That was a very busy weekend and the week doesn't look like it is going to slow down any.
We had a lovely day on Friday visiting the Botanic Gardens in Glasgow's west end. My legs were walked off me but I hopefully captured a few nice photos I can add to the site (long over due, I know). We had beautiful scones with clotted cream and Jam in the Botanical Gardens Cafe. It was so nice to sit out in October with the sun on your face...
Then Saturday saw me back in the famous Barras doing my thing and the evening brought more walking and a visit to Glasgow green and the peoples palace (Unfortunately no camera with me this time!)
More of the same on Sunday with the arrival of some beads which I ordered, so all last night and this morning revolved around making bracelets of some new and interesting colours. Check out the jewellery designbyorla facebook page later today for the pictures of the bracelets and the designbyorla Photography facebook page for pictures of the Botanic Gardens.
This Thursday I am hitting the road to the Canal station Bar in Paisley, for a cancer charity ladies night, so its busy, busy, busy.
You know its a bit of a fairy tale dreaming of running your own business. You think it will be great, being able to make your own decisions, to not have to answer to anyone but yourself, to do things your way and for the profit you earn to be yours and not to belong to anyone else...
...While all those things are true, the reality of it all is so much more. You don't think of designs, patients, trading standards, promotions, customer awareness, customer service, insurance, stock control, stock takes, order control, resource management, time management, packaging, trends, pricing, profit and loss, accounts, suppliers... the list is endless and you are the person who has to wear all those hats. There is no greater feeling than seeing a customer so satisfied by what you have sold them or made specially for them that they keep coming back for more.
And for all the hard work I have to put in each week, I want to thank everyone who supports small business
So it has been a while and there are lots which have happened. Where to start... Well we got married on the banks of Loch Lommond on an extremely hot 4th of July. Everything went to plan a few wee hitches but nothing which got me hot under the collar on the day, which just proves with a lot of for thought and planning you can have a wedding of your dreams in just 3 months from start to finish... Although the engagement lasted almost 3 years, the planning, prep and big day went from picking the venue 3 months in advance and once something was decided sticking to it. With the help and support of some wonderful bridesmaids, a wonderful fiance, a venue team with amazing customer service all resulted in Bridezilla becoming Mrs Bridezilla.
The Cruin, I can highly recommend it as the perfect wedding venue. We got married outside in the sunshine with the back drop of the Loch. The food was amazing and when the sun finally set we released Chinese lanterns with the guest which was my husbands one request and it was the icing on a perfect wedding cake!
We have opened our first shop in the Famous Barras Market, you can currently find us in section C at the back of the main Barrowlands building. It was one of our regulars Grace aka the Pig Lady, who chased me today for not updating the blog, So this post is dedicated to you ;)
We are in the Barras every Saturday and Sunday so if you are near the Gallowgate in Glasgow, why not drop by for a wee visit. You will also find an amazing Tarot reader Karla Kinsella why not click on her name and give Karla's website a wee visit. As well as Tarot readings she has a wide range of crystals, tarot decks, playing cards and new age books.
You should also consider giving Kyvers Jams a visit. Helen has a wide range of wonderful Jams and Chutneys. My favourites are Chilli Jam, Tomato and red pepper chutney (to die for on pasta with just a knob of butter and some dry cheese) Pineapple jam and Lemon Marmalade. She has a wider range but she keeps getting me hooked on them and I can't get past one flavor until I buy the last of one and have to try another :P She also does wedding favors at very favorable rates. Christmas is coming up too so its something to consider for someone who you don't know what to buy for and the best part is that all her Jams are Veggie friendly and her chutneys are Vegan friendly.
There are so many stalls I could mention but I will finish up with a wee mention for Sheree and perfect buttons. Sheree does a wide range of tutu's and chocolate bouquets. Check out her facebook page Perfect little buttons
So from a design point of View, I have been looking at Malas in Onyx, Smokey Quartz, Amethyst, Tigers eye, Green agate, Blue stripe agate, hematite, blue quart and Chrysocolla all with 21 beads and a charm of your choice. they also double as a bracelet so you can wear them when not in use.
We have also developed a range of Fifty shades of gray inspired Jewellery and charms.
Well I'll try not to leave it so long next time
I love Design by Orla! I never know what to write in these things so that's all your getting lol!