Its been a long time since I last posted on this blog – a lot longer than I intended it to be. I thought I was just going to take a short break from online selling, but as you can see it didn’t work out that way, and a few more changes came along too!
I did want to have some time to rethink the way I was working, because it wasn’t suiting me to be bound to the computer and the deadlines for posting out endless packages. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed it, but I missed the personal element.
For many years, before the internet came along, I sold face to face, at craft markets and other venues, and I knew who my customers were, what they wanted, what they were making, any problems they had etc – because they would tell me! – and I would learn techniques from them too.
I was missing that part of the process, but of course, I found that there are less of these events around now, simply because its possible to sell online. And sad to say I have found that I can no longer do the driving to venues and packing and unpacking the stock that I used to take for granted, because I have osteoarthritis in both knees and find it too tiring to do many of these events these days!
Of course I can reach at lot more people online, in other countries as well as my own, without moving from my desk. So whilst I hope to keep my hand in with some face to face selling, I think its time to get back to selling online again!
I have tried introducing as much interaction as possible with this blog, trying to include that person to person, if not face to face, feel by encouraging people to leave comments, and with invitations for everyone to share their work here – but I have to say, that it hasn’t worked all that well, because there is an issue of trust that is missing when you don’t know and can’t meet the person you are dealing with.
However I will be keeping the “SHOW & TELL” archive section, and will always be happy to put up pictures of your own work, whatever kind of craft you work in, and wherever you are! And you are welcome to contact me with any queries, and to tell me what you are making and what items you might need, and I will see if I can source them for you.
The other major change –
is that I have moved to a really nice little stone cottage, with a large garden – see photo above – which needs a lot of sorting out, in the Lampeter area of West Wales.
I have not got much storage space here, and am still waiting to find some builders who will allow me to make the changes I need – such as a safe staircase, some storage space and a bit of renovation work. (If you know anyone in this area, please get it touch – its taking far too long to find a builder that doesn’t give a start date earlier than 6 months time!)
This means that a lot of my stock is inaccessible at the moment, so when I get going again soon, I will not be featuring my full stock – but if you have been a customer of mine in the past and want to order something that I sold before, please ask and I will tell if you I still have it, and whether I can access it!
I will be feeling my way as to how much I can list, on ebay and etsy, and may try and ring the changes in the way I work too. ie: If you list it, you have to be prepared to send the item immediately, so I may have some weeks off here and there and take all the listings down. However, if you do want something specific when they are not listed, you are welcome to contact me via email, or the “contact me” box on this blog.
There are also a few new ideas popping into my head at the moment, that need a bit more research, and when I have done that, I’ll try them out and see whether they work – for you and for me – smile!
So watch this space, and I’ll let you know quite soon when the listings are up again.
All the best