I’m currently plugging away at getting products made for our upcoming Christmas markets (Chalfont Crafty Collective and St Clement Danes School Chorleywood), as you can see from the photos above and below. I need to wrap and label these soaps and start on the next lot this weekend, as well as getting on with my regular wholesale order. I’m also thinking about what new products we can introduce this Winter…
We’re really looking forward to these two local events because we haven’t been able to take part in many markets most of the year due to putting our place on the market and now awaiting a move date. Hopefully this won’t happen too close to Christmas, which is the busiest time of year! Anyway, exciting times!
Check out our website for dates of events we’ll be at, or to purchase online 🙂
I spent a good portion of the morning fulfilling a couple of orders that came in towards the end of this week, which is great! I’ve been really keen to see the website orders pick up and it is happening when we’ve actually stepped back a lot due to packing up the flat to move (soon…hopefully next month?), so who knows what we can do once we’re settled into our new work space? Exciting times!
We’ve cancelled our place at the Chalfont fair again because it could have been in the middle of the move, but we are definitely doing the Christmas one. Can’t wait to get back into that and getting known by new customers. It’s always worth being there every time as people can get to know you and come back to see what else you have on your stall.
We now need to get making for those Christmas events!
So THIS is happening this Saturday on Chorleywood Common! We haven’t booked a spot this year, but as per last weekend, we’re going to try and pop along to check it out. I believe this year, following feedback they will be arranging stalls in ‘zones’. (You may recall that we were dwarfed last year amongst a load of charity stalls, so people avoided us because they were scared of being collared to sign up for something).
If we make it, I will try and take some photos to share with you.
Yay! We have confirmed our place at the Chalfont Crafty Collective’s Autumn Market and Macmillan Coffee Morning at the end of September. I’m not really a baker, so this is a nice way to be involved without being a Mary Berry 🙂 We haven’t done any markets since March, and I’ve really missed them, so it is definitely something to look forward to. The local community of Chalfont St Peter come out and support this ever-growing market every quarter and it has become popular with stall holders too, as the organisers say they are over-subscribed and have a waiting list this time! So it’s even more “yay!” that we got a place.
We have quite a bit of soap in stock as we’ve not been doing any markets over the Summer, but we will will need to make more body butters nearer the time as they have a shorter shelf life.
We will also be on holiday at the end of the Summer, and we are really looking forward to the break :))
Because we are hoping to move house shortly, we aren’t doing any of the Summer festivals that are happening at the moment around the South West Herts, South Bucks, Middlesex area (boo!), which are usually a great business opportunity. As we had a free Saturday today, we decided to check out not one but TWO summer fests to see what they’re like:
First we went to the Feast of St Peter on Chalfont St Peter common, which had lots of stalls, including a craft tent, (where some of our friends from Chalfont Crafty Collective were exhibiting), a performance stage, a petting zoo, heavy horses from the Chiltern Open Air Museum and a fun fair. It has been a sweltering week, but today the weather was a lot cooler, with the threat of showers, but thankfully they pretty much held off. Bought some local Chorleywood honey, which I hope will help keep hayfever at bay…
Then we went to the slightly larger Croxley Revels at Croxley Green, which had a lot more stalls and a big performance area in the middle of the green. Our first ever ‘market home’ Little Fox Market was there, and we caught up briefly with Kathryn of Glowbeads (see some of her work below). The sun started to beat down quite strongly as we were walking around, so we ducked into the shade as soon as we could! Bought some locally made fudge!
Sadly we won’t see you at the Chalfont Crafty Collective Summer Market on the 3rd of June because we have had to cancel. We’re in the middle of trying (hoping!) to move house, so are kind of in the thick of things at the moment, which is exhausting!
Of course, don’t let our absence stop you from attending, and remember you can always buy from our online shop! http://thesoapcabin.co.uk/