3 March 2008



Well, I don't appear to have written anything on my poor business blog for a while which could suggest that it has all gone down the pan! Thankfully that is definitely not the case, quite the reverse actually, and the reason I have not written for so long is that I have had too many things happening, things started and not able to be completed which makes it a little hard to write about them. I think I am beginning to win through now though and so here I am.

The first task which seems to have taken me an age to sort has been the updating of my pipany website. Dave and I first put this site together throughout last August and I have continued to work on it ever since, uploading photographs, writing copy, etc. During the Christmas period I realised the layout would need changing to allow for an expanding stockline in the New Year. Finally I have managed to complete it - now we are into March! Why did it take so long? Partly because I tried to do it in the evenings when I would be too tired to sew, partly because I am a bit of a fussy so-and-so and spent a lifetime playing with different colours, fonts, layouts...the list is endless. No sooner would I sort on bit and the rest would look tired and off I would go again. Fortunately dear Sam has a great eye for things and would tell me to change things when I was clearly too tired to see the faults (mind you, he was really waiting for me to get off the computer!). Anyhow, it is done and has a much better layout which I am pleased with while still retaining the overall feel of the original including what seems to be a very popular photograph on the welcome page judging by all the comments.

As well as all the work on the site I have been working on things for Easter including these little bags and bunny...



In fact, the bunnies (I did consider calling them Easter Babbits to please Isabella!) are taking over the house - I think the children are taking them off when my back is turned which I suppose confirms I am on the right track in thinking that kids like little things such as this. Each bag has a flowered lining...



...and embroidered front panel and comes complete with one of the bunnies; so far so good as they are already selling well, but oh lor, it has taken an age to get a photograph of them what with bad weather, flat light, too much sun...arghh!!!!

As an alternative to all this Easter activity I have been in touch with several shops who have shown interest in the Ship, ship sailing game and am waiting to hear back from them in regards to possibly placing wholesale orders. Weddings are on the horizon and one or two lovely projects have come up as a result involving dragonflies, lavender and lace, though not all together I might add!

Yes, overall things are going well and I am thoroughly enjoying myself. Now off to take some more pictures and load up some more stock onto the website...I wish it would stop raining though!

Pipany xx

10 comments:

French Knots said...

Glad your business is doing well, wearing so many hats is hard - designer, maker, it expert, photographer!

Faith said...

Oh very pretty Pipany! I love the bags, and am rushing off to order!

Cait O'Connor said...

I'm so glad it's all going so well. I will check out the site and will be doing an order very soon!

Florence said...

That's fantastic that you are doing so very well - a well-deserved success. And so lovely that you're still enjoying it, despite the increased busyness! x

Pig in the Kitchen said...

they are lovely!
Pigx

Frances said...

All your creations are looking very good Pipany. Those linings are perfect, and the bunnies ... super hoppity.
xo

pink-petal-designs said...

Love them !!
Sarah x

Sally's Chateau said...

Pipany they are divine,now get yourself featured in a trendy glossy, I would hope that you would be a lot more pleasant than someone who was featured in a certain one and whose shop I visited yesterday !!

Kali said...

How exciting for you to have your business taking off and doing so well! Big congrats to you!
xo Kali

The Country Craft Angel said...

Hi Pipany

Just wanted to say Hi and how well everything looks to be going! You see who would have thought a few months ago when you were all tentative and unsure about starting...

And look at you now.

Btw I love the Babbit. was just trying to leave a comment on your other blog to add my interest but unable to suss the feed thing.

Would also be interested to see how much and order info.

Take care and keep up the good work. It must be so encouraging to see so much positive feedback and so many new people finding you!

warmest wishes
xx