I have been really lucky to have one of my Buttercup Brooches, in this month’s Country Living, not something I was necessarily expecting. Despite it being used as part of a photo shoot and so not given the prominent spot that the Mouse Egg Cosy had in last month’s Emporium pages it has led a lot more traffic to my shop – hurrah! I am struggling a bit, though, to explain to some of the lovely interested people who call, that I don’t have a catalogue or brochure and that my work is only viewable and available to buy on-line at my shop (though I do accept cheques when pre-arranged). It doesn’t help that some calls have arrived whilst I’ve been at a busy Mum moment, like on Sunday when I was cooking lunch and there some dreadful cartoon was blaring out in the background, I should have looked at the caller ID and let it go to voicemail but I stupidly picked up the phone. Hey-ho, I’ll learn. It is interesting though, that the brooch is so much more popular than the egg cosy, I am not surprised as my own sales reflect this. I have spent quite a lot of time recently thinking about what does and doesn’t sell for me and getting a plan together for the Autumn/Winter products and the shop in general.
We recently stayed in Yorkshire (over Easter) at my Sister’s cottage in Burnsall where she has two linen boys residing on her sofa, they are part of the first batch I ever made, in fact the first product I designed along with butterfly lavender bags (now long gone) and I do love them so but I think it’s time for a possible re-design, certainly for the existing stock to go. I am also adding the last few lavender bunnies, they are a nightmare to stuff with lavender (which is always done to order for all my lavender bags) and a few lavender birds that need to make way for future colour versions, some little felt birds and the odd egg cosy. Out of interest, just in case you are actually interested, the products that sell the best for me are (in no particular order):
- Lavender Bags, Birds in particular
- Little Bird Decorations
- Flower Brooches
- Monster Purses
- Tweed Bunny Purses
- The seasonal softies that I make (such as Foxes, Special Linen Mice etc), which often fly out of the shop.
It’s taken me forever to get the final cats listed, I realised when I came to check stock that only a few where even photographed and I had some half-stitched in my project draw. As each is individual, they take quite a long time to list. I should say now, though, I am in LOVE with create.net, who I host my on-line shop with. I just used their SALE shop function for the first time and it took me about 5 mins to set up and fill this category. Got to love anything that makes me life this much easier.