As we reach the end of January I have had chance to recharge, rethink and recalibrate.
My word of the year is determined. I chose this word as it sums up my attitude to the year – I know there will be bumps in the road – but I am just going to keep on with my goals.
I am so pleased yet again to be working with the Design Trust to keep myself on track, breaking down the dreams I have into juicy goals, monthly aims, weekly plans and daily to-dos! This year, in addition to the Diary Planner, I have joined the Business Club and have been so excited by all the extra resources I can use.
So what is coming up for Polly had a Dolly in 2022!
Patterns and kits
First of all I have already released baby doll clothes patterns for my 12″ and 16″ baby dolls. This is a new branch to my business, and I am going to be releasing doll patterns next!
I am planning to release three doll patterns and kits – launching in the summer at my Open Studio event – I am thinking of a bamboo baby, baby doll, and a selection of 5 leaf babies but it might change if there is a desire for something in particular!
Historically the only summer event I take my dolls to is at New School Canterbury fair – which is so much fun. I am waiting on a dates from them but I hope to be able to go again and it won’t clash with any other dates!
However this year I am doing an Open Studio over two weekends with South East Open Studios. This will be the focus for me to launch my patterns and doll kits, and you can come and see my studio, meet me, eat cake! I’ll also be demonstrating doll making techniques.
If you are interested my workshop is in Staplehurst, Kent and will be open 11am -3pm. The dates are:
Weekend one: Thursday 9th, Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June
Weekend two: Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th June
Christmas and Midwinter
As a doll maker you come to expect that your work is very seasonal and lots of my customers buy from me for Christmas – which is brilliant. I love to meet you in real life and the atmosphere of good fairs!
Last year I decided to focus on sales from my website and Etsy and only do the New School School Canterbury advent fair. In 2019 I was left with a lots of left over dolls when the fairs were cancelled and the virus seemed very unpredictable. In the end I also did a local farmers market too. Online sales were hard and social media engagement was very difficult – we had all had enough of being digital!
This year I have applied to return to the MidWinter Market at Tithe Barn, Lenham – fingers crossed I’m accepted, and this will be my main focus for Christmas as it’s over three days. I am hoping that the New School Canterbury will include me at their advent fair too.
I will also be selling my dolls (and kits and patterns) online via Etsy and my website.
I am looking into other events too but I don’t want to stretch myself too much. I am keen to ensure that Christmas is a balance and I don’t end up sewing every waking moment, I did better at this last year! My making for Christmas starts in February!
I’d love to hear from you – just contact me via my social media: