soon as I know the date it's showing.
I've been busy adding lots of new product ranges, Designer Makers and products to the shop. Over the last 12 months, we've added handmade skincare and bath products, increased our variety of handmade chocolate, expanded our range of a greeting cards to cover a larger variety of occasion and lots, lots more!
Thank you for sticking with me over the last 12 months! The words of encouragement, the recommendations, the review, the orders - everything you've done to support me and the shop. The shop is still here and I can't wait to see what the next 12 months brings.