Monday, 25 November 2013

A week to remember.

What a fun and exciting week it's been in the home of little maldod! I thought I'd post a little round up of how this week has gone and what we've been up to.

I was overwhelmed with lovely messages of support and encouragement when the shop was launched on Monday so a huge thank you to all of you who dropped me a line. 'Launch day' was a funny old day because after opening the shop (ceremoniously clicking a button to take the site off maintenance mode) I headed out to work for the day! It wasn't until the evening that I could really give the shop my attention and start to work on the orders that had arrived in my mailbox during the day.

A lovely card from a wonderful friend.

I'm thrilled that people have been stopping by the shop and even more so that orders are actually being placed! The mini Christmas stockings have been a great hit and I've had great pleasure in making up some large stockings for some special little people - I wonder what treats they'll be filled with! The personalised vests have been popular too and I'm working on some new designs for these so watch this space.

A selection of the vest orders placed this week.

I've also had quite a few enquiries about bespoke items which is great and has kept my creative brain on the ball this week! Packaging the orders has been great fun and it's been nice to be able to hand deliver some to local customers too. I love getting parcels in the post and always pay attention to the way that something has been wrapped, so I wanted little maldod gifts to looks special even before they've been unwrapped. It's been lovely to have messages of thanks when orders have been received during the week.

I've been working on some new Christmas gifts this weekend (yes, I'm afraid the festive theme is set to continue) which I look forward to sharing with you this week. I've also been planning an exciting giveaway so keep your eyes open for more news on that later this week.

A sneek peak at some lovely new things being added this week.

Amidst all the shop excitement I've had some fun and laughs with Wilf on my days off, some lovely catch ups with friends who I've not seen enough of recently and, to finish off the week, a quick trip   to Pembrokeshire to celebrate my Dad's 60th (again)! We celebrated at the fantastic Ultra Comida in my parents' local town where we enjoyed the most amazing tapas, great company, countless toasts and not just a few anthems and singalongs (thankfully it was booked as a private party!)

Sieve hat!

Its been a week that I'll remember for a long long time and will look back on it with a smile on my face. I have lots to learn about running a small business and I'm thoroughly enjoying the journey and adventure with little maldod.

Thank you for reading and sharing in that journey with me.

Here's to another good week ahead.

Lowri x

Monday, 18 November 2013

Now Open!!

The counting down is over and the day is finally here! I'm very pleased to be able to say that the little maldod shop is now OPEN! Head on over to: 

I've so enjoyed getting everything designed, made and ready to launch and do hope you enjoy browsing and shopping now that the doors are open. The beauty of being a small business is that I will be able to respond easily to requests for bespoke orders, so feel free to drop me a line if you want to discuss something in particular.

I have lots of ideas for new stock so the creating will continue. Keep an eye out for new items, giveaways and special offers coming your way in the next couple of weeks.

In the meantime you can also follow little maldod on Instagram and Facebook where I post regular updates.

Thank you so much for your support over the last few weeks!

Have a great week.

Love Lowri x now open!

Monday, 11 November 2013

Nearly there.

Time goes quickly when you're counting down each Monday morning! I can't believe that the shop will be opening just one week from now. Maybe its because I've been having fun setting everything up or because I've been so busy.

Final products for the launch have now been made and photographed. Christmas came early at little maldod HQ over the weekend when the Christmas stock was styled and photographed for the site - think stockings hanging from the fireplace and you've got the idea. Its safe to say that I'm embracing all things festive at the moment so I hope you're ready for some Christmas shopping.

I've decided to take things slowly when I first open the doors so will gradually add more items to the range each week. I've got lots of ideas up my sleeve which I look forward to sharing with you.

There's a few last little things to do but we're nearly there now. I look forward to opening the doors to you next Monday!

Until then we've got some quality family time planned, my Dad's 60th birthday to celebrate, and some West Wales countryside to explore! I'll tell you all about it next time.....

Have a great week and thanks for reading.

Lowri x

We're off for some welly walks....

Monday, 4 November 2013

Two weeks and counting...

Wow, what a busy couple of weeks it's been since introducing little maldod to the world! I've been overwhelmed by the messages of support from friends, family and followers on Facebook and the shop isn't even open yet. Thank you so much!

With two weeks to go until the opening of little maldod's virtual doors I've been busy finalising the product range, ordering supplies, visiting some local fabric shops and building my online home. I've always been a creative person but when life is busy, especially with an active toddler, time at the craft table (read dining room table) turns into a special treat. So I'm thoroughly enjoying the creative thought processes, designing, writing and making that I'm doing at time at the moment.

There's still LOTS to do though so I've taken a day off from work (my part time job) and, with Wilf at nursery, am spending some time at the sewing machine finalising some lovely Christmas pieces. It's amazing how much you can get done with a quiet house and the radio for company.

Later this week I'll be photographing the final products for the shop, I can't wait to style my festive shots! I'll also be planning some great giveaways and special offers to celebrate the opening so make sure you keep your eyes peeled on Instagram (link in sidebar) and the Facebook page.
The blog will also be getting a makeover so you may notice some changes every so often when you pop back to visit.

I'll leave you with a few behind the scenes snaps of what my last week with little maldod has looked like, I hope you enjoy.

Thanks for reading,
Lowri x

Stamps and inks have been arriving in the post.
Including some lovely hand carved stamps from the very talented Emily at Skull and Cross Buns.
Lots of fabric to cut.
Our baby vests arrived in the post today, looking forward to showing you what's planned for these.
Is that a Christmas stocking....?! Surely not......