So... there’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few weeks and I’ve seen a few other small businesses sharing about this recently, so I thought I’d bite the bullet! It’s easy as a small business to get caught up in trying to compete with larger companies, offering discounts here and there, free postage or a percentage off to boost sales... but, for a few reasons, this isn’t great for my business. It devalues the product- I work hard to price my products fairly, considering the time, the materials, the marketing, all the hidden costs and fees that you may not see, by offering a discount it’s taking away from one of these things. The product is priced at that price for a reason and unlike big companies I don’t have massive profit margins on my handmade items. It can make people feel they don’t want to buy it now, just in case there’s a flash sale, or a discount coming up soon and that they will then have missed out on that! I want you to be able to trust me, to pay the full price because the product you are buying is worth that price. So, I won’t be having a massive Black Friday Sale, between now and Christmas there won’t be any discounts, I will probably still have reductions at the end of the season/end of line fabrics. But for now, this is me, this is my biz that I’m working hard to grow, my products are handmade to order especially for you, and that’s what you’re paying for! Thanks for listening! Please do continue to support me and my biz! 💪🏻 Give me a thumbs up if you read this far! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
The first Mr Moo collab stashmat is made up and ready for market on Sunday! 🙌🏻 who loves it?
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We have had some pretty awful family news this week which means as a result I won’t be going away next week to the show in Henley on Thames. I’m sad to not be going but there’s no way I want to be away from home. I will be in Nottingham tomorrow though. This means I have loads of stock that I’d made to sell at a 4 day event so I’ll be listing loads of it next week but to be honest it’s times like these that make you realise what’s important and that’s those who are close to you, the ones you love dearly.
Love Jane xxx
Vandaag hebben wij een torso #workshop
Hoe maak je een torso?
Hoe begin je?
Waar let je op?
Hoe maak je het persoonlijk?
Kies je voor abstract of ga je voor realistisch?
Aan de slag!
En vandaag is helaas onze stagaiere Noa voor het laatst.
✖️TELL ME ABOUT IT STUD✖️ Yay for summer brights! Less than two weeks to go until the Bloom Release goes live eek! Okay, so I might’ve gone a little crazy with stud making, but these sea flora pretties are a favourite for work, exercise, small earring & stud lovers and gifts! And someone tells me Christmas is on the way- so why not fill those stockings will the whole rainbow 😉 FRIDAY 30 NOV, 8PM AEDT #marlibeandesigns #detailconnoisseur #seafloracollection #bloomrelease
Good morning, we hope you have a wonderful weekend. If you are in or around Ramsey today, pop by and say hello 💛
Hello Melbourne! I’ll be @themakersandshakers
Melbourne tomorrow at Coburg Townhall from 10am-3pm. I’ll be selling my cute @hellomissmaystore
greeting cards, artwork, earrings and lapel pins. These Australiana ones are making a debut this week. Pop over and say hello if you’re in town. Free hugs from me xx.
Shop online ⬇️
It’s Maker’s Market weekend! Check out our scarves and coasters in person at the lower ground floor of Central Square, in front of the escalators. We’re here until tomorrow!
Personalized stationery is available in my shop. It’s a great present for the special someone who loves to write. 🖊
Dispatches from the bench: a tiny tiny pair of open hoop earrings for an Etsy custom order. And a pair for me! And now for a shameless ploy for likes... Double tap if you want these in the shop! 🤭 #benchpegselfie
Golden Treasure To Be Found! 🌟
Next week we will be hiding FIVE golden baubles around town, one for each day of the week, in the lead up to our Open Studios weekend on 24th & 25th November, as part of @ouseburnopenstudios
Each day we will release a brand new clue & it's up to you to guess where it is!
Each lucky winner will then be able to bring their GOLDEN bauble along to Mushroom Works (don't worry, you get to keep the bauble for your 🎄) during our Open Studios event where you can choose an original 20x20 work of art of your choice.
We will be releasing these clues at various times each day, in order to offer the chance of as many people as possible to get involved & go hunt! 🤩
Each clue will be released via Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
All we ask is that the lucky winners redeem their prize as early as possible, as our 20x20's sell out like hot cakes so the choice may become limited & we'd hate for you to miss out!
Golden baubles can only be redeemed at the Open Studios weekend.🎨 We invite you to join us at our special preview evening on Friday 23rd November 6-8pm, where all 20X20's will be available.
Our doors will then re-open on Saturday 24th November at 10am-5pm & then again on Sunday 25th November 9am - 5pm!
Happy hunting! 😍
#MushroomTreasure #mushroomworks #ouseburn #newcastle #northeastcreatives #ouseburnopenstudios
New bumblebee print fabric 🐝
The original linocut print was scanned and a repeat created in Photoshop. I’m really rather pleased with how it’s turned out!
The news is out 🎉 If you’re subscribed to my newsletter you might have heard about it already, but, just in case, let me introduce you to my Not Your Average Gift Cards 🎁✨
I love the idea people can receive a branding gift. I love the thought of being suggested to someone else with such a caring, thoughtful gesture. And I love being introduced to new creatives and small businesses, especially if suggested spontaneously by a previous client or follower who knows my aesthetic would be a perfect fit to the creativity of someone special to them ❤️ And if it’s true that small business owners might have to start with a very limited budget and therefore a DIY design - what better gift than giving them the experience of having their business being brought to the next level with a professional brand, blog and/or web design?!
You can give any of my services as gift: custom blog, logo or even web design - depending on how generous you feel! And my Not Your Average Gift Card will be sent your way to be customised on the back with your own message, just to make that special someone feel a little extra special 😍
Exciting right?! I have a few to send over already, and as usual remember availability is very limited, so if you’re interested make sure you get in touch ASAP 📮 Tap the link in my bio 👉🏻 @mielcafeco
and head to my website to check out my portfolio, discover more about my services and eventually get in touch 😉✨
P.S. And yes, self gifts are totally appropriate too!
I can’t stop watching this. Is this what the glaze does whilst maturing? I wish I could see inside the kiln as it gets to 1200 degrees!
Who else is a fan of colour block? I love this combination of ocean blue, milk, clay, and peach. There are so many colour possibilities with this style. What colours would you choose?
There's only one week to go until the shop launches! I've been busy behind the scenes sewing the final design and getting the website and packaging ready. I hope you like the little details!
Everytime I mention these on Facebook, my gran comments with how much she loves hers. I'm sort of glad she doesn't use Instagram... A couple of angel wing necklaces should be back in my Etsy shop before Christmas, but you're also welcome to order your own and get just the colours and variations you want.
Taking a moment to be proud of myself for what I'm calling my 'Paradwys Collection' -- all my new prints I've made in our lovely home in North Wales... lots of purple and blues!
I have lots of lovely prints on my Etsy shop online-- RJSPRINT.ETSY.COM
💡might make for a few good Christmas gifts?!
You could have a Partridge in a pear tree or you could have a super cute, sparkly, hanging Partridge in your Christmas tree 🌲
⚠️Warning... Winter/Holiday themed post ahead.⚠️
My home may be festooned in Autumn glory but as a retail based business my studio is in fast forward mode for the next season.❄
Are you excited for next month's festivities or are you pointedly ignoring those specifically themed areas in the stores?🌲
Skip the next section of my post if you're. just. not. ready...🙈
Mini hand crafted Winter Woodland wreath ornaments --and other holiday hanging decor-- available in my Etsy shop (link in bio) if you just happen to be one of those shoppers that's already off and running.🛍
#HolidayShopping #WinterOrnaments #OfLeafAndStar
Want to know what my Black Friday weekend deals will be?My newsletter will be sent tonight will all the details! (Swipe to see just a couple sneak peeks!)
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F O L K S Y F R I D A Y
In case you didn't know it's the big "Folksy Friday" Day today.
Oh yeah the home of British Craft. Don't tell me you've never heard of it 😏.
Folksy has a plethora of amazing talented independent British makers/designers/artists etc.
Go check them all out. Even if you are just gonna buy a card. Every little sale counts.
p.s. get 25% off in " Autumn Sale". Ts & Cs apply. Click on link in bio to shop Detola and Geek on Folksy 🛒🎁.