Schools out for Tony and myself - no more shows until End September.........yippee!! We were both singing in the van as we left the NEC.
Please do not get us wrong, we love the shows and meeting our wonderful customers, but they are such hard work, especially the French shows and they take us away from the warehouse. We have all summer, almost 6 months to plan new ranges, new goodies and to get into tip top condition for our winter season. The first on the list is a massive warehouse tidy up, we are critcal on space, (we have thought about buying another unit, but......), so watch this space there maybe some wicked bargins appearing. Remember blog readers hear about them first.
Talking about the blog, I nearly closed it down Friday evening, I was so angry by the time I got back to the hotel. We use this blog to share ideas, tutorials on using ribbons and buttons, to interact with our customers and to have a bit of ribbon and button fun. From walking around the Hobbycrafts show on Friday afternoon it was apparent that some of our fellow stand holders, colleagues, companies call them what you want, also follow the blog. Come on guys use your own imagination, come up with your own ideas and STOP COPYING. It comes to something when customers tell you they have been sent round to our stand with the ribbons and buttons that they have purchased off another stand.........to ask Crafty Ribbons what to do with them!!!
Who ever said "Copying is the greatest form of flattery" was very, very wrong. It makes you feel robbed.
Onto much happier times, Bev and the family were in Disneyland in Paris over the weekend. They had a fantastic time, hated the queueing but Sydney and Sam loved it, Sam kept telling me he had been to Mickeys house and went flying on an elephant! It was a very tired Bev that picked this weeks Friday FREEBIE winners......
Number 9 = Chrissy
Mmmmm I can feel another addiction coming on!!!!!!
I would love to win a FIX of these gorgeous buttons.
Sounds like you are having a busy time at the NEC.
Number 44 = Annette
Gorgeous buttons towers, wonderful Friday Freebie, I think they would look beautiful just sat on my desk lol! Have a wonderful weekend at the show, take careX
Chrissy and Annette you have some awesome Button Towers on their way to you, all we need are your address please to firstname.lastname@example.org I am sorry to Wilma and Beryl that your numbers were not picked. The sympathy card certainly worked on me, I would have picked you both!!! Hope you are feeling better Wilma and Beryl we wish you loads of luck.
I must thank every single one of you that left a comment this week - it was reading your comments on Friday evening that helped me to calm down. This email then popped up on my phone on Sunday, I really hope Jan will not mind me sharing it with you all.
"Loved your stand my daughter & I were in heaven, the selection of ribbons is amazing. My daughter made a corsages as soon she got back with ribbons purchased from you and wished she had bought loads more, she is hooked & said your website is fab too.
Hope I win the button towers to share with her
Why should your enjoyment and ours be affected by such thoughtless and unimaginative people.