Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Saturday, January 21, 2012
This leads me to now. Approaching the end of January and I am just finishing up a month off work. Yes, a month. You would probably be thinking that I got so much done and believe me, that is what I was hoping for. But I have made three frame orders and that is all. I was lucky enough to go down to Rye for 4 days at the start of January with my husband and enjoyed the lovely weather and great company by the beach. Oh and some great cricket viewing! Since then, there has been a lot of family commitments. Packing up the family home of 30+ years was a lot bigger job than I had anticipated and now focusing on organising my dads 60th is another big job.
So what do I have planned for 2012?? I really hope to have more time for Inspired by Paper but also remembering not to give up any family time in order to do this. The last 6 months of 2011 I didn't like that I was under the pump. Orders would come in and instead of sitting and enjoying making them all, I would be feeling the stress and losing my motivation. I hope to be able to have time to sit and create new things. One goal I do have is to open a Etsy store and close my online store. I believe Etsy will open me up to a larger customer base... now just to get that happening!
Market wise, I will once again take a step back form these. 2010 and the 18 or so markets was great but very stressful. I found only doing the 4 or so in 2011 I still had the same amount of sales due to word of mouth and repeat customers. I have committed to the three Maribyrnong Makers Markets again and will look at doing another Piccadilly Market along with the Yarraville Festival market. I also enjoyed the Mathilda's Market last year and will most likely apply to the big Christmas one they have at the racecourse.
Well that is a lot of words from me. I will be back later with some photos. But for now I will continue to change channels between the Tennis and the Big Bash cricket match!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
So the day started off well with lots of eager shoppers through the door and wanting to get the free shopping bag. For the next 4 hours, there was a constant flow of people stopping to say hi and look at the frames. Two frames were ordered and collected by a gentleman who came with his two young daughters as his wife was away. He read about the market and thought he would check it out. I said it was very daring to venture out and battle the pram traffic at the market but he thought it was easy... well until he looked down and he was minus one child in the pram, and off he went! There were so many pregnant people checking out what was on offer for when their little baby arrives. One customer was so wanting a frame as she new the sex of the baby. Although she hadn't confirmed the name of it, she still purchased one and I said I would be happy to send the letters to her when the name was decided!
So overall I was happy with my first time there. I was amongst so many experienced and well known stallholders and was a little overwhelmed at first but I made it through the day. A big thanks must go out to my dear friend Rhiannon. I asked her to come at the start to just in case I needed anything and she stood by me for the whole 4 hours! Well, I did send her off for a coffee run and although I told her to leave her purse at home, she ventured out and did some shopping at other stalls! Having this stall here meant a lot for me and I appreciated having a friend turn up to show some support!
Friday, August 26, 2011
It is great to see the looks on the mothers faces when receiving the cards. So if you know someone who has had a baby then I would be happy to do something similar for you!
Sunday, August 7, 2011
When we arrived in Rye, I looked out the kitchen window and saw this beautiful rainbow...
However on Saturday, it was decided we head home a bit earlier in the afternoon than initially planned. As not only was there are good AFL game on the tv to watch, but that was then followed by the NRL game, the Wallabies game and then the 20/20 cricket. Luckily we have foxtel so I was able to head online and set the games to record just in case we didn't get home in time :-). So when driving past Paper Squared on the way home, I asked for ten minutes inside since I felt we were coming home early so he can enjoy his passion, I will enjoy a bit of mine.
I have only been in the store once and walking in I was like where do I start? So many different ranges of papers and as I wondered around the aisles, I was quickly trying to remember what projects I was working on.
When hubby called me from the car outside, I still had a bit to look at and said "just making my way to the front now". He then replied with " well I could say I am just on my way to the footy- but that doesn't mean I am not going to stop in at every pub on the way!". So true, and we returned home and he found himself on the couch watching the footy and I found myself completing another frame order... back to reality....
Friday, July 22, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
It is great to hear that people out there are waiting babies arrival in order to buy a Inspired by Paper frame. Thanks Amy for contacting me after seeing my frames at markets and ordering a frame for the arrival of Eloise. I was able to get the frame to her within 48 hours. Remember that you can contact me any time and if it is a existing design, then I can get it to you straight away! Thanks Amy for ordering the frame and looking forward to seeing you at markets again in the future.
I purchased these photo frames a while ago and was annoyed when the sizes written on the frame were different to the actual size! So they went in a box and forgotten about. When cleaning up over Easter I re-discovered them and deicded to add a simple little design so people can use them for a single 4 x 6' photo. The brothers one sold at a market but I still have the Sisters and the Family one available. Please let me know if you would like to buy one.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Have you stumbled here accidently and quickly moved on to the next page? Have you come here from a link from a market I am attending? I often wonder about the people that visit so frequently if they come to get inspired by my products and perhaps make their own... I am always wondering.
So if you have come to this page and are reading this post (and not come to look at the pictures) it would be great for you to leave a comment and let me know who you are and why you like to visit my page.
Thanks for sharing....
I will start it off with my purchase of the latest Donna Hay magazine. I had told myself that I need to not buy anymore magazines or cook books. I have far too much. Way too much actually. And I don't seem to use many of them. Actually it has been a while since I have used any of them. I used to love finding new things to cook for dinner, but the hours of my 'real job' and trying to keep up with Inspired by Paper orders, the time in the kitchen is limited. Sorry, I am getting sidetracked. Back to Donna Hay. It stood out to me in the supermarket as it had one of my favourite things on the front... Donuts. Yes, it contains recipes of a selection of donut recipes. Each one I read and licked my lips. Filled with jam, filled with custard, filled with chocolate. Oh which one would I cook?
Well last weekend I had a family member staying from interstate and she too spotted the magazine and got excited. We decided to go with the traditional jam donuts. It definitely took a lot longer than we realised. We couldn't help but have a laugh when the first step was to put some ingredients in a bowl and leave it for something like 40 minutes. So it was back to the couch for a while. The final product can be seen below. When I comment on the taste, I can say that they were nice. Not the greatest when compared to the Footscray station donuts (local readers will know exactly what I am talking about) but they were still worth the effort and they were all consumed.
Monday, April 25, 2011
I do my best to meet all my customers needs. At a recent market, little Angeline couldnt decide between the pony and the butterfly frame so I was happy to do a combination of them both!
Another special request was for a blue and green animal frame for Aidan. This was a fun one to make and I like the colour combination. I look forward to making some more of these ones as I am happy with the final product.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Well 2010 ended on a high with a busy lead up to Christmas. When I get a moment, I will post the photos of the custom frames I made. The year 2011 started off and it was all about me! I got married in January so there was a lot of craziness there. All those last minute things to organise- I will share some photos of it soon with you all. Then it was off to Hawaii for two weeks. I found two scrapbooking shops whilst there, but was not able to get to them. I did find a big craft store and convinced my darling new hubby to let me in and I could see him pacing at the door.
So it was a quick look and I managed to quickly grap a couple new things.
As I said, lots of photos to share and I shall do that over the week ahead.
A belated Happy New Year to you all....