Wednesday, 6 June 2012


The long weekend looked like being a great one with lots of mug printing and fishing. Unfortunately, the fishing was cancelled due to the weather though I don't see why - it doesn't bother the fish!

My mother arrived at Gelert Design Towers for an impromptu visit, which was great.

I was very busy with the mug printing with Zingy mugs proving especially popular

Luckily, Mrs Gelert Design helped out by entertaining mum while I was busy, and in just two days I had too many packages for a single trip to the post office!

One of the Etsy teams I'm part of, CraftyFolk, democratically decided on a new logo and a few of the team members chose to have their own CraftyFolk mug made. I love this idea - obviously - and enjoy putting other people's designs on mugs. After all, that was the idea initially!

But then, as invariably happens, disaster struck. The mug press decided it had had enough and downed tools. Completely. Cheap Chinese imports notwithstanding, you do expect your machinery to last more than a week!
So, while the orders kept coming in, I was left twiddling my fingers waiting for the bank holiday to finish so I could send a very stern letter to the supplier of the press and order a new, better, and unfortunately more expensive model today.
With priority delivery, the new press should arrive tomorrow morning and I should be able to catch up. Only a day lost and with a 3 working day posting deadline, I won't be late sending out the mugs.

Hopefully the original press will be fixed/replaced and then I'll have 2 mug presses which will aid me in busy times and means I'll always have a standby so that if anything goes wrong again, I won't miss a beat.

Well, you have to think positively don't you?

Friday, 1 June 2012

Mugs and more

Mug sales going very well! Though so far no one has take up the dropshipping option, which is a surprise. Not complaining, as a few people have shown an interest in ordering mugs by the box (36!!!), just that dropshipping is an affordable, easy, and risk free option that I honestly though would have people biting my hand off!

But I digress. Having got the hang of the mug printing, I've been trying various other substrates. First was iphone covers. These are amazing! They look great and of course, today's yoof like to be unique, so hopefully when the word spreads these will be a big hit.

As a first experiment I used an image of Fat Kitty from The Nosuch Disco

Next I tried a fabric, and with Father's Day just round the corner, thought of wallets:

Next up will be coasters and polo shirts, as soon as the postman arrives! Remember any of these items can be customised with your own images - great gifts!