Marketing 101

The market on Saturday went really well. It was the first time I had tried to sell any of my own work to the general public, so it was quite a nerve-wracking experience, but also great fun and gave me lots of food for thought.

I will definitely expand the range of products that I have for sale, and make sure there is a good spread of prices too. Greetings cards and mugs went down well, and my mugs and jugs designs seemed to be the most popular.

Here’s a few photos of the stall (from when it wasn’t raining…)

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The market setting up – check out the patch of blue sky

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Setting up the stall – learning visual merchandising on the job!

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Mugs ready to sell, they were a really popular item

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Me! Awaiting the present-hungry hoardes

Christmas crackers!

Busy getting ready for a Christmas market on Saturday – I’ll be putting my first few products on sale which feature my own designs. It’s been a huge learning experience already, and I’m hoping to get lots of feedback to help me develop my work and products next year.

The market is on Saturday from 12-6pm, on Coulgate St, right next to Brockley Station in SE London. There will be carols and maybe even an appearance by a certain jolly chap all dressed in red…

Here’s a few pics of what’s going to be on sale – sorry they are not the best quality – not much time for top notch photos tonight!

Greetings cards:

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Aprons:apron1

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Mugs:MugsCushions from vintage fabric:cushion2

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Large cushion

New Zealand – Deco delights

I’m back in the UK now, and still catching up on news and sorting through all the holiday snaps. Here are some from the north island of New Zealand – including from the capital Wellington, art deco town Napier, and the amazing geothermal experience at Wai-O-Tapu.

I’m also busy preparing for a Christmas market in a couple of weeks – rather a lot of time spent at the sewing machine! I’ll post some photos of the products I’m making soon. The market is on 15 December, right next to Brockley station in south London.

In the meantime, here’s my photos from the truly beautiful NZ.

A rather lovely ferry trip from Picton to Wellington

A rather lovely ferry trip from Picton to Wellington

Camping is a national obsession

Camping is a national obsession

Tiles on Cuba St in Wellington

Tiles on Cuba St in Wellington

Don't stand to close...

Don’t stand too close…

Botanical Gardens - great colours and shapes

Wellington Botanical Gardens – great colours and shapes

Wellington Botanical Gardens - plenty of flora and fauna

Botanical Gardens – plenty of flora and fauna

Rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1931, central Napier is an art deco paradise.

This is just a small selection of photos we took!

This is just a small selection of photos we took!

Modern signage creeps in...

Modern signage creeps in…

It's all beautifully looked after but also a living town, not just a museum

It’s all beautifully looked after but also a living town, not just a museum

Lovely typography

Lovely typography

Wai-O-Tapu – never seen anything like it!

Smelly, bubbling, boiling hot pools - no swimming here

Smelly, bubbling, boiling hot pools – no swimming here

But the birds don't seem to mind it

But the birds don’t seem to mind it

Beautiful patterns in the earth

Beautiful patterns in the earth

A very fertile place!

A very fertile place!