Tuesday, 28 February 2012

New telephone and email

Hello folks,

I decided to get myself a shiny new SIM card to put in my shiny old mobile for a new business telephone line. I remember the days when SIM cards were about 6 quid. Now you just email Orange, or any other network, and they'll send you one for free. How times change.
So here's the new number, along with my brand spanking new email addy and, because of the aforesaid new details, a new business card. Good old Vistaprint, you do make life easier for the sole trader.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

The way it's going to be

Went to get my prescriptions filled yesterday. YOUCH. And this is the way it's going to be from now on. I just wish they'd prescribe me more than a month at a time. £7.40 for one month of one type of tablet. Grrr.

In other news,  I'm reading this little tome called "Going Self-Employed" at the moment. I'll let you know what I think when I'm finished.

Having made dreamcatchers, oracle stones, worry dolls, relaxation music, and working as I am now on pentacle decorations, I'm thinking that "Homespun Gifts v2" will have a definite new-age slant. Thinking about working on something related to chakras next.


Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Booked the first craft fair!

Yep, I've taken a deep breath and sent off my application form and cheque to book my first craft fair. I don't know why I'm feeling nervous about it - I had my own shop until recently! - but a craft fair is a different thing, of course.

The fair is on the 24th March in Barnsley (further details here). I'm also thinking about doing a one-off market stall in Sheffield towards the end of April.

I've already got a semi-decent amount of stock so I just need to get a few more things made and have a think about stall presentation. The table will only be 4' long rather than the usual 6' so I think it will be something of a challenge to present everything nicely in that amount of space.

I also want to have the website up and running by the time of the fair, so I can hand out business cards with the website URL on.

Got some work to do!

Hollie x

Monday, 6 February 2012

Dipping a toe into the whole "craft fairs" thing...

Eek - made my first few enquiries about doing craft fairs. I was surprised at the variety of stall prices - I always thought it was about £30 for most craft fairs and I was more or less right - but some were as little as £5 and some were as much as £65. I suppose it depends on the size of the venue and the amount of promotion being done for the event.
I sent some photos along with my emails so let's hope they like what they see and I hear back from them.

Hollie x

Saturday, 4 February 2012


It's a bit chilly around here and I've noticed that I'm never at my most productive when it's cold. All I want to do is snuggle up in a nice warm blanket with a cup of tea and my cats by my side, and watch some inane American crap on the telly.

The snow has been coming down thick and fast, and I'm reminded of a time a couple of years ago when we got snowed in - the whole nine yards. We had to dig the car out from all the snow around it, then couldn't drive up the hill anyway. We ended up with no milk or bread because all the local shops had run out. That time I opened my back door and was greeted with this sight:

For England this is really, really bad, but of course I have to remember that some places have it much worse. Anyhoo, I'm hoping for a little less snow this time. I'm also thinking about my summer house, which has a leak that I was supposed to fix and have only just got around to ordering the bitumen for. Most of my stock is currently in the summer house and I'm going to turn it into a workshop for the warmer months, so let's hope that roof holds out.

Hollie x