Monday, 15 December 2008
Every Christmas there is one item I over-order - last year it was the Maileg pigs. I had pigs all over the place until the summer. Although as my boyfriend pointed out, this year's 'mistake' is rather more unforgiving - after all there isn't going to much call for wooden stockings after the 25th!
I have a feeling my own home is going to be covered in them this Christmas... not to worry!
Sunday, 14 December 2008
Okay, this is seriously 'blow the budget' stuff, but after months of deliberation I have finally introduced a couple of play houses to the website. These are really - really! - lovely, and hand crafted to order so customers can specify their own details - thatched roof, stable door, window boxes and so on. They are so expensive that I am blushing, but then again, consider the many days work that goes in to creating them. I'll whisper this bit... £3500.. sshhhh!
But I think they're lovely and if I had children (and a healthy bank balance) I wouldn't think twice. In fact I would love to buy one for the bunnies... but that does seem a tad extravagant, especially considering all they'd really want to do is nibble it!
Saturday, 13 December 2008
I had a brief wander around town and had a look at some other shops earlier and so far I have spotted a sprout in Three Little Pigs gift shop, a nail file in Top Drawer lingerie and a key in Coach House Books. I'll keep looking... there's a £25 voucher up for grabs!
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Today I need to enter the 'Christmas mystery window competition' in the town - the idea is to hide something that doesn't belong somewhere in my window display. I am thinking maybe a monkey nut..?
Christmas chaos is well and truly upon us. My laptop is bleeping every few minutes with orders, the phone does not stop ringing and we have just had a pallet of toys from France. The pictures say it all I think!
The shop itself is painfully quiet - you would hardly know it was Christmas - but maybe that's not a bad thing given that we are are rushed off our feet online, and - as you can see from the photos - there isn't exactly a lot of room for customers anyway!
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Mouse house before:
-bed & bedding
-cotton reel table
Mouse house now:
-cotton reel table
So you see, crucially, there is now no mouse! I think the reasoning behind this is that Maileg are now selling mice in matchbox beds as separate items - but the trouble is that the UK distributors have run out of these until after Christmas. Grrr again!
I am trying to get some little baby Nini mice from Moulin Roty for next week - they would be just as happy inside the Mouse House I'm sure!
And the good news is that the new house is only £32. Hurrah!
Well, it's been a while since the last one and the memory of standing for hours on end, smiling benignly at people wandering by, had faded sufficiently for me to agree to take part in a fair at Ragley Hall this weekend just gone. And guess what...? It was a disaster! Oh, it was a nice enough set up - lovely location, lots of nice stands and actually quite a lot of people. But nobody ever seems to buy anything from me! I have no idea where I go wrong, and can only think that it's a confidence thing... I'm not very good at 'selling' things, absolutely hate the idea of pushing things onto people... so I just stand there smiling!
Ah well, maybe I'll learn my lesson this time and say no to the next one! One good thing to come out of it was that I came across some lovely vintage style jewellery handmade by a lady in Coventry. I treated myself to a ring for £10 - and in doing so pretty much spent the weekend's profit in one go! Have a look at her website at www.helenwoodward.co.uk