Today we ‘celebrate’ three months on Etsy & as we showed you our progress at two months, thought we’d continue to let you know how it’s going.
116 sales : 88 admirers : 9 reviews.
Compared to our stats at two months — 52 sales : 62 admirers : 3 reviews.
Our nine reviews are all 5*, so whilst not very many at least they’re all great. Here’s a taster…
“A beautiful, touching card. It made both myself and my best friend, who had just given birth, cry ! The quality of the card was superb. Would definitely recommend.”
“Top quality card. Brought back a few memories for me (even for a ’79 er) . Excellent fast delivery, well packaged. No complaints at all.”
“Very easy to communicate. Product looks better in person. Shipped promptly. So glad I made this purchase!”
Today Coulson Macleod loves industrial shelving using the humble steel pipe.
Rather than scaffolding boards (like the ones in the 1st photo) we’d use reclaimed wood in keeping with our current shelves & frames we use for our prints. Love the fact you can easily create your own shelving to fit any space. Click on the photos below as some of them take you to diy sites with step-by-step instructions on how to create them.
We’d like to move in permanently. It’s been completely restored to highlight the original features & finished with antique, vintage, & industrial furniture & artwork. We’d not change one single thing.
We fell for the little artisan gardens (far more than the grander show gardens). Of these it was hard to choose a favourite. Togenkyo (below) featured a water wheel, tea house, & knobbly moss patches. Inspired by a Japanese fable, Togenkyo is apparently a place of such beauty that you instantly forget your troubles. But you can never go back. We wanted to stay forever.
Very different, but also utterly gorgeous was The Topiarist’s Garden (below). If this little brick building was hiding at the bottom of our garden we’d be very happy indeed.
In the Great Pavilion there was, quite frankly, too many flowers. Seeing an over abundance of, say, bougainvillea or rhododendron blooming in the wild can make you stop in your tracks. But on a stand in a tent they sort of lost their appeal. Weirdly, we found the cacti more interesting. It was like looking at coral.
We did love the fact you can travel round the world in a tent. From South Africa to Grenada.
There was plenty of shopping opportunities. Well if your budget or taste extended to £10,000 garden sculptures or ostentatious garden rooms complete with a shiny bar & room for giant tv screens or £5,000 seashell-covered dinosaur heads.
We only picked up three cards of things that we would actually buy. The 1st were these gorgeous weathered-looking pots (below) from Distinctive Garden. Each one is handmade by skilled artisans making them all unique.
The 2nd was POSH Salvage. Their rattan baskets caught our eye, which are made by local communities living in the rainforest in Borneo. They are not made in a standardised factory production system so the wonderful natual colour variations are preserved & they are super strong & made to last. Plus all of their furniture is made from wood salvaged in Indonesia.
And the 3rd was Kadai Firebowls. Original Kadais are up to a 100 years old each having their own unique individual character from years of previous use.
All-in-all a very civilised way to spend a day. There’s more Pimms & Champagne tents than tea tents, which says a lot. You don’t have to be an avid gardener or horticulturalist to enjoy Chelsea. If you simply love colour or flowers or design or gardens or Pimms you’ll have a great day out.
We’ve just (18th May to be precise) celebrated two months on Etsy & thought we’d give you a little synposis so far.
52 sales : 62 admirers : 3 reviews.
From asking other Etsy sellers this apparently is fairly good going.
Can you spot all our prints & cards?
Just back from Progressive Greetings Live. Our 1st ever greetings card-only trade show, which we can highly recommend to both exhibitors & buyers. Some amazingly creative greetings cards showcased in a very civilised environment.
PGLive is held in Islington’s Business Design Centre, which makes a nice change to the usual exhibition event spaces we normally go to. And as it’s a smaller venue (& the stands are smaller) there’s none of that madness that surrounds the usual build & breakdown days. Plus, they provide free tea & coffee that’s trundled round on trolleys hourly. Right past your stand. And if that wasn’t enough, they also provide a free two-course cooked lunch. Delicious!
What’s not to like?
Here’s a photo of our teeny tiny stand (with new reclaimed wood shelving to show off our greetings cards)…
As usual we came away having made some great new trade show friends…
Already looking forward to next year’s three day Islington sojourn.
Progressive Greetings Live is the only specialist greeting card trade exhibition in the world. PG Live not only attracts greeting card buyers from over 40 countries around the globe, but also the major UK retail multiples, both specialist & varietal, along with leading greeting & gift independents — all of whom use the show to make their buying selections for the next 12 months.
You’ll be able to find Coulson Macleod on Stand 112 — just to the left of the main entrance in the Springboard area.