Cy Bear back with you all again! Do very much hope that you've not forgotten and/or given up on us!
|Blue Rabbits 3 & 4 before being wrapped up and prepared for their trip to Oxfordshire.|
Isobel has been suffering many technology-related travails during the month-long absence from these pages, and we're still not completely back to normal. We're nearly there, but with Bank Holidays in both the United Kingdom and the USA (where they are commemorating Memorial Day this Monday), the various Help Desks that have become a feature in Isobel's working life recently are not working at their usual rate(s)!
Our trials have included problems with both the laptop, and smartphone, both caused by a shaky input of a Google password via the latter, which caused that august organisation to upgrade EVERY ACCOUNT we are linked to on Google to the "new" email address, and it then not syncing with sites like our Etsy.com shop. On the laptop front, we had hard disk failure, corrupted operating system and finally, when they were replaced, the need for updates on the latter, and different browser system versions operating nowadays, compared with when we first started on Etsy. At least, that is what Isobel believes the problems to be. She thinks that the Google bit is now righted. We still await help from Etsy Support, who have sent back a Recovery pathway for Isobel to follow - but she has sent back some further questions about which password she has to input, and where/when: she doesn't want to have to start out all over again!! And, we THOUGHT Technology was supposed to speed things up!!!!(NOT!!!).
In the meantime, sewing has continued apace and we are now at the point that Blue Rabbits 4-6 have been completed, posted to (and received by) the Oxford Against Cutting (OAC) offices. We then received a bonus order for Blue Rabbit No. 7 - which MsKA (our OAC contact throughout the Blue Rabbit Saga) has decided will become a prize for her good work to the Young Girl Star in the OAC film which features the Original Photographs on which Oscar, the original OAC Blue Rabbit Mascot
|Blue Rabbit No.5|
|As a reminder - here's the pieces being putting together bit of the process illustrated|
In the interim, Isobel finally managed to figure out just how to make our leggy Cuddlies stand up better. That part of our Toys' anatomies has always been a weak spot for us, and Blue Rabbit 5, as well as No.6 (shown immediately above here) are now made in this new way (as well as in the future! The result of an 0530 brainwave one morning in this production process!!). I'll let you into the secret at another, suitable time, but believe me, it does make a world of difference!
I ended our last post at the end of April, with some photos of a potential new Cuddly offering - Unicorns. The following week, Isobel handed over some more of her non-fitting wardrobe to the Samaritans Charity Shop here in Kirkby in Ashfield, and met another new potential Cuddly. He was purchased, and will follow Pink Unicorn into the Toy Animal Hospital to undergo the same "treatment", during which Isobel will "harvest" another Toy Animal pattern - to be used to introduce another new Member of the COLDHAMCUDDLIES Toy family.
He looks like this - and when ready to be displayed in our Shop (COLDHAMCUDDLIES.etsy.com) will become the FIRST Dog Toy we've made since our 2010 beginnings. However, the planned future of both these sample toys has been slightly amended. Instead of joining the Cuddlies'Shop, to find a new home for them, Isobel is going to give them both some additional stuffing and give them back to the Samaritan's Charity Shop. That way, they can make a little bit more money from them than they already have by Isobel's purchasing them. Their original labels will be retained too - hopefully this can be a truly win-win situation all around.
Here's to this week's new beginnings. Thanks to all the hiccups recently, the administration of the Shop is hopelessly behind, and Isobel is going to take the opportunity of re-vamping the whole thing - new descriptions, new tags etc. The summer months are traditionally a quiet time for us and we're determined to be back to normal routine well in time for the September Holiday occasions. We'll keep you posted as we go along, of course.
Meanwhile - have a good week Everyone. It's good to be back again.
Your Friend, Cy Bear.