Saturday, 12 June 2010

New Chalkboards

Check out our very popular chalk boards, we launched them at top drawer and they've been selling like crazy, guess everyone needs something to write reminders on, I know the feeling.

We have finally moved into our new unit, after several very long cold months we have found a wonderful little place in Skipton, it needs a little bit of TLC but with a lick of paint and a refit for the shop area we should be up and running with production and shop all rolled into one.
I'm currently making a sign for outside, i've re vamped the logo which were putting on the new website (when we eventually get it done!)

I've been really busy making furniture recently and I've made some new interesting pieces, although I keep forgetting to get pictures before they go, but here are a few I managed before they got shipped

Fairbourn has gone global this year, we are now selling to trade companies in Germany and recently we've been commissioned to make furniture for a client who lives in Italy, which we were so pleased to make.

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Top Drawer 2010

Thanks to everyone who visited my stand this year at Top Drawer, and to Poppy-children for helping out on the stand.

This years Top Drawer seemed so much busier than last year, the days went so quickly and there seemed a constant stream of people on the stand. It was fantastic to meet so many new customers and also meeting customers that I usually only talk to via e-mail.

There were some amazing stands with such talented people I love Top Drawer for the diverse types of business you find there, and the new range of children's clothing from Poppy-children was utterly inspiring, I love all of Poppy's designs but this years winter selection has beautiful colours and fabric, I can't wait to use some in my new furniture range later this year.

And while i'm on the subject of new designs, keep a look out for my new range of furniture to be launched later this spring, I've been busy over winter preparing drawings and designs and with the added recent investment in machinery, there will be no limits to the creativity I can add to my range.

Monday, 4 January 2010

Happy new year.....

I can hardly believe I survived Christmas!
I have never been so busy, and just as the orders were ready to ship down came the snow, I spent the monday before christmas pulling a sledge full of parcels to the post office, I now know what Santa goes through!

The gap between christmas and the new year has given me chance to catch up on the new design work for Fairbourn, i'm really pleased with the new items we have and i've loads of designs drawn up ready to be made. Most of the new items will be launched at Top Drawer at Earls Court London on January 17th-19th, I can hardly believe Top Drawer is only two weeks away, I think i'll be burning the midnight oil this week to get everything ready.

I was recently asked if I would submit some items for an exhibition in Bilston Craft Gallery, they are having an exhibition showcasing children's designers and I was so pleased to be asked, if your in the area pop in for a look, i've attached some shots they sent me which look great, there are some fantastic pieces in the exhibition.

Fairbourn has also been featured on a new website called "From Britain With Love" it's a really lovely well put together website with only uk made products, they are showcasing designers an it's a great place to source unique new design.

I've spotted one of our new sets of drawers on
They have some amazing fair trade children's clothes, the company is run by mum of two Hannah who will be showcased on GMTV soon, well done Hannah.