Summer has been a very interesting time at Wellydog Towers. In June we shut down for a bit of time as our new Grandson arrived unexpectedly 5 weeks early. We looked after our lovely 18 month old granddaughter for a bit, and boy do I know now just how old I am! Visiting and playing with our little sweetie previously was a bit different than looking after her almost full time for a few days. Blimey, how did we ever manage with three children all under 5? But all said and done, it was a joy to spend some quality time with her on our own. Seeing our grandson do so well after such a shock entrance is wonderful. We are so lucky to have such wonderful children and now grandchildren.
We did think therefore that things would be quiet. But what we hadn’t anticipated was that as we had kept some time free for the due date in July, we could in fact take on a few extra, unexpected bits. We were approached to do a last minute wholesale order. Not ever having done one before it was a steep learning curve. We thought we were pretty keyed up and pricing and timescales were sorted fairly quickly (the company we were making for were very patient). We estimated time quite well. We knew roughly how long each item would take and pretty much kept to it. Although things did get slower towards the end. The order was for 440 bag charms and was increased at the end to 450. It sounds a lot doesn’t it? Well it blooming well was! But we would definitely do it again. Although not too often. I am not that keen on repetition, but once in a while, I certainly wouldn’t object to it.
It wasn’t all plain sailing and we did learn a thing or two from it.
Once its finished, you are very proud of yourselves and kind of miss the challenge
Well they have now all been posted off and I hope the customer is as pleased with them as we are.
We then went to Hayle Fest at the beginning of August, it was really good, I think Lauren who organised most of it did an amazing job and yes there are always things that could have gone better, but generally it was well supported. As with most things we do we set a target, Mr Wellydog had a daily target in mind which was the costs for the day plus a nice profit and we beat it each day by a mile, so we are very pleased.
We also had help, the Wellydog Apprentice was there too. Our eldest daughter Gemma is amazing and helps us out when she can with outside events. This was particularly helpful at Hayle as it meant Mr Wellydog had help and company on the stall and I could keep the shop open too. It was helpful to have more than one person because at times the Gazebo had to be held down from the gusts of wind sweeping through across North Quay. But it thankfully survived the 3 days, even being left over night open to the elements.
I was pleased with the extra height we managed to get on the stall, Mr Wellydog made stands out of some wine boxes and made stand for me to hang my slate paintings on. All in all it was a great 3 days.
So our next challenge is packing all our wears away after they have been at the fantastic St Just craft event. Every year they take over the Cape Cornwall school and over 400 exhibitors bring all their handmade goodies and raise a lot of money for Cancer research, I think I was £44,000 last year. Its been on for over two weeks now and finished on yesterday, we have been up twice to re stock. We will then have to check what stock we have left from such a busy time and get ourselves organised for the Newlyn Fish festival on the Bank holiday Monday at the end of August.
If that’s not enough then we are also excited to have had it confirmed that we will be at the Flambards Christmas event in Early December.
So hopefully see you at one of these events
Ta ta for now