Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday here in the Uk and I couldn’t be more excited. I am so passionate about owning my own little business and supporting other fellow businesses. This Christmas I have only bought from independent stores and I have to say it is such a wonderful feeling. To know you are supporting someone’s dream and keeping their business flowing is a feeling that you can’t get from shopping at Amazon or any other big box store.
Shopping small also means you have a more personable buying experience. I love nothing more than receiving a package from my favourite independent businesses and getting a personal note to say thank you for my custom. Or receiving an item that’s wrapped so beautifully – I don’t even want to open it.
I hope that I can give all my customers a similar experience when they shop with me and Messyla. I am so thankful for all my lovely customers and followers – it’s thanks to them that I am able to live this dream of making and selling. So please, enjoy 10% off at the Online Shop this Saturday as a thank you for all your support and love for my small little business. Using discount code “shopsmall” at the checkout! x
Christmas has landed in our little cottage! Today we decorated our tree and the house with glitter, reindeers and snowmen. We used to decorate our home 12 days before – and were a little bit strict about it – but strangely as I have got older I have started to decorate earlier and earlier. Partly because I make Christmas goods for messyla in summertime but also because I love how magical Christmas time is!
Also, my heart and thoughts go out to all those affected by the helicopter crash this weekend – such tragic news for Glasgow. xxxx
Today I added the finishing touches to my stall for tomorrow evening. It’s my second stall and I’m really looking forward to seeing my lovely customers face to face, getting a feel for what is selling this Christmas and to showcase my hard work! Having a stall brings a range of emotions.. it’s exciting and enjoyable but it also sends my brain into overdrive with worry. I have no idea whether my items will be well received or whether I have enough.. or have I made to much? What if everyone thinks my things are rubbish?! What if 10 feet of snow falls during the night, meaning nobody can come and my little stall sits lonely? Eeek. It’s stressful. But I always tell myself to enjoy this time!
Overall, I am so pleased with my stock and the range that I am bringing along. A pretty selection of Christmas baubles and a brimming Christmas card stand were my top priority. From my first stall, I learnt that people like little £5 bits and pieces, so I used this info wisely! I’m also bringing along some stocking filler ideas and larger christmas decorations (wreaths and garlands).
I spent most of today tagging and branding. This is one of my favourite parts! I love consistently packaging my items with my new logo and a big roll of baker’s twine. (My idea of a fun morning).
An excited and nervous sleep will follow tonight, most likely where you have those terrible dreams that you turn up unprepared and in your PJs. But, with a little luck and hard work, I hope I have managed to create a lovely stall that people will love. And hopefully, people of Glasgow and beyond will have themselves a very Messyla Christmas. xxx
Hi everyone! I hope you have all had a lovely week. This past while has been jam-packed with deadlines, preparing for a few events that I just couldn’t say No to and tweaking the online shop with my new white board. (I know, I know. I told you all I was crazy and would end up changing the whole shop!)
Lots of deliveries and lots of wrapping using my new labels!! Little blue Messyla house logo labels for on envelopes and wrapping online shop sales. I love them! x
This week has been a lot of styling and Christmas creating. I also painted the reverse side of my faux wall a mascarpone white.. which I am SO in love with. With the issue that now I want to re-photograph every single thing in my shop! Does anyone else get like this? I am such a perfectionist that after about three weeks I end up wanting to change every photo! Eeek!!
These new little mistletoe beauties are a real favourite of mine. I think they will look great on the Online Shop and also on all my lovely customer’s trees! x
This weekend I have been working on a lot of projects and designs that involve Christmas settings. It’s always the strangest thing preparing a Christmas table or wrapping pretend gifts.. but I love the path Messyla has taken me on and the exciting ventures I get to take part in. And I am secretly happy at how long the christmas season lasts for me. (Practically since August. So, y’know, you could call me an Elf.)
I started making a Festive Box in the last couple of years – full of decorations, sparkly candles, candy cane twine, beads for the tree and little christmas figures for around the house. Christmas is a wonderful time of year and bringing down the box of goods has become a tradition that makes me so happy. Do you have a Christmas box? x
New pin cushions have been added to the shop today.. perfect for those Christmas crafting weekends on the horizon! Friday, hallelujah! I hope you all have a great weekend. xx