Even though we've never met, we've met some great people online this year and it's been such a boost to have such lovely customers - friendly, enthusiastic and general all round nice, nice people! Oh, and very talented too ...
This lovely furoshiki reminds me of Christmas. I'm not sure if it's because the background looks like the wintry skies we've been having recently when there's been no cloud and the stars look really bright or because the three stones look like Christmas baubles. It's part of a beautiful and interesting series of furoshiki created by Judy Wross. I've seen and admired some of her work on flickr during the year but didn't realise till I read her blog that she has made 52 furoshiki in all, one a week throughout 2009.
Ooops, a little behind on my days here - just adding to the suspense of Christmas - will I catch up with my advent calendar before the big day or not ... :)
Anyway, another wonderful thing I've discovered this year is google alerts. Mine are set for furoshiki, bojagi and of course myfuroshiki and almost every day they throw up some great links.
Here's one very relevant one I came across this morning. My google alert took me to the intriguingly named Confessions of a Grandma blog and a post about gift wrapping and from that post to Skip to my Lou's, Fun Ways to Wrap Packages (how did my google alerts miss this one back in September?).
There are lots of good posts about alternative gift wrapping and I particularly like this because it includes practical instructions too, for example for pillow gift boxes made from ceral packets, boxes made from recycled greetings card, some lovely cone boxes, ideal for hanging from the tree, and also these cute felt elf shoes from Jolly Allsorts. I have to stop now tho I could spend hours browsing from one link to another. It's a wonderful world out there!
Probably the most terrifying thing for us as we started myfuroshiki this year was doing our first markets. Would people like myfuroshiki? Would they even know what one was? Did we have enough stock? How should we display it? We tired ourselves out before we'd even started! But it was all worth it ...
Perth Unwrapped - March 2009 Keighley Arts Factory - April 2009 We've met some great people, customers and fellow stall holders, had some funny experiences and even sold some furoshiki so now, a dozen markets later, we're happily planning our ones for 2010 - watch this space!
One of the things I've really enjoyed about selling on line is getting to "meet" so many wonderful sellers. There's a great sense of community which really came out in the Coriandr Express promotion which we took part in earlier this year. Twenty sellers got together to promote each other for three days at a time. Here's a quick look at what the first five have in their Coriandr shops now.