Ever since our fabric samples arrived, I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect finish for our cushion samples. From searching the internet, stalking social media, creating Pinterest boards and traipsing round haberdashery shops…I’ve done it all.
To be honest, I’ve been like a dog with a bone! I had paid a visit to our cushion manufacturers for a meeting about zips and for their expert advice on the best way to finish our cushions. They had a few offcuts of the most beautiful brush fringe, but unfortunately, it wasn’t the right colour. That was the start of my obsession to track down precisely that trim in our colours and tones. Except I couldn’t find it! My search took me all over the country,
I spent an afternoon in Brick Lane and another in Soho. I even dragged ‘The Greek’ around Monistiraki in Athens. It’s the old part of the city below the Acropolis where historically the clothing and textile industry of Greece was centred, and you can still find the individual, old-fashioned haberdashery shops selling everything. I even bought 3 metres of trim in a little shop down a dusty back street but was disappointed to discover on my return to London that it was a shade off.
I eventually realised that if it was so difficult to find, then it really wasn’t a realistic option for when our cushions went for mass manufacturing. I settled on some fun fuschia pink tassels for our flamingo and 2 very simple but sophisticated piping options for our two Birds of Paradise designs.
And the team at www.autumndown.co.uk really did us proud! The samples are beautiful, and apart from a few tweaks, we are almost ready to place our first full cushion order.
Let me know what you think!
Best Laid Plans
December was upon us and my market stall plans were in full swing. I’d organised public liability insurance, designed the signage, dug around the loft and basement for props and had taken delivery of our first order….our stationery line. (The fact that our kitchen linen suppliers had let us down, our order from them had still not arrived, was not going to deter me!) I had created a mood board ( with the help of Elsa!)
Now I was ready to introduce our brand and lovely products to the Christmas shoppers flocking to Greenwich Market. Except the flu had other plans for me! One by one our household were dropping like flies. Everyone I knew was sick and just as I ventured out of my sick bed I slipped down the stairs. I won’t bore you with the details but a visit to A&E, Xrays (no serious damage done…phew!) and a lovely cocktail of drugs and I was back in my bed and laid low for another week. By the time I tentatively headed to market it was already mid December but I was confident that business would be booming. The market was indeed bustling and looked very pretty with fairy lights strewn everywhere. There was mulled wine and carol singers and, even if I say so myself, our stall looked great. And I had two little Christmas angels come to visit.
Now! Where are those shoppers?
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