Life on the road as a mobile company does not always run smoothly!
A couple of weeks ago on route to Corbridge point to point "Vanda" decided to throw her toys out of her cot, on a very steep hill not far from Otterburn. It was also cold foggy and not the best place to be. Stuck a blind summit directing horseboxes and trailers into on coming traffic for some two hours!
For those wondering who the heck Vanda is? She is my cross gender transit van (she started life as a workman's mess van) A good joiner, some sticky back plastic and a few fairy lights later.. "Vanda"was born. As I wait for her engine transplant, I have had time to do a bit of catching up on the social media and website stuff. Which does not come naturally to a woman of my advancing years.
I have also started to follow the Equine Business Assistant, the lovely Jenni Bush. Also the lovely Laura Mc Douall from the copy writing project. these lovely ladies have made me realise that it is ok, to be your self on your website and on your social media. They may have created a monster!
With this in mind I been working non stop to improve my offer on line. Please visit my website pages and give me some feed back. I would be very grateful.
I have also realised we need more stock photographs. An area which has always terrified me but its amazing what you can do with your phone and a few props. See above our new spur of the moment pendant! Not to shabby for an old lady.
I think what I am trying to say is when you see me at events, you see a mere fraction of the work that goes into what we make sell. There is only me and my colleague who casts and polishes my designs the rest is all down to me. So if the tent is squint or I look windswept and interesting. I have usually been up since 5am and will probably been there until at least three hours after you have all gone home. The night before I might have been playing with sticky back plastic till all hours, to make the van live able too!
Despite the difficulties that get thrown at me because of the nature of what I do. I would not change it, for love nor money. I love meeting every one of you, Tarrag Naegel is not about how much it costs, it about the people who wear it and what it means to them. In the last three years we have made individual pieces for brides, new mum's, old mum's, birthdays, anniversaries, memorials and " just because". That's why I do, what I do. Every piece and every person has a story and that's how the range has developed. To the people who wear it its a gift bought by a loved one, a memory, a life event, something to hang on to when things go wrong. What you see is what you get I tend to be fairly direct,if i don't think you have made the right choice. I will offer honest advice.
So if the website is not perfect and the photos are a bit fuzzy, please bare with me. Your jewellery will be! It will be what you have asked for, at a fair price. If the person who wears it loves it then I have achieved my goal:-
To make a range of British jewellery at a fair price, hand finished, as individual as you are.
It makes life on the road a wonderful place to be. My fellow traders people I meet at events and race meetings become customers and friends. I am the keeper of secrets, as we plan surprises and special gifts. I'm one of many familiar friendly faces for the regular race goers but most of all I am myself.
This week we will be at Frairs Haugh Kelso for the Point to Point
Ps a reminder the Sale on our bronzes finishes on the 15th!!!
a snapshot of some of my lines.