How were your holidays? Did you survive? It was a different Christmas for us this year; nothing bad, just different. For one thing, we did not put up a Christmas tree. Can’t say that I liked not having a tree but it was nice not having the post-holiday clean up. We have been anticipating hubby’s back surgery so I’m sure that had something to do with our lack of holiday spirit, too.
While the online shop was closed, I took time to rethink, revamp and make plans for the future of Handmade at Homestead. All I can say is 2011 looks like it will be a great year.
Already on the books is the 2011 Head 2 Toe-Ultimate Day Out For Women in May at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. Handmade at Homestead was one of the first vendors to sign up for the inaugural event last year and we would not dare miss it this year!
Here are a couple of pics from last year:
We are also partnering with our friend, Ashley Holden, of Bellaposa Collections, for additional events throughout the year. If you haven’t had a chance to check out Ashley’s amazing creations, do yourself a favor and take a look at her offerings.
The bulk of my planning revolves around the rising prices of our supplies. I am so grateful to many of my suppliers who are determined to keep their prices as low as possible so we can keep our retail prices from rising. However, raw costs have risen greatly (a major oil supplier overseas is out of production so competitors are raising their prices) and we all know about rising gas costs, right? I am trying my dead-level best to decrease my costs on the back-end, without compromising quality, so that I might keep the cost of our products from increasing.
To that end, you will notice several changes in the upcoming months, initially with packaging, but there will be other changes, too. Rest assured: I will be ever-vigilant in seeking out cost-cutting measures without compromising the quality of our product. I am inviting those who follow me on Twitter and who are members of our Facebook fan page to provide feedback. Please consider following us on Twitter of joining us on Facebook, if you’re not already, as I will value your input.
Well, that’s it for now. Here’s to an amazing 2011-so glad you are a part of it!