Once upon a time I tried to build a crafty business. I knew handmade cards were not really the way forward for several reasons (already a saturated market, especially with all the stampin up people out there, and also my style was not really ideal for making “cheap” cards to sell to the mass market). So instead I thought for a long time and came up with Personalised Bunting as my star product. And for a while it was kind of successful, I made quite a few buntings in a year! But sadly the “business” just died away. I stopped advertising, offering all kinds of discounts and offers, doing any giveaways, and it just died. It was way too much work for the few benefits I was getting.
However, just the other day I got an enquiry from a lady who had bought a bunting from me a couple of years ago. She has just had another baby and wanted another one! Repeat business! Yay! It made me feel really warm inside, I tell you. There isn’t a better feeling than seeing your craft being appreciated by other people!
Here are some examples of buntings made during the time I had my tiny, short-lived business:
Hello! Apologies for the lack of posts lately. The truth is that I haven’t done much crafting at all since the crop in Reading last month! Life has kept me busy and the loft conversion has kept me out of my craft room!
I’m attending an Artful Angels crop this coming Saturday and a full weekend retreat in Bracknell the following weekend, so I will hopefully be catching up with lots of layouts on the twins scrapbook!
Today, however, I bring you a Throw Back Thursday from last year’s Halloween’s season. Halloween is nearly upon us, with lots of costumes and pumpkins everywhere, so I thought it was adequate to show you these two creations.
This first one is a bunting that I made with my silhouette that we hung outside our front door for the trick-or-treaters. I was very proud of it and kept it to use again this year 🙂
The second one is a little addition that I made for the treat-or-treat bags. At this point last year I was still trying to promote my “business” so I thought these would be a great marketing idea (however I can already tell you that they didn’t work one bit – I won’t bother to make these again this year, as they took me quite a while to make! I made approximately 50 of them. The “shop” website address was stamped at the back of the card)
Facebook very kindly reminded me the other day of this layout, a very early one in my scrapbooking adventures.
I remember how proud I was of that page, and to this day, it’s still one of my favourite ones. It’s a lovely photo of me and the kids (despite it not being in focus) and I was very proud of having done some embossing on the blue cardstock.
Anyway, here’s an updated photo of the layout as it stands today.