Friday, 29 May 2009

Shop Rabbit

Just a very quick entry because I just had to share these photos...

Am busy working on the new website at the moment and have just been taking pictures of Humphrey to go on our 'about' page. So here he is 'modeling' a selection of Maileg bunny, Moulin Roty activity chicken and Moulin Roty musical Lola bunny (he loves the musical and has one of his own!) He is now relaxing in the garden, exhausted by the photo shoot. He'll be looking for an agent soon...

Friday, 22 May 2009

Pixie in the car!

Given how busy this weekend is looking - just the small matter of closing the shop and relocating the business! - I don't think I'm going to have much time to write a bank holiday entry so I thought I'd tell you about the last bank holiday.... (I love that there are so many this time of year - I have a friend in the US who is staggered by how many bank holidays we seem to have!)

So, last time, I indulged in a classic bank holiday activity - and cleaned my car! (Quite a big deal for me as it only happens a couple of times a year.) Did a very thorough job inside and out, and even waxed it. And then, to celebrate my lovely shiny car, I decided to sit a Maileg pixy in the passenger seat - and she has been driving around with me ever since. What is more I have had quite a few comments from people about her - "Is that a PIXIE in your car?!" at the petrol station and so on - so I decided to put a little label on her saying 'Available from'. So, a funky new passenger and a neat bit of marketing to boot. I think I will put a row of the giant bunnies in the back seat next...

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Nearly closing time... Yikes!

Hello everyone, well just a couple of days left in the high street shop now - Saturday will be our last day. I'm really nervous about it all - the practical things and all the work involved in relocating the business, and of course the emotional stuff too. I know it's 100% the right thing to do but I've had this little shop for six years and it will be sad to say goodbye...

On a happier note the new website is coming along wonderfully. I can't wait for people to see it! The original plan was to try and launch this weekend but I'm not feeling too optimistic about that - there's still an awful lot to do! But you never know... and if it's not this weekend it will DEFINITELY be the following weekend. I'm determined.

On an unrelated note it's my mother's 60th birthday next week and I have just ordered her an adorable present. I can't wait to show you all but she reads this so I can't give the game away. I am ever so pleased with it though and will take lots of pictures when it arrives...

Love Charlotte

Thursday, 7 May 2009

And over a month later...

Why does this always happen when I go on holiday? I plan to catch up with my blog as soon as I return and yet it takes me weeks to get back into the swing of things. I am sorry.

I hope everyone is really well and thanks for your lovely comments and 'are you okay?' prompts!

I drew the Cottontails bunny in the sand at the beach in Cyprus one evening. But oh that seems like a lifetime ago now...

Quite a lot has been happening here in terms of some Big Strategic Decisions - I'll save the details for another post but the essence of it is that I have decided, after six years, to close the high street shop, focus on the website, and generally simplify my life a little. I actually made the decision just before the holiday and it's all happening quite soon now - we will be closing the shop on the bank holiday weekend. To be honest, although I am a bit emotional and scared about it, I can't wait for it to happen now. I am excited at the thought of the freedom I will have to really develop, and the start of this is a lovely new website which my designer and I are working on at the moment and should be going live the same bank holiday weekend. It's going to be a big couple of days for us!

I'll write lots more about this in the coming days I'm sure, but for now it's nice to be back!