I tend to write down every idea that pops into my head, even if I never use it in the future, because it's a kind of a brain storm and wonderful to have that kind of a notebook lying around. It's the kind of book that doesn't really make any sense to anyone else because it's full of words, ideas and sketches that only makes sense to you but it excites me too because it's like a diary, your own personal space, unique to only you.
I've made lots of plans for the autumn and winter. I've been invited to put my items into a local boutique, I'm going to feature in a magazine in January 2014 ( all at the early stages at the moment ), do my first ever craft fair in November and really start promoting Button Fayre to it's fullest here in France too because so far I've done nothing.
Facebook has been an invaluable marketing tool but not always easy with it's rather vague rules, easily given bans and lack of interaction with it's users if something goes wrong.
So far I've not had to experience anything horrible on Facebook but know of a lot of business pages that have which is upsetting. However, I'm under the impression for now that we're actually quite lucky because we can have a business page that allows us to promote our business really quite well, if we put the work in!
I don't know how I've done it to be honest, running a home and 6 children alongside it all, enthusiasm and pride for my business is what really drives me, but I have had to work super hard just to get where I am right now. Being a registered small business helps I think because you're in the system, paying fees and taxes, and so you must run things smoothly and professionally.
So, I've come to the conclusion that we're quite lucky to have Facebook as it's free ( unless you want to pay for more advertising ) but I can proudly say that Button Fayre has reached this point due to my hard work, patience and will to succeed.
I've completed two rather large projects this week, a custom designed cushion cover and a beautiful ' Hooly Hoop Art ' hanging that will be framed when it reaches it's new owner.
My giveaway is being drawn tomorrow and I can't wait to see who wins the beautiful ' Hooly Hoop Art ' in it's hoop and large bird bag brooch, it's so exciting.
Another truly magnificent week for Button Fayre and summer is great!