We started this year with a rush to finalise requests from late last year.. and it's been full steam ahead ever since.
I had a great Grandson! The most gorgeous little man there is is, and I am not biased - much! We have matching chins.
We have been extra busy the last few weeks. we went over to Adelaide for the fantastic Australian Machine Quilters Festival and the weather was perfect. Had some excellent classes on using my longarm and spent lots of time catching up with Facebook friends and other longarmers.
We couldn't catch up with ricky tims on the Wednesday there in Adelaide, so we made the dash to Geelong and I went to his class just last Wednesday. Excellent class and the main things I think I will take away from this is to finish the UFO's I have... and some "rules" are made for breaking. My biggest thrill was seeing Ricky's quilt Bohemian Rhapsody as it is! Beautiful.
Well, it has indeed been a long time since I posted a blog post here! Good time for a resolution.
Just a week ago we added Afterpay as an alternate way to pay for your purchases. Of course you still can pay via Paypal or phoning me with your purchase order and Card details. Details of Afterpay can be found beside each product. There is a link attached.
It is now between Christmas and New Year, that calm bit of time in our household with different children and grandchildren travelling up from the city for a quiet time at our house. We are in the middle of juggling grandkids; with a relatively (pun intended) clean house, full fridge ready for the next lot of family, and a bit of free time to develop new designs, sew, and fine-tune the website. So here I am! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too.
This year has been an extremely challenging year where we battled the falling $AU (and therefore increased prices on the imported dies we used to sell), and we made the decision mid-year that we would continue to offer and expand our Made in Australia, Blue Wren Fabric Cutting Dies for our customers. Not only have they proved popular here in Australia, but also overseas. So our little business idea has grown and continues to grow as people give us suggestions for dies they want for a particular project.
We have made the Kangaroos and will be making more Australiana soon.
We have made over 100 new shapes this year, at least 50% have been made by request. It all started with the large circles...they were not available to Australians or New Zealanders, so we decided to dust off the equipment, upgrade the machinery and make them. Would you believe, our very first completed die was 1" finished squares! This was a die shape that customers had been telling me they wanted for at least 4 years before. The perfect use of all those scrappy bits.
Our Magic Strip cutters are proving to be as popular as we thought they would, especially with people who own a Sizzix cutter. these dies fit all cutters, but there hasn't been the variety for owners of smaller cutters until now.
This coming year I would love to see even more input from you, our customers. I would also appreciate it if you could post photos of your completed projects made with the Blue Wren dies, on the Facebook page, Blue Wren Fabric Cutting Dies and Templates - Australia. I usually post news there of any new dies.
My New Year's resolution is to update my blog here more frequently! Now... see if I keep it!
We have almost finished adding products to this new website.
We have a mail order service; details for this and our already low quilting rates can be downloaded at the bottom of each page under "quilting rates".
We are excited to get it up and running, and the postage calculator also works so well, meaning our average customer will only be paying between $3 to $12 postage, and free postage over $300. Our Cutters are already, and have always been, free postage. In the past we have had to return money to customers for excess postage, and one website charged a flat rate, meaning we couldn't add the threads. They will be added over the next week or so.
This is my stores first blog! I am adding more new products, and even some that aren't so new, but we have never sold on the internet before. Please keep coming back for more news.