Some of the tools I use that cost very little … or nothing at all!
A lovely message popped in via WhatsApp, from a lady called Clare from Wales providing me with her name and address telling me she had won the Advent Competition, so I immediately gave her the option of planter in the competition or if she would prefer an alternative to perhaps match a colour scheme. Do I have a blue one?, she asked, instead of feeling happy this single comment made me sad, as it confirmed what I was seeing, that not one person had visited my shop, as per the stats on the dashboard, not even the winner of the competition.
Anyway, today, I made a planter just for her in Ocean Blue. I really do hope she likes it now it has arrived.
On a positive note, the herbs on my kitchen window sill are positively blooming. There is nothing like picking fresh herbs, the Mint is thriving, the parsley lovely and full, sadly the Basil is dying off slowly but gives off such an amazing aroma in the kitchen I am so pleased I picked it up.
I am still in love with my fence display of planters, the twinkling lights bounce the light off the plain metal ones, and the colours one just look so pretty with the lights, am pleased my brackets have worked as well.
This is my workspace in my conservatory.
As we transition into autumn, try lighting an aromatherapy candle to introduce some light and lovely natural fragrance into your home as the evenings becomne longer.
What is Hallmarking? Well it’s not the 925 or 999 stamp you often see on a piece of silver jewellery. It’s a full makers mark that has been stamped or laser marked by one of 4 assay offices in the UK. I am registered with the London Assay Office. You can tell which assay office has stamped the piece by the symbol in the mark, for London it is the lions head.
Anyone that sells precious metal (silver, gold platinum) must display the hallmark notice, either online or on their shop or stall otherwise they are breaking the law. If trading standards catch them they can be fined and have all their stock confiscated! A very scary idea!
What a strange year 2020 has been! Back in January myself and my colleague Keli were working flat out completing wedding stationery commissions ready for weddings happening this year and then the news about the outbreak in China started to seep through. By the beginning of February I said to Keli that we wouldn’t be taking any more orders now as I thought that most weddings were going to be cancelled.
So, at the beginning of March I shut all of my online shops as I wasn’t certain I’d be able to deliver anything as the postal services were likely to be reduced. After about 6 weeks I decided to open up just to simple orders than could be posted in a postbox.
Over the past few months I’ve had lots of time to work on gift ideas like note-cards, prints and notebooks and I’ve found they have kept me quite busy! I think perhaps people are sending more letters to each other or notes of thanks.
Though I will continue to make wedding stationery I’m going to concentrate on small letterbox gifts for the near future and that’s why I decided to open a shop with the British Craft House!
I hope you will support my shop and other small businesses adapting to the times!