Saturday, January 5, 2013

2013 is going to be good!

 Hello Lovelies,

If you follow me on twitter (@PolkaDot_Dreams) or Instagram (@polkadotdreams) you will have seen yesterday the very exciting news that I won the Mollie Makes Guest Creative Pick Award on the Christmas Blog and Buy Sale Wishlist. I am still a bit in shock as I was up against some brilliant talent and was in no way expecting to win, in fact I couldn't believe I was even shortlisted!

Its funny to think I almost didn't even apply to part of the wishlist. In November I was feeling a bit disheartened with everything. My shop wasn't really growing how I would have liked, I was stuck in a boring retail job and I was being turned down for every craft fair that I applied for. I graduated nearly 2 years ago now with a degree in Fashion Design and felt like I had completely wasted 4 years of my life when all I could get job-wise was a minimum wage sales advisor position.

Get your winning Peter Pan Fox Necklace here!

I am not one for self promotion and find it really hard to big up my own work (I know I am crazy for wanting to start my own business when you need to sell yourself at every opportunity) especially when I did put myself out there only to be shot down. However one random November evening I was perusing Twitter when I saw the lovely El from A Thrifty Mrs mention she needed UK based craft businesses to be part of a Christmas project. Normally I would have typed a reply, thought about it over and over again and then deleted it because at least if you don't try you won't get rejected, right? Well this time I went for it and it was probably the best decision I have made in a long long time. Her lovely words, interest and excitement at my little shop really lifted me and I was over the moon when she included my little accessories in both her Budget Gift Guide £5 - £15 and her Under £5 Gift Guide. The affect these little mentions had to my shop were astounding and just wanted to say a massive Thank You to her for supporting my little shop and making me have a very busy but amazing run up to Christmas :)

It was on the same crazy November evening that I plucked up the courage to apply to a part of the Blog and Buy Sale Christmas Wishlist and amazingly I was picked and the rest is history as they say! This year I am going to do all I can to improve and grow my little shop as next Christmas I really don't want to be stuck in a rubbish retail job! If anyone has any advice or opinions that would help me grow I would love to hear them.

 Another recent addition to the shop - a For Knuckle Duster Two Finger Ring :)

Finally I would love to say a big thank you to everyone who has visited or bought anything from my shop - you are making my dreams come true :)

xx

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13 comments:

  1. The Peter Pan Fox necklace is adorable! Congratulations for getting the courage to go out there, I know how hard it can be and how mean some people can be x

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    1. Thank you Rhiannon. It can be difficult to out yourself out there but I hope I have shown that good things come to those who try :) x

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  2. I just wrote a whole comment and went to look on your shop and it deleted boo! I love your designs, especially the sloth badge hehe :) Congratulations on both accounts! I'm studying Fashion Design at the moment and I've always been quite protective and secretive when doing my work and showing off any end products, it's a hard subject to be in when you shy away from self promotion. I hope these successes have given you a little boost! :) x
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    1. Thank Sophie, I completely agree. Fashion is a really tricky subject because it is so subjective. My degree really helped me be able to put myself out there and did build my confidence however I think after graduating and not really getting anywhere my confidence got knocked. I am much more positive now and feel like this year is going to be good!
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  3. I spotted your news on Instagram (and in Mrs Thrifty's Gift Guides)- congratulations! Here's to a super-foxy 2013 and being able to quit your current job to fully pursue your dream job :) xx

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    1. Thank you! I will have to work my little bum off but I truly think it is possible! x

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  4. That Peter Pan necklace is so cute. I will write: buy a leas one peter pan collar item for my wishlist in 2013.
    Hugs and kisses from your latest subbie!
    Love, Andreea!

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    1. Hi Andreea, Thanks for your lovely message. I think he is pretty cute too! I just popped over to your blog and it looks lovely :) x

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    2. Thank you so much for your visit and for subscribing! Can't wait to read what you will publish next!
      Kisses

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  5. thats fantastic news! and I love your gorgeous hand made goodies. Glad to have found you via the blog hop, I'll be back for a proper look around your blog..happy new year, wishing you luck in launching your business...I am hoping for the same this year too...so please post any helpful advice..I'd appreciate it too! x

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