Saturday, 29 January 2011

Blue Button Brides Birthday!

Its Blue Button Brides Birthday! On 31.01.11,it will be one year since I opened my Folksy shop. When I started this, I was aware that it was never going to make me a millionaire, and I would probably still have to keep the day job (psychiatric nursing) until I retired. I was also aware that it may never take off at all, so I decided to give myself one year and after that would make a decision regarding whether to continue or not.

What have I decided?

The first few months, the shop got very few views, and no interest/enquiries at all. I almost considered giving up then. I would look around at the amazing amount of talent, and wonder how I could possibly compete with them. Then came my first order.

Eva ordered my Tutti Frutti Bouquet. The bouquet had been made up a few months before, so I took it apart, cleaned it all and put it back together. She looked so beautiful on her wedding day.

Evas order gave me the boost I needed to continue. But again a couple of months went by with no interest.

Then I got my first bespoke order. Karen wanted a monchrome bouquet, I spent ages looking for the right buttons to fit her requirements, and this was the result. Again another gorgeous bride

Following on from Karens order was Nicolas and Kerrys orders, and two other orders that Im afraid I cant show yet, they are finished, but without permission from the brides, I wont show any pictures before their weddings.
And Viks bouquet that is being sent out today.

So thats seven orders in a year. Not many in the big scheme of things. So the question remains, Do I continue?

I can quite honestly say that I have learnt so much in the last year, I can also say I have experience high pressure and stress. Nicola and Kerry ordered bouquets very late, and I only had a couple of weeks to order the buttons, make them, and send them. Kerrys was sent 3 days before the wedding! I was panicking slightly.

I have loved every minute of it. I have worked with some wonderful brides, chatted to some amazing people.

Big thankyou at this point to Natalie From Madelaine Isaac James and Alison From Plans and Presents for there recent advice and help regarding my nieces wedding dress issue. If I hadnt started Blue Button Bride, I wouldnt have had access to their wisdom and knowledge. Lovely women.

Also a big thankyou to all those I have chatted with and got to know over the past year, for the little (and big) tips and advice, I would have been lost without the folksy forum.

So again back to the question, Do I continue?

I already have 4 orders for the next financial year, and a few more enquiries. So yes I will continue for another year, and see what the future brings. :)

But please brides, try and give me a little bit of notice, I dont think my heart will take the stress of receiving an order 2 weeks before the wedding. x