April has been one busy month, full of both work and play.
We started off with Easter weekend, this was great fun as it is the first year that the small one has actually understood what was going on (well, at least the bunny and eggs bit!). So we had our first Easter egg hunt and I’m not sure who had the most fun – me putting it all together or her looking for them all! This year BCTF also fell during the Easter holidays so although I was busy getting ready for the vent we still managed to squeeze in some fun Easter activities!
All the fun of the Fairs…
On 7th April I loaded up the car and made my way over to Harrogate to set up for the British Craft Trade Fair. This was my eighth year of exhibiting at the show and I think I’ve finally cracked the packing and unloading technique on my own!! I set up in a record time (for me!) and was on my way home in time for tea. We opened to the public on 8th April and had a very pleasant three days meeting and chatting with lots of potential stockists and catching up with customers both past and present. I had my new Lagoon and Raindrops collections on display, they were very well received and I had some wonderful feedback! It was also a great opportunity to chat to makers who I had not seen in a while and also put faces to names I’d only met in the virtual world! (The joys of social media!) I will keep you updated with news of upcoming exhibitions and new stockists in the very near future.
After arriving home eon the 10th and squeezing in a bit more Easter fun, it was straight into the Wedding Fair at the Market Hall in Scarborough on Saturday 14th. It was a great day, the market was bustling and it was lovely to meet lots of brides to be and discuss their jewellery ideas. The event was organised by the fabulous Gekoglass who are based in the Market and it was a even attended my the Mayor and Mayoress of Scarborough. I also got to meet other local businesses involved in the wedding industry such as Emma and Rich who do the most wonderful photography! If you’re planning a wedding in the near future I suggest you check them out!
I then managed to sneak in a day off so we spent it on a 10k hike!! Not the most relaxing of activities after the past two weeks but it was so good to explore part of Scarborough we’d not had chance to before (as it wasn’t very child friendly) and get some fresh air and exercise! We made our way across the cliffs at Scalby Mills and found ourselves on part of the Cleveland Way. It was glorious in the sunshine and the dogs had a whale of time!
Back to work and I went to meet with Lee from Digital Wulf who has been giving me some excellent advice on websites and eCommerce. One of my goals this year is to finally be able to offer my jewellery for sale through my own website so my lovely customers can buy direct from me and not have to go through a third party. This means I can offer a much more personal service and also have a platform for more one off and unique pieces. Hopefully in the near future you will start to see some exciting changes on the website and I will be launching my online shop in the summer! Why not sign up to my newsletter (bottom of the page!) as I will be sharing some exclusive discount codes and offers!
We then had our monthly Totally Locally meet up which was held at Yorkshire in Business. This is our fourth meet up and we are now staring to form a fantastic support network for local businesses and those involved in Totally Locally Scarborough. We had some very interesting conversations about how to take the group forward so watch this space for how our ideas develop.
Finally we held our Etsy North Yorkshire Coast and Moors meet up, again at Yorkshire in Business. This is becoming a regular get together and it is great to see returning members and also new ones each month. I am hoping to put my Etsy Captains hat on and start to plan some meetings which will help members with selling through Etsy, including improving product descriptions, tags and SEO and increasing our visibility on the site. If you are a local Etsy seller and fancy joining in, or would like to start selling through the Etsy Marketplace and would like a bit of a steer on how to get started, why not pop over to our Facebook page to keep up to date for our next get together.
So now at the end of this busy month I am ready to put my feet up and have a bit of a ‘chill’ in this sneaky bit of sunshine but there is no rest for the wicked as the weather forecast is looking rubbish this week and I am now planning my summer events and exhibitions which will also involve a lot of making!! As mentioned I have plans to crack on with the website, try my hand at some new lifestyle photography and also go on a digital marketing workshop with Google Digital Garage,
In May I’ve booked to go on a resin workshop with Eli-Chem over in Leeds working on a much larger scale than I am used to but I am really looking forward to experimenting with a material I am familiar with but using it in a completely different way. I will write a separate blog when I get back and tell you all about the exciting techniques I have learnt!
I will also be returning to the homeland for a weekend and attending THE wedding of the year in Birmingham. Although Harry and Megan may have stolen the date, I’ll be off celebrating the wedding of one of my beautiful friends from home who I was also lucky enough to make the wedding rings for!!
Finally in May I will be trying my best to help raise money for the RNLI’s Mayday campaign. Throughout May I will be offering my Sail Boat Studs for sale at the exclusive price of £25 a pair with ALL of the proceeds of the sales going to the RNLI. To mark the yellow themed Mayday campaign, I am offering these studs in their usual shiny silver finish, but also in a bright yellow resin for May 2018 ONLY. The money raised for Mayday 2018 will pay for the vital crew kit that keeps the RNLI volunteers safe and allows them to continue saving lives at sea. Any funds raised over their £750,000 target will go towards funding lifesaving work around the UK and Ireland. Since moving to the coast and being part of an emergency services family, I have seen just how important this service is and the dedication of the staff involved. If you don’t manage to snap up a pair during May, I will continue to donate a percentage of any future sales (sails??) of my Sail Boat studs and pendants to the RNLI. To buy a pair click HERE!
Thanks for reading and see you soon! Enjoy what is left of the sunshine!!