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.
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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 :)
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