25 August 2013

Lowlands Festival adventure

Lowlands festival has been and gone.... Weeks, no months of hard work have gone into it and then after 3 long days its gone, just like that. But boy, what a weekend it was!

It's been a rollercoaster ride. Ssshht, don't tell anyone, but I was actually really quite nervous. I worked hard to get lots of new products out and I had never done a market before in my life. And ofcourse I had no clue what would be succesful and what wouldn't. So there it was, a stall with all of my passion and heart right on it and just hoping that people would like it enough to buy it.

It didn't start so well. The Friday wasn't successful at all. Lots of people looking, not so much buying. On top of that loads of rain ( and yes, humidity and paper goods together are a disaster!) so to me it was a lost day. But sometime on Saturday it turned around. The sun came out and people started buying.

People's responses were amazing. It was my first experience with real life customers and someone said 'Everything on your stall makes me so happy!' ( yay!) Some other people said it reminded them of Sissy Boy and Paperchase ( Wow, I couldn't ask for more, I love them both) and many people's faces just lit up and smiled. It was great to see all these positive reactions and gave me the confirmation I really am going in the right direction.

There were some other highlights too: we had our own postman. Yes, Lowlands even had their own post office! Postman Pieter had a mobile postbox and he stopped by us a few times to pick up cards written by Lowlanders on our stall. It was a lovely service that we could offer our customers. Oh, and  up and coming music star Jake Bugg signed one of our notebooks. And a member of Dutch rap band 'De jeugd van tegenwoordig' wore one if our necklaces! So cool!

All of this hadn't been possible without my friend  A. She helped throughout the weekend and even though she could've gone out partying, she didn't. She stood by me and together we came up with things to improve our stall and sales. And for that I will always be grateful ( more than she will ever know) So A., you are the best!

Will I go again next year? Hmmm, on Friday I was convinced I wouldn't but now I'm not so sure... All in all it was a long weekend ( with very short nights) but  I came home in such a positive buzz. I'll let you know next year!

15 August 2013

New item: DIY Paper Puppets

And the last (but definitely not least) of the bunch of new items that we've been launching this week:

DIY kraft paper puppets! They are cool and they are fun to put together. We've got 2 sets. One with 3 different robots and a set with 3 exotic animals. Each puppet is printed on their own sheet and brads to attach them together are included. For a full description and instructions on how to put them together, go and have a look in our Etsy shop.

So, if you all don't mind, I'm finally off to Lowlands festival to spark some smiles with all these new items. Wish me luck!

14 August 2013

New item: DIY Paper Planes

Do you remember how much fun it was to fold paper planes and let them whoosh through the air? Well, with this set you can do it all over again! Brand new in my Etsy shop: a set of 5 paper planes, all with a different design on and in 2 different models.

Go and have fun!

You can check them out right here

13 August 2013

New item: DIY paper houses

And another new item! Or actually two. A great set of paper houses that you need to build yourself. There are two sets: a black and white one and an olive green, light aqua blue and beige one.

Build your own cute street of paper houses! You'll find them right here.

New item: Handmade notebooks

Finally, the last few tough days have come. Lowlands festival is only 2 days away and I think I'm going mad! Every single spare hour has gone into getting everything ready and perfect for 3 extremely long days on the Festival market on Lowlands.

But we're getting there! Almost all items are ready to rock and roll. I just encountered a bit of a disaster with the temporary tattoos. My normal supplier was sold out so had to buy elsewhere and it turned out the quality was really poor. So poor that I really couldn't sell them. I managed to order somewhere else but it hasn't arrived yet! And with only 2 days to go we're cutting it really fine. Fingers crossed it arrives today!

We've got loads of new products we will be selling. And this week every single day a new item will be launched in the Etsy shop. Yay! I'm so keen to find out what you think of them. Yesterday the completely handmade notebooks have gone online... just in cause you missed them you can find them right here. I'm so excited I can show them to the rest of the world. I've been working on them for months now, figuring out how to best make them. Tackling issues like: how do I punch holes in the middle of a sheet? They are entirely handmade. From assembling the pages, to punching the holes (yes, with a good old hammer), folding them, sowing them, trimming them and rounding the corners off. And I'm really happy with the end result!

Every single day of this week there's a new item launched. So stay put for today's! I will post them later on.