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Back in May I exhibited at Pulse, at Olympia London, for the first time. I was in the Launchpad section and I had a big 3×2 meter booth to play with!
It was only my second ever trade show, I had exhibited at Top Drawer back in September 2014 in the ‘Spotted’ section where I had a little plinth to display my products on (see picture). I got a box made to sit on top of the plinth. It had four sides separate sides which all fitted together with bolts so it fitted in the car nicely and a little hidden compartment to store my catalogues and bag inside the box! It worked out pretty well but I was excited to have a much bigger space to play around with for Pulse!
So this time it felt more like a trade show with a huge space to fill with walls and your own floor! It took a few months of prep; lots of scribbles of potential set ups, hours of trawling through Pinterest in search for some inspiration, periods of panic where I thought how on earth I am going to fill a whole booth and display my jewellery, cards and prints… but it all eventually came together, thankfully! I got a lot of the display stuff from IKEA and Ebay and I made a lot of the wooden signage myself. I also made use of my local timber business to make me those mini shelves for my earrings and cards which didn’t cost hardly anything at all. I was totally in love with the grey diamond rug which was from Urban Outftters which isn’t on sale anymore but they have some amazing ones!
My parents drove down from Scotland to Alnwick where I live in order to help me out for the trade show (which was SUPER kind of them!). They stayed the night and we then squeezed all the boxes and bags into the car (it just about fit) and then we drove down early morning to set up. We had two days to set up which was real handy, so we arrived at Pulse on Friday 8th May at around 3pm, the venue was only open until 6pm that evening so we only had time to unload and get the self adhesive wooden flooring down. The next day we arrived early and started the proper set up, we had until 10pm that evening to set up. All in all it took us 12 hours to set up, my parents were a big help, I definitely couldn’t have done it alone!
And then a few finishing touches on the Sunday before the doors opened to the public, including some fresh flowers and sweeties, cleaning up the floor and straightening the catalogues and we were ready!
The first day was the busiest of the 3 days it was open, but overall it wasn’t a massively busy show compared to how busy Top Drawer was for me in September. I gathered it was because it was quite early on in the year, just after the financial tax year and so close to Summer. I had a gut feeling it wouldn’t be as good a show as Top Drawer, but I decided it was worth trying out at least once. Thankfully despite this fact, I did get a few orders from many lovely independent shops from all over the UK and an order from the department store, Fenwick! My products are sold in the Canterbury store which is really exciting!
Have you ever been to Pulse? What has been your trade show experience?
1. My new print from Bookishly! Me and my boyfriend Andrew are in the process of revamping our wall art and we came across this amazing book art which features the Shakespeare quote “I like this place and willingly could waste my time in it” which is so very apt for us! It came framed ready to be hung, and it’s quite small and lightweight so it’s perfect for popping on the wall. We will definitely need to get some more as there are so many others I want.
2. Candy Pop blog! Natasha has the loveliest blog ever, a lifestyle blog full of the prettiest pictures. Her most recent post is 10 things to do in Vienna….totally want to jet off to Vienna now, it looks lovely, I have always wanted to go 🙂 She was kind enough to photograph my “Wild and Free” print and share it on her instagram, how lovely, I can never take pretty photographs like she does!
3. The Fall on Netflix. I’ve just started watching this and so far i’m loving it already. It’s a crime thriller set in Belfast about a serial killer who is living a double life as a family man. Here is the plot summary from IMBD:
“A psychological thriller that examines the lives of two hunters. One is a serial killer who stalks his victims in and around Belfast and the other is a talented Detective Superintendent from the MET who is brought in to catch him.”
Pretty riveting stuff so i’m giving it the thumbs up this week.
4. My new koala necklace! Been wearing this little guy everywhere recently, he’s one of my favourites from my new collection as I just ADORE koalas….they’re just insanely cute! My dream is to hug one in Australia *one day*. I watched the BBC program called Natures Miracle Orphans a while back and it is the best show ever!! Baby koalas, sloths, wombats…the best entertainment ever. *so cute*.
5. Orange Chocolate Digestives. Need I say more?! They’re back guys and if you haven’t tried them yet, get your butts down to the shops and give them a go. They are heaven!!
What are you loving this week?
I am totally in love with the flamingo trend right now, i’ve seen flamingos on prints, cards, wrapping paper, mugs….you name it, they are everywhere right now and rightly so! They are beautiful birds and who doesn’t love a pink bird?! Here are my favourite flamingo inspired products out there at the moment, i’m so in love with them all, especially the flamingo cropped t-shirt (WANT!)
1. Illustrated flamingo print cropped T-Shirt, £18.00-Hero & Cape
2. Flamingo print scrunchie, £4.00-Topshop
3. Flamingo print socks, £3.00- M&S
4. Porcelain flamingo necklace, £27-And Mary
5. Flamingo art print, £10-Geri Loves Emi via Notonthehighstreet.com
6. Flamingo gold chrome iPhone 6 case, £15-Skinny Dip via ASOS
7. You & Me flamingo greeting card, £2.99-BerinMade
8. Flamingo bottle opener, £4.95-Hope and Willow via Notonthehighstreet.com
9. 12 3D flamingo drink stirrers, £8.90-Pelemele
Are you in love with the flamingo trend? What flamingo inspired products are you currently lusting after?
I run my online shop Ginger Pickle from home, and over the past 3 years I’ve learned a lot, I’ve discovered what works for me and what doesn’t work, let me share my top tips for working from home!
1. As tempting as it is and as cosy as they are, try to get out of those PJ’s! It sounds silly but the temptation is there when working from home. I guarantee many of you have done this at some point (yes, I am guilty of this too!) If you stay in your pj’s you will not be in the right frame of mind for working, trust me I’ve done this a few times and even when you don’t have to leave the house it’s important to get up and get dressed. You will feel a MILLION times better and more motivated and ready to work. Otherwise you may end up feeling lethargic all day, you’ll be too lazy to work on tasks that are of high value, and you will stick to working on things within your comfort zone.
2. Try to work to a to-do list or plan. Everyone has their own ways of working but if you don’t have a clear list of tasks you need to work on or a goal you need to achieve then you won’t have a clue where you’re at or where you’re going. You need to have a plan in place or a ‘to-do’ list that you work through each day. I like to write my to-do list in the mornings of everything I want to achieve that day, and tick it off as I go. Most things don’t get checked off but that’s ok because you can carry that along to the next day.
I find it handy to write a daily to-do list, a monthly to-do list which will include things like ‘finish christmas designs ‘ and also a to-do l
ist of things I want to do for the year which will include bigger projects such as ‘re-do all my product photography’.
If you have a big project include that in your monthly or yearly ‘to-do’ list and write down all the different tasks you need to do in order to complete that project in your daily ‘to-do’ list. E.g working on your new website is the big project, the daily tasks would be adding products, editing descriptions, editing the layout etc. Try to get into the habit of doing this so you have a clear path, a clear view of the direction you’re going. It’s also satisfying ticking off jobs on your list and have it visible where you can see it everyday.
3. Follow the 45/15 rule… a great tip which I read from Grow Your Handmade Business book! When you work from home, there are a ton of things that are there to distract you from your work, seriously I’ve found myself looking at my phone every 10 minutes. Avoid getting sucked into the temptation of watching tv, going on social media, doing housework, answering personal calls or socialising with your flatmate. The amount of work you can get done without all of these distractions is incredible.
So here’s how it works….set a timer on your phone for 45 minutes and during that time you won’t look at your phone or go on twitter or do anything other than working on the task at hand. And then after the 45 minutes is up you can set the timer again and have a 15 minute break! Your work output will dramatically increase, it has really helped me!
4. Don’t loose focus. It’s hard to stay focused and on track when you don’t have a boss or supervisor there breathing down your neck every 10 minutes. Nobody is there to give you into trouble, or shout at you for being late, or for not meeting deadlines or not meeting targets. Sounds bliss? Yes it is, but it is vitally important you stay on track and don’t loose sight of your end goal, otherwise you are just winging it basically. Some people need a kick up the bum, some need a boost or a little nudge so to keep focused just keep thinking about your goal. The task you need to do could be editing product photographs of your new jewellery range…it’s the most boring task ever and you hate doing it, but if you keep thinking about the end goal which is having beautiful photographs ready for the launch of your new collection then it keeps you motivated to stay on track and complete the task. Always have an end goal with every project you work on and keep the goal/target visible so you can see them everyday.
5. Be flexible, have fun & enjoy the other things in life! I know what I’ve said above seems a bit strict, but if you get the work done then you can have fun and reward yourself! The great thing about working from home is the fact that you can adjust your working day if things pop up. Sometimes my boyfriend gets 4 days off work in a row (lucky sod), it’s a gloriously sunny day outside and he wants to do something fun. How can I resist?! I can’t most times so I get all the important tasks out the way in the morning by following my to-do list and being super productive and then take the afternoon off and go out and enjoy the sun.
It’s pretty important to get out of the house when you work from home. I’ve seen me not leave the house, other than to go the post office….not fun! Sometimes when things get so busy you forget to enjoy yourself and enjoy life and be spontaneous. It’s really important to not neglect the other parts of your life, like friends, family relationships and just general ‘you time’, but trust me it’s so easy to do so be careful.
So there you have it, my top 5 tips for working from home. I hope you enjoyed the post and would love your input. What do you find the hardest when working from home, and please share your top tips too!
Hello lovelies, welcome to my brand new blog! Here you will get updates on all the goings on of me and my jewellery and design brand, Ginger Pickle. You will get a sneak peek at behind the scenes in my studio, DIY’s, things which inspire me, lovely things I find on the web, business tips, lifestyle posts and sharing my new products with you all!
So my first post is all to do with my new card range! I’m happy to share with you my brand new greeting card range which are now available to buy in my online shop, I hope you like them! They are all based on inspirational quotes and happy phrases and are all designed by me and are professionally printed in the UK 🌸 🌺💕💛.
To celebrate the launch of my new cards i’m offering FREE SHIPPING on all orders until 30.06.15! Use the code NEWTHINGSYAY at checkout to get your order shipped for free. Woohoo!