So here we are in 2015, Happy New Year!
How fast a year goes by. At the end of each year I like to take a bit of time just to cast my mind back over whats happened over the past twelve months. Whinberry & Antler reached the end of its third year back in November, and what a busy twelve months it was! It’s easy to forget how things have moved forwards and changed which is why I think it’s important just to remind ourselves sometimes of what we’ve achieved. And so here’s a look at some of the highlights for W&A in 2014…
The year started when I attended workshops set up by the Frome Independent Market organisers, which meant that 2014 was the year that I started to make a lot of good friends and connections in my local town of Frome. Frome is such a hub of creativity, so meeting like minded people who go through the same experiences and emotions as other self employed designers was fantastic. I then went on to set up Makers Meet (@makers_meet), so that we could all get together once a month to offer each other help, advice and support.
2014 also saw many new product lines added to the Whinberry & Antler collection. After finding the right supplier and manufacturer, the W&A ceramics collection was created with the beautifully shaped cream tankard mugs. The mugs sold incredibly well over the Christmas season which was brilliant, so a big thank you to everyone who bought one! I shall definitely be adding to this range in 2015. I also printed a collection of bedding, all of which is manufactured within the UK. These also sold very well, but as each set consists of 10 individual prints they are a little time consuming to make hence why they are not always in stock.
2014 also saw the arrival of the napkin and greetings card collections. After finding a small company that manufactures and prints cards in the UK using FSC rated card, I thought that it was worth giving them a go! They did well, so I’d better hurry up and order some more….
The year came to a very busy end from late October through to Christmas. We kicked off with our first time exhibiting at The Spirit of Christmas Show at Olympia in Kensington, London. We had a great time using our new stand design to showcase new products and meet lots of lovely new customers. My husband Finn came along to help me again, a slight change from his day job of restoring vintage cars!
At the end on November we went up to do the Country Living Harrogate Show for the very first time too. My mum came along to help and we really enjoyed being in Harrogate, it is such a lovely part of the country. As a child I spent quite a bit of time up in North Yorkshire visiting my grandparents in Robin Hoods Bay, so having the chance to revisit North Yorkshire was great. Showcasing Whinberry & Antler into a new area of the UK was brilliant.
With the end of 2014 comes the fresh feeling of a new year with lots of potential and possibilities for W&A. I already have a few ideas of what may be ahead for the next twelve months, but for the near future we’ll be back in London at the end of March for the Country Living Spring Fair (18th-22nd March) so there’s lots to be getting on with!
So a really big thank you to everyone who helped make 2014 a great year for Whinberry & Antler, it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of all my family, friends and customers! I hope that 2015 is a great year for you all!