A new year...

Bags Home and Garden Shoes and Boots Tea Parties


The 20th of January already and not a single post in the diaries… I had my 43rd birthday. Seen here making the important wish! The girls made me a wonderful birthday tea!


Many fine boots and shoes have been made already and posted out! Mr F and I are really getting into a good routine between us. It feels good to be more organized for work and gives me a sense of order rather than chaos!


Mr Fs barn is still ongoing, but is going well! Next job is doors at both ends, then sorting out an electricity supply. That can be translated as HUGE bill approaching!…


I made my first MEG bag of the year! And a solemn promise to myself, that apart from the odd small accessory that is already cut and in my making box… I will not be making anything smaller than a large bag this year! I need to concentrate on what I should do, rather than what I can do! Its only two words, but its their meaning that matters! I want to spend less time in the workshop this year, so need to focus, whilst at the same time giving the majority of my customers what they request of me. I had a good think about all the requests from 2012…

  • Top request was… Keep custom shoes available! 
We have for the better part of 2012 and hope to continue in 2013, taking each month as it comes and working our little socks off for you! If we do need a break we will announce it on the Facebook page in advance! Having a set amount of slots each month used to work quite well too and stopped us getting overloaded with work, so that may be something we re-introduce if needs be!

  • Offer shoes in larger sizes, for Women who struggle to find anything other than flip flops or Mens footwear…
We will. UK 9 & UK 10 are already available in few styles in the Etsy shop, and over the next couple of weeks will be added to the main www.fairysteps.co.uk shop too!

  • Keep making larger bags, like the MEG bag which is superbly spacious, and the ever popular CLEMMIE!
This is a definite yes, but I have had to be firm with myself that I cannot take custom requests on these. Making these bags will be a treat for me as and when I have time and can squish one in! So if you are waiting for one of these do snaffle it quickly! YSABEL will probably continue too. And Im going to re-design my SPILLER bag to take a laptop…

  •  Our final requests have been for smaller items like pen cases and purses… 
As much as I have enjoyed making these, and as much as I do not like saying no to anyone over anything… I have realised that these items just are not practical for me to make anymore. I mean to ask… did you just read that list up there! I admit defeat… I am not Superwoman! And you know, there are so many great sellers on Etsy of smaller leathergoods that its OK to leave it in their capable hands!

    And after dealing with all that muddle in my over filled head I have other news…
    Fingers crossed in 2013 Fairysteps will have a new twice the size workshop! Woo Hoo! A dedicated work space that the whole household will not be trudging through, an area clearly divided for very efficient working… with a view to, who knows? Possibly having paid help as we get steadily busier and the business grows. Exciting stuff!

    Ive been out mentally chalking up the site planning whats going where, and wondering will I have room for a little tub chair by the fire for tea breaks? And can I fit more leather in?


    Squishing a few stock pairs in to the mix…


    And what may well be among the last of those smaller accessories…


    Mr F had new DAPPERBY boots in Marmalade and Spotted Oak.


    And we woke to snow! Lots of snow! And its still all out there after 3 days…



    Narnia…




    Littlest and Daddy made a snowman (Mr Tubby) and a little snowdog!

    And now, on this cold and bright Sunday I am heading for my sitting room fire and my knitting! I shall finish my cardigan by sewing on the buttons and then plough on with the blanket…

    Have a fun one chaps! Ren x

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