On Saturday I went to see my sister in London. We went to Old Spitalfields market to have a gander of all the different products. There were some really amazing products and some great, quirky inspiration! It was actually a very good eye-opener for me who is having trouble with which direction to take my business next. I know I need a more cohesive theme but i’m struggling to find my niche. I recommend anyone having the same trouble to go and have a gander around other handmade shops, businesses and market places. Look at what they do, how they present their products and gain inspiration from their products (baring in mind that copying and inspiration are two completely different things of course).
I actually ended up buying this adorable Penguin Print from Katie Viggers and can’t wait to get it framed and up on my wall (although knowing me it will probably stay in it’s protective envelope for far too long)
We then wen’t for a bit of retail therapy around the corner in a shopping centre. I ended up spending far too much money in H&M but definitely don’t regret any of my purchases. I got an adorable dress with a christmas light print and mesh layer on top, a snazzy jacket and two pretty t-shirts (one bought for me by my generous sister who saw me pining after it). I also spent my Next christmas voucher on a snazzy pair of sunglasses!
A very successful shopping trip!
We then decided it was time for a bite to eat and had some business chat over a bowl of chips and a few drinks.
We brainstormed about my business and where i wanted it to go next. We talked about the items we had seen at the market and how I could make similar things with my own unique stamp on them. Most of all we talked about how I could make my shop cohesive and about how to market my products.
Dressed for different seasons, I promise it was sunny when I first put on my snazzy new glasses!
It was really useful to have a big chat about the shop and has really helped me to see what I want for it in the future.
I feel i have more direction with my business now. I just need to wait for a few more supplies to arrive for me to really get stuck in, but I promise there are exciting things for the future, i just need to make sure I stay motivated and don’t procrastinate too much.
‘Till next time!
Being English I’m obviously not going to be able to get away from the jubilee and will more then likely attend some kind of party to celebrate the event, even if i am going to be out of the country for the start of the celebrations.
So here are a few items I found around Etsy to help us get into the jubilee party spirit!
You can find the treasury here :
Vintage Jubilee Bunting
What british party isn’t complete without bunting?
I love the vintage feel of this particular bunting and it would definitely suit this event perfectly!
Union Jack Party Dress
No one can deny that Geri Halliwell wasn’t patriotic, so why not make yourself a more *ahem* classy version of her Spice Girl days.
This dress looks beautifully made and definitely makes our flag seem very stylish!
Silver Corgi Pendant
The queen is known for loving Corgi’s, so why not spread the love with this adorable necklace pendant? I just love the intricate detailing which makes this cute pendant just a little bit special and regal looking.
Union Jack Tote Bag
This denim tote bag would be perfect for carrying all your jubilee party items, not to mention a very stylish bag all year round.
Gold Crown Ring
There is no queen without a crown, as this listings name tells us. And this dainty little ring is perfect for making you feel maybe just a little bit like royalty.
British Tea Party Garland
If you’re hosting a tea party for the big day then why not decorate your room to match the theme with this adorably vintage looking garland!
It’s bound to become the talking point for any gathering.
Union Jack Cufflinks
One for the men, we can’t leave them out of the celebrations after all. These cufflinks would be a very patriotic addition to any suit. All that’s missing is a union jack tie.
Union Jack Ring
If the men, however, cannot find a tie, then this ring would also be a good choice. It’s available in a range of colours and customisations.
Mens Leather Union Jack Jacket
However, if your man wants to make more of a statement (and doesn’t mind forking out a lot of money for it) then what about this jacket? I can almost imagine an old fashioned british army officer wearing this.
Heart Pill box Hat
Obviously you’re going to need a hat for the special day as it seems all big posh events require some kind of head garment. How about this cute little number, it matches the colour scheme and is bound to make any outfit a little extra special with those cute bows.
Herkimer Diamond Earrings
Its the Diamond jubilee so we obviously need some diamonds, these Herkimer Diamond earrings may not be real Diamonds, despite the name, but we can’t all afford the real thing can we? These will still give an amazing sparkle to your earlobes. The gold casing even makes these seem just a little crown like!
Diamond Jubilee Mug
As there seems to be a lot of talk about ‘Tea Parties’ obviously you’ll need a place to store your tea. This mug seems to do the job, complete with a choice of two commemorative designs!
Diamond Jubilee Tea Towel
Of course after the gallons of tea us Brits will obviously be drinking, you’ll need to wash up the mugs. What better than a matching jubilee tea towel? Especially one as snazzy as this!
You can never have enough bunting, so why not decorate your neck as well as your house! This cute bunting necklace comes in 3 different patterns.
Corgi Dog Brooch
You can never have too many corgi’s! At least not if you’re the royal family…And this brooch would be the perfect way to decorate your union jack dress or bag.
Corgi Cushion Cover
I’m sure you’ve all wanted to use your fluffy corgi as a cushion before, right? This cushion is not only cute and comfy, but it also doesn’t wriggle as much.
I hope you like these items as much as I do.
Till next time!