Can't believe I last posted at the end of November!
The Christmas season was really good - we did some lovely events the Warwick and Bewdley Christmas light switch ons were fabulous, lots of atmosphere, 000's of people and lots of good sales. We had an interesting day at Upton on (in) Severn Christmas extravaganza, strating off in dry weather during the morning, watching it start raining at lunchtime and being told to pack up 3 hours early at 4pm as the roads were flooding. As we left the town over the bridge the water was backing up through the drain covers giving a spectacular fountain effect. We also drove back through Kempsey without any mishap although we woke the next morning to hear that its flood defences had failed. Overall we had an eventful time and really enjoyable as our daughter Laura was back from the Far East as helped out a lot. She did find the temperature about 30 degrees different to what she was used to though! All in all we encountered a number of events which we really enjoyed and certainly will be looking to go back to this year.
Our website really came into its own at Christmas and we had a pleasing level of sales, particularly of the dried fruit decorations. The level of trade sales was particularly pleasing with a number of enquiries that we had during the year actually coming to fruition. An exciting prospect for this year is that we have received enquiries about providing decorations for weddings. Hopefully this is another line we can develop as the year progresses.
So now its 2013 (and January is almost over!). We have booked a new event as Upton has a monthly indoor craft market and we will try a few of these as we enjoyed our last visit there - first one is on Saturday 9th February at the Memorial Hall. So far this year, apart from website sales, we have mainly been developing new products. We now have the full range of handmade candles on the website and we are developing products with the driftwood we collect when we are in Pembrokeshire. We already have a 40cm mobile and an 8" square mirror and when we have a few more produced we will list them on the website - in the meantime we will probably put them on our Facebook page - by the way if you haven't done so already we'd love you to like us (panachegifts).
Apart from sorting us out with Facebook Laura also set us up with a twitter account. This is a learning curve but our 'tag' is @panachegifts so the more followers we have the better apparently.
Well thanks for looking and now I've caught up we will make sure that the blog is posted regularly.