One year ago today in Hull Minster Pen & Gwyn did it’s first craft fair! I was so nervous, I had over thought it way too much and underestimated how well it would go.
In the next 12 months I would win Arts & Crafts Young Trader of the Year, appear live on BBC The One Show, be chosen by Kirstie Allsopp as one of her New Makers, appear on BBC Look North twice, release a full product range and be hired to illustrate 3 books!
Beyond all of that though, I built a business from the ground up. With very little money or knowledge of how. Thats what I’m most proud of.
Thank you to everyone who has helped me build Pen & Gwyn up to be what it is today; from my family, to my friends, to my fellow traders, my customers and my followers on Social Media.
Amidst all this craziness right now, Pen&Gwyn have been incredibly lucky to have such wonderful followers and customers who have been keeping this small business ticking in the face of such uncertainty. There are not enough thank yous and virtual hugs to cover the gratitude Pen&Gwyn has for every order, big or small!
However, Pen&Gwyn felt helpless with regards to the bigger picture of this COVID-19 outbreak. There are hundreds of workers across the UK and across many industries who are putting their health and safety at risk to maintain as much normality as possible for us during this time. These wonderful people range from the NHS, council workers, healthcare workers, postal services, delivery drivers, farmers, shop workers, teachers, the list goes on!
Pen&Gwyn wanted to do something for those brilliant, selfless people. So Nicky created this Limited Edition ‘Key Worker’ Charity Print. It was created to help celebrate the Heroes of COVID-19 in a charming and positive way. The idea is for people to send this to the key workers in their lives as a thank you for everything they are doing; or to send to the friends and families of Key Workers so they can always remember their efforts during this time.
With every sale of this print, 50% will be donated to the National Emergencies Trust ‘Coronavirus Appeal’. This is a charity endorsed by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge which seeks to support and maintain the running of local UK charities and organisations during this pandemic. More information about the wonderful work they are doing can be found below.
Well isn’t this a scary little situation we find ourselves in?!
No need to panic though! Pen & Gwyn will continue to operate as usual. My shop will stay open and I will continue to post out orders until told otherwise.
I also have some handy little things in place to help you out!
FREE GIFT MESSAGES – Can’t get to the Post Office yourself? No worries! Include a ‘Gift Message’ when you place your order and I will use my snazzy stamp set to write your card for you. Please ensure you put the RECIPIENTS ADDRESS in when going through payment.
GIFT WRAPPING SERVICE – Need to send a gift but stuck inside self-isolating? I’ve got your back! Add some of my 100% recycled gift wrap to your order and check the ‘This order is a Gift’ box. I will then wrap your items in the gift wrap and make it look as lovely as possible with twine and ribbon. Add a FREE GIFT MESSAGE to your order too to make it extra special! (One sheet of gift wrap starts at £2.00).
WHERE CAN YOU FIND ALL THESE OFFERS? Click below to access my Etsy Shop.