I'm sorry it's been quite a while since I last posted my Blog, but I've just been too busy to write anything because I've been working on the website, making and dispatching orders, making up new stock and going to farmers markets.
I've been spending a lot of time on website SEO, just trying to keep my place on the Google rankings. Takes hours of work just to stand still.
The online shop has been very busy as a result of all the time I've been spending working on the website, which makes it all worthwhile. Orders are coming in steadily, 24 hours a day, and we are now sending out a lot of jewellery all over the world. Scrabble Rings and Lego Rings and other jewellery are still top sellers, but it's nice to see lots of other stock being sent out now as well. Cufflinks are proving very popular this summer. I've had a few large orders for Scrabble cufflinks for weddings.
I have spend a lot of time developing new lines, and am really enjoying making up all the slogans for the 'keep calm' dogtags, pendants, rings and cufflinks. The sweetie jar pendants are very popular and I'm finding new things to put into them all the time. I've had some badges made to my own designs and am using them for rings and cufflinks.
We are just about to start a run of 20 markets in Edinburgh during the Festival. We will be there every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the 4th August, for 5 weeks. Some of the badges I've had designed have been made specially for these markets and have an Edinburgh theme.
The farmers markets have been a bit quiet over the past few months. The economic downturn is still hitting consumers very hard. We have been at Paisley Farmers market this morning and it was very quiet. Local holidays did not help either.
We are at Fencebay farmers market near largs tomorrow, so hopefully the sun will still be shining and we might get some tourists and holidaymakres dropping in.
I'll try to post my Blog more regularly in the future.