We would like to wish you all a very Happy Christmas.
First apologies for leaving it so long since blogging. It has been such a busy time. First a move into a new house that still needs lots of work doing to it. We did however get the workshop set up first so we could continue to keep up with the orders on Puffin Design.
Then we disappeared to Australia for our daughters wedding. A fabulous time….now to pay for it.
2 weeks after our return we did York Dolls House Fair. It was great to see customers old and new. We had a fabulous day so thanks to all of you. Was a little smug as we had good coverage on Warner’s video of the event and a magazine coverage of our Haberdashery Kit.
New commission orders have kept us so busy we are looking a new section just to highlight what we can do.
We also added to our range with the Art Deco Wardrobe, Bed and Dressing Table. These have gone down a storm in America and over here.
A 1:144 Dolls House for a dolls house kit has also done well and we will be adding to this range.
So where next? We are already preparing for Stafford Dolls House Fair in January. Being soft we will not be staying in the camper this time .
New Years resolution is to bring you more news and articles. You can always follow on Puffin Designs or Crab Pot Models Facebook pages. Get in touch, sends us photos, we love hearing from you.
So Have a Very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
Can not believe how long it is since I blogged . Sorry to all who follow.
After a long and drawn out house move we are now getting back into the swing. Building up to our next event which is Cleveland Miniaturists Dolls House Fair 14th July 10-4. This year it is at Sedgefield Racecourse, so as well as looking forward to the event, we are looking forward to camping out for the weekend.
We have new kits for everyone to enjoy this time round, so far a consol table, green grocer stand, shelf unit, Over mantle mirror just to name a few. Will be looking at new kits in 1:24th as well.
The caravan photo is a customers finished product from one of our kits. What a good job. The hanging rail is going to be available in kit also. This one made up by a customer.
We love getting your photos of how you have used your kits. May run a little competition.
We have a pending move and very full order books so we are stopping any new orders from this Sunday 1st April until 20th April. We will be at Leeds Dolls House Fair on the 21st April to re-open the order book. Please still contact us to see if we have anything in stock but commissions will be put on hold.
Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Facebook Page which will keep you informed over this period.
Thought you might like to see some more of our customer photos and a few of makes we have done.
As you can see not everything is mini-makes. We have had lots of orders for the 10p collector boards and our crafty friends are keeping us on our toes with new ideas.
News from over here on the East Coast. Unfortunately due to the bad weather we have been having Bondville Model Village will not be open for Easter. After all their hard work to get things ready, the storms have caused damage and set backs. They are hoping to open on the 7th. Again news will be posted on Crab Pot Models FB page.
Well apart from the fact we had no electric last night and it might go again. Anyway we are launching a Modern Caravan Kit in Wood. We had made the ones in perspex for Bondville Model Village and thought it might be popular in wood. Just posted some first pictures yesterday and sold 3 already. The cost is £38 in kit form and will include some basic furniture. (more pictures to follow when finished)
We are hoping to move soon so just waiting for that all valuable date so we can let you know. Business will be suspended for a few weeks so we are working like beavers to get orders done and stock for our next event. Leeds Dolls House Fair . Our business is getting more and more commission work so we will be showing some examples of what we can do as well as our normal lines.
Love this job it is so varied and gives me contact with some fantastic people.
For everyone who is affected by this weather please stay safe and warm.
Seems appropriate to show you some things we have been doing. Looking at a retro range and have a few ideas in the making.
We have been very busy with commissions as well . The commission book is now open for the end of Feb so if there is anything bespoke you want us to look at please get in touch. Daft as it sounds March is full.
Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year from Richard and I and of course Walt Dog and the Puffin.
Although we have been quiet we have not been idle. New Year will bring a new range (secret at the moment) We will be looking at taking on some new fairs as well so if you have a favourite show please let us know.
The camper is going to need some work on it to keep the show on the road so we will also be holding some January Sales for the great fund raiser. Keep your eye on our Etsy, Facebook and Ebid
Our commissions book is closed for this year @ Puffin Design but is already filling up nicely for the New Year. We can take your measurements , photos or real life rooms and make your shelving, furniture to fit. Mostly 1:12th and !:16th bur have started working in 1:24th . You only pay if satisfied with the photos of the finished item so go on challenge us.
Hope you all get what you are looking for at Christmas and all the Best for 2018.
After the Pudsey Show we have been so busy. We keep making lists but every time we cross something off we have to add 2. So what is it that is keeping us occupied? Orders for Spain and America is one of them. Most of the Americans like their items made up as opposed to kits.
Working on the new price increases. With the cost of raw materials shooting up we have had review all our prices. We have not put them up in 3 years and have had a bit of a shock as to how little our mark up was. It is difficult adding a percentage increase as some items will stand the increase and some won’t. Do we take those items off our catalogue? Where can we add value for our customers? It is a minefield that has to be gone through.
We have also had an addition to our family with a Grandson Frederick . Only seen him once in the 3 weeks he has been born so that is a priority.
Also we have needed to stock our Etsy Shop with handmade Christmas Box, Cake Cabinet, Flowers and Christmas Decs in Real size.
We will be at Bempton Village Hall on Sunday 19th . This will give us chance to show our ‘non mini’ items for Christmas.
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